Council asked for cell tower restrictions

NANAIMO, BC - Residents along Hammond Bay are lobbying city council members to create new regulations to restrict cellular phone towers from being erected within 500 metres of any schools...Several parents vowed to pull their students from the school if the RDN reached an agreement with Telus because of their fear of the possible negative effects of long-term exposure to high-frequency radiation waves. Studies have shown health implications for long-term close-range exposure, but a large part of the scientific community disagrees with the research. Council questioned its ability to regulate where towers can be erected, considering the federal government's jurisdiction over this issue. Vancouver East MP Libby Davies has a private members bill that urges Ottawa to take more of an active role in determining where the towers are installed. She also calls for more consultation with municipal governments.