Libby speaks up on the dangers of residential cell phone towers

House of Commons
December 8, 2010

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):

Mr. Speaker,

Constituents in my riding are deeply concerned about cell phone towers popping up in our neighbourhoods, especially in Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodlands.

Residents are very worried that cell phone towers in residential areas make people sick. The Vancouver School Board was so concerned about the impact on childrens’ health it passed a regulation that they not be built within 350 metres of a school. Yet towers are being placed within a few metres of residential buildings where children live.

The Standing Committee on Health issued a report recommending the government research the long-term health effects of exposure to radiation from these towers, particularly its effects on children. I urge the government follow its recommendations.

I call on the government to also immediately, put rules in place, that require telecom companies to consult and seek the approval of the community and local municipalities, before they place these towers. We cannot let telecoms invade our communities and jeopardize our peoples’ health.