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Active WiFi Situations in Parks Across Canada

Is Wi-Fi included in the IARC/WHO’s 2B classification of RF-EMF?

Yes. In May of 2011, the IARC (International Association for Research on Cancer) declared radio frequency radiation as a possible cause of cancer. Click here for official document. Since then Federal, provincial, and municipal health authorities in Canada have made the FALSE claim that the IARC declaration of RF as a possible human carcinogen refers ONLY to mobile phones. This is not and has never been the case. Wi-Fi and all EMF emitting devices are included in this grouping.

Why the confusion?

IARC does not classify devices, they classify exposures. The 2B designation therefore applies to all RF-EMF exposures, regardless of the source. It isn’t the physical source that is being evaluated; it’s the type of emission that exits from any source, that is being evaluated.

Confirmation from IARC

In this video clip (click here) Dr. Jonathan M Samet, MD, University of Southern California, Chairman of the Working Group, states at the 3.12 minute mark “the designation of class 2B RF-EMFs is unspecified as to source, class 2B has broad applicability to sources that emit RMFs".

Confirmation from Dr Robert A Baan PhD, Responsible Officer, Monograph 102 on RF-EMF, The IARC Monographs, IARC, Lyon, FRANCE

“many other devices emit the same type of RF radiation, e.g.,base-station antennas, radio/tv antennas, WiFi stations, smart meters, etc. Therefore, all these fall under the same broad evaluation of “Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields.” Click here to read.

Parks Canada - “Free” WiFi in Parks Proposal

Parks Canada states the proposed wireless hotspots in its parks would be restricted to visitor centers and campgrounds -- “not in the wilderness, and not in the back country,” Andrew Campbell, Director of Visitor Experience with Parks Canada. C4ST along with concerned Canadians believe it is acceptable to have a designated posted “hot spot” contained to an area in the visitor centers only. We do not believe in or support Wi-Fi coverage/exposure outside of this designated area. We believe this would be in conflict with their own charter and mandate to protect our parks.
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