Magda Havas, professor at Trent University, with Green Party of British Columbia leader Jane Sterk and Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands.Photograph by: Adrian Lam, Times Colonist, Times Colonist
By Andrew A. Duffy, Times Colonist
The Green Party of B.C. is calling on B.C. Hydro to shelve its $930-million smart meter program until public hearings can be held and the health effects of the wireless devices can be determined.
Leader Jane Sterk told a press conference Wednesday the party also believes people should be able to opt out of the program, which earlier this month started replacing existing meters in Prince George and Richmond. Greater Victoria residents can expect to see installations start in late summer or early fall.
The sleep environment plays an extremely important role in the ability to achieve and sustain normal, restorative sleep patterns. Many factors in the environment contribute to or detract from sleep quality, including ambient light, noise, temperature, humidity, air quality, odors, perfumes, bed and mattress quality, electromagnetic fields (EMF), Wi-Fi, and electrical pollution.
These factors can play a role, singly or in combination, preventing or interfering with healthy sleep patterns.
The sleep environment must be thoroughly reviewed, and details regarding the placement of windows, electrical devices, and other fixtures must be closely examined. Particular attention should be paid to the impact of shared beds and bedrooms when spouses, partners, or roommates have conflicting environmental sleeping preferences.
By Alyx Sacks
A 2002 study by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Environmental Health Services on the correlation between Electric
Magnetic Fields and Electric Power lines revealed although there is a relation between power lines and childhood Leukemia, it cannot be ruled as the cause of the disease.
Electric and magnetic fields are produced all over the environment.Anywhere there are power lines, electrical wiring, appliances, or anything that uses electricity such as a television or microwave.
By Brenda Goodman
WebMD Health News
Researchers seeking to explain the rising number of asthma cases in children have fingered a new suspect: electromagnetic fields (EMFs), energy that can’t been seen or felt that is generated by household appliances, electronic devices, cars, and power lines. In a study, they found that babies born to women who are exposed to stronger EMFs during pregnancy had more than triple the risk of developing asthma compared to babies born to women exposed to weaker EMFs.
In other words, about 13% of children born to women in the group with the lowest EMF exposures developed asthma compared to about 33% of children born to women who had high EMF exposures.