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Teacher Newsmagazine   Volume 23, Number 4, Jan./Feb. 2011  

 

Wi-Fi statement

The BCTF Information Services Department has conducted a detailed review of the available research and opinion on the effects of Wi-Fi and come to the following position.

The BCTF recognizes that this controversial topic has been garnering a lot of attention in the media over the past several months. Recently, the Canadian House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Health held a number of hearings to investigate the potential health effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation. The report that came out of this investigation provides a number of recommendations to the Government of Canada, and to Health Canada in particular. The recommendations include funding for long-term studies, tracking and responding to reports of adverse health reactions, and promoting the safe use of wireless technologies.

“An examination of the potential health impacts of radiofrquency electromagnetic radiation” http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=4834477&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=3 

While there is an on-going debate regarding the safety of wireless technologies, the research to date is inconclusive. Based on the existing research, we cannot definitively state that Wi-Fi is harmful, nor can we say with assurance that it is entirely harmless. In spite of the conflicting evidence, we do take the concerns surrounding this issue seriously, and we will continue to monitor research on this topic as it becomes available.

– BCTF Information Services 

 


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