All Posts Tagged With "WiFi"

Royal Society of Canada and Safety Code 6

Royal Society of Canada and Safety Code 6

05 April 2014 by Michael Kruse

This week, the Royal Society of Canada released a report by their Expert Panel on Safety Code 6.  Safety Code 6 is the Health Canada standard that sets recommended exposure limits for radio-frequencies. The last update was in 2013, and Health Canada wanted the RSC’s advice on the updates to make sure they were up […]

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Posted in Canada, Health Policy, Media11 Comments

Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

04 February 2014 by Gem Newman

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, a prolific syndicated pseudonymous newspaper columnist, has written yet another article on the purported dangers of “radiation” from electronic devices. Well known to Canadian skeptics for advocating placebo cures, blaming “dirty electricity” for a host of common ailments, and promoting accusations that Health Canada is “terrorizing” the proprietors of health food stores, […]

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Posted in Featured, Health, Skepticism4 Comments

C4ST and Frank Clegg Spreading WiFi Fear

C4ST and Frank Clegg Spreading WiFi Fear

04 September 2013 by Michael Kruse

Once more, Frank Clegg and the BC based Citizens for Safe Technology (C4ST) have shown that they will not let science get in the way of scaring children and families.  This past Tuesday, the start of school for most Ontario children, C4ST was positioned outside of a school in Mississauga handing out pamphlets warning children and […]

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Posted in Media, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Skepticism5 Comments

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The Fallacy of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

04 July 2013 by Michael Kruse

  This is a cross-post from the Huffington Post article here. Medicine can be tricky.  Patients never present with the perfect cluster of disease defining symptoms and when they do, it is so rare that you begin to think that they just read a textbook or Googled “heart attack” to fool you.  As a patient, […]

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Posted in Medical Conditions, Skepticism5 Comments

Anti-Wifi Group Granted Ability to File Representative Complaint with B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

Anti-Wifi Group Granted Ability to File Representative Complaint with B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

05 September 2012 by Dianne Sousa

The anti-wifi group, Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) has filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal alleging that B.C. Hydro’s plan to install Smart Meters discriminates against those with “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” (EHS) on the basis of physical disability. The group has been granted the ability to file a “representative complaint” and argue the […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health19 Comments

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Local Cell Tower Hysteria

09 December 2011 by Marion Kilgour

Most of the cell phone / Wi-Fi hysteria seems to me like it’s been coming from the eastern provinces, although Edmonton has had some short-lived and ineffective campaigns to get Wi-Fi out of schools. But, this summer I got my first taste of local activism about cell towers. Initially, I was on board with the […]

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Posted in Alberta, Health Policy, Pseudoscience, Skepticism15 Comments

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He’s Trolling, He’s Trolling, He’s Trolling down the Wifi!

14 November 2011 by Steve Thoms

So, a little over a year ago, I wrote a piece about one particular anti-WiFi activist named Rodney Palmer.  It was a bit of a snarky post, written with the piss-and-vinegar that comes from a long, aggravating day at work.  The post caught the attention of Mr. Palmer, who promptly threatened to sue me over […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience56 Comments

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Why, Wifi? Why?

28 September 2011 by Steve Thoms

Concerns about the safety of WiFi, particularly around school children, has continued to be a contentious issue in small towns across Canada, and Ontario especially.   Supporters of the technology have mountains of scientific data on their side, opponents have screaming, hysteria, and the precautionary principle.  Even Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May unwittingly […]

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Posted in Canada, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Ontario, Skepticism36 Comments

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Wireless Battles Radiate Across Canada

06 June 2011 by Michael Kruse

In my final update, I just wanted to point out some of the conflicts between the public and technology that have ensued since the Simcoe County, Ontario, as well as discuss a couple of studies that did not get a lot of attention but were interesting, none the less. WiFi and Cell Phone Towers Since […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Skepticism10 Comments

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Evaluating The Evidence for Cell Phones and WiFi

02 June 2011 by Michael Kruse

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here is a short discussion about the application of  the Precautionary Principle and the Weight of Evidence approach to evaluating scientific claims. The Precautionary Principle In many discussions of the “dangers” of WiFi and cell phones, the precautionary principle is evoked. It is the idea that we have […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Health, Health Policy, Probability and Statistics, Skepticism21 Comments