Colwood considering tougher tower bylaws

By Amy Dove - Goldstream News Gazette

Published: November 13, 2008 1:00 PM

Residents fighting to remove transmission towers from their neighbourhoods may have found a crack in the industry’s policy quagmire.

“I am so optimistic that we have found the Achilles heel here,” said Triangle Mountain resident Sharon Noble. “Everyone believes all the power lies with the federal government, but it’s not true.”

Colwood is forming a task force to review the current bylaws and determine if there is a need for further protections. Within that discussion, staff will look into a health bylaw dictating the level of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) people could be exposed to. Health Canada’s Safety Code Six is the national standard, however, it allows radiation levels exceeding many other countries, Noble said. While cell and wireless technology is still relatively new, research is making links between exposure and certain cancers, sleep disorders and other ailments.

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