Posts Tagged ‘communication’

Are Communication Towers Good Neighbours?

December 29, 2007

It’s an issue that Industry Canada has jurisdiction over, but one that municipal politicians all over the province are increasingly hearing about.

More users (19.3 million Canadian subscribers as of September) and the need for greater bandwidth (video and music downloads) is driving a growing demand for better wireless infrastructure that solves poor reception. But as service providers react to that demand by putting cellphone towers in residential neighbourhoods, some community groups are voicing fears that the towers’ radio frequency emissions may pose health risks. And some residents, primarily concerned with visual blight, are demanding that towers be disguised (trees, church steeples, building facades, flag poles, public art water tanks, light poles, chimneys, windmills, etc; check out some of the photos HERE).

Residents in Montgomery County, Washington learned the hard way that cash-strapped school boards cannot be trusted to put the protection of children’s health ahead of economic incentives. When a bill came before the Maryland Legislature which proposed that leasing space for any new cell phone towers on elementary and middle school property be prohibited, the Montgomery County School Board voiced it’s unanimous opposition (‘School board stops bill banning new cell towers‘; Examiner; 2007/12/12).

Some countries in the European Union have adopted tough standards. In Salzburg, Austria, emissions can’t exceed 0.1 microwatts per square centimetre. But here, Health Canada currently permits 1,000 microwatts per square centimetre.

Should London residents be concerned?

Links:
Stop Cell Towers!
2004/05/19 – SignOnSanDiego: Parents protest cell towers on school grounds
2007/09/27 – Las Vegas Sun: Cell towers can’t hide from their opponents
2007/11/14 – Rense: Taiwan Removes All Cell Towers Near Children
2007/12/29 – Toronto Star: Cell tower plans jammed
2007/12/29 – Toronto Star: Telcos get mixed signals about better reception
2008/01/04 – Toronto Star: City report recommends limiting new cell towers

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Public Wi-Fi

December 4, 2007

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Spacing Toronto reports that the Toronto Public Library has been able to expand free Wi-Fi to 19 of it’s branches, thanks to a Citizenship and Immigration Canadadesignated high need areas” grant.

Links:
A Life Untold: Free Wi-Fi in London, Ontario
2007/11/28 – TPL: Toronto Public Library expands public Internet service

City Hall Email Woes

November 21, 2007

Seems like we’re making some progress. The most recent lack of response from City Hall has been attributed to a problem they weren’t aware of with a new email spam system. You can read the pertinent correspondence for yourself.

To be fair, having accepted the explanation as to the problem, I’ve edited or deleted entirely the content of some of my recent posts, noted those changes, and provided a hyperlink to this post.

What’s most important is that information is now being provided on a number of files (the proposed land-use change for 951 Commissioners Road E., and the city policy re: landscaping along sidewalks/walkways, etc).

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Harder Than It Should Be

November 12, 2007

OMG! I finally got a response with respect to my communication about drive-thrus! Mind you, it took several more emails than it should have had to. And it looked like they were trying to keep it out of the public record. Why do they have to make this so hard???

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 19:54:37 -0500
From: Baechler, Joni
To: Gregory Fowler; Lorelei Fisher
Subject: RE: City Wide – Drive Through Review

Greg,

We will make sure your comments are part of the public record.

Regards,
Joni

—– Forwarded Message —-

From: Gregory Fowler
To: Lorelei Fisher
Cc: Joni Baechler; Kevin Bain; Roger Caranci
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 9:15:46 AM
Subject: Fw: City Wide – Drive Through Review

Ms Fisher,

Bad enough that there’s been no response to my communication. But worse, I note that my communication to Mr. Parker is absent from tonight’s Planning Committee agenda. Specifically, “Responses to…” re item #15 (Regulation of Drive-Thru Facilities). I trust that you attend to this omission.

Respectfully,

Greg Fowler.