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HESA 2015 Recommendations

HESA 2015 Recommendations on
Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians

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On Tuesday June 9th, 2015 the Standing Committee on Health, whose mandate is to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada, unanimously adopted the final report into their study of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6. During three full days of hearings spread over two months, the ten MP member panel heard from both sides of the issue including leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Health Canada and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. (Full testimony and recaps can be found further down on this page)

On June 17th, 2015, the Chair of the HESA panel MP Ben Lobb read and tabled the below final 12 HESA recommendations into the House of Commons, requesting that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report. As the current Government goes on summer break on June 19th, 2015, followed by the federal election in October, it will be the new Government that is elected that will be responding to this HESA report.

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HESA Recommendations

RECOMMENDATION 1

That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the health departments of the provinces and territories, examine existing cancer data collection methods to improve the collection of information relating to wireless device use and cancer.

RECOMMENDATION 2

That Statistics Canada consider including questions related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the Canadian Community Health Survey.

RECOMMENDATION 3

That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into electromagnetic hypersensitivity testing, diagnosis and treatment, and its possible impacts on health in the workplace.

RECOMMENDATION 4

That the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization consider updating their guidelines and continuing education materials regarding the diagnosis and treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity to ensure they are based on the latest scientific evidence and reflect the symptoms of affected Canadians.

RECOMMENDATION 5

That the Government of Canada continue to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental sensitivities, including electromagnetic hypersensitivity, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

RECOMMENDATION 6

That Health Canada ensure the openness and transparency of its processes for the review of Safety Code 6, so that all Canadians have an opportunity to be informed about the evidence considered or excluded in such reviews, that outside experts are provided full information when doing independent reviews, and that the scientific rationale for any change is clearly communicated.

RECOMMENDATION 7

That the Government of Canada establish a system for Canadians to report potential adverse reactions to radiofrequency fields.

RECOMMENDATION 8

That an independent scientific body recognized by Health Canada examine whether measures taken and guidelines provided in other countries, such as France and Israel, to limit the exposure of vulnerable populations, including infants, and young children in the school environment, to radiofrequencies should be adopted in Canada.

RECOMMENDATION 9

That the Government of Canada develop an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technologies, such as cell phones and Wi-Fi, in key environments such as the school and home to ensure that Canadian families and children are reducing risks related to radiofrequency exposure.

RECOMMENDATION 10

That Health Canada conduct a comprehensive review of all existing literature relating to radiofrequency fields and carcinogenicity based on international best practices.

RECOMMENDATION 11

That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into the link between radiofrequency fields and potential health effects such as cancer, genetic damage, infertility, impairment to development and behaviour, harmful effects to eyes and on the brain, cardiovascular, biological and biochemical effects.

RECOMMENDATION 12

That the Government of Canada and manufacturers consider policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14, in order to ensure they are aware of the health risks and how they can be avoided.

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HESA 2015 Recap

Highlights From HESA Hearings Day 1

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Health Canada admits studies show harm at levels below Safety Code 6

Health Canada ignores the scientific research; its review is subject to bias and incorrect conclusions

Health Canada and Industry Canada ignore recommendations from the 2010 Health Committee “offer to provide information, including awareness sessions on exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.”

In its “fact sheet”, comparing Canada vs. other countries, Health Canada omits countries representing 1.2 billion people with safety levels below Safety Code 6

Health Canada’s statements to the committee conflict with statements made under oath in Quebec Superior Court on Feb 13th, 2013

Health Canada admits there are no studies regarding the cumulative effects of several devices from wireless radiation

Health Canada ignores the 2010 Health Committee recommendation to “ensure that it has a process in place to receive and respond to reports of adverse reactions to electromagnetic radiation emitting devices.”

Health Canada resists the request to have a database that physicians may be asked to look at any kind of possible cause and effect on new cancers among people?

Scientific expert calls for a special category for pregnant women

Highlights from HESA Hearings Day 2 – 3

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Justification for the precautionary principle

Evidence of links to brain cancer

Evidence of links to breast cancer

Evidence that children are more at risk

Canadians feel deceived both by the product manufacturers and the government

Evidence of damage to sperm

Experts call for public education

Evidence for recognition of, and treatment for, electrosensitivity

Hearings Day 1 – March 24th, 2015 - Full Recap

Official Minutes

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Witnesses Appearing Before Committee

Health Canada

  • Andrew Adams, Director General, Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate
  • James McNamee, Chief, Health Effects and Assessments Division, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch

Industry Canada

  • Peter Hill, Director General, Spectrum Management Operations Branch
  • Dan Duguay, Director General, Engineering, Planning and Standards Branch

Royal Society of Canada Panel Members

  • Paul Demers, Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Cancer Care Ontario – Chair RSC Panel
  • Frank Prato, Imaging Program Leader, Lawson Health Research Institute

Canadian Experts

  • Meg Sears, Adjunct Investigator, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Martin Blank, Special Lecturer, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University

Speakers Handouts to The HESA Committee

Health Canada

Hearings Day 2 – April 23rd, 2015 – Full Recap

Official Minutes

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Witnesses Appearing Before Committee

  • Frank Clegg , Chief Executive Officer C4ST
  • Dr Anthony Miller, Professor Emeritus Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Dr Magda Havas, Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University
  • Dr Dariusz Leszczynski, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki
  • Rob Tarzwell, Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Speakers Presentations To The HESA Committee

Hearings Day 3 – April 28th, 2015 – Full Recap

Official Minutes

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Witnesses Appearing Before Committee

  • Carmen Krogh, Independent Health Researcher
  • Beth Harrington, Independent Health Researcher
  • Dr Riina Bray, Medical Director Environmental Health Clinic, Women’s College Hospital
  • Dr Anne-Marie Nicol, Assistant Professor Faculty of Health Sciences, Women’s College Hospital
  • Dr Devra Davis, President and Founder Environmental Health Trust
  • Dr Martha Herbert, Assistant Professor Neurology, Harvard Medical School
  • Bernard Lord, President and CEO Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Speakers Presentations To The HESA Committee

Timeline

Feb 24th, 2015 Motion brought forward to HESA committee by Liberal Health Critic Dr Hedy Fry amended and carried.

March 13th, 2015 Health Canada releases severely flawed 2015 version of Safety Code 6 despite HESA investigations about to commence.

March 24th, 2015 Day 1 of HESA hearings investigating Safety Code 6 took place (see below for details)

March 26th, 2015 "It was agreed, — That, notwithstanding the motions adopted Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the Committee hear witnesses concerning Safety Code 6 on Tuesday, April 21, and consider a draft report of its study of scopes of practice on Thursday, April 23, 2015."

April 23rd, 2015 Day 2 of HESA hearings investigating Safety Code 6 took place.

April 28th, 2015 Day 3 of HESA hearings investigating Safety Code 6 took place.

April 30th, 2015 It was agreed, That the Standing Committee on Health direct Health Canada to provide detailed information in the form of a full scientific monograph on the reasons for acceptance or rejection of 140 studies on EMR submitted by Canadians for Safe Technologies with regards to Safety Code 6.

June 9th, 2015 The HESA Committee agreed on and finalized the draft report of it’s final recommendations.

June 17th, 2015 Chair of the HESA Committee MP Ben Lobb read and tabled the recommendations into the House of Commons.

Current 2015 HESA Committee Membership

HESA Recommendations

2015 HESA Recommendations

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Details and Events
Leading up to the
Review of Safety Code 6


Scientists speak out against the RSC's report reviewing Safety Code 6

Scientists Speak Out

RSC's report on Safety Code 6 review is released... just a rubber stamp

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Learn more about Safety Code 6 and what it means to Canadians

Safety Code 6

See the conflicts present on the RSC Panel
Send your thoughts to the politicians and officials involved

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Full Details of Oct 28th incl Media Coverage

Media Coverage

Presentations to The Royal Society of Canada on the Review of Safety Code 6

RSC Public Consultation