• 04 APR 06
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    Electrosensitivity in Canada

    From Magda Havas:

    Hello everyone,

    I don’t know if you are aware of what is happening in Canada about EHS but let me tell you the country is buzzing.

    On Tuesday (March 28) Martin Mittelstaedt wrote a feature article for the Globe and Mail (a well respected National newspaper) about a man who is EHS. This story has now gone around the world and I think all of you have seen it (Does Power Corrupt?). [ See:< http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/index.php?p=423 ] The very next morning Kevin (the person who is sensitive) and I were invited to appear on a TV show called Canada AM (CTV) for a short (5 minute) segment. They have a audience of 2 million people. You can get info about this at the CTV web site: http://www.ctv.ca (search at top for "dirty electricity"). Two items should pop up for the March 29th show. The Toronto Star (Tyler Hamilton) wrote a similar article about Marika in November and NOW magazine (Adria Vasil) in Toronto wrote one as well about the problem of electromagnetic pollution a few weeks ago. All of this is timely since Toronto is going WiFi by the summer/fall of 2006. Tyler wrote a series on cell phones for the Star that appeared last summer (June 2005 I think) during the WHO conference on the Precautionary Principle in Ottawa. Ever since that show and the newspaper article my phone and email are buzzing. Other media are picking it up. Since Wednesday I have given an additional 4 interviews including live phone-in shows. David Fancy has done two interviews in French. The requests keep coming in (even as I write this email) from across Canada for more interviews next week. I am getting email from all across Canada with people who are suffering from electromagnetic pollution. I hear the saddest stories when I talk to people. Some tell me about their health effects, how they don't want to share how much pain they are in with loved ones for fear of being ridiculed (how can someone be sensitive to "electricity"!!) and how some have considered suicide to end their pain and suffering because they can't find relief. I stayed up until after 4 am one morning to respond to all the email messages since I will be away at a the Total Health Show in Toronto this weekend talking about EMF Pollution and I will be absolutely inundated if I don't keep up with the email. This is all very positive. The message is getting out and the more people we can help the better. Eventually our government will have to respond to all this suffering and make changes in their guidelines. At the moment I have little immediate hope for Health Canada since they seem entrenched in their views but I do have hope that Sheela Basrur (Medical Officer of Health for Ontario) will play a more prominent role in this issue since she was instrumental at hosting a public meeting in Toronto about cell phone antennas in 2000 as MOH for the City of Toronto. Please feel free to pass the word about the interest in Canada and perhaps other countries will follow suit. -magda

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