Monday, October 15, 2018


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Reader Suggests Alternative to Cell Tower


The following is an open letter to Meaford's council.

There is an alternative to a cell tower in the harbour; in fact, there is a solution.

For the past few months, numerous proposals to build cell towers in Meaford's neighbourhoods have angered and upset residents. At present, a 91-foot tower is proposed for the harbour, around 40ft from where The Farmers Market is held in the Rotary Pavilion. Furthermore, the Meaford community has been made aware that 'there are more cell towers to come.'

The truth that cell carriers don't want us to know is that DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) can provide better coverage while hardly being noticed, and these small cell antennas would significantly reduce the EMR health issues. DAS Small Cell Technology consists of low-power, slender, two-foot antennas that are placed on existing telephone poles. These antennas are linked by fiber optic cables, or alternately Ethernet cables, that run along power lines. This would make the DAS system a real win for Meaford. 

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As a Community We Can Challenge and Reverse What is Presented as Inevitable


Councillors in the Municipality of Meaford are working hard to understand the implications of the possible placement of a cell tower disguised as a flag pole at our beautiful harbour.

Todd White, Executive Director of Canadian Radio-communications and Notification Service (CRINS), organized and professional, shared several facts with council at their June 9 meeting. Three stood out to me:

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Reader Suggests Green Candidate


During election campaigns one of the sentiments frequently expressed by voters is they are not happy with the way the province is being governed. This could refer to any of the three parties who have formed a government during the past 20 years. People want constructive changes that will benefit the citizens of our province and although we don’t see these parties offering any new ideas we continue to vote for the status quo thinking there is no alternative.

Now however there is a viable alternative and that is the Green Party. Elizabeth May, the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, has proven in Ottawa that even one elected representative can be a voice for democracy, an advocate for the environment and a proponent for cooperation in government and civility in politics.

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