- Published: Monday, 08 September 2014 10:13
- Written by Letter to the Editor
The following is an open letter to council:
The past is littered with examples of products and technologies that have been brought to market and later found to be harmful to humans, animals and the environment. Early evidence of harmful effects was ignored as our regulatory agencies cast aside the "precautionary principle" and replaced it with the "business friendly" principle.
The current flagpole cell tower proposal is a perfect example. We know that there are health risks with this technology. If we follow the "precautionary principle'' we do not require certainty that harm will be caused, only that there is enough evidence of risk that a prudent person will err on the side of caution. Clearly the prudent decision is to refuse the flagpole option and tell Rogers to wait for the newer, safer technology, as per Councilor Stevens' recent directive.