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article imageFormer Cold War weapons expert speaks out about Wi-Fi in schools

By Chanah Rubenstein     Aug 24, 2010 in World
Barrie Trower, a scientist and former weapons expert is speaking out about the use of wireless Internet in schools, saying they could cause birth defects for multiple generations.
Mr. Trower is in Toronto to speak at the University of Toronto on the safety of Wi-Fi use in public schools. He is a former microwave weapons specialist who worked for the British government during the Cold War. He has spoken out for years on the use of microwaves, especially used by and around children.
Mr. Trower told Postmedia News in an interview that when he “realized these same frequencies and powers [as weapons during the Cold War] were being used as Wi-Fi in schools, I decided to come out of retirement and travel around the world free of charge and explain exactly what the problem is going to be in the future,”
He added, “Children are not small adults, they are underdeveloped adults, so there are different symptoms.”
He worries for the young girls in these schools, “low level microwaves can damage the ovaries in girls. If you damage the DNA, there could be a genetic disorder from the child that is born from that lady when they grow up.”
Postmedia News discovered, that while Health Canada adamantly claims that the levels emitted must meet safety standards and are usually well below limits, they also acknowledge in their guidelines that some people are more susceptible to the side effects generated from low level energy levels.
Recently there has been much talk about the safety concerns of Wi-Fi in schools. Last week, Simcoe County School Board refused to rid their schools of wireless Internet after many complaints from parents that their children were experiencing headaches, nausea, dizziness and rapid heartbeats. These symptoms showed up shortly after the schools installed the wireless systems and would disappear on the weekends.
At the time, superintendent of education for the Simcoe County school board, John Dance said to Postmedia News, “We don’t put children at risk, but we can’t just shut it down and affect the learning of 50,000 students because someone says it might have health effects,”
The Simcoe County Safety School Committee paid for Mr. Trower’s travel expenses to speak in Toronto.
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