Vancouver School District to start installing Wi-Fi despite protests

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According to the CBC, the Vancouver School District plans to start installing wireless internet service in some schools, despite a warning by the World Health Organization that the signals could be a possible carcinogen. And despite a long list of parent-driven organizations that are trying to get Wi-Fi banned from public schools.

School Board Chair Patti Bacchus said the service is being installed because the district is out of step with an educational technology that is increasingly conducted online and with students armed with laptops and smartphones.

The initial focus will be on secondary schools but a request for proposals issued last month shows the school district is seeking a contractor to provide service for 100 sites.

Last spring the World Health Organization classified wireless technology as possibly carcinogenic, leading two Ontario private schools to shut off their wireless services.

The service could be installed as early as next month in some schools.

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