WARNING: Wifi is a Health and Safety Risk to Staff and Students! (Or So This Teachers Union Says)

by Knowlton Thomas

DANGER: Wifi is a "potential health and safety risk" to students and faculty. Or so warns a report issued by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association.

The union published the report today, which recommends that schools immediately cease installing wifi networks due to health risks. The report also suggests that computers only connect to the internet via hardwired connections to minimize "hazards." The union represents teachers from 1,400 Catholic schools across Ontario.

"We do not know what the long-term effects of low-level non-ionizing radiation are on those who are exposed," reads the document. "No form of radiation can be deemed 'safe' as it depends on the constitution of the individual exposed, the amount of exposure as well as a sufficient amount of time to pass to observe any health effects that have a long latency period (i.e. cancer). The safety of this technology has not thoroughly been researched and therefore the precautionary principle and prudent avoidance of exposure should be practised."

Health Canada adamantly maintains that there is absolutely no evidence that low-level exposure to wireless Internet is a threat to one's health.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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