Cellphones, Wi-Fi Deemed “Serious Public Health Issue”: Parliamentary Report

Cell phones and WiFi can cause cancer, infertility, and learning disabilities, according to a new report delivered Tuesday by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA). As a result, the microwave radiation coming from the handsets is a “serious public health issue.”


That casts some black clouds over Health Canada. According to four international experts who testified during the hearings, Health Canada is “either unwilling or not competent” enough to realize, based on scientific evidence, that cell phones and WiFi are harmful to the health of Canadians.

That’s despite growing evidence that the devices Canadians use on a daily basis are harmful, especially to children.

This Committee finally gave a voice to the scientists,” said Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft Canada who is now CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST).

“It reached across Party lines to tell Canadians we deserve to be protected. Health Canada has to stop hiding behind the worst countries on this issue, and instead catch up with countries like France and Belgium where you can’t market a cell phone to children anymore, or expose children to Wi-Fi in a daycare,” said Clegg.

As a first step, parents need to be educated about the risks wireless devices such as cell phones and tablets represent to ensure that they keep their families safe both at home and at school, the study recommends.

More importantly, doctors need to recognize the symptoms associated with common wireless devices.

The full report and the transcript from the hearings are available at this link.

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  • Lakh Jhajj

    God , what do we do now? Cellphones and WiFi have become a necessity and if approved a commodity too soon.

    There was a day I forgot my phone at home when i left for work and trust me I felt like I left my arm at home. I was so helpless.

    What can health Canada do about this. Or our govt or anyone else? Will the industry invent a whole new technology for communicating and if for a talk they did still it gonna take years of on field study to decide how safe the new technology for WiFi and cellphones really is ?

  • Christian Henry

    The report was written by “Canadians for Safe Technology”.

    In other words, you could not possibly find a more impartial, unbiased report anywhere, at any cost.


  • Tim

    It may very well be be my jail broken phone, but just a heads up that the scrolling on the pages is very stuttered lately. Mainly around the images and the ads. Anyone else? Not meaning to complain.

  • johnnygoodface

    Other reports say exactly the opposite. Why should we believe this new report over the others… I mean who’s telling the truth?…

  • Matt

    I’m not sure the site you are linking to is a reliable source.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Agreed & my phone is no longer jail broken.

  • Christopher Porter

    The report doesn’t appear to say any of the things that you claim (or rather, that C4ST claim in their press release). As far as I can tell, the recommendations are that HC consider funding research into this field.

    My understanding is that the (credible) research into the topic has not shown any connection between WiFi/cellphone/microwave radiation and cancer (see http://genome.fieldofscience.com/2015/01/no-wi-fi-exposure-is-not-killing-your.html).

  • Shorty_dammit

    Non-ionizing radiation is non-ionizing. Nothing to see here.