TELUS Cell Towers Cause Concern for Residents in Vancouver’s West End

TELUS recently installed a $500,000 wireless cellular site at the top of a building in Vancouver’s West End, with permission from the City of Vancouver after customer complaints of poor coverage in the area.

Jules Grant and Melia Sorenson live in a building next to the newly erected TELUS cell towers and worry the close proximity to the site could impact the health and safety of their family, which includes small children.

Telus cell phone array

Image via CBC

Speaking to CBC News, Grant says the towers are “perhaps, 25 metres from my bedroom, where my small children are,” while also noting “It seems like we have a pretty good indication that cellular radiation may have human health impacts, that we’re advised not to hold them next to our heads when we speak on them, but to use the headsets, and we do that because of potential health impacts.”

Telus spokeswoman Liz Sauve explained to CBC News “Our wireless sites emit a signal hundreds, if not, thousands of times less than what’s deemed safe by Health Canada.” The company agreed to chat with concerned neighbours about the new cell array.

Grant believes he has a right to know when these new cell towers go up, explaining “It was done with no notification, no consultation, and they shrouded it with a big tent, which they only took off last week. So we couldn’t tell what they were doing.”

Industry Canada directed Grant to an exclusion section which says if a wireless carrier is installing cell cites on top of existing structures, they are not required to inform the public of the new additions.

What do you think? Aren’t wireless sites everywhere already and are pretty much unavoidable nowadays?

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  • Daniel

    This saddest part of this article is stupid people breed. A simple understanding of non-ionizing radiation would shut them up.

  • Chrome262

    Unfortunately WHO also doesn’t really have any decent consistent evidence yet tells people to be careful. So when you go with the general public who are either to lazy to actually read all the info, or actually know how the tech works they tend to go with what large organizations say. Even if they made assumptions based little data.

  • wah_gee

    Typical of people in the west side. They’ve got the $$$. I’m in the east part. I’m sure the people in the area have complained about poor reception, thus the installation of the cell towers.

  • Jay

    If it worries Jules and Melia that much then move

  • xxxJDxxx

    well yea, but they thought the cell tower would be installed on a poor person’s roof.

  • commenting

    If the parent thinks the phones are dangerous, then why do they own them in the first place. Get a land line.

  • Johns_Son

    This is in the West End of Vancouver and not the west side. Totally different demographics.

  • wah_gee

    I stand corrected. 🙂
    Our complaints from Hastings-Sunrise would never be heard. Just saying.

  • skippingrock

    I some ways I miss the old analogue cell towers that had a huge radius and could sit on top of mountains. I’m not as concerned of the health impacts; but they sure the heck are ugly and often don’t mess well with the original architecture and ascetics of the structures they bolt them onto.

    As a designer myself, I could just imagine the horror architects have when they see one of their works of art massacred by these hideous things.

    Take for example what’s happened to the grandstand at the University of Victoria.
    (I don’t know why they didn’t install them on the field light towers, they are taller and wouldn’t have looked so ugly.)

  • Ashley K. Tanner

    Probably no worse than having a microwave in your house…

    I say don’t worry about it…. and if it is a concern…. then you can move.

  • David

    I am appalled at the ignorance and apathy of the Canadian public on these cell towers and the blind trust some Candians have in government. Read simple facts: why 49 countries in Europe and around the world have met non-ionizing cell tower limits that are regulated a THOUSAND TIMES lower than Canadian and USA standards. Not to mention much stricter limits on tower distances to populated buildings in densely populated areas. The WHO has recently classified cell tower radiation as a potential carcinogen!