Letter to the Editor: We don’t learn from history

The only thing we generally learn from history is that we don’t learn from history!

Editor, The Gazette:

As a certified trainer of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (aka the Green Book or OSHA), I had the privilege of conveying many of its sobering truths to hundreds of supervisors in the mining industry back in Ontario.

These truths can of course be extended to all walks of life because that’s what truth is and does.

OSHA is legislation that was (and still is being) “written in blood”—i.e. most of its laws, regulations, and their ensuing modifications took place after repeated health and/or safety disasters had occurred.

I say this because I’m hoping Grand Forks city council (and staff) will practise due diligence by following (Section 25 of Part III) and therefore “taking every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker” (or in our case, “citizen”) from the EMF (Electro-Magnetic Frequency) radiation emitted by WiFi-capable hydro and water meters.

Much suffering could have been alleviated had arsenic, asbestos, lead, mercury and other substances been “designated” as harmful to human health years or even decades earlier. X-rays are also regulated under OSHA as well as “radon daughters.”

Thus my point that long-wave EMF radiation is really the electronic equivalent of second-hand cigarette smoke. Particularly at risk are children and pregnant women.

But until Health Canada reduces its EMF emission standards by a factor of at least 100 to align with many other nations, including most of Europe and even China and Russia, we will all continue to face the long-term consequences.

Industry experts tell us that to eliminate hazards we can do one of three things: distance yourself from the hazard, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when near the hazard, or engineer the hazard out of the system. My wife and I would prefer to stay in Grand Forks and not have to shield our home, so let’s see how we can work together to eliminate or at least minimize this EMF hazard before too much “blood” is shed!

Unfortunately, the only thing we generally learn from history is that we don’t learn from history!

Tom Tripp

Grand Forks








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