Letters to the Editor

Wi-Fi ruining parks

I was shocked to see that ‘hot spots’ have been set up in provincial parks and at beaches.

My husband and I took guests to visit Little Qualicum Provincial Park. The Wi-Fi was so intense throughout the entire park that we were dizzy. I got a headache and I felt ill for the remainder of the day. There were no birds and there was no bird song. If one checks the provincial Ministry of the Environment’s website, their published goals are:

• Pollution prevention; • Continuous improvement in air, land and water quality; • And fully engaged partners.

What a dichotomy this is. This ministry proclaims all of these “improvements” and “preventions.”

Wi-Fi is, plain and simple, radiation. Did any “environmentally conscious” leaders do any testing to see what long-term affects this constant radiation would have on the fish, the plant life, the birds, and the animals? How about the affects on the many tourists and locals who come through on a regular basis? How does this radiation affect small children? I wonder who, from their office, would be willing to take a stand and to state that because Wi-Fi is “invisible” that it is safe? Radiation has never been safe.

The health and welfare of everything in nature has been jeopardized so that a few texting individuals can access their iPhones and iPads. These individuals might just as well stay home; they certainly are not enjoying nature. Parks and recreational areas should be safe places for everyone to walk, hike, swim and enjoy nature.

The government should be ashamed and embarrassed as to what it considers its top priority.

Faye Carmody

Qualicum Beach

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