Wireless worrisome: professor

Posted by erauch, October 17, 2010

Dr. Magda Havas believes that wireless Internet networks now present in schools will someday go the way of asbestos.

“I think we’re going to find out that it’s harmful,” said Havas, a professor of environmental and resource studies at Trent University.

“It’s going to start with kids in schools because they’re the most sensitive. A lot of schools are now putting Wi-Fi in despite warnings that they shouldn’t, they’re just going ahead and doing it. What’s happening in Barrie is just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s going to start happening in more and more schools.”

Havas — who was in the city Wednesday to address the Canadian Federation of University Women, Kingston Club, on the biological effects of electromagnetic “pollution” — stepped into the public spotlight this summer as she came to the defence of parents in Barrie who wanted wireless networks removed from their schools.

The students had been complaining that they were having, among other things, trouble concentrating, insomnia, rashes, hyperactivity, forgetfulness, depression and racing heart rates while in the school.