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maandag, 18 januari 2010 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

Bron: Canadian Bussiness Journal 18 jan 2009

PE: Protesters block Rogers tower construction

By Nigel Armstrong, Transcontinental Media

Source: The Guardian

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A group of citizens protesting the construction of a cellphone tower, including nuns from a nearby convent, lined up to block access to the site on Wednesday. The protest drew police on two occasions, one to deal with a protester who threw himself to the ground to block trucks from entering the site. The group vows to return to the blockade effort today and Friday.

Genevieve Mullally waves to passing motorists as she and others concerned protest against the erection of cell towers off Mount Edward Road in Charlottetown Wednesday.

Rogers is planning on building a cellphone tower on land close to the Confederation Trail. It is in a location across the trail from the far north end of the UPEI soccer field. The land is owned by EastLink which has a driveway off Mount Edward Road, leading to a work and warehouse facility on the land. It was at the junction of the driveway and Mount Edward Road that people gathered Wednesday, starting in the early hours and running until just after the noon hour.

The protest is based primarily on health grounds, said Catherine Mullally. She and her husband, Phillip, own land adjacent to the EastLink land in question. She said Europe just passed guidelines in April that call on towers to have maximum radio energy 10,000 times lower than that permitted in Canada. Russia, China and most other countries in the world have guidelines about radio energy that are thousands of times lower than Canada, she said. “The parallels with the tobacco industry and the deceit and the refusal to accept peer-reviewed studies are just mind-boggling,” said Mullally on Wednesday.

Bruce Garrity joined the protest, estimating that at the peak of the day there were 30 to 40 people attending.

About mid-morning Hugh Mullally, son of Phillip and Catherine, laid himself down on the ground in front of three EastLink trucks that were trying to enter the property. Deputy Police Chief Richard Collins arrived, told the trucks to move on because they were blocking traffic and the situation was tense, then told the cheering protesters that the EastLink trucks would return and must be allowed to pass.The protesters were told that the trucks were not involved in any way with building the tower. Garrity said that it appeared that no work took place on the tower project during the protest.

“Some of us got there at 6:30 this morning,” said Garrity on Wednesday. “It was peaceful. The whole thing went very well.”

Protesters carried signs, some asking people to honk in support. “We got a lot of waves, beeps, thumbs up, but I think in the end the tower will get built,” said Garrity.

Charlottetown city council had rejected an application from Rogers to build the tower, but Rogers took the matter to Industry Canada which pulled rank and allowed the tower to proceed. That left the issue of a building permit in limbo and no permit has been issued by Charlottetown.

On Monday, the Mullally family noticed work beginning. A few phone calls soon had opponents seeking answers, ending with a trip to City Hall for an impromptu meeting with council. The next day, on Tuesday, the city was seen delivering a stop-work order but the Mullallys say work on the tower project continued through Tuesday despite the order. That led to more phone calls late Tuesday, organizing the blockade for Wednesday.

“What we want to see is that the tower not be built near homes,” said Garrity. “Rogers says that doesn’t do the trick but I don’t think they should be built near people.

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