Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 16:43:20 -0600
RAC Bulletin 03-003E Industry Canada Announces Formation of National
Antenna Tower Policy Review Committee
On Friday, March 28 2003, Allan Rock, Minister of Industry,
announced the appointment of the National Antenna Tower Review
Committee. The Committee, consisting of municipal officials, as
well as industry, health and academic experts, will be chaired by
David A. Townsend, Professor of Law at the University of New
Brunswick. Professor Townsend, you may recall, authored a
previous study on towers.
The announcement outlines the composition of the committee but
does not give the detailed process or target dates for the
submission of inputs to the committee. Presumably they have been
left to Professor Townsend and his colleagues to establish.
Professor Townsend and the Committee will consult with citizens,
communities and companies on improvements in the policy and
siting procedures for antenna tower placement. This review will
examine issues, including:
a) How can the local consultation process regarding the siting of a
specific tower be improved?
b) What are the most appropriate time frames for the processes
of approving and resolving debates surrounding specific tower
c) What means are available to readily identify whether proposed
installations may create radiofrequency fields in excess of
established exposure limits in areas where people live and work?
d) What information would most benefit concerned members of
the public and how should it be provided?
e) How and to what extent can tower sharing be utilized in order to
reduce the total number of towers?
f) Can protocols be arranged between local land-use authorities
and antenna proponents regarding the planning and siting of
antenna structures, visual guidelines and dispute resolution
RAC will participate in the policy review. Comments, suggestions
and recommendations pertaining to the technical and operational
reasons for amateur towers should be sent to Jim Dean, VE3IQ,
RAC Vice-president Regulatory Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The complete announcement and background information is
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