Sun News, 20 March 2013

VANCOUVER ­- The BC Teachers' Federation could start considering exceptions for educators who don't want to be around Wi-Fi Internet systems in schools.

Concerns would likely be handled on a case-by-case basis after a resolution was passed at the union's annual general meeting Monday, recognizing there's a "possible cancer risk" from the networks.

"There are a number of practicable, safer alternatives to the current always-on routers used in schools," said the submission from Nicola Valley Teachers' Union.

The union will now adopt the World Health Organization's stance on the effects of "radio frequency" and "electromagnetic" fields as a possible carcinogen, with the intention to "take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure."

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