FROM: GILDA ROVAN
RE: PROPOSED BELL CELL TOWER
Dear Mayor Barrow:
I have been a resident of Richmond Hill for the past twenty-one years.
Prior to that time I lived in Thornhill in the Willowbrook area for
ten years. During that time I watched as my husband, the father of
two young children, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age
of 41. Our lives were permanently, negatively impacted. I also
watched one of my closest friends die two years after being
diagnosed with ALS. Another friend's husband developed a brain
tumor that went into his sinuses and which resulted in more
than four very long surgeries that changed his face beyond
recognition. Another friend's beautiful and talented daughter died
at 18 from cancer. Another friend got Alzheimer's in her early
forties and is still residing in a nursing home in her late fifties.
We all lived in the Willowbrook area, surrounded by Hydro wires.
When my friend, Cheryl, went to Sunnybrook Hospital after being
diagnosed with ALS, one of the first questions that she was asked
was if she had ever lived in the Willowbrook area. Why? They had
recently diagnosed 6 cases of ALS, all from the Willowbrook area.
Yet, government officials are still trying to tell us that the hydro
wires are safe. The radiation from each is minimal but how much is
too much for our already compromised immune systems.
So, I moved to Richmond Hill. I had heard wonderful things about
this area that has such a rich history. I felt that here my family
would be safe.
Well, here we are again but this time we have the opportunity to
protect our husbands, our wives, our children from the insidiousness
of things being done in the name of progress. At a time when the
world is going "GREEN" this seems quite strange to me.
You, as our Mayor, must be the one to protect Richmond Hill from
this deadly radiation. By signing the "Open Letter to Bell Mobility
by the Mayor of the Town of Richmond Hill" you are sending a message
to the big cell phone companies that Richmond Hill will not stand by
and close its eyes as they come in and make us sick or even kill
us. There are enough environmental and other toxins that our bodies
have to cope with that we cannot control. This we can.
Please act on our behalf. I know that you are very busy with other
matters but I truly, as a citizen of Richmond Hill, cannot think of
anything that could be more important than this issue.