MP calls for warning labels on mobile phones, other devices

A Conservative Member of Parliament is teaming with a former president of Microsoft Canada to fight for greater awareness of the alleged dangers of wireless radiation.

Terrance Young, the Member of Parliament for Oakville in Ontario and a Conservative Party of Canada backbencher, is holding a press conference in Ottawa Monday to announce what he calls “multi-party support” for his private member’s bill, which would require warning labels on cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors and other microwave-emitting wireless devices.

“The World Health Organization places wireless radiation on the same cancer warning-list as DDT, lead and car exhaust,” said Young, in a statement. “Canadians have a right to know this.”

While technology vendors such as BlackBerry and Apple already publish health warnings in their product packaging, Young said he feels they’re not easy enough to find.

“The warnings are in fine print, in paper booklets that few people read,” he said. “This new bill ensures those same warnings will be readable and easy to find, right on the packaging or the device.”

Young envisions warning labels similar to those found on tobacco products should his bill pass, with fines of up to $100,000/day to retailers that don’t ensure the labels are affixed to products they sell.

Young will be joined for his press conference by former Microsoft Canada president Frank Clegg, who now heads a group called Canadians for Safe Technology.

Most private member’s bills fail to become law.

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