Calgary : Some Hawkwood residents ‘hang up’ on cell tower proposal

 

Area councillor says a choice has to be made

By David Bell, CBC News Posted: Jun 14, 2016 8:44 PM MT Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 8:44 PM MT

Ward 2 Coun. Joe Magliocca says residents will have to decide how important cell service is to them. (Mike Symington/CBC)

For the second time in three years residents in the northwest community of Hawkwood are trying to keep a Rogers cell phone tower out of their community.

At a meeting Tuesday night some residents expressed concern about the potential health effects.

Viorica Robinson says coverage is sufficient and she worries about the possible health consequences of living in close proximity to a cell tower.

“We don’t know and twenty years from now might find out as bad as the high power line for us . or the tobacco. I don’t think we have enough studies to show it does not do anything wrong to us,” Robinson tells CBC News.

Viorica RobinsonViorica Robinson is against the proposed tower. She says service is fine in the area and she’s concerned about the possible health effects. (Mike Symington/CBC)

Ward 2 Coun. Joe Magliocca says it comes down to choices.

“In the valley there is a lot of weak signal and they also get complaints they get a weak signal so we’re trying to satisfy both parties,” Magliocca said.

Proposed cell tower HawkwoodAn artist’s rendition of what the proposed cell tower would look like. (Mike Symington/CBC)

“Either you want a cellphone or you don’t want a cellphone or you want a cell tower or you don’t want a cell tower.”

 

Rogers will continue to gather public input and then make their case to city council. The city has the final say on a new tower.

 

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With files from Mike Symington

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/hawkwood-cell-tower-meeting-1.3635670 

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