Residents rally against 5G in Qualicum Beach

Dr. Stephen Faulkner speaks to a small crowd of anti 5G Protesters in Qualicum Beach on June 19. || Photo by Tyler Hay
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A small group gathered at the entrance to Qualicum Beach on June 19 to protest 5G cell phone towers.

Qualicum Beach town council approved a location for a new Telus cell phone tower last year at 2045 Island Highway and chose not to hear a delegation from Dr. Stephen Faulkner from Duncan, who has expressed concern over the safety of cell phone towers, prior to approving the location. He attended the Saturday rally to express his concerns and frustration with council.

“I know I am talking to mostly the converted and a knowledgeable group of citizens here,” Faulkner said at the rally. “The harmful short and long-term effects of microwave radiation exposure are well known to medical science.” He added he believes telecommunication companies deny the truth of it.

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According to the Canadian government, there are no health risks from exposure to the low levels of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMF), which people are exposed to from cell phones, cell phone towers, antennas and 5G devices.

“We are out here today protesting 5G because 5G will kill,” said Jay Corden from Nanaimo. “There’s a lot of underlying issues with it that’s just not getting out to the public because of censorship and we need to protest these things.” 

He said he believes 5G has worsened the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said he believes COVID-19 vaccines can cause metal to stick to people’s arms and over five million people have died from receiving them.

“We are conspiracy historians — we are not theorists, we know they are not theories. They have been in play for a long time, planned for a long time and we do our research,” Corden said.

“Misinformation and opinions on the health risks from exposure to radiofrequency EMF are increasing on the internet and social media,” reads an information page from the Canadian government.  “Most recently, there have been claims linking 5G networks to COVID-19. There is no scientific basis for these claims.”

Faulkner said he believes people who lives near cell towers are more likely to get cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society says current evidence does not show any short or long-term health effects from the signals produced by cellphone towers. 

It also says there is ongoing research looking at the relationship between cancer and radiofrequency exposure from all sources.

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