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Port Credit NEIGHBOURHOODS:
Shawnmarr

CELL PHONE TOWER AT SHAWNMARR PARK:
Since November 2011, residents near Shawnmarr Park (map) have been asking about the new tower which has been erected in their neighbourhood.

Click image for enlargement (supplied photo of Shawnmarr Park cell tower in Port Credit, from a resident, January 2012). 

The City Parks Department and the Ward Councillor's Office did not have the information for residents at the time because the tower was not installed in the park, but on the adjacent road boulevard.  The City Transportation and Works Dept. was able to supply information about the tower to the Councillor's Office on January 27, 2012

"The recently installed tower on Queen Street West is a 14.9m (48.88 ft) high telecommunication tower that was installed by Bell Canada.  Industry Canada, an agency of the federal government, has the authority to regulate telecommunication towers under the federal Radiocommunication Act.  Because of this, the City has no authority under the provincial Planning Act or our City By-laws to stop the installation of a telecommunication tower.

Further, Industry Canada excludes telecommunication towers that are less than 15.0 m (49.21 ft) above ground level from the requirement to consult with the Land-Use Authority and the public.  As such, the telecommunication service provider did not consult with the Land-Use Authority (i.e. Planning and Building Department) regarding the installation of this tower.

Bell Canada did obtain a road occupancy permit from the Transportation and Works Department to allow for the construction activities to occur.  The road occupancy permit tracks construction activity with the City owned road right of way by all contractors to manage insurance requirements, boulevard damage, cleanup etc.  The road occupancy permit is not a mechanism that rules on whether the subject tower should be allowed.

We have also recently been informed by both Bell Canada and Industry Canada that the radio frequency strength emitted from this tower calculated at a height of 2m above ground level is 100 times less than the allowable maximum limited specified in Health Canada's Safety Code 6 (standard for general public)."