Calgary

Canyon Meadows residents fight new cellphone tower

Some residents of Canyon Meadows want Rogers Communications Inc. to change the site for a new cellphone tower in the community.

Rogers proposal will add a third tower on local church property

Cellphone tower battle

8 years ago
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Some residents in Canyon Meadows wants Rogers to move a new cellphone tower in the community. 2:19

Some residents of Canyon Meadows want Rogers Communications to change the site for a new cellphone tower in the community.

Rogers has been given approval to install the tower on the property of Woodgreen Presbyterian church, where two cellphone towers are already located in the belfry.

"Pretty soon we’re just going to be a nest of towers," said resident Chris Tworek at a community meeting on Wednesday night.

"If nothing else we think they should be restricted to commercial or public thoroughfare zones or industrial areas."

Ald. Diane Colley-Urquhart supports the idea.

"It’s the ethically smart thing to do as a good corporate citizen, to listen to communities, to work with communities, to find the best place for these to go."

In an email to CBC, Rogers said the cellphone towers are required to meet growing demand.

The company said the towers are federally regulated and often use a fraction of the output considered safe by Health Canada.

Tworek says this is an issue the entire city has to face.

"Calgary already has 500 cell towers and there’s something like 400 planned," said Tworek.

Colley-Urquhart is hopeful an email campaign from residents will encourage Rogers to reconsider the placement of this tower.

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