PHOTOS: New radio communication tower proposed for Mississauga

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If you live in the Eastgate Parkway and Cawthra Road area, you might notice a new—and very tall—addition in the not-too-distant future. 

Alectra Utilities recently sent out a public notice indicating its interest in building a new radio communication tower and antenna system on Forest Fire Lane. 

According to the notice, the 125' (38.10 metre) monopole tower will accommodate network activity between the Alectra control centre and more remote locations that already serve Alectra customers. 

"Alectra Utilities is working to ensure their organization has the infrastructure in place to respond in a very timely fashion to power outages for both the commercial and residential customers in the City of Mississauga," the notice reads. 

The notice says the utility company is experiencing significant service demands across its vast network. It says that extending its network while removing "legacy infrastructure" assures customers of a "timely power restoration process." 

The notice says that during its site evaluation, Alectra was unable to locate any existing tower space with capacity and access requirements in the search area. 

The company says that the tower, if approved, will feature landscaping and fencing that fits the city’s aesthetic. Alectra also says the tower will comply with Health Canada's Safety Code 6 Radiofrequency Exposure Guidelines. 

According to Health Canada, the limits of human exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy range from 3 kHz to 300 GHz (as of 2015 guidelines). 

"Health Canada has established and maintains a general public exposure limit that incorporates a wide safety margin and is therefore far below the threshold for potentially adverse health effects," Health Canada's Code 6 website reads.

"The department continues to monitor and analyze scientific research on this issue and should new scientific evidence arise demonstrating that exposure to radiofrequency fields poses a health risk to Canadians, Health Canada will take the appropriate action to safeguard the health of Canadians." 

In order for the tower to be built, Alectra must receive the go-ahead from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada—a federal agency.  

Residents have until Jan. 30 to weigh in on the proposal.

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All images courtesy of Alectra Utilities

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