Pettipas Project


The initial conference with the new judge is scheduled for April 23, 2018.

In 2011, Edna and Marshall Pettipas of Afton, Nova Scotia, having lost their health and their home, filed a lawsuit for personal injuries against Bell Aliant Regional Communications for operation of a cell tower on their land. Pettipas_home

The trial, originally scheduled for April 20, 2015, was postponed after legal maneuvering by Bell Aliant. In December 2015, the Pettipas retained a new lawyer on contingency, at a very reputable law firm. It has taken three years, but they are finally back on the court’s calendar. “Contingency” means their lawyer will not bill them for legal fees, but they are still responsible for actual expenses, primarily the costs of flying in experts from several countries to testify at trial. Pledges in any amount should be sent to The Pettipas will call in their pledges only if they receive enough promised donations to see them through the trial.

Edna PettipasThe Pettipas bought their 16-acre property in 1994 with the hopes of one day building a home with views of St. Georges Bay. In 2001, they were approached by Bell Aliant about the possibility of placing a cell phone tower on the property. They initially refused, but were intensely pressured by the company.

“They told us that we either agree to let them put the tower up there behind our homesite or if we didn’t they would go to a neighbour and the tower could have been located beside or in front the house,” Edna said. “We felt blackmailed.” Having been reassured by Bell Alliant that there were no safety issues, they gave a 20-year lease to the company, which erected the tower in February 2002.

In 2007 they built what was supposed to be their dream home, and they moved in. “We started getting sick instantaneously,” Edna said. In September 2008, she and her teenage daughter moved out of the house when Edna’s tumor marker levels went “through the roof.” They tried moving back into the house in March 2009 but didn’t last the day. Every time she was on the property Edna’s tumor marker levels skyrocketed, and every time she left, they came back down.

Edna has been diagnosed with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), and she has also developed breast cancer and had a bilateral mastectomy. The Pettipas are suing Bell Aliant for fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation and for breach of implied warranty.

In March 2014, the Cellular Phone Task Force launched a fundraising campaign. Thanks to generous donations, the Pettipas were able to assemble an impressive team of experts and pay for their reports. On July 18, 2014, the Pettipas named the following doctors, scientists, and engineering consultants as their expert witnesses:

ENRIQUE NAVARRO, PhD, Professor of Physics, University of Valencia,
Spain. Researcher in electromagnetism. Teaches communication systems,
microwaves, and antennas;

HORST EGER, MD, of Naila, Germany. Physician and epidemiologist;

ANTHONY MILLER, MD, of Toronto, Canada. Specialist in the epidemiology
of breast cancer;

MARTIN BLANK, PhD. Retired professor in the Dept. of Physiology and
Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, living in Victoria, BC;

KUMAR BISWAS, ND of British Columbia;

JONATHAN FOX, MD, of Fall River, Nova Scotia;

BEN BOUCHER, MD, of Halifax, Nova Scotia;

MAGDA HAVAS, PhD, of Peterborough, Ontario. Associate Professor of
Environmental and Resource Studies, Trent University;

WALTER MCGINNIS, of McGinnis Electric in Victoria, BC; and

PATRICK LAST, building biologist in Salisbury, New Brunswick.

TO PLEDGE: email Edna at

TO DONATE: or or e-transfer using email: or by postal mail: Edna Pettipas, 484 Old Antigonish Road, RR#1 Afton, Antigonish, NS B0H 1A0, Canada

FOR U.S. CITIZENS WHO NEED TAX DEDUCTIONS, donations can be made via Paypal on this website, or by check to: Cellular Phone Task Force, PO Box 6216, Santa Fe, NM 87502, USA. Remember to write “Pettipas Project” on your check, or choose “Pettipas Project” on the donation form on this website. The Cellular Phone Task Force is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.