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The impact on health and wellbeing -Patcham Memorial Hall, Brighton
Published on Dec 11, 2014
Talk by former MI5 agent Dr Barry Trower, a physicist who worked for British intelligence. He explains Electrosensitivity and the dangers of Microwave and Wifi Radiation.
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Richard Caniell in The Valley Voice
"Immoral and dangerous contradictions plague BC Hydro and the BC government's claims and actions. They are now, in winter, shutting off the electricity of anyone who refuses to pay the exorbitant fee charged to those who refuse a Smart Meter. Even the elderly, poor and sick are left to sit in the frigid dark while BC Hydro executives take home up to $89,000 a month. . .
"Bennett said he expects, once smart-meter opponents are forced to pay the extra fee, that many will drop their objections. 'If you really believe having a smart meter is going to make you sick, maybe you'll pay the [extra fee],' he said. 'I do think there will be lots of people who will say: 'It's not that big a deal, I'll take a smart meter.'"
"In service to this aim, the Liberal government levied on BC residents some of the highest opt-out fees in North America, at $32.50 per month. BC Hydro claims this is required to recover the cost of paying workers to read the old analogue meters. But this was shown to be a ruse when the public learned that 46,000 Smart Meter owners were still having their meters manually read, but not being charged for it; while those who didn't accept Smart Meters were being charged for this same service. . . .
Video / Excerpts from Auditor General's Report
Bonnie Lysyk [Ontario's Auditor General] says the program has failed to meet targets for reducing peak electricity demand, hasn't changed Ontarians' consumption patterns and hasn't affected hydro bills in a positive way. CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan has more on how much more Ontarians have been paying for electricity.
Excerpts from the report, the $$meter section is at http://www.auditor.on.ca/en/reports_en/en14/311en14.pdf pages 362-404.
i) As well, the benefits of Smart Metering in reducing distribution companies' operating costs and reducing electricity bills to ratepayers were so far limited: Of the distribution companies we consulted, 95% said they realized no savings and their operating costs actually rose, and over half said they received a high volume of ratepayer complaints about "increased bills with no savings."
ii) In 2013, separate studies released by the Ontario Power Authority and the OEB indicated that TOU pricing had a modest impact on residential ratepayers, reducing their peak demand by only about 3%, but a limited or unclear effect on small businesses, and none at all on energy conservation.
iii) Those distribution companies that did track complaints found that most ratepayers were upset about TOU pricing, which they believed resulted in higher electricity bills than previously.
iv) The IESO has exclusive authority to develop and operate a provincial data centre in which to process smart-meter data for the province. However, the goal of operating the provincial data centre as a central system to ensure standard and cost-effective data processing has not been met because most distribution companies have used their own systems to process smart-meter data (before transmitting it to, or after receiving it from, the provincial data centre) for billing purposes.
v) There are 73 distribution companies across Ontario, each responsible for procuring, installing and operating smart-meter systems. Each distribution company negotiated with different vendors to procure systems for their regions. As a result of the different costs incurred by distribution companies, we noted that the average cost per meter was about $190, but varied significantly, ranging from $81 per meter at one distribution company to $544 per meter at another.
vi) The installation of about 4.8 million smart meters in Ontario rendered millions of conventional analog meters obsolete, making it necessary to retire and dispose of them sooner than planned. The distribution companies we consulted said the analog meters they had to scrap were still in good shape and could have been used for another five to 16 more years.
vii) another additional cost is related to the replacement of smart meters, which will likely further increase the Delivery Charge on electricity bills because smart meters would be subject to earlier and more frequent replacement than analog meters.
The estimated useful life for a typical smart meter is 15 years, compared to 40 years for an analog meter. The distribution companies we consulted said the 15-year estimate is overly optimistic because smart meters:
• are subject to significant technological changes, making it difficult to maintain hardware and software for the first-generation meters, which do not have the advanced functions of newer models;
• have complex features, such as radio communications and digital displays, which are subject to higher malfunction and failure rates;
• are similar to other types of information technology, computer equipment and electronic devices in that they are backed by short warranty periods and require significant upgrades or more frequent replacements as the technology matures; and
• will likely be obsolete by the time they are re-verified as required by the federal agency Measurement Canada every six to 10 years
viii) About 4.8 million smart meters have been installed by distribution companies across Ontario, but approximately 812,000 of them, or about one in six, have not transmitted any data to the provincial data centre for processing. (Note: 812,000 being manually read)
ix) Smart meters enable the collection of massive amounts of personal electricity-use data, allowing ratepayers and distribution companies--as well as anyone else with access to the data--to see exactly what makes up a ratepayer's electricity use. The smart-meter data could reveal when people are out, daily routines and changes in those routines. As a result, electricity-use patterns could be mined, for example, for marketing and advertising purposes.
x) Therefore, there could be security risks at the distribution-company level that the IESO was not aware of and over which it had no control.
xi) The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), Ontario's principal adviser on fire protection policy and safety issues, indicated that it is aware of fires involving smart meters in Ontario, elsewhere in Canada, and in the United States. However, some distribution companies and fire departments do not report such cases to the OFM, so more information is needed to assess the extent of the problem in Ontario.
xii) From May 2011 to March 2013, for example, the OFM recorded 14 fires involving either meters or the bases on which they were mounted. Based on anecdotal evidence, the OFM identified three possible root causes for the fires:
Environmental Health Trust and Grassroots Environmental Education
"With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, those clamoring to now stuff their kids' holiday stockings with their low priced electronic gadgets would do well to read the fine print that comes with all these toys, advises Environmental Health Trust (EHT), a group promoting safer phone use. A growing number of experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics, warns that the young brain needs more time on their parent's lap and less time on the phone's app.
"We all need to "#PracticeSafeTech," advises EHT's President, Dr. Devra Davis." What may be appropriate for adults may not be at all suitable for toddlers with their more rapidly growing brains and bodies." Would you give your child the keys to the car or a shot of whiskey just because she really wanted it?
"Thanks to low competitive pricing, what was once out of price point is now affordable. Retailers are going all out to make owning the latest mobile phones affordable with free equipment provided that parents pay long term contracts? After all, mobile phone prices have dropped or in some cases, free - making them easier to gift. "What harm could it do to youngsters to have such a cool, hot gadget--especially if they can use it to learn to read, see movies, or just stay connected with friends via social media? The answer is: plenty," advises Dr. Davis. . . .
To be delivered to BC Provincial Health Office
This resolution is intended to address the concerns of citizens regarding the escalating growth of wireless radiation in British Columbia. We invite the signatures of medical health professionals and researchers who wish to join with us in bringing attention to the hazards of electromagnetic radiation.
Hello Fellow Citizens:
As citizens of British Columbia, we have created a British Columbia Resolution on the Proliferation of Electromagnetic Radiation and we are requesting your support. The resolution is at the address below. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-british-columbia-1
The purpose of the resolution is to force our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to take action to implement the precautionary principle...rather than continuing on his current course of willful blindness and denial. It will ultimately be delivered to the British Columbia Provincial Health Office.
We are seeking the signatures of medical and other health professionals as well as all concerned citizens. Beneath the signature panel there is space to add comments... your comments are especially useful to us and welcomed.
We request your consideration towards signing our resolution. If you know of others that may be interested in supporting this initiative, we would appreciate you forwarding this email to them.
Thank you for your time, and good luck in fighting this fight that we must win...at any cost.
Ron Gordon Maple Ridge BC
"When injustice becomes institutionalized, resistance becomes a duty."
Whereas the population of the Province of British Columbia is not currently protected by effective and authoritative guidelines or regulations governing exposure to involuntary or incidental, non-thermal, electromagnetic radiation in their homes and public places, the British Columbia, Canada, organization - Citizens for Safe Technology - in collaboration with the undersigned, hereby passes the following Resolution.
"The time is finally here: FortisBC will begin replacing electricity meters in the Kelowna area next week.
"Corporate Communications Advisor David Wylie says they will start installing the smart meters in Joe Rich, Black Mountain and parts of Rutland.
"The first contact would actually be a piece of mail that was sent directly to customers, letting them know a few weeks in advance that we're going to be exchanging their meter at the property," explains Wylie.
"On the day of the exchange, they'll see one of our meter installers from our authorized contractor Corix Utilities. The meter installer will knock on the door to let the customer know we're there and what we're doing."
"Those homes can expect a brief power outage - expected to last a few minutes - while the old meters are replaced with the new, controversial advanced metering systems. . . .
"Following the installment of smart meters in Kelowna, Fortis crews will begin work in the South Okanagan with a projected start date in May 2015. . . .
Registration Notice, instructions and background information (updated)
FOR FortisBC Customers
As yet there is no Class Action Lawsuit in motion in the FortisBC Electric service area.
In the meantime, we encourage FortisBC customers to register their refusal of a smart meter with FortisBC using the following "No-Fee Opt-Out Registration Notice" form.
Smart Meter NO-FEE OPT OUT Registration Notice FortisBC
FortisBC No Trespassing Sign
FortisBC confirmation of application
September 18, 2013: FortisBC Inc Radio-Off AMI Meter Option Application to BCUC
Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:
Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms
* Check out the postings under BCUC/BC Hydro Class Action on this website for ongoing news and updates.
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ALERT - Proposed legislation would silence those with whom the government disagrees . . .
"One of our most important civil liberties is the right to discuss and debate issues of concern within our communities. Silencing those with whom the government disagrees, or allowing others to silence this debate for purposes of their own, is tantamount to limiting our free speech.
What is this government so afraid of? In a healthy democracy, debate should be encouraged. Stifling discourse will lead to tyranny, which seems to be the way this government wants to rule. Ruling by fear and through threats does not belong in BC or Canada.
"This is the next logical step in the way the govt. is trying to do business. First, govern by directive so that no opposition can be voiced by the other party. Second, shut down any public opposition by groups exercising their civil rights.
"This is not a government that can withstand scrutiny, and it wants to make sure it has to answer to no one!
"Is the opposition going to speak out about this? This should be strongly debated, with significant public input - not hidden as it has been.
"This White Paper is frightening, and I find this proposal appalling.
Huffington Post: "Christy Clark's Proposed Policy Overhaul is Breathtakingly Stupid"
November 12, 2014
Class Action Lawsuit Update
Human Rights Tribunal Decision Update
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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