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Farren Lander at Choices Public Market in South Surrey
Farren Lander is an electrodermal screening health practitioner with extensive knowledge in understanding the underlying environmental causes of degenerative diseases, specifically cancer, and what can be done to prevent them. He has been fortunate to work and train alongside numerous naturopathic and medical practitioners, and has been affiliated as an advocate and educator with the Cancer Prevention Coalition and Citizens for Safe Technology.
Re: British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority Application for Approval of Charges Related to Meter Choices Program ~ Project No.3698760
"The Panel has examined the evidentiary record and the submissions of BC Hydro and Interveners and is of the view that further clarification of some issues is required. Accordingly, BC Hydro is requested to respond to the attached Commission Panel questions. Following receipt of BC Hydro's response, all parties are invited to provide a supplemental submission on the questions and responses, if any, according to the following regulatory timetable:
city refuses endorsement for Hammond Bay project - Nanaimo Daily News (S Anderson)
Company confirms it is cancelling $500,000 Hammond Bay project after city refuses endorsement
"Telus Communications Company has withdrawn its proposal to build a cellphone tower in Hammond Bay following a Nanaimo council vote Monday not to endorse the proposal.
"Telus had applied to Industry Canada for permission to build the 35-metre tower, which Telus says is required to improve poor wireless coverage in the area, which is notorious for dropped calls and poor cellphone reception.
"As part of its application, Telus had entered into consultations with the city and gathered feedback from residents close to the structure. The company had asked council to write a letter to the federal government supporting its application; instead, council voted 8-1 to do the opposite, citing health, environmental and visual impact concerns from residents, who have spoken out in opposition to the proposal.
"On Tuesday, Telus spokesman Shawn Hall confirmed the company was cancelling the $500,000 project: "At this time we are not proceeding with the site in Hammond Bay, unfortunately," he said.
"We came into the community and started exploring sites a few years ago in response to enormous customer demand for service, so there's a significant coverage gap there we wanted to fill. We will have to look at whether we can come back to the community in the future."
"The company was prepared to lease the 2.9-acre site, which is located at 4700 Hammond Bay Rd. Hall said "an exhaustive search" over several years had yielded no alternative sites.
"Coun. Bill McKay, the sole council member to vote against rejecting the application, voiced his frustration. He noted the area is a candidate for a new fire hall, and said poor cellular service would undermine public safety.
"I can't believe that a few citizens over in Hammond Bay are able to dictate public safety," he said.
Response to Questions re Method of BC Hydro Smart Meter Refusal - Updated December 16, 2013
"A question we are asked frequently is whether people can still participate in the civil lawsuit against BC Hydro if they are using other forms and processes of smart meter resistance. The answer is simply, yes, you can participate and use any of our forms and letters, as nothing a person can do individually with regard to such choices could affect the lawsuit one way or another. It is important to note that all civil lawsuit participants registered with CST remain completely anonymous to BC Hydro and the Court, unless specifically identified with a personal Affidavit. . . .
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Will it soon be too late? Cancer expected to increase by 70% in next 20 years according to WHO (Olle Johansson)
DEBATE. The World Health Organization has released a bleak future forecast. The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase from 14 million to 25 million per year over the next 20 years - an increase of 70 percent.
"Despite encouraging progress, the report shows that we can not treat ourselves out of the cancer problem," said Christopher Wild, co-author of the report. But one question lingers for me: Why does WHO themselves not consider another possible cause of this avalanche, a cause that they themselves have warned about and predicted? Let me explain.
"Today, various wireless devices flood our homes, schools and other workplaces. The issues around all of these sources of radiation are numerous. Adults are not at all certain that all this radiation is harmless, they are not at all sure that wireless technology is without risk. To this one can add numerous studies and investigations, expert reports and commentaries aries which in summary say that "there is a strong suspicion of damage." . . .
"New" MTHR report claims no health effects from cell phones, etc. (Magda Havas - EMF Facts Consultancy))
N.B. "MTHR" = Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research. The "new report" was presented in 2012 . . .
"Whenever I occasionally see a newspaper headline proclaiming new research has found that mobile phones are perfectly safe for everybody my first thought is: is it industry funded and secondly, who is evaluating the research. . . .
"Considering the MTHR reports limited reference base; its reliance on government and industry funding, both who are promoters of RF technology; its avoidance of mentioning contrary findings such as from Hardell's group; an inevitable scientific bias by inclusion of ICNIRP / IEMFP and like minded members; and its use of questionable provocation studies, this report is more spin that science. Rather than being a new "state of the art" scientific review the 2012 MTHR report is but just another industry influenced spin designed by its limitations to give a false sense of public health safety on behalf of the telco industry where none exists."
Safety Code 6 needs to be updated now
Frank Clegg, former President of MicroSoft Canada, is taking a leadership role trying to encourage Health Canada to update its antiquated guideline for radio frequency and microwave radiation.
Below is an article he wrote for The Hills times. Well worth reading. He is one of the founding members of www.c4st.org
Canada lagging behind China and Russia: Safety Code 6 needs to be updated now
By FRANK CLEGG
Published: Monday, 02/10/2014 12:00 am EST
Many parents assume that if a wireless gadget is in the marketplace, it is safe for children. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. During the holiday season, I can only imagine how many children received a cell phone or tablet and how few families read the fine print; safety is not guaranteed and worse, Canada's Safety Code 6 is an antiquated regulation that lags behind Russia and China. We must do better.
Industry Canada Minister James Moore's recent announcement regarding improved notification of cell tower requests for towers less than 15 metres is a very important first step in improving the process to avoid the placement of cell towers where families can be harmed. This demonstrates that our government is listening.
Health Canada's Minister Ambrose now has a tremendous opportunity to join countries such as Belgium, France and Israel and put Canada back on the map for protecting its citizens' health.
Health Canada's Safety Code 6 governs the safety of cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, smart meters and all other devices that now permeate every Canadian home. It impacts all of us, every day, and should protect us. But Safety Code 6 has not been significantly updated since the 1970s, long before Wi-Fi was invented or cell phones were sold.
Smart phone manufacturers Apple, Motorola, and Cisco all publish warnings in their manuals saying their phones, pads and Wi-Fi devices emit radiation shown to cause cancer in lab animals and to avoid over-exposure by holding it away from your body, or to keep a safe distance from "the lower abdomen of a teenage girl." Despite those stern warnings, the same companies are able to put such potentially harmful devices on store shelves in Canada. They are exercising a loophole in Health Canada's archaic safety standards for microwave devices that hasn't been updated in decades, since the first microwave, then the only emitting device in a Canadian home.
Belgium and France have new laws that don't allow manufacturers to market wireless devices to children because they are the most vulnerable. In Canada, we still force children in schools to be exposed to unmeasured levels of microwave radiation from cell phones and Wi-Fi.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that direct, long-term contact with wireless radiation is biologically harmful and can potentially have damaging health effects. In August 2011, shortly after the WHO classified radiofrequency radiation (the basis for all wireless devices) as possibly carcinogenic, Health Canada posted a warning that "encourages parents to reduce children's radiofrequency radiation (RF) exposure from cell phones since children are typically more sensitive to a variety of environmental agents". There hasn't been any major progress since then. Canadians are left to read the foreign press to learn about the universal dangers of wireless radiation, if they want to protect their families.
Fortunately the sea is beginning to change across Canada with local governments rejecting Health Canada's antiquated approach to this 21st century health crisis. What we've witnessed in the last six months is much like the national movement that began in Quebec in the early 1990s. Municipalities had rejected the federal government's promise that all regulated pesticides are safe, and began banning the use of weed spray in urban environments due to high cancer rates.
Municipalities once again are finding their strength in municipal law and proactively ensuring citizens are better protected.
On Dec. 16, 2013, the City of West Vancouver Council voted against a Rogers' application to install three new cell towers along Upper Levels highway. On the same day, the City of Guelph Council passed a motion asking Industry Canada to place a moratorium on the approval of any new radio communication facilities until such time as the review of Safety Code 6 has been finalized. On Dec. 18, 2013, the City of Toronto Council required new Rogers cell towers to comply with Toronto's Prudent Avoidance Policy which sets radiation levels 100 times safer than Health Canada's Safety Code 6. Toronto also updated its protocol for cell towers less than 15 metres tall stating that "City Council encourage Health Canada to actively review health evidence, including the most recent scientific research and studies, related to human exposure to radiofrequencies and to revise Safety Code 6 to meet international best practices, in consultation with the public and appropriate experts." The towns of Thorold and Oakville, Ont. have already passed similar motions.
What Canada needs is a national approach that acknowledges what independent scientists have conclusively shown: There is no guarantee that children can be exposed to any amount of wireless radiation for any amount of time without a biological impact.
Many of the scientists sounding the alarm bell are the same individuals who warned us about acid rain, second-hand smoke, DDT, asbestos and other widespread public health disasters. As harmful as these banned agents are, none of them were more widespread in our homes than wireless radiation is now. Canada should enter the 21st century of health care--the age of prevention--and prevent another disaster by updating Safety Code 6.
Frank Clegg has played a leadership role in the country's technology sector and in the broader Canadian community for many years. Mr. Clegg, former Microsoft Canada president, is now the volunteer CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), a national, not-for-profit, volunteer-based coalition of parents, citizens and experts.
The Hill Times
CST's response re latest billing (2014)
CST's Response re Latest 2014 Billing From BC Hydro
After a time of non-communication re electrical billing, many people with analogue meters are now receiving their BC Hydro bill for January. Some are being billed for only a partial month, some for very high estimates, some with no extortion fee, many with pro-rated ones . . .
Any of these are valid reasons to question Hydro. To do so, call the customer service number on your bill. If possible, provide your own readings, and demand that those be acknowledged and used.
Reading your analogue:
Hydro has said it will turn unpaid fees over to a collection agency, and could turn off power. Will they? Who knows if they will take such draconian measures, but they are bullies and desperate to get these meters on our homes. It is our assertion that we cannot trust them.
We cannot tell customers what to do about paying or not paying the "fee", as ultimately that is up to them. Some are comfortable withholding the fee and are prepared to deal what may result.
A reasonable compromise, if there is such a thing in a situation such as this, would be to pay Hydro's fee via separate cheque with something like "paid under duress", "blackmail payment" or "extortion fee demand" in the memo section to prevent Hydro from saying you paid willingly. Remember, these fees are not yet final, and the BCUC must decide what the fees will be. We expect there to be a refund once BCUC finalizes its hearing on the fees.
The BCUC recently decided to require FortisBC to limit their opt-out charges to $9 per month. We have reason to believe that the BCUC will lower opt-out charges for BC Hydro as well. It will be important for each of us to keep a record of current extortion fee payments to make sure we are adequately recompensed once this next level of intervening at the BCUC is completed.
Some of our members have lodged a complaint with the Auditor General about BC Hydro's actions. There are many things Hydro is doing which deserve scrutiny. For example, how can Hydro not read meters for months, sending out estimated bills (often not marked as estimated) with consumption estimates based on nothing? Not historical usage, not reasonable projected usage. Who knows how "adjustments" are done when the meter is actually read, and how the tiers are handled. Are excess usage figures calculated at the higher rate or the lower rate? And why should Hydro have our money for free to use all of that time? Perhaps these are questions for the BCUC.
We must argue our case strongly before the BCUC firstname.lastname@example.org, and show how we feel about how we've been and are being treated.
Video: The federal government has announced new rules governing the construction of cellphone towers. But as Vassy Kapelos reports, there are concerns the rules don't go far enough.
OTTAWA - The federal government is trying to mitigate an irritant for some municipalities and resident groups by expanding the rules governing construction of new cellphone towers.
"New rules will mean that citizens will be better informed and better able to engage in the decision-making about where new antennas are going to be constructed in their communities," Industry Minister James Moore told a news conference. . . . READ ON
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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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