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Information and strategies exist to deal with communication technologies and infrastructure at societal levels, and facilitate awareness and proactive solutions.   Hiding behind outdated Federal regulations (in Canada, Safety Code 6) does not remove the elected official's obligation to act in the best interests of the public. 

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Jan 31
2015

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated January 1, 2015)

Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program

CLASS ACTION

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 

Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM


Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms


Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 1)

Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 2) (Class Action Version)


WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

STATUS of CLASS ACTION, January 1, 2015
Notice of Application November 7, 2014

* Check out the postings under BCUC/BC Hydro Class Action on this website for ongoing news and updates.  

TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A






Jan 31
2015

OPT OUT PACKAGE for FORTIS BC customers

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  




Jan 28
2015

Disconnect Switches Used in Smart Meters

Commentary by Bob McKechnie, retired professional engineer

Smart Meter Fire



Related PRESS RELEASE from COALITION TO STOP SMART METERS




Jan 28
2015

BC's Itron Smart Meters put lives and homes at risk --

who is looking out for us? - Coalition to Stop "Smart" Meters, January 28, 2015

ITRON smart meters have the remote disconnect switch, just like those in Ontario, and they allow water/moisture to accumulate just as they did in Saskatchewan.

In British Columbia there has been at least one fire that, according to the BC Safety Authority, was caused by water leaking into the meter, causing a short circuit.

Yet no one, not Bill Bennett, not BC Hydro, not the BC Safety Authority is even acknowledging the fire risk, let alone taking precautionary measures to protect us and our homes.

Engineers who, on a voluntary basis are studying the meters, have found several serious flaws, one of the significant ones being the remote disconnect switch. They are concerned that proper testing of the switch and of the meters themselves hasn't taken place and there is no certification of safety by either CSA or an independent professional electrical engineer - something required by both common sense and the law.

In the attached commentary, a retired engineer, Bob McKechnie warns, "The switch is critical from the safety point of view because if it fails to operate properly the disconnect function will not be accomplished and safety will not be assured."

Our government and BC Hydro are playing Russian roulette with our lives and property. Who is watching out for British Columbians? Must people die before Bill Bennett takes action?




Jan 22
2015

Some 5,400 of Ontario's 4.8 million smart meters are being removed and replaced because of a risk they could heat up, cause an electrical short and possibly spark a fire.

"Some 5,400 smart meters in Ontario are being removed and replaced because of a risk they could heat up, causing an electrical short and possibly spark a fire. . . .

" . . . It's the latest snag to hit the controversial $2-billion smart meter program, which auditor general Bonnie Lysyk criticized last month for cost overruns and poor performance. " Lysyk found one in six of the meters, which are designed to promote conservation, had not yet transmitted any readings of electricity use.

"The system was supposed to cost $1 billion, but that has doubled."

ALSO TORONTO SUN report 




Jan 19
2015

Warning Labels for cell phones and Wi-Fi: Bill C-648 to protect Canadians from radiation

Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act - Conservative MP Terence Young / C4ST - Ottawa Press Conference (CTV Winnipeg News Video)

Conservative MP Terence Young calls for more effective warning labels on cell phones, Wi-Fi, portable phones, baby monitors, and all wireless devices sold in Canada, in order to protect Canadians and empower them with the information they need to understand potential serious risks to their health from long-term continuous use of these devices, and the greater risk to children. This is the first time a government representative has brought a Bill past a first reading re health warnings and labelling for wireless devices in Canada.  He has multi-party support for this Private Members Bill. 



A new article in The Tyee. Near the end of the article, it includes one Industry response, which seems to be Industry's old-fashioned style of response that insults the intelligence of the public with regard to corporate positioning and strategies. The article ends: "He [MP Young] said there may not be any evidence now, but he is confident that one day it will be shown that cell phones do cause cancer."  

For more details about the Press Conference, Bill C-648, and featured reference materials please click C4ST HERE.




Jan 18
2015

The Looming Health Crisis of Our Time

The Unchecked Proliferation of Wireless Technology - Letter from Jerry Flynn to Premier Clark, January 5, 2015

Jerry Flynn has been a most tireless fighter, determined to expose the health hazards of the wireless proliferation, and especially the BC government's mandatory roll out of wireless smart meters.  If a technology decimates the health of the population, it is neither progressive nor harmless. Only when the public becomes totally aware of the now-indisputable health hazards - especially to the developing fetus and infants - will public pressure be generated to require tighter regulations on what is essentially an unregulated industry.

Please pass this information to all of your contacts, and especially to any/all media contacts that you might have. Also please make copies of the attached letter and give it to your doctor, educators, municipal officials, etc. Everyone in positions of authority and policy/decision-making! 


Dear Premier Clark,

Today, I am sending you a Registered Letter addressed to your Box 9041 address in Victoria on this subject matter (see attached), about which any informed person can draw but one conclusion: Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia's Provincial Health Officer, is deliberately keeping you and your government ignorant!

Due to the gravity and scope of this problem, I am obliged to also send it to every member of parliament, and others. This ongoing deliberate suppression of the truth by corrupt officials in Health Canada, the wireless and telecom, and electric utility industries, who are aided and abetted by a stifled news media and certain members of your Government must stop!

Sincerely,
Jerry Flynn




Jan 14
2015

" . . . The first test of a new Langley Township cell tower policy that requires a poll of people near a proposed project did not go well for the phone companies, with the rejection of the first two towers presented under the new rules.

"Telus wanted to fill in coverage gaps and reduce dropped calls by building two new towers, one 45 metres tall at 4997 256 St. and the other 50 metres tall at 20470 88 Ave.  

"They were the first cell towers to be considered since the Township adopted a new process in September, 2013, following several drawn-out public hearings on cell tower placement in Langley.  

"It is believed the Township is the first Metro Vancouver community to order referenda on cell towers. . . .

"The new municipal "telecommunication tower policy" requires an 80 per cent "yes" vote from people living near any proposed new cell phone antenna installation. . . .  

"While the Township doesn't actually have legal authority to prevent construction of cell towers, Marlatt said Industry Canada, the federal authority that does have the power, will likely defer to the Township. . . .




Jan 14
2015

These cell towers are being placed on school property -- next to even preschool playgrounds and sometimes directly on the rooftops of the schools themselves -- all over America.

Why? . . . 




Jan 14
2015

Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences

Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure - L. Lloyd Morgan, S. Kesari, Devra Lee Ddavis

Highlights

  • Children absorb more microwave radiation (MWR) than adults.
  • MWR is a Class 2B (possible) carcinogen
  • The fetus is in greater danger than children from exposure to MWR
  • The legal exposure limits have remained unchanged for decades
  • Cellphone manuals warnings and the 20 cm rule for tablets/laptops violate the "normal operating position" regulation.

Abstract

Computer simulation using MRI scans of children is the only possible way to determine the microwave radiation (MWR) absorbed in specific tissues in children. Children absorb more MWR than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. MWR from wireless devices has been declared a possible human carcinogen. Children are at greater risk than adults when exposed to any carcinogen. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood. The fetus is particularly vulnerable to MWR. MWR exposure can result in degeneration of the protective myelin sheath that surrounds brain neurons. MWR-emitting toys are being sold for use by young infants and toddlers. Digital dementia has been reported in school age children. A case study has shown when cellphones are placed in teenage girls' bras multiple primary breast cancer develop beneath where the phones are placed. MWR exposure limits have remained unchanged for 19 years. All manufacturers of smartphones have warnings which describe the minimum distance at which phone must be kept away from users in order to not exceed the present legal limits for exposure to MWR. The exposure limit for laptop computers and tablets is set when devices are tested 20 cm away from the body. Belgium, France, India and other technologically sophisticated governments are passing laws and/or issuing warnings about children's use of wireless devices. . . .




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