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Jun 1
2016

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE

(updated May, 2016) Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program

BC HYDRO

**After the Class Action Hearings in December 2015, 
Madame Justice Elaine Adair, the Provincial Supreme Court Judge assigned to the Lawsuit against B.C. Hydro, is still considering her decision.  When it is available, we will post it here.


SUMMARY of Class Action Hearings to date in the
Lawsuit Against BC Hydro December 7 to 11, 2015  



Application for Certification from Class Action Plaintiffs - October 1, 2015

FortisBC 




May 28
2016

Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Cancer Rates in Animals

$25 Million NTP Study Finds Brain Tumors - MICROWAVE NEWS - U.S. Government Expected To Advise Public of Health Risk

"The cell phone cancer controversy will never be the same again.

"The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) is expected to issue a public announcement that cell phone radiation presents a cancer risk for humans. The move comes soon after its recently completed study showed statistically significant increases in cancer among rats that had been exposed to GSM or CDMA signals for two-years.

"Discussions are currently underway among federal agencies on how to inform the public about the new findings. NTP senior managers believe that these results should be released as soon as possible because just about everyone is exposed to wireless radiation all the time and therefore everyone is potentially at risk.

"The new results contradict the conventional wisdom, advanced by doctors, biologists, physicists, epidemiologists, engineers, journalists and government officials, among other pundits, that such effects are impossible . . .




Apr 26
2016

C4ST Response to Health Canada's Safety Code 6 Myth Buster

Canadians for Safe Technology - "Health Canada's 'myth buster' vs the Truth

"On Feb 20th, 2014 Health Canada quietly released a document entitled "Busting Myths on Safety Code 6". This attempt to instill public confidence in safety exposure levels to wireless radiation is using false and unsubstantiated claims. This was again repeated on the newly released 60 day public consultation web page posted May 16th, 2014.

"Gone are the days where the public will accept you are safe just because Health Canada says you are....Canadians and scientists want and deserve proof with an open and transparent review inclusive of the current evidence showing biological harm from wireless radiation.

"C4ST and experts from around the world have come together to provide the real facts around the specific points Health Canada addresses in their Myth Buster document. Here it is . . .




Apr 26
2016

C4ST Fact Sheet - Answers and Links

Canadians for Safe Technology - Fall 2015

  • WHAT IS SAFETY CODE 6? 
  • HEALTH CANADA ADMITS STUDIES SHOW HARM AT LEVELS BELOW SAFETY CODE 6 
  • CANADA'S SAFETY CODE 6 IS AMONG THE COUNTRIES WITH THE WORST GUIDELINES IN THE WORLD. 
  • CANADA HAS FALLEN BEHIND COUNTRIES SUCH AS FRANCE, TAIWAN AND BELGIUM IN PROTECTING CANADIANS FROM THE UNSAFE USE OF WIRELESS DEVICES. 
  • TESTIMONY FROM WORLD RENOWNED EXPERTS TO THE PARLIAMENTARY HEALTH COMMITTEE 
  • SAFETY CODE 6 DOES NOT PROVIDE THE NECESSARY PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN.
  • HEALTH CANADA WASTED OVER $100,000 OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY. THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA (RSC) REPORT IS NOT AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW. 
  • 37 LINKS




Apr 23
2016

Testimony: Frank Clegg, Retired Microsoft Canada President (C4ST)

Massachusetts Senate Bill 1222 - includes VIDEO of proceedings

"Dear Members of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing,

"With your support, we can form a commission to examine the effects of wireless technology's microwave radiation and begin providing the Commonwealth's citizens with information to lower their exposure until safe products can be brought to market. Mr. Clegg's testimony is especially pertinent as he provides a roadmap from Canada's Parliament on what we can do here. We won't have to reinvent the wheel, we just need to begin. . . .

"With thanks to the panel of experts who extended themselves to meet with the MA Department of Public Health when they came to Boston to speak with our legislature on June 10 (Devra Davis, Frank Clegg, Dr. Sharma, Janet Newton, Catherine Steiner-Adair). Our DPH has now hired an epidemiologist whose responsibilities in part will be to look at wireless technology and public health. . . .

Right To Know - An Environmental Health Briefing




Apr 20
2016

Haifa municipality disconnects Wi-Fi in kindergartens and schools

The mayor of Haifa (in Israel) ordered to disconnect Wi-Fi in schools and kindergartens - until examining the safety of Wi-Fi thoroughly

The third largest city in Israel has ordered immediate disconnect of WiFi in Kindergartens and Schools

" . . . This week, in coordination with the head of the city's education system, Ilana Truck, Yahav ordered to disconnect immediately the Wi-Fi in kindergartens and schools in Haifa until a thorough examination of the subject is done. These days the education system is preparing to gradually install wired system as an alternative in all education system in the city. These will be installed in the first stage in classrooms where pupils learn for the final exams that force use of computers, so they won't be harmed from the disconnect. The teachers in elementary schools in the city took on themselves to load every evening the studies material from the internet, so that pupils are not exposed and their studies won't be harmed. . . .



Wed., Apr. 20, 2016 Israel Wi-Fi Breakthroughs: TV Documentary, School Ban




Feb 13
2016

The School Has Posted Incorrect Information About Wireless Health Risks

Montgomery County Board of Education Meeting, February 9th 2016

"The federal government has dropped the ball with wireless"




Feb 1
2016

PETITION

PETITION BACKGROUND

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."

THE HAZARD: 

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 RESOLUTION:

  1. Guidelines and regulations to protect the population of British Columbia from the effects of all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation must be immediately instituted. 
  2. The guidelines and regulations mentioned in Article 1 must be based on the findings of independent, non industry-affiliated studies which include, but are not limited to, research into the effects of low-level, non-thermal pulsed radiation; (1) 
  3. The Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia must publicly acknowledge and immediately invoke the Precautionary Principle (2) with regards to the protection of the population of the Province of British Columbia against the known and/or potential harmful acute and chronic effects of exposure to all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation; and 
  4. Direct and immediate action must be taken to halt the proliferation of, and subsequently reduce, the non-consensual exposure of children and pregnant mothers to electromagnetic radiation in all areas of society, most notably through the removal of wireless internet connections in schools, libraries, and other public places.
THE EVIDENCE . . . 




Jan 16
2016

"BC Hydro provided the public with misleading financial information in order to justify spending more than $1-billion to install smart meters across the province, claims NDP energy critic Adrian Dix.

"In a detailed letter to Jessica McDonald, the president and chief executive of BC Hydro, Mr. Dix accuses the Crown corporation of inflating a claim that the smart-meter program would lead to more than $500-million in net benefits, largely by reducing $732-million in electricity theft by marijuana grow-ops.  

"In a statement responding to the criticism, BC Hydro has defended the program, saying it is exceeding expectations in helping to reduce electricity theft. But Mr. Dix said that based on BC Hydro reports, three years into the program, the promised savings haven't materialized. BC Hydro installed 1.8 million smart meters in 2012 after presenting a business case that the program would more than pay for itself by more accurately tracking energy use, making the system more efficient and helping to combat the theft of electricity.

"The thing has been in place since the end of 2012. I don't think there's any evidence of a substantial change in grow-op operations or a reduction in electricity theft," Mr. Dix said. "And now British Columbians have to pay the price. I mean, we didn't need to spend a billion on this program."

"In his letter, sent to Ms. McDonald by e-mail on Thursday, Mr. Dix accuses BC Hydro of inflating the cost of electricity theft by grow-ops. He says that in 2004, the utility claimed that total electricity theft from grow-ops was $12-million, but those estimates jumped dramatically - from $50-million in 2006 to $100-million in 2011 - to justify the smart-meter program.

"If you look at what they did, suddenly the amount of electricity theft started to go up," Mr. Dix said. "In fairness to BC Hydro, they were ordered to [move to smart meters]." Then-premier Gordon Campbell "wanted to do it. Cabinet ordered them to do it. And so they had to come up with a new business case to somehow justify all this."

"Mr. Dix demanded an accounting of the smart-meter program from BC Hydro.

"They need a new business case. They need to be honest with people that smart meters are going to be a net cost to the province. They can still defend them if they want, they can say, 'Well, we have to [replace] analog meters, etc.,' but don't continue to mislead people," he said. And Mr. Dix said that if BC Hydro can inflate the business-case numbers for "a massive and costly program" such as the switch to smart meters, it brings into doubt the corporation's projections on other projects, such as the $9-billion Site C dam.

"In an e-mail, Steve Vanagas, chief communications officer for BC Hydro, said the smart-meter and infrastructure program, known as SMI, is working as predicted.

"The SMI business case projected a reduction in theft to peak at 75 per cent by the end of [fiscal year] 2016. We are now expecting to reduce energy theft by 80 per cent or more. We expect that over 20 years, we will exceed our gigawatt-hour targets on energy-theft reduction," he wrote.

"The original business case says the benefit from reduced electricity theft will be between $632 million and $832 million. While we are on track to exceed our theft-reduction targets, the exact value of these savings will fluctuate based on the cost of energy. We continue to expect the savings to be within that original range," Mr. Vanagas stated.

"He said BC Hydro had just received Mr. Dix's letter and will respond to it in detail at a later date."




Jan 12
2016

The Neoliberal Politics of "Smart"

Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form (Portland State University)

A report by a PhD student and prof. using BC Hydro as a model on surveillance and profiteering from use of our data.

Abstract

"This article investigates how digital technologies in the energy sector are enabling increased value extraction in the cycle of capital accumulation through surveillant processes of everyday energy consumption. We offer critical theory . . . and critical political economy . . . as a guide for critical understanding of value creation in ICT through quotidian processes and practices of social reproduction. . . .

"We investigate national and local level "smart grid" campaigns and projects. The "smartening" of the energy grid, we find, is both an ideological construct and a technological rationalization for facilitating capital accumulation through data collection, analysis, segmentation of consumers, and variable electricity pricing schemes to standardize social practices within and outside the home. We look at BC Hydro as one illustration of where such practices are being instituted.  

  • Thinking critically about the smart grid 
  • Prosumption and surveillance 
  • Economic surveillance, informational governance, and neoliberal subjectivity 
  • The smart grid: Smart for whom? 
  • Smart grid deployment 
  • Smart meters and demand management 
  • Smart pricing: Toward instantaneous time-of-use pricing and subject formation 
  • Smart intrusion: Opening homes to government and corporate surveillance 
  • Homo consumo: Discipline and punish 
  • Notes 
  • References 




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