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Dec 18
2014

New Democrats call for a reduction in fees paid by Meter Choices B.C. Hydro users

Letter from NDP MLA Adrian Dix to Liberal Energy Minister Bill Bennett

VICTORIA - B.C. Hydro's fees to customers in their Meter Choices program are too high and should be reduced, says New Democrat spokesperson for Hydro, Adrian Dix.  

"The fees being charged to participants in the Meter Choices program are out of step with what other utilities charge and don't represent a reasonable cost recovery for reading the analog meters or the smart meters with the radio-off engaged," said Dix.  

"It's clear that Hydro has set up this fee structure to punish customers who don't agree with them. That's not fair and it isn't something a public utility should be engaged in."  

"Dix has written a letter to energy minister Bill Bennett to request the fee structure be revised to be more in line with what utilities like Hydro Quebec and Fortis BC charge.  

"B.C. Hydro customers pay $240 per year for radio-off Smart Meter customers and $388.80 for legacy meter customers. By comparison, Fortis charges $108 per year for radio-off customers. That's a discrepancy that cannot be explained away. I hope the minister will agree with that and encourage B.C. Hydro to restructure these fees."  

"Dix offered two suggestions for lowering these fees: scaling back what seems to be an excessive security system for the analog meters and reducing the amount of time Hydro staff are called to physically read the meters - something Fortis already does for customers in the Okanagan and West Kootenay.  

"In his letter, Dix also asked the minister to clarify Hydro's policy on cancelling service in winter months. In November, a Hydro spokesperson told media on Vancouver Island that their policy was to not cancel service between November and March, yet Hydro customers have had their service disconnected as recently as last week.  

"This kind of conflicting information does not help already inflamed tensions," said Dix. "If the utility has a policy, it should follow the policy; if that policy doesn't exist, Hydro should not be claiming it does."  

A copy of Dix's letter can be found here: Smart Meter Letter to Hon Bill Bennett - 12.18.14


An early Christmas gift. Finally, perhaps the message has gotten through. 

  • An omission in Mr. Dix's letter is that in Quebec the fee was reduced further, from $8 per month to $5
  • The general public needs to know that we pay even if the meter is not read more often than every second month, and those on equal payments pay every month even if meters are read only 1-2 times a year. 
  • Another omission: 50,000 smart meters are being read manually, receiving the very same services for no additional costs, counter to the Utilities Commission Act. 
Despite these omissions, this letter is the first statement of any substance from the NDP on this matter for a very long time. A step in the right direction. 




Dec 13
2014

The Next Stage of Smart Meter Extortion

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. . . .




Dec 12
2014

To Dr B. Henry, BC's Deputy Public Health Officer

re Non-Thermal Radio Frequency Radiation - from Jerry Flynn

" . . . it is not obligatory for any province or territory in Canada to adhere to Safety Code 6. Health Canada's own website makes that perfectly clear! British Columbia, like other jurisdictions, has the latitude and authority to establish whatever radiation Exposure Limits it deems necessary in order to protect its people. Look, for example, at what the City of Toronto has done. It is my understanding that they have obliged cell phone companies to reduce the effective radiated power of cell phone towers to levels that are 100 times lower than those recommended by Safety Code 6! . . .




Dec 5
2014

A discussion regarding state policies on electric metering, including advanced/smart meters. 

PART 1


PART 2




Dec 1
2014

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 . . . 




Nov 21
2014

Parent resigns over Wi-Fi in New Zealand

Julia Hunter resigns from her school's Board of Trustees

Balclutha parent Julia Hunter believes Wi-Fi should be banned in New Zealand classrooms. She has resigned from her school's Board of Trustees. The Ministry of Education says there are no health implications for pupils. . . .




Nov 18
2014

BC Hydro: energy mafia lose the plot... and their conscience

Tale Back Your Power - November 17, 2014

" . . . I can't help feeling discouraged by how lost British Columbia has become -- or should I say, how lost those who run BRITISH COLUMBIA, the for-profit corporation masquerading as government, have become.

"It appears the management in my home province has now completed its descent into the slimy waiting hands of mafioso. And BC Hydro is all-in, now autocratically committing crimes against everyone in the province. . .

Read on to view VIDEO: Senior in the dark over hydro smart meter dispute (CTC News)

Reality check: what this means
Remembrance of Purpose


Read on to view VIDEO "Judgment at Nuremburg"
Read on to view VIDEO City Council Meeting: Smart Meter Harm in Port St. Lucie Florida



Read on to view VIDEO: Mike Mitcham's presentation at the 2014 AV5 conference - The Smart Meter Agenda




Nov 15
2014

Societies Act White Paper: Draft Legislation (B.C.)

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.

Sincerely,
Sharon Noble


Huffington Post: "Christy Clark's Proposed Policy Overhaul is Breathtakingly Stupid"




Nov 12
2014

Symposium on Health Issues

Health issues associated with the exposure to electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation - C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto present: Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, Dr. Magda Havas, Dr. Anthony Miller, Mr Frank Clegg

Symposium held for Canadian Medical Doctors and Health Care Practitioners
Presented by C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto - September 12, 2014

Worried About Wireless?


Cellphone toxicology, exposure assessment and epidemiology -- an update on reproduction and cancer

Dr. Devra Davis Ph.D., M.P.H. Founder and President Environmental Trust Fund; former Professor, Department of Epidemiology and founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh, Cancer Institute



Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure from Cellular Telephones Affects Behaviour in Adult Mice

Dr. Hugh Taylor Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine 



"Electrosmog and Electrosensitivity" 
Dr. Magda Havas Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University 



"Radiofrequency Fields are a Probable Human Carcinogen"
Dr. Anthony Miller, M.D., F.R.C.P. Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 



"Health Canada's Safety Code 6"
Mr. Frank Clegg Former President of Microsoft Canada, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology 



Panel Discussion



Symposium Overview




Nov 4
2014

Timeline for the Certification Application (CSTS Class Action against BC Hydro)

Procedural Steps and Dates: September 19, 2014 to April 27, 2015

VANCOUVER REGISTRY

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA


BETWEEN:
    NOMI DAVIS, AS REPRESENTATIVE PLAINTIFF
PLAINTIFF

AND:

BRITISH COLUMBIA HYDRO AND POWER AUTHORITY
DEFENDANT

ORDER MADE AFTER APPLICATION

BEFORE THE HONOURABLE MADAM JUSTICE ADAIR,
WEDNESDAY, THE 16th DAY OF JULY, 2014

ON THE APPLICATION of the plaintiff, coming on for hearing at Vancouver, on the 16th day of July, 2014, and on hearing David Aaron, counsel for the plaintiff, and Marko Vesely and Toby Kruger, counsel for the defendant;

THIS COURT ORDERS that:

1. The schedule for the procedural steps leading to the certification hearing shall be revised as set out in Appendix "A" to this order.

THE FOLLOWING PARTIES APPROVE THE FORM OF THIS ORDER AND CONSENT TO EACH OF THE ORDERS, IF ANY, THAT ARE INDICATED ABOVE AS BEING BY CONSENT:

APPENDIX "A"

TIMELINE FOR THE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION




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