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Mar 19
2015

Another major breach of security, with Blue Cross being hit again and millions of records stolen. Credit crd numbers, social security numbers, and even information about medical problems.

 Of course BC Hydro and Fortis will tell us that they encrypt our data so we're safe . . . 




Mar 15
2015

Hydro overpowers private Langley school

BC Hydro cut off electricity to a South Langley school - Langley Advance news report

Letters: Smart meter draws negative reactions from all over B.C.

Response from all over B.C. to our story about a smart meter installation at a local Montessori school was so voluminous that we present here a representative sample.

NEWS STORY:  "Roots & Wings Montessori School has lost its fight against having a smart meter installed after BC Hydro cut off power Friday.  

"The South Langley school with about 45 children day in, day out has been against the wireless smart meters from the start. BC Hydro cut off power Friday and went into the school Saturday to install a smart meter.  

"We view this move on the part of BC Hydro as a bullying tactic, as we cannot be without power for the children," said principal Kristen Cassie.  

"When smart meters were introduced, the school chose to keep the old analog meter.  

"They tried here and I said 'no'," Cassie explained about when smart meters were introduced in B.C. "Parents drive long distances to bring their kids to this school." 

"Friday afternoon, after back and forth with BC Hydro for a couple of years, the electricy was shut off.  

"She called BC Hydro and was told someone could come out right away and replace it. She said no.  

"Cassie said she was also told institutional users don't have a right to refuse smart meters. . . . 




Mar 15
2015

Run-Around re Smart Meter Fires - BC Hydro

Sampling of official letters to and from Sharon Noble, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC (updated March 15)

Ontario's Hydro One is threatening to shut off power to customers.  BC Hydro IS cutting power and stranding families who are paying huge bills already for their essential service, often for protesting the extortion fee. 

The Ontario Ombudsman continues to receive 1000s of complaints about Hydro One, and is preparing a report. From the comments, it will be as blistering as the Ontario Auditor General's report.  

Where is BC's Ombudsperson? 

We must keep sending our complaints to our BC ombudsperson and Auditor General even though it seems that the government has put pressure through budget cuts, etc to prevent these offices from addressing BC Hydro's egregious actions. Online Complaint Form 

Video: Ontario Ombudsman details 'shocking' billing practices at Hydro One by James Armstrong - Global News - March 11, 2015

Video:  Toronto Sun




Mar 14
2015

There's an important new book out that will likely be very useful for this and other related issues: your right to know; how to use the law to access government information; how to access what government hides; how to hold institutions accountable; how to request pertinent info from government using both informal and formal requests. This information is rightfully free because it is a public interest issue.   


"In their recently published book "Your Right to Know", journalists Jim Bronskill and David McKie have done yeomans' work explaining how Canadians can use freedom of information requests to get government secrets. But, at the federal level, it's work they shouldn't have needed to do -- pointing to another problem with Canada's broken access to information laws.  

"Introduced in 1980 by Pierre Trudeau's Liberals, the Access to Information Act gave Canadians a limited right to request government records. The bureaucracy's filing cabinets could now metaphorically be opened by anyone -- unless the records in them included 75 different kinds of information that would still be considered secret.  

"But, even with those limits, the Trudeau administration seemed to have little interest in telling voters about their newfound rights or how to exercise them.  

"Just before the act came into force, the Globe and Mail told readers the government would be "placing posters in post offices and public libraries" to advertise the new program. But "it plans nothing else in the way of public information," a deficiency noted by information commissioner Inger Hansen in her first annual report. . . .




Mar 7
2015

Wi-Fi Banned from Nursery Schools in France

law regarding children's exposure to wireless devices

05/02/2015 - Wi-Fi banned from nurseries in France
Power watch News

"In an unprecedented move, France has passed a law regarding children's exposure to wireless devices by entirely banning WiFi in nursery / daycare settings, and restricted in primary schools to only be enabled when actively being used for pupil education.  

"Not only does this demonstrate an awareness and proactive approach to mitigate potential harm from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, it also demonstrates the first national implementation of the precautionary principle with regard to managing the prevalence of wireless technology.  

"Long-term researcher Dr Dariusz Leszczynski recently covered this issue and Finland's official reaction appears to be one of ambivalence: "we've already told people to limit their exposure in 2009, so we've done our bit" despite the use of wireless gadgets becoming obligatory in primary and nursery schools in the country. It's clear that without a legislative approach, people will not voluntarily choose to limit their exposure even if you explain that there might be reasons for them to do so.

Key points from the bill  

  • Wireless access points / routers to be banned from nurseries and daycare centres 
  • Wireless access points / routers must be disabled in primary schools when not in active use for lessons 
  • Any advertisement for mobile telephony must include a recommendation of devices (such as earphones) to reduce exposure to the head 
  • All public places offering WiFi must clearly advertise the fact on a sign at the entrance to the property 
  • All wireless devices must contain clear instructions on how to disable their wireless functionality . . .
Contained in this news coverage:

Contents of the new law taken from French national coverage
Not lowering the limits
Hot spots
WiFi prohibited in nurseries
Calls for caution
Links







Feb 27
2015

Slingshots at Goliath

Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits: From Chapter 9 of An Electronic Silent Spring by Katie Singer

Here's a partial list of actions taken by international government agencies and professional organizations in response to concerns about the health and environmental effects of exposure to radio frequency radiation . . .




Feb 26
2015

Best Practices with Wireless Radiation for Schools -a Review of Global Advisories

A Call for Best Practices with Wireless Radiation from Authorities Across the World (December 2014)

This document contains some really good questions and answers that might be useful at parent-teacher, or trustee meetings.

  • Children's Unique Vulnerabilities to Wireless Radiation 
  • Health Risks: An Overview of Risk  
World Health Organization Classification
Dr. Martha Herbert's Letter on Wireless in Schools
Dr. David Carpenter's Letter on Wireless in Schools 
  • Wireless Microwave Radiation in Schools 
Sources in Schools  
The Fine Print Manufacturer Warnings 
Federal Regulations and Technology Use in Schools 
  • Inadequacy of Current Exposure Guidelines to Protect Children 
  • Considerations for Schools
  • Best Practices in Schools 
  • International Precautionary Actions
  Governments  
Examples of Local Schools Pulling Out Wireless
Parent Teacher Organizations
  • Safety is Not Assured: The Call to Action 
US President's Cancer Panel, the EPA, the CDC
The Environment and Human Health Inc. Report 
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
Associations Calling for Precautions
Medical Doctors Raise Concern 
  • Commonly Asked Questions and Answers 
  • Bibliography 
  • Research Selections for Health Effects




Feb 22
2015

Lloyd's of London excludes coverage for RF/EMR claims

Letter to Government from Sharon Noble - Director of Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC (includes A&E Policy Document)

Premier Clark, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Reimer,

RE: Lloyd's of London excludes coverage for claims caused by exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

"Based on inaccurate information provided by ITRON, Health Canada and Dr. Perry Kendall, you have been telling people that there is no health risk due to prolonged exposure to radiation from smart meters on homes and wifi in school -- this despite your having received 100s of studies by independent researchers and many letters from scientists and doctors to the contrary.

"I am now forwarding information that should concern you even if the potential health problems these devices cause British Columbians doesn't. Even though I know that the province and BC Hydro self insure their insurance coverage, I suspect you have a stop loss agreement with protection for catastrophic claims. If this stop loss agreement doesn't already contain this waiver, soon it no doubt will exclude any claims associated with exposure to radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones, smart meters or wifi. Premier Clark, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Reimer,

"Lloyd's of London is one of the largest insurers in the world and often leads the way in protection, taking on risks that no one else will. Attached is a recent renewal policy which, as of Feb. 7, 2015, excludes any coverage associated with exposure to non-ionizing radiation. In response to clarification, this response was received on Feb. 18, 2015 from CFC Underwriting LTD, London, UK agent for Lloyd's:

"'The Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (Exclusion 32) is a General Insurance Exclusion and is applied across the market as standard. The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionising radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage."

 "This means that the Province (that is we, the taxpayer) will be held liable for claims from teachers and parents of children suffering biological effects from wifi in schools, from homeowners exposed to RF from mandated smart meters on homes, and from employees forced to use cell phones or exposed to wifi at work. Lawsuits in other countries have resulted in huge payments already, and it is only a matter of time before similar lawsuits are filed and won in Canada.

"Potentially those who allow such devices, after having been fully informed about the dangers, could be held liable for negligence, and directors' insurance may not provide financial protection. Directors' insurance applies when people are performing their duties "in good faith". It is hard to argue they are acting "in good faith" after having been warned by true scientific experts and by a well-respected insurer.

"Consider yourself notified once again that you could be held legally responsible for the decisions you have made."

Yours truly,
Sharon Noble
Victoria, BC.

See page seven (7) #32 below for exclusion statement re electromagnetic fields:




Feb 21
2015

Canadian MPs Seek Warning Labels on Cellphones, Wi-Fi Devices

Should smartphones have a warning label on them? Some Canadian MPs say yes.

"A growing number of Canadian parliamentarians are lending their name in support of a Private Member's Bill requiring warning labels on cell phones, Wi-Fi routers and even baby monitors sold across Canada.

 "Conservative MP Terence Young has introduced a bill calling for safety warnings on all such radiation-emitting wireless devices. Young has represented a federal riding in Oakville, ON since 2008.

 "Known officially as Private Member's Bill C-648, An Act Respecting the Prevention of Potential Health Risks from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation (Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act), the Bill was seconded by NDP Health Critic, Libby Davies.

"Young, and other supporters of his initiative, want to change the way Canadians think about wireless devices by putting cautionary information about their use and potential health hazards front and centre.

"Or on the back. Or on the box. Or some other location to be determined - the issue is complex, controversial and complicated by the small size and limited real estate on many wireless devices, much less the still hotly debated science and research surrounding electromagnetic radiation, EMR, emitted by devices from cellphones to baby monitors to smart meters and more. . . .

 SEE ALSO: Warning labels for cell phones and WiFi Bill C648 to protect Canadians from radiation




Feb 21
2015

Blood tests sent to NBN Co to thwart tower plans

Australia - Testing liability for health trends (NBN National Broadband Network)

"Two northern NSW resident action groups campaigning against NBN towers have sent blood sample results to NBN Co and its contractors in a bid to scare them off their rollout plans.

"The groups - the Friends of Condong Ridge, which opposes a tower at Clothiers Creek, and the OREAD Project in Kyogle shire - say they have taken a leaf from the book of anti-cell tower campaigners in Wales.

"Under the strategy, residents take a blood test before a cell tower is erected and send the results with a legal liability letter to the telco, its contractors and the land owner hosting the tower.

"The letter states that further pathology tests will be undertaken once the tower is in place, and threatens litigation if any trend is uncovered between the 'before' and 'after' tests. . . .

"Blood tests represent a dramatic escalation in the avenues of opposition at the disposal of residents groups, who have typically used grassroots political action and pressure on councils to stop or shift the location of tower projects. "Despite appearances, Bloom said his group was not against the rollout of fast internet.

"We're pro fast internet but we don't believe fixed wireless is a good technology," he said.

"Bloom noted that when the fixed wireless contracts were awarded in 2011, fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) was not a rollout option as per the previous Labor Government's majority fibre-to-the-premise approach.

"However, Clothiers Creek has existing copper connections, and Bloom said he wanted to test their feasibility to carry internet services that could be much faster than fixed wireless. . . . 


Wikipedia entry:  "The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a national wholesale-only, open-access data network and is under development in Australia. It is based on the premise that fixed line and wireless broadband connections are sold to retail service providers (RSP), who then sell Internet access and other services to consumers.

The NBN was subject to political and industry debate for a number of years, before construction actually commenced. The 2013 Federal Election and subsequent change of government from Labor to the Liberal/National Coalition prompted a strategic review to be commissioned to determine the ideal infrastructure mix to deliver fast broadband across the country as quickly as possible. The review commenced in October 2013 and is due to report to government in December 2013. . . 




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