Citizens for Safe Technology
Empowering the public to protect children
and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
Insurance and Liability
As insight and concern surrounding the health impacts of wireless technologies grow, so does the issue of liability. Is the rapid deployment of this untested technology a short sighted and potentially dangerous course? Increasingly, industries and businesses are taking steps to protect themselves from the legal implications of promoting wireless technology without informing the public of possible dangers.
As a result of advertising and incentives, communities are welcoming and adopting an ever-growing array of wireless devices and infrastructure. Schools and libraries, churches, hospitals, care facilities, community centres, sports facilities and entertainment venues, airports, public transportation systems, public thoroughfares, shopping malls, cafes and coffee houses, restaurants . . . almost all public places are inundated with opportunities to install wireless devices for public convenience and enjoyment.
As science emerges that confirms the long-term, non-thermal, biological effects of wireless technologies, will it be incumbent upon industry, business and governments to inform a trusting and uninformed population?
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Position Statement on Digital Utility Metering - addressed to utility company policymakers and regulators (Jerry Day)
This is a new video from Jerry Day about the laws being broken in the interests of wireless smart meter programs and devices. He is speaking about US laws, not Canadian ones, but Federal Canadian laws are being broken as well, by not allowing a free, no-cost choice. Our democratic rights must be fought for in Canada as well as the US, and worldwide.
CBC The National with Wendy Mesley (first posted September, 2010)
Swisscom Patent document states RF/EMF is genotoxic - World Intellectual Property Organization
"This invention relates to a method and system for reduction of electrosmog in wireless local area networks (WLAN), one or more mobile network units communicating with a base station by means of radio frequency signals in a wireless local area network, which base station amplifies the radio frequency signals of the mobile network unit and/or connects the wireless local area network to a wired fixed network by means of bridge functions. In particular, the invention relates to a method and system in which a WLAN comprises a plurality of access points with differing transmission cells.
"The influence of electrosmog on the human body is a known problem. . . .
"These findings indicate that the genotoxic effect of electromagnetic radiation is elicited via a non-thermal pathway. Moreover aneuploidy is to be considered as a known phenomenon in the increase of cancer risk.
"Thus it has been possible to show that mobile radio radiation can cause damage to genetic material, in particular in human white blood cells, whereby both the DNA itself is damaged and the number of chromosomes changed. This mutation can consequently lead to increased cancer risk. In particular, it could also be shown that this destruction is not dependent upon temperature increases, i.e. is non-thermal. Based on the scientific studies in the field, and owing to increasing pressure from the public, especially in the industrialized countries, epidemiological studies have been systematized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the last few years, such as e.g. the currently running WHO Interphone Project, in order to be able to assess more precisely the health risks from electrosmog and work out corresponding guidelines . . .
Israel: Partner Communications, which operates in Israel under the name Orange, will pay NIS 400,000 to a customer who contracted cancer in his ear.
PARTNER, one of the top 3 Israeli cell phone companies, will pay 400,000 NIS
(~US $100,000) to a cancer victim who prosecuted Partner because the company
did not warn agents of cell phone use in shelter rooms (with reinforced
concrete). The Cancer victim is a law attorney who used 2 cellphones in his
office which was in a shelter room, since 2003. The attorney was diagnosed
with lymphoma right above the left ear where he used to hold his phone when
The claim was issued in 2010 and was settled in an agreement between the victim and the cell phone company.
"PARTNER Communications, which operates in Israel under the Orange brand name, has reached a settlement with a customer who claims he contracted cancer after using one of their devices.
"The customer, who is in his 50s, sued Partner in May, claiming that intensive use of the device resulted in an aggressive lymphoma near his left ear. Partner agreed to pay NIS 400,000 in an out-of-court compromise settlement.
"The customer is an attorney who had converted the secure room - a reinforced room that doubles as a bomb shelter and is common in most new Israeli homes - into an office. He claimed that he conducted a great deal of phone calls and business from the room, where cellular reception was low. In places without good phone reception, such as elevators and secure rooms, the electromagnetic radiation from cellular phones is higher than usual . . .
No consent to trespass. No consent to surveillance. Notice of liability. (hard copy to be sent via post office) Additional Info about FORTIS ELECTRIC
The information contained in this letter continues to be legal notice. It is still accurate, and you can be confident that your request is legitimate. Take care to use the address currently relevant for Charles Reid, given below. It is recommended that you send your letter to B.C.'s Privacy Commissioner as well (whose address is Cc'd in the letter) and reference your registered mail number. No need to register this copy but the post office will provide a registration sticker to affix to the second letter as well. This is worth the time it takes and is a very important step. At this time it is recommended that FortisBC customers send the Hydro letter, customizing the contact information for Fortis areas. The following sign will serve to alert installers of the intention outlined in the letter. Signs are an important preliminary step to the letter. ___________________________________________________________________________
Below you will find a Form Letter, almost ready to be mailed to B.C. Hydro and Mr. Charles Reid, President and CEO of Hydro. In order to send it, you will need to fill in your name and B.C. Hydro account details, as well as replace the [ * ] with your address in the body of the letter. Don't forget to sign it.
Address your unsealed envelope to:
B.C. Hydro, Attention: Charles Reid, President and CEO,
503 - 333 Dunsmuir Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5R3
Take your letter and envelope to your post office. They will give you a registered mail number sticker to affix on the line provided for it in your letter. They will do the paperwork.
Put letter in envelope, seal and send. The registration process for one letter costs $8.69. You will be provided with an official receipt which you should keep. Your number will also enable you, for a limited time, to trace online who has received your letter, and when.
You may wish to keep a copy for your records.
FOR B.C. HYDRO REGISTERED LETTER - FORM LETTER FORMAT:
No consent to trespass. No consent to surveillance. Notice of liability.
N.B. for Fortis BC Electric:
It is suggested that you also send a copy to Minister of Energy Rich Coleman, via e-mail, stating, "Read and Received Receipt."
Best to scan the letter, as well as
the registered mail number sticker.
[* Your name]
[* Your account number as stated on your bill]
[* Your address as stated on your bill, including Province and Postal Code]
Certified Canadian Postal Mail # _____________________
Attention: Charles Reid, President and CEO
BC Hydro Building
503-333 Dunsmuir Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R3
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC: Elizabeth Denham
P.O. Box 9038
Station: Provincial Government Victoria, B.C. V8W 9A4
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS,
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO SURVEILLANCE,
NOTICE OF LIABILITY
[* Date of letter]
Dear Mr. Reid, B.C. Hydro and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,
If you intend to install a wireless "Smart Meter" or any activity-monitoring device at [*address of occupant], you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such devices on the above property and installation and use of any activity-monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited.
Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes.
Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information.
That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to [*address of occupant] and all its occupants.
"Smart Meters" violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated, causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals, which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy, and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupants' daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. "Smart Meters" are, by definition, surveillance devices, which violate Federal and Provincial wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible, for example, with analysis of certain "Smart Meter" data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put. I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes "Smart Meters" and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds.
Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other inhabitants, guests, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, and unlawful surveillance, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints.
All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether or not those negative consequences are justified by "law."
This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal.
All rights reserved.
[* Name, in full, of energy user and/or customer]
The information contained in this letter continues to be legal notice. It is still accurate, and you can be confident that your request is legitimate. Take care to use the address currently relevant for Charles Reid, given below.
It is recommended that you send your letter to B.C.'s Privacy Commissioner as well (whose address is Cc'd in the letter) and reference your registered mail number. No need to register this copy but the post office will provide a registration sticker to affix to the second letter as well.
This is worth the time it takes and is a very important step.
At this time it is recommended that FortisBC customers send the Hydro letter, customizing the contact information for Fortis areas. The following sign will serve to alert installers of the intention outlined in the letter. Signs are an important preliminary step to the letter.
"OPT-IN" Rule - KIUC agrees to "By Permission Only Opt-In Agreement"
"The landmark Federal Court case of "ADAM ASQUITH vs. KAUAI ISLAND UTILITY COOPERATIVE" for injunctive relief ended in an out of court settlement when KIUC's motion to dismiss was voluntarily withdrawn on April 25, 2012.
"The case was settled without going to trial. This was agreed upon at the first hearing on the injunction where the judge severely admonished KIUC. KIUC agreed that they did not want it to go to trial and agreed to settle with Adam on his complaint . . .
Rense & Dr Deagle 2011
Electromagnetism has already been used as a weapon. Here Dr Deagle examines the mechanism of its use.
October 3, 2011
April 29, 2011
Preparing for a class action?
This video was created to provide an update on cell phone radiation lawsuits.
CBC Report: Researchers tackling the problem of measuring workers' exposure
" . . . Do you adopt what we call the precautionary principle, or do you wait until you're absolutely certain? Well, industry wants you to wait until you're absolutely certain. But that's not especially good for public health," Miller said.
"Canadians should not be exposed to carcinogens at work, says the Canadian Cancer Society. But when exposure can't be eliminated, the levels should be reduced as low as possible, the group adds . . .
Link to Workman's Compensation Act:
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
NB: Specifically see 5.57 (1): "If a substance identified as any of the following is present in the workplace, the employer must replace it, if practicable, with a material which reduces the risk to workers: (a) ACGHI A1 or A2, or IARC 1, 2A or 2B carcinogen."
See also: Work-related carcinogens need more scrutiny
and North's on-job carcinogen limits weakest in Canada
CBC report: Some limits allow exposure up to 500 times higher than federal standards
"Working environments in Canada's isolated Arctic are "an embarrassment" when it comes to the amounts of carcinogens labourers can be exposed to, a federal toxicology expert says.
"Outdated limits on cancer-causing agents -- unchanged since the 1980s -- allow labourers in the three territories to be exposed to doses many times higher than the rest of the country.
"It's kind of an embarrassment," said Bob Whiting, a technical specialist with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, a Crown corporation . . .
See also Work related carcinogens need more scrutiny
and Linking cancer and work: a tricky task
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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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