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Class Action planned - Reported in The Globe and Mail
"Two provincial groups that have been fighting BC Hydro's switch to smart meters in British Columbia announced Monday they are gathering signatures in the hope of taking the Crown corporation to court.
"This particular case, cutting off the power, was just the final straw," said Sharon Noble, director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters.
"Ms. Noble said after hearing about the situation, her group decided to join forces with Citizens for Safe Technology. The two organizations hope to get a class action lawsuit approved, which will allow them to challenge BC Hydro's authority to force smart meters on people.
"We were already preparing the class-action suit and we said now is the time," Ms. Noble said. "You know, this [power shut off] is just unconscionable. . . .
"People have been threatened with cutting off power, with bills of $10,000, with all sorts of things. They've been tricked, they've been deceived, their requests have been ignored. And it's just one thing after another for two years," she said.
"She said in the past the two organizations gathered petitions with nearly 40,000 signatures from people opposed to smart meters, but even that failed to slow the BC Hydro program.
"We're just tired ... of having our civil rights ignored. And they have left us with no option," she said of the case, which must get approved by the courts as a class action before it can proceed.
"Ms. Noble said those joining the suit will be asked to pay $100 each toward the legal fees."
Citizens for Safe Technology Society & Coalition to Stop Smart Meters - April 29, 2013
BC Hydro is a crown utility, an arm of the provincial government that is reaching into the private space of our domestic environment and imposing choices on us that raise serious health concerns.
The World Health Organization/IARC has classified wireless radiofrequency radiation, such as that from BC Hydro's Smart Meters, as a class 2B possible human carcinogen. Regardless, BC Hydro continues to impose, at our residences, the operation of these devices on a 24/7 basis.
BC Hydro's conduct constitutes a violation of our autonomy and our right to determine what potentially harmful emissions do or do not occur from within our own domestic environment; our right to be free from physical intrusion by the state.
Active plans are in effect to advance this position before the Courts by way of a class action. We invite participation in the action, subject to Court approval, by individuals that meet all three of the following criteria: . . .
Class Action Member REGISTRATION FORM
Necessary to join Class Action Lawsuit against BC Hydro
To be sent as indicated on the downloaded REGISTRATION FORM below:
1. I am a member of Citizens for Safe Technology Society ("CSTS") or I hereby apply to become a member of
2. I have read the Notice of Class Action Lawsuit against BC Hydro Invitation for Participation issued by CSTS ("the Invitation").
3. I wish to be included in the class on whose behalf the above-referenced litigation is to be brought, as described in the Invitation ("the Class").
4. I endorse and authorize a representative plaintiff of the Class on the condition that he/she authorize CSTS to administer the class action and to retain and instruct counsel to bring the class action on behalf of the plaintiff and on behalf of all members of the class, including me.
5. I meet the criteria for inclusion in the Class. In particular:
a. I have indicated to BC Hydro in writing (by way of letter or signage) that I do not accept the installation / operation of a wireless smart meter at my home for reasons that include health concerns.
b. I have circled below which of i, ii, iii, or iv has occurred:
i. Notwithstanding my written communication referred to above, BC Hydro proceeded to install and operate a wireless smart meter at my home.
ii. Notwithstanding my written communication referred to above, I have received information from BC Hydro setting out its intention to install a wireless smart meter at my home.
iii. BC Hydro has cut off its supply of power to my home as a consequence of my refusal to allow the installation of a wireless smart meter at my home.
iv. BC Hydro has indicated its intention to cut off its supply of power to my home as a consequence of my refusal to allow the installation of a wireless smart meter at my home.
c. At all times during the above-referenced occurrences, I have been a customer of BC Hydro at a residence which I ordinarily occupy.
Further, we invite those individuals who meet the above-referenced class definition to make a suggested donation of $100 or more to finance the legal fees, together with a suggested donation of $50 for advertising, administration, website services and CSTS membership purposes for participation in this action. Suggested donation for participation being $150.
We need your correspondence with us to be in writing. Please complete this
Class Action Registration Form by printing out the form, filling in each
section carefully, and mailing it to the address below with your donation by
cheque payable to the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters: . . .
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ANNOUNCED to media
Notice of Class Action Lawsuit Against BC Hydro INVITATION FOR PARTICIPATION
"This is an announcement of legal actions against harm from wireless radiation from household and commercial digital electric meters.
"More and more people are discovering that otherwise unexplained health problems can be correlated and attributed to electromagnetic exposures from wireless devices, especially the new generation of "Smart Grid" digital electric meters.
"The recent and ongoing worldwide deployment of digital electric meters on homes has caused a major increase in symptoms, illnesses and injuries to health. The massive scale of these problems is just starting to be recognized.
"Those industries, businesses and individuals who profit from wireless technologies, such as your power company, are suppressing information about the hazards of wireless technologies. They are attacking proponents of responsible wireless management and they are knowingly exposing the public to harm and damage hoping that the general public and the media will refuse to believe the obvious and proven connection between electromagnetic radiation and biological damage.
"Because of the wireless industry's irresponsibility and wrongdoing, unfortunately, legal actions have become necessary. There are many illnesses and injuries caused by digital electric metering. Liz Barris, a lawsuit organizer, announces in this video how to recognize the symptoms of EMR exposure and how to contact competent legal assistance to join existing and upcoming legal actions to protect you and your family's health, safety, privacy, rights and property. . . .
. . . with respect to class definition
Re: Citizens for Safe Technology Society, Una St. Clair and others v. B.C. Hydro -and- Corix Utilities - Case Number 9854
In accordance with the Tribunal's memorandum of February 22, 2013, the Citizens for Safe Technology Society ("CSTS") hereby reply to BC Hydro's submissions of March 22, 2013, relating to the application by CSTS to amend its complaint with respect to class definition ("the Application").
Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia - Melbourne February 28, 2013
Comcare is a statutory authority of the Australian Federal Government established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) and covered by the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act). Comcare administers the Commonwealth's workers' compensation scheme under the SRC Act; and the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (OHS Act).
Comcare (Australia) is liable to pay compensation in respect of an injury In a groundbreaking judgement, an Australian court has determined that Comcare is to pay compensation for an injury suffered by Dr Alexander McDonald as a result of exposure to electromagnetic fields at work.
The judge ruled: I am satisfied on the balance of probabilities that Dr McDonald has suffered either: an aggravation of his sensitivity to EMF; or, an aggravation of his symptoms by reason of his honest belief that he suffers from the condition of EMF sensitivity.
The determination can be found at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/aat/2013/105.html
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 . . .
to be shown or read to confrontational or insistent Smart Meter installers
Each individual can be armed with this letter to give to police, law officer or RCMP officer, as well as Corix and BC Hydro and any newspaper/media if confronted. This is not a police state; this is Canada.
Police may ask to come in and look around - and put a foot forward - police typically use this way of getting onto a property without a search warrant. But using this letter and asking by what authority they are entering should stop the process. The property owner can also call 911 to report that there is a refusal to allow - report that home is being invaded against wishes of property owner or occupant. BC Hydro is trying to bully its way through.
Note - you must have no aggressive language or actions that could be construed as a threat. If you hold up your fist or shake your fist, that action can be deemed as an assault. Keep language careful, respectful and keep refusing. Do not use physical language, such as " I will throw you off". Consistently state, "I am denying you access. Please leave my property." If someone blocks, access, and refuses to move their body, neither the police nor Corix or BC Hydro are allowed to touch you or move you in any way -- or it is an assault on your person.
Private property - Police are not allowed to go to a private person's home without a search warrant unless it is an emergency, notion of imminent harm, or unless they are investigating a crime pursuant to reasonable suspicion of criminal crime (no such thing as a civil crime).
Public Property - The police cannot exercise powers of arrest even in a public place in a civil matter - they are not allowed to interfere with a civil dispute. They can instruct one of the parties to go to court and get an injunction, in a situation such as a public blockade. Some group has to go to court and get an injunction order.
This information is provided upon
receipt of legal advice.
Report by Bernstein Liebhard LLP on Cell Phones and Cancer
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York base law firm that continues to investigate potential cell phone radiation lawsuits on behalf of people who developed cancerous brain tumors possibly associated with their use of mobile phones.
"Amid growing concerns of a possible connection between cell phones and brain cancer, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has endorsed The Cell Phone Right to Know Act, H.R. 6358, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. The Act, which is sponsored by Rep Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, provides for cell phone radiation warnings on mobile phones. It would also create a new national research program to study cell phones and health and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update the outdated Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). In a letter to Rep. Kucinich informing him of the group's endorsement, the AAP expressed concerns that exposure to cell phone radiation might be especially dangerous for pregnant woman and children . . .
"We are in agreement with the AAP's support for The Cell Phone Right to Know Act, especially in light of the growing body of research linking use of cell phones and brain tumors," says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm that represents the victims of defective consumer products. The firm is currently investigating the link between cell phones and brain cancer, and is actively representing plaintiffs in cell phone radiation lawsuits . . .
"Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently offering free, no obligation cell phone radiation lawsuits to individuals who may have developed cancerous brain tumors due to cell phones. Victims of cell phone radiation may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information about cell phone radiation lawsuits and the potential connection between cell phones and brain cancer, please visit . . .
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Meetings and events on the issue of wireless technologies in homes and communities throughout North America.
Click the button above to sign our online petition to return to hardwired computers in schools.
Click the button above to sign our online petition against Smart Meters in British Columbia.
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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