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Sep 11

Quebec Campaign against "Smart" Meter Deployment

Health Effects of Radiofrequency Emissions.

Hydro-Quebec still attempting to charge opt-out fees despite government resolutions and lack of safety evidence.

"On October 5, 2012, the Energy Board of Quebec gave the green light to Hydro-Quebec to begin the Phase 1 of the deployment of "new generation" meters on all buildings in the metropolitan area of Montreal. Then on June 13, 2014, it approved their deployment elsewhere in Quebec, after refusing to reconsider the health effects of the radiofrequency emissions (pulsed microwaves) of these devices, despite the hundreds of testimonies it received about this, and without ordering an impact study, despite repeated requests to that effect.

" . . . If all of this above has convinced you to resist, know that you are not alone. Over 5700 Quebecers have signed a petition indicating their desire to not contend with such a risk. To join them and learn more, visit JeGardeMonCompteur.com. Be sure to read the testimonials of people already affected. And talk about this to others, even if, unfortunately, for many it's already too late... "

Aug 1


Issued in May 2014 - Applicable to any time of any year . . .


  • Awareness Month May 2014 
  • How to Promote Awareness 
  • Governor Proclamations 
  • Awareness in Schools 
  • Health Provider Education 
  • Awareness in the Library 
  • At the State Capitol 
  • Issuing a Press Release 
  • Media Coverage 
  • Fact Sheet
MCS International Coalition of Allied Groups and Organizations (MICAGO)

Aug 1

BC's smart meters - the public deserves the truth about fires

Letter to Times Colonist re Fires in BC and Saskatchewan

Letter to Times Colonist Editor    August 1, 2014

BC's smart meters -- the public deserves the truth


Dear Sir,

The BC public deserves to know the truth about "our" smart meters. Instead of reviewing the fires that have occurred here and taking precautionary action, our Energy Minister Bill Bennett misleads by saying we have had no problems because our meters are a different brand.

There have been fires, and people have suffered loss of property. But no one knows for sure how many. The truth is that the fire commissioner has no code for smart meter fires so they are coded as "electrical". Bennett refers to a "study" done by Len Garis, former head of the Fire Chief's Association as proof that there is no problem. The fact is that Garis used the fire commissioner's information as the basis for his conclusion. This "study" was commissioned by Hydro and Garis was paid $15,000 to say that there had been no fires.  Just because the number of electrical fires has not increased does not mean, therefore, that there have been no smart meter fires. This logic does not follow.

Based on fires reported in the media over the last 3 years, I have requested complete files from the fire commissioner and BC Safety Authority. I can tell you that there have been smart meter fires, and incidents that, if they had not been caught, would have led to a major conflagration. One occurred at the Sparwood Post Office. http://www.thefreepress.ca/news/164647876.html Does this not count in Bennett's or

Garis's numbers because the building didn't burn down? 

Every wireless smart meter has the same basic design flaws, one of which is that it contains a lithium battery to keep data when the power goes out. It is common knowledge that lithium batteries explode when heated. These are in a combustible plastic meter cover that can become hot in the sun or when there is a power surge. This is a fire hazard on our home, plain and simple.

Bennett in an interview admitted there had been fires, and has asked Hydro to find out how many. Is there a magic number that will cause concern? Don't we in BC deserve the same care as Saskatchewan residents? Money cannot be the driving force here. How much is one life worth?

Sharon Noble

Victoria, BC


Jul 30

Declaration: Doctors call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure

letter signed by renowned scientists and physicians urging Health Canada to stop denying that evidence exists that shows harm.

Also Declaration: SCIENTISTS call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure

Canada's Safety Code 6 Guideline is fundamentally flawed.

Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is based on an obsolete account and analysis of RFR research and has disregarded or minimized certain recent studies, such as cancer, DNA damage, protein synthesis, stress response, and detrimental biological and health effects in humans that occur at RFR intensities below the existing Code 6 Guideline. . . .

Our urgent call for public health protection.

The public's health and the health of the environment are threatened by ever-evolving RF emitting technologies, without due consideration for what the potential cumulative impacts on biological systems are likely to be in the future.  

We urgently call upon Health Canada . . .

i) to intervene in what we view as an emerging public health crisis;

ii) to establish guidelines based on the best available scientific data including studies on cancer and DNA damage, stress response, cognitive and neurological disorders, impaired reproduction, developmental effects, learning and behavioural problems among children and youth, and the broad range of symptoms classified as EHS; and

iii) To advise Canadians to limit their exposure and especially the exposure of children. . . .

Jul 30

[Note: This includes-but is not limited to-radiofrequency radiation-emitting devices, such as cell phones and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters and baby monitors.]

We are scientists engaged in the study of electromagnetic fields (EMF) radiofrequency radiation (RFR) health and safety. We have serious concerns regarding Health Canada's Safety Code 6 Guideline. . . .

Also: Declaration: DOCTORS Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation

Jul 27

Dr. Olle Johansson's letter to the Arizona Department of Health

Re: Health concerns of wireless devices such as smart meters

Dr. Olle Johansson wrote a letter to the Arizona Department of Health re. dangers of RF from wireless devices such as smart meters. Please share this with your elected officials.

Jun 16

On June 14, 2014, nine Canadian cities and  communities participated in a coast-to-coast rally to defend Democracy and raise awareness about B.C. and Quebec Hydro's unethical deployment of wireless smart meters, and the smart grid they are designed to feed.

In solidarity with Montreal, B.C. rallies took place in the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Powell River, Salmon Arm, Nelson and Kelowna. Despite various weather conditions, when combined, the number of participants surpassed 700.

Overall, many aspects of this program were addressed: the lack of government and corporate honesty, disregard for safety, security, privacy, health of families and communities, jobs, radiation and fire risk, inaccurate and skyrocketing Hydro bills, the importance of human dignity and public consultation, human rights, and the environment.

This was the first national rally of its kind in North America, and more rallies and protests are planned for the future.



David Chalk



John Etkin                                                      John Ranns

Sharon Noble                                                                                                                                                                                                Walter McGinnis

 Robert Riedlinger






Jun 15

SMART GRID PROTEST DAY (updated June 15)

Vancouver/Vancouver Island/BC Interior/Kootenays/Montreal


Eight Smart Meter Choice rallies calling for a REAL smart meter opt-out for ALL were held in B.C. on Saturday, June 14th.  


These rallies supported everyone's human right to opt out of an undemocratic, provincially mandated smart meter program.  The rallies included knowledgeable speakers and valuable information. 











B.C. rallies took place in tandem with the smart meter rally happening in Montreal. This was a COAST-TO-COAST expression of Canadians' outrage and concerns about the Smart Meter Program nation-wide, and the governments that support them.

Jun 15

Smart Meters Equals Democracy Denied - Lower Mainland Protest Rally (Burnaby)

One of eight BC rallies protesting smart meters on June 14, 2014 - StopSmartMetersBC

This rally for a "real smart meter opt-out for all" took place on June 14, 2014 in the vicinity of Smart Meter headquarters in Burnaby, B.C. Simultaneous rallies were held in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Powell River, Salmon Arm, Kelowna, Nelson and Montreal, making it a coast-to-coast event.

Those who attended learned more about the smart meter issue as it relates to our current government and BC Hydro. In addition to skyrocketing bills, invasion of privacy and security, fire and radiation risks . . . people are also concerned about the health of their families and communities, the importance of human dignity and public consultation, governmental and corporate honesty, personal and job security, and the environment.

There were ten speakers at this rally.  Among them were:

David Chalk, the keynote speaker for this rally, is a leading entrepreneur and expert in technology, as well as an award-winning marketing and sales expert. David has been asked to lecture at many leading institutions including Stanford and Harvard Universities, and continues to innovate and find creative solutions to technology issues - specifically security.

Farren Lander, an environmental consultant here in the Lower Mainland, specializes in electromagnetic fields assessment. He is a founding member of Citizens For Safe Technology Society, and ever since this smart meter program was instigated, he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about this controversial program.

Liz Walker, whose extensive background and accomplishments include: Job Steward, BC Hydro OTEU 378, President/Chair White Rock & Surrey Naturalists Education Committee, Board member of the Surrey District Parent Advisory Council, and recipient of Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for volunteerism.

Jun 5

"If the attendance at a meeting of smart meter resisters in the tiny rural community of Merville on Vancouver Island is any indication, BC Hydro has a big problem on its hands.

"An impromptu meeting called on Thursday May 29th at a private residence attracted more than 70 people. Of those attending, 69 people signed up to publicly declare their opposition to BC Hydro's smart meter program.

"We were surprised and thrilled by the turnout", says Kel Kelly, a Merville resident and an interim spokesperson for the group. "People are waking up to the various threats posed to them by the imposition of smart meters, and are getting madder by the day." . . .

"Joining other rallies already scheduled in other centres in BC, the local group will be organizing a demonstration against smart meters in front of the Courtenay office of MLA Don McRae on Saturday, June 14th at noon. Anyone who is opposed to the smart meter program, even those who already have had one installed, are welcome to attend.

"The group will also be organizing community educational events in the coming months.

"For further information contact Kel Kelly at 250 337 8348 or

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