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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
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?
date of issuance July 9, 2014
[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
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. . . .
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.
June 14, 2014
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.
VANCOUVER / BURNABY / LOWER MAINLAND (VIDEO LINK)
SALMON ARM (LINK)
John Etkin John Ranns
Sharon Noble Walter McGinnis
NELSON / CASTLEGAR News Article
KELOWNA (COMING SOON)
Vancouver/Vancouver Island/BC Interior/Kootenays/Montreal
SMART METERS = DEMOCRACY DENIED
Eight Smart Meter Choice rallies calling for a REAL smart meter opt-out for ALL were held in B.C. on Saturday, June 14th.
PHOTOS AND LINKS
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.
LOWER MAINLAND: VIDEO
POWELL RIVER / SUNSHINE COAST
COURTENAY / COMOX VALLEY
NELSON / CASTLEGAR
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.
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.
"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
LETTER from Sharon Noble to BCUC
May 12, 2014
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Christy Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Good email@example.com
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Greg Reimer email@example.com
Bill Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Ms. Hamilton,
"BC Hydro's Greg Reimer is sending letters to people who still have their analogs, with threats of failed installation fees if they do not accept "refurbished meters". People are being told their meters have expired and replacement is mandatory. Even people who know that their "legacy" meters are new, having built their homes within the last 5 years, are getting these threatening, intimidating letters.
"In his letter which is dated April 29 but is still being received, Mr. Reimer says that an installer will be coming to the home within the upcoming weeks. Many people have had installers appear at their homes prior to the letter being received, some very early in the morning without identification, with a meter of varying sorts under their arms. Some of the meters turn out to be smart meters -- a clear attempt at deception. Some are digital when the installer later admits to having analogs in the truck.
Attached are photos of a supposedly "re-furbished" meter. It is covered in mold and has a spider nest at the back. The homeowner refused this meter after the installer could not confirm its expiry date or the fact it had in fact been refurbished, even though the installer did contact BC Hydro at the homeowner's request.
"One elderly lady (90 years old) heard a banging on her door. By the time she got to it, the meter had been changed and the person was leaving. She was nervous about who this person was, and wondered what he was doing at her home because she had not received the letter.
"Some people have been told that the meter's failure to be certified could be "dangerous", implying that electrical problems could ensue if the meter is not exchange. This is a blatant lie. As we all know, Measurements Canada does not test for safety all, only for billing accuracy.
"BC Hydro has managed to undermine its credibility through lies about the smart meter program, through harassment and intimidation. Now, even though people are paying the outrageous fees which are hard to believe as being justifiable, Mr. Reimer continues to harass. Is it too much to ask for clear and complete communication? For proof of expiration dates? For appointments, especially if people are facing a failed installation fee? For power to be turned off to avoid the risk of fires or damages as required by the electrical codes? For clear and visible identification on the installers?
"No other business would be allowed to conduct itself like this. It's unethical and just plain stupid to treat customers this way.
"Ms. Hamilton, this "expiry program" is outside the smart meter program so BCUC has the authority to reprimand BC Hydro for its behaviour. I ask that BCUC demand that this "expiry" program cease immediately.
LETTER In Response to BC Hydro's (Patrick Wruck's) Form Letter (page 3) to Analog customers re the Meter Seals Expiry Date
Patrick Wruck - BCUC Patrick.email@example.com
Erica Hamilton - BCUC firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Fraser - BC HYDRO email@example.com
"Dear Mr. Wruck, Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Fraser,
"Your communication is much appreciated, and I will share it with Coalition members.
"It is encouraging to hear that BC Hydro will provide customers who want to know the actual expiry date of their meters. This has not been happening. Rather BC Hydro reps have refused to provide this information, saying it isn't available.
"Many people who received the "expiry" letter have newer homes, built within the last 5-10 years, which causes them to wonder why they were included. Others have been confused by Mr. Reimer's use of the term "seal". The communication has been haphazard at best.
"To be frank, people have no faith in BC Hydro based on the way we have been treated over the last 3 years. Misinformation has been given from day one about the program and the meters themselves. Installers have been abusive and threatening. Property has been damaged and Hydro refuses to take responsibility. Is it any wonder that we are skeptical about this newest action?
"I have been contacted by many people who were confronted by strangers, with no identification, who were seen to be putting magnetic signs on their cars outside their homes, who appeared scruffy and unkempt. Many who live alone living were shocked to find someone like this in their yards or pounding at their doors.
"Damage has been done. For your edification here is a sample of the emails I am receiving by the dozens each day, this from a lady in Courtenay . . .
" . . . People are rightly concerned that the installer they get could be one of those not properly trained. BC Hydro, under the Tariff, is not held responsible for any damage done by its employees or agents. Damage at the time of installation has occurred in many instances and concern is justified.
"All people are asking for is relief from the constant threat of mistreatment with which they have been living for 3 years. If BC Hydro will commit to dealing openly with its customers, to being honest and respectful, I am sure the replacement of expired meters can be done in an efficient manner which will benefit everyone.
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
Letter from Janet Fraser
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