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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.
letter signed by renowned scientists and physicians urging Health Canada to stop denying that evidence exists that shows harm.
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. . . .
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
John Horgan firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bill Good firstname.lastname@example.org
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Greg Reimer firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Hamilton - BCUC email@example.com
Janet Fraser - BC HYDRO firstname.lastname@example.org
"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
For entire letter with attachments, Download pdf:
In response to Tom Fletcher's article posted May 10 and titled "Smart meter refusal fees trimmed" - Letter to the Editor of BC Local News
In response to Tom Fletcher's article posted May 10 and titled "Smart meter refusal fees trimmed":
Part of this article seems to paint a picture that only "a "few" people in British Columbia continue to resist the installation of a Smart Meter on their homes and have false or exaggerated claims in order to sell solutions to the purported hazards..."
Actually sir, there are well over 50,000 BC Hydro customers currently resisting the installation of these "gadgets" on their homes and with good reason.
Did you know that right here in British Columbia, the civil, privacy, human, constitutional and Canadian Charter Of Rights of many of Hydro's customers has and continues to be ignored and violated in an effort to force them to accept the installation of a Smart Meter on their homes and businesses?
There are and have been attempts (many have been successful) made by Hydro to trespass on the private properties of their customers. Many have been and continue to be exposed to Hydro's bullying tactics,threats and attempts to coerce and/or blackmail them in an effort to install these "contraptions" on their homes.
-As we sit here debating this issue, there are more then 50,000 tax paying citizens in British Columbia who have come together and are in the process of suing BC Hydro and make no mistake, we are the proud members of: "The BC Coalition against Smart Meters", "Stop Smart Meters BC", "Take Back Your Power" and the "Citizens for safe technology" organizations.
Here are some of the facts that many folks with a Smart Meter installed on their home may not know...
-Smart Meters are made up of combustible plastic
-Smart Meters allow anyone to hack into them and collect their personal and private information. Information that infringes on the right to privacy of everyone with a Smart Meter.
This means that anyone with $20 worth of equipment (available online or at any local hardware store) can easily hack into and monitor the activity of everyone living in your home and learn when you're not home and monitor your family so they can break in when you're not home!
-Smart Meters leave the private information of Hydro's customers open to the public, criminals, terrorists, foreign states and computer hackers to name a few. Have we already forgotten the recent headaches Taxation Canada faced when a 15 year old high school student recently hacked into their website?
The Analog and some digital meters (over 10 yrs old)replaced with these devices worked perfectly while maintaining your right to privacy, but the new Smart Meters don't.
-Once a Smart meter has been installed on your home, your original contract with BC Hydro immediately becomes null and void! It's a loophole called "Implied consent". Now, some folks don't know that but rest assured, Hydro does.
-it's only a matter of time before we start hearing about attacks on the grid to which EVERY Smart Meter owner is now exposed to
-Smart meters emit dangerous and dirty electricity omissions that continue to create all kinds of health problems for adults and children around the globe.
Tom Fletcher and those who remain convinced that Smart Meters are safe and that over 50,000 folks in B.C. are mistaken, let me ask you this...
If you still think there's only a "few" BC Hydro customers trying to make a big fuss over the changing of a little meter, allow me to extend to you all an invitation to explore the information on just one of our websites:
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