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MAILING ADDRESS for BC HYDRO SMART METER CLASS ACTION:
Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
PO Box 52061
Beacon Ave. RPO
Sidney, BC V8L 5V9

EMAIL address for letters to BCUC: commission.secretary@bcuc.com
EMAIL address for Greg Reimer, BC HYDRO:  greg.reimer@bchydro.com

Smart Meter Class Action postings, in chronological order, are HERE.
To streamline your search, anywhere on the website, for a specific topic, word or phrase, please use the white search bar located under the Action Kits below. 



Nov 16
2014

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated November 7, 2014)

Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program

CLASS ACTION

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 

Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM


Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms


Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 1)

Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 2) (Class Action Version)


WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

Notice of Application November 7, 2014

* Check out the postings under BCUC/BC Hydro Class Action on this website for ongoing news and updates.  

TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A






Nov 16
2014

OPT OUT PACKAGE for FORTIS BC customers

Registration Notice, instructions and background information (updated)

FOR FortisBC Customers

As yet there is no Class Action Lawsuit in motion in the FortisBC Electric service area.
In the meantime, we encourage FortisBC customers to register their refusal of a smart meter with FortisBC using the following "No-Fee Opt-Out Registration Notice" form.

Smart Meter NO-FEE OPT OUT Registration Notice   FortisBC
FortisBC No Trespassing Sign  
FortisBC confirmation of application


September 18, 2013:  FortisBC Inc Radio-Off AMI Meter Option Application to BCUC  




Nov 15
2014

Societies Act White Paper: Draft Legislation (B.C.)

ALERT - Proposed legislation would silence those with whom the government disagrees . . .

"One of our most important civil liberties is the right to discuss and debate issues of concern within our communities. Silencing those with whom the government disagrees, or allowing others to silence this debate for purposes of their own, is tantamount to limiting our free speech. What is this government so afraid of? In a healthy democracy, debate should be encouraged. Stifling discourse will lead to tyranny, which seems to be the way this government wants to rule. Ruling by fear and through threats does not belong in BC or Canada.

"This is the next logical step in the way the govt. is trying to do business. First, govern by directive so that no opposition can be voiced by the other party. Second, shut down any public opposition by groups exercising their civil rights. 

"This is not a government that can withstand scrutiny, and it wants to make sure it has to answer to no one! 

"Is the opposition going to speak out about this? This should be strongly debated, with significant public input - not hidden as it has been. 

"This White Paper is frightening, and I find this proposal appalling.

Sincerely,
Sharon Noble


Huffington Post: "Christy Clark's Proposed Policy Overhaul is Breathtakingly Stupid"




Nov 12
2014

PETITION

PETITION BACKGROUND

This resolution is intended to address the concerns of citizens regarding the escalating growth of wireless radiation in British Columbia. We invite the signatures of medical health professionals and researchers who wish to join with us in bringing attention to the hazards of electromagnetic radiation. 

Hello Fellow Citizens:

As citizens of British Columbia, we have created a British Columbia Resolution on the Proliferation of Electromagnetic Radiation and we are requesting your support. The resolution is at the address below. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-british-columbia-1

The purpose of the resolution is to force our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to take action to implement the precautionary principle...rather than continuing on his current course of willful blindness and denial. It will ultimately be delivered to the British Columbia Provincial Health Office.

We are seeking the signatures of medical and other health professionals as well as all concerned citizens. Beneath the signature panel there is space to add comments... your comments are especially useful to us and welcomed.

We request your consideration towards signing our resolution. If you know of others that may be interested in supporting this initiative, we would appreciate you forwarding this email to them.

Thank you for your time, and good luck in fighting this fight that we must win...at any cost.

Ron Gordon Maple Ridge BC

"When injustice becomes institutionalized, resistance becomes a duty."

THE HAZARD: 

Whereas the population of the Province of British Columbia is not currently protected by effective and authoritative guidelines or regulations governing exposure to involuntary or incidental, non-thermal, electromagnetic radiation in their homes and public places, the British Columbia, Canada, organization - Citizens for Safe Technology - in collaboration with the undersigned, hereby passes the following Resolution. 

THE RESOLUTION:

  1. Guidelines and regulations to protect the population of British Columbia from the effects of all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation must be immediately instituted. 
  2. The guidelines and regulations mentioned in Article 1 must be based on the findings of independent, non industry-affiliated studies which include, but are not limited to, research into the effects of low-level, non-thermal pulsed radiation; (1) 
  3. The Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia must publicly acknowledge and immediately invoke the Precautionary Principle (2) with regards to the protection of the population of the Province of British Columbia against the known and/or potential harmful acute and chronic effects of exposure to all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation; and 
  4. Direct and immediate action must be taken to halt the proliferation of, and subsequently reduce, the non-consensual exposure of children and pregnant mothers to electromagnetic radiation in all areas of society, most notably through the removal of wireless internet connections in schools, libraries, and other public places.
THE EVIDENCE . . . 




Nov 12
2014

Symposium on Health Issues

Health issues associated with the exposure to electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation - C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto present: Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, Dr. Magda Havas, Dr. Anthony Miller, Mr Frank Clegg

Symposium held for Canadian Medical Doctors and Health Care Practitioners
Presented by C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto - September 12, 2014

Worried About Wireless?


Cellphone toxicology, exposure assessment and epidemiology -- an update on reproduction and cancer

Dr. Devra Davis Ph.D., M.P.H. Founder and President Environmental Trust Fund; former Professor, Department of Epidemiology and founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh, Cancer Institute



Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure from Cellular Telephones Affects Behaviour in Adult Mice

Dr. Hugh Taylor Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine 



"Electrosmog and Electrosensitivity" 
Dr. Magda Havas Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University 



"Radiofrequency Fields are a Probable Human Carcinogen"
Dr. Anthony Miller, M.D., F.R.C.P. Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 



"Health Canada's Safety Code 6"
Mr. Frank Clegg Former President of Microsoft Canada, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology 



Panel Discussion



Symposium Overview




Nov 12
2014

Class Action Lawsuit Update
Human Rights Tribunal Decision Update
What Happens Next?




Nov 2
2014

The Truth About Smart Meter Fires and Failures in British Columbia - INTRODUCTION

Executive Summary (ES) for distribution - Click link to view the FULL REPORT

"It is vital that all of you help to get this smart metering program stopped NOW, not next year, NOW. Here is proof that smart meters are fire hazards. We must demand that they be removed from all homes. Even if you don't have one on your home, in all likelihood there is one near you. Fires spread.

"Why has there been denial that this risk exists? Profit, greed, corporate pressure, incompetence?

"Once we give this evidence to our MLAs, they cannot say they didn't know. They have a duty to do all they can to get these things off homes immediately, or else they become as guilty as Bill Bennett and Hydro.

  • Please, print off a copy of the Executive Summary (ES) and write your covering letter. 
  • Please, take the time to hand deliver this to your MLA - hopefully handing it directly to him/her. 
  • Please take a second copy of the ES and ask him (or the person taking delivery) to sign, as proof that they did receive it. 
"Share this information widely. We can't allow the cover-up to continue.

 Sharon Noble

CLICK LINK to view FULL REPORT




Nov 1
2014


Nov 1
2014

Time Sensitive ALERT and UPDATE: Olympic National Forest designated as Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range for US Navy

SECOND EXTENSION: comment period ends Friday, November 28th, 2014 - This will go ahead IF Forest Service approves

Please, send your comments, short, long, get them in so you can be involved later.

N.B. Public input to October 10 has been significant, and so requests to have the deadline extended have been granted TWICE. The second deadline for comments was October 31.  It has now been reset for November 28, 2014.  The current comment procedure is printed below.  Beneath that is our original information with new deadline inserted. 

Examples of Letters


Dear Interested Party:


T
he Responsible Official for the Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment has decided to extend the current public comment. The current comment period was to end October 31, 2014. To ensure the public has had plenty of time to provide comment, the comment period will be extended to November 28, 2014. If you have already provided comments on this project, you do not need to comment again with the same information you've already provided.

 

In addition to extending the comment period, the City of Port Angeles is hosting Navy and US Forest staff for a question and answer session on Thursday, November 6th from 6-8pm in Port Angeles, WA.  The location for this event is the City Council Chambers, located at 321 East Fifth Street, Port Angeles, WA. 

 

Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project can be submitted to the project website, http://go.usa.gov/785z , and click on the "Comment on Project" link on the right side. If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at (360) 956-2375.

 

The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.  The office location is 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia, WA  98512.  Those submitting electronic copies must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf) or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf). In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification.

 

Written, facsimile, hand-delivered, and electronic comments concerning this action will be accepted until November 28, 2014. 

 

The EA is available for review on-line at: http://go.usa.gov/785z

 
Original Background:

Beginning next year (2015) the U.S. Navy plans EMF weapons exercises (powerful RF devices) in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State, along the shores of northern Olympic Peninsula.  Callum County faces Victoria and B.C. The frequencies are high, 4-8 GHz, and travel great distances. British Columbia will very likely be exposed to high levels of radiation that the military will be testing.

The US Forest Service issued a draft approval finding no significant impact. 
The U.S. Navy is saying there is no evidence of harm to animals or humans. 

We all know this is not true.  Significantly, the Forest District Manager Dean Millett cancelled his decision (Environmental Assessment) on September 26 and re-opened the Public Comment period. That Public Comment period ends October [31].

All the documents are here Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment (EA)- Electrowarfare

To have standing to make an objection later during the objection period, you must submit a comment now. The objection period will take place after the public comment period closes and District Manager Millett re-issues a decision.

Project name is apparently Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range Environmental Assessment (EA) That must be in the subject line if sending comments by email.

Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project must submit their comments to the project lead:

Greg Wahl
1835 Black Lake Blvd SW,
Olympia, WA 98512.


If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at gtwahl@fs.fed.us [only for questions] or (360) 956-2375. The office business hours for those submitting hand-delivered comments are: 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Those submitting electronic copies [of comments] must put the project name in the subject line, and must either submit comments as part of the e-mail message or as an attachment only in one of the following three formats: Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf) or Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf), and can do so to the following e-mail address: comments-pacificnorthwest-olympic-pacific@fs.fed.us

In cases where no identifiable name is attached to a comment, a verification of identity will be required for objection eligibility. If using an electronic message, a scanned signature is one way to provide verification. E-mails submitted to e-mail addresses other than the one listed above, in other formats than those listed, or containing viruses, will be rejected.

For more information and documents on this project, including the Draft Decision Notice (under "Decision"), the Final EA, and EA Public Notice Extension, Sept.26 (under "Supporting"): http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare Information on the extended comment period are under "Supporting". Here are two informative articles on this from the Peninsula Daily News. Post comments on the most recent one below:

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140928/NEWS/309289934/no-people-large-animals-to-be-harmed-in-electronic-warfare-training

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140927/NEWS/309279992/for-war-games-next-year-navy-wants-to-post-trucks-with

Excerpts from the first link:

The Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range project would entail the first use of electromagnetic radiation for the Navy training that pilots now simulate by internal aircraft controls.

Dean Millett, district ranger for the Pacific District of the Olympic National Forest, had issued a draft notice of a decision earlier this month in which he had agreed with the Navy's finding of no significant impact, clearing the way for a Forest Service special permit.

He canceled the decision Thursday and reopened public comment because of "renewed interest . . . from members of the public who were unaware of the proposal," notice of which was not published in North Olympic Peninsula newspapers.

Comment is being accepted through Oct. [31] on the environmental assessment, which is at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare.

The purpose is to train to deny the enemy "all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation (i.e. electromagnetic energy) for use in such applications as communication systems, navigation systems and defense related systems and components," according to the environmental assessment.

Extended exposure to electromagnetic radiation could cause a health hazard, the Navy said in the environmental assessment, available at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-Electrowarfare.

The emitters would operate on a radio frequency band from 4 to 8 gigahertz (GHz).

Navy officials did not know the impact of the emissions on small animals, saying "There are no conclusive direct hazards to human tissue as a result of electromagnetic radiation.

"Links to DNA fragmentation, leukemia, and cancer due to intermittent exposure to extremely high levels of electromagnetic radiation are speculative; study data are inconsistent and insufficient at this time," according to the assessment.

Crew members staffing the trucks would be protected by being under the tower, which is pointing the electromagnetic radiation upward, Sodano said.

The draft decision has been made by one person, Dean Millett, District Ranger for the Park. He decided to let the Navy proceed with their Alternative 2 is because "it meets the purpose and need of the project most effectively". This park ranger is deciding what is best for the Navy instead of what is best for the park.

Please comment and distribute this information widely. According to the press report, if the Forest Service says "No", the Navy can't use the Forest.

Questions? Contact Greg Wahl, Forest Environmental Coordinator

Email: gtwahl@fs.fed.us
Telephone: 360-956-2375.

If you are tweeting a message about the US Navy EMF testing as follows, due to the length you may have to do so in a series of 3 tweets.  Please post, tweet and retweet this to reach as many people as possible in the short time we have.  And please, write, call, visit your MP's and MLA's to demand that they get involved to find out where our governments have been while this has been going on in the U.S.




Nov 1
2014

SaskPower's CEO resigns over dangerous smart meter program; should BC's Bennett be next?

Press Release from the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, October 28, 2014

Attached is a press release that went out October 28, 2014.  Please send it to your local newspapers, radio stations, etc. People need to be demanding an independent investigation of the ITRON meter failures in BC. The government and Hydro, are denying the failures have occurred, despite their own records to the contrary. This is profound negligence. No politician is willing to stand up and draw attention to this, no government agency has any authority for oversight. It's up to us to raise this to the level that the NDP in Saskatchewan did - and demand a full investigation.

" . . .  It's time for a full independent investigation into BC Hydro's smart meter program.

"There have been far more failures and fires associated with the Itron smart meter in BC than there have been in Saskatchewan, as found in official documents obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Yet BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett and the head of BC Hydro's smart meter program, Greg Reimer, continue to deny any have occurred. Mr. Bennett has tried to mislead the public by saying that the brand of smart meters used in BC are not the same as used in Saskatchewan. While this is true, the fact remains that fires and meter failures have occurred in BC.

"Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters believes this is not just a coincidence. "It appears as if the government did not want any oversight at all from any agency that has the duty and responsibility to protect the public's welfare. This lack of concern for the safety of the public is alarming."

"A Fire Report was sent to the government in August by the Coalition, with examples taken from FOI documents of "failures" as well as fires that were not tracked officially. Noble believes it is ludicrous for the government to deny that fires and failures have occurred when Hydro itself has reports to the contrary.

 "The Coalition believes that the lives and property of British Columbians are just as important as those of people living in Saskatchewan. It is time for the government to do the right thing and end this dangerous program until and unless it can be proven to be safe."




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