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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.
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Mar 24
2015

Guidelines for Safer Use of Wireless Technology in Classrooms Published

Grassroots Environmental Education, Virtual Strategy Magazine, Mar 24, 2015

Teachers are Urged to Avoid Prolonged Contact and Turn Off Wireless Functions When Possible

An environmental health non-profit organization has issued a set of science-based guidelines for school teachers and administrators who are using wireless technologies in school classrooms. Based on peer-reviewed studies that link wireless radiation with neurological symptoms, the Guidelines urge teachers to limit exposures in classrooms to wireless radiation from routers, tablets and laptops. The Guidelines were delivered to a meeting of the Health and Safety Conference of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on March 14th.  

"There's a rush to make every classroom in America a wireless classroom, on the presumption that wireless radiation is completely safe," says Patricia Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, which created the Guidelines based on input from researchers, medical professionals and radiation experts. "But the weight of scientific evidence pointing to potential health impacts, not only for students, but for teachers, especially pregnant teachers, should compel us to take a precautionary approach. It's just common sense."

Recent studies at Yale University and other institutions around the world have demonstrated significant biological effects from exposure to wireless radiation. In one recent study, pregnant mice exposed to radiation from a cell phone had offspring that exhibited symptoms similar to ADHD in children. Many other studies have also reported behavioral abnormalities resulting from exposure to wireless radiation.

"A growing body of science is indicating links between exposure to wireless radiation and health impacts including neurological deficits and neurobehavioral disorders," says Joel Moskowitz, Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley. "These guidelines will help reduce microwave radiation exposure among students and teachers. I recommend every teacher in the nation pay attention to them."  

"We have enough evidence to justify taking action and we are not willing to wait until our members, their children and the students suffer health consequences from not doing anything," says Paul Pecorale, Vice President of NYSUT. "The history of occupational disease shows the devastating consequences of doing just that. We think that following these simple, common-sense Guidelines makes sense for schools districts, their staff and students."

The Guidelines can be accessed at http://grassrootsinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Safer-Guidelines.pdf

A list of independent, peer-reviewed science studies supporting this concern is located at http://grassrootsinfo.org/emerging-science-on-wireless-radiation/

About Grassroots:

Grassroots Environmental Education is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in New York with a mission to inform the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, and the seeks to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities. More information is available on the organization's web site, www.GrassrootsInfo.org.  

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/guidelines-for-safer-use-of-wireless-technology-in-classrooms-published-300054729.html.

http://bit.ly/1FTr0q9

For more information about Wi-Fi in Schools see:
http://www.saferemr.com/2013/03/opposition-to-los-angeles-public.html

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
 
Website: http://www.saferemr.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SaferEMR
News Releases: http://pressroom.prlog.org/jmm716/
Twitter: @berkeleyprc


Emerging Science on Wireless Radiation  




Mar 22
2015

Firefighters in LA organize and are opposing cell towers.

Radio Ad states:

"This is fire captain Lew Currier. Los Angeles County is installing cell towers on 86 fire stations near you. The radiation generated by these seven story eye sores can cause debilitating health effects. Studies suggest nearby families could get sick too, yet the board of supervisors is erecting these toxic towers without public hearings or required studies. This time, be there for us, your firefighters. Call the Board of Supervisors at 213-974-1411. Tell them to stop the cell towers, NOW. This message is brought to you by Los Angeles County firefighters Local 1014.

For those who "tweet", consider supporting the firefighters efforts.  This is happening NOW. You can help the firefighters by retweeting their messages. Their video, and tweets are powerful. It is rare for fire fighters to take such a strong political stand.

Please support their efforts! https://twitter.com/notoxictowers
Firefighters's Union Against Cell Tower Installation
Help Los Angeles Firefighters stop cell towers. (EMF SAFETY NETWORK)
Firefighters' Ad
Petition 




Mar 20
2015

Shocking Insurance Development

Lloyds of London - The Goddard Report

Interview with Sharon Noble - March 18, 2015

Lloyds of London Insurance is now excluding electromagnetic radiation injuries from their policies. School officials who have been made aware of the health risks from electro-magnetic radiation could be personally liable for exposing children and staff to microwave radiation in our schools. Please note that in a court of law, one cannot use any Regulatory body such as Health Canada as an excuse for ignoring warnings.




Mar 19
2015

Another major breach of security, with Blue Cross being hit again and millions of records stolen. Credit crd numbers, social security numbers, and even information about medical problems.

 Of course BC Hydro and Fortis will tell us that they encrypt our data so we're safe . . . 




Mar 19
2015

World-Renowned Researcher to Present on Wireless/EMF

"Living in the Electromagnetic Age" will take place at the Seniors' Fifth Avenue Activity Centre on Saturday, March 21st from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is a suggested $5 "ticket" at the door. Students and teens, among those most at-risk from EMR, will be admitted free of charge.

Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) is thrilled to present oncology researcher and DNA scientist Dr. Malcolm Paterson who will speak on the (statistically-supported) health-related risks of EMF from cell tower antennae, Smart Meters, cell phones, and other components of the wireless grid.

Malcolm Paterson spent his entire forty-year career in cancer research. He is a graduate of Royal Military College (B.Sc.), Queen's University [M.Sc. (Biology)], and the University of Tennessee [Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences)]. His venerable positions at hospitals and medical research centres are too many to enumerate here. However, at the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton from 1985 to 1996 he served as inaugural Director of the Molecular Oncology Program with several cross-appointments to the University of Alberta as Professor of Biochemistry, Oncology, Pediatrics and Genetics. At CCI, his research explored the genetic susceptibilities to breast cancer. His collaboration with Dennis Slamon at UCLA contributed to the development of Herceptin as an immune therapy for breast cancer. Among his many honours for research is the Research Award (Radiation Research Society).

Dr. Paterson has authored 168 scientific articles and spoken at 120 meetings for scientists. He has also delivered over 200 lectures at medical centres and universities in eighteen countries.

Doctor Ross Andersen, DC, ND, and Environmental Consultant (EMR and R/F) will also speak, and demonstrate how to best protect yourself and your family from radiation effects from wireless emissions.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about EMF and its effects.




Mar 19
2015

Enough is Enough - Hydro One Peaceful Protest in Toronto 5/13/2015

Take Back Your Power in Queen's Park, Toronto Ontario - Noon, May 13, 2015




Mar 15
2015

Hydro overpowers private Langley school

BC Hydro cut off electricity to a South Langley school - Langley Advance news report

Letters: Smart meter draws negative reactions from all over B.C.

Response from all over B.C. to our story about a smart meter installation at a local Montessori school was so voluminous that we present here a representative sample.

NEWS STORY:  "Roots & Wings Montessori School has lost its fight against having a smart meter installed after BC Hydro cut off power Friday.  

"The South Langley school with about 45 children day in, day out has been against the wireless smart meters from the start. BC Hydro cut off power Friday and went into the school Saturday to install a smart meter.  

"We view this move on the part of BC Hydro as a bullying tactic, as we cannot be without power for the children," said principal Kristen Cassie.  

"When smart meters were introduced, the school chose to keep the old analog meter.  

"They tried here and I said 'no'," Cassie explained about when smart meters were introduced in B.C. "Parents drive long distances to bring their kids to this school." 

"Friday afternoon, after back and forth with BC Hydro for a couple of years, the electricy was shut off.  

"She called BC Hydro and was told someone could come out right away and replace it. She said no.  

"Cassie said she was also told institutional users don't have a right to refuse smart meters. . . . 




Mar 8
2015

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  




Mar 7
2015

Wi-Fi Banned from Nursery Schools in France

law regarding children's exposure to wireless devices

05/02/2015 - Wi-Fi banned from nurseries in France
Power watch News

"In an unprecedented move, France has passed a law regarding children's exposure to wireless devices by entirely banning WiFi in nursery / daycare settings, and restricted in primary schools to only be enabled when actively being used for pupil education.  

"Not only does this demonstrate an awareness and proactive approach to mitigate potential harm from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, it also demonstrates the first national implementation of the precautionary principle with regard to managing the prevalence of wireless technology.  

"Long-term researcher Dr Dariusz Leszczynski recently covered this issue and Finland's official reaction appears to be one of ambivalence: "we've already told people to limit their exposure in 2009, so we've done our bit" despite the use of wireless gadgets becoming obligatory in primary and nursery schools in the country. It's clear that without a legislative approach, people will not voluntarily choose to limit their exposure even if you explain that there might be reasons for them to do so.

Key points from the bill  

  • Wireless access points / routers to be banned from nurseries and daycare centres 
  • Wireless access points / routers must be disabled in primary schools when not in active use for lessons 
  • Any advertisement for mobile telephony must include a recommendation of devices (such as earphones) to reduce exposure to the head 
  • All public places offering WiFi must clearly advertise the fact on a sign at the entrance to the property 
  • All wireless devices must contain clear instructions on how to disable their wireless functionality . . .
Contained in this news coverage:

Contents of the new law taken from French national coverage
Not lowering the limits
Hot spots
WiFi prohibited in nurseries
Calls for caution
Links







Mar 4
2015

"Initially, Montrealer Pierre Lepage was glad to receive the letter Hydro-Qu├ębec mailed him in 2011. It announced the upcoming replacement of the six electric meters located in his basement appartment's kitchen, by wireless "smart" meters that communicate with radiofrequency microwaves (RF/MWs). "I told myself, thanks to remote metering, I won't have to fill out meter-reading cards anymore. But I was ignorant", Lepage said in a 2012 interview after writing Quebec's Energy Board to complain that those meters harmed his family's health. About two weeks after they were installed, Lepage, his wife, father and teenage son all developed flue-like symptoms : dizziness, headaches, fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite. "We thought we caught a virus, but the symptoms lasted for weeks. Later, I developed heart palpitations and high blood pressure for the first time in my life", the 36-year-old man said. He later covered the meters' glass globes with four layers of aluminum foil to reduce their RF/MW emissions, as recommended by Villeray Refuse, the first citizen's group to oppose mandatory installation of smart meters. "Three days later we felt much better", Lepage wrote in his letter to the Energy Board.  

"Health authorities say smart meters are safe because their average RF/MW emissions are thousands of times weaker than those from cellphones. But experts in electromagnetic fields (EMFs) health effects say research is needed because it seems that smart meters' 24/7, intermittent and unpredictable pulses may be disrupting the synchronized electrical impulses in body cells. Evidence submitted in 2013 to the British Parliament stated smart meters "have triggered thousands of complaints of ill health and disabling symptoms worldwide", according to the first study on smart meter health complaints published this week in a peer-reviewed medical journal. Its author, Dr Frederica Lamech, found that the main symptoms reported by some people exposed meters are the same as those related to other wireless devices for more than 60 years. . . .




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