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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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Jan 28

Disconnect Switches Used in Smart Meters

Commentary by Bob McKechnie, retired professional engineer

Smart Meter Fire


Jan 28

BC's Itron Smart Meters put lives and homes at risk --

who is looking out for us? - Coalition to Stop "Smart" Meters, January 28, 2015

ITRON smart meters have the remote disconnect switch, just like those in Ontario, and they allow water/moisture to accumulate just as they did in Saskatchewan.

In British Columbia there has been at least one fire that, according to the BC Safety Authority, was caused by water leaking into the meter, causing a short circuit.

Yet no one, not Bill Bennett, not BC Hydro, not the BC Safety Authority is even acknowledging the fire risk, let alone taking precautionary measures to protect us and our homes.

Engineers who, on a voluntary basis are studying the meters, have found several serious flaws, one of the significant ones being the remote disconnect switch. They are concerned that proper testing of the switch and of the meters themselves hasn't taken place and there is no certification of safety by either CSA or an independent professional electrical engineer - something required by both common sense and the law.

In the attached commentary, a retired engineer, Bob McKechnie warns, "The switch is critical from the safety point of view because if it fails to operate properly the disconnect function will not be accomplished and safety will not be assured."

Our government and BC Hydro are playing Russian roulette with our lives and property. Who is watching out for British Columbians? Must people die before Bill Bennett takes action?

Jan 27

Time Sensitive for Salmon Arm - Shuswap - Council Meeting Thursday, January 29

Wireless Radiation Concerns / Developing a Safer Policy for Locating Cell Towers and Other Microwave Antennae in the City of Salmon Arm

If you live in the Shuswap region of British Columbia, please attend this critical meeting. Support is needed to show City Hall, Staff, Mayor and Council our concern about the unchecked proliferation of wireless in our community.  

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013 recommended all Canadian cities, that includes those as Salmon Arm, develop their own Cell Tower and Microwave Antennae Location Consultation Policies.

Our city administration appears to be trying to press our city council to adopt the obsolete and dangerous Industry Canada policies; however, it is crucial that this city develops its own, much safer policy. As well, the Mayor and Chief Administrator signed a 5 year contract for Wi-Fi in our main parks and public buildings without any public consultation. This was with ShawSystems Ltd early October 2014. Neighbourhoods were not consulted and antennae can be as strong as those on cell towers.

For more details, and to understand our serious local situation, read the attached Letter to Mayor Nancy Cooper. ~Salmon Arm Citizens for Safe Technlogy~ Salmon Arm City Hall

Public Input Meeting Thursday, Jan. 29th 7pm. (Come early to get a seat!)
Re: Wireless Radiation Concerns & Developing a Safer Policy for Locating Cell Towers and Other Microwave Antennae in the City of Salmon Arm

"Come and Learn with those Concerned!"

Some Guest speakers are:

  • Bart Thomas, Secwepmec Knowledgekeeper and Grandson of World Renowned Shuswap Elder, Dr. Mary Thomas.
  • Dr. Ross Anderson - retired chiropractor, naturopathic doctor: Effects of radiation on the blood shown through Live Blood Cell testing. Home evaluation of electro pollution from wireless devices - dirty electricity, proximity to towers, routers, antennae etc. 
  • Dr. Martin Blank, Ph.D., formerly of the Dept. of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University Medical Center. author: Over Powered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Dr. Jacqueline McClaran - Professor of Medicine, McGill University
  • Dr. Samantha Boutet - naturopathic doctor - EHS 

PS. Langley citizens supported by a forward thinking and educated Council developed their own policy and have this month had the leverage to refuse 2 proposed Telus towers proposed for their residential areas. Learn more Thursday evening. Bring friends and show council your concern by your presence. Those who wish to speak have 5 minutes. 

Jan 22

Some 5,400 of Ontario's 4.8 million smart meters are being removed and replaced because of a risk they could heat up, cause an electrical short and possibly spark a fire.

"Some 5,400 smart meters in Ontario are being removed and replaced because of a risk they could heat up, causing an electrical short and possibly spark a fire. . . .

" . . . It's the latest snag to hit the controversial $2-billion smart meter program, which auditor general Bonnie Lysyk criticized last month for cost overruns and poor performance. " Lysyk found one in six of the meters, which are designed to promote conservation, had not yet transmitted any readings of electricity use.

"The system was supposed to cost $1 billion, but that has doubled."


Jan 19

Warning Labels for cell phones and Wi-Fi: Bill C-648 to protect Canadians from radiation

Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act - Conservative MP Terence Young / C4ST - Ottawa Press Conference (CTV Winnipeg News Video)

Conservative MP Terence Young calls for more effective warning labels on cell phones, Wi-Fi, portable phones, baby monitors, and all wireless devices sold in Canada, in order to protect Canadians and empower them with the information they need to understand potential serious risks to their health from long-term continuous use of these devices, and the greater risk to children. This is the first time a government representative has brought a Bill past a first reading re health warnings and labelling for wireless devices in Canada.  He has multi-party support for this Private Members Bill. 

A new article in The Tyee. Near the end of the article, it includes one Industry response, which seems to be Industry's old-fashioned style of response that insults the intelligence of the public with regard to corporate positioning and strategies. The article ends: "He [MP Young] said there may not be any evidence now, but he is confident that one day it will be shown that cell phones do cause cancer."  

For more details about the Press Conference, Bill C-648, and featured reference materials please click C4ST HERE.

Jan 14

Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences

Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure - L. Lloyd Morgan, S. Kesari, Devra Lee Ddavis


  • Children absorb more microwave radiation (MWR) than adults.
  • MWR is a Class 2B (possible) carcinogen
  • The fetus is in greater danger than children from exposure to MWR
  • The legal exposure limits have remained unchanged for decades
  • Cellphone manuals warnings and the 20 cm rule for tablets/laptops violate the "normal operating position" regulation.


Computer simulation using MRI scans of children is the only possible way to determine the microwave radiation (MWR) absorbed in specific tissues in children. Children absorb more MWR than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. MWR from wireless devices has been declared a possible human carcinogen. Children are at greater risk than adults when exposed to any carcinogen. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood. The fetus is particularly vulnerable to MWR. MWR exposure can result in degeneration of the protective myelin sheath that surrounds brain neurons. MWR-emitting toys are being sold for use by young infants and toddlers. Digital dementia has been reported in school age children. A case study has shown when cellphones are placed in teenage girls' bras multiple primary breast cancer develop beneath where the phones are placed. MWR exposure limits have remained unchanged for 19 years. All manufacturers of smartphones have warnings which describe the minimum distance at which phone must be kept away from users in order to not exceed the present legal limits for exposure to MWR. The exposure limit for laptop computers and tablets is set when devices are tested 20 cm away from the body. Belgium, France, India and other technologically sophisticated governments are passing laws and/or issuing warnings about children's use of wireless devices. . . .

Jan 13

Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review

STILL HOT (1988) - U.S. Air Force Declassified Information

Scott M. Bolen, Rome Laboratory, Air Force Material Command, Griffis Air Force Base, New York


"The study of human exposure to radiofrequency/microwave radiation has been the subject of widespread investigation and analysis. It is known that electromagnetic radiation has a biological effect on human tissue. An attempt has been made by researchers to quantify the effects of radiation on the human body and to set guidelines for safe exposure levels. A review of the pertinent findings is present along with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommended safety standard (C95.1-1982) and the United States Air Force permissible exposure limit for RF/MW radiation (AFOSH Standard 161-9, 12 February 1987).

"An overview of research that was conducted in the Soviet union and Eastern Europe is also included in this report. . . .

Jan 9

Kamloops family mulls legal action against BC Hydro

conversation between BC Hydro representatives and a customer whose electricity was cut due to non-acceptance of a smart meter


"BC Hydro won't reconnect a Kamloops family that had its power cut off last month unless the utility is allowed to install a smart meter that can have the radio turned off, for which there is a monthly charge.

"When the family called BC Hydro, the Crown corporation said that, because of the disconnection, the utility can now install a smart meter when the power is reconnected.

"The BC Hydro statement to the family contradicts a statement last year by Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett, who is in charge of the utility, when he said the government won't "force people to have a smart meter if they really don't want one. It's not our intention to offend people or bully people."

"Bennett also said in July 2014 that people can opt out of the smart-meter program, but will have to pay the costs of having analog meters read.

"Asked about the discrepency between Bennett's statement and BC Hydro's requirement for the family to accept a smart meter, the ministry's communications spokesman, Jake Jacobs, referred all questions to BC Hydro. . . .

Jan 9

Wall Street's Cell Phone Litigation Problem

Finance and Investment For Good - November 14, 2014

It is confusing about the District of Columbia (Washington DC) Superior Court. Washington DC is not one of the 50 US states. It's the District where the US Federal government resides and it has evolved through the years to become "almost" like one of the 50 states. All 50 states have multiple Superior Courts. In 1970 Washington DC formed its own Superior Court for civil and criminal trials.

When we hear of "court" and "Washington, DC", invariably it is the US Supreme Court which is the court of last resorts and the highest court in the country. Brain tumor lawsuits from all over the country have been, and are being, filed in Washington DC Superior Court, as it is advantageous for attorneys to file in Washington DC because of the District's excellent consumer protection laws. They are more favorable in DC than in most of the 50 states. It is a very unusual legal situation. The CTIA (Wireless Association) is located there, and the CTIA is named in all the lawsuits.


"It is 1987 and Gordon Gekko stands on a windswept beach with a cell phone to his ear. He is talking on the world's first mobile phone - the Motorola DynaTac 8000X. It wasn't cheap back then costing $3,995 - which in today's terms is close to $9,000. Not surprising only the wealthiest could afford these phones, and Wall Street was the epicentre of an industry that became a global phenomenon over the next decades.

"Wall Street execs were the first to use cell phones. They have used them the longest and the most intensively. They were the first to upgrade to more powerful units. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that it is Wall Street firms that are the 'canary in the mine' in terms of litigation around the health impacts of long term cell phone use.  

"The links between brain tumours and cell phones are hotly contested. As telcos fight a growing public relations battle that is flaring through social media, a little known legal case has continued to make its way through US courts.

Jan 5

The Proof You've Been Looking For - Cell, Wi-Fi, Radiation, Health

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Magda Havas

In a mere 8 minutes and 30 seconds, three top scientists - cardiologist, epidemiologist, environmental researcher - will tell you why we've been fighting so hard for so long. You can't get a quicker education than this: 

Summary clips of top specialists explaining the hazards of cell phones, Wi-Fi, and damages to health.

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