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Smart Meter Action Kit


This "Smart Meter" Action Kit contains valuable information about so-called "Smart Meters."  Conveniently, this information is being withheld by hydro and power authorities in hopes that deployment will go ahead unchallenged, without sufficient research into the health, safety and security issues involved.

SMART METER ACTION KIT OVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION

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 registration or letters to BCUC: commission.secretary@bcuc.com
EMAIL ADDRESS for BC HYDRO / Greg Reimer greg.reimer@bchydro.com



Jul 20
2014

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated June 21)

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

BC Hydro Tactics Update 

for BC Hydro customers who are wondering what is going on with BC Hydro as of May 1, 2014

Opt-Out Sign for Analog in preparation for meter exchange (seal expiry announcement from Hydro) 


1. CLASS ACTION

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 
Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM

Questions and Answers


2.  IMMEDIATE ACTION:

DECIDE
Response to BC HYDRO's Current BILLING practices


READ

Legal Actions Update April 10, 2014

Dealing with the Deadline and Beyond

Realities to Consider 


SEND

RESPONSE to BC Hydro's "Choices" Letters

OR 

OPT OUT REGISTRATION NOTICE   
Still useful for those who have had a smart meter imposed upon them without their consent. 


ATTACH
Opt-out Sign for your ANALOG


3. WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

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

ADDITIONAL: Website just for Class Action


4. TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Organize a Protest Rally in your area.
Contact CST for more information!

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A 





Jul 19
2014

Doctor's Information Package

Addressed to Medical Professionals. Useful to all. Updated July 19, 2014

The following package is for those who wish to approach their doctors with information regarding the possible health risks from non-thermal microwave radiation.  It contains links organized into specific health effect categories.  These links can be printed out according to personal areas of need or concern, and used to start a dialogue with doctors who may not as yet have associated certain health conditions with EMF or RF exposure.  

The introductory letter on pages 1 and 2 contains a link to the entire list, and may be useful to your doctor as a reference tool. 


"Dear Medical Professional:

"Your patient has asked us for support in providing you with information regarding the possible health risks from non-thermal microwave radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation, recently reclassified by the WHO/IARC as a Class 2B, possible human carcinogen.

"This WHO risk category also includes lead, DDT, chloroform, and dioxane, and is relevant to all wireless devices emitting radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, including cordless phones, cell phones, IPads, Wi-Fi routers, wireless games, baby monitors, and smart meters . . .

"Many doctors have already given medical advice to their patients by way of a medical letter or note on a prescription form stating that the patient should avoid, for medical reasons, living in a residence or residential complex at which a wireless meter is operating in order to maintain their health or avoid aggravating a medical condition. This medical advice stating the health condition and advising the patient that they should avoid ongoing exposure to wireless radiofrequency and smart meter emissions will allow your patient to participate in the Human Rights Action currently underway. We are hopeful that the individual's right to protect their health as advised by their medical doctor will be upheld by the Human Rights Tribunal, and this forced exposure within their own home to undesirable microwave radiofrequency emissions will be replaced with reasonable and respectful accommodation by BC Hydro . . . "

Information categories contained in this package: 

  1. Microwave Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation - General 
  2. Smart Meters
  3. Interference with medical devices / Smart Meter Risk
  4. Children
  5. EHS/ES - Electrosensitivity
  6. Diabetes
  7. Heart
  8. Tinnitus / Microwave Hearing / Dental Effects
  9. Sleep and Insomnia
  10. Infertility / Sperm Damage
  11. Cell Towers - Applicable to constant low-level exposures
  12. Cell Phones
  13. Published Articles
  14. BEES - This section included due to potential impacts on human health from loss of bees and pollination
  15. Lawsuits, Scientific Statements and Letters
  16. Cancer
  17. Brain Function / Epilepsy / Alzheimer's / ALS
Also available:

Open Letter to GP and Other Medical Colleagues  January, 2012
Guidelines for Doctors
AAEM calls for Caution (American Academy of Environmental Medicine)




Jul 15
2014

No Fee Opt Out Registration Notice for BC Hydro (updated)

updated to include digital meter exchange request

This is useful especially for those who have had a smart meter imposed on them without their permission.  Without it, BC Hydro will continue to claim that they have "implied consent."




Jul 15
2014

BC HYDRO TACTICS UPDATE - July 15, 2014

For Hydro customers who are wondering what is going on with BC Hydro as of May 1, 2014

Hydro customers with analogue meters continue to receive letters announcing seal expiry and failed installation fees.  Those of us with analogue meters must still be very cautious and ask for all of the information to which we have a right. . . .


1) BC Hydro is now sending letters to analogue customers stating that analogue meters must be changed over to digital meters due to the expiration of Measurement Canada Seals.  The letter says that this exchange can occur in our absence, and announces that the installer will need free and clear access to the meter during this time. It also states that if he or she cannot access the meter, a $65.00 failed installation fee will be added to our bills.

It is true that meters require re-certification every 10 years or so to ensure accurate readings. A small percentage of meters in a certain batch (installation date) are taken and checked, and if they are okay, the others from that batch are assumed to be okay, too.

In the legal documents submitted by BC Hydro to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC), it was stated by their lawyer that they still have a number of thousands of new, certified analog meters available. The public doesn't know this as they are told "no more analogs."  This is not true.

The digital, non-RF (radio-off) smart meter still tracks movements, is a security and fire risk, and produces copious amounts of dirty electricity right onto every electrical line in your house. Dirty electricity sickens those who are sensitive and will add to the toxic burden on anyone, sensitive or not, causing gradual breakdown of homeostasis.

Some scientists, such as Dr. Sam Milham and Dr. Magda Havas consider dirty electricity to be as toxic to the body as RF. The non-RF digital smart meter produces dirty electricity via the switch mode power supply - it is the same in the RF smart meter or non-RF (radio-off) smart meter.  http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/New-Critical-Problem-with-Smart-Meters-SMPS,25,2440

There is more information on our website under a search of "Dirty Electricity" www.citizensforsafetechnology.org.

When you are faced with Hydro's latest letter/installation, demand exactly the same analog meter or no exchange. Tell them that you know from their own lawyer's documents filed with the BC Utilities Commission that they have thousands of analogs that are all ready and certified and can be used. Tell them that you want an appointment, date and time, for the installation of the new meter, and if it doesn't look exactly the same as the one you have i.e. analog, then you won't allow the change.

2) BC Hydro is sending installers to homes, unannounced, with a supply of old analogs, with initial dates in the 1970s and 1980s. People are being told that there is a work order to install this re-calibrated analog. No explanation is given for this change. When people question the purpose or say that they would like to think about it, installers have said they will call back and if the re-calibrated meter is refused, there will be a $65 failed installation charge. Installers have also said there is a new batch of re-calibrated meters arriving next week.

There is reason to be cautious. Unless the analog on the home has expired, there is no reason for a "swap", and certainly no justification for a failed installation charge authorized only when a smart meter installation has been refused.

You have a right to know when your analog expires. If your meter is relatively new (within 10-15 years of age) contact Measurements Canada, Kent Hogarth, Kent.Hogarth@ic.gc.ca with the make (brand) and number of your analog. Both of these are on the front of the meter. He will be able to tell you the expiry date. But if your meter has been on your home for longer than that, only BC Hydro has the records. Ask for the records showing the certification history of your meter.

Before agreeing to a "new" re-certified analog, ask for the make and model number and for the certification date. In California some meters that looked like analog actually were equipped with transmitters. Based on Hydro's history of dishonesty we must be suspicious. Your old analog could have an expiry date of 2-3 years from now, and Hydro could be attempting to replace it with a smart meter or an analog with a shorter period before it can be taken.

If possible, video every visit, ask for and make a note of names, and demand that all information, threats, etc. be put into writing. 

Please pass the word. As we receive more specific information, we will share it with you at www.citizensforsafetechnology.org  (under Communities/Governments - Smart Meters and/or BC Hydro Class Action/BCUC)

Sharon Noble          Coalition Director director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca

Una St. Clair           CST Executive Director una@citizensforsafetechnology.org




Jun 21
2014

When filling in the front of the envelope, check either "MLA ___" or "MP___" depending on who you wish to respond. Remember to include your return address, and a personal comment if you wish.  

Premier Clark's and Mr Bennett's addresses are listed under Return Address FYI, but they are the least likely to respond or receive this report card.  Best to send it your local MLA.

MLA contact information is listed HERE for both BC's Lower Mainland and, in the "MLA Finder" for all other MLA's in BC. 

NB: 
This is a 2-sided document. Insert first side, and test direction, making sure side two comes out upside down.  

With a stamp, after folding and securing at the centre of the lower edge with one small piece of tape or sticker, this card will be ready for mailing.  




Jun 21
2014

MAILING ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS
FOR B.C. LOWER MAINLAND MLA's  (DOWNLOAD below to see the file)

N.B.
To find MLA's in OTHER AREAS of BC, CLICK HERE




Jun 15
2014

This comes from direct lobbying experience over many years. In order of effectiveness, starting with the strongest:

  1. Direct face-to-face meetings with legislators and government executives in their Provincial or Federal offices 
  2. Direct face-to-face meetings with legislators and government executives in their local offices. 
  3. Phone call to staffers. 
  4. Handwritten letters. 
  5. Printed letters (if on letterhead from powerful persons) 
  6. Printed letters 
  7. Email is not even looked at; there is just too much for staffers to do.




Jun 7
2014

RESISTANCE is CRUCIAL (Re Rallies June 14)

CST Newsletter June 7, 2014

Rallies are being held simultaneously in BC's Lower Mainland, Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Powell River, Salmon Arm, Nelson, Kelowna, as well as in Montreal, making this the first coast-to-coast rally of its kind.   Please find the location nearest you and plan to attend.

N.B. Times vary at mid-day in various places, so check the times for your area and make a point of coming out for this cause.  Bring a friend along.  Your voice is important and would be welcomed.  

"Download PDF"  below for details




May 18
2014

SIGN for ANALOG - as of May 2014

in response to BC Hydro Installers' attempt to replace meter due to "expired seal"

This sign says:

ATTENTION BC HYDRO/CORIX
I am a putative member of the Class Action Suit against BC Hydro
in the Supreme Court of British Columbia:

Nomi Davis v. British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority
(BCSC Action No. S135590)

Until this case is ruled on,
and all appeals exhausted,
you may not install a digital meter.

Address ________________
BC Hydro account # ______________
Date _____________
Signature _______________




May 7
2014

EXPIRY RESPONSE/Letter Format for Greg Reimer (B.C. Hydro) UPDATED May 7, 2014

Letter to send to Hydro re SEAL EXPIRY NOTICE for analog meters

DOWNLOAD pdf to COPY FORMAT for mailing (lower right hand corner below)



Date mailed: __________________

Mr. Greg Reimer
VP- Transmission and Distribution
BC Hydro - Meter Choices
PO Box 9530 Stn. Terminal
Vancouver, BC V6B 4G8


greg.reimer@bchydro.com


Dear Mr. Reimer,

I am writing in response to your letter informing me that my analog meter's Measurement Canada seal has expired, and that within the coming weeks someone will be coming to my property to exchange my meter.

As I have previously notified you in writing, I continue to refuse a smart meter, with or without the transmitter turned off.

As I have accepted your opt out choice of an analog meter, I will only accept the exchange of analog for analog, and conditions for any exchange I may agree to are listed below: 

1) Provide me with a photocopy of the most current Measurement Canada Seal record with the actual seal expiry date for my exact analog at my address below;

 2) Provide me with the identification number of the meter for which you state the seal is expiring so that I can cross reference same with the identification number on the face of my actual meter and the meter number listed on my billing statement;

3) Provide me with the model name and number of the analog meter you wish to install, and its Measurement Canada Seal certification (expiry) date, and confirmation, in writing, that it does not have a chip, a transmitter or an antenna of any sort;

4) Provide time and date the installer will be arriving, in writing or by direct discussion with me personally if it is, in fact, accurate that my meter seal has expired.  No failed installation fee will be payable unless an appointment is made in advance for a mutually agreeable time and date.

5) I will only allow a licensed electrician who can provide me with valid confirmation of liability insurance to tamper with my current analog meter for any reason. I am requiring this on the grounds that under BC Hydro Tariff Section 97, "Liability", BC Hydro has no responsibility for any harm or injury done by its employees or agents, whether done through negligence or willful misconduct. Being aware of this risk to my home and family, I cannot allow the risk of an unqualified, uninsured person tampering with my property and potentially risking my and my family's safety.

6) Finally, provide me with written assurance that no attempt to install a smart meter, with or without transmitters, will occur because

a) I have chosen to opt out of the smart meter program and have notified you of same, and

b) I am a member of the Class Action Suit against BC Hydro in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and it is unconscionable that I be harassed or interfered with while this legal action is ongoing.

Please note that if you charge me a failed installation fee after receipt of this letter, without complying with the conditions set forth herein, I reserve the right to seek legal action against you.

Sincerely, 


Name: ____________________________________

Address: ____________________________________

BC Hydro Acct. No. ____________________________

Date ___________________________


Signature _____________________________________


Cc.
    Erika Hamilton, commission.secretary@bcuc.com

    John Horgan, john.horgan.mla@leg.bc.ca

    Personal MLA: http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm




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