Citizens for Safe Technology
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and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
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: email@example.com
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Updated Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
1. CLASS ACTION
COMPLETE THIS FORM TO JOIN:
2. IMMEDIATE ACTION:
Opt-out Sign for your ANALOG
4. TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY
For customers who have chosen #3 on Hydro's List of "options"
FOR THOSE OF US WITH ANALOG METERS:
To be displayed on analog meter to ensure that BC Hydro's installers are aware of your "choice" to retain your analog and to accept no other.
Make sure to include the date, and provide the information at the bottom of the sign. This replaces the more generic "NO TRESPASSING" sign that was previously available.
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
B.C. Hydro Commercial Customers are now included in the CSTS class Action against BC Hydro
Until December 2013, BC Hydro has excluded business and commercial customers from their "Choices" program.
So, as of December 2, BC Hydro Commercial accountholders have been incorporated into the Civil Class Action against BC Hydro.
The following form is to be completed by those who fit the Class membership criteria listed on the form:
Response to Questions re Method of BC Hydro Smart Meter Refusal - Updated December 16, 2013
"A question we are asked frequently is whether people can still participate in the civil lawsuit against BC Hydro if they are using other forms and processes of smart meter resistance. The answer is simply, yes, you can participate and use any of our forms and letters, as nothing a person can do individually with regard to such choices could affect the lawsuit one way or another. It is important to note that all civil lawsuit participants registered with CST remain completely anonymous to BC Hydro and the Court, unless specifically identified with a personal Affidavit. . . .
LEARN MORE about participating in the BC Smart Meter Lawsuit:
You do have a choice about Smart Meters.
How to Join
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms confirms our right to live in our home, our refuge, free of invasion. We believe that BC Hydro has infringed upon this right.
Everyone should have the choice to have a smart meter or not, but under Hydro's opt out options those already having a smart meter have no choice at all. We all should be able to say "no" to a dangerous, invasive device on our homes, without having to pay extortion fees for that right.
Any adult who is, or wishes to become, a customer of BC Hydro, and has advised BC Hydro that consent is not given for a smart meter to be installed or operating at his/her residence or place of business, is in the class, and is eligible to participate in the class action. This includes all persons who have:
Rent the online video, or order the DVD
As an affiliate of Take Back Your Power, CST is pleased to make this revelatory documentary available here on our website. Please consider ordering your copy/copies through us, as a small portion of the proceeds will help us in our goal to raise awareness about this important issue.
Watch "Take Back Your Power" online now, or order the DVD for your own showing, via this link: http://ykr.be/1cklad1jik
Smart Meters: Utility Break-in, Government Bribery and Your Higher Bills
Live Blood Cell Analysis
Smart Meters and Surveillance: What are Your Rights Worth?
This update contains recent articles and links re smart meters (applicable outside Maryland as well)
REMINDER: " . . . we have two Opt out bills, one in the House and one in the Senate. We urge you to write to your elected officials especially if one or more of them are on the Committees that will hear the bills, i.e. the Senate Finance Committee and the Economic Matters Committee. The following two links are to the Legislative Guide on the MSMA website and to the model letters . . . .
CST's response re latest billing (2014)
CST's Response re Latest 2014 Billing From BC Hydro
After a time of non-communication re electrical billing, many people with analogue meters are now receiving their BC Hydro bill for January. Some are being billed for only a partial month, some for very high estimates, some with no extortion fee, many with pro-rated ones . . .
Any of these are valid reasons to question Hydro. To do so, call the customer service number on your bill. If possible, provide your own readings, and demand that those be acknowledged and used.
Reading your analogue:
Hydro has said it will turn unpaid fees over to a collection agency, and could turn off power. Will they? Who knows if they will take such draconian measures, but they are bullies and desperate to get these meters on our homes. It is our assertion that we cannot trust them.
We cannot tell customers what to do about paying or not paying the "fee", as ultimately that is up to them. Some are comfortable withholding the fee and are prepared to deal what may result.
A reasonable compromise, if there is such a thing in a situation such as this, would be to pay Hydro's fee via separate cheque with something like "paid under duress", "blackmail payment" or "extortion fee demand" in the memo section to prevent Hydro from saying you paid willingly. Remember, these fees are not yet final, and the BCUC must decide what the fees will be. We expect there to be a refund once BCUC finalizes its hearing on the fees.
The BCUC recently decided to require FortisBC to limit their opt-out charges to $9 per month. We have reason to believe that the BCUC will lower opt-out charges for BC Hydro as well. It will be important for each of us to keep a record of current extortion fee payments to make sure we are adequately recompensed once this next level of intervening at the BCUC is completed.
Some of our members have lodged a complaint with the Auditor General about BC Hydro's actions. There are many things Hydro is doing which deserve scrutiny. For example, how can Hydro not read meters for months, sending out estimated bills (often not marked as estimated) with consumption estimates based on nothing? Not historical usage, not reasonable projected usage. Who knows how "adjustments" are done when the meter is actually read, and how the tiers are handled. Are excess usage figures calculated at the higher rate or the lower rate? And why should Hydro have our money for free to use all of that time? Perhaps these are questions for the BCUC.
We must argue our case strongly before the BCUC firstname.lastname@example.org, and show how we feel about how we've been and are being treated.
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Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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