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Smart Meters and Grids


SMART METERS and GRIDS OVERVIEW

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 Greg Reimer, BC HYDRO:  greg.reimer@bchydro.com



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 14
2014

BC Health Authority misleading the public, hiding behind an outdated guideline.

Letter to Governments - Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in B.C.

We need to put pressure on our provincial health authorities to help protect us and our families from the RF proliferation and to stop misleading us by saying that everything is fine.

 " . . . This is outrageous. The public is being lulled into believing that the wireless gadgets they love and that they give their toddlers are safe. This is wrong - both in fact and morally.

"It is time for the provincial government to take responsibility for stopping this exposure. It has the duty to protect our health and it has the right to establish exposure limits that are precautionary.

"I ask our elected officials to review this information and join together to demand that correct information be given to the public. Demand that our health authorities do their jobs, tell the truth, and stop misleading the public.

"For additional reference please consider a letter signed 52 world renowned experts, asking for Health Canada to finally acknowledge the evidence that many other countries have based their guidelines on: http://c4st.org/images/documents/hc-resolutions/scientific-declaration-to-health-canada-english.pdf

Sincerely,
Sharon Noble




Jul 2
2014

Our city stopped Neptune smart water meters two years ago, one of the first cities in the country to do so. We did all the normal things (packed city council meetings, emails and phone calls to council members, online blog, large public meetings, online petition, paper petition, cost analysis showing they cost more, etc.). But the two real keys were:

1. Scientifically developing a technically workable alternative system (in our case fiber optic), and

2. Keeping careful track of everything the Muni government did (remarks made, etc.), then 'respectfully' making the mayor and council look bad in the print media by use of that information. They care about getting elected and their public image more than city issues. It is vital to understand this.

So, focus on going after their image, but without going too far. It is very vital to do so in a way that is not too overtly hostile or intense. If you go too far with opposition TONE and LANGUAGE, it creates the opposite effect, the public will sympathize with the politicians being attacked instead of with you. Some significant 'edge' is necessary, you have to go after them, but don't go too far with emotion. Let the facts speak for themselves. You don't have to convince everyone, just a sufficient percentage. . . .




Jun 22
2014

Bylaw enforcement looms for new automated water meters

Under the City of Toronto Municipal Code it is mandatory for every home and business in Toronto to install a new automated water meter.

Intimidation and extortion in Ontario re water meters.  Because people did not fight the electric smart meters, the water company is feeling bolder about these things.  Sadly, many people have their water meters inside their homes, often in the basement. This means the meters will have to send out stronger signals to get through the cement walls to reach either the meter reader of the collector transmitter.

"TORONTO - Toronto homeowners and businesses who have yet to install or upgrade to the city's new automated water meters could face stiff penalties as the bylaw enforcement deadline looms.  

"The city began the process of changing the water meters in 2010 and the plan was to complete the installation across all wards in six years.  

So far, ward 6, 10, 13, 14, 16-24, 26-34, and 36 have been "considered complete."  

"Anyone in those wards who have not had their water meters replaced by July 1 may face fines of up to $50,000.

"In addition, customers with an existing meter will be charged a manual meter reading fee of $80 per reading and flat rate water customers will be charged a Legacy fee of $1,020 per year.  

"The new water meter, which the city installs for free, will collect and transmit data remotely, therefore eliminating the need for staff to enter people's homes.

"The program is mandatory and it takes 30 to 90 minutes for the installation process."




Jun 21
2014

Democracy and How We Can Apply It - John Ranns

StopSmartMetersBC - Victoria Protest Rally June 14, 2014 - includes checklist when dealing with politicians



LETTER from John Ranns re Smart Meters in BC.

Use John Rann's checklist to interact with your MLA.  
FIND YOUR BC MLA CONTACT INFORMATION HERE.




Jun 21
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 





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

Smart meters for energy to be voluntary U.K.

Plans to force households to have energy smart meters installed have been shelved over health and privacy fears.

"The Government had promised that every household would have a smart meter by 2019 in a billion pound programme to stop gas and electricity bills being estimated.

"Officials are devising plans to allow people to reject the smart meters, which communicate remotely from households to energy companies.

"The move is a victory for campaign groups and backbench MPs, who raised concerns with ministers that the devices emit electromagnetic radiation 24 hours a day and cannot be turned off. Privacy campaigners were worried that half-hourly data on energy usage collected by smart meters could give clues about people's way of life, such as when someone is on holiday, at work or asleep. Sources in the Department for Energy and Climate Change said the proposal was shelved to avoid the programme getting "bogged down" in lengthy legal disputes.

"There has been a public outcry recently about the potential health effects of smart meters in the US and Canada.

"About 400,000 have been installed in British homes. Most of the devices emit similar radiation to mobile phones, microwaves and wireless internet.

"Campaigners are worried about the build-up of such devices in the home. Some people claim to be sensitive to electromagnetic fields, saying it gives them symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and headaches.

"In America, utility companies have been hit with multi-million dollar class action lawsuits from people who have had the devices installed in their homes.

"Regulators say smart meters are safe. But protesters point to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine's opposition to the devices.

"Bill Esterson, MP for Sefton Central, is now urging the Government to say whether smart meters will come with health warnings.

"Charles Hendry, the energy minister, said: "We believe people will benefit from having smart meters. But we will not make them obligatory."




Jun 19
2014





In solidarity with British Columbia, Montreal led the way in this Canadian Smart Meter protest on June 14, 2014.
This coast-to-coast rally was the first of its kind protesting wireless smart meters and the smart grid. There will be more.  

BC Rallies




Jun 18
2014

StopSmartMetersBC - Robert Riedlinger

Victoria Protest Rally June 14, 2014



Robert was one of the first people in BC to get involved with the electromagnetic pollution issue, first Cell Towers, then Power LInes, Wi-Fi and Smart Meters.




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