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Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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Commentary to the European Economic and Social Committee on the European Convention on Human Rights
Attached is a commentary by Dr. Isaac Jamieson on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and Human Rights. As more of us are forced to live with higher and higher levels of exposure, the number of people who are sensitive is increasing dramatically. Victims suffer in many ways, including discrimination. It is vital that human rights be respected and measures taken to provide a safer environment.
The following is brief commentary on Human Rights, as related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and other conditions that may be affected as a result of exposure to manmade electromagnetic fields (EMFs). In this present work, relevant sections of the convention are indicated in the text below and their implications discussed.
It is intended that this commentary will be of benefit to policy makers, industry and members of the general public.
Of special note is the chart on page 2 showing exposure limits in various countries. Canada and the US have the same limits as ICNIRP recommends. Please see the statement at the bottom of the page - there are techniques and wireless devices that can cut levels significantly. Why aren't they being used in North America?
Letter from NDP MLA Adrian Dix to Liberal Energy Minister Bill Bennett
VICTORIA - B.C. Hydro's fees to customers in their Meter Choices program are too high and should be reduced, says New Democrat spokesperson for Hydro, Adrian Dix.
"The fees being charged to participants in the Meter Choices program are out of step with what other utilities charge and don't represent a reasonable cost recovery for reading the analog meters or the smart meters with the radio-off engaged," said Dix.
"It's clear that Hydro has set up this fee structure to punish customers who don't agree with them. That's not fair and it isn't something a public utility should be engaged in."
"Dix has written a letter to energy minister Bill Bennett to request the fee structure be revised to be more in line with what utilities like Hydro Quebec and Fortis BC charge.
"B.C. Hydro customers pay $240 per year for radio-off Smart Meter customers and $388.80 for legacy meter customers. By comparison, Fortis charges $108 per year for radio-off customers. That's a discrepancy that cannot be explained away. I hope the minister will agree with that and encourage B.C. Hydro to restructure these fees."
"Dix offered two suggestions for lowering these fees: scaling back what seems to be an excessive security system for the analog meters and reducing the amount of time Hydro staff are called to physically read the meters - something Fortis already does for customers in the Okanagan and West Kootenay.
"In his letter, Dix also asked the minister to clarify Hydro's policy on cancelling service in winter months. In November, a Hydro spokesperson told media on Vancouver Island that their policy was to not cancel service between November and March, yet Hydro customers have had their service disconnected as recently as last week.
"This kind of conflicting information does not help already inflamed tensions," said Dix. "If the utility has a policy, it should follow the policy; if that policy doesn't exist, Hydro should not be claiming it does."
A copy of Dix's letter can be found here: Smart Meter Letter to Hon Bill Bennett - 12.18.14
An early Christmas gift. Finally, perhaps the message has gotten through.
Despite these omissions, this letter is the first statement of any substance from the NDP on this matter for a very long time. A step in the right direction.
AVAAZ Community Petition
"Stop downplaying the health effects and cancer risks from RF EMF radiation! Please move Radio Frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from Class 2b "Possible Human Carcinogen" to Class 1, "Carcinogenic to Humans" now! There is enough cancer, illness and death around the world due to these emissions in addition to an overwhelming body of science showing cancer amongst other very serious health effects, all from this ubiquitously propagated but deadly RF radiation to warrant this increase in classification! Stop playing with the planet's health and life!! Move this radiation to Class 1 now!
"Due to the relationship with survival the classification of IARC is strengthened and RF-EMF should be regarded as human carcinogen requiring urgent revision of current exposure guidelines." Dr. Lennart Hardell, Swedish Oncologist, MD PhD, Orebro University Hospital, Orebro, Sweden"
The impact on health and wellbeing -Patcham Memorial Hall, Brighton
Published on Dec 11, 2014
Talk by former MI5 agent Dr Barry Trower, a physicist who worked for British intelligence. He explains Electrosensitivity and the dangers of Microwave and Wifi Radiation.
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Richard Caniell in The Valley Voice
"Immoral and dangerous contradictions plague BC Hydro and the BC government's claims and actions. They are now, in winter, shutting off the electricity of anyone who refuses to pay the exorbitant fee charged to those who refuse a Smart Meter. Even the elderly, poor and sick are left to sit in the frigid dark while BC Hydro executives take home up to $89,000 a month. . .
"Bennett said he expects, once smart-meter opponents are forced to pay the extra fee, that many will drop their objections. 'If you really believe having a smart meter is going to make you sick, maybe you'll pay the [extra fee],' he said. 'I do think there will be lots of people who will say: 'It's not that big a deal, I'll take a smart meter.'"
"In service to this aim, the Liberal government levied on BC residents some of the highest opt-out fees in North America, at $32.50 per month. BC Hydro claims this is required to recover the cost of paying workers to read the old analogue meters. But this was shown to be a ruse when the public learned that 46,000 Smart Meter owners were still having their meters manually read, but not being charged for it; while those who didn't accept Smart Meters were being charged for this same service. . . .
Video / Excerpts from Auditor General's Report
Bonnie Lysyk [Ontario's Auditor General] says the program has failed to meet targets for reducing peak electricity demand, hasn't changed Ontarians' consumption patterns and hasn't affected hydro bills in a positive way. CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan has more on how much more Ontarians have been paying for electricity.
Excerpts from the report, the $$meter section is at http://www.auditor.on.ca/en/reports_en/en14/311en14.pdf pages 362-404.
i) As well, the benefits of Smart Metering in reducing distribution companies' operating costs and reducing electricity bills to ratepayers were so far limited: Of the distribution companies we consulted, 95% said they realized no savings and their operating costs actually rose, and over half said they received a high volume of ratepayer complaints about "increased bills with no savings."
ii) In 2013, separate studies released by the Ontario Power Authority and the OEB indicated that TOU pricing had a modest impact on residential ratepayers, reducing their peak demand by only about 3%, but a limited or unclear effect on small businesses, and none at all on energy conservation.
iii) Those distribution companies that did track complaints found that most ratepayers were upset about TOU pricing, which they believed resulted in higher electricity bills than previously.
iv) The IESO has exclusive authority to develop and operate a provincial data centre in which to process smart-meter data for the province. However, the goal of operating the provincial data centre as a central system to ensure standard and cost-effective data processing has not been met because most distribution companies have used their own systems to process smart-meter data (before transmitting it to, or after receiving it from, the provincial data centre) for billing purposes.
v) There are 73 distribution companies across Ontario, each responsible for procuring, installing and operating smart-meter systems. Each distribution company negotiated with different vendors to procure systems for their regions. As a result of the different costs incurred by distribution companies, we noted that the average cost per meter was about $190, but varied significantly, ranging from $81 per meter at one distribution company to $544 per meter at another.
vi) The installation of about 4.8 million smart meters in Ontario rendered millions of conventional analog meters obsolete, making it necessary to retire and dispose of them sooner than planned. The distribution companies we consulted said the analog meters they had to scrap were still in good shape and could have been used for another five to 16 more years.
vii) another additional cost is related to the replacement of smart meters, which will likely further increase the Delivery Charge on electricity bills because smart meters would be subject to earlier and more frequent replacement than analog meters.
The estimated useful life for a typical smart meter is 15 years, compared to 40 years for an analog meter. The distribution companies we consulted said the 15-year estimate is overly optimistic because smart meters:
• are subject to significant technological changes, making it difficult to maintain hardware and software for the first-generation meters, which do not have the advanced functions of newer models;
• have complex features, such as radio communications and digital displays, which are subject to higher malfunction and failure rates;
• are similar to other types of information technology, computer equipment and electronic devices in that they are backed by short warranty periods and require significant upgrades or more frequent replacements as the technology matures; and
• will likely be obsolete by the time they are re-verified as required by the federal agency Measurement Canada every six to 10 years
viii) About 4.8 million smart meters have been installed by distribution companies across Ontario, but approximately 812,000 of them, or about one in six, have not transmitted any data to the provincial data centre for processing. (Note: 812,000 being manually read)
ix) Smart meters enable the collection of massive amounts of personal electricity-use data, allowing ratepayers and distribution companies--as well as anyone else with access to the data--to see exactly what makes up a ratepayer's electricity use. The smart-meter data could reveal when people are out, daily routines and changes in those routines. As a result, electricity-use patterns could be mined, for example, for marketing and advertising purposes.
x) Therefore, there could be security risks at the distribution-company level that the IESO was not aware of and over which it had no control.
xi) The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), Ontario's principal adviser on fire protection policy and safety issues, indicated that it is aware of fires involving smart meters in Ontario, elsewhere in Canada, and in the United States. However, some distribution companies and fire departments do not report such cases to the OFM, so more information is needed to assess the extent of the problem in Ontario.
xii) From May 2011 to March 2013, for example, the OFM recorded 14 fires involving either meters or the bases on which they were mounted. Based on anecdotal evidence, the OFM identified three possible root causes for the fires:
Environmental Health Trust and Grassroots Environmental Education
"With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, those clamoring to now stuff their kids' holiday stockings with their low priced electronic gadgets would do well to read the fine print that comes with all these toys, advises Environmental Health Trust (EHT), a group promoting safer phone use. A growing number of experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics, warns that the young brain needs more time on their parent's lap and less time on the phone's app.
"We all need to "#PracticeSafeTech," advises EHT's President, Dr. Devra Davis." What may be appropriate for adults may not be at all suitable for toddlers with their more rapidly growing brains and bodies." Would you give your child the keys to the car or a shot of whiskey just because she really wanted it?
"Thanks to low competitive pricing, what was once out of price point is now affordable. Retailers are going all out to make owning the latest mobile phones affordable with free equipment provided that parents pay long term contracts? After all, mobile phone prices have dropped or in some cases, free - making them easier to gift. "What harm could it do to youngsters to have such a cool, hot gadget--especially if they can use it to learn to read, see movies, or just stay connected with friends via social media? The answer is: plenty," advises Dr. Davis. . . .
Stop Smart Meters! (UK)
From the Arne Naess Seminar, 18th October 2014, Oslo, Norway.
Introduction by: Einar Flydal, retired from the ICT industry, business and academia
Main presentation by: Martin L. Pall
Questions / comments from the audience
Organizers: Einar Flydal in cooperation with Arne Naess Chair in global justice and environment.
The video has English speech and Norwegian text. Prof. Martin Pall's presentation begins at 8 min 15 sec.
"I think this is going to be one of the major issues in the next few years. Most people are not aware of this, and the people who are mostly know the old data - and there's a lot of new [information] on this that's extremely, extremely important" ~ Prof Martin Pall, Oslo, 18 October 2014.
The following presentation, given by Professor emeritus Martin L. Pall of Washington State University, explains that governments and industry bodies claiming wireless technologies to be harmless are, tragically and verifiably, wrong.
Whilst some governments - such as those in the UK, Canada and the US - continue to hide behind "obsolete" and "out of date" thermal models set by private industry groups decades ago, eminent physicist, geneticist and cell biologist Prof. Martin L. Pall carefully explains in this brilliant presentation that pathophysiological effects from non-thermal exposures are demonstrable and the mechanisms for this harm are understood and replicable.
Pall shows us how, with an increasing preponderance of so-called 'smart' meters, 'smart' phones and other microwave-emitting technologies and infrastructure, the health of the public is in danger; that our young are the most at risk and that urgent action to protect people is now required.
Prof. Pall's extensive research over recent decades into this issue shows that:
Microwaves damage humans at levels far below present radiation limits, through mechanisms at the cellular level
These biological mechanisms can - completely or partially - be behind growing "unexplained illnesses" like sudden cardiac death, ME, weakened immune system, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress, and increased DNA breakage, etc.
The effects can, in principle, affect all multicellular animals, and is proven, for example, in mussels (molluscs)
You need neither New Age, tendentious science or conspiracy theories to justify this.
Some of Pall's many peer-reviewed studies on this issue are listed in the final two minutes of this presentation.
The conclusion to be drawn from these revelations is that we are now, without question, facing a new and increasingly present environmental pollutant and the time for government dilly-dallying is over. This issue carries huge implications for the environment, human health, construction and placement of cell towers, smart meters, computers in schools and care for individuals presenting with symptoms of EHS.
Prof. Pall's first article on EMFs and their role in VGCC-activation earned a place in the "Global Medical Discovery" list of the most important articles in medicine in 2013, and in this lecture he provides up-to-date information on a problem that cannot be ignored.
Please share it widely.
See more at: http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/prof-martin-pall-how-wifi-other-emfs-cause-biological-harm/#sthash.kRdisWci.dpuf
To be delivered to BC Provincial Health Office
This resolution is intended to address the concerns of citizens regarding the escalating growth of wireless radiation in British Columbia. We invite the signatures of medical health professionals and researchers who wish to join with us in bringing attention to the hazards of electromagnetic radiation.
Hello Fellow Citizens:
As citizens of British Columbia, we have created a British Columbia Resolution on the Proliferation of Electromagnetic Radiation and we are requesting your support. The resolution is at the address below. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-british-columbia-1
The purpose of the resolution is to force our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to take action to implement the precautionary principle...rather than continuing on his current course of willful blindness and denial. It will ultimately be delivered to the British Columbia Provincial Health Office.
We are seeking the signatures of medical and other health professionals as well as all concerned citizens. Beneath the signature panel there is space to add comments... your comments are especially useful to us and welcomed.
We request your consideration towards signing our resolution. If you know of others that may be interested in supporting this initiative, we would appreciate you forwarding this email to them.
Thank you for your time, and good luck in fighting this fight that we must win...at any cost.
Ron Gordon Maple Ridge BC
"When injustice becomes institutionalized, resistance becomes a duty."
Whereas the population of the Province of British Columbia is not currently protected by effective and authoritative guidelines or regulations governing exposure to involuntary or incidental, non-thermal, electromagnetic radiation in their homes and public places, the British Columbia, Canada, organization - Citizens for Safe Technology - in collaboration with the undersigned, hereby passes the following Resolution.
"The time is finally here: FortisBC will begin replacing electricity meters in the Kelowna area next week.
"Corporate Communications Advisor David Wylie says they will start installing the smart meters in Joe Rich, Black Mountain and parts of Rutland.
"The first contact would actually be a piece of mail that was sent directly to customers, letting them know a few weeks in advance that we're going to be exchanging their meter at the property," explains Wylie.
"On the day of the exchange, they'll see one of our meter installers from our authorized contractor Corix Utilities. The meter installer will knock on the door to let the customer know we're there and what we're doing."
"Those homes can expect a brief power outage - expected to last a few minutes - while the old meters are replaced with the new, controversial advanced metering systems. . . .
"Following the installment of smart meters in Kelowna, Fortis crews will begin work in the South Okanagan with a projected start date in May 2015. . . .
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"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
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