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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 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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Feb 22
2015

Lloyd's of London excludes coverage for RF/EMR claims

Letter to Government from Sharon Noble - Director of Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC

Premier Clark, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Reimer,

RE: Lloyd's of London excludes coverage for claims caused by exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

"Based on inaccurate information provided by ITRON, Health Canada and Dr. Perry Kendall, you have been telling people that there is no health risk due to prolonged exposure to radiation from smart meters on homes and wifi in school -- this despite your having received 100s of studies by independent researchers and many letters from scientists and doctors to the contrary.

"I am now forwarding information that should concern you even if the potential health problems these devices cause British Columbians doesn't. Even though I know that the province and BC Hydro self insure their insurance coverage, I suspect you have a stop loss agreement with protection for catastrophic claims. If this stop loss agreement doesn't already contain this waiver, soon it no doubt will exclude any claims associated with exposure to radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones, smart meters or wifi. Premier Clark, Mr. Bennett and Mr. Reimer,

"Lloyd's of London is one of the largest insurers in the world and often leads the way in protection, taking on risks that no one else will. Attached is a recent renewal policy which, as of Feb. 7, 2015, excludes any coverage associated with exposure to non-ionizing radiation. In response to clarification, this response was received on Feb. 18, 2015 from CFC Underwriting LTD, London, UK agent for Lloyd's:

"'The Electromagnetic Fields Exclusion (Exclusion 32) is a General Insurance Exclusion and is applied across the market as standard. The purpose of the exclusion is to exclude cover for illnesses caused by continuous long-term non-ionising radiation exposure i.e. through mobile phone usage."

 "This means that the Province (that is we, the taxpayer) will be held liable for claims from teachers and parents of children suffering biological effects from wifi in schools, from homeowners exposed to RF from mandated smart meters on homes, and from employees forced to use cell phones or exposed to wifi at work. Lawsuits in other countries have resulted in huge payments already, and it is only a matter of time before similar lawsuits are filed and won in Canada.

"Potentially those who allow such devices, after having been fully informed about the dangers, could be held liable for negligence, and directors' insurance may not provide financial protection. Directors' insurance applies when people are performing their duties "in good faith". It is hard to argue they are acting "in good faith" after having been warned by true scientific experts and by a well-respected insurer.

"Consider yourself notified once again that you could be held legally responsible for the decisions you have made."

Yours truly,
Sharon Noble
Victoria, BC.

See page seven (7) #32 below for exclusion statement re electromagnetic fields:




Feb 21
2015

Canadian MPs Seek Warning Labels on Cellphones, Wi-Fi Devices

Should smartphones have a warning label on them? Some Canadian MPs say yes.

"A growing number of Canadian parliamentarians are lending their name in support of a Private Member's Bill requiring warning labels on cell phones, Wi-Fi routers and even baby monitors sold across Canada.

 "Conservative MP Terence Young has introduced a bill calling for safety warnings on all such radiation-emitting wireless devices. Young has represented a federal riding in Oakville, ON since 2008.

 "Known officially as Private Member's Bill C-648, An Act Respecting the Prevention of Potential Health Risks from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation (Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act), the Bill was seconded by NDP Health Critic, Libby Davies.

"Young, and other supporters of his initiative, want to change the way Canadians think about wireless devices by putting cautionary information about their use and potential health hazards front and centre.

"Or on the back. Or on the box. Or some other location to be determined - the issue is complex, controversial and complicated by the small size and limited real estate on many wireless devices, much less the still hotly debated science and research surrounding electromagnetic radiation, EMR, emitted by devices from cellphones to baby monitors to smart meters and more. . . .

 SEE ALSO: Warning labels for cell phones and WiFi Bill C648 to protect Canadians from radiation




Feb 21
2015

Blood tests sent to NBN Co to thwart tower plans

Australia - Testing liability for health trends (NBN National Broadband Network)

"Two northern NSW resident action groups campaigning against NBN towers have sent blood sample results to NBN Co and its contractors in a bid to scare them off their rollout plans.

"The groups - the Friends of Condong Ridge, which opposes a tower at Clothiers Creek, and the OREAD Project in Kyogle shire - say they have taken a leaf from the book of anti-cell tower campaigners in Wales.

"Under the strategy, residents take a blood test before a cell tower is erected and send the results with a legal liability letter to the telco, its contractors and the land owner hosting the tower.

"The letter states that further pathology tests will be undertaken once the tower is in place, and threatens litigation if any trend is uncovered between the 'before' and 'after' tests. . . .

"Blood tests represent a dramatic escalation in the avenues of opposition at the disposal of residents groups, who have typically used grassroots political action and pressure on councils to stop or shift the location of tower projects. "Despite appearances, Bloom said his group was not against the rollout of fast internet.

"We're pro fast internet but we don't believe fixed wireless is a good technology," he said.

"Bloom noted that when the fixed wireless contracts were awarded in 2011, fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) was not a rollout option as per the previous Labor Government's majority fibre-to-the-premise approach.

"However, Clothiers Creek has existing copper connections, and Bloom said he wanted to test their feasibility to carry internet services that could be much faster than fixed wireless. . . . 


Wikipedia entry:  "The National Broadband Network (NBN) is a national wholesale-only, open-access data network and is under development in Australia. It is based on the premise that fixed line and wireless broadband connections are sold to retail service providers (RSP), who then sell Internet access and other services to consumers.

The NBN was subject to political and industry debate for a number of years, before construction actually commenced. The 2013 Federal Election and subsequent change of government from Labor to the Liberal/National Coalition prompted a strategic review to be commissioned to determine the ideal infrastructure mix to deliver fast broadband across the country as quickly as possible. The review commenced in October 2013 and is due to report to government in December 2013. . . 




Feb 21
2015

GOVERNMENTS - PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!

A very important letter from Jerry Flynn

In case readers didn't already know this, here are some facts that every school board - No, every community on earth - should know about cell towers (and wireless technology in general). . . .

Readers might be surprised to learn that the biggest single donors to the WHO are: 1) Bill and Melinda Gates, and 2) the USA! Knowing this should help people view skeptically if not cynically any pronouncements from the WHO. Related items are below:

Russia - has a 2,000 METER 'no-man's land' around cell towers, within which no one is allowed to live or work! . . . France - a) banned Wi-Fi in kindergartens in 2015! In middle schools, Wi-Fi must be turned off when not in use. . . .

United Kingdom - Chief Medical Officers strongly recommend that children younger than 16 should NOT use cell phones! . . .

Taiwan - It is illegal for children under two (2) to use wireless technology! Parents can be fined! Parents have to ensure children under 18 use electronic products for a "reasonable length of time."

European Parliament - In 2008 urged tighter safety standards for cell phones and all wireless technology (DECT phones, Wi-Fi routers, etc.)

Russia - It's Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCIRP) issued a Press Release in 2008, entitled: "Children and Mobile Phones: The Health of Following Generations is at Risk!" It said children under 18 should not use cell phones!

India - Ministry of Telecommunications said children under 16 should not use cell phones!

Israel - Ministry of Health. Recommends youth to limit use of cell phones; don't use them in enclosed spaces; use wired ear pieces.

Finland - Government urges children to limit use of cell phones as long-term effects are not yet known.

ICEMS - International Commission on Electromagnetic Safety (one of the most respected group of international esteemed scientists from various countries) Says industry is wrong in saying there is no evidence that all wireless is dangerous. Urges people of all ages, but especially children, to limit use of cell phones and other wireless technologies.

United Kingdom - Education Professionals Union (Voice) (formerly the Professional Association of Teachers) - Calls for moratorium on new Wi-Fi installations in schools and withdrawal of existing Wi-Fi networks.

Association of Teachers and Lecturers - in 2009 called for a suspension of existing Wi-Fi networks as they were concerned by scientific reports linking wi-fi with impaired concentration, loss of short-term memory, chromosome damage and increased incidence of cancer!

Scotland - over 50% of councils in Scotland are now operating precautionary policies to prevent masts from being sited near schools, hospitals and residential areas.

Germany - a) Germany's Health Protection Agency urged removal of cordless phones; use cabled communications instead of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. b) Frankfurt City and Bavarian Parliament - recommend against Wi-Fi in schools; c)
The Teachers' Union for Education and Knowledge told its members to resist roll-out of Wi-Fi on safety grounds.

Salzburg, Austria - Public Health Department warned that Wi-Fi should not be installed in schools or nurseries.

Austria - Austrian Medical Association is lobbying against deployment of Wi-Fi in schools.

Belgium - Banned children's cell phones. Cell phones must now bear label showing relative radiation emitted. . . .




Feb 20
2015

France Passes New National Law!

  • WIFI Banned in Nursery Schools. 
  • National Radiofrequency Agency Established. 
  • Cell Phones Labeled with SAR Values and Ways to Lower Radiation. 
  • WiFi Routers Turned Off in Elementary Schools Except When Needed. 
  • Cell Phone Ads Must Recommend Phones be Held Away From the Head. 
  • Location of Wireless Routers Must be Posted. 
  • Government Report To Be Prepared on Electro-hypersensitivity. 

 "This new law represents a significant step forward. Further laws and decrees may reinforce the current law, in particular with a stronger protection in schools." Annie Sasco, MD D.Sc, Dr. Annie Sasco, served the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, for 22 years, including posts as Chief of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention and Acting Chief of the Cancer Control Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO), She earned her MA,MS, and DSc from Harvard University and is currently Professor of Epidemiology University of Bordeaux.




Feb 18
2015

Letter of Notice re Betrayal of Public Trust

to Richard Adams of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) from Eileen O'Connor, Director of Radiation Research Trust

Please read and share the following amazing letter by Eileen O'Connor of the UK's Radiation Research Trust.  In it, she confronts Richard Adams for failing to disclose his conflicts of interest with utility companies that are pushing smart meters throughout Europe. Mr. Adams influenced members of the European Economic and Social Committee to consider that Electro-hypersensivity (EHS) is psychosomatic, and not a physical reaction to the RF/EMR. The estimates are that 22,000,000 to 37,000,000 people in Europe alone suffer EHS, but this could be low, and definitely will be increasing, just as it is in Canada.

Note that both The Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, and Citizens for Safe Technology are signatories.

SEE ALSO: FINAL RESOLUTION EESC

Excerpts:

". . . The Radiation Research Trust reminds Mr Adams of his duty to respect the relevant convention rights applicable before the dissemination of smart meters and draws his attention to Section 6 (1) of the Human Rights Act of public authorities 1998 which states clearly "it is unlawful for a Public Authority to act in a way which is incompatible with Convention Right." Article 6 "the right to a fair and impartial hearing" and article 8 "the right to respect for private and family life, home and possessions." The rights of people suffering with electrohypersensitivity are currently violated. It is time to apply the Convention established in the European Court of Human Rights. Any person who feels his or her rights have been violated under the Convention by a state party can take a case to the Court and call for support for the right to life, prohibition of torture and prohibition of discrimination, this is a basic requirement in policy making. The European Convention on Human Rights (formally the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) is an international treaty to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms in Europe which in democratic societies are usually afforded legal protection from the state. . . .

"Many people are now looking for justice following the milestone legal cases being won related to EMFs. As examples: in 2011, the Spanish Labour Court in Madrid declared hypersensitivity, caused in part by EMF exposure, can cause permanent disability. In 2012, the Italian Supreme Court ruled the Insurance Body for Work (INAIL) must compensate a worker who developed a tumour due to long-term, heavy use of mobile phones on the job. In 2013, the Australian government was ordered to pay claims for damaging the health of an employee with EMF sensitivity. Such rulings set a precedent for future conditions related to hypersensitivity to these microwaves.

"A new perspective is required by the telecommunications industry in order to better protect the general public, the environment and their own shareholders. The same holds true for governments. Potential risks are already being acknowledged in industry. . . .

"The clock has started ticking on liability and the time has arrived to deal with this issue as a matter of urgency . . . 

"As of 18th February, 2015 European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) member Mr. Richard Adams absolutely, irrefutably has received the latest science from doctors and scientists from around the world on this issue. 

"Future claims for damages to health as a result of the counter-opinion on electrohypersensitivity being accepted by the EESC could be founded on this letter . . . 




Feb 16
2015

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated February 16, 2015)

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

CLASS ACTION

WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

Status of Class Action, January 1, 2015
  
Notice of Application, November 7, 2014


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Feb 15
2015

Dr. Lennart Hardell's recent study on glioma has been evaluated using the Hill viewpoints and is powerful enough to classify RF-EMF as a Group 1 carcinogen.  "Conclusions Based on Hill's viewpoints and his discussion on how these issues should be used, the conclusion of this review is that glioma and acoustic neuroma are caused by RF-EMF emissions from wireless phones.  According to the IARC Preamble (54), the classification should be group 1, i.e., "the agent is carcinogenic to humans", and urgent revision of current guidelines for exposure is needed."

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."




Feb 15
2015

Bill C-648 - REQUEST your MP Support Bill C-648

Bill C-648 - An Act Respecting the Prevention of Potential Health Risks From Radio frequency Electromagnetic Radiation

From C4ST's Frank Clegg:

February 15, 2015

Good afternoon,  

As you are aware, we joined MP Terence Young in Ottawa for the introduction of Bill C-648 - "The Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act". [Bill C-648] We are very pleased with the cross-party support we have received with 15 MP's publicly committing to support the bill to date, including former NDP health critic MP Libby Davis who requested to be a seconder on the Bill. We also received coverage in ten separate media outlets on the day's following the event.

We are disappointed, but not surprised, with the reaction from the Industry. Their dismissive comments tell us they will continue to keep their safety warnings buried in their manuals. Warnings that clearly state a minimum distance that all devices should be held away from our bodies and those of our children. See CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association) comments . . . .  in response to Bill C-648. This lobby association represents most major telecom companies in Canada.

Momentum is building around the world in countries dealing with the unsafe use of technology. The French Parliament recently passed a law requiring all advertisements regarding cell phones must now show a device (ear buds or speaker mode) that limits exposure to radiation. The same French law banned the use of WI-FI in day care centers and nurseries for children three years of age and younger. See . . . our interpretation of the new law.

Taiwanese lawmakers just last week passed new legislation in which parents who allow children younger than two years of age to use tablets and smartphones face fines. In Belgium it is illegal to market cell phones to children younger than 7 years of age.

While the 15 supportive MPs to date is good start to Bill C-648, there are another 293 MP's across Canada that share in the responsibility to protect Canadians. We ask that you . . .  send an e-mail to your MP. If your MP is on the list of supporters found in the middle of the campaign page, please thank them. If they are not, we ask you to send them an email outlining why you think they should support this important bill. We have supplied suggested points for you to consider.  

C4ST will be in Ottawa next week discussing Bill C-648 with select MPs. If you receive a positive response to your email please let me know by replying to this email, and I will contact your MP to see if we can set up a meeting to discuss further. All Canadians have a right to know that there is a safe way to use and enjoy technology. Bill C-648 is a major step to help raise awareness.

Sincerely,

Frank Clegg




Feb 15
2015

Hackers can get into most 'connected cars': study

CTV News / Steele on Your Side (2015)

According to the European think tank IDATE, over 420 million connected vehicles will be produced by 2018.

(Washington-AFP)

"Virtually all "connected cars" on the road are vulnerable to hackers who could steal data or gain control of the vehicle, a report from a U.S. senator said Monday. The report prepared by the staff of Senator Ed Markey said the wireless connectivity and Internet access available on the vehicles opens up security gaps that could be exploited for malicious purposes.

"The study found these security weaknesses in "nearly 100 percent of cars on the market" and noted that most automobile manufacturers were unaware of or unable to report on past hacking incidents.

"The senator's staff, which collected data from 16 major auto manufacturers, cited earlier studies on some vehicles which showed how hackers can get into the controls of some popular vehicles, causing them to suddenly accelerate, turn, de-activate brakes, activate the horn, control headlights, and modify the speedometer and gas gauge readings.

"The report also noted that many of these connected cars collect data on driving that could be kept in violation of privacy.

"It said that the "alarmingly inconsistent and incomplete state of industry security and privacy practices" raises questions about the need for new U.S. rules from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or other federal agencies.

"Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven't done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions," Markey said in a statement.

"Even as we are more connected than ever in our cars and trucks, our technology systems and data security remain largely unprotected."

"The report said the manufacturers appeared to take little or no action following disclosures from researchers in 2013 and 2014 about these vulnerabilities. . . .

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