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Aug 27
2015

"Wireless Is Not Sustainable"

Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board

August 24, 2015

CONTACT: Patricia Burke patricia999burke@gmail.com

Engineering Expert to Rhode Island Governor's Disability Board, "Wireless Is Not Sustainable"

The Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities forum in N. Kingston featured testimony from individuals experiencing discrimination as the result of health conditions related to wireless radio frequency exposures. The unprecedented hearing was scheduled in a Wi-Fi free setting in an attempt to provide accommodation for electromagnetic hypersensitive residents. Testifiers explained that they are being denied access to every aspect of society, including education, employment, health care, religion, transportation, and safe housing. Citizens reported that requests for assistance have fallen on deaf ears in RI..

In 2002, the federal Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board stated, "multiple chemical sensitivities and electromagnetic sensitivities may be considered disabilities under the ADA if they so severely impair the neurological, respiratory or other functions of an individual that it substantially limits one or more of the individual's major life activities." Cell phones and antennas, cordless phones, wireless computers, unshielded transformers and wiring, security scanners, and other devices can make a building inaccessible. Wireless utility meters pose and additional threat to the electro-sensitive population.

Utility expert Sam Parrish testified, "Wireless networking is not a sustainable technology for many reasons including cyber security and adverse health effects. "Wi-Fi" has already begun to be rolled-back and removed from installations in schools and public facilities globally. Conventional wired networks are exceedingly more secure and appropriate for the majority of municipal government and public infrastructure."

Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org summarized international concern regarding the inadequacy of US exposure guidelines. Retired law professor Judy Jackson quoted Dr. Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, stating, "Inaccessibility and discrimination are prohibited by law. Thus, it is not alright to deliberately make EHS persons' symptoms worse." Representatives from Citizens for Safe Technology and Worcester Opts Out also addressed the panel, reporting harm and discrimination, including being characterized as tin foil hats. Patricia Burke of Worcester Opts Out told the panel, "The name-calling and ridicule will continue until we as a society decide to act." 

Cecelia Doucette shared "Best Practices" developed by the Ashland MA school system in response to concern about Wi-Fi exposures, and submitted a report on the FCC by Norm Elster published by the Harvard Center for Ethics. "The FCC has ignored the growing evidence that wireless technologies pose serious health risks."

Peggy Patton of HaltMAsmartmeters.org presented testimony submitted to the FCC in 2013 by the City of Boston, "The 1999-2000 judicial challenge to the FCC's 1996 rules never reached the issue of "electrosensitivity" as a cognizable disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. After more than a decade, that investigation remains unopened. The dockets here have been updated with massive additional evidence of the crippling effects of RF radiation on an admitted minority - but a suffering minority - of U.S. citizens."

A teacher, several parents, and RI residents who practice prudent avoidance to protect their health joined experts in calling on the RI Disabilities Board to examine emerging evidence of harm and to take action.

Sweden recognizes EHS as a functional impairment and provides essential services, and court cases in France and Italy have recognized damage from wireless exposure. A federal ADA lawsuit has been filed against the Fay School, a private school in Southborough, MA for failure to accommodate an EHS student.




Aug 23
2015

Right To Know - An Environmental Health Briefing

Massachusetts State House, June 10, 2015 - Environmental Health Trust

Organized by the non-profit Environmental Health Trust, this public briefing concerns the latest scientific evidence of human health impacts from exposure to wireless radiation, including cell phones, wireless routers, baby monitors, smart meters and other devices.

The briefing includes remarks by

  • Environmental Health Trust founder Dr. Devra Lee Davis,
  • Mr. Frank Clegg of Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST)




Aug 23
2015

Letters to Fay School Trustees re Wi-Fi in Schools (Massachusetts)

Dr. David O. Carpenter, Martin Blank Ph.D., Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, Professor Olle Johansson

The Fay Board of Trustees received these four letters from scientific experts in electromagnetic fields. They have been submitted to "Wi-Fi in School ADA Federal Complaint Against School After Child Fell Sick From Wireless Installation."  

Breaking: 8/12/2015
Federal complaint seeks injunctive relief for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and damages for breach of contract and negligence.  PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION




Aug 22
2015

Attached is a short paper prepared by Ronald M. Powell Ph.D., a scientist in the US who distributed it to the 24 superintendents of public schools in Maryland outlining the dangers of wireless devices in schools. A second, similar version was distributed to the 24 directors of public libraries in the state.

Dr. Powell has given permission to use and forward the paper as needed.   

This message includes:

  • Annotated List of References 
  • Annotated List of Videos




Aug 22
2015

Security Issues with Smart Meters

"The consequences of deploying bad stuff [smart meters] are dire." - Smart Grid Awareness

"Black Hat conferences are forums for IT security experts to meet to discuss problems and solutions. In 2014 BC Hydro security people admitted that there were security problems with their AMI ("smart") meters, but nothing would prevent deployment.

"At the recent 2015 conference, the vulnerability of zigbee chips was a topic. There is a zigbee chip in each smart meter, intended to communicate with zigbee chips in every "smart" appliance. These present open portals into our homes.

"The presenter from BC Hydro acknowledged that the consequences from deploying smart meters can be dire, yet he apparently rationalizes moving forward for what would have to be considered unknown reasons.  Somehow, they hope to stay one step ahead of the hackers even though it is a "crowded space" for both the "good guys" and "bad guys."

"There was a presentation at the BlackHat USA 2015 meeting where it was reported that security researchers have exposed new flaws in ZigBee. ZigBee is one of the most popular wireless communication standards used by Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the almost exclusive protocol used for smart meters communicating with home appliances and smart meter-enabled devices."

 




Aug 20
2015

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (refreshed August 20, 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, April 7, 2015 / Aug. 20, 2015

Notice of Application, November 7, 2014


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


COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 

Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM


Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms


Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 1)

Opt-out Sign for Analog (Option 2- Class Action Version)


TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY:

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A

FORTIS BC INFO






Aug 20
2015

BC Hydro - Smart Meters - Class Action Lawsuit Update - August 20, 2015

Update includes original posting from April 7, 2015

It has been some time since we sent an update about the class action lawsuit in April. There has been no change at all since then. Class action law suits take a long time normally, and this is especially so when one side has money and resources without end. The initial schedule called for Hydro to have 5 days to present evidence, which is very unusual in the initial certification phase. The judge set aside 5 days in April but unexpectedly her schedule was revised and she was unable to accommodate this much time. Now the hearing is set for December. Our lawyer has completed all of the necessary work and all we can do now is wait until December. If there is any change, we will let you know immediately.



" . . . Direction 4 allowed opt out choice ONLY for residential customers who had thus far managed to avoid the installation of a microwave smart meter up until December 1, 2013. No commercial customers were allowed an opt out choice.

"After more than 2 years of forced installations, and two months after commencement of this legal action against BC Hydro, the Liberals used Direction 4 to deny opt out choice for 96% of BC Hydro customers, allowing opt out choice ONLY for those customers who had successfully refused a smart meter of any kind up to December 1, 2013. Out of 1.8 million customers, only 4% were deemed eligible for choice. Direction 4 only allowed customers to opt out if they had residential accounts (no business), and no RF smart meter had yet been installed by December 1, 2013. In short, Direction 4 closed any loopholes left out of the Clean Energy Act and determined the different ways in which individual customers may suffer under the heavy hand of BC Hydro's smart meter rollout.

"It was an amazing moment to realize the Liberals had imposed an act which made legal severe restriction of civil liberties without any kind of parliamentary discussion. . . .




Aug 14
2015

12 year-old EHS child in Massachusetts suing his school

Preliminary Injunction for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and damages for breach of contract and negligence

In Massachusetts, a 12-year-old minor and parents suing School and Board of Trustees. The minor suffers due to electrosensitivity. School nurse reports similar symptoms in other children in the same classrooms.

Case 4:15-CV-40116 Document 1     Filed 08/12/15




Aug 13
2015

FIRES: Smart meters exploding - radio interview with homeowner in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

McArthur of Talk Radio AM640 interviews Veronica Onyskiw whose home was burned by an exploding smart meter (June 4th 2015)

INTERVIEW

A Collingwood family woke up this weekend to an explosive sound which turned out to be their smart meter which had become a "ball of fire" attached to the side of their house. "The meter is about three feet from the main gas line into the house. If that wall had gone and then the car parked right beside it would've been very, very bad."

Despite thousands of smart meters that were supposed to be removed because their structure was similar to some found in Sask. which were implicated in several fires, Veronica Onyskiw's was not considered a threat. She joins us to discuss what happened that day and what the province is doing about smart meters going forward.




Aug 10
2015

Shocking Insurance Industry Position on Smart Meters.

Interview with Sharon Noble - August 7, 2015

The focus of this interview on The Goddard Report is fires as they relate to Itron "smart" meters.

At the 7'30" mark, reference to the Class Action against B.C. Hydro clarifies the time of the upcoming Court date for the judge to accept or reject CSTS's application for certification. Currently the date is set for December, 2015, but these targets keep changing. Time will tell. Your support and donations continue to be highly valuable, and any contributions you can make would be appreciated.  

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Are Smart Meters pumping out a lot more radiation than government admits?
Guest's website: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/




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