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Feb 10

Insurance Underwriting Offices across the US are contemplating new rules that will specifically deny coverage for fires and damage caused by 'smart' meters.

"Due to the accumulation of fire related damage to homes and businesses from Smart Meter related malfunctions, Insurance Underwriting Offices across the country are contemplating new rules that will reduce the coverage available to you due to fire damage from a Smart Meter failure.

"In the past, only two reasons existed for an insurance company to consider not paying for fire damage to your home or business, they were arson, and the fact the home or business sat vacant for at least 60 days or more before the fire.  

"Now a possible third reason can be added to that list, is the malfunction of a Smart Meter. What will most likely take place is that you will receive a notification from your Insurance Company telling you that a new limitation of coverage is now in force on your policy. When fire damage occurs to your home or business and the cause of the fire can be traced to a malfunction of your Smart Meter, then your company would not be held responsible for the financial loss.

"The reason for this type of Draconian action on the part of the Insurance industry is simple, to save money. It appears that as the Smart Meters age, more problems are developing with them. When you couple this with the continued lack of co-operation from the Utility Companies, a reduction in the amount of coverage for an insurance policy is the only remaining answer.  

"The Utilities lack of co-operation can be reduced to two specific items. Number one would be the utilities continued action of removing the Meters from the loss site without giving the Insurance Company the chance to examine the Meter to determine the cause of the fire. It seems that as long as the Utility Companies continue in this practice, a cancellation in coverage from a Smart Meter fire is the end result. The reason that utility companies give for removal of the Meters is that the meters belong to the Utility Company which is a true statement, however, in the spirit of co-operation and concern for their customers, the Utility Companies should leave the Meters at the loss site until a complete examination of them can be done.

"A second and perhaps more compelling reason for removal of the Smart Meters from the loss site is that the Utility Company does not want the Insurance Company to discover that most Meters have been operating at a higher temperature than usual. The normal ambient operating temperature for a new Smart Meter is 89 Degrees, the average operating temperature for the Analog Meters, which the Smart Meters replaced, is 85 degrees. The way in which the Utility Companies dealt with this problem was to drill two holes in the top of the Meter casings to let the heat out. Well, they let the heat out, but also let water and dust inside which made the malfunction of the Smart Meter almost a certainty.  

"If you have the opportunity, consult your state's Public Utility Commission and refuse to have the new Smart Meter installed, it may just save you money."

Feb 10

MPs by name:- http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members&- http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members?parliament=42&view=List&page=1

All MPs:

Ziad.Aboultaif@parl.gc.caDan.Albas@parl.gc.caharold.albrecht@parl.gc.caJohn.Aldag@parl.gc.caOmar.Alghabra@parl.gc.caLeona.Alleslev@parl.gc.cadean.allison@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Rona Ambrose <rona.ambrose@parl.gc.ca>, William.Amos@parl.gc.caGary.Anand@parl.gc.cadavid.anderson@parl.gc.cacharlie.angus@parl.gc.caMel.Arnold@parl.gc.caRene.Arseneault@parl.gc.caChandra.Arya@parl.gc.caniki.ashton@parl.gc.carobertaubin.ndp.caRamez.Ayoub@parl.gc.caVance.Badawey@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Larry Bagnell <Larry.Bagnell@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Navdeep Bains <Navdeep.Bains@parl.gc.ca>, John.Barlow@parl.gc.caXavier.Barsalou-Duval@parl.gc.caFrank.Baylis@parl.gc.caMario.Beaulieu@parl.gc.caTerry.Beech@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Mauril Bélanger mauril.belanger@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Carolyn Bennett <carolyn.bennett@parl.gc.ca>, Sheri.Benson@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Candice Bergen <candice.bergen@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Maxime Bernier <maxime.bernier@parl.gc.ca>, Luc.Berthold@parl.gc.cajames.bezan@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau <Marie-Claude.Bibeau@parl.gc.ca>, Chris.Bittle@parl.gc.caDaniel.Blaikie@parl.gc.caBill.Blair@parl.gc.caRachel.Blaney@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Steven Blaney <steven.blaney@parl.gc.ca>, kelly.block@parl.gc.caRandy.Boissonnault@parl.gc.caMike.Bossio@parl.gc.caSylvie.Boucher@parl.gc.caMichel.Boudrias@parl.gc.caAlexandre.Boulerice@parl.gc.caMarjolaine.Boutin-Sweet@parl.gc.caJohn.Brassard@parl.gc.caBob.Bratina@parl.gc.caPierre.Breton@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Scott Brison <scott.brison@parl.gc.ca>, RuthEllen.Brosseau@parl.gc.cagord.brown@parl.gc.caCelina.Caesar-Chavannes@parl.gc.cablaine.calkins@parl.gc.caRichard.Cannings@parl.gc.caGuy.Caron@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Jim Carr <Jim.Carr@parl.gc.ca>, colin.carrie@parl.gc.caBill.Casey@parl.gc.caSean.Casey@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Bardish Chagger <Bardish.Chagger@parl.gc.ca>, Francois-Philippe.Champagne@parl.gc.caArnold.Chan@parl.gc.caShaun.Chen@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Michael D. Chong <michael.chong@parl.gc.ca>, Francois.Choquette@parl.gc.cadavid.christopherson@parl.gc.caAlupa.Clarke@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Tony Clement <tony.clement@parl.gc.ca>, Michael.Cooper@parl.gc.caSerge.Cormier@parl.gc.canathan.cullen@parl.gc.carodger.cuzner@parl.gc.caJulie.Dabrusin@parl.gc.caPam.Damoff@parl.gc.cadon.davies@parl.gc.caMatt.DeCourcey@parl.gc.caGerard.Deltell@parl.gc.caSukh.Dhaliwal@parl.gc.caAnju.Dhillon@parl.gc.caNicola.DiIorio@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Stéphane Dion <stephane.dion@parl.gc.ca>, Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.caTodd.Doherty@parl.gc.cafin.donnelly@parl.gc.caearl.dreeshen@parl.gc.caFrancis.Drouin@parl.gc.caMatthew.Dube@parl.gc.caEmmanuel.Dubourg@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos <Jean-Yves.Duclos@parl.gc.ca>, Terry.Duguid@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Kirsty Duncan <kirsty.duncan@parl.gc.ca>, linda.duncan@parl.gc.caPierre-Luc.Dusseault@parl.gc.caScott.Duvall@parl.gc.caJulie.Dzerowicz@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Wayne Easter <wayne.easter@parl.gc.ca>, Jim.Eglinski@parl.gc.caAli.Ehsassi@parl.gc.caFaycal.El-Khoury@parl.gc.caNeil.Ellis@parl.gc.caNathaniel.Erskine-Smith@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Mark Eyking <mark.eyking@parl.gc.ca>, Doug.Eyolfson@parl.gc.caTed.Falk@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Ed Fast <ed.fast@parl.gc.ca>, Greg.Fergus@parl.gc.caAndy.Fillmore@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Diane Finley <diane.finley@parl.gc.ca>, Pat.Finnigan@parl.gc.caDarren.Fisher@parl.gc.caPeter.Fonseca@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Judy Foote <judy.foote@parl.gc.ca>, Rheal.Fortin@parl.gc.caPeter.Fragiskatos@parl.gc.caColin.Fraser@parl.gc.caSean.Fraser@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Chrystia Freeland <Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Hedy Fry <hedy.fry@parl.gc.ca>, Stephen.Fuhr@parl.gc.cacheryl.gallant@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Marc Garneau <marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca>, Randall.Garrison@parl.gc.caBernard.Genereux@parl.gc.caGarnett.Genuis@parl.gc.caMark.Gerretsen@parl.gc.caMarilene.Gill@parl.gc.caMarilyn.Gladu@parl.gc.caJoel.Godin@parl.gc.caPam.Goldsmith-Jones@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Ralph Goodale <ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca>, Karina.Gould@parl.gc.cajacques.gourde@parl.gc.caDavid.Graham@parl.gc.caRaj.Grewal@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Patty Hajdu <Patty.Hajdu@parl.gc.ca>, Cheryl.Hardcastle@parl.gc.caRachael.Harder@parl.gc.caKen.Hardie@parl.gc.ca, Right Hon. Stephen Harper <stephen.harper@parl.gc.ca>, TJ.Harvey@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Kent Hehr <Kent.Hehr@parl.gc.ca>, Jim.Hillyer@parl.gc.carandy.hoback@parl.gc.caMark.Holland@parl.gc.caAnthony.Housefather@parl.gc.cacarol.hughes@parl.gc.caAhmed.Hussen@parl.gc.caGudie.Hutchings@parl.gc.caAngelo.Iacono@parl.gc.caMatt.Jeneroux@parl.gc.caGord.Johns@parl.gc.caGeorgina.Jolibois@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Mélanie Joly <Melanie.Joly@parl.gc.ca>, Yvonne.Jones@parl.gc.caBernadette.Jordan@parl.gc.caMajid.Jowhari@parl.gc.capeter.julian@parl.gc.caDarshan.Kang@parl.gc.caPat.Kelly@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Jason Kenney <jason.kenney@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Peter Kent <peter.kent@parl.gc.ca>, Iqra.Khalid@parl.gc.caKamal.Khera@parl.gc.caRobert.Kitchen@parl.gc.caTom.Kmiec@parl.gc.caJenny.Kwan@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Mike Lake <mike.lake@parl.gc.ca>, David.Lametti@parl.gc.cakevin.lamoureux@parl.gc.caLinda.Lapointe@parl.gc.caguy.lauzon@parl.gc.caStephane.Lauzon@parl.gc.caHelene.Laverdiere@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Denis Lebel <denis.lebel@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc <dominic.leblanc@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Diane Lebouthillier <Diane.Lebouthillier@parl.gc.ca>, Paul.Lefebvre@parl.gc.ca, Hon. K. Kellie Leitch <Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca>, Denis.Lemieux@parl.gc.caAndrew.Leslie@parl.gc.caMichael.Levitt@parl.gc.caRon.Liepert@parl.gc.caJoel.Lightbound@parl.gc.caben.lobb@parl.gc.caAlaina.Lockhart@parl.gc.caWayne.Long@parl.gc.caLloyd.Longfield@parl.gc.caKaren.Ludwig@parl.gc.catom.lukiwski@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Lawrence MacAulay <lawrence.macaulay@parl.gc.ca>, Alistair.MacGregor@parl.gc.cadave.mackenzie@parl.gc.caSteven.MacKinnon@parl.gc.caLarry.Maguire@parl.gc.caSheila.Malcolmson@parl.gc.caJames.Maloney@parl.gc.caSimon.Marcil@parl.gc.cabrian.masse@parl.gc.caRemi.Masse@parl.gc.cairene.mathyssen@parl.gc.caBryan.May@parl.gc.caElizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca, Hon. John McCallum <john.mccallum@parl.gc.ca>, Kelly.McCauley@parl.gc.caphil.mccoleman@parl.gc.caKaren.McCrimmon@parl.gc.caKen.McDonald@parl.gc.cadavid.mcguinty@parl.gc.ca, Hon. John McKay <john.mckay@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Catherine McKenna <Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca>, Ron.McKinnon@parl.gc.cacathy.mcleod@parl.gc.caMichael.McLeod@parl.gc.caAlexandra.Mendes@parl.gc.caMarco.Mendicino@parl.gc.ca, Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk <MaryAnn.Mihychuk@parl.gc.ca>, larry.miller@parl.gc.caMarc.Miller@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Maryam Monsef <Maryam.Monsef@parl.gc.ca>, Christine.Moore@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Bill Morneau <Bill.Morneau@parl.gc.ca>, Robert.Morrissey@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Thomas J. Mulcair <thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca>, joyce.murray@parl.gc.caPierre.Nantel@parl.gc.caEva.Nassif@parl.gc.caJohn.Nater@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Robert D. Nault <Bob.Nault@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Rob Nicholson <rob.nicholson@parl.gc.ca>, Alex.Nuttall@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Deepak Obhrai <deepak.obhrai@parl.gc.ca>, Jennifer.OConnell@parl.gc.caRob.Oliphant@parl.gc.caJohn.Oliver@parl.gc.caSeamus.ORegan@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Erin O'Toole <Erin.OToole@parl.gc.ca>, robert.falcon@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Denis Paradis <Denis.Paradis@parl.gc.ca>, Pierre.Paul-Hus@parl.gc.caMonique.Pauze@parl.gc.caJoe.Peschisolido@parl.gc.caKyle.Peterson@parl.gc.caGinette.PetitpasTaylor@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Jane Philpott <Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca>, Michel.Picard@parl.gc.calouis.plamondon@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Pierre Poilievre <pierre.poilievre@parl.gc.ca>, Jean-Claude.Poissant@parl.gc.caAnneMinh-Thu.Quach@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Carla Qualtrough <Carla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Lisa Raitt <lisa.raitt@parl.gc.ca>, Tracey.Ramsey@parl.gc.caMurray.Rankin@parl.gc.caYasmin.Ratansi@parl.gc.caAlain.Rayes@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Geoff Regan <geoff.regan@parl.gc.ca>, scott.reid@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Michelle Rempel <Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca>, blake.richards@parl.gc.caJean.Rioux@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Gerry Ritz <gerry.ritz@parl.gc.ca>, Yves.Robillard@parl.gc.caPablo.Rodriguez@parl.gc.caSherry.Romanado@parl.gc.caAnthony.Rota@parl.gc.caKim.Rudd@parl.gc.caDan.Ruimy@parl.gc.caDon.Rusnak@parl.gc.caRomeo.Saganash@parl.gc.caRuby.Sahota@parl.gc.caRaj.Saini@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Harjit S. Sajjan <Harjit.Sajjan@parl.gc.ca>, Darrell.Samson@parl.gc.caRamesh.Sangha@parl.gc.caBrigitte.Sansoucy@parl.gc.caRandeep.Sarai@parl.gc.caBob.Saroya@parl.gc.cafrancis.scarpaleggia@parl.gc.caandrew.scheer@parl.gc.caPeter.Schiefke@parl.gc.caJamie.Schmale@parl.gc.caDeb.Schulte@parl.gc.caMarc.Serre@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Judy Sgro <judy.sgro@parl.gc.ca>, Brenda.Shanahan@parl.gc.caTerry.Sheehan@parl.gc.caMartin.Shields@parl.gc.cabev.shipley@parl.gc.caJati.Sidhu@parl.gc.caSonia.Sidhu@parl.gc.caGagan.Sikand@parl.gc.cascott.simms@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi <Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca>, robert.sopuck@parl.gc.caFrancesco.Sorbara@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Kevin Sorenson <kevin.sorenson@parl.gc.ca>, Sven.Spengemann@parl.gc.cabruce.stanton@parl.gc.caGabriel.Ste-Marie@parl.gc.caWayne.Stetski@parl.gc.caKennedy.Stewart@parl.gc.caMark.Strahl@parl.gc.caShannon.Stubbs@parl.gc.cadavid.sweet@parl.gc.caMarwan.Tabbara@parl.gc.caGeng.Tan@parl.gc.caFilomena.Tassi@parl.gc.caLuc.Theriault@parl.gc.cadavid.tilson@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Hunter Tootoo <Hunter.Tootoo@parl.gc.ca>, brad.trost@parl.gc.ca, The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau <justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca>, Karine.Trudel@parl.gc.cadave.vankesteren@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Peter Van Loan <peter.vanloan@parl.gc.ca>, Dan.Vandal@parl.gc.caAnita.Vandenbeld@parl.gc.caAdam.Vaughan@parl.gc.caKaren.Vecchio@parl.gc.caArnold.Viersen@parl.gc.caArif.Virani@parl.gc.caCathay.Wagantall@parl.gc.camark.warawa@parl.gc.cachris.warkentin@parl.gc.caDianne.Watts@parl.gc.caKevin.Waugh@parl.gc.caLen.Webber@parl.gc.caErin.Weir@parl.gc.caNick.Whalen@parl.gc.caJonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca, Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould <Jody.Wilson-Raybould@parl.gc.ca>, Hon. Alice Wong <alice.wong@parl.gc.ca>, Borys.Wrzesnewskyj@parl.gc.caKate.Young@parl.gc.caDavid.Yurdiga@parl.gc.caSalma.Zahid@parl.gc.caBob.Zimmer@parl.gc.ca


Feb 3

Smart Meters: Are They Smart For You? U.S. FLYER 2016

4th Edition Stop Smart Meters! Informative and comprehensive hand-out

Feb. 1st, 2016: StopSmartMeters.org has published the 2016 fourth edition (pdf) of our popular and educational smart meter awareness color brochures.  What is a "Smart" Meter?

It is a new, wireless replacement for the old analog electric, gas and water meters on homes and businesses. Unlike an analog (electro-mechanical) meter, a "smart" meter is a surveillance device that monitors your "energy consumption behavior." It emits biologically destructive "pulsed" microwave radiation every few seconds into your home and neighborhood and may cause cancer, damage your DNA, harm wildlife, catch fire, and disable computers and appliances. People all across the USA and the world are concerned over these health, privacy and safety issues.


Feb 1

International EMF Alliance

comprehensive informational source

Feb 1


Formerly "There Goes the Neighbourhood") TWO PAGE FACTS SHEET that can be posted/distributed to increase public awareness

FACTS about Smart Meters:
mandated to be installed on your home without your consent.    

What Every Citizen has the Right to Know . . .

(Formerly "There Goes the Neighbourhood.")

Jan 27

Cell Tower Microwave Radiation Presentation by Magda Havas

Bronte Firehall Cell Tower Community Meeting - March 15, 2012

In March 2012, Professor Magda Havas of Trent University gave a one-hour presentation to the citizens of Oakville Ontario Canada that demonstrated the amount of microwave emissions that are emitted by cell phone antennas. The audience in attendance were mostly members of the local community of Bronte that were concerned about 6 additional cell phone antennas that were placed on a tower beside their local fire station.  

In this video you will be introduced to several cell antenna studies that show that the microwave radiation emitted by these towers is harmful to human health. You will hear testimony of one person that lived right below a cluster of cell antennas that had been placed on her roof. Using radio frequency meters, Dr. Havas also demonstrated how wireless household appliances such as portable phones, Wi-Fi base stations and DECT baby monitors broadcast constant microwave radiation that are similar in intensity a few hundred meters away from a large cell phone tower.    

The program was produced by James Spalding for Burlington/Oakville TVCogeco and this segment is an excerpt from the original 2 hour program.

Jan 27

EMF Safety Tips and Insights - ELECTROMAGNETIC LOAD

CAMILLA REES - Biological Medicine Network - A program of the Marion Institute

50+ EMF Safety Tips & Insights (2013)

This valuable collection is for those who could benefit from knowing what they can do to make their homes safer by reducing RF that is under their control. The exposure is cumulative so if we can reduce the amounts to which we are exposed, our bodies can better handle the exposures we cannot control.  

Camilla Rees is a leading health educator and environmental consultant focused on electromagnetic fields and health. She is co-author of the landmark report, "Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone", and, with Magda Havas, PhD, co-author of the book "Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution". She was co-investigator in the recently published landmark study demonstrating heart irregularities from exposure to portable phone radiation and co-founder of the International EMF Alliance, a consortium of over 85 international EMF advocacy groups. In 2010, Camilla organized the largest U.S. gathering of scientists to date on electromagnetic fields and health at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

Jan 27

Published on 2 Dec 2015 .........This message is for dads who believe wireless radiation has been proven to be completely safe.

For more information about the health effects of wireless radiation, visit http://www.clearlightventures.com.

Jan 19

B.C. Hydro must remove more than 88,000 smart meters

Crown corporation executive says most of the 1.9 million devices will last 20 years, as originally promised

"B.C. Hydro needs to remove more than 88,000 smart meters that are either faulty or may not meet Measurement Canada standards, public records show.  

"On top of that, the Crown corporation wants to replace 8,200 old analog meters and introduce nearly 5,000 new meters that work in rural areas that have poor wireless connections.  

"The total bill will be at least $20 million. . . .  

"We're pretty confident at this point we'll get the life expectancy we wanted and expected," Anderson said.  

"B.C. Hydro estimates that by 2019 it will need to remove 40,000 faulty or failed meters, and another 48,000 meters for testing to see whether they still meet Measurement Canada's accuracy standards. Hydro says those meters found to meet standards will be put back into its inventory.

"NDP critic Adrian Dix doubts both the 20-year life estimate and planned 20-year amortization period in the 2011 business plan. The project was budgeted at $930 million.  

"Dix said the number of failures would "presumably continue to go up as the smart meters get older."

Health concerns motivate holdout  

"Liz Walker finds herself among a dwindling group of B.C. Hydro customers who refuse to convert from an analog meter to a smart meter.  

"A lot of people folded because they couldn't afford the legacy fees and they've been railroaded to accepting smart meters," said Walker. 

"She pays $32.40 a month for her analog meter to be read manually at her house in Surrey and a property she inherited in Peachland.  

"B.C. Hydro installed 1.9 million smart meters from 2011 to 2013, but backed away in July 2013 from imposing smart meters on 68,000 holdouts. . . .

Jan 16

"BC Hydro provided the public with misleading financial information in order to justify spending more than $1-billion to install smart meters across the province, claims NDP energy critic Adrian Dix.

"In a detailed letter to Jessica McDonald, the president and chief executive of BC Hydro, Mr. Dix accuses the Crown corporation of inflating a claim that the smart-meter program would lead to more than $500-million in net benefits, largely by reducing $732-million in electricity theft by marijuana grow-ops.  

"In a statement responding to the criticism, BC Hydro has defended the program, saying it is exceeding expectations in helping to reduce electricity theft. But Mr. Dix said that based on BC Hydro reports, three years into the program, the promised savings haven't materialized. BC Hydro installed 1.8 million smart meters in 2012 after presenting a business case that the program would more than pay for itself by more accurately tracking energy use, making the system more efficient and helping to combat the theft of electricity.

"The thing has been in place since the end of 2012. I don't think there's any evidence of a substantial change in grow-op operations or a reduction in electricity theft," Mr. Dix said. "And now British Columbians have to pay the price. I mean, we didn't need to spend a billion on this program."

"In his letter, sent to Ms. McDonald by e-mail on Thursday, Mr. Dix accuses BC Hydro of inflating the cost of electricity theft by grow-ops. He says that in 2004, the utility claimed that total electricity theft from grow-ops was $12-million, but those estimates jumped dramatically - from $50-million in 2006 to $100-million in 2011 - to justify the smart-meter program.

"If you look at what they did, suddenly the amount of electricity theft started to go up," Mr. Dix said. "In fairness to BC Hydro, they were ordered to [move to smart meters]." Then-premier Gordon Campbell "wanted to do it. Cabinet ordered them to do it. And so they had to come up with a new business case to somehow justify all this."

"Mr. Dix demanded an accounting of the smart-meter program from BC Hydro.

"They need a new business case. They need to be honest with people that smart meters are going to be a net cost to the province. They can still defend them if they want, they can say, 'Well, we have to [replace] analog meters, etc.,' but don't continue to mislead people," he said. And Mr. Dix said that if BC Hydro can inflate the business-case numbers for "a massive and costly program" such as the switch to smart meters, it brings into doubt the corporation's projections on other projects, such as the $9-billion Site C dam.

"In an e-mail, Steve Vanagas, chief communications officer for BC Hydro, said the smart-meter and infrastructure program, known as SMI, is working as predicted.

"The SMI business case projected a reduction in theft to peak at 75 per cent by the end of [fiscal year] 2016. We are now expecting to reduce energy theft by 80 per cent or more. We expect that over 20 years, we will exceed our gigawatt-hour targets on energy-theft reduction," he wrote.

"The original business case says the benefit from reduced electricity theft will be between $632 million and $832 million. While we are on track to exceed our theft-reduction targets, the exact value of these savings will fluctuate based on the cost of energy. We continue to expect the savings to be within that original range," Mr. Vanagas stated.

"He said BC Hydro had just received Mr. Dix's letter and will respond to it in detail at a later date."

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