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Aug 2
2015

Public Wi-Fi antenna readings in Kelowna, B.C.

Are other Electrosensitive persons experiencing this?

Areas of very high RF radiation were encountered.  You may be interested in them because the routes that you travel may have similar readings. . . .




Jul 25
2015

Federal Petition - C4ST

Create a Mechanism for Canadians to Report Adverse Reactions to Wireless Radiation

"The Standing Committee of Health (2010) report . . . obtained recommended that:

"Health Canada ensure that it has a process in place to receive and respond to reports of adverse reactions to electromagnetic radiation emitting devices.

"In this document obtained by C4ST under the Access to Information Act, the memo from Health Canada to the Minister of Health states: "HC does not support the recommendation to establish an adverse reaction reporting process specifically for RF exposures."

"Help us encourage Health Minister Ambrose to follow the Parliamentary Committee recommendations by gathering signatures on the below petition to be presented in the House of Commons.

PETITION

Wireless Radiation Reporting - House of Commons Sitting 209 (English)
Published on 22 Jun 2015

First reading of the petition in the House of Commons by MP Alex Atamanenko:










Jul 24
2015

Smart Meter Fires - Interview with Sharon Noble

Citizen's Forum Interviews Sharon Noble Director of Stop Smart Meters BC

Published on 14 May 2015 Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, has been investigating whether ITRON's smart meters are causing and contributing to fires. Electrical engineers have identified several design flaws that could lead to fires. For example each meter has a lithium metal battery that explodes when heated or exposed to moisture. Laws have been broken. For example, the meters have not been certified to be safe.

"Meters have failed, melted and burned, but BC Hydro and the government continue to deny these incidents have occurred. No agency has the authority to investigate and demand changes because the government has demanded that the BC Utilities Commission and BC Safety Authority stay out of the smart meter program. If this program is so beneficial and the meters are safe, why is the government preventing investigations by the agencies responsible for our safety?

Coalition website http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com






Jul 23
2015

Wireless Risks to Children - Expert Forum

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety - Scientific and policy developments regarding the health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure from cell phones, Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and other wireless devices.

Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies--Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations? Should Parents, Teachers & Schools Restrict Technology Overuse Among Children?

Camilla Rees, Electromagnetic Health Blog, July 19, 2015 An Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks to Children was held at the Commonwealth Club of California on June 22, 2015.

"The focus was on the special risks to children and other vulnerable populations from cell phone and wireless exposures. It featured a special segment portraying actual dosimetry measurements of WiFi exposures in a school. .

"Panelists addressed the questions:

  • Should safety guidelines be strengthened to protect adults, children and vulnerable populations? 
  • Should parents, teachers and schools restrict technology overuse among children? 
"The program was co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust in association with Citizens for Health, the California Brain Tumor Association and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, with the support of four of the Commonwealth Club's Member-Led Forums: Health & Medicine, Environment & Natural Resources, Science & Technology and Business & Leadership. .

"Beyond the biological and health effects, the impacts on children and discussion of the adequacy of the IARC Group 2B 'Possible Carcinogen' classification, there was a special focus on the role that overuse of wireless technologies may be playing in attention, functional and relational difficulties and in exacerbating childhood psychiatric conditions.

"Panelist Dr. Victoria Dunckley is the author of a book on this subject published recently by New World Library, "Reset Your Child's Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time."  

"Links to the video of each presentation appear below in addition to a link to a podcast of the entire forum. . . . 




Jul 23
2015

New York Times article on Berkeley cellphone ordinance

New York Times on same side as Industry in the radiation debate



"The lead paragraph of the New York Times article published today, "Cellphone Ordinance Puts Berkeley at Forefront of Radiation Debate," reveals the paper's bias:

"Leave it to Berkeley: This city, which has led the nation in passing all manner of laws favored by the left, has done it again. This time, the city passed a measure -- not actually backed by science -- requiring cellphone stores to warn customers that the products could be hazardous to their health, presumably by emitting dangerous levels of cancer-causing radiation." The article overlooks the fact that the Berkeley ordinance is simply a consumer disclosure law which brings to the consumer's attention safety information that the Federal Communications Commission requires cell phone manufacturers provide to consumers. Few consumers ever see these warnings because manufacturers hide them in the user manual or in some instances in the smart phone.  

"Despite the article's allegation, Berkeley is not the first city to adopt a cell phone "right to know" law. The Berkeley ordinance is more conservative than the cell phone "right to know" ordinance that San Francisco adopted in 2010.

"The Berkeley ordinance was written by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig and Yale Law Professor and Dean Robert Post to withstand legal challenges from the CTIA--The Wireless Association because this industry association threatened the City with a law suit even before the ordinance was drafted.  

"San Francisco adopted a more far-reaching ordinance in 2010. The San Francisco ordinance required cell phone retailers to issue a fact sheet that mentions potential cancer-causing radiation from exposure to cell phone radiation. In contrast, the Berkeley safety notice does not mention cancer or any other health effects.  

"The San Francisco ordinance was adopted on a 10-1 vote by the Board of Supervisors. Mayor Gavin Newsom, now the Lieutenant Governor of California, "called the vote a major victory for cell phone shoppers' right to know."

"When the CTIA-The Wireless Association sued challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance, Deputy City Attorney Vince Chhabria represented the City of San Francisco. Mr. Chhabria, now a Federal District Judge, strongly believed that the ordinance was constitutional.

"The case was heard by Federal District Judge William Alsup. Judge Alsup ruled that the ordinance was intrusive as it required cell phone retailers to label cell phones, post a warning in their stores, and provide consumers with a fact sheet. However, the Judge decided it was legal to require cell phone retailers to provide customers with a fact sheet as long as the facts were not controversial.  

"Judge Alsup negotiated with lawyers from the CTIA and the City of San Francisco about the language for a revised fact sheet. . . 

 "Following is the language from the revised fact sheet which the Judge approved: . . .




Jul 17
2015

Forced Off The Grid For Opposing Smart Meters - Josh Hart

California - Off The Grid News (includes interview with Josh Hart of "stopsmartmeters!"

"Smart meters are controversial among many in the homestead and off-grid communities, but for one California man the controversy turned shocking when the electric company disconnected his power -- for more than a year -- due to his opposition to the devices.

"His name is Josh Hart, and early last year he told the power company the smart meters presented a risk to his health because of a unique medical condition he had. He even had a doctor's note, but it mattered little the day the electric company workers drove to his rural home and forced him completely off grid by disconnecting his electricity.

"The power company gave him an ultimatum: Get a smart meter - or stay in the dark. He responded with his own demand: See me in court.

 "Hart is this week's guest on Off The Grid Radio, as he gives us stunning details of his legal battle with the electric company. Hart tells us:

  • How smart meters can threaten your privacy and safety, and even can catch your house on fire. .
  • Why cities across North America are removing or replacing smart maters by the thousands following deaths from fires. 
  • What he did to survive when he was forced to live off grid, and how his lessons can benefit other off-gridders. 
  • How he took the electric company to court without an attorney - and won. 
"Listen as someone who survived a battle with the power company tells not only what you can do if you oppose smart meters, but how you can fight back!




Jul 8
2015

TORONTO Wi-Fi MOTION - UPDATE July 8, 2015

Councillor Josh Matlow Brings Back his Proposal for Wi-Fi in Toronto Parks

UPDATE:

The result at City Council is that Council voted to NOT hear the item, i.e., that the item would have to go to Committee.

July 8th's outcome means that Council decided the item should go through a Committee process before Council debates/votes on it. And at Committee meetings, there's usually an opportunity for anyone to make an in-person 3- or 5-minute (or whatever length is decided) presentation on any agenda item--whereas, when an item is directly at the main City Council, there are NO in-person presentations allowed (only the written submissions).

If the item appears at Committee, then that's also another opportunity to make more written submissions, this time addressed/sent to the Committee. Most likely, the existing written submissions carry forward as background materials. After the Committee Meeting hears the item, debates or not, and votes on it, then they would pass the item on to Council along with the Committee's recommendation (by their vote), along with all the background materials.

Then there would be another opportunity for more written submissions to Council, and then at Council Meeting, they would debate (or not) and vote on whether or not the item proceeds or is concluded. Council doesn't have to vote the same way as the Committee vote; technically, the Committee vote is only a recommendation to Council.

Sometimes there are exceptions, but that remains to be seen.

Thanks to everyone who sent in a submission. Watch for the next submission deadline and opportunity to make in-person presentations re this item at Committee.


Previously . . .

Motion for WiFi in Toronto Parks is BACK!  

Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow has renewed his proposal for WiFi coverage in Toronto parks and public places. His first attempt at this in 2013 was rightfully rejected by the Government Management Committee after they heard from the public regarding the health concerns with the proposal. 

It appears this time Councillor Matlow is taking a different route: bringing his motion directly to City Council (where public speakers aren't allowed) and quietly attempting to have the motion passed. The motion was posted on the City of Toronto's website on Thursday July 2nd and will be voted on Tuesday July 7th where City Council will have the option of rejecting it, sending it to the Economic Development Committee, or passing it themselves!  

Please submit your comments and concerns to the Toronto clerk by midnight, Sunday July 5th to be recorded into the public record, and presented to City Council on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, July 7th, this motion is being brought directly to Toronto City Council, who will have the option of rejecting it, sending it to the Economic Development Committee, or passing it themselves.


FROM C4ST:

Good morning,

Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow is at it again with his renewed proposal for WiFi coverage across Toronto parks and public places. You are receiving this notice as you participated by submitting your concerns in 2013 when Councillor Matlow's proposal was rightfully rejected by the Government Management Committee. Re-cap of round 1 can be found HERE. It appears this time around Councillor Matlow is taking a different route bringing his motion directly to the Economic Development Committee, avoiding delegations and quietly attempting to have the motion passed. The motion was posted on the City of Toronto's website on Thursday July 2nd, and will be voted on Tuesday July 7th.

See Councillor Matlow's Motion for WiFi in Toronto's Parks HERE.

We are asking you to please resubmit your original submission and/or additional documents and concerns to be recorded in the public record on this renewed motion. Our only chance at this point of derailing Councillor Matlow's motion is to flood the clerks with submissions, showing the Government Management Committee there are serious public concerns regarding this proposal.  

Your submission must be received by the clerk by Sunday July 5th at midnight.

Thank you for your attention and commitment to blocking this ongoing proposal.

C4ST




Jun 26
2015

A Court Told Itron Smart Meters Are a Fire Hazard

PRESS RELEASE from Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters BC

June 26. 2015 - For Immediate Release

A COURT TOLD ITRON SMART METERS ARE A FIRE HAZARD.

What did ITRON know and when did they know it? They knew these smart meters were dangerous and they knew from the very beginning.

We, the taxpayers who fund BC Hydro, demand a refund from ITRON for selling a defective, dangerous device.

ITRON's smart meters have design flaws that make them fire hazards. These were sold to many places before they were sold to BC Hydro, so ITRON had to have been aware of problems long before the contract was signed.

Failures and fires have occurred in BC. How many no one knows because no one is tracking. BCUC was told through the Clean Energy Act and Direction 4 it had no authority to interfere in the smart meter program in any way. BC Safety Authority has been told to butt out of the smart meter program. And the Provincial Fire Commissioner doesn't track specific causes of fires. So no one knows, except, perhaps BC Hydro and they're not talking.

But now, through sworn testimony in a legal action in Texas obtained by Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters, we learn that there have been many incidents of ITRON Openway smart meters -- the same model used by BC Hydro and Fortis BC -- failing and burning, palettes of them, according to one testimonial.

Now is the time, before more homes are damaged, and more lives put at risk, to say this program is a fiasco. WE WANT THIS PROGRAM ENDED, AND WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.

Noble says, "Whenever we purchase something that doesn't work the way it is supposed to, we can return it and expect our money back. These smart meters were purported to be safe, just as safe as the old analogs. But they aren't and now we have proof from a completely independent source - a Texas court. Bill Bennett needs to stop this program, recall the smart meters, demand that analogs be put back in place, and send ITRON the bill."'

Certainly ITRON knew long ago that these meters were cheaply made with flaws that could cause the meters to fail catastrophically. They should have warned us - it should not be up to us to have to fight to protect our homes. WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK.

Thanks,
Sharon

Power of the People is stronger than the People in Power




Jun 25
2015

Sleepless in America

How Digital Devices Keep Us Up All Night

" . . . The problem? Those electronic devices may be contributing to our sleep-deprived society. Eight-five percent of American adults tell the Better Sleep Council they have trouble sleeping at night. One in ten suffers from more serious chronic insomnia, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Since lack of sleep is linked to obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the CDC declared sleep deprivation a "public health epidemic" in 2014. . .

"So what can you do to boost your chances of getting a good night's rest? . . .




Jun 25
2015

Fighting Smart Meters Requires More Effective Engagement with Politicians

Smart Grid Awareness and Skyvision Solutions - Raising Public Awareness to Smart Grid, Smart Meter and Radiofrequency Concerns: Privacy, Health, Cybersecurity, Safety, Economics, Societal Impacts, Environmental Impacts, Consumer Choice and Rights

Last year in Victoria, Metchosin's Mayor John Rann spoke, offering sage advice about how to engage politicians. A US group found the video of his speech and is circulating it widely, encouraging use of Mayor Rann's suggestions in the fight against dangerous, intrusive $meters.  

"This article outlines a sometimes overlooked strategy for fighting the forced installation of smart utility meters and which would help reestablish the boundaries of governments and corporations, specifically with regard to the intrusiveness of smart grid technology and its ability to "get inside the home." It is possible that the approach outlined in this article may offer a more effective route to ultimate victory as compared to other options currently be utilized by many concerned consumers and activists.

"Although this article is thought to be present a practical approach for achieving a resolution of consumer concerns on smart meters, it may seem controversial to some. The current strategy employed by many concerned consumers and anti-smart meter activists typically employs demonstrations, protests, and other actions against utility companies and public service commissions. In addition, some court cases move forward, but in this area, the utilities usually have the upper hand due to their deep financial pockets in defending their interests. Somewhat neglected in terms of engagement are the politicians themselves who have the authority to write laws that would protect the people from intrusive and risky technologies. . . .




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