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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. . . .




Jun 25
2015

BC Privacy Commissioner Ruling Halts 'Arbitrary' FOI Redactions

The Tyee's Andrew MacLeod - Public bodies can no longer withhold docs deemed 'out of scope' or 'non-responsive.'

It will be harder for the British Columbia government to arbitrarily censor information it wants to keep secret thanks to four new orders from the office of the province's information and privacy commissioner, Elizabeth Denham.

That's the assessment of Vincent Gogolek, the executive director of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Association advocacy group. "This is great," he said, characterizing the orders dated June 18 as "a really big deal."  

At issue was a common practice by public bodies responding freedom of information (FOI) requests to withhold parts of records when those sections are deemed "out of scope" or "non-responsive" to the wording of the request.

"They don't even point to a section of the act," Gogolek said. "It's entirely discretionary and open to abuse. You have no idea what the real reasoning is."  

Denham's orders included two new decisions and two reconsiderations related to FOI requests made to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the Insurance Corporation of B.C., the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Vancouver Island Health Authority. . . .




Jun 25
2015

Parliamentary report calls for action on Wi-Fi

CMAJ - Medical knowledge that matters

" . . . Dr. Anthony Miller, a University of Toronto professor emeritus who served as scientific secretary on a scientific review completed in May 2011 by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which concluded that cellphones and other wireless devices such as cordless phones and Wi-Fi transmitters are possibly -- although not probably -- carcinogenic said he was "very pleased with the outcome," of the committee review. .

"It will be interesting to see if Health Canada does anything," added Miller, who argued while testifying before the committee that new research overlooked by Health Canada "reinforces the evidence that radio frequency fields are not just a possible human carcinogen, but a probable human carcinogen."  

"Health Canada spokesman André Gagnon said "the Department thanks the committee members for their work and is currently reviewing the report. The Government of Canada will respond to the Committee's report in due course."

HESA report of the Standing Committee on Health June 17, 2015




Jun 21
2015

David Adams: Hazards of smart meters well documented

Nevada: David Adams, Ph.D. lives in Penn Valley.

A thoughtful and well-informed reportage needs to keep in mind that the manufacture and sale of the various devices that use and emit this kind of radiation is a more-than-a-trillion-dollar-a-year business, and that the corporations involved have enormous wealth and power, including an unhealthy revolving-door-staff influence on the federal government organizations, like the FCC, which are supposed to regulate the safety of their products for the public good rather than corporate profit. The proposed exposure limits in the 2012 Bioinitiative Report (designed to protect against the negative biological effects found in 67 key scientific studies) are one million times lower than current FCC limits.  

"The fact is that there are many, many thousands (one estimate is more than 20,000) of peer-reviewed, published scientific studies going back to the 1970s that mostly demonstrate a wide range of neurological and physiological damage from prolonged exposure to the kind of low-frequency radiation generated by smart meters (especially the non-industry-funded studies). These include not only various cancers, but single- and double-strand breaks in cellular DNA, irreversible mitochondrial damage to DNA, other chromosomal aberrations and mutations (e.g., Down syndrome), lowering of male sperm count and motility, greater risk of miscarriages and fetal abnormalities, breakdown of the blood-brain barrier allowing potentially toxic chemicals and proteins to enter the brain, altered brainwave and metabolic activity, racing heart rate (tachycardia), damage to cellular membranes in the body (leading to cell deaths), and causing red blood cells to leak hemoglobin, which can lead to heart disease or kidney stones. . . .

"One final usually unmentioned aspect I could mention is the role of the U.S. military. Going back to the 1970s there are more than 8,300 relevant scientific studies just by the military, which hopes to (and by some accounts already has) weaponize this spectrum of radiation. I could also mention a 2013 letter issued by the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine that referred to an Australian scientific study of 92 case series that "clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from smart meter emissions." . . .




Jun 21
2015

Letter from Frank Clegg of C4ST to Vancouver Sun

RE article: Parliamentary Report Warns Cell Phones, Wi-Fi a Serious Health Issue. June 19, 2015

"I would like to call your attention to the falsehoods, errors and omissions published in the above article. Segments of your coverage were correct in reporting that Canada's Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health (HESA) has carefully examined the science showing cell phones, Wi-Fi and other wireless devices are potentially harmful. Critical apects of your coverage are blatantly wrong. . . .

"Canada's Health Committee exhaustively studied this issue. The investigation was introduced by Dr. Hedy Fry, the Liberal MP from Vancouver Centre who is also a physician. The scientific evidence was so convincing that the Report was unanimously supported by all Parties on the Committee in a rare non partisan decision.

"Your story did not mention this phenomenon. It quoted none of the Members of Parliament who examined the evidence, and none of the scientists who provided it. It appears that instead you sought out a wireless industry microwave researcher, who contradicted her research sponsor's health warnings, and gave your readers a dangerously false impression about the safety of their wireless devices. Such disservice to your readership is extraordinary.

"C4ST is a national organization concerned with correcting the outdated microwave thresholds of Canada's Safety Code 6 and bringing them into the 21st Century. We appreciate that you paid attention to this story, but in future we expect a more professional approach to the facts.  

"We believe it is your responsiblity to review the testimony that the Parliamentary Committee heard, investigate all the evidence that is available and provide a truly balanced representation of the facts."




Jun 21
2015

ALEXANDER LERCHL HAS MET HIS WATERLOO (Berlin)

His fraud allegation against the REFLEX Study is unlawful

The long lasting attacks of Alexander Lerchl from the private Jacob University in Bremen on the results of the EU-funded REFLEX Study, have been brought to a sudden and dramatic end by the Hamburg district court. A lab technician whom he accused of having faked the REFLEX results which showed a DNA-damaging potential of mobile communication radiation, had lodged a complaint because of a violation of her personal rights on August 19, 2014. The court decision dated March 13, 2015, became effective on April 21, 2015, and I translate from the decision: 

"The admissible complaint is well founded [....]. The disputed remarks violate the plaintiff with regard to her common personal rights [....]. Deliberately untrue factual allegations and those, whose falsehood is already certain at the time being made, must not be accepted [....]. . . .

"Be it on his own or, more likely, by order from the mobile communication industry, Alexander Lerchl, a former member of the German Commission on Radiological Protection, has since 2007 worked to ruin the credibility of the REFLEX Study. The results of this work are in sharp contrast to Lerchl's previous findings that support the view that mobile communication radiation is harmless. After all, Lerchl's "right" opinion not only drew the support of industry and government for his radiation-friendly pseudo-research, but also had gained his personal promotion to the position of Germany's top radiation protector.  

"For years, German daily and weekly newspapers as well as news magazines uncritically supported Alexander Lerchl's fraud allegations against the REFLEX Study. It was certainly not their intention to do a personal favour to him, but rather to the mobile communication industry whose advertising budgets may have stifled the professional ethics of the publishers. . . .




Jun 20
2015

TIME SENSITIVE: Commonwealth Club - Children's Health Expert Forum San Francisco

Risks from Cell Phones & Wireless Technologies, Monday 6/22 at 11:30 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--An Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks with a special focus on risks to children and other vulnerable populations will be held at the Commonwealth Club of California on Monday, June 22nd, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust, leading U.S. advocacy, research and policy organizations, the program will be of interest to parents, teachers, schools and government officials and policymakers. It will feature scientists, physicians, a psychiatrist and public health experts, including EMF experts visiting from the U.K., Turkey and Australia. . . .




Jun 18
2015

A 2009 presentation in Summerland B.C. re cell tower. Needless to say, Mayor Perrino was not reelected. The exchange does show the reason why many citizens have their work cut out for them when approaching municipal councils and government officials.




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