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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 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

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 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 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.




Jun 18
2015

HESA: Report of the Standing Committee on Health (June 17, 2015)

RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION AND THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS

Report Tabled

On Tuesday June 9th, 2015 the Standing Committee on Health, who's mandate is to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada, unanimously adopted the final report of their study into Health Canada's Safety Code 6.

Yesterday, on June 17th, 2015, the Chair of the HESA panel MP Ben Lobb read and tabled the below final 12 HESA recommendations into the House of Commons, requesting that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report. As the current Government goes on summer break on June 19th, 2015, followed by the federal election in October, it will be the new Government that is elected that will be responding. C4ST

RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommendation 1
That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the health departments of the provinces and territories, examine existing cancer data collection methods to improve the collection of information relating to wireless device use and cancer.

Recommendation 2
That Statistics Canada consider including questions related to electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the Canadian Community Health Survey.

Recommendation 3
That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into electromagnetic hypersensitivity testing, diagnosis and treatment, and its possible impacts on health in the workplace.

Recommendation 4
That the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the World Health Organization consider updating their guidelines and continuing education materials regarding the diagnosis and treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity to ensure they are based on the latest scientific evidence and reflect the symptoms of affected Canadians.

Recommendation 5
That the Government of Canada continue to provide reasonable accommodations for environmental sensitivities, including electromagnetic hypersensitivity, as required under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Recommendation 6
That Health Canada ensure the openness and transparency of its processes for the review of Safety Code 6, so that all Canadians have an opportunity to be informed about the evidence considered or excluded in such reviews, that outside experts are provided full information when doing independent reviews, and that the scientific rationale for any change is clearly communicated.

Recommendation 7
That the Government of Canada establish a system for Canadians to report potential adverse reactions to radiofrequency fields.

Recommendation 8
That an independent scientific body recognized by Health Canada examine whether measures taken and guidelines provided in other countries, such as France and Israel, to limit the exposure of vulnerable populations, including infants, and young children in the school environment, to radiofrequencies should be adopted in Canada.

Recommendation 9
That the Government of Canada develop an awareness campaign relating to the safe use of wireless technologies, such as cell phones and Wi-Fi, in key environments such as the school and home to ensure that Canadian families and children are reducing risks related to radiofrequency exposure.

Recommendation 10
That Health Canada conduct a comprehensive review of all existing literature relating to radiofrequency fields and carcinogenicity based on international best practices.

Recommendation 11
That the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, consider funding research into the link between radiofrequency fields and potential health effects such as cancer, genetic damage, infertility, impairment to development and behaviour, harmful effects to eyes and on the brain, cardiovascular, biological and biochemical effects.

Recommendation 12
That the Government of Canada and manufacturers consider policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14, in order to ensure they are aware of the health risks and how they can be avoided.

I thank you for your continued support and actions over the past three years that has help[ed] make this possible. There is much more work to do over the summer and come October to ensure these recommendations are acted upon, however this is a BIG step in the right direction.

Sincerely, Frank Clegg CEO - C4ST
http://www.c4st.org/HESARecommendations

 Note - We owe great thanks to C4ST, the witnesses and all who assisted with these hearings!




Jun 17
2015

BC Hydro sues Vancouver landlord over refusing smart meters

CBC News: Tenants want smart meters, but the property manager and landlord are blocking them, says BC Hydro.

" . . . Jackanin disputes that tenants want the smart meters, and told CBC News Wednesday that most have signed a petition opposing them.

 "He said BC Hydro can install the meters anytime, provided they agree to certain conditions, including guaranteeing the safety of devices and covering any loss of revenue.

 "If they feel the smart meter as a fixture is so safe, there should be no problem to accept it," he said.

"But BC Hydro has already rejected Jackanin's terms -- including a request in August 2014 asking for compensation for the loss of rental revenue that would come after smart meters were installed.

 "Smart meters would render rooms adjacent to the meter room unsuitable for habitation due to excessive microwave radiation," said Jackanin in a letter, according to BC Hydro.

"According to the court document, Jackanin has told BC Hydro he was acting as a representative of Puppy Holdings, owned by Myers.

"'Myers' wife has told BC Hydro he is in a nursing home, and "not in a frame of mind to understand the problem."

"BC Hydro is asking for a court injunction to prevent anyone from stopping the smart meter installation, and unspecified damages.

 "A statement of defence has not yet been filed. . . . "


Letter to CBC News
Hydro suing Vancouver Landlord because they can't prove meters are safe

Dear Sir or Madam,

This lawsuit is the height of harassment. All Mr. Jackanin has ever asked for is proof that the smart meters are safe. Many people have been asking for this same proof before agreeing to having one put on their homes, and BC Hydro has harassed, bullied, and lied. People have been threatened with loss of power during the cold winter, despite having young children or being ill. People have been pushed around verbally and physically. Homes and personal property have been damaged. Yet BC Hydro faces no retribution by either the BCUC or the government.

There is serious evidence from independent scientists that RF radiation is harmful. It is a 2b carcinogen like lead, DDT, HIV and many industrial chemicals. Hundreds of independent scientists have performed thousands of peer reviewed studies showing that prolonged exposure can cause various types of health problems ranging from sleep and neurological disorders, to fertility and cardiac problems, even DNA damage and cancer. I would be happy to share a huge library of studies I've collected over the years, or to put you in touch with some of the world renowned scientists who are warning us that RF/microwave radiation should be avoided.

Also there have been fires and many failures with the meters overheating and melting. These are made of combustible plastic where analogs were made of glass and metal. The ITRON meters contain lithium metal batteries, which are being banned by many airlines. They can explode and burn when heated as they will be when sitting in the summer sun, or exposed to moisture like condensation. They have remote disconnect switches which were found to be the cause of fires in places like Saskatchewan and Oregon.

Further the meters are being put into a meter base that was designed and certified to hold an analog (non electrical) meter and not an electrical digital or smart meter. As far as we know these meters have not been certified safe as is required by law. Utility equipment is exempt from CSA certification on the condition that it is certified by a professional electrical engineer licensed by BC. (http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/ID/freeside/12_100_2004#section21)

When asked for this certification BC Hydro said they don't have one.

In Texas there have been many ITRON Openway smart meters (the same used in BC) that have burned. In a lawsuit testimony described how the meter blades were thinner than the analog which caused a gap which led to arcing and fires. http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Reed_Answering_Brief-1.pdf page 8 Design flaws led to "palettes" of burned meters, but customers were to be told it was their meter base that caused the problem.

Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms says that no government or government agency can force us to use something for which there is justifiable reason for concern. There definitely is reason for concern and Mr. Jackanin is right to protect his tenants and the owner's property.

If you would like more information about anything that I've said, please let me know.

Regards,

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters




Jun 17
2015

Fortis uses wired $$meters in Alberta. Why wireless in B.C.? 

Fortis Alberta:

"Do the meters operate using radio-frequency (RF) technology?

"PLC meters are wired to and send meter reads directly through the actual power lines, the same power lines that deliver electricity to your homes and do not use RF technology.

 "FortisAlberta customers have automated meters that measure and record electricity consumption on a daily basis. At the end of each day the automated meters send this information to FortisAlberta through our power lines.

 "This information is used by FortisAlberta to provide Retailers with two actual reads each month, showing consumption for the entire period between the reads.

 "For the majority of customers, FortisAlberta uses an automated metering technology that sends meter reads over the power line. This is called a Power Line Carrier (PLC) system. Additionally, for about 300 sites, where the power line is not capable of being used for meter reading, FortisAlberta uses Point-to-Point meters that utilize a cell phone technology to communicate reads.

 "Automated meters reduce meter reading costs and virtually eliminate the need for estimated meter readings. This technology also significantly reduces need for meter technicians to come on to customer property and reduces our carbon emissions.

 "With automated meters, customers can conveniently track and review their daily electricity usage with "My Power Portal" allowing for informed decisions about everyday energy use and efficiency.

 "My Power Portal is a self-serve tool available to FortisAlberta customers with PLC meters. . . ."




Jun 12
2015

Scientists petition UN for better radiation exposure standards

Cindy Sage, co-author of Bioinitiative Report. (Important links included)

An important article regarding the Paris Appeal and the efforts of industry, in collusion with major organizations like the BC Cancer Society, to block efforts to educate the public and to reduce exposures to RF radiation. Please share widely.

Our cancer institutes have colluded with the industry to downplay the sharp rise in brain tumours and other cancers since the introduction of these technologies, especially in those under age 40. According to Eileen O'Connor of Powerwatch UK, one study has shown over a 700 percent increase in brain tumours in young adults compared to other cancers.


"Do you use a cell phone? Wifi? An iPad? Do you have a 'smart' meter on your home? A baby monitor or DECT (cordless) phone? You should be aware these are all serious health hazards that have been covered up by the multi-billion dollar telecommunications industry. Scientists who have been raising warnings about exposure to microwave frequency radiation (the spectrum used by wireless devices) have been marginalized, and in some cases their careers ruined by telecom corporations. Now they are raising the alarm with the UN and World Health Organization (WHO). "The health effects (of electromagnetic exposure) are now inarguable," said Cindy Sage, co-author of the Bioinitiative Report on electromagnetic radiation (EMR) research. "What we need--now--are biologically-based standards for public health." Tragically, the mainstream media are ignoring this important scientists' petition . . .




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