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(updated October 25, 2015) Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
Lawsuit Against BC Hydro Proceeding December 7 to 11, 2015
(public attendance at any time during this period will be beneficial)
PARTICIPATE on opening morning MONDAY, December 7, 2015
Application for Certification from Class Action Plaintiffs - October 1, 2015
in Response to Public Service Commission (PSC), Maryland: Includes Symptoms after Exposure to Smart Meter Radiation and The Health Argument for Replacing Wireless Smart Meters with a Safe Metering Technology in Maryland
Testimony of Ronald M. Powell re PSC Order 87184 Case No. 9208
Ronald M. Powell is a retired career U.S. Government scientist. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University. During his Government career, he worked for the Executive Office of the President, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. .
"In the Matter of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company for Authorization to Deploy a Smart Grid Initiative and to Establish a Surcharge Mechanism for the Recovery of Cost"
Before the Public Service Commission of Maryland
Case No. 9208
Date: November 7, 2015
PLEASE ATTEND at BC Supreme Court, Vancouver BC
" . . . If you believe our society benefits from adhering to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, if you refuse to accept the
decline of a fair and respectful society in BC, if you believe citizens have the right to control their personal space,
then set aside some time to stand up for our democratic values by being present during these important court
proceedings against BC Hydro's injustices. The plaintiffs would value your support as well, as they are fighting for the
rights of all people in BC, those imposed with smart meters against their will, as well as those with "legacy" meters.
"It is important to know that 96% of BC Hydro customers are not eligible for opt out choice due to arbitrary and inequitable "rule making", including those objectors on whom a microwave radiation emitting Meter has been imposed against their will.
"For a basic life necessity such as electricity, where participation is not a choice, consumers must have the freedom to choose. These are serious times worthy of some extra effort to stop the erosion of our liberties. Please attend at the court house. . . .
BC Supreme Court Vancouver, BC
Lawsuit Against BC Hydro Proceeding
December 7 to 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. - noon; 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
BC Supreme Court
800 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E1 (604) 660-2847
Commencing December 7, 2015, the Supreme Court of BC will have the first opportunity in court proceedings to hear the truth about BC Hydro's flagrant disregard of our Charter Rights in relation to the deployment of their microwave radiation emitting smart meter program.
In addition to the Plaintiffs who commenced this litigation, six representative plaintiffs are supporting the lawsuit by way of personal affidavits which expose BC Hydro's unacceptable conduct. The situation of each plaintiff is representative of the different circumstances forced upon thousands of BC Hydro customers who have had their democratic rights and freedoms trampled.
The scheduled BC Supreme Court proceedings in Vancouver, B.C. from December 7 to 11, 2015, are applying for the judge's approval to certify this civil lawsuit against BC Hydro as a Class Action, thereby providing legal representation for all BC Hydro customers who have been actively and knowingly denied their constitutional rights.
The Plaintiffs' position is that it is a fundamental personal choice for reason that "there exists a reasonable basis for concern about health risk so as to give rise to a right of autonomy and free choice as to whether a microwave radiation emitting Meter is operational from one's own Dwelling." Due to BC Hydro's actions, the plaintiffs experience loss of personal choice and loss of autonomy to decide for themselves whether a microwave radiation emitting Meter will operate at their respective dwellings or place of business.
BC Hydro acts as a provincial government agent and is subject to the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with respect to treatment of their customers. The Plaintiffs plead that BC Hydro's requirements for electrical service are arbitrary, overly broad, grossly disproportional and lacking in parity, and have come into effect through a lack of democratic process.
This lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the following conduct by BC Hydro:
a) Operation of a microwave radiation emitting Meter at a dwelling or workplace of a Customer who at any time requests that there be no operation of a microwave radiation emitting Meter.
b) Threatening or effecting a Service Refusal.
c) Exacting payment from a Customer of an Opt-Out Fee in exchange for BC Hydro abiding by the Customer's choice to be free from the installation / operation of a microwave radiation emitting Meter at a particular dwelling or workplace.
d) Exacting payment from a Customer of a Failed Installation Fee related to BC Hydro's attendance at a dwelling or workplace to install a microwave radiation emitting Meter where installation is not carried out because of either an objection made by a Customer or an obstruction.
This litigation also challenges the constitutional validity of the various legislative and administrative acts which BC Hydro claims gives them authority to act with impunity.
Legal documents, registration & donation forms can be accessed here: http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/CLASS-ACTION-Lawsuit-PACKAGE--refreshed-October-25-2015,85,3617
If you believe our society benefits from adhering to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, if you refuse to accept the decline of a fair and respectful society in BC, if you believe citizens have the right to control their personal space, then set aside some time to stand up for our democratic values by being present during these important court proceedings against BC Hydro's injustices. The plaintiffs would value your support as well, as they are fighting for the rights of all people in BC, those imposed with smart meters against their will, as well as those with "legacy" meters.
It is important to know that 96% of BC Hydro customers are not eligible for opt out choice due to arbitrary and inequitable "rule making", including those objectors on whom a microwave radiation emitting Meter has been imposed against their will.
For a basic life necessity such as electricity, where participation is not a choice, consumers must have the freedom to choose. These are serious times worthy of some extra effort to stop the erosion of our liberties. Please attend at the court house.
On July 18, 2013, Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines for the BC Provincial Liberals, made the following statement by way of press release announcing BC Hydro's "Meter Choices Program":
"As we have said, nobody will be forced to take a smart meter. I believe that this is a fair and reasonable solution for all British Columbians".
Well said, Mr. Bennett, and now, we remind you to stand by your words.
If Mr. Bennett had remained true to his documented assurances of fair and reasonable solutions for all people in BC, these court proceedings would not have been necessary at all.
We really hope to see you on December 7 to 11, 2015!
St.Clair, Citizens for Safe Technology Society
Sharon Noble, Stop Smart Meters
Worcester Smart Meter Health Report - October 2015
Please find attached, for service upon BC Hydro, the Plaintiffs' written representations in support of their application to amend. These have been filed with the Court today, October 1, 2015.
ADDITIONALLY: Application to Amend
TABLE OF CONTENTS
II. ORDERS SOUGHT ON APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION
III. CERTIFICATION ISSUES
IV. PLEADINGS DISCLOSE A CAUSE OF ACTION
A. Approach to review of pleadings
B. Health concerns
C. Personal choice
D. Charter overview
E. Charter, Section 7 - Liberty Interest
F. Charter, Section 7 - Security Interest
G. Territorial privacy under the Charter, Section 8
H. Biological effects trigger Charter rights
I. Pleadings applicable to business premises
J. Opt-Out Fees, Failed Installation Fees and Service Refusals
K. Fundamental Principles of Justice in Context
L. Regulation of Electrical Service in British Columbia
M. BC Hydro is exempted from regulation in two respects
N. BC Hydro exempted from having to obtain a CPCN
O. Fortis not exempted from having to obtain a CPCN
P. Direction No. 4 exempts BC Hydro from BCUC scrutiny with respect to its "Meter Choices Program"
Q. Customer resistance against BC Hydro's installation of RF-Emitting Meters
R. Meter Choices Program
S. Direction No. 4 authorizes the mandatory imposition of RF-Emitting Meters
T. Customer "choice" & Direct Communication during Election Period
V. RF-Emitting Meters are not necessary to BC Hydro
W. Principles of Fundamental Justice - Overview
Z. Gross disproportion
AA. Lack of parity
BB. Lack of democratic process
DD. Each element of the cause of action is supported by pleadings of fact
EE. The test for determining whether the pleadings disclose a cause of action
FF. Charter damages V. STANDARD OF PROOF ON CERTIFICATION
A. Proposed classes
VI. IDENTIFIABLE CLASS OF TWO OR MORE PERSONS 68
VII. COMMON ISSUESA. Legal standard
VIII. PREFERABLE PROCEDURE
A. Legal test
B. Whether questions of fact or law common to the members of the
class predominate over any questions affecting only individual members
C. Whether a significant number of the members of the class have a valid interest individually controlling the prosecution of separate actions
D. Whether the class proceeding would involve claims that are or have been
the subject of any other proceedingsi. BCUC Exemption by way of the CEA
E. Whether other means of resolving the claims are less practical or less efficienti. Overview
F. Whether the administration of the class proceeding would create greater difficulties
than those likely to be experienced if relief were sought by other means
G. Certification fulfills the advantage of access to justice
H. Certification fulfills the advantage of judicial economy
I. Certification fulfills the advantage of behaviour modification
J. Summary of preferability inquiry
IX. REPRESENTATIVE PLAINTIFF
A. Legal test
B. Each representative plaintiff would fairly and adequately represent the
interests of his or her respective classi. Overview
C. The representative plaintiffs have produced a plan for the proceeding that
sets out a workable method of advancing the proceeding on behalf of the
respective classes and of notifying class members of the proceeding
D. The representative plaintiffs do not have, on the common issues, an
interest that is in conflict with the interests of other class members
X. CORPORATE CUSTOMERS
TABLE OF AUTHORITIESSchedule A - Assertions of Health Concerns
(October 1, 2015) In the Supreme Court of British Columbia Between: Nomi Davis and Jessica Klein (Plaintiffs) and British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (Defendant)
Please find attached, for service upon BC Hydro, the Plaintiffs' written representations in support of their application for certification. These have been filed with the Court today, October 1, 2015.
ADDITIONALLY: Application for Certification
A. Orders sought
Ashland, Massachusetts Public Schools have implemented Wi-Fi Device "Best Practices" which include turning the Wi-Fi off when not in use and keeping devices on a table.
" . . . Based on its own review of the matter, the Ashland Public School District is reducing wireless radiation exposures to children by instituting district wide "best practices for mobile devices". Spurred by parent Cecelia Doucette's concerns about the lack of safety data on Wi-Fi and children, the district investigated the issue and developed a policy to substantially reduce wireless exposures to students and staff. Doucette not only brought the issue to the district's attention, but then also worked with state legislatures who introduced two bills concerning electromagnetic radiation this session. The Environmental Health Trust submitted written testimony on MA Senate Bill 1222 after expert scientists presented information on wireless health risks at a briefing at the Massachusetts State House in June 2015.
"Since wireless devices are constantly emitting radiation even when the user is not using the Internet, the instruction to "turn it off when not in use " stops the Wi-Fi antennas from continuously emitting radiation and is one simple way to reduce the radiation dose and exposure time for children and staff. . . .
"This ground breaking policy action by the Massachusetts school district is indicative of the wave of parents raising concerns about Wi-Fi across the country. Ashland, Massachusetts parent Cecelia Doucette wrote an article in Ashland Local Town Pages about these new best practices. Significant news and print media have picked the issue up after Massachusetts parents filed a lawsuit against a private boarding school alleging the school did not accommodate their 12-year-old child's diagnosed debilitating sensitivity to the school's WiFi system.
"Ashland is the first US public school to create such policy on wireless transmitting devices. However, this US Massachusetts school district now joins dozens of schools and governments that have already implemented even more stringent measures to reduce wireless exposure to children. For example, Israel and France have banned Wi-Fi in kindergarten. The European Union recommends wired Internet rather than wireless in schools.
"Right To Know" efforts by local governments are also moving across the United States. . . .
for Electrogmagnetic Radiation, as Applicable to Smart Meters - Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D.
C4ST - Do YOUR Riding's Candidates Care?
In June 2015 the Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP on the Parliamentary Health Committee unanimously voted to educate and protect Canadians from the growing concern around wireless radiation.
Does your candidate care?
We are asking all candidates running for Member of Parliament, if elected, to agree to support efforts to work with Health Canada and other appropriate agencies and organizations to:
• 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. (see official HESA recommendation)
• Investigate, and potentially adopt, measures taken in other countries to limit the exposure of vulnerable populations, including infants, and young children in the school environment to radiofrequencies. (see official HESA recommendation)
• Improve the testing, diagnosis, treatment and data collection regarding electromagnetic hypersensitivity and its possible impact on health in the workplace. (see official HESA recommendation)
• Establish a system to report potential adverse reactions to radiofrequency fields. (see official HESA recommendation)
SEE ALL 12 RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE PARLIMENTARY COMMITTEE ON HEALTH (HESA)
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Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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