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(updated May, 2016) Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
**After the Class Action Hearings in December 2015, Madame Justice Elaine Adair, the Provincial Supreme Court Judge assigned to the Lawsuit against B.C. Hydro, is still considering her decision. When it is available, we will post it here.
SUMMARY of Class Action Hearings to date in the
Lawsuit Against BC Hydro December 7 to 11, 2015
Application for Certification from Class Action Plaintiffs - October 1, 2015
Canadians for Safe Technology - "Health Canada's 'myth buster' vs the Truth
"On Feb 20th, 2014 Health Canada quietly released a document entitled "Busting Myths on Safety Code 6". This attempt to instill public confidence in safety exposure levels to wireless radiation is using false and unsubstantiated claims. This was again repeated on the newly released 60 day public consultation web page posted May 16th, 2014.
"Gone are the days where the public will accept you are safe just because Health Canada says you are....Canadians and scientists want and deserve proof with an open and transparent review inclusive of the current evidence showing biological harm from wireless radiation.
"C4ST and experts from around the world have come together to provide the real facts around the specific points Health Canada addresses in their Myth Buster document. Here it is . . .
Canadians for Safe Technology - Fall 2015
Massachusetts Senate Bill 1222 - includes VIDEO of proceedings
"Dear Members of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing,
"With your support, we can form a commission to examine the effects of wireless technology's microwave radiation and begin providing the Commonwealth's citizens with information to lower their exposure until safe products can be brought to market. Mr. Clegg's testimony is especially pertinent as he provides a roadmap from Canada's Parliament on what we can do here. We won't have to reinvent the wheel, we just need to begin. . . .
"With thanks to the panel of experts who extended themselves to meet with the MA Department of Public Health when they came to Boston to speak with our legislature on June 10 (Devra Davis, Frank Clegg, Dr. Sharma, Janet Newton, Catherine Steiner-Adair). Our DPH has now hired an epidemiologist whose responsibilities in part will be to look at wireless technology and public health. . . .
Right To Know - An Environmental Health Briefing
The mayor of Haifa (in Israel) ordered to disconnect Wi-Fi in schools and kindergartens - until examining the safety of Wi-Fi thoroughly
The third largest city in Israel has ordered immediate disconnect of WiFi in Kindergartens and Schools
" . . . This week, in coordination with the head of the city's education system, Ilana Truck, Yahav ordered to disconnect immediately the Wi-Fi in kindergartens and schools in Haifa until a thorough examination of the subject is done. These days the education system is preparing to gradually install wired system as an alternative in all education system in the city. These will be installed in the first stage in classrooms where pupils learn for the final exams that force use of computers, so they won't be harmed from the disconnect. The teachers in elementary schools in the city took on themselves to load every evening the studies material from the internet, so that pupils are not exposed and their studies won't be harmed. . . .
Wed., Apr. 20, 2016 Israel Wi-Fi Breakthroughs: TV Documentary, School Ban
Montgomery County Board of Education Meeting, February 9th 2016
"The federal government has dropped the ball with wireless"
To be delivered to BC Provincial Health Office - ONGOING
This resolution is intended to address the concerns of citizens regarding the escalating growth of wireless radiation in British Columbia. We invite the signatures of medical health professionals and researchers who wish to join with us in bringing attention to the hazards of electromagnetic radiation.
Hello Fellow Citizens:
As citizens of British Columbia, we have created a British Columbia Resolution on the Proliferation of Electromagnetic Radiation and we are requesting your support. The resolution is at the address below. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/the-british-columbia-1
The purpose of the resolution is to force our Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to take action to implement the precautionary principle...rather than continuing on his current course of willful blindness and denial. It will ultimately be delivered to the British Columbia Provincial Health Office.
We are seeking the signatures of medical and other health professionals as well as all concerned citizens. Beneath the signature panel there is space to add comments... your comments are especially useful to us and welcomed.
We request your consideration towards signing our resolution. If you know of others that may be interested in supporting this initiative, we would appreciate you forwarding this email to them.
Thank you for your time, and good luck in fighting this fight that we must win...at any cost.
Ron Gordon Maple Ridge BC
"When injustice becomes institutionalized, resistance becomes a duty."
Whereas the population of the Province of British Columbia is not currently protected by effective and authoritative guidelines or regulations governing exposure to involuntary or incidental, non-thermal, electromagnetic radiation in their homes and public places, the British Columbia, Canada, organization - Citizens for Safe Technology - in collaboration with the undersigned, hereby passes the following Resolution.
Globe and Mail report - Mark Hume
"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."
Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form (Portland State University)
A report by a PhD student and prof. using BC Hydro as a model on surveillance and profiteering from use of our data.
"This article investigates how digital technologies in the energy sector are enabling increased value extraction in the cycle of capital accumulation through surveillant processes of everyday energy consumption. We offer critical theory . . . and critical political economy . . . as a guide for critical understanding of value creation in ICT through quotidian processes and practices of social reproduction. . . .
"We investigate national and local level "smart grid" campaigns and projects. The "smartening" of the energy grid, we find, is both an ideological construct and a technological rationalization for facilitating capital accumulation through data collection, analysis, segmentation of consumers, and variable electricity pricing schemes to standardize social practices within and outside the home. We look at BC Hydro as one illustration of where such practices are being instituted.
A summary of the proceedings from Monday, Dec. 7 to Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, in Davis vs B.C. Hydro.
A summary of the proceedings from Monday, Dec. 7 to Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, in Davis vs B.C. Hydro.
December 7, 2015
Citizens For Safe Technology and Stop Smart Meters BC had a turnout that was too large for the fifth-floor B.C. Supreme Court room at 800 Smithe St., so at the first recess, some of the people who had seats gave them up to those who had been out in the hall, so that everyone could be in the court room for at least some of the proceedings on Day 1.
"It's important to understand that this five-day court case is not to argue for a more just smart meter opt-out program or even for an end to the penalty for keeping your old analog electricity meter.
"It's a five-day hearing to apply for the certificate that's required to launch a class action lawsuit against the way BC Hydro has gone about its program to install a smart meter on every home and office in the province.
"CST-Stop Smart Meters lawyer David Aaron was asked outside the courtroom, if he is successful in winning approval to go ahead with the class action lawsuit, might it take a while to get into court. He said, yes, "or Hydro could settle".
"At the end of the day Monday, Aaron told Madame Justice Elaine Adair that he and Hydro's lawyers, Marko Vesely and Toby Kruger, have agreed to split the allotted five court days into two-and-a-half days each."
A short summary of the proceedings of Day 2, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, in Davis vs BC Hydro.
"It might be impossible to prove in court that the electromagnetic radiation from BC Hydro's "smart meters" is causing health problems.
"But the public interest groups Citizens For Safe Technology and the B.C. Coalition To Stop Smart Meters say there is enough controversy in scientific papers and media reports about their safety that thousands of customers have refused to give Hydro permission to install the radio-frequency emitting devices on their homes and offices.
"Yet Hydro has gone ahead against their wishes and installed the meters anyway, with the threat of cutting off the power if they refuse or imposing a $35 a month penalty for keeping their old analog meters.
"CST and Stop Smart Meters are in B.C. Supreme Court this week seeking permission to launch a class action lawsuit for the constitutional right of Hydro customers to refuse the wireless meter and to recover damages.
"David Aaron, lawyer for the two groups, said if the case is allowed, it won't allege harm, but instead will prove that Hydro's tactics have violated a person's reasonable constitutional right to make the choice to keep their home safe from possible risk.
"The electrical meters send out "bursts of emissions every 68 seconds at a minimum ... you're living with them day in and day out ... every day of the year," he said.
"Smart meter radiation is similar to that from cellphones, and while more research is needed to know whether it's harmful, it has been proven to have biological effects."
December 9, 2015
A short summary of the proceedings of Day 3, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, in Davis vs BC Hydro. (by Greg McIntyre)
"BC Hydro smart meter opponents concluded three days of arguments Wednesday.
"The final days of their hearing in B.C. Supreme Court, Thursday and Friday, will be given over to Hydro to defend its wireless electrical meters.
"Madame Justice Elaine Adair will then have to sift through all the debate and decide whether the plaintiffs have a compelling enough case for a class-action lawsuit.
"If they get to trial, David Aaron, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, said they'll seek an order compelling Hydro to offer all its customers the choice to refuse the controversial meter.
"And they want Hydro to return the $32.40 a month penalty customers have been charged for keeping their old mechanical meters, plus any other associated damages.
"Wednesday was spent clarifying what Aaron called "the principles of fundamental justice" that would protect a person's right to avoid a possible cancer-causing device in their home or place of work.
"Judge Adair worked with him to sharpen the details and definitions of "common issues" and "classes" in his argument so they can be spelled out clearly in the certificate needed to proceed to trial."
December 10, 2015
"A short summary of the proceedings of Day 4, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, in Davis vs BC Hydro.
BC Hydro threw up some obstacles Thursday in the way of its smart meter opponents.
"The Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms says: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."
"Plaintiffs at a hearing in B.C. Supreme Court say that Section 7 of the charter gives them the "liberty" to refuse the possible cancer-causing radiation from Hydro's wireless electrical meter.
"But Hydro's lawyer, Marko Vesely, said the freedom to refuse a smart meter would only amount to a "lifestyle choice". To claim protection under the charter, you'd have to show physical or psychological harm and that claim would come under "security of the person".
"Madame Justice Elaine Adair will have to sort out whether liberty or security is involved when someone refuses a smart meter, as she decides whether to certify the opponents' plans for an anti-smart meter class-action lawsuit.
David Aaron, the lawyer for Hydro's opponents, has said it would be next to impossible to prove harm in court. The class-action lawsuit, instead, must depend on showing the reasonableness of the fundamental right to protect yourself from a possible source of harm.
"Hydro's lawyer also attacked his opponents' claim for repayment of the $35 a month plus related penalties charged to customers who have refused to accept a smart meter. Hydro is authorized to install the meters, Vesely said. But if a new law changes that, it would not be right to retroactively make those fees illegal. They were paid for the extra resources provided by Hydro to service those anti-smart meter customers."
December 11, 2015
"A summary of the proceedings of Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, the final day of a hearing in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, in Davis vs BC Hydro.
"Thank you for your submissions. I'm reserving judgment."
With that, Madame Justice Elaine Adair left the courtroom in downtown Vancouver on Friday to begin her deliberations on whether to allow a class-action lawsuit against BC Hydro smart meters.
"Tens of thousands, perhaps one hundred thousand or more, of Hydro's 1.9 million customers have objected to having the wireless electrical meters installed on their homes or offices or having to pay the $35 a month penalty that Hydro has collected because they're keeping their old analog meter.
"Their objections are the basis for the class-action lawsuit, which will allege that: -- they've lost their charter right of personal choice and the autonomy to refuse the meter -- there was no democratic process, debate in the provincial legislature or oversight by the BC Utilities Commission in granting Hydro the authority to install the meters -- electricity is a basic necessity of life and they have little or no option but to submit to Hydro's terms -- and in a news release in July 2013 announcing Hydro's "Meter Choices Program", Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said, "nobody will be forced to take a smart meter" and yet 96 percent of the utility company's customers have not been offered the choice of an opt-out.
"In addition to the plaintiffs who started the litigation, six "representative plaintiffs" have filed personal affidavits detailing the various situations forced on them by Hydro.
"Most are people who are trying to keep their homes free of wireless radiation, but one is a doctor suffering electro-hypersensitivity who tried to prevent a meter being installed at his office, and another is the principal of a school who tried to shield her students from radiation from the meter.
"They're waiting now to see if their concerns will get to trial."
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