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MAILING ADDRESS for BC HYDRO SMART METER CLASS ACTION:
Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
PO Box 52061
Beacon Ave. RPO
Sidney, BC V8L 5V9

EMAIL address for letters to BCUC: commission.secretary@bcuc.com
EMAIL address for Greg Reimer, BC HYDRO:  greg.reimer@bchydro.com

Smart Meter Class Action postings, in chronological order, are HERE.
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Jul 5
2015

TIME SENSITIVE: TORONTO Wi-Fi MOTION NEEDS YOUR INPUT by Sunday, July 5th

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

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

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO TORONTO CITY COUNCIL HERE.  




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

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

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 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

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 12
2015

Smart meters vote a slam dunk (South Okanagan, B.C.)

Letter for the Penticton Western News from Malcolm Paterson, PhD (molecular oncologist)

Recently, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board of directors voted for an "immediate halt to mandatory installation of advanced (wireless) utility meters on all private residences within the jurisdiction of the RDOS; and further, that all such meters recently installed within Electoral Area 'D' be removed immediately, at full cost to FortisBC."

ITRON's OpenWay wireless electricity meters being installed by FortisBC are neither UL nor CSA certified. According to the BC Safety Standards Act, utilities are exempted from having their equipment certified by these agencies on the condition that a registered professional engineer licensed in B.C. tests and certifies, in writing, its safety. Why then is FortisBC unwilling or unable to provide the mandatory fire safety certification required under BC law? Its provision is crucial, given that electrical experts have identified disturbing design flaws in the Itron meter that may help explain numerous smart meter fires in Summerland and other areas of B.C., and in Saskatchewan, Ontario and the U.S.


LSL - Exclusive Interview Dr. Paterson PhD on Smart Meters Health and Safety June 11, 2015







Jun 11
2015

Letter to the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority

From Sharon Noble re fires caused by smart meters.

Letter to the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority sent June 11, 2015.

In case you don't know what happened, you can learn about it here in an interview the victim gave




Jun 11
2015

Smart meters are fire hazards. More proof.

AM640 interviews (Collingwood Ontario)

"A Collingwood family woke up this weekend to an explosive sound which turned out to be their smart meter which had become a "ball of fire" attached to the side of their house. "The meter is about three feet from the main gas line into the house. If that wall had gone and then the car parked right beside it would've been very, very bad." Despite thousands of smart meters that were supposed to be removed because their structure was similar to some found in Sask. which were implicated in several fires, Veronica Onyskiw's was not considered a threat. She joins us to discuss what happened that day and what the province is doing about smart meters going forward.

The morning after the explosion, the utility people took the meter, and as they took it they said that it would be sent to people who would inspect it to learn the cause, but she should know that the smart meter did not cause the fire. This is so typical - exactly what happens everywhere.




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