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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.
To streamline your search, anywhere on the website, for a specific topic, word or phrase, please use the white search bar located under the Action Kits below. 



Sep 27
2014

WHO Knew: The Elephant in the Room

A shocking expose on corruption within World Health Organization ranks, relating to scientific causality of harm from electromagnetic radiation (EMR) Author: Susan D. Foster MSW - March 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014 was a very strange day in London. Only the weather was predictable. A cold rain fell as a dais of scientists faced a room full of reporters in the Royal Society Library's Special Events Room on Carlton House Terrace. With its pillared roots going back to the 1600s, the Royal Society Library had welcomed scientists from all over the world for centuries.

"On this day, two scientists distinguished themselves as authors of the thick, glossy tome that was almost the biggest presence in the press briefing. Co-authors Prof. Bernard Stewart, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and Christopher Wild, PhD, Director of the World Health Organization's (WHO) esteemed International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) prepared to tell the world we are on the verge of a cancer tsunami. World Cancer Report 2014 was nearly six years in the making. IARC is the cancer agency of the WHO, and a core part of their mission is to disseminate information on cancer. They gather information, frequently classify the risk level of various substances, and share that news with the world. This day the news was daunting.

"Cancer rates are growing at such a rapid pace that we cannot treat our way out of this global health crisis. We must focus on prevention on a massive scale, Drs. Wild and Stewart announced to the gathering of just over 25 reporters. The human and economic catastrophe awaiting the world, with healthcare costs spiraling out of control, was described in great detail in the massive report these two men had just completed. The 650-page book, the first World Cancer Report since 2008, painted a dim picture for the world.

"Reporters gathered at the press briefing heard the numbers and the implications were clear. . . .




Sep 26
2014

"The next scheduled hearing by Health Canada is in 2019. If you go back to their previous findings in 2014, 2009, etc they still base their evidence on pre Wi-Fi and pre cell phone findings. No one is funding any research.

"Health Canada is cherry picking the studies they include for the Safety Code 6 decisions. They include ONLY studies that support their own conclusions. This is NOT how science is conducted. Obviously, Dr. McNamee and his fellow scientists at Health Canada are unfamiliar with the work of Dr. Karl Popper on falsification.

"February 20, 2013. I just returned from a hearing in Montreal in front of the Superior Court of Quebec where Health Canada scientist, James McNamee, admitted that the Safety Code 6 guideline for microwave radiation (which includes radiation from most of the devices we are concerned about like mobile phones, cell phone antennas, Wi-Fi, wireless toys and baby monitors, smart meters etc.) is based ONLY on preventing a heating effect!

"Let me state that again. Health Canada admits that Safety Code 6 for frequencies between 100 kHz and 300 GHz are based ONLY on heating. Why is this so important?  

"For years Health Canada has stated that Safety Code 6 takes into consideration and protects the public from both thermal and non-thermal effects. They made this statement to groups concerned about Wi-Fi in schools and to those concerned about smart meters and cell towers coming into their neighborhoods. While they are technically correct in their statement, they mislead the public by what they failed to mention. What Health Canada failed to mention is that the "non-thermal" effects are considered ONLY for frequencies between 3 and 100 kHz. For frequencies between 100 kHz and 300 GHz ONLY thermal effects are considered and cell towers fall within this "thermal range."  

"That is not the only thing that was novel and refreshing at this hearing.  

"This is the first time a provincial court (Superior Court of Quebec) has challenged the right of municipal governments to address health concerns expressed by citizens regarding federally regulated radio frequency radiation. . . .




Sep 25
2014

LAUSD Gives Teacher Accommodation From Wi-Fi

Official letter from the Los Angeles Public School District's Division of Risk Management and Insurance Services

"The Los Angeles Public School District (LAUSD) has officially accommodated a teacher who is sensitive to WiFi. This is the first accommodation that I've seen, and LAUSD is the second largest public school district in the US. From the attached letter:  

"The Committee reconvened September 9, 2014. After reviewing and taking into consideration all of the documentation you submitted as part of your request, the information you presented during the meeting, and reviewing alternate accommodations, the Committee approved your request to have the Wi-Fi turned off in your classroom during the 2014-2015 school year. As an alternate accommodation, the Committee also approved a reassignment to a different school site where Wi-Fi has yet to be installed."  

"This is incredibly important. Demanding access to "wireless-free" zones is, by my way of thinking, one of the most important ways to fight the proliferation of wireless and, at the same time, educate an unsuspecting public.

"In the US, the Common Core educational agenda (promoted, in part, by Bill Gates), has been accepted by almost all 50 states, and mandates computerized testing. The presumption within the schools is that this testing must be simultaneously taken by students using their wireless tablets. The language within Common Core does not specifically state that wireless must be used in all cases, but it does focus on the latest advancements in technology -- and so the presumption that all students must use and be tested on wireless tablets continues to grow.  

"Therefore I see this as one of the most important statements in the attached letter: "You also told the Committee the Common Core can be utilized on any PC and an iPad is not necessary."  

"This letter should be used around the world to support equal access in our increasingly wireless environments including schools, libraries, doctors' offices, hospitals, day care, fire stations and all county and state buildings. I believe the language in New York's accommodation laws might take the enclosed ruling and apply it absolutely."

Susan Foster




Sep 19
2014

Human Rights Tribunal does not accept evidence that EHS exists (British Columbia)

Electroyperensitivity (EHS) has been rejected as a disability by the Human Rights Tribunal of BC (September 18, 2014)

Sad news.  CSTS Human Rights case was dismissed by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. This was a class action on behalf of people with EHS, whose doctors said that they should avoid RF and not have smart meters.

Even though EHS is a recognized by the Human Rights Commission in Canada, the Americans with Disabilities in the US, and as a disability in other countries, the Tribunal chose not to accept evidence but rather to base its decision in large part on the evidence the BCUC accepted in the Fortis application.

Fortis BC paid a company (Exponent) to defend the smart meter. Exponent is a "product defense company" and has defended some of the most dangerous products in the world - pesticides, agent orange, asbestos, etc and now microwave radiation. They buy scientists who will produce reports saying anything is safe. One of their people said that our bodies emit more radiation than does a smart meter and the BCUC accepted that, while rejecting testimony from world renowned experts like Dr. Martin Blank, Dr. Isaac Jamieson and Dr. Meg Sears.

It's a sad day when the government is allowed, by the Human Rights tribunal, to come between a patient and his/her physician, but this is what has happened. Here is the decision for you to read.

This makes it more urgent for us to fight this re. fires, fee discrimination, and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The other class action lawsuit against BC Hydro over smart meters is still ongoing. That one represents all customers of BC Hydro (residential and business) who are unhappy about any aspect of the smart meter program (i.e., getting one if you didn't want it, getting one and later deciding you don't want it, being harassed and bullied for refusing to get one), whether or not you currently have a smart meter.

Join the Class Action HERE for residential customers.
Join the Class Action HERE for commercial customers.

News Coverage and Poll:  Tribunal ends Anti-Smart Meter case (24 Hours Vancouver) 

NB the poll results for "Do Smart Meters Pose a Health Risk" at time of this posting are

728 votes - 85% YES, 4% NO, 11% I DON'T KNOW but I don't trust BC Hydro assurances




Sep 15
2014

Symposium on Health Issues Associated with the Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields and Microwave Radiation

C4ST - Held for Canadian Medical Doctors and Health Care Practitioners Presented by C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto - September 12, 2014



C4ST Symposium information

Dr. Devra Davis 
Founder and President Environmental Trust Fund; former Professor, Department of Epidemiology and founding Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh, Cancer Institute.

Dr. Hugh Taylor
Chair, Department of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Anthony Miller
Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Mr. Frank Clegg
Former President of Microsoft Canada, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology.

Dr. Magda Havas
Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University




Sep 13
2014

Introduction

  • Austria (Salzburg and Styria) 
  • Bulgaria 
  • People's Republic of China 
  • India 
  • The Russian Federation 
Spectrum Use, Exposure Risk and Best Practice
  • 60 GHz Radiation 
  • Terahertz Radiation - T-Rays 
Managing Risk
  • United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 
  • Council of Europe 
  • European Environment Agency 
Creating a Sustainable Future through Intelligent Risk Management

References




Sep 13
2014

Girding the Grid: Educating Leaders Is Key

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Risk Awareness article - first posted November 2013

This information should be sent to every MP, MLA, every media person - asking why so little is being done about the interconnectedness of the electricity grid.   With every major US agency warning that a catastrophe equal to or worse than a nuclear fallout will happen if the grid is interconnected, why aren't governments taking precautionary steps to ensure that utility systems are not so vulnerable?


"According to a recent report sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. power grid is under threat from nation-states, organized crime syndicates, hacktivists, and terrorists. More needs to be done to protect the nation's power grid and mitigate these threats. A little more than ten years ago, a tree branch triggered one of the worst blackouts in U.S. history affecting around 50 million people; about a year ago, the effects of Hurricane Sandy caused widespread outages in NYC. Today, the electrical power grid continues to be a prime concern for the government and private utility companies. The grid's problems handling "natural disasters" make the threat of sustained and purposeful disasters even more disconcerting. Possible man-made threats stem from cyber attacks as well as electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The DOE is not alone in its concern; a recent survey by National Geographic revealed citizens do not have confidence in the grid's security or in the government's level of readiness. Three-quarters of the survey's respondents expect the U.S. to face a "catastrophic cyberattack" during their lifetime, and over 50 percent believe the U.S. is unprepared for such an attack.  

The DOE-sponsored study shows a number of ways in which power-grid networks are vulnerable to foreign or domestic threats. Indeed, North Korea is currently pursuing EMP technology and views cyber attacks as general-use weapons to target key institutional and infrastructure systems. Iran and various non-state actors could also pose a direct threat to U.S. grid security.  

Importantly, investing in security means investing in people. U.S. power companies should provide continuous cybersecurity training to personnel to improve grid security. Instead of top-down mandates, Congress should empower local and private entities to educate citizens and employees in cybersecurity.  

Grid security also depends on a culture of leadership. This means educating executives and company boards about cybersecurity. A recent Ernst & Young survey shows senior business leaders' increasing involvement in cybersecurity. An upcoming Heritage report will focus on how to encourage utility leaders to learn about cyber threats and improve grid security.

Heritage's report will also show the need for information sharing to reduce costs and minimize threats to businesses, while increasing an executive's decision-making abilities. Congress should build off private initiative and enable effective information sharing about the current threats against the power grid.  

Congress should thoughtfully address these issues before the lights go out.

Brett Ramsay is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. 




Sep 10
2014

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated June 21)

Updated Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program

BC Hydro Tactics Update
for BC Hydro customers who are wondering what is going on with BC Hydro as of May 1, 2014

Opt-Out Sign for Analog in preparation for meter exchange (seal expiry announcement from Hydro) 


1. CLASS ACTION

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 
Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM

Questions and Answers


2.  IMMEDIATE ACTION:

DECIDE
Response to BC HYDRO's Current BILLING practices


READ

Legal Actions Update April 10, 2014

Dealing with the Deadline and Beyond

Realities to Consider 


SEND

RESPONSE to BC Hydro's "Choices" Letters

OR 

OPT OUT REGISTRATION NOTICE   
Still useful for those who have had a smart meter imposed upon them without their consent. 


ATTACH
Opt-out Sign for your ANALOG


3. WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?

* Check out the postings under BCUC/BC Hydro Class Action 
on this website for ongoing news and updates.  

4. TAKE ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY

FLYER

Mini Class Action Participation Form

Mini Q&A 





Sep 9
2014

MOBILIZE: Official Trailer

Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation

Mobilize is an investigative documentary that explores the potential long-term health effects from cell phone radiation including brain cancer and infertility. This thought-provoking film examines the most recent scientific research and the challenges politicians face trying to pass cell phone safety legislation. Through interviews with expert researchers, major mobile associates, and prominent politicians, Mobilize presents a balanced and insightful observation about this unspoken health issue. 



Documentary/Environmental/Social Issue
84 Minutes
USA
Director/ Screenwriter: Kevin Kunze

There are 6 billion cell phones worldwide, but what do we really know about the long-term health effects from this technology? Mobilize is an investigative documentary that looks at the potential risks of cell phone radiation including cancer and infertility. This thought- provoking film examines the most recent scientific research, the challenges politicians face trying to pass precautionary legislation, and the pervasive influence cell phone companies have in our society.  

Filmed over three years, Mobilize features interviews with experts from the following organizations and universities: Apple Inc., the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Cancer Institute, the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, Yale University, Harvard University, USC, UCSF, UC Berkeley, and Virgin Mobile.




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