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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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Oct 28
2014

New FCC Ruling (USA)

October 17, 2014

All,

Most depressing. The following ruling was adopted by FCC on Oct. 17th, 2014. Anyone who questions what Tom Wheeler is capable of at that agency needs to just look at the rah-rah language of this document and the rationales. DAS is as bad as smart meters re: a new layer of ubiquitous RF. Creates significant harmonics on lines, too. This ruling essentially guts any local/state control over DAS systems.

Note in the Executive Summary, p. 15, #31 how they include in the DAS definition transceivers located at hub sites (cell towers). Although this ruling may reduce the number of new macrocells, it is also a backdoor to further preempt local tower siting control if DAS is part of the system. Very clever. This ruling also now excludes colocation of new systems on towers and buildings from further local review. That means wherever towers or roof-mounted antennas already exist, anything can pile on without additional state or local control. Add to this the fact that no one monitors for compliance with FCC standards, and the problem is obvious.

With this ruling, DAS is now categorically excluded by FCC from RF, NEPA, and Historical Preservation review, and Environmental Impact Statements. In hilly terrain where people were finding some RF-free zones, DAS will fill that in, quite cheaply for the telecoms. Note in the beginning how AT&T and Verizon are shifting to DAS. It was because of this pending ruling that AT&T put many cell tower proposals in abeyance. Their macrocells will be more carefully chosen now but the tools to challenge a bad site have just been neutered at the federal level.

This industry has been salivating for these waivers for a long time. They needed Wheeler, more public pressure for coverage, and the tech embrace of DAS by the big players (prior they only liked towers which no longer can handle the traffic) to get it. And with the FCC reviewing its RF standards with a likelihood of making them more lenient, they will have what they want. Macro and mico-cells will be able to put out more RF, less substantive review and/or ability to challenge in court, and no one can stop it without direct legal challenges to the FCC -- not easy to do. And the industry got it with no liability to themselves.

This is what happens when RF is waived off the table.

Blake Levitt




Oct 27
2014

SaskPower CEO Robert Watson resigns over smart meter controversy

Review said Crown utility didn't adequately look after safety concerns

BACKGROUND

July 15, 2014  Smart meter installations on hold as SaskPower probes fires.
July 30, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 SaskPower to remove 105,000 smart meters following fires
July 31, 2014 Smart meter recall cost balloons to $47 M, SaskPower says 
July 29, 2014 Saskatoon Light and Power sticking with smart meters
August 6, 2014  SaskPower CEO apologizes for smart meters
August 11, 2014 10th "smart" meter fire hits home in Regina
August 15,2014 Sask. let "unqualified" workers install meters, NDP says
October 24, 2014 Trial period incidents should have halted smart meter program: NDP
October 27, 2014 SaskPowerCEO out after report: 'consumer safety not a priority"
October 27, 2014 Smart meter safety not enough of a priority for SaskPower: Review
October 27, 2014 SaskPower CEO Watson resigns after release of scathing smart meter report / VIDEOS

SaskPower CEO Robert Watson has resigned following release of a report on the smart meter program. 

"The potential for catastrophic meter failure was never identified as a possible risk." CIC Smart Meter Review

Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said Watson submitted his resignation on the weekend and it was accepted. 

The smart meter review released Monday faulted the Crown corporation for not doing a better job looking after customer safety. During the summer, there were eight smart meter fires.  

Watson was appointed to the top job at the provincially owned power utility in 2010 after six years as CEO at SaskTel, the government's phone company.  

He will not receive severance, said Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower.  
SaskPower sent out a press release Monday afternoon, stating it will be examining the review, and "take recommendations forward as planning for new smart meters continues in the next several years." 

"SaskPower employees are working hard to address the challenges faced with the smart meter program," said Boyd in the release. 

"This report provides valuable insight as to where gaps existed. We will be implementing changes accordingly over the next few days."  

SaskPower is the province's biggest Crown corporation, with assets of $7 billion and revenues in 2012 of $1.8 billion.






Oct 18
2014

Support Berkeley's important cell phone safety bill

Op-ed from Kevin Kunze. His recent documentary, 'Mobilize,' explores the possible long-term health effects from cell phone radiation and the influence companies can have on public health.

" . . . The cell phone industry has already threatened to sue the City of Berkeley if they pass this ordinance. The legislation to be considered by Berkeley simply requires that retailers inform their customers about information that is already provided in their user manuals.

"Esteemed Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Larry Lessig has expressed his opinion that this draft ordinance does not violate industry's legal rights. Professor Lessig feels strongly that citizens have the right to be informed of this important safety information, and he has agreed to defend it pro bono all the way to the Supreme Court if industry files a lawsuit. . .

"It's been nearly 20 years since our national government first implemented radiation standards for cell phones. Instead of waiting for federal legislation, it's time for our local government to protect our health and that of our children. Please write to your council member and join us on October 28 to support this important ordinance. Thank you very much for your time and support.

"Berkeleyside welcomes submissions of op-ed articles. We ask that we are given first refusal to publish. Topics should be Berkeley-related, local authors are preferred, and we don't publish anonymous pieces. Please email submissions to us. Berkeleyside will publish op-ed pieces at its discretion."




Oct 18
2014

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Mandatory wireless in all American-made cars

Comment by midnight Oct. 20th - Peril on the Road: Wireless Mandated Vehicles


N.B. Comment deadline is now past. The following is for your information:

"The US Dept. of Transportation is accepting comments until midnight, Monday, Oct. 20.

"When you think things can't get crazier, things get crazier. If this is approved, all American-made cars will be wireless.


"Aside from health, what are the safety implications of ramping up wireless exposures to millions of electro-intolerant drivers?

Not in our car!

"The Department of Transportation is proposing to require "vehicle-to-vehicle wireless communication" in all light vehicles in the United States . . .

"Please make a comment this weekend even if it is a brief statement. Building a record of opposition is very important.

"It's not going to make our roadways any safer if we're causing heart problems, blurry vision, or headaches in drivers. Submit Your Comments in 3 Places:

Comment here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NHTSA-2014-0022-0002
Comment here (Research Report): http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NHTSA-2014-0022
Comment here: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications




Oct 16
2014

CLASS ACTION (Lawsuit) PACKAGE (updated October 16)

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

CLASS ACTION

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE:

Residential PARTICIPATION FORM 

Commercial PARTICIPATION FORM


Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms


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WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW?


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Oct 15
2014

Societies Act White Paper: Draft Legislation (B.C.)

ALERT - Proposed legislation would silence those with whom the government disagrees . . .

"One of our most important civil liberties is the right to discuss and debate issues of concern within our communities. Silencing those with whom the government disagrees, or allowing others to silence this debate for purposes of their own, is tantamount to limiting our free speech. What is this government so afraid of? In a healthy democracy, debate should be encouraged. Stifling discourse will lead to tyranny, which seems to be the way this government wants to rule. Ruling by fear and through threats does not belong in BC or Canada.

"This is the next logical step in the way the govt. is trying to do business. First, govern by directive so that no opposition can be voiced by the other party. Second, shut down any public opposition by groups exercising their civil rights. 

"This is not a government that can withstand scrutiny, and it wants to make sure it has to answer to no one! 

"Is the opposition going to speak out about this? This should be strongly debated, with significant public input - not hidden as it has been. 

"This White Paper is frightening, and I find this proposal appalling.

Sincerely,
Sharon Noble


Huffington Post: "Christy Clark's Proposed Policy Overhaul is Breathtakingly Stupid"




Oct 14
2014

B.C. Hydro Press Release Refuted (August 26, 2014)

Opinion piece: A rebuttal to BC Hydro's press release of August 25, 2014

In response to the recent Fire Report sent to media outlets in BC, Hydro released a press release in an attempt to refute it, without directly addressing it, saying that the smart meters are improving the safety of the $$mart grid.

Please note that Hydro does not deny that fires have occurred: 
http://www.bchydro.com/news/press_centre/news_releases/2014/new-meters-making-electricity-grid-safer.html
   
Attached is a rebuttal that Sharon Noble, Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC, has sent out to every media outlet and newspaper.

Please circulate it to your newspapers, and your contacts, too. Thank you!




Oct 13
2014

BC's energy minister admits smart meter FIRES ... but will do nothing

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition to Stop "Smart" Meters - July 30, 2014



JULY 30, 2014    For immediate release

BC's energy minister admits smart meter FIRES

... but will do nothing

Energy Minister Bill Bennett admits to smart meter fires in British Columbia, but rather than do anything, he expresses disappointment that Saskatchewan is taking action to protect its citizens.


On July 30 Saskatchewan Energy Minister Bill Boyd called a halt to the smart meter program, demanding removal of 105,000 meters after 8 "failures", that include fires and exploding meters. www.globalnews.ca/news/1483134/saskpower-ordered-to-remove-all-smart-meters-in-the-province/

"I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that's why we've directed SaskPower accordingly," said Minister Boyd.


In British Columbia, where we've had more "failures", which have also included fires and exploding meters, Bill Bennett and BC Hydro consistently have refused to acknowledge the danger and, instead, put the blame on homeowners' meter bases and wiring. It doesn't matter why a home burns after a smart meter has been installed - whether it was because the inexperienced installer damaged the base or that the meter heated up due to design flaws. The fact is that property and lives have been put at risk and our government is refusing to protect us.


Bennett is sorry that Saskatchewan is taking this action. ""It's unfortunate that Saskatchewan is doing what it's doing..." Why? Because it shows that some provincial governments are more concerned about their citizens than others. It puts BC to shame. www.cknw.com/2014/07/30/while-saskatchewan-yanks-its-smart-meters-bc-wont-do-the-same/  


Finally Bennett is admitting there have been fires due to smart meters in BC. This is a first, but it's way too late. Fires have been occurring for the last 3 years, and Hydro and Liberals have denied it. The evidence has been hidden and people have been living with a fire hazard on their bedroom walls. He's told Hydro to find out how many have occurred. That may be difficult because no agency is tracking them.


Why is Bennett asking for a count? Is it just because he feels he must do something? Saskatchewan doesn't know why the meters have caused fires - they are taking action because fires have occurred. We have had many fires and incidents in BC, and nothing has been done to protect us. Instead the program has been protected with lies and cover-ups. Do we not deserve the same precautionary action as Saskatchewan?


The Coalition to Stop Smart Meters asks, "Please tell us, Mr. Bennett, what is the right number, how many homes must burn before you will stop this dangerous program??"




Oct 12
2014

PETITION

PETITION BACKGROUND

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."

THE HAZARD: 

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. 

THE RESOLUTION:

  1. Guidelines and regulations to protect the population of British Columbia from the effects of all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation must be immediately instituted. 
  2. The guidelines and regulations mentioned in Article 1 must be based on the findings of independent, non industry-affiliated studies which include, but are not limited to, research into the effects of low-level, non-thermal pulsed radiation; (1) 
  3. The Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia must publicly acknowledge and immediately invoke the Precautionary Principle (2) with regards to the protection of the population of the Province of British Columbia against the known and/or potential harmful acute and chronic effects of exposure to all forms, frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic radiation; and 
  4. Direct and immediate action must be taken to halt the proliferation of, and subsequently reduce, the non-consensual exposure of children and pregnant mothers to electromagnetic radiation in all areas of society, most notably through the removal of wireless internet connections in schools, libraries, and other public places.
THE EVIDENCE . . . 




Oct 12
2014

Symposium on Health Issues

Health issues associated with the exposure to electromagnetic fields and microwave radiation - C4ST and Women's College Hospital Toronto present: Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, Dr. Magda Havas, Dr. Anthony Miller, Mr Frank Clegg

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

Worried About Wireless?


Cellphone toxicology, exposure assessment and epidemiology -- an update on reproduction and cancer

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



Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure from Cellular Telephones Affects Behaviour in Adult Mice

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



"Electrosmog and Electrosensitivity" 
Dr. Magda Havas Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University 



"Radiofrequency Fields are a Probable Human Carcinogen"
Dr. Anthony Miller, M.D., F.R.C.P. Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 



"Health Canada's Safety Code 6"
Mr. Frank Clegg Former President of Microsoft Canada, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology 



Panel Discussion



Symposium Overview




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