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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
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Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.
A 7 minute talk worth watching. As you do, think about how these "obstacles and barriers" apply to the smart meter problem, cell towers and the proliferation of other wireless infrastructure in our communities. The government is making it impossible to get information, is refusing to allow input, is lying and misrepresenting, is allowing no choice. If we, as a growing number of concerned citizens, all continue to work together as we have now for many years, we can knock down the obstacles and garner support and active participation. Together, we need to figure out how to do this in effective ways, regardless of governmental bureaucracy, BC Hydro and an uncooperative media.
" . . . Direction 4 allowed opt out choice ONLY for residential customers who had thus far managed to avoid the installation of a microwave smart meter up until December 1, 2013. No commercial customers were allowed an opt out choice.
"After more than 2 years of forced installations, and two months after commencement of this legal action against BC Hydro, the Liberals used Direction 4 to deny opt out choice for 96% of BC Hydro customers, allowing opt out choice ONLY for those customers who had successfully refused a smart meter of any kind up to December 1, 2013. Out of 1.8 million customers, only 4% were deemed eligible for choice. Direction 4 only allowed customers to opt out if they had residential accounts (no business), and no RF smart meter had yet been installed by December 1, 2013. In short, Direction 4 closed any loopholes left out of the Clean Energy Act and determined the different ways in which individual customers may suffer under the heavy hand of BC Hydro's smart meter rollout.
"It was an amazing moment to realize the Liberals had imposed an act which made legal severe restriction of civil liberties without any kind of parliamentary discussion. . . .
Links to Participation Forms, Q and A and other information for anyone opposed to BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program
* Check out the postings under BCUC/BC Hydro Class Action / BCUC on this website for ongoing news and updates.
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Questions and Answers relating to Participation Forms
Opt-Out Sign for Analog (Option 1)
Opt-out Sign for Analog (Option 2- Class Action Version)
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WiFi Radiation - Dangers of WiFi - See It Measured
This excellent video provides a simple, yet profound lesson on how to turn off WiFi effectively, and what steps must be taken to assure that you will not be "wi-fried".
The radio frequency radiation being transmitted from your wireless router or modem is extremely toxic and detrimental to your health. Notice how high the measurements are on the RF meter! Most of us are living and working in this type of RF radiation exposure every single day and night. The fix, or remediation is simple. Plug your modem or router into your computer using an Ethernet connection (hardwire), and "disable" the wireless function on your modem or router. This is very important for the health and safety of all those in your home or office. If you need to use the wireless function, then turn it on for a short time, do your task or watch your movie, then disable it once again. Never leave your wireless internet on all night as it will cause sleep disturbances which lead to even worse health issues. The fix is simple! Ethernet cord and disable the wireless function.
Liz Barris - Los Angeles
Please take 15 minutes to watch this excellent video re. cell towers. Cell towers are being put up everywhere across BC to support the smart meter program. These are dangerous and we should be fighting these just as hard (or even harder) as we're fighting the smart meters. We need to follow the money in Ottawa and in Victoria, just as the money is followed here.
The US is trying to roll out a federal cell tower system all over the country. The government and wireless industry are lying about the radiation emissions which can cause cancer, birth defects, neurological illnesses, etc. We MUST stop this wireless onslaught!
re smart meter program opt-out fee and disconnection issues
". . . A number of our constituents in the Slocan Valley have had their power shut off even in the middle of winter. As a public policy we find this to totally unacceptable and inhumane. We feel that resolution can be found to accommodate those who are resisting this program because of health concerns.
". . . We urge to ensure that:
La Maison du 21e siecle magazine - By Andre Fauteux, Editor
" . . . Counselled by the same physician who used to head radiation studies at the World Health Organization (WHO) and at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), California's Opt-Out Program offers non-emitting analog meters Hydro-Quebec claims are no longer available.
"There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF, etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone », wrote former CPUC president Michael Peevey in a private email seized by California authorities."
"People who have become intolerant to electromagnetic fields (EMF) should be allowed to keep their electromechanical (analog) meter rather than be imposed a "smart" electronic (digital) meter emitting radiofrequencies (RFs), the former President of the the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) admitted in a 2010 email recently seized by authorities thanks to a search warrant. Michael Peevey's email was sent to none other than Brian Cherry, Vice President of the big energy supplier Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), based in San Francisco. In January 2015, investigators from the Office of the California Attorney General seized their computers as part of a criminal investigation on possible collusion and corruption in the appointment of a judge favorable to a rate increase request generating PG&E $1.3 billion in extra revenues.
"Since the beginning of their deployment in 2006 around the world, governments and water, gas and electric utilities have always claimed that smart meters posed no danger to public health. This despite thousands of complaints from users and doctors who reported a host of symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) which appeared or were aggravated after installation of these emitters of pulsed microwaves . . . However, on 6 September 2010, Peevey wrote to Cherry: "There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF, etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone."
"At the beginning of his message, Peevey confided: "If it were my decision I would let anyone who wants to keep their old analog meter keep it, if they claim they suffer from EMF and/or related electronic-related illnesses and they can produce a doctor's letter saying so (or expressing concern about the likelihood of suffering same). I would institute such a policy quitely and solely on an individual basis."
"Told about this confession, the President of the Association quebecoise de lutte contre la pollution atmospherique (Quebec Association Against Air Pollution or AQLPA), Andre Belisle, "insistently demands once again that an independent public health inquiry be launched based on these new facts and revelations". . . .
"But at the office of the Quebec Minister responsible for Public Health, Lucie Charlebois, nothing has changed. "Our position on smart meters remains the same," said spokesperson Alexandra Bernier. She said the opt-out program offered by Hydro-Quebec (featuring a non-communicating digital meter) is enough. Yet it does not help people living in apartment buildings close to several smart meters because they have to convince their neighbors to pay withdrawal fees. . . .
Grassroots Environmental Education, Virtual Strategy Magazine, Mar 24, 2015
Teachers are Urged to Avoid Prolonged Contact and Turn Off Wireless Functions When Possible
An environmental health non-profit organization has issued a set of science-based guidelines for school teachers and administrators who are using wireless technologies in school classrooms. Based on peer-reviewed studies that link wireless radiation with neurological symptoms, the Guidelines urge teachers to limit exposures in classrooms to wireless radiation from routers, tablets and laptops. The Guidelines were delivered to a meeting of the Health and Safety Conference of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on March 14th.
"There's a rush to make every classroom in America a wireless classroom, on the presumption that wireless radiation is completely safe," says Patricia Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education, which created the Guidelines based on input from researchers, medical professionals and radiation experts. "But the weight of scientific evidence pointing to potential health impacts, not only for students, but for teachers, especially pregnant teachers, should compel us to take a precautionary approach. It's just common sense."
Recent studies at Yale University and other institutions around the world have demonstrated significant biological effects from exposure to wireless radiation. In one recent study, pregnant mice exposed to radiation from a cell phone had offspring that exhibited symptoms similar to ADHD in children. Many other studies have also reported behavioral abnormalities resulting from exposure to wireless radiation.
"A growing body of science is indicating links between exposure to wireless radiation and health impacts including neurological deficits and neurobehavioral disorders," says Joel Moskowitz, Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley. "These guidelines will help reduce microwave radiation exposure among students and teachers. I recommend every teacher in the nation pay attention to them."
"We have enough evidence to justify taking action and we are not willing to wait until our members, their children and the students suffer health consequences from not doing anything," says Paul Pecorale, Vice President of NYSUT. "The history of occupational disease shows the devastating consequences of doing just that. We think that following these simple, common-sense Guidelines makes sense for schools districts, their staff and students."
The Guidelines can be accessed at http://grassrootsinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Safer-Guidelines.pdf
A list of independent, peer-reviewed science studies supporting this concern is located at http://grassrootsinfo.org/emerging-science-on-wireless-radiation/
Grassroots Environmental Education is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in New York with a mission to inform the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, and the seeks to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities. More information is available on the organization's web site, www.GrassrootsInfo.org.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/guidelines-for-safer-use-of-wireless-technology-in-classrooms-published-300054729.html.
For more information about Wi-Fi in Schools see:
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
News Releases: http://pressroom.prlog.org/jmm716/
Emerging Science on Wireless Radiation
SYS-CON MEDIA - New studies demonstrate that microwave radiation from cellphones and other devices constitutes a (Group 2A) probable human carcinogen
Here is an up-to-the-minute review of where we are now with risk classification. Good article to share with skeptics.
From Environmental Health Trust
"TETON VILLAGE, Wyo., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wearable technology is raising health concerns worldwide. A recent New York Times article by Nick Bilton is raising important and unanswered questions about the safety of wearable tech, according to the non-profit research group, Environmental Health Trust (EHT). EHT believes, that in response to the article, several national media outlets such as Slate, Wired, and Medscape rushed to dismiss concerns raised by the NY Times piece and have each failed to report on growing evidence of harms linked with cell phones and other devices.
"EHT President and Founder Dr. Devra Davis notes that, "Wearable tech has never been tested for safety. Period. No one can say it is safe, because there have been no long-term studies into the health effects of these devices. Quite to the contrary, wireless wearables operate with the same microwave radiation as cell phones--that have been tied with many poor health outcomes including cancer. Our new website www.showthefineprint.org includes specific manufacturers' warnings that advise keeping phones away from the body. It makes absolutely no sense to assume that wireless wearables (that are often used in tandem with cellphones) are safe." Davis and other EHT scientists with ties to the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new updated analysis of the increased cancer risks of cell phones. The International Journal of Oncology just published their conclusion that radiofrequency (wireless) radiation from cellphones and other devices constitutes a (Group 2A) probable human carcinogen. Quickly changing technologies and intensive uses of radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) emitting phones pose "a challenge to public health" according to the authors. . . .
Firefighters in LA organize and are opposing cell towers.
Radio Ad states:
"This is fire captain Lew Currier. Los Angeles County is installing cell towers on 86 fire stations near you. The radiation generated by these seven story eye sores can cause debilitating health effects. Studies suggest nearby families could get sick too, yet the board of supervisors is erecting these toxic towers without public hearings or required studies. This time, be there for us, your firefighters. Call the Board of Supervisors at 213-974-1411. Tell them to stop the cell towers, NOW. This message is brought to you by Los Angeles County firefighters Local 1014.
For those who "tweet", consider supporting the firefighters efforts. This is happening NOW. You can help the firefighters by retweeting their messages. Their video, and tweets are powerful. It is rare for fire fighters to take such a strong political stand.
Please support their efforts! https://twitter.com/notoxictowers
Firefighters's Union Against Cell Tower Installation
Help Los Angeles Firefighters stop cell towers. (EMF SAFETY NETWORK)
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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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