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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. 



Jul 20
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 





Jul 17
2014

PETITION: CHARTER OF BRUSSELS

For the creation of European and International Criminal Court of the Environment and Health

Please consider signing and circulating. This is an important petition, long overdue, aimed at holding corporations, such as BC Hydro, accountable for ruining the health of our environment:  

Considering the inalienable human right to a healthy environment and the risk that the current level of biodiversity loss may be irreversible.  

On January 30th 2014, a coalition of organizations has gathered at the European Parliament to launch the "Charter of Brussels" which officially requests the establishment of a European and an International Criminal Court of the Environment and Health. The Charter calls for the recognition of environmental crimes as crimes against Humanity and Peace by the United Nations.

The Charter suggests a progressive approach in 3 steps:  

  • Supporting a moral tribunal to raise public awareness and enable civil society to judge responsibility for crimes against nature
  • The creation of a European Criminal Court of the Environment and Health  
  • The creation of an International Criminal Court of the Environment and Health  

The Charter is now open for signatures by individuals and organizations and will be handed over to Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General, during the General Assembly of the United Nations in September, as well as to the President of the European Commission, and the President of the European Council.  

Let's join our forces by signing the BRUSSELS CHARTER and show our political leaders that the public demands a Court to ensure environmental justice!

Only together we can make our voices heard.

Join the Alliance for International Justice of the Environment and Health and sign the Charter of Brussels now!




Jul 15
2014

BC HYDRO TACTICS UPDATE - July 15, 2014

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

Hydro customers with analogue meters continue to receive letters announcing seal expiry and failed installation fees.  Those of us with analogue meters must still be very cautious and ask for all of the information to which we have a right. . . .


1) BC Hydro is now sending letters to analogue customers stating that analogue meters must be changed over to digital meters due to the expiration of Measurement Canada Seals.  The letter says that this exchange can occur in our absence, and announces that the installer will need free and clear access to the meter during this time. It also states that if he or she cannot access the meter, a $65.00 failed installation fee will be added to our bills.

It is true that meters require re-certification every 10 years or so to ensure accurate readings. A small percentage of meters in a certain batch (installation date) are taken and checked, and if they are okay, the others from that batch are assumed to be okay, too.

In the legal documents submitted by BC Hydro to the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC), it was stated by their lawyer that they still have a number of thousands of new, certified analog meters available. The public doesn't know this as they are told "no more analogs."  This is not true.

The digital, non-RF (radio-off) smart meter still tracks movements, is a security and fire risk, and produces copious amounts of dirty electricity right onto every electrical line in your house. Dirty electricity sickens those who are sensitive and will add to the toxic burden on anyone, sensitive or not, causing gradual breakdown of homeostasis.

Some scientists, such as Dr. Sam Milham and Dr. Magda Havas consider dirty electricity to be as toxic to the body as RF. The non-RF digital smart meter produces dirty electricity via the switch mode power supply - it is the same in the RF smart meter or non-RF (radio-off) smart meter.  http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/New-Critical-Problem-with-Smart-Meters-SMPS,25,2440

There is more information on our website under a search of "Dirty Electricity" www.citizensforsafetechnology.org.

When you are faced with Hydro's latest letter/installation, demand exactly the same analog meter or no exchange. Tell them that you know from their own lawyer's documents filed with the BC Utilities Commission that they have thousands of analogs that are all ready and certified and can be used. Tell them that you want an appointment, date and time, for the installation of the new meter, and if it doesn't look exactly the same as the one you have i.e. analog, then you won't allow the change.

2) BC Hydro is sending installers to homes, unannounced, with a supply of old analogs, with initial dates in the 1970s and 1980s. People are being told that there is a work order to install this re-calibrated analog. No explanation is given for this change. When people question the purpose or say that they would like to think about it, installers have said they will call back and if the re-calibrated meter is refused, there will be a $65 failed installation charge. Installers have also said there is a new batch of re-calibrated meters arriving next week.

There is reason to be cautious. Unless the analog on the home has expired, there is no reason for a "swap", and certainly no justification for a failed installation charge authorized only when a smart meter installation has been refused.

You have a right to know when your analog expires. If your meter is relatively new (within 10-15 years of age) contact Measurements Canada, Kent Hogarth, Kent.Hogarth@ic.gc.ca with the make (brand) and number of your analog. Both of these are on the front of the meter. He will be able to tell you the expiry date. But if your meter has been on your home for longer than that, only BC Hydro has the records. Ask for the records showing the certification history of your meter.

Before agreeing to a "new" re-certified analog, ask for the make and model number and for the certification date. In California some meters that looked like analog actually were equipped with transmitters. Based on Hydro's history of dishonesty we must be suspicious. Your old analog could have an expiry date of 2-3 years from now, and Hydro could be attempting to replace it with a smart meter or an analog with a shorter period before it can be taken.

If possible, video every visit, ask for and make a note of names, and demand that all information, threats, etc. be put into writing. 

Please pass the word. As we receive more specific information, we will share it with you at www.citizensforsafetechnology.org  (under Communities/Governments - Smart Meters and/or BC Hydro Class Action/BCUC)

Sharon Noble          Coalition Director director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca

Una St. Clair           CST Executive Director una@citizensforsafetechnology.org




Jul 14
2014

Scientists and Physicians Call On Health Canada To Protect the Public . . .

From Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure - Magda Havas editorial

After reading the editorial at the link, click through at "Physicians" and at "Research Scientists" to land on the click-throughs where you can read the actual declarations and see the names of the MDs (Canadian) and Scientists (Canadian and others) who submitted them.

The declarations are not too lengthy and they are easy to read.




Jul 14
2014

National Parks England & Mobile Operators Association Accord - U.K.

Launch July 2014 - The Mobile Operators Association has struck a deal with National Parks England to provide improved mobile coverage for the benefit of local communities



Link to The Telegraph: National Parks [U.K.] to get mobile signal boost

"England's National Parks are set to benefit from improved mobile coverage, following an agreement between National Parks England the Mobile Operators Association, which represents EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

"The aim of the deal is to help communities living in National Parks to benefit from consistent high quality mobile connectivity, while minimising any adverse environmental impacts.

"Operators will be encouraged to share masts where possible, and come up with alternative designs and innovative proposals to enable networks to be deployed in an manner that protects the rich wildlife and cultural heritage of the parks.

The agreement was launched by government ministers from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

"Our National Parks are areas of incredible beauty but they are also places where people live and work," said Communications Minister Ed Vaizey. Related Articles Android L vs iOS 8: what is different? 09 Jul 2014 Post Office to enter mobile phone market 08 Jul 2014 Microsoft's Lumia 930 receives UK launch date 07 Jul 2014 Mobiles 'could be barred from flights' if not charged 06 Jul 2014 Veho: portable smartphone chargers HSBC

"They need access to the modern communications that many of us have taken for granted for years. The new agreement could make a real difference to those who live, work or visit our glorious National Parks."

"Environment Minister Lord de Mauley added that National Parks are living, working places, worth more than £4bn to the national economy. It is therefore essential that businesses and homes in the parks have access to 21st century communications.

"This spirit of cooperation is exactly what is needed to bring modern technology to remote areas so we can close the digital divide and help grow our rural economy," he said.

"The work will cover the 10 National Parks of England, including Broads Authority, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authorities.

"Exmoor's National Park Officer, Nigel Stone, said that National Park Authorities have developed good working relationships with the installers of mobile phone networks, and welcome interest from mobile operators."




Jul 14
2014

BC Health Authority misleading the public, hiding behind an outdated guideline.

Letter to Governments - Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in B.C.

We need to put pressure on our provincial health authorities to help protect us and our families from the RF proliferation and to stop misleading us by saying that everything is fine.

 " . . . This is outrageous. The public is being lulled into believing that the wireless gadgets they love and that they give their toddlers are safe. This is wrong - both in fact and morally.

"It is time for the provincial government to take responsibility for stopping this exposure. It has the duty to protect our health and it has the right to establish exposure limits that are precautionary.

"I ask our elected officials to review this information and join together to demand that correct information be given to the public. Demand that our health authorities do their jobs, tell the truth, and stop misleading the public.

"For additional reference please consider a letter signed 52 world renowned experts, asking for Health Canada to finally acknowledge the evidence that many other countries have based their guidelines on: http://c4st.org/images/documents/hc-resolutions/scientific-declaration-to-health-canada-english.pdf

Sincerely,
Sharon Noble




Jul 12
2014

Prof. of Medicine PAUL HEROUX's PhD Safety Code 6 Testimony

Video submission to Health Canada, explaining RF mechanisms and standards



Paul Heroux, director of the Occupation Health program at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine recently submitted this video to Health Canada which is reviewing its Safety Code 6 guideline on radiofrequency exposure.

Click on the link below to read an article from Microwave News, a well-respected journal on EMR and EMF research, about new research showing extremely low magnetic fields can have health effects.  

NB:  Of real interest are comments about the people at McGill University who call themselves "skeptics", funded by multi-millionaire Lorne Trottier who spends millions trying to discredit any scientist who shows that RF radiation from wireless devices is dangerous. Any evidence of harm would endanger Trottier's investments.  He has bought scientists at McGill - a discredit to this university. 

McGill University Professor Proposes Radical New Outlook




Jul 11
2014

Wireless radiation exposure code fails to protect Canadians

CTV interview with Frank Clegg (July 9, 2014)

. . . "Our very strong message is that this safety code fails to protect Canadians from their own cellphones," Frank Clegg, CEO of C4ST, told an Ottawa news conference.

"It fails to protect children from all-day WiFi in schools, it fails to protect anyone from a cell tower or a smart meter that may be located across the street or outside the window of their home or office building." Safety Code 6 was first developed before the Internet existed, Clegg said."

CTV INTERVIEW with Frank Clegg




Jul 9
2014

Health Canada gets an F - C4ST

C4ST Press Conference: Frank Clegg, Dr. David Carpenter: Wireless radiation exposure code (Safety Code 6) fails to protect Canadians



Frank Clegg, CEO of C4ST, speaks to reporters at a news conference about wireless radiation exposure.

"Health Canada's proposed update to its safety code for wireless radiation exposure ignores current research and "fails to protect Canadians from their own cellphones," say experts.

"A group of Canadian physicians has written to Health Canada about Safety Code 6, the microwave radiation safety guidelines policy. The federal government has invited public comment on its proposed changes, and the doctors, along with a non-profit group called Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), say they fail to factor in dozens of studies that demonstrate the harmful effects of exposure to everyday technology: cellphones, baby monitors, and even cars and refrigerators.

"Our very strong message is that this safety code fails to protect Canadians from their own cellphones," Frank Clegg, CEO of C4ST, told an Ottawa news conference.

"It fails to protect children from all-day WiFi in schools, it fails to protect anyone from a cell tower or a smart meter that may be located across the street or outside the window of their home or office building."

"Safety Code 6 was first developed before the Internet existed, Clegg said. "It is outdated and it failed to keep up with the times," he said. "More importantly, it has failed to keep up with the established science."

"For its update, Health Canada has ignored more than 130 studies that demonstrate that wireless devices can cause harm even at very low levels, Clegg said. These include links between radiation exposure and cancer, genetic damage, infertility, developmental impairment and cardiovascular health.

"Health Canada gets an 'F' for effort on this update to Safety Code 6," Clegg said.

"More than 20 physicians [52 physicians and scientists] have put their names on the declaration to Health Canada that makes three requests. . . 

'Health Canada gets an F'
Canada 'a generation behind'
Guidelines updated in other countries




Jul 9
2014

Declaration: Scientists call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure

letter signed by renowned scientists and physicians urging Health Canada to stop denying that evidence exists that shows harm.

Canada's Safety Code 6 Guideline is fundamentally flawed.

Health Canada's Safety Code 6 is based on an obsolete account and analysis of RFR research and has disregarded or minimized certain recent studies, such as cancer, DNA damage, protein synthesis, stress response, and detrimental biological and health effects in humans that occur at RFR intensities below the existing Code 6 Guideline. . . .


Our urgent call for public health protection.

The public's health and the health of the environment are threatened by ever-evolving RF emitting technologies, without due consideration for what the potential cumulative impacts on biological systems are likely to be in the future.  

We urgently call upon Health Canada . . .

i) to intervene in what we view as an emerging public health crisis;

ii) to establish guidelines based on the best available scientific data including studies on cancer and DNA damage, stress response, cognitive and neurological disorders, impaired reproduction, developmental effects, learning and behavioural problems among children and youth, and the broad range of symptoms classified as EHS; and

iii) To advise Canadians to limit their exposure and especially the exposure of children. . . .




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