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Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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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)
Lloyds of London - The Goddard Report
Interview with Sharon Noble - March 18, 2015
Lloyds of London Insurance is now excluding electromagnetic radiation injuries from their policies. School officials who have been made aware of the health risks from electro-magnetic radiation could be personally liable for exposing children and staff to microwave radiation in our schools. Please note that in a court of law, one cannot use any Regulatory body such as Health Canada as an excuse for ignoring warnings.
Another major breach of security, with Blue Cross being hit again and millions of records stolen. Credit crd numbers, social security numbers, and even information about medical problems.
Of course BC Hydro and Fortis will tell us that they encrypt our data so we're safe . . .
Dr. Malcom Paterson
World-Renowned Researcher to Present on Wireless/EMF
"Living in the Electromagnetic Age" will take place at the Seniors' Fifth Avenue Activity Centre on Saturday, March 21st from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is a suggested $5 "ticket" at the door. Students and teens, among those most at-risk from EMR, will be admitted free of charge.
Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) is thrilled to present oncology researcher and DNA scientist Dr. Malcolm Paterson who will speak on the (statistically-supported) health-related risks of EMF from cell tower antennae, Smart Meters, cell phones, and other components of the wireless grid.
Malcolm Paterson spent his entire forty-year career in cancer research. He is a graduate of Royal Military College (B.Sc.), Queen's University [M.Sc. (Biology)], and the University of Tennessee [Ph.D. (Biomedical Sciences)]. His venerable positions at hospitals and medical research centres are too many to enumerate here. However, at the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton from 1985 to 1996 he served as inaugural Director of the Molecular Oncology Program with several cross-appointments to the University of Alberta as Professor of Biochemistry, Oncology, Pediatrics and Genetics. At CCI, his research explored the genetic susceptibilities to breast cancer. His collaboration with Dennis Slamon at UCLA contributed to the development of Herceptin as an immune therapy for breast cancer. Among his many honours for research is the Research Award (Radiation Research Society).
Dr. Paterson has authored 168 scientific articles and spoken at 120 meetings for scientists. He has also delivered over 200 lectures at medical centres and universities in eighteen countries.
Doctor Ross Andersen, DC, ND, and Environmental Consultant (EMR and R/F) will also speak, and demonstrate how to best protect yourself and your family from radiation effects from wireless emissions.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about EMF and its effects.
Take Back Your Power in Queen's Park, Toronto Ontario - Noon, May 13, 2015
BC Hydro cut off electricity to a South Langley school - Langley Advance news report
Letters: Smart meter draws negative reactions from all over B.C.
Response from all over B.C. to our story about a smart meter installation at a local Montessori school was so voluminous that we present here a representative sample.
NEWS STORY: "Roots & Wings Montessori School has lost its fight against having a smart meter installed after BC Hydro cut off power Friday.
"The South Langley school with about 45 children day in, day out has been against the wireless smart meters from the start. BC Hydro cut off power Friday and went into the school Saturday to install a smart meter.
"We view this move on the part of BC Hydro as a bullying tactic, as we cannot be without power for the children," said principal Kristen Cassie.
"When smart meters were introduced, the school chose to keep the old analog meter.
"They tried here and I said 'no'," Cassie explained about when smart meters were introduced in B.C. "Parents drive long distances to bring their kids to this school."
"Friday afternoon, after back and forth with BC Hydro for a couple of years, the electricy was shut off.
"She called BC Hydro and was told someone could come out right away and replace it. She said no.
"Cassie said she was also told institutional users don't have a right to refuse smart meters. . . .
Registration Notice, instructions and background information (updated)
FOR FortisBC Customers
As yet there is no Class Action Lawsuit in motion in the FortisBC Electric service area.
In the meantime, we encourage FortisBC customers to register their refusal of a smart meter with FortisBC using the following "No-Fee Opt-Out Registration Notice" form.
Smart Meter NO-FEE OPT OUT Registration Notice FortisBC
FortisBC No Trespassing Sign
FortisBC confirmation of application
September 18, 2013: FortisBC Inc Radio-Off AMI Meter Option Application to BCUC
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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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