ADVISORY: People on Salt Spring report men coming to take their analogs, unannounced, no advance letter having been received, sometimes even after being promised an appointment. The workers are workers from other areas, some working for Corix in Alberta. They are exchanging meters without turning the power off, which is extremely dangerous. In some instances the exchange was made or attempted to be made from an analog to a full blown smeter. The Meter Choice Program, which BC Hydro professes to be following, promises that anyone with an analog/legacy meter will be eligible for a smeter with all transmitters disabled (radio-off meter).
1) Canada’s Privacy Commissioner is encouraging the government to help protect our data with stronger laws, especially given the new technology (like smeters?) that enables more intrusion.
Government must do more to protect Canadians’ privacy, watchdog says
“Canada’s privacy watchdog says he’s worried that privacy rights in Canada are being cast aside as both public and private entities rush to mine and harvest digital data.”
Apparently Minister Baines is concerned that protecting our privacy could affect innovation.
Privacy watchdog call for stronger laws to protect Canadians’ digital privacy.
“We have reached a critical tipping point upon which privacy rights and democratic values are at stake,” privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said in a letter to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains on Wednesday….
He raised a concern over a question posed to Canadians by Mr. Bains’ department as part of a national public consultation launched this summer on data. It asks how government should try to strike protect Canadians’ digital privacy “while not impeding innovation.”
Mr. Therrien wrote that he is “wary of this discourse” as it suggests that privacy and innovation are at odds.”
Here is contact information and a link to a form to provide your concerns to the Privacy Commissioner. Given that the Attorney General and the NDP are not concerned about ITRON’s invasive behavior and plans, perhaps this is the person to whom we should report the information.
2) Huawei’s CFO is arrested for violations of trade sanctions, on the same day more warnings of cyberthreats are given by CSIS.
Canada arrests Huawei’s global chief financial officer in Vancouver
“Canada has arrested the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who now faces extradition to the United States on suspicion she violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.
Meng Wanzhou, who is also the deputy chair of Huawei’s board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on Saturday in Vancouver at the request of American law enforcement authorities…
Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, lauded Canada for the arrest of Ms. Meng and once again urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bar Huawei from 5G technology.
“Huawei has direct ties to the Chinese government and Communist Party, has long posed a serious risk to U.S. national security, and I continue to strongly urge Canada to reconsider Huawei’s inclusion in any aspect of its 5G development, introduction, and maintenance,” Mr. Rubio said in a statement to The Globe.”
3) While the CFO of Huawei is being arrested in Vancouver, our MPs are ignoring warnings from security experts about Huawei’s ability and potential threat to invade our major infrastructures and grid. It seems as if our government is willing to wait until it is too late to protect us. Meanwhile Telus continues to install Huawei transmitters in front of our homes.
Canada’s Spy Chief Warns About State-Sponsored Espionage To 5G Networks
““With 4G there are specific modes of technology and we developed a very good understanding with Huawei of where we were able to monitor and look at that aspect of their offer,” Mr. Younger said, referring to Britain’s Huawei testing facilities that are staffed by former intelligence officers. “That is impossible with 5G.”…
A ban would come as a blow to Canada’s biggest telecom companies, including BCE Inc. and Telus, which have given Huawei an important role in their planned 5G networks. BCE and Telus have declined to comment on a Wall Street Journal report that the United States has asked telecom executives in allied countries to forgo Huawei 5G equipment.
Canada has testing facilities similar to Britain where independent labs – funded by Huawei but staffed by independent experts – test the Chinese company’s equipment and software for security flaws.
In late September, Scott Jones, the new head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, which is part of the Communications Security Establishment, rejected the idea of blocking Huawei, telling MPs that the country’s safeguards are adequate to mitigate against any risk.”
Date: Fri, Nov 30, 2018
To: Premier Horgann <email@example.com>
Yesterday a phone call came with your voice recording. I hung up without listening further. All my life I have voted NDP, but in view of your broken promises and lack of backbone re the smart meters, Site C dam and other environmental/health issues, I will not be voting NDP again. Our two sons feel the same way. Actions speak louder than words, and you have definitely missed taking action on numerous occasions.
The “Clean Energy “ bill needs to be rescinded or revised. The health of BC citizens is being compromised—not to mention their safety and privacy—by the smart meter enforcement program. I’m still paying extortion fees for a ‘signal off’ meter, after years of paying to keep my analog meter—which was removed against my wishes and for no good reason.
The 5G rollout is another massive attack on our health, and as I have a son recovering from cancer who lives in Vancouver, I find this very upsetting.
I do hope your successors leave a better legacy than you. At the rate we are going, BC Hydro and the smart meter program and the Site C dam will leave us all a future of debt and debilitating health.
“You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and acted on.” Ben Franklin