1) A member recommended a CBC program with Peter Mansbridge in which he addressed the UN Declaration of Human Rights status on its 70th anniversary (see Letter by member)
It is worthwhile (and, IMHO, relevant) to read the Declaration which Canada accepted and signed. See, for example, Article 12. Isn’t it so that our privacy, family and home are being interfered with by an arbitrary law?
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”
2) I normally refuse to share requests for donations, but this Phonegate Alert has done so much great work for us that I am making an exception. I do hope you don’t object.
3) This article is a few months old but it is noteworthy. This could be indicative that pressure is building re. Wi-Fi’s dangers, especially for children.
Hollywood Activists Demand A Federal Warning About Exposure To Wireless Radiation From WiFi
“Today, a group of hollywood actors and producers along with advocacy organizations and artists sent a letter to the heads of the FCC, DHHS and Department of Education asking for a federal warning about exposure to wireless radiation from wifi just like the city of Berkeley’s Right To Know Ordinance for cell phones as well as federal public health fact sheets about ways to reduce exposure to wireless radiation, particularly for children in schools.”
To: “Pat Fromyhr” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: “Gord Doyle, Senior Manager, Customer Service Operations” <email@example.com>, “Premier John Horgan” <Premier@gov.bc.ca>, “Attorney General David Eby” <AG.Minister@gov.bc.ca>, “BCUC” <Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com>, “Chris O’Riley” <firstname.lastname@example.org>, “Ken G. Peterson” <email@example.com>
Sent: December 9, 2018
Subject: Radio-off smart Meter – Meter Exchange – BC Hydro Form Letter
1. If BC Hydro refuses to respect my Doctor’s letter and my legal disability rights under Canadian law
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
we will be forced (under duress) to install a private pole at the edge of our property, away from our house, for a radio-off smart meter.
2. Our (city name) Electrician has installed our private pole and will putting in underground wiring from our pole to our house on December 12, 2018.
He has already been in touch with (city name) BC Hydro.
Costs to move BC Hydro meter off of and away from our house – $7,700 + ~1,000 (BC Hydro wire) = ~$8,700.
3. We will not allow a proven fire hazard, with design flaws, to be placed onto our home.
4. We are very upset that we cannot retain an analog meter. They are readily available and are being used in many American states as the opt-out meter choice. And some of these opt outs are free with no fees.
There is no good reason for all BC electricity customers to not be given a choice.
The electric grid works just fine with a mix of meters in the USA and Canada is part of that grid.
5. Per testimony by Doctor Hugh Scully (former President of the Canadian Medical Association and former President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society) regarding sensitivity to EMR (ElectroMagnetic microwave Radiation from wireless RF):
“This issue is under active consideration by the Health and Public Policy Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Health Policy and Public Health Committees of the Canadian Medical Association and the Council of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.”
If I develop a second brain dysfunction disability (EHS Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity) in addition to the chronic disability I already have (MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivities), I will hold BC Hydro responsible.
6. We do not give our permission to BC Hydro, Itron, the BC government, or any company (that has purchased or plans to purchase the use of one of many transmitters within the smart meter computer) in “the cloud” and within the IoT (Internet of Things – everything attached online to the internet) to use the radio-off smart meter and our home as a place of business; to collect, retain, share, sell or use our personal and private data in any way; to open our home to cyberattack.
7. We do not give our permission to BC Hydro to use the radio-off smart meter for any purpose other than to measure our personal electricity consumption and collect our personal data / provide to us only for our personal billing.
8. We do not give our permission to BC Hydro, Itron, the BC government, or any company to use the ZigBee chip within the radio-off smart meter. In fact, we would like it to be removed from our radio-off smart meter.
9. We do not give our permission to BC Hydro, Itron, the BC government, or any company to use anything “wireless” inside of or emanating from our radio-off smart meter.
10. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien, has been in the news this week:
“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.
In a letter to Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says the government must take stronger actions to protect Canadians’ digital privacy in the face of the lightning-fast evolution of ways to collect deeply private information about citizens and customers.”
This is exactly part of our concerns. BC Hydro’s Itron smart meters are being used or will be used in illegal ways that go way beyond the Clean Energy Act and measurement of our personal electricity consumption; they are an invasion of our privacy.
11. BC Hydro’s Itron smart meters provide millions of portholes for cyber attacks, creating high security risk to the entire electricity grid.
We are perturbed that no one in the BC provincial government is taking the time to keep up-to-date with these legal issues that have been, and continue to be, created by modern technology.
How many security reports and statements by intelligence agencies, security firms, and government officials are required before someone takes corrective action to protect BC citizens’ rights and our vulnerable electric grid?
Here are a few:
How to Hack a Smart Meter and Kill the Grid:
As the Internet of Things merges with grid edge technology, experts say the power sector is both more vulnerable and more secure:
Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure – Assessment of Electricity Disruption Incident Response Capabilities:
Being cyber safe and smart with our power grid:
Hackers threaten smart power grids:
How Secure Is Our Smart Grid?:
Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System – Quadrennial Energy Review:
Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT) – Homeland Security:
Smart Meter Data: Privacy and Cybersecurity – Congressional Research Service:
12. We intend to make complaints to the BC Ombudsperson, the Information & Privacy Commissioner for BC, and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
No one in the BC government is stepping up to protect the democratic rights of the citizens of British Columbia. Our rights are being ignored and we are being forced to have an unsafe piece of equipment on our property.
Our lives and home, our health, and our privacy and cybersecurity are being put at risk against our will.
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse” ~ Edmund Burke