Category Archives: Privacy

Appeal to the Government of Canada: Suspend 5G Until Proven Safe – Press Release – May 14, 2020

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Twenty-Four Canadian Groups Say: Suspend 5G Until Proven Safe   Appeal to the Government of Canada “Look Before We Leap”

For Immediate Release  May 14, 2020

Ottawa:  Scientists and citizens groups from across Canada, including several from British Columbia, are launching an Urgent Appeal demanding the right to say “No” to 5G in their neighbourhoods. Twenty-four Canadian groups are banding together and calling for a national moratorium on the roll out of 5G until questions about its human health effects are resolved.

“This has nothing to do with Covid-19. All groups launching this Appeal condemn acts of violence such as burning antenna towers, said one of the organizers. “The Parliamentary Health Committee has been investigating the negative health impacts of cell phones, cell towers and Wi-Fi for over a decade. So far the only assurance that it’s safe comes from the wireless companies profiting from it, but scientists disagree.”

The Appeal is also requesting that Health Canada conduct a comprehensive and rigorous assessment of the health effects of radiofrequency radiation.

“Health Canada’s 2015 guidelines for human exposure to non-ionizing radiation (Safety Code 6) were out of date before they were published, and the review process was flawed,” said Dr. Meg Sears, PhD, Chair of Ottawa based Prevent Cancer Now, one of the signatory groups. “Hundreds of peer-reviewed, published studies show that radiofrequency (RF) radiation can cause cancers, damage sperm and DNA, impair reproduction, learning and memory, and more. We should be limiting public exposure, not increasing it.”

“We have sufficient data to classify RF radiation as a Group 1, known human carcinogen, along with, for example, asbestos and tobacco smoke,” states Dr. Anthony Miller MD, Professor Emeritus of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, who worked with the International Agency for Research on Cancer on the 2011 scientific review. Dr. Miller is a signatory to the appeal.

Numerous 4G and 5G microcell antennae are appearing in neighbourhoods with no prior notice; some being placed by children’s bedrooms. This blatant disregard for potential health consequences is unCanadian and unnecessary. A safer, faster, and more environmentally friendly Internet option is available — fibre optic cables connected right to the home.

Oona McOuat of Salt Spring Island says, “COVID-19 has shown us we need dependable and affordable Internet. With the government increasing connectivity funding, and the Connected Coast bringing fibre optics to 154 BC communities, now is the perfect time to connect fibre to our homes. Rural communities like Denman, Hornby and Salt Spring islands and the Slocan Valley are exploring how to create net neutral and energy efficient community-owned fibre networks. These networks may be up to 20 times faster than wireless 5G, while offering untold financial and other benefits.”

“The proponents would prefer that we hear only about the up-side – the additional billions in purported  revenues from 5G – but there is little recognition of the increased costs,” said Frank Clegg, former President of Microsoft Canada and CEO of Canadians For Safe Technology.

“Canadians deserve a full economic analysis including the unspoken increased costs to our healthcare system, which is particularly stressed right now. Also the lost productivity from adverse health effects; security and privacy breaches; increased energy consumption, damage to the environment; and risks to safety and property should be included. We are living in a different world than we were three months ago, and this is a standard cost-benefit analysis that might open the eyes of the public that is paying for it,” said Clegg.

The Appeal requests that Ottawa give local governments and their citizens proper notification and grant them a decisive say over the placement of cell towers and microcell antennas.

Visit the Appeal here: http://c4st.org/5Gappeal/

5G, Your Health And The Environment – Canadian Zoom Webinar – April 25, 2020

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJModeCurjouGNYm_QEPy9Glj8Rr0doo2Oab

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Do you know about the safety and privacy concerns of 5G (Fifth generation cellular technology)? Do you know why other municipalities and countries have stopped 5G? Come find out how 5G affects you, your family, the environment and our economy.

Please join Sharon Noble of Stop Smart Meters BC, Dan Blair of No 5G, Nova Scotia and me this SaturdayApril 25 – the 5G Global Protest Day – as we discuss the biological and environmental effects of 5G and how we can mobilize across the country to rally for safe technology.

Where & When: On Zoom this Saturday at 11:00 am Pacific time, hosted by Transition, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. This will be a bi-coastal event.

This will be an interactive event. To join us, please register here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJModeCurjouGNYm_QEPy9Glj8Rr0doo2Oab

We look forward to sharing with you!

Warmly,

Oona McOuat

Smart Meter Opt-Outs for BC, Canada and USA

 

 

 

6 links to help you find your electric utility‘s opt-out program plus comparison chart of opt-out fees.

https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/metersgrid/smart-meter-opt-out-options-and-fees/

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Fire and Electrical Hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility Meters by Nina Beety – July 21, 2019

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Fires and electrical problems from Smart Meters and digital utility meters Press Release by Nina Beety – July 21, 2019: – https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Fires-and-electrical-problems-from-Smart-Meters-and-digital-utility-meters-Press-Release-by-Nina-Beety-July-21-2019.pdf   &

Overview: Fire and Electrical Hazards from ‘Smart’, Wireless, PLC, and Digital Utility MetersReport by Nina Beety – July 21, 2019: – https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Overview-Fire-and-Electrical-Hazards-from-Smart-Wireless-PLC-and-Digital-Utility-Meters-by-Nina-Beety-final-rev-July-21-2019-.pdf

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Report: Fires and electrical problems from Smart Meters and digital utility meters by Nina Beety – Smart Meter Harm – July 23, 2019:
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Reports on Smart Meter Problems – Smart Meter Harm – Updated July 23, 2019:

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See BCUC & Smart Meter Fires Report (July 2017): https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/

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Looking to sell utility billing data to lenders, Urjanet rakes in $20 million

https://urjanet.com/services/utility-bill-data/

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“Urjanet’s technology is used to track cost and usage information from 4,000 utilities in 30 countries. That data collected from electric, gas, telecommunications, water, and waste providers, is used by small and medium-sized businesses, and multinational companies, to automate accounting and bill processing, manage energy costs, and comply with reporting regulations, the company said….

“Oak HC/FT’s financing will enable us to broaden our reach to the world’s largest corporations and utility providers, as well as accelerate our launch of new applications using utility data as an alternative source for credit scoring and identity verification,” said Sanjoy Malik, Urjanet’s chief executive, in a statement.”

https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/02/looking-to-sell-utility-billing-data-to-lenders-urjanet-rakes-in-20-million/

Our data is more valuable than the electricity being sold.  And, YES, BC Hydro and FortisBC are clients of Urjanet.  Search:  https://urjanet.com/utility-data/  by typing in BC Hydro and FortisBC.

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Surveillance Capitalism Includes Utility “Smart” Meters. Utility Companies Collect Customer Usage Data 24/7. Are Yours Selling It to 3rd Parties?

“Recently, Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff published a new book called The Age of Surveillance Capitalism which reveals how businesses not only offer services to customers – they collect personal data on them in order to sell it to 3rd parties.  Much of this is done without customer knowledge or consent….

Urjanet’s technology is used to track cost and usage information from 4,000 utilities in 30 countries.”

https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/surveillance-capitalism-includes-utility-smart-meters-utility-companies-collect-customer-usage-data-24-7-are-yours-selling-it-to-3rd-parties.html

Please note: This article includes the updated version of “Take Back Your Power”, which is very good, until the last 10 min. or so in which he speaks of liability, legality, etc. I wish to warn you that Josh makes statements that do not pertain to BC where smeters are mandated by law. The law was written by the Liberals and is supported by the NDP. Until the Clean Energy Act is changed, we are stuck if we want electricity. Many of us have paid thousands in extortion fees — which have yet to be accounted for — and many of us continue to pay. Many others, the vast majority, were given no choice to even pay the extortion. Josh also promotes his unique, and “legal” approach that lawyers say will not work and which never managed to prevent the installation of or the removal of a smeter in BC — or elsewhere that I have been able to confirm. Our only way to protect our homes and our rights is to demand that these things be removed from our homes and analog meters returned by demanding that the Clean Energy Act be amended.

Also in this article is a link to an interesting article about how a company (Urjanet) is gathering and selling data obtained via smeters to various corporations, including financial institutions which are using it to determine credit scores. This is yet more evidence that smeters are gathering data not needed for billing and, without our permission or awareness, it can be sold.

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1) – https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/2019-04-25-hydro-and-fortis-linked-to-company-that-sells-smeter-data/

WIRED TO DELIVER – New Site Promotes Community Fiber not Industry-Driven 5G – Press Release by Connected Communities – March 20, 2019

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WIRED TO DELIVER:

New Site Promotes Community Fiber not Industry-Driven 5G

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 20, 2019

Contact:   connected.communities.ca@gmail.com

While last week’s launch of the federal spectrum auction gave the green light to 5G in Canada, many communities across North America are choosing to build and operate their own fiber-to-the-premises networks. An innovative new Canadian website

Connected Communities

explains the many benefits of community-owned fiber, and provides a blueprint for how towns and cities can make it happen.

Why Community-owned Wired Fiber?

  • Wired fiber is faster, safer, cheaper, greener, more reliable, and more data secure than wireless 5G – the 5th generation of cellular technology. This in-depth report explains why.
  • Community owned fiber keeps telecommunications infrastructure in local hands and keeps it responsive to local needs. From improved emergency services and economic opportunities to resource monitoring and distributing locally generated renewable energy – the manifold benefits of community-owned fiber make it the truly smart choice.

A Smarter Choice than Wireless 5G

As Senator Blumenthal uncovered in this Senate hearing, 5G is being unleashed with no pre-market safety testing. Wired fiber can essentially fill the same functions as wireless 5G, without the risks.

  • The Globe and Mail’s European Bureau Chief Eric Reguly discusses the health risks of 5G here
  • In the wake of the Huawei scandal, this article reveals the sinister cyber and national security risks of 5G.

Beneath the marketing hype, it is unlikely wireless 5G will fulfill its promises. (Learn more here.) Rather than heralding the future, 5G is shaping it to telecom’s advantage.

Success Stories

Cities like Chattanooga Tennessee, Portland Oregon, Olds Alberta, San Francisco and Seattle – cities that value data privacy, autonomy, local prosperity and wellbeing – have chosen or are choosing community-owned fiber. The telecommunications highway today fulfills the same function that roads and railways once filled for trade and commerce. It is essential that this infrastructure be not for meeting corporate interests, but for the public good.

To learn more, visit Connected Communities and spread the word – wired networks offer safe, net neutral, fast and reliable connectivity for years to come.

CONTACT:   connected.communities.ca@gmail.com

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The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Buckminster Fuller

 

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For more info on 5G:  https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/more/5g-enodeb-microcells-small-cells/

or Search this website for “5G”

 

 

More Links Between Brain Cancer and Cell Phones. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – April 4, 2018

(audio 29:30) More Links Between Brain Cancer and Cell Phones. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – April 04, 2018:
(Report finds 47 fires caused by Smart Meters, no government reaction)

Guest’s website: https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/

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(podcast 29:08) April 4, 2018 | More Links Between Brain Cancer and Cell Phones – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by HoweStreet.com – April 04, 2018:

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Ramazzinihttps://stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/2017-02-15-world-renowned-italian-institute-confirms-results-of-national-toxicology-program/ (4 & Letters)

See BCUC & Smart Meter Fires Report (July 2017): https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/)

The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies:

Strong Link Between Microwaves and Cancer. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – February 27, 2018

(audio 27:38) Strong Link Between Microwaves and Cancer. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – February 27, 2018:
(US Warns on China Company that Supplies Canada Telecommunications)

Guest’s website: https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/

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(podcast 27:17) February 27, 2018 | Strong Link Between Microwaves and Cancer – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by HoweStreet.com – February 27, 2018:

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Read – https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/2017-02-15-world-renowned-italian-institute-confirms-results-of-national-toxicology-program/ (4 & Letters)

Read – https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/2018-01-22-please-read-5g-is-going-to-be-much-worse-than-we-have-been-told/

See BCUC & Smart Meter Fires Report (July 2017): https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/)

The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies:

Insurance Never Anticipated a Totally “Wired” Home. Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – December 27, 2017

(audio 23:01) Insurance Never Anticipated a Totally “Wired” Home. Sharon NobleDecember 27, 2017 – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – December 27, 2017:
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(podcast 22:48) December 27, 2017 | Insurance Never Anticipated a Totally “Wired” Home – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – HoweStreet.com – December 27, 2017:- https://www.howestreet.com/2017/12/27/insurance-never-anticipated-a-totally-wired-home/

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See BCUC & Smart Meter Fires Report (July 2017): https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/)

The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies:

BC Hydro Costing Smart Meter Users $24 Million a Year? Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – November 29, 2017

(audio 34:39) BC Hydro Costing Smart Meter Users $24 Million a Year? Sharon Noble – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – November 29, 2017 by talkdigitalnetwork – YouTube – November 29, 2017:
(Are BC Hydro tests missing smart meter flaws? Guest’s website: https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/
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(podcast 34:17) November 29, 2017 | BC Hydro Costing Smart Meter Users $24 Million a Year? – The Goddard Report with Jim Goddard – HoweStreet.com – November 29, 2017:

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See BCUC & Smart Meter Fires Report (July 2017): https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-the-failure-to-protect/)

The Goddard Report Video Archives of Interviews with Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters re Smart Meters and Health Issues from Wireless Technologies: