- Yesterday, May 21, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) received a presentation by former federal cabinet minister Tom Siddon describing many of the problems associated with the program. Overwhelming approval was given for the moratorium (see attached), in which Fortis was asked to remove smart meters from every home in the District. By so doing, it becomes the 61st council in BC requesting cessation of the dangerous smart meter program. Please provide comments to the article below. It’s amazing that someone like Director Brydon, who works in IT and therefore has a bias, speaks about health Canada as if it can be trusted. Health Canada has a horrible history of siding with corporations, e.g. tobacco, asbestos, mercury, and now RF. They are corrupt and their decisions are indicative of incompetence. Brydon is either in denial or is deliberately misleading.
Penticton Herald: http://www.pentictonherald.ca/news/article_ce577212-001e-11e5-b797-9307519dae0d.html
RDOS Smart Meter Resolution May 20157
- Some evidence that exposure to wireless radiation can release or increase the release of mercury from amalgam dental fillings. Special warnings for children and pregnant women.
“we have reported that increased mercury release after exposure to electromagnetic fields may be risky for the pregnant women. It is worth mentioning that as a strong positive correlation between maternal and cord blood mercury levels has been found in some studies, our findings regarding the effect of exposure to electromagnetic fields on the release of mercury from dental amalgam fillings lead us to this conclusion that pregnant women with dental amalgam fillings should limit their exposure to electromagnetic fields to prevent toxic effects of mercury in their foetuses.
Based on these findings, as infants and children are more vulnerable to mercury exposures, and as some individuals are routinely exposed to different sources of electromagnetic fields, we possibly need a paradigm shift in evaluating the health effects of amalgam fillings.”
- Many members have told me that they see meter readers going throughout their neighbourhood where there are smeters. One member wrote to Hydro asking if the smeters in his Victoria neighbourhood were functional and Hydro responded that 95% were and they were working on the rest. Remember that they told me in a response to a freedom of information request at approximately 50,000 smeters were being manually read. 5% amounts to 90,000. Another lie. From what I have heard, my guess is that even more are being read manually because of our opposition. The program’s business plan was to have the program fully functional by Dec. 2012. We have prevented them from completing their grid for 2 ½ years so far and we’re not done. YEAH TEAM!!
- A journalist, a young mother begins to change her family’s habits as a result of the Berkeley decision to let people know about health problems associated with cell phones.
May 21, 2015
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Suite 100-1975 Springfield Road
Kelowna BC, V1Y 7V7
Dear Mr. Swanson,
Enclosed is my completed FortisBC smart meter opt out registration notice.
You must understand before all else that the home the meter is attached to is a straw bale house that is not insured but that I value greatly. From my side I understand FortisBC has dealt very aggressively with one of its clients in Osoyoos, BC, because of their refusal of a smart meter. I would hope that not be the case on my property. Before any such situation were to develop on my property I would like your response to the following questions.
Are the FortisBC smart meters certified safe by a professional electrical engineer licensed to work in BC? If so, would you share with me that document of proof? Furthermore, would you also forward me a signed document by a BC professional electrical engineer indicating that the FortisBC smart meter has been tested in conjunction with the meter base that was certified to hold an analog meter and that there is no fire hazard with the smart meter?
My understanding is that FortisBC is putting forth that industry bodies such as ANSI and IEEE have certified the meters when in fact these organizations do not meet the standards of the BC Safety Standards Act.
I look forward to your reply after which I shall give every consideration as to how to further proceed in this matter.
In closing I expect you will alert the FortisBC smart meter installers not to install a smart meter on my house as identified by the above address.
From: Cowan, Holly [mailto:Holly.Cowan@leg.bc.ca
Sent: May 21, 2015 3:55 PM
Subject: RE: How about the Premier taking care of people in BC
Dear XXXXX, l thank you for your email regarding Wireless Technology and Children’s Health. I am replying on behalf of MLA Kyllo who has asked that I forward your email to the Ministries of Health, Education and Technology, Innovation & Citizen’s Services for their information and response.
Thank you again for taking the time to bring your concerns to the attention of MLA Kyllo.
to Greg Kyllo, MLA
“Whatever I am doing today is important, as I am exchanging a day of my life for it”.
Sent: May 13, 2015 10:46 AM
To: email@example.com; Kendall, Perry HLTH:EX; firstname.lastname@example.org; Kyllo.MLA, Greg; PM@pm.gc.ca
Subject: How about the Premier taking care of people in BC
I am quite concerned about the effects on our children health of wireless technology (radiation) in schools and public institutions. The link I provided below is about a petition signed by190 scientists from all over the world addressed to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. I quote:
“We are scientists engaged in the study of biological and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF). Based upon peer-reviewed,
published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. These include -but are not limited to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitting devices, such as cellular and cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, broadcast antennas, smart meters, and baby monitors as well as electric devices and infra-structures used in the delivery of electricity that generate extremely-low frequency electromagnetic field (ELF EMF).”
This scientist list is close to 200 now that have signed this petition, a wake up call for everyone.
We should all be concerned regarding the placement of cell towers on or near school property, hospitals and senior care homes.
Letter From a member in the Okanagan – Fortis area who accidentally broke the glass on his analog and, because he refused to accept a smeter, is now without power.
I spoke to Joe Fries of the Penticton Herald this morning and he was to attend this afternoon’s RDOS Board Meeting – in which Tom Siddon is to present a Motion asking for an immediate moratorium in all of the RDOS, based on Section 83 of the BC Public Health Act. I have yet to see yesterday’s Osoyoos Times with a supposedly good article by Keith Lacey.
Tomorrow morning, Joe will call me back and do a follow-up article next week. If the Indian Chief across the lake can say “No smartmeters on our reserve” (as he does), why can I not say that? (Is this blatant reverse discrimination?????) Keith is off to Ottawa for an award to the Osoyoos Times as “best paper it its class”.
This morning, we received FortisBC’s invoice by mail for the meter reading up to the 12th of May, to which they had the gall to add a $ 55.00 fee for “tampering with the meter”. We plan not to pay that, send a cheque called “final payment” to FortisBC by mail and note on that cheque that we believe that FortisBC breached the contract. Then I may consult my 3080 page dictionary about the word “tampering”. I repeat, I only broke the glass (See the attachment.)
Joe Fries’ discussions with the P.R. guy from FortisBC states that they shut off power because of safety concerns. Strange enough, the word “safety” was not mentioned at all in my discussions with the technician on the 12th. I greeted him when he entered the property (thinking that he was the meter reader) and said that he was quite welcome to read the meter and look at it, so that we could discuss something, but that if he had come to change the meter into a smartmeter, I would need to ask him to leave the property, as I definitely did not want one. I did not mention to him that I had written letters to ForticBC management. I showed him the bracket and the paper besides the meter, and told him how my ratchet wrench had slipped when fastening the fourth lag bolt, that my ratchet wrench was in Popkum and I could not remove it now.
I added that I would considered it “break and entry” if somebody from FortisBC would remove the bracket without my permission (Section 321 Criminal Code of Canada) but that in the strange current circumstances, I would give FortisBC staff permission to remove the bracket if they would promise and sign on the dotted line that they would replace the glass dome on the existing meter, or replace the meter with another analog meter. The technician then said: “We do not have these glass old type domes any more”. After that. I told him there is a similar one just a few blocks away and I showed him the picture on my digital camera, and they are planning to remove these meters anyway soon, and I am prepared to pay for the repair. He had no answer to that. Then I said “You can replace it with any other analog meter that is certified by Measurement Canada”. Then he said: “We are not allowed to replace an analog meter with an analog meter.” And he left my property and talked to the guy in the cherry picker truck, Lydia and I then returned into the house and after a minute or so, the fridge stopped working. Then both trucks left with out any other communication.
You are quite welcome to distribute this tale as wide as you want. FortisBC is in breach of their contract, and we are “suffering” a bit. No vacuum cleaner, no washing machine, no stereo. But we have light and heat and “freedom”.