2015-07-02 Fire report for your review


  • If you have friends or relatives in Toronto, please share the following info.  with them. A massive rally for the health of our world and our environment.  More info can be found at http://jobsjusticeclimate.ca/media/


March in the thousands with 350.org, David Suzuki, Naomi Klein, Maude Barlow…

TORONTO SUNDAY, JULY 5th afternoon. We’ll be in group #2 (blue colour marshalling quadrant, which looks to be in front of Queen’s Park as the northeast quadrant starting point). This quadrant is named “Good Work, Clean Jobs, Healthy Communities.” Please join in with us even if it’s only for a short time… we’ll be in black t-shirts that say on the front “why do I prefer non-wireless? wireless is radiation @PracticeSafeTek. If you’re comfortable in an all-black shirt, that would help others realize we’re all together. And anyone who wants to can help carry the “electroSMOG awareness” banner (see photo attached, so you know what you’re looking for). We’ll also carry various ultra-light-weight signs we can share (not heavy placards on poles). The website we’ll show is eSMOGfaq.org (which is new, and after this weekend I’ll have a habit of often changing where it lands… you’ll see what I mean when you try it).


  • Health Canada finally is changing its stance on asbestos. Shamefully it is one of the last countries that allow asbestos to be used – even in toys!!  Like tobacco, the lobbying must be amazingly strong just as it is for microwave radiation.  We need to keep pushing our MPs, our MLAs, and talking about this issue. The similarities are too striking but unlike asbestos, everyone is exposed to RF in homes, schools, hospitals, from birth and we can’t escape it. We don’t have the luxury of time to prove harm.



  • Anthony Miller’s excellent speech that he gave before the HESA committee reviewing the Royal Society’s review of Safety Code 6.



  • Fire report:  I have been complaining about Hydro’s hiding behind the Freedom of Information Act.   Perhaps some of you would like to see the type of info. I’m getting, and often after months of waiting and searching. Below the first letter is the initial fire commissioner’s report on a fire in Squamish. Believe it or not, this is one of the more complete reports.  Note, electrical distribution equipment is the igniting object (code 5900).   According to Len Garis (in his report commissioned by Hydro)  this usually means “meter”.  After I got this I asked for insurance report which is supposed to be filed. After several weeks nothing. Then I went to BC Safety Authority to get the electrical inspector report. After quite some time, nothing. No report filed. So then I went to BC Hydro to find out what equipment failed. My email to Hydro is below. And a few days ago I received the response (attached). Even though I provided the victim’s name, address and the date of the fire, Hydro says they cannot provide using Freedom of Info. According to the newspaper report, the victim had suffered electrical problems prior to the fire.

 See the Squamish Smart Meter Fire Report HERE

  • CBS in Chicago talking about




(letter from a member. I have commented to the author that I am not aware that there is a meter base that is designed, tested and certified to hold a smart meter.)

July 2, 2015

Dennis Swanson
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Fortis BC
Suite 100-1975 Springfield Road
Kelowna BC, V1Y 7V7

Re:    Account #:          ####
Property address:        xxxxxx

Dear Mr. Swanson:

I have not had the courtesy of a response from you regarding my June 12, 2015 letter requesting certification that the Itron smart meters Fortis seeks to install are:  1)  certified as safe by a licensed and qualified B.C. electrical engineer; and 2)  certification that the Itron meter is safe to install in the existing analog meter base  on my home.

Attached please find a copy of the answer brief in a recent Texas case discussing judicial findings that the Itron meters are a fire hazard, and describing sworn testimony regarding 2 palettes of these smart meters that spontaneously combusted due to heat.

The metal blades on Itron meters are thinner than blades in existing analog meter, for which the meter base is specifically and solely designed.  The result, referred to in the attached legal documents, has been numerous fires, meltdowns, and other malfunctions of smart meters.  For this reason, smart meters are being ripped out in a number of locations, both in Canada and the U.S., as well s overseas.

Canadians are not required to buy defective automobiles, or fly in airplanes with defective equipment.  We should not be required to accept defective and dangerous technology that encroaches into our very homes.  Why is Fortis refusing to stop installing these meters pending certification that they are safe?

Fortis is on notice, as are you as its representative, that the smart meters are defective, a known fire hazard, and creating health risks and hazards for residents and persons having to install and repair them.  You are also on notice that people who cannot afford to have their existing analog base changed to accommodate a defective smart meter run an unacceptably high risk of fires and property destruction.  Law suits are proliferating throughout North America to remove these meters.

There has been a report in Grand Forks of a Fortis Itron smart meter that started to melt and smell burned.  Fortis fixed it, but the resident was told it was a good job he caught the fire hazard before the house burned down, because then his insurance would not pay to have his house rebuilt.  Please confirm or deny these representations. Please also provide documentation regarding how many smart meters installed by or on behalf of Fortis have caused fires, melted, exploded,  malfunctioned, and/or caused other damage to persons or property.

Upon receipt of your answers to these questions and those in my June 12, 2015 letter, I will consider my options.  I am also filing a complaint with the B.C. Utilities Commission.

Yours truly, XXXXXXXX



From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:dsnoble@shaw.ca]
Sent: May 1, 2015 2:28 PM
To: FOI Officer Scott MacDonald (scott.macdonald@bchydro.com)
Subject: FOI request — failed distribution equipment

Dear Mr. MacDonald,

Under the Freedom of Information Act I am requesting the technical information, electricians’ reports and any other non-personal documents pertaining to the following fire:

Date: June 8, 2012

Address: XXXXXX   Squamish, BC, V8B 0G1


In particular I am requesting information regarding the electrical distribution equipment that malfunctioned, resulting in the fire. Included should be details about electrical problems that occurred prior to the actual fire.

Thank you.


Sharon Noble


See BC Hydro’s response to Sharon’s FOI request for information on the 2012 Smart Meter fire in Squamish BC HERE.



Newsletter prepared by Sharon Noble

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