2015-12-16 Woman in Slocan Valley area has power cut by Fortis



“PLEASE SHARE ON WEST COAST: Silicon Valley Health Institute will hold a presentation this Thursday 12/17 at 7 p.m., “The Wireless World of Communications and Our Health”, by Beverly Rubik, PhD, one of the country’s leading researchers in subtle energy.

Dr. Rubik earned her Ph.D. in biophysics in 1979 at the University of California at Berkeley. She has had a life-long interest in frontier areas of science and medicine that go beyond the mainstream, and is internationally renowned for her pioneering work.

She was director of the Center for Frontier Sciences at Temple University from 1988-95, where she explored the role of consciousness in the physical world; bioelectromagnetics; and alternative and complementary medicine.

From 1992-97, she was one of 18 Congressionally-appointed members of the Program Advisory Board to the Office of Alternative Medicine (precursor to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and chaired the NIH panels on bioelectromagnetic medicine and manual healing modalities.

In 1996, Dr. Rubik founded the Institute for Frontier Science, a nonprofit institute for research and education funded initially by Laurance S. Rockefeller, Sr. and later supported by NIH, which is presently in Emeryville, California. READ FULL BIO on the site.

Please consider attending. And for those of you in remote locations it will be live streamed for free on Thursday evening CA time. http://www.svhi.com/


  • The province is giving $50 million for research. One example of device that resulted from this is something that will allow people to measure blood oxygen via a “smart” phone. Wonder if it will measure the RF being admitted while the blood is being tested. I doubt very much there is anything in the budget to allow for independent research on RF and the health effects caused by exposure to microwave radiation.



  • Below in Letters is an article written in the Slocan Valley News about a woman who had her power shut off.


  • More about the AG’s report on the sorry state of computer security in the government and its agencies:



  • Smart meters in UK may have to be replaced to meet EU standards for usage reporting. Surprising how inflexible these “computers” are.

“This would see the intervals at which electricity is traded shortened from 30 minutes at present to just 15 minutes, the prevailing standard across much of the EU, but such a change would necessitate the removal or replacement of two million smart meters already installed.”


From the Times, which will not allow full access to its articles without subscribing.

www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/utilities/article4640942.ece].  The Times reports that the £11b project ‘has been thrown into chaos’ because the EU is insisting that electricity use is measured in 15 minute units rather than the present 30 minutes. So even the 2m meters already installed will have to be ‘removed or reprogrammed’.

The IoD said the project is ‘unwanted by consumers, devoid of credibility and mind-blowingly expensive’. I wish they’d say what they really think!

The Times report ends with ‘Critics say the programme has all the makings of a great British IT fiasco’.

  • People in Michigan have a luxury we are not allowed – removing an RF emitting transmitter from homes and replacing it with the tried and trusted analog meter. Why aren’t we given this choice, the same one offered to many in the US.   BCHydro and Fortis say the grid won’t work, or that analogs are not available, both of which are not true. If it were, how are other utilities doing it? Perhaps Hydro and Fortis need to take some lessons on grid management. Instead Hydro and Fortis will shut off the power of anyone denying these monopolies the right to invade our homes, putting our security and health at risk.



  • Non-$$meter:  To residents of Nelson and the Nelson area)

Subject: Action required; lets keep our parks free of Wi-Fi

Dear all,

Nelson’s parks are under imminent threat of yet another layer of electro-smog (electromagnetic radiation).

Please read the short attachment below requesting that Nelson city council provides us with the studies proving that Wi-Fi is safe. Should you wish any further links and or information regarding health concerns please contact me. 

Shaw WiFi proposal Dec 9th 2015

If you would like your name added to the letter which will be submitted to Nelson 

Mayor, Deb Kozak and council, please email me your name and address and I will add you to the list of signatures. Please forward to any friends or contacts who may be interested in signing (Nelson and area residents).

 Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!




Slocan Valley Fortis customers have power cut off

by Art Joyce

FortisBC has decided to play the Grinch Who Stole Christmas to two Slocan Valley customers who have had their power cut off due to refusing an RF-off ‘smart’ meter. Judy-Lamb Richardson, who operates the Rhythmic Relexology and Cranial Sacral Therapy clinic near Crescent Valley, had her power disconnected by crews at noon on December 10. Another unidentified customer near Winlaw also had power disconnected for similar reasons.

Lamb-Richardson says she and husband Alan Richardson have been in communication with FortisBC since 2011, when she sent in her first notice of refusal for a smart meter. The initial letter provided notice of non-consent for trespassing and smart grid surveillance along with a ‘notice of liability,’ stating that the corporation could be held fiscally responsible for any health or other damages caused by the Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI).

Unfortunately, this notice is of dubious legal status and has therefore been routinely ignored by utilities corporations installing AMI. On February 25, 2014, Lamb-Richardson sent FortisBC a second notice, stating that it was her preference for a no-fee opt-out, and that she wished to retain her analog meter.

Unfortunately, only BC Hydro offers this option to its customers, who pay a steep monthly fee to keep their analogs. She has been in regular email correspondence with local FortisBC representative Mark Warren in an attempt to resolve the situation without cut-off.

“I have contacted the BC Utilities Commission and of course got nowhere. My husband and I have filed a complaint with the BC Ombudsman, because we don’t believe people with EMF sensibilities and disabilities should be exposed. Until I can get an accurate reading of the RF coming off an RF-off meter, I won’t be choosing that option.”

She sees this as a critical concern both for her own family and the patients she treats, many of whom are electromagnetically hypersensitive (EHS), a condition recognized by many European countries as a disability. Lamb-Richardson also treats children with autism spectrum disorder and ADHD.     As a health practitioner, she’s done years of research on the topic of wireless radiation, and has found plenty of basis for her concerns in the peer-reviewed, double-blind, independent scientific studies published worldwide. Even before the advent of AMI, she chose to stop using cordless phones and WiFi for this reason. Despite her attempts to negotiate, Fortis simply offered her an RF-on or RF-off meter option.

“As a customer I didn’t feel it was right not to be given a choice. I’m not sure how it’s legal to cut off an essential service. We were told it’s as safe as baby monitors and cordless phones, but it was cordless phones that alerted us to the health effects in the first place. When you start realizing how it affects your body then you’re more aware.”

Lamb-Richardson herself is sensitive to wireless radiation, and says she can’t spend more than an afternoon in Nelson due to the presence of the cell tower in the downtown area. It causes her to have heart palpitations, a well known side-effect of exposure to microwave frequency radiation. She’s careful to emphasize that she and her husband aren’t “victims” and are coping fine with the loss of power. But for other families, particularly those with young children, it’s not so easy. Switching to alternate power sources for home use can still be expensive, though the cost of renewables such as solar is dropping every year. The terrain in the West Kootenay makes it a challenge, however, requiring a constellation of alternate technologies to be fully off-grid.


“We’ve certainly been talking to these customers and hoping to resolve the situation,” says FortisBC spokesperson David Wylie. “Disconnection is absolutely the last resort and not our desired outcome.”

Wylie said radio-off meters have identification identifying them as such – a sticker confirming that it is radio-off. The meter display will also flash ‘RF opt-out’. He adds that FortisBC has tested and verified that the radio-off meters do not transmit. Given the level of distrust among customers, however, this assurance carries little weight. Wylie adds that the AMI meter installations have also been an “unprecedented opportunity for Fortis to do an extensive safety inspection of customers’ meter bases.”


The Richardsons are watching with great interest the outcome of the current lawsuit against BC Hydro that was heard in court proceedings December 7–11. The lawsuit alleges that the forced adoption of smart meters is a grievous violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.     “Our last resort is the media and we don’t really want to be the poster child for this, we just want to be able to choose to be safe,” says Lamb-Richardson. “The Russian Doukhobors chose to come here because they wouldn’t take up weapons to harm others. And I feel the same way; we love our neighbours dearly and don’t want to harm them.”


Newsletter prepared by Sharon Noble

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