1) Members are being confronted by, threatened by, or just seeing “workers” who are removing analogs or cutting power. In many cases, these people do not or refuse to provide identification. As I’ve said before, we have a right to protect our property and family from strangers. Some of the people, like the woman in Vancouver who had her power cut, have their meters inside their homes or garages. These are private places where strangers do not or should not expect to be allowed. BC Hydro has told us its workers will be coming to our homes. BC Hydro workers should have identification.
Get cameras out. If someone, anyone comes and makes threats, take a video. Get a photo of their vehicle and the license plate. We need to document what is going on, how people are being treated. I am hoping to get documentation of the crews going around cutting power without warning. I’d love to get some videos for YouTube or Facebook.
2) In the USA, security companies are increasing rates because of cell phones being used instead of secure landlines, IoT and “$$mart” devices.
3) Clark found that she cannot break the law and treat people with disdain. The Supreme Court took minutes to side with the BC Teachers. We must find ways, even if individual cases, to get our rights recognized, too.
4) BCUC is looking at BC Hydro’s current billing method. I am a little leery that if we complain about the unfairness for low-income people that this will encourage the time-of-use billing which will be even more unfair and more costly for many families.
“During their regular meeting Friday, Nov. 4 the CRD directors passed a resolution strongly disagreeing with how rural customers living in northern climates are penalized under the two-tiered rate system, the CRD reported.
BC Hydro and FortisBC have submitted reports on the impacts of the Residential Inclining Block Rate to the BC Utilities Commission. The BC Utilities Commission is now requesting comments on those reports…
Residents can provide comments by mail, email or through the Commission’s Letter of Comment Form found online at bcuc.com/Register-Letter-of-Comment. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.
The reports, titled BC Hydro Utility Report and FortisBC Utility Report, can be found on the Commission’s website at bcuc.com under Current Proceedings BCUC RIB Rate Report Hearing and Other Documents or http://www.bcuc.com/ApplicationView.aspx?ApplicationId=506.”
http://www.wltribune.com/news/400083891.html and http://www.mycowichanvalleynow.com/16029/feel-bc-hydros-two-tiered-rates/
5) The cell phone industry says that there is a “safe exposure limit”. I suspect this statement will come back to bite them – as they misrepresent and mislead the public.
“Cell phone manufacturers also point out the federal government has established safe exposure limits for cellphone radiation,”…. But a neurosurgeon says:
““It’s possible that’s simply not a long enough period of exposure to see any cancers. We don’t know,” said McCormick. “If there is a real hazard out there, but it could be another 15 years before we see it, think about the billions of people who are being exposed to cellphone RF on a regular basis. If those people are, in fact, at risk — even if it’s a very, very small percentage risk — the sheer number of people who are being exposed on a regular basis suggests we could have a real significant public health problem downstream. By the time that there is any conclusive evidence in humans, you would have had billions of people exposed for quite a number of years. We can’t undo that exposure.”