2017-01-16 Microcells bypass municipal and citizens’ rights to consultation and notification

[5G – Adam OlsenAmy WorthingtonAndrew Weaver – BC Hydro – BCUC – Cell Towers – Children – DAS Distributed Antenna Systems – Elizabeth May – EMR – FCC – John RoweLandrat Martin SailerLisa Madigan – Lithium Batteries – Northwestern’s Kellogg School – President Obama – Right of Way – Sherry Ridout – Small Cell / Microcell Public Right-of-way Siting – Smart Grid – Smartphones – University of Chicago’s Booth School – Wireless  | BC – Germany – USA]

1)    A German campaign to encourage parents to engage with their young children!!  Lack of interaction is leading to behavioral issues and loss of social skills, in addition to parents missing out on their children’s development.

The campaign runs under the motto “Talk to your child!”…  It points out that children in the first years of life need close contact and intensive communication with an adult. This gives them security and is important for their development. “Communication involves eye contact and undivided attention. When parents are constantly busy with their smartphones, they miss many beautiful and important opportunities to pick up on what their child is experiencing,” he says. Landrat Martin Sailer (CSU) hopes that the parents will embrace the recommendation and “give children more time and attention”.”


2)    Microcells are being installed across North America to facilitate wireless communications. These cell transmitters are replacing, to a large degree, the large towers that require municipal notification and consultation. The FCC in the USA is pushing through regulations that will prevent local governments and citizens, who will have these microcells feet from their homes, from having any input. The same thing is happening here. Here is the FCC document. I believe there is a lot to learn from reading this – perhaps some of it can help us confront this horrible proliferation of microwave radiation.



“In particular, many wireless providers are deploying small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS)…..they must be deployed more densely – i.e., in many more locations – to function effectively. ..This trend in infrastructure deployment is expected to continue, and even accelerate, as wireless providers begin rolling out 5G services.4″ (Page 1)

DAS Nodes can be placed “on light stanchions, utility poles, building walls and rooftops, and other small structures either on private property or in the public rights of way” (Page 4 Footnotes)

“It is our responsibility to ensure that this deployment of network facilities does not become subject to delay caused by unnecessarily time-consuming and costly siting review processes that may be in conflict with the Communications Act.” (Page 2)    

“Section 332 also provides that state and local governments may not deny wireless facilities siting applications “on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions,” a matter over which the Commission has exclusive jurisdiction.36″ (Page 6)


3)    Another wonderful website. This is by Amy Worthington, author of “ Radiation Poisoning of America.”  So much good info it would take days to read.

Antenna Sickness is Everywhere



BC Green Party

From: Adam Olsen [mailto:adam.olsen@greenparty.bc.ca]
Sent: January-14-17
To: Sherry Ridout; Adam Olsen

Subject: Re: Forwarding letters you may find of interest

Hello Sherry,

Thank you for your email.

I have received a tonne of the information on this issues over the years and was more deeply involved when I was a municipal councillor. I appreciate the heads up on your correspondence. I imagine we will be addressing this during the upcoming election as well.

All the best,

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On Jan 12, 2017 Sherry Ridout wrote:

Hi Adam,

I have written to you in the past regarding cell towers and possibly smart meters.  My biggest concern is regarding the health issues due to the cumulative effects of the electromagnetic – radiation but the scientific proof of harm will take a number of years to catch up to what hundreds of studies are already saying…seems we are repeating what we did with tobacco.

Maybe we can address the environmental issues and hopefully make some positive changes in that area. For your information I have attached two letters that I sent yesterday to Elizabeth May, Andrew Weaver and Greg Reimer of BC Hydro regarding smart meters and environmental issues.

My hope is that someone will find the time and will to explore this more fully.  Thanks again for your concern and commitment to the environment.

Sherry Ridout  (name given with permission)

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From: Sherry Ridout
To: <greg.reimer@bchydro.com>, “‘Laurel Ross'” <commission.secretary@bcuc.com>
Cc: <adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca>, <Andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca>, <elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca>
Date: Jan 11 2017

Subject: Lithium Batteries in Smart Meters

Dear Mr. Reimer,

Having read a study before Christmas (see below) regarding Smart Meters increasing greenhouse gases I have a few questions regarding BC Hydro’s disposal policy for the lithium batteries and plastic casings that will be replaced more frequently than the analog meters.  I also wonder if the environmental disposal costs have been factored into your business case? The analogs that have been removed and destroyed were made of glass and metal; materials that were at least recyclable.

I understand that there are established legal recycle rules for disposing of lithium batteries but legislation for disposal of lithium batteries and CFL light bulbs in California was ignored when it was discovered the centers receiving them had just dumped them in the landfill probably due to costs or lack of ease for recycling. With this in mind could you please provide the entire recycle protocols for smart meters.

Here is the recent joint study by Northwestern’s Kellogg School and University of Chicago’s Booth School that found that smart meters most likely will not lower customer bills or greenhouse gases:

Exelon CEO John Rowe was quoted as saying, “It costs too much, and we’re not sure what good it will do. We have looked at most of the elements of smart grid for 20 years and we have never been able to come up with estimates that make it pay.”

Until President Obama provided the incentive with his stimulus funds, the smart meter was not economically feasible.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan added, “The utilities have shown no evidence of billions of dollars in benefits to consumers from these new meters, but they have shown they know how to profit.” We consumers are paying for the new infrastructure through higher rates. ComEd requested a rate increase to fund improvements to update its technology (i.e. Smart Grid) and an additional increased charge for delivery…

The study even inferred that smart meters could contribute to increased greenhouse gases …

Reinventing energy is not about a smart grid. It is really a two-pronged approach to changing how we create energy and how we use energy. Suppliers need to be encouraged to modernize electricity sources rather than invest in smart grids.


Thank you for your time.  I will look forward to a prompt response as will many others concerned with this issue.  

Sherry Ridout



Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.



Smart Meters, Cell Towers, Smart Phones, 5G and all things that radiate RF Radiation