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1) A very detailed report on cordless (DECT) phones which emit high levels of RF even when not in use. Cordless phones that do not emit signals when not in use are available in Europe and have been for some time but as far as I know, the USA and Canada do not allow these to be imported. I believe there is incompatibility using the 50 Hz vs. the 60 Hz technology, but certainly some company should be able to adapt this.
With DECT cordless phones there are 100 bursts of 250 milliwatts of microwave radiation pulses next to the user’s head every second.
The base unit’s mains adapter gives off high levels of low frequency fields, too, when the phone unit is plugged in, whether the phone is in use or not. Magnetic fields travel through adjoining walls in the same way as microwave radiation. Pg/ 4
Hardell (2011) reported that the incidence of cutaneous malignant melanomas has increased in Sweden. In the most exposed areas, temporal area, cheek and ear cumulative use of a mobile or cordless phone of more than 365 hours doubled the risk of melanoma in the group using the phone for more than 1-5 years, and highest risk was for first use no matter where the melanoma occurred. Pg.5
The normal DECT Standard requires a base unit to transmit a signal at full power 24-7 even when you are not actually making phone calls. The pulsing transmissions are quite powerful and can still measure several volts per metre up to about 5 metres from the unit. It is like having a small mobile phone mast inside your home. Even if you live near a mobile phone base station, a normal DECT unit inside your home is likely to exposure you to higher levels of pulsing microwaves!
Siemens have produced a range of DECT compatible phones that turn off their transmitters when a call is not being made. Pg. 9
2) A TED talk by someone with whom many with EHS will identify.
To “listen ” to this you may need to use closed captions
Five years ago, TED Fellow Jen Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she’s encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don’t fully understand, as well as her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.
3) A new type of antenna that can somehow combine signals and create hot spots of extremely high intensity as it combines wireless signals. This technology will be in Wi-Fi modems this year!! Imagine the level radiation in schools and at work.
“Technology that can modify the pattern to take advantage of the building layout will create roaming hot spots of much higher intensities of radiation and also create a complex environment as it interacts and interferes with other radiation devices. “For devices with multiple antennae—like cell phones and Wi-Fi routers—these patterns can combine exponentially.”
CES 2017: Can a Self-Steering Antenna Fix Both Wi-Fi and TV Reception Issues? – IEEE Spectrum
4) The hype is building around 5G – with industry gleefully describing how everything even down to socks and bricks in the walls of our homes being connected to the internet. The world is becoming a dangerous place for all living things.
5) BC Hydro is considering putting substations beneath schools and Jessica McDonald believes that the levels of EMF will be higher than powerlines – which she seems to believe are safe.
“McDonald said that under peak evening demand, the underground substation at Cathedral Square can give off a maximum magnetic field of 100 milligauss (mG) at surface level, McDonald said. By comparison, high voltage transmission lines produce 81 mG, vacuums and hair dryers produce 300 mG and portable heaters produce 100 mG, according to B.C. Hydro.”
6) Below is a letter from Bill Bennett’s office in response to mis-statements/twists in BC Hydro’s smart meter financial report. Please notice the “untruths”, the stretches, and the changes in stories, e.g. analogs are available in the marketplace but we’re not buying them, and smeter lifespan is at least 20 years!! I hope many of you will respond.
If you need to see my comments re. the bogus, incomplete info presented by BC Hydro, you can find them on our website www.stopsmartmetersbc.com under “NEWSLETTERS” in my Jan. 6, 2017 update:
I find it insulting that they keep lying to us and expect us to accept it.
John: This is not for publication; it’s a personal message to you about an issue that warrants serious consideration and factual coverage, if you cover it at all.
Mr Stanhope: Kindly read the attached material and take some action. With all due respect, far too many government officials are passing the buck and saying that this issue is outside of their remit – as you are quoted as saying in PQB News. But it is precisely the actions and informed interventions of the media and our local authorities that will make the difference in this crucial matter.
John: On the front page of your recent edition, you claim that French Creek is in need of ‘relief’ from another cell tower. Despite the scientific information that has been provided to you in the past (such as the attached), you persist in denying the proven dangers of microwave radiation. Have you done any research at all into this crucial issue? Do you realize that you are actively promoting something that has been scientifically proven to be harmful to all forms of life, and increasingly so as more towers are installed all around us?
I am privileged to be in regular contact with some of the world’s top scientists, researchers and doctors specializing in the biological effects of microwave radiation, and I am staggered by the amount of scientific proof of the progressive harm being caused to humans, plants, trees, animals, pollinating bees and food crops. The proof is irrefutable, regardless of what Health Canada and other industry-friendly agencies might claim.
Having worked for WHO at the United Nations in Geneva, I’m aware of how things work at the highest political levels. I’m about to submit a lengthy scientific document to WHO, with input from scientists all over the world, confirming the harm being caused to millions of people as a result of the unlimited, unchecked proliferation of microwave radiation all over our planet.
The tide is turning and you will soon realize the folly of allowing or promoting this kind of deadly radiation in our environment.
It’s one thing to remain objective as an editor and to present the news, such as it is; it’s another thing altogether to claim, on behalf of French Creek residents, that they are seeking ‘relief’ in the form of having more microwave radiation in their environment. It is unacceptable and egregiously irresponsible for you to make such claims on behalf of all residents. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I and many other informed residents consider the ‘relief’ to come in the form of a cell tower NOT being installed anywhere near us—and any existing ones being removed.
Would you also support headlines bemoaning the fact that we can’t all smoke carcinogenic cigarettes in public places? What about cannabis? (Ironically, it has been proven to provide protective factors against microwave radiation.)
In promoting the opinions of those in favour of cell towers, you lose all credibility as an editor/writer who is meant to objectively report the facts. You are doing your readers a huge injustice by promoting harm as a result of your intentional ignorance.
Microwave radiation affects us all, whether we are aware of it or not. However, I realize that, as someone who presumably does not feel the radiation as so many of us do, you have no interest in promoting awareness that might ultimately reduce your access to your wireless gadgets and non-stop connectivity. Such awareness would also save lives, but that doesn’t appear to be a concern for your newspaper.
I’d like to be wrong about that. If I am, I look forward to reading some fact-based news in your newspaper, rather than simply using it to light the fire, as I currently do.
A response from Bill Bennett’s office that is filled with inaccuracies, twists and attempts to totally mislead – and few real answers. I do hope others will respond to Mr. Wieringa and Mr. Bennett with facts they refuse to acknowledge.
My comments re. the bogus, incomplete info presented by BC Hydro:
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Date: January 19, 2017
Subject: Response to your email regarding BC Hydro’s Smart Meter Program, Ref: 98168
Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines, has forwarded your December 5, 2016 email regarding BC Hydro’s Smart Meter Program. I am pleased to respond.
BC Hydro’s smart metering program was an important and necessary investment to help us modernize our aging electricity system. BC Hydro has installed 1.93 million smart meters since 2011, and more than 99% of customers have a new meter. The smart metering program was completed $150 million under budget at the end of 2015.
You have provided 7 examples suggesting that smart meters are not performing as promised. I will address each one.
a) “Energy rates will be reduced.” This has not happened anywhere. Look at Ontario for example.
Smart meters by themselves do not reduce ‘energy rates’ but are part of an integrated program that will pay for itself through reduced theft of electricity (by more than 80%) and operational efficiencies which has resulted in energy savings. BC Hydro has demonstrated that because of the benefits of the program, smart meters will help keep customer rates lower than they would have been had they not invested in the program.
- 98% of customers with smart meters are receiving automated bills thanks to remote meter reading. This has made customer bills more accurate due to reduced manual meter reads and bill estimates.
- More than 96% of customers with smart meters can view their hourly and daily energy use through their on line MyHydro account. This has provided customers new tools to save energy and money by knowing more about their electricity use.
- New metering technology has laid the foundation for more widespread use of small scale, green distributed electricity generation including solar and wind power.
- BC Hydro has achieved $235 million in operational savings in the first five years.
- The new metering system is allowing BC Hydro to restore power quicker following major storm events. BC Hydro can now remotely check meters in an area to ensure power has been restored, allowing crews to move to the next outage sooner.
b) “It’s good for the environment.” How? Where has this proven to be true?
The Smart Metering Infrastructure has provided operational efficiencies and customer tools that save energy. This decreases the pressures on BC Hydro acquiring new energy sources, meaning that BC Hydro can ensure their commitment to renewable sources of energy and only build new sources when necessary. Another environmental benefit is the decrease in vehicle emissions, made possible by automating processes such as meter readings and disconnections, as well as allowing BC Hydro to quickly pinpoint the location of outages for their crews.
c) “There will be efficiencies.” Not with lifespans of meters being far shorter than given in the business case – closer to 5 years than the promised 20.
Smart meters have a minimum life expectancy of 20 years. Like any electronic equipment, some of those meters may need to be replaced over time. BC Hydro anticipates having to replace 10,000 smart meters a year (out of a total of 1.93 million smart meters) for the next four years through normal course of business: broken screens, software upgrades, and exterior damage.
These replacements are currently covered under warranty with BC Hydro’s meter vendor.
d) “Measurement Canada has stricter guidelines that analogs don’t meet.” Not true according to MC itself. They don’t care what meter is used so long as it’s accurate.
Measurement Canada requires that all new meters in Canada, including smart meters, operate within a 1% accuracy tolerance. BC Hydro has a stricter requirement for their smart meters – 0.2% accuracy tolerance. In other words, BC Hydro’s smart meters are accurate to 99.8%.
e) “Analogs are not available.” Not true. Look to California.
Modernizing the electricity grid is a critical part of BC Hydro’s plan to provide a secure and reliable power system. The replacement of obsolete mechanical meters with modern smart meters is a critical part of this transformation. BC Hydro no longer has analog meters in stock for meter replacements and is not buying new analogs or recertifying old ones. Though analog meters are still available in the market place, they are no longer part of BC Hydro’s standard metering equipment.
BC Hydro can only use certified meters to measure electricity consumption in B.C. BC Hydro meters are calibrated and verified under the federal Electricity and Gas Inspection Act administered by Measurement Canada, and comply with quality control and electrical safety standards established by the American National Standards Institute, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and International Electrotechnical Commission
f) “Smart meters are safe in every regard.” Not true – health is endangered by RF, safety by fires, security by hacking and cyberattacks.
Decades of research has been undertaken on the possible health effects of radio waves, and health authorities including the BC Center for Disease Control, the Provincial Health Officer, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization all confirm that the wireless technology used by wireless smart meters does not pose any known health risk.
There’s no evidence a BC Hydro smart meter has ever been the cause of a fire in B.C. In fact, research by the University of the Fraser Valley shows that there have been fewer residential fires associated with electricity in British Columbia since BC Hydro started installing smart meters.
Finally, the security of BC Hydro meters and BC Hydro grid are issues BC Hydro takes seriously. Just like you protect your computer and banks protect their online banking systems, BC Hydro takes the necessary precautions to protect their system. This includes being tested by independent security services that complete “ethical hacking” to identity any weaknesses so that BC Hydro can take appropriate measures.
g) “Costs will be reduced.” Not when the meters are being replaced/upgraded virtually constantly. Not when security measures could cost billions and were never included in the initial business plan.
BC Hydro rates have increased because of the need for upgrades to aging assets – dams, power lines, other equipment, and the growing demand for electricity. As stated, BC Hydro takes the security of the electrical grid seriously. Be assured that they will take every appropriate measure to ensure the integrity of their electrical infrastructure.
Thank you for writing.
Executive Director, Electricity
Electricity and Alternative Energy Division
Ministry of Energy and Mines
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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