2017-10-27 Another power surge that caused smeters to explode and burn.

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1)    Appliances that are recalled in the USA are being sold in Canada, just as smeters that have burned down homes in the US are sold here.The appliances and the smeters lack quality control and meaningful oversight. BC Hydro refuses to have the ITRON meter certified by CSA, now claiming that UL certified it. Professional Engineers have told me that the UL protocol 2735, which was supposedly created for smeters only, is inadequate. UL certified meters that had been found to be responsible for fires, e.g. Landis+Gyr.  We have to remember and keep telling the politicians that these are cheap plastic, combustible computers. Nothing more. Analogs were glass and metal, made to last and non-combustible.

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1) – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/2017-06-15-electrical-engineer-says-ul-certification-of-smeters-is-a-farce/


1) – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/z/2017-02-21-industry-document-confirms-that-smeters-have-many-problems-that-are-not-being-addressed/]


2)    Another power surge caused smeters to explode. This is about the 4th or 5th such incident I can recall:

Stockton, CA, USA (Mar.30, 2015 – http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/03/30/stockton-smart-meters-explode-after-truck-causes-power-surge/ )

Summerland, BC (Nov.26, 2014 – 69 – https://globalnews.ca/news/1724845/watch-summerland-still-dealing-with-november-power-surge-fall-out/)

Eureka St., Forest, Ontario (Oct.31, 2013 – 60-70 smart meters exploded off homes – http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Surge-Blows-Smart-Meters-Leaves-Neighbourhood-Without-Hydro-by-Eric-Nixon-The-Forest-Standard-p26-November-07-2013.png)

Palo Alto, CA, USA (Aug.25, 2011 – 80 – https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2011/09/04/power-surge-raises-questions-about-smartmeters)

Big Rig Crash Into Pole Leads to Discovery Bay Power Surge

“PG&E is investigating after a big rig accident caused a power surge, which led to the explosion of some SmartMeters at homes in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“It was a pretty good explosion,” said one resident on Worthing Court in Discovery Bay. “We heard it from inside the house and the pieces, they look like they went 8 to 10 feet.””


In the YouTube, one person says that in addition to the meter overheating, etc., her electrical outlet caught fire. In my fire report, there was one incident where the homeowner reported fire coming out of the outlets and following the wires through the home. The home was engulfed very quickly and, unfortunately, the smeter was destroyed and the BC Safety Authority didn’t inspect. The homeowner was unable to get a copy of the Insurance Inspector’s report. He refused to give it, patting her on the head and saying she shouldn’t worry. Her claim will be paid, and saying the inspection report belongs to the company, not to her.

3)     From a member:  The push for “Wi-Fi parenting.” No need to hold and cuddle a baby, just let the Wi-Fi-connected crib take over.  Reminds me of the Skinner box.

The Wired Baby.

“When his five-month-old needs some middle-of-the-night attention, Mark Buchner doesn’t fumble around like a zombie, as most new parents do. Instead, he calls out to Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, installed in a nearby Dot. The 38-year-old Toronto designer has synced his light bulbs, as well as his Spotify account with preloaded baby tunes, to lull his son to sleep. A Nest video camera watches soundly all night, and if and when the baby stirs, Buchner receives an alert on his Apple watch, and then quickly checks in on his phone. “I love the ability to control my house from wherever I am,” he says. “When my hands are full, it feels like a lifesaver.””


4)    According to this letter to the editor, Toronto is using an analog Neptune water meter with an exterior meter that has very limited signaling. Of course, we know how many signals can be emitted in a very short time, so this method may not be much safer than the other model. I am not familiar with the Neptune and the reader named.  As far as I know, all the water smeters used in BC are completely wireless. The link in the article is to information about the meter selection and the low level of RF it emits. Toronto Public Health is very aware of the dangers of RF. Toronto has a policy of “prudent avoidance” and requests that emission levels from cell towers to 1% of Safety Code 6.

Concern About New Water Meters

“… it seems that the Neptune R900 device will emit EMFs 24 hours a day into our Meaford homes. We are told this choice was made so that a truck can drive by at any time to take a reading for billing purposes. However, the City of Toronto found an elegant way to avoid running their water meters all the time. This is what the Toronto health department says about how they chose the healthiest system they could find:


A manager of Toronto Water provided us with some details. Their system uses a Neptune T10 mechanical meter (not-transmitting) to measure the flow of water. It is an analogue device that operates like an odometer in a car. It is installed inside the house. The system also has an Aclara Technologies Series 2000 transmitter to connect to a head-in reader. This transmitter is attached outside the house and is programmed to transmit only four times a day… and each time is less than a second. There are 285 readers spread over Toronto.



Dear All on my mailing list,

See this!


  • Bill Gates-and-Steve Jobs raised their kids tech free and it-shouldve-been-a-red-flag
  • Interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other tech elites consistently reveal that Silicon Valley parents are strict about technology use.
  • A new book suggests the signs may have been clear years ago that smartphone use should be regulated.
  • There may be a way to integrate tech into the classroom, however, that avoids its harmful effects.


Already many years ago, when Carl-Henric Svanberg was CEO of Ericsson Telecommunications I learnt that the same was true here in Sweden for the children to the very, very rich. It shocked me to learn that his sons – as well as others’ children at their private boarding school (Sigtuna Humanistiska Läroverk) out in Sigtuna, west of Stockholm – had usage restrictions on the very same gadgets that daddy sold to all other kids and parents, the latter without the knowledge that he possessed. I would call such behaviour cynical, but what do I know about the English vocabulary…?!  :-(((

With my very best regards

Yours sincerely

(Olle Johansson, associate professor
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience
Karolinska Institute
171 77 Stockholm

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Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse Is Making Our Kids Dumber by Joe Clement & Matt Miles – http://screenschooled.com/


Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“But what we need above all is criti­cal citizens, who can spot the difference between technical progress and consumer foolishness: citizens who, as both voters and consumers, remember that democracy once meant rule of the people, not ruling the people.”
~ Dr. Karl Hecht