2018-01-07 Sierra Club condemns Site C decision

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1)    The battle to have the public made aware of the dangers of wireless radiation and wireless devices is very similar to that faced for decades regarding tobacco. Bent scientists, industry-lobbying politicians, false advertisements, government and health officials with conflicts of interests.  It is up to people like us to spread the word, to educate our families and friends, and to demand a safer environment for our children.

Stephen Colbert

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Dear Cell Phone Radiation Warning Naysayers, MeThinks Thou Protests Too Much

“Last week Popular Science editor, Sophia Bushwick, took some shots at the CA Department of Health’s announcement and brochure.

This seems bizarre because the CA DOH wasn’t the first to announce research, advisories, or warnings about cell phone and wireless radiation.  There’s been research since the 1970s that has proven harm.  Some of this research was funded by the U.S. Government.  Some was funded by Motorola.  Many media sources have reported this over the years.

Back when new technology was introduced, cell phones and cell phone minutes were really expensive so they were used sparingly.  Since making all of this so affordable, we are constantly exposing ourselves to microwave radiation – like what cooks food.  There is credible research that says this is harmful though not everyone will be harmed exactly the same way or to the same degree.

We went through the same thing with Big Tobacco.”


2)    Sierra Club encourages fighting Horgan and the Site C decision. How is flooding rich agricultural land, killing wildlife and forcing people from their homes “green”?

Sierra Club B.C. January newsletter includes blistering denunciation of Site C decision

Sierra Club B.C. advises newsletter readers to take the fight to the national and international stages and to the courts.

“Prime Minister Trudeau has a Site C deadline: UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has called on Canada to evaluate Site C’s impacts on downstream Wood Buffalo National Park, a World Heritage Site,” it states.

“By this February Canada must demonstrate progress. The only way for the federal government to adequately address impacts both in the valley and downstream is to pull the permits for Site C.”

Sierra Club B.C. also points out that the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination “has called on Canada to halt Site C and assess its impact on the land rights of Indigenous Peoples”.”


3)    A member checked out the BC Cancer Society’s Board and found 2 members work for Telus Health – mobile technology.


Conflicts of interests regarding wireless devices ??


4)    In New York, a State Senator has introduced a bill that would allow anyone to opt out of having a smeter with no penalty due to privacy concerns.. Keeping the analog meter is the only way to ensure that data is not being gathered, sold, or shared without our knowledge or permission. We need to fight to have the law changed so that we have the same right to choose if we want a microwave-emitting, privacy-invading fire hazard on our homes.


“A bill introduced in the New York Senate would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.
Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) introduced Senate Bill 7214 (S7214) on Jan. 3. The legislation would allow New Yorkers to opt out of any utility company smart meter program with no penalty.
Smart meters monitor home energy usage in minute detail in real time. The devices transmit data to the utility company where it gets stored in databases. Anybody with access to the data can download it for analysts. Without specific criteria limiting access to the data, these devices create significant privacy issues. Smart meters can also be used to remotely limit power usage during peak hours.”




From: Jana Kalina  (name given with permission)

To: Chris O’Riley, BC Hydro CEO; Kenneth Peterson, Chair of BC Hydro Board; John Horgan, BC Premier; David Morton, CEO and Chair, BCUC, et al; Elizabeth May, MP; Andrew Weaver, Adrian Dix, Carol James and Lana Popham, MLAs:

Unfortunately, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Many BC citizens had high hopes that the recently elected NDP government would respond to our concerns regarding Site C and would show true grit by halting the project dead in its already very environmentally destructive tracks — not to mention the four billion dollars already haemorrhaged out of BC’s (read: OUR) coffers.

A four billion debt, although unpalatable, is preferable to being faced with a projected 10-12 billion dollar future debt. (If I ran my finances thus, debt collectors would be hounding me long into my afterlife, long throughout my many future incarnations. Fortunately, I will have left no descendants from this lifetime to carry on with this outrageous burden throughout their lives.)

Many of us also had high hopes that under the NDP, BC Hydro would respond to our grave and justified concerns not only about smart meters and the astronomical increases to our hydro rates, but also about the process and tactics employed by BC Hydro during the instalment of said meters — essentially forcing them down our throats (so to speak).

All that bullying; all those threats; all that fear mongering in pretence of upgrading the grid. So, after treating informed citizens with egregious contempt under the BC Liberals, nothing has changed at BC Hydro under the NDP. And what has Hydro to show for it, given the most recent weather event on the mainland that left over 100,000 people without electricity for over a week? (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, with love, BC Hydro. [LOL])

Just how, exactly, have individual smart meters on individual houses throughout the province upgraded the grid? They have not. Smart meters have absolutely nothing to do with the grid, period. Millions have been wasted — and extorted for legacy meters — and yet, thousands of BC residents still end up in the cold, in the dark, simply because BC Hydro had some other agenda going on, other than actually upgrading the grid, or burying hydro poles under ground. Now, wouldn’t that have gone a long way to protecting residents from freak ice storms?

In fact — and perhaps even more importantly — burying poles under ground would also go a very long way to protecting us from corporations gearing up to roll out 5G technology. With plans to take over OUR public right of ways in order to install dangerous microcell transmitters anywhere and everywhere, non-ionizing thermal electromagnetic frequencies may turn out to be the greatest threat to all things organic: humans, animals, insects, plants — basically everything we are dependent on for our survival, as well as every other living thing that depends on a healthy, natural environment for its existence, also.

To those of you now in power and running the show in the province, and at BC Hydro, I advise each and every one of you to become well acquainted with the word integrity and its manifestation in daily life; there is also the word complicit that was chosen by Dictionary.com as the word of the year for 2017.

Practising integrity — fully and intentionally — would go a long way to cleaning up the mess created at BC Hydro by the previous government and it would ensure that all decisions, at all levels, but especially at the highest levels, are made with BC’s citizens’ best interests in mind and not in cahoots (being complicit) with greedy private corporations with nefarious intentions — such as selling our private information and forcing us to buy products, and appliances, compatible with their built-in spyware. After all, doesn’t the acronym SMART stand for Surveillance Marketed As Revolutionary Technology? It does indeed.

In short, BC Hydro: get out of my house; stop corporations entering my house and from poisoning our environment by enabling them to install 5G technology everywhere; and start by removing dangerous SMART meters off every house in the province. Analogs are cheaper. They last decades. They do not contain lithium batteries and they do not start house fires. (Hasn’t anyone considered the possibility that those massive fires that ravaged BC and California last year might have been fed and spread by exploding smart meters and microcells, over and above the unusually dry conditions? One thing that smart meters are not, is safe and green technology.)

If any government is going to promise “real change,” let that change be for the greater good: Right Thoughts. Right Words. Right Actions. Karma’s boomerang always comes back. In other words, if you are going to subject me and my household to your short-sighted, bad decisions, you will be subjecting yourself and your household to those same decisions and while you may be able to afford your outrageous hydro bills for now, will your descendants be able to afford them in the future? And while the majority of people haven’t even heard of non-ionizing thermal radiation yet, once it becomes ubiquitous in our environment and it becomes obvious that it is as dangerous as asbestos and smoking, for example, what then?

In conclusion, the NDP government under John Horgan, BC Hydro and BCUC, still has the time to undo the harms created by the BC Liberals; there is still time to get all Houses in order — and Site C stopped — to restore BC to the kind of place it was before Christy Clark. You may call me a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

Jana Kalina



Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power, or money, or fame, but in fact driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness – So much so that he or she is compelled by some moral engine to act to make it better.”
~ Eve Ensler