2014-06-09 Rally News plus BCUC to have $meter removed

1)   Alert:  Corix is on Salt Spring.  Please pass word.

 2)   One member, who has sent letters refusing $meters and is paying the legacy fees, had a $meter put on her home last week, when her mother-in-law, who has dementia and is not the accountholder, agreed to it. I spoke with Patrick Wruck this morning about this, and Patrick said this has happened in the past, and BCUC will instruct Hydro to have it removed, and a “legacy” meter installed. I emphasized the person had and wants to have an analog. I expect the member will have to deal with the installer regarding this. But BCUC acknowledged that the error will be remedied!

3)   Carpool to Rally?  Anyone in the Mission-Maple Ridge area, along this route (west from Mission on the Lougheed Highway into Maple Ridge through Pitt Meadows, the Mary Hill Bypass and then the freeway)   who would like to have a ride to the Rally in Vancouver on Saturday, please contact Lori at mbl2@telus.net   She has room for 7.

4)   Another article about the rally.

http://www.thevalleyvoice.ca/Voice%20Stories/june%202014/smart-meter-protest-rallies-across-bc-june-14-2014.htm

5)   There is another Rally, just announced, for Nelson.

New Rally site announced for Nelson/Castlegar, Saturday, June 14.

NELSON/CASTLEGAR: HWY 3A near the Junction, at the Damn Inn and Fortis turn off Site. (11 a.m. – 1 p.m)

6)     Announcement for Salmon Arm … Shuswap – North Okanagan Rally .

Join in the Salmon Arm Rally along the Trans Canada Highway, between Alexander and 4th. Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Participants meet at the vacant Honda Parking lot at 11.00 a.m. The rally will move to the Ross Street Parking Lot gathering place where speakers will be Una St. Clair, founder and director of Citizens for Safe Technology Society and  Steve Corrie and Jerre Paquette of the Voice of the Shuswap. 

 

 7)   The level of RF in our environment is toxic for bees and disorienting for birds.

 “Electrosmog” Makes Birds Get Lost in the City, Study Shows

 http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/2221/20140510/electrosmog-interfere-birds-navigation.htm

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Letters:

Sent: June 5, 2014 6:47 PM
To: smartmeters@bchydro.com
Cc: Reimer, Greg; Routley, MLA, Bill; Routley, MLA, Douglas; commission.secretary@bcuc.com; Complaints BCUC; Horgan, MLA, John; Noble, D and S
Subject: BC HYDRO LETTER REGARDING METER EXCHANGE DUE TO OUTDATED SEALS

05 June 2014

BC Hydro Smart Metering

BC Hydro

PO Box 9530 Stn Terminal

Vancouver B.C. V6B 4G8

 

Re: Letter dated 30 May 2014 — B.C. Utilities Commission approval of the Meter Choices Program fees

AND

REGARDING REPLACEMENT OF OLD ANALOGUES

B.C. Hydro states that it cannot accommodate appointments for meter exchanges. This is a problem for the following reasons:

       we have been advised that we must inspect the identity of the technician sent to change our meters and verify that they are BC Hydro certified employees

       turn off the main breaker in the home before the exchange commences

       verify that the replacement is the type of meter the home owner has requested

       verify that the replacement is in good order with no cracks, etc

       verify the expiry date of the new seal and check its certificate

The home owner should be allowed to make an appointment so that these points can be checked; also to throw the breaker on the breaker box.

As for ensuring that our meters are unobstructed, I assume that this means that devices that make it difficult to remove the meter have to be removed. When the seal on my analogue expires and BC Hydro sends me notice that it is to be exchanged, I will be leaving the meter with its locking device in place until the technician arrives at my door. This is another reason why it will be important for an appointment to be arranged as I work shifts and cannot guarantee that I will be present if a technician shows up unannounced.

These are the reasons that that analogue meter will remain protected:

       I have recently learned that grow ops are interested in stealing analogues. As there have been grow ops in my area and as people in my town know that I retained my analogue, it would not be a good move to leave the meter unprotected

       BC Hydro lies. It also sends ruffians and incompetent people to change meters. I need to ensure that BC Hydro has sent the technician and that the technician is qualified to change my meter

       If I leave the meter unprotected and for anybody to take, I might well end up with a digital or smart meter. I have to see, with my own eyes, the replacement meter.

       And if one of the sordid sorts that BC Hydro employs to swap out meters should do the work I have no guarantee of safety. What if this incompetent installs the meter improperly and sets the pole on fire?

It is too bad that BC Hydro has gone from being a reasonable and pleasant corporation to deal with to a lying, bullying, sociopathic one. I have to protect my home and self from BC Hydro because I do not trust it. Even its printed word, something which used to mean truth, frequently proves to be lies.

I will not pay a failed installation fee for insisting that I be here and witness that the job of swapping meters is done properly. I am responsible for my home and this is one of the ways that I take responsibility. BC Hydro can honour that and allow an appointment to be made. Why is this so difficult?

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Sent: June 4, 2014 5:33 PM
To: smartmeters@bchydro.com; director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca; greg.reimer@bchydro.com; jennifer.rice.mla@leg.bc.ca; john.horgan.mla@leg.bc.ca; kitty.hammer@hotmail.com; Lorraine Willis; una@citizensforsafetechnology.org
Subject: What is wrong with you people??

 

Dear BC Hydro smart meter people,

My account:  XXXXX

In today’s mail I received your letters dated May 28th, 2014 and May 30th, 2014 respectively.  Essentially they tell me my analog meter is going to be changed.  DO NOT EVEN TRY AS I HAVE REFUSED AND WILL CONTINUE TO REFUSE any such replacement.

Firstly, I refuse to have a smart meter on the grounds of danger to health, safety and privacy, and many times have communicated this to BC Hydro.  Secondly, I am a member of the Class Action suit against BC Hydro that is presently before the courts, and until such time as that matter is resolved must advise that I DO NOT CONSENT TO ANY CHANGE TO MY EXISTING ANALOG METER.  Thirdly, I never enrolled in your so called Meter Choices Program — IN FACT AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED I HAVE NEVER CONSENTED TO ANY CHANGE TO MY HYDRO SERVICE PLAN FROM 2005 TO THE PRESENT TIME.

When I received my December 2013 hydro bill, with a prorated “Legacy Meter Fee”, I submitted two cheques, a separate one for the extortion “Legacy Meter Fee” on the face of which I clearly marked PAID UNDER DURESS.

As your company continues to harass me with never ending mailouts, I am getting to the point where I am seriously considering cancelling my account, as your company instead of providing a service to the residents of BC is now using intimidation, harassment, lies and misrepresentation to convince the sheeple that “smart meters” will conserve power when in fact the opposite is true.

There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Canadians refusing to be intimidated into accepting the nightmare that smart meters will bring, and we are not going away anytime soon.  The billion dollars and more that have been wasted on your program to date, and the many billions more that will be wasted to correct the mismanagement behind the scenes is not going to decrease hydro rates, but will only inflate them to the point that you will end up losing many of your customers as the truth is finally evident of what a stupid idea a wireless smart meshed grid really is.

DO NOT BOTHER ME ANYMORE UNTIL THE CLASS ACTION SUIT IS COMPLETED IN THE SUPREME COURT.

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Sent: June 4, 2014 2:13 PM
To: Smart Meters; vicki.huntington.mla@leg.bc.ca; john.horgan.mla@leg.bc.ca; mike.farnworth.mla@leg.bc.ca; andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca;
Subject: Re: BC Hydro Meters

Dear Arum.

I strongly believe that my meter expiry date was not 2011, as indicated in the letter I received recently from BC Hydro.Before anything can be considered I would like to receive from you a BC HYDRO documented record of the expiry date that also should be available to an independent 3rd party for confirmation of authenticity of the document you provided. No exchange of the analog meter will happen without mutual consent on date and time. I am a member of the class action suit filed against BC Hydro and I understood that no action will be taken until the court case is settled. I will not accept any meter with the digital display.

I would like you to stop threatening me with “significant penalties”, “$65 Failed Installation Fee” etc. because you are breaking every single rule of the industry by:

1. Replacing meters while the power is “live”

2. Not having consent of the owner of the house

3. Not carrying proper insurance

4. Using unqualified people to perform installation and so on.

The exchange will be granted to qualified electricians with the proper license and my

presence at that time. I would like you to send me the confirmation of the receipt of this e-mail.

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