- An excellent opinion piece written by someone who is very new to the debate about the safety of microwave radiation. This is one that could be shared with friends, relatives, politicians, etc.
- More teacher union, schools and parents are becoming aware of the dangers associated with wifi in schools and are demanding precautionary actions be taken. Two new groups were just added to this list – both in Ontario:
- Another study showing serious health effects after prolonged exposure to microwave radiation. This study found significant effects to foetus exposed to RF at levels considered safe in Canada and the US, both of whom use the ICNIRP and IEEE guidelines.
“…a huge amount of research articles of epidemiological, human, animal, cellular, mechanisms and dosimetry studies points to non-thermal effect of microwave (MW) on the biological system after chronic exposure of the environment and human population to RF-EMW….
The frequency and SAR were used in our experiment were within safety limits of ICNIRP & IEEE guidelines. According to experiment results, we suggest that long-term exposure to EMF within microwave frequency during a pregnancy lead to chronic stress which in turn may cause some detrimental effects on pre- and postnatal development via different pathways, for that an additional studies need to be conducted to clarify the actual pathways that involve in such harmful effects.
Subject: Re: BC Hydro Meter Replacement Notification
Date: March 23, 2016 at 2:19:34 PM PDT
To: “Complaints BCUC:EX” <Complaints@bcuc.com>
Mr. Wruck –
I continue concerned about the fire safety of the electronic (‘smart’, radio-on and radio-off) meters BC Hydro and Fortis BC have installed on the walls of homes and businesses throughout BC. As well I am extremely annoyed I have to be paying $64.80 per month to keep my two incombustible analog meters.
On Sept 30, 2015 you told me the Commission was investigating smart meter fire safety. Would you please advise me of the status of this fire safety study. Thank you –
On Sep 30, 2015, at 8:09 AM, Complaints BCUC:EX <Complaints@bcuc.com> wrote:
Thank you for your email to the BC Utilities Commission regarding your ongoing concerns about the safety of BC Hydro’s smart meters and previous statements provided to you regarding the Commission’s jurisdiction over safety of smart meters.
While the Commission has not had any involvement in the planning or implementation of the Smart Metering Program due to the Clean Energy Act, it has recently come to our attention that the Commission does have general supervision over the safety of BC Hydro’s smart meters. Accordingly, if we receive a complaint, with evidence about an actual safety incident, Commission staff or the Commission may investigate the incident.
For your information, Commission staff are in receipt of a complaint regarding smart meter safety (specifically concerns about fire risks) with evidence and we are currently investigating that matter.
I trust this information clarifies the jurisdiction of the Commission.
Customer Relations Analyst
British Columbia Utilities Commission
6th Floor, 900 Howe Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2N3
Phone: 604.660.4700 | Fax: 604.660.1102 | Toll Free: 1.800.663.1385
Sent: March 21, 2016 3:56 PM
To: Customer, Relations <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Dennis and Sharon Noble <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org; Shirley Bond <email@example.com>
Subject: Your “SECOND NOTICE – ACCESS TO METER
Dear BC Hydro,
I am in receipt of your unsigned letter of 2016 March 09, postmarked the following day, addressed to me, with no file distinction. (see my account #, et cetera in previous communications below)
It states, “SECOND NOTICE – ACCESS TO METER”
I believe you are in error on a number of significant points:
I do not recall receiving an invoice including a message that you were unable to access my meter as indicated in the first paragraph of your letter.
My mistake. Your invoice, Billing Date Mar 08, 2016 has the following plain text, on page 2 among verbiage about telephone fraud scams, MyHydro, what to do in the case of an outage, and how to pay by credit card.
“Our meter reader has reported difficulty in gaining access to the meter(s) at your property due to an obstructed road/walkway. Please assist us by calling us at 1-800-224-9376 to discuss our options for gaining access to your meter(s).” END QUOTE
Under the circumstances, I have no faith in phoning but prefer to say what I have to say in writing.
To state that this is a SECOND NOTICE, implies something that is simply not correct. I resent the implications of receiving a SECOND NOTICE, as if I were being negligent. Your letter further issues a threat for further non-compliance. “If you do not provide access to the meter, your service/s could be subject to disconnection.” END QUOTE
As stated in previous communications (see below) I have lived at this address for approximately 30 years. No substantive changes to my driveway have occurred in that time. It has always been a seasonal driveway. We do not drive on it if there is any snow on it because it ices up and becomes impassable for all for the rest of the season. Instead, as required we park at the bottom of the driveway and walk up the shovelled footpath. Further, in the autumn, when the frost is coming out of the ground, the gravel driveway becomes very soft, and susceptible to severe rutting.
If visiting family (with luggage) and friends, and Jehovah Witnesses can manage the climb, I would suggest you hire people that want to do their jobs.
I visited Google Earth to gather firm data on this matter:
The distance from the seasonal car park and the meter is approximately 50 meters with an elevation gain of 5 meters. My wife and I are pensioners (I expect my OAS it kick in next month.) When the driveway is impassable to vehicle traffic, we carry our groceries up the driveway, staying on the footpath. For 30 years BCHydro employees have managed without issuing threats.
What has changed is the attitude of BC Hydro and staff and/or contractors.
Now might be a good time to remind you that in the past I celebrated BC Hydro as power to the people. However, my goodwill in recent times has been challenged. An examination of my payment history will show that in the past when we received a bill from BC Hydro, we would put an addition $100 – $200 dollars on account, without financial concession, in order to be certain that we could meet the next billing period in case we were away from home at billing time. I continue that payment pattern with other utilities, but no longer with BC Hydro.
Your bill (Invoice Number: xxxxxx) of Mar 08, 2016 does not advise me of an estimated assessment, so am I to assume that the meter was read? In the past, I have received estimated bills for protracted periods of time. I can think of two occasions where I had to phone BC Hydro to get satisfaction on errors in billing.
Other jurisdictions have discovered other means for billing, including self-reporting.
Submit a meter reading Your bill will be more accurate if your natural gas and electricity meters are read regularly. Submit your meter reading.
I have added my MLA to the cc list and included previous messages to this email for her consideration.
In view of the recent behaviours exhibited by BC Hydro employees/contractors, I would feel more trusting if I were home for meter readings and access activities until my trust can be restored. I will make every attempt to be home for the next expected meter reading between May 03 and May 04, 2016.
Thank you for your kind attention in this matter.
Practice safe tech, don’t do it with wifi