1) In Arizona, there is a complaint against the utility for consumer fraud, charging the utility with giving false or misleading info. to the customers re. $$meter. The same thing should be done here. Time and time again BC Hydro and the government have given incorrect or deceptive info. about RF emissions and fire risk, for example.
2) BC Hydro selling monitors so people can see the amount of electricity used minute by minute. But you need a $meter to use this!! What would be preferable would be a device sounding an alarm when the meter overheats.
3) Rafe Mair calls Clark, Bennett, and the entire cabinet as they are –incompetent and a disgrace. Whether it’s the Mt. Polley disaster or the smeter program, this government works for the corporations. We should demand they resign for the sake of the province, our environment and our future.
4)An excellent article entitled “Smart Meter Scandal” that appeared in the Valley Voice.
5) EMF Summit begins Sept. 2. Today’s guest is Sam Milham, THE expert on dirty electricity.
Watch a YouTube excerpt from his interview here: ===> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI6VhS_QCJ0
The full length interview will be available for 48 hours absolutely free of charge. ===> http://bit.ly/EMFinterviewsPage
6) Not smeter. Oz warns about breast cancer and cell phones (although, according to most researchers, it’s not the heat from the cell phone but the RF that is the cause of the cancer).
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2014
Subject: News tip to CBC Vancouver
Dear News Editor,
There was a house fire on Vancouver Island in Langford last week. It appears the smart meter was involved. In light of the recent events in Saskatchewan, where the government has ordered the removal of all 105,000 smart meters installed because of fires, I think someone should do a serious follow up investigation of this event.
The public has been told preliminary results indicate the fire started in a planter under the meter by a cigarette. I find this implausible because the renters of this house do not smoke and there was no one home at the time of the fire. It also seems implausible to me that a planter filled with soil and maybe a small amount of combustible material (a plant) would be enough to set a house on fire, a house whose exterior is clad with stucco. It is much more likely that the fire started at the meter and set the planter below it on fire.
There have been many other fires in BC that are linked to smart meters, but oddly not one single fire has been determined to be the direct result of a smart meter. There is always some other cause and in most cases those causes don’t appear to be plausible. The Langford fire is just another example. If you look at all the fires to date where a smart meter was involved you will find a great deal of unanswered questions and those questions are being ignored.
Frankly, I don’t buy it. I believe the government and the hydro companies are lying to the public and putting people’s lives at risk. I really think this is newsworthy, don’t you?
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Subject: TRUTH ABOUT SMART METER FIRES AND FAILURES IN BC —
Dr. ANDREW WEAVER
MLA OAK BAY/ GORDON HEAD
AUGUST 31st, 2014
Dear Dr. Weaver,
Please read the attached information about smart meter fires and failures in British Columbia. (not included, it was the Fire Report)
I am giving you this information about fires because I am concerned that I have/will be forced to have a smart meter, a fire hazard on my home. Our family has refused installation of a smart meter due to their hazards and due to the withdrawal of smart meters in many other jurisdictions, including in Canada, the US and other international jurisdictions.
As your constituent I implore you to do all you can to have this program stopped, and to have all smart meters removed, as they have done in Saskatchewan and Portland, Oregon. We deserve to be treated with the same level of concern as the people in other places. Our lives, the lives of our families, and our homes are at risk.
Dr. Weaver, it is your duty to protect us, and I am asking you to protect me and my family. I would also expect a rely from you about this issue. You have been written to before by my husband and myself and we have not had a response. And as I am sure you are aware, BC Hydro continues to harass us about payment of a ‘legacy meter fee’ which we refuse to pay. We continue to pay BC Hydro for our electricity consumption as has been done on this property for 80 years.
Please read this Executive Summary and the report at http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TruthAboutFires-TheReport.pdf
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.
Now that the concerns have escalated to the Federal level, Measurement Canada needs to be critically involved to certify the electronic and data portions of the smart meter implementation, as it certainly seems that they have not done that, which is a remarkable omission.
“Whether it’s corruption of data between meters and the billing department, erroneous estimates where connectivity does not exist, gross incompetency or something else on the part of the provincial government, this merits further investigation.”
Don’t overlook the scale of these problems, as they affect millions of people (voters).
It appears that the data stream between the meter and the customers’ invoices has never been certified for accuracy, reliability and appropriateness. And is constantly being tinkered with by Hydro programmers.
Your own Ontario MP is calling foul on the Hydro One scandal with thousands of complaints from homeowners.
Same in BC with BC Hydro conducting shameful and intimidatory tactics, whether it is the $34.20 outrageous monthly legacy meter charge, plus the $65 failed connection fee, plus doubtful billing practices.
We have failed to verify through written requests to BC Hydro and to the British Columbia Utilities’ Commission, and Measurement Canada whether the smart meter measures the same as the analogue meter, although Itron and other Manufacturers clearly state in writing that the smart meter measures more than the analogue meter, See here.
(see page two of the attachment of: Camden_Pairs_Itron_Meters,_Automated_Meter_Reading_for_Impressive_Results__-_City_gains_efficiency_and_additional_revenues.PDF) [- http://www.energycentral.com/download/products/camden.pdf]
(see page one of the attachment 100188SP-06 C1S CENTRON.PDF that the smart meter “Captures energy that was not monitored in the past by electromechanical meters”) [- http://www.cqlpe.ca/pdf/C1S-CENTRON.pdf]
So why doesn’t Measurement Canada seek to remedy this fraudulent practice, since homeowners have not been advised that BC Hydro measures power differently?
These issues are in addition to the use of a non-certified product, in contravention of the BC Electrical Safety Act, as well as the practice of conducting live meter change-outs in violation of the CSA certification of the Homeowners’ meter bases.
It appears that none of the Federal and Provincial Agencies that are responsible for regulating, monitoring and enforcing these installations and the ongoing metering and billing operations are doing their job.
Sounds like Mount Polley, Lake Megantic, De la Concorde overpass collapse in Laval, L’Isle-Verte nursing home fire in PQ., all incidents that lacked adequate oversight.
This issue will not go away.
How can we be confident that these Federal and Provincial Agencies are held accountable effective in protecting the Public, as it appears that they are NOT?
Conservative MP Gallant calls for smart meter investigation
MP Cheryl Gallant at Measurement Canada lab: the problem is with Hydro One
For Immediate Release
August 29, 2014.
MP Gallant Investigates Hydro One Smart Meters
Ottawa, Ontario… Cheryl Gallant, MP recently met with Industry Canada officials regarding the controversial Ontario Hydro One “smart meter” program. The meeting was a result of an investigation that was requested by the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP due to the thousands of complaints she has received about Hydro One. While the regulation of electricity is a provincial responsibility, measuring devices like electricity meters falls under Federal jurisdiction.
“When I started my investigation into Hydro One so-called smart meters after receiving thousands of complaints from electricity customers, the Saskatchewan smart meter fires that prompted calls to remove all installed meters in that Province were not yet in the media,” observed Cheryl Gallant, MP. “While our Federal Minister of Industry was already working with me in my investigation, the observation that other jurisdictions were experiencing problems with the new electricity meters added a sense of urgency to my investigation,” remarked MP Gallant. “The odd fact about the billing problems and smart meters at Hydro One, is that they seemed to be confined only to the Ontario Provincial Crown Corporation.”
“Measurement Canada, the Federal Agency at the Department of Industry tasked with the responsibility to regulate metering devices, confirmed for me the problem is not with individual electricity meters when they are received from the manufacturer for certification. Laboratory tests confirm this. That means the problem is with Hydro One. “Whether it’s corruption of data between meters and the billing department, erroneous estimates where connectivity does not exist, gross incompetency or something else on the part of the provincial government, this merits further investigation.”
“Measurement Canada also confirmed to me its interest is seeing full disclosure on an individual’s Hydro One bill. Of particular note is the charge for “line loss.” It is not clear what the “line loss” or “delivery” charge on someone’s bill is actually for. Actual line loss is an easy calculation. Hydro One and the provincial government have made the calculation so convoluted, this needs an independent investigation. This is all about fairness. Not considered a tax, electrical use increases hurt more than a tax hike because at the end of the day you have less money in your pocket for food, rent, heat mortgage payments and other necessities of life,” concluded Cheryl Gallant, MP.
Any chance you could take specific action on this and let me know?
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
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