1) Electricity theft is made easier with wireless technology – quite the opposite from claims that the $$meters will reduce it.
2) Non-$$meter, but this article speaks of the governments’ attempt to dismantle the democratic institutions that define Canada and BC.
3) First disconnection reported, near New Denver. At this point, I have no information other than BC Hydro did disconnect due to outstanding legacy fees. As I learn more, I will share. Because these bullies can, under the Tariff, take this horrendous step, they will, if for no other reason than to send a message. We must work to change the Tariff, to force the fees to be removed because the law, the Utilities Commission Act, says they are wrong.
Sent: September 7, 2014
To: Gordon Hogg
Cc: Adrian Dix <email@example.com>; John Horgan <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Mike Farnworth <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org; Andrew Weaver <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Smart meters
Dear Gordon Hogg,
As is evidenced by the attached e-mail, written to you, et al, in 2011 by myself, I have long-standing concerns about the dangers of “smart” meters. (not attached. Pertained to Safety Code 6 and health Canada)
In the intervening years, the BC Liberal government has behaved in a way that reads to me as willful abuse of power on this issue. The government that you belong to has consistently interfered with the independent oversight of BC Hydro by the BC Utilities Commission. The successive ministers in charge of BC Hydro and the Energy portfolio continue to deny the truth and the dangers that ordinary citizens are becoming more concerned about relating to the “Smart” meter program. The BC government and its ministers’ steadfast defense that the province is bound to carry out this program, without deviation or adjustment for significant and emerging information, due to the legislation, the Clean Energy Act, that your Liberal government enacted, is disingenuous and so very disrespectful of the citizens that you are all elected to serve and to keep safe.
Additionally, the unfortunate situation is that, currently, Health Canada is not fulfilling its responsibility to incorporate current research and international research into our federal regulations, Safety Code 6, which set standards of radiofrequency energy exposures by wireless technologies. Even school children have identified that the 2014 SC6 review did not incorporate adequate research that has been published since 2009 (see attachment “Kids Letter to Health Canada re Safety Code 6 Review)! Please explore the following link, which further support my original concerns and bring more recent and relevant information to light: http://www.c4st.org/MOHSubmission .
Where is the transparency about the business case which should have been done and presented to British Columbians to support the investment of our tax dollars in a province of such mountainous terrain, and forests, both of which interfere with the functioning of radiofrequency transmissions, which is the mode of operation of the “smart” meters? Even without the complicating factors of our topography and vegetation, other regions (Europe) have determined that there is no valid business case for investing in such an infrastructure. http://www.rtcc.org/2014/06/19/eu-efficiency-set-back-as-countries-delay-smart-meter-rollout
And while the BC government fiddles and denies the dangers of the electromagnetic energies utilised by the smart meter program, a more immediate threat to British Columbians’ health, lives, and property has been installed on most of our homes. As we have heard in media from various parts of North America over the past couple of years, the “smart” meter installation on residential buildings has placed homes and lives at risk by fire, whether due to the “smart” meters themselves, or the installation procedures. Again, the officialdom in BC has been less than transparent and forthcoming about the incidence and prevalence of fires that are possibly, or more definitively, attributable to “smart” meters. Please see the attached report from the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters BC to see how inadequate the oversight is regarding tracking fire safety concerns relating to “smart” meters. http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/TruthAboutFires-TheReport.pdf There is no justification for endangering us all in this way.
In Canada, the former Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty has admitted that the “smart”meter program was a mistake in that province, since neither efficiency nor economy as promised has been achieved. Saskatchewan has placed a moratorium on its smart meter program due to fires and the threat thereof. Saskatchewan has stopped installations and is removing meters which had already been already installed. This is also occurring in the City of Portland, Oregon and now Medicine Hat, Alberta for similar reasons.
The BC Liberal government’s statement of the past that all British Columbian homes and businesses must have “smart” meters or the whole of the North American electricity “smart”grid won’t work is being demonstrated to be untrue.
Government officials everywhere are finding reasons to act in accordance with their moral integrity, examining the breadth and depth of the totality of these concerns, and deciding that they must act on their responsibility to keep their citizens safe from “smart” meters. I do hope that you will join them to put a stop to the growing folly of the “smart” meter program in BC.
The use of denial to justify blindly carrying on without using your own intellect and courage will eventually be overcome:
(Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. Director, Center for Family and Community Health School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley Center: http://cfch.berkeley.edu)
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.
Gordon Hogg, there are safer, less expensive ways to accomplish BC Hydro’ stated goals of the smart meter program: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/residential-energy-monitoring.pdf Why is the BC Government obsessed with spending our taxpayers’ monies on technology that must be continually updated due to continually evolving security concerns (this issue has been identified by the very manufacturers of “smart”meters) when a much less expensive, electromagnetic radiation-free, unhackable alternative existed???
Gordon Hogg, it is your duty to protect us, and I am asking you to protect me and my family, and all families in British Columbia. Will you? What will you do to accomplish this?