2015-02-16 BC Hydro continues to refuse to provide information

 

  • In Australia: Health problems due to Smart Meter force family to move.

 http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/central/smart-meter-problems-force-balwyn-north-family-out-of-home/story-fngnvlpt-1227218811025

 

  • In Maryland, someone was able to get the smart meter removed and the analog returned, it cost $75, plus $17 a month opt out fee. We’re still #1 in costs.  Plus they can have an analog.

 http://www.wmdt.com/news/more-local-news/locals-upset-over-smart-meters-support-senate-bill-9/31287120

 

 

  • REMINDER: A significant Bill, C-648,  asking that cell phone manufacturers be required to put health warnings on phones, saying basically what is already hidden in their manuals, which go unread. Only 15 MPs have signed on to support this bill. Please write your MP and ask for him/her to support this, and if they refuse, ask them why. Just as with cigarettes, the public has a right to be informed about the hazards involved with their decisions. The bill and list of MPs can be found at:

 http://c4st.org/PMB

 

  • Privacy concerns  about the “smart” devices that are ubiquitous – on appliances, electronics and on the walls of our homes. Our personal lives must be protected by refusing these new devices until the privacy-invading “smart” element is removed.

 http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/smart-devices-think-you-re-too-lazy-to-opt-out-of-privacy-defaults-1.2957114

 

  • Tesla plans on having batteries that will make going off the grid much more feasible.

 http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/13/8033691/why-teslas-battery-for-your-home-should-terrify-utilities

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Letters:

Please read from the bottom up.

 

From: Sharon Noble
Sent: February 15, 2015 9:37 PM
To: FOI Officer Scott MacDonald (scott.macdonald@bchydro.com)
Subject: FOI request 201.20.2015-112

Mr. MacDonald,

No. it doesn’t. Why are you playing games with me?

You know the information for which I am asking is something to which the public has a right. I and the many thousands of members of the Coalition deserve to know if and why smart meters are overheating, burning or otherwise failing.

The information I am asking for involves no third party other than the customer who experienced the fire or incident. Simply redact the customer’s name.

 

BC Hydro has or should have easy and ready access to documentation of incidents that involved a device which is being put on everyone’s home. It’s been 2 months since my initial request. Please provide a full and complete response without further obfuscation.

Regards,
Sharon Noble

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 From: Macdonald, Scott [mailto:Scott.MacDonald@bchydro.com]
Sent: February 15, 2015 4:19 PM
To: Sharon Noble
Subject: FOI request 201.20.2015-112

Ms. Noble, the letter you attached to your note provides the answers to your questions.

Thank you.

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From: Sharon Noble
Sent: February 14, 2015 9:21 AM
To: FOI Officer Scott MacDonald (scott.macdonald@bchydro.com)
Subject: FOI request 201.20.2015-112

Dear Mr. MacDonald.

On Jan. 20, 2015 you sent me the attached acknowledgement which pertains to the FOI below. In the response you said third parties have to be consulted.

See Jan. 20, 2015 letter from BC HYDRO here

Could you please tell me who these third parties might be?  Also, could you please tell me when I might expect to receive these records?

Thank you.

Regards,
Sharon Noble

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From: Sharon Noble
Sent: January 8, 2015 8:22 AM
To: FOI Officer Scott MacDonald (scott.macdonald@bchydro.com)
Subject: FOI request

Dear Mr. MacDonald,

I have yet to receive confirmation that you have received this request. Would you please provide it and the date by which I can expect to receive this information?

Thank you.

 Regards,
Sharon Noble

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From: Sharon Noble
Sent: December 16, 2014 8:52 PM
To: FOI Officer Scott MacDonald (scott.macdonald@bchydro.com)
Subject: FOI request

Dear Mr. MacDonald,

On June 17, 2014 you kindly sent me a response to my FOI request  number 201.20.2015-004.

 Under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act I would like to request all records on the following incidents that were on this report:

1)  number 15, date __ July 2012, Location Coquitlam, Post Install, “Smart meter installed on __ July 2012. Preliminary investigation indicates excessive consumption load overheated socket and created fire. Investigation ongoing.”

2)  number 23, date __ Nov. 2012, Location Ladysmith, Post install, “ Trouble order on __ November 2012 reports a house fire. Fire Department called the fire in. Crew comments are that house and meter destroyed by the time the PLT arrived. (Like disconnected at pole here due to severity of the fire.) Crew comments do not specify a cause of the fire. Meter installed __ Jan. 2012.”

3)  number 24, date __ Dec. 2012, Location Abbotsford, Sustainment, “ Abbotsford Fire Department reported an incident where a homeowner claimed his newly installed smart meter was smoking and proceeded to get his camera to take a picture of it. Supposedly, while taking the picture, the smart meter shot off the wall – this has not been verified, there is no photo, and there is no further information. Smart meter installed March __ 2012.”

4)  Number 25m date __ Jan. 2013, Location Vernon, Sustainment, “Small fire in kitchen of Restaurant during in which a 3-phase meter socket was destroyed. Smart meter installed Oct. __ 2012.”

Thank you.

Regards,
Sharon Noble

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