- More on the government’s misuse of the Freedom of Information Act which is denying us our right to know what is going on.
- A major insurer stopped insuring claims related to RF radiation as long ago as 2012, comparable to asbestos and GMO :
“We are the UK’s largest insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of life and general insurance.
Aviva has been helping people for over 300 years. Now over 34 million customers benefit from our insurance, savings and investment products and we employ 31,200 people worldwide”
Insurance/ Exclusion clauses :
‘Risk is so fundamental to who we are that there are some risks that we simply will not insure against. These include activities such as nuclear risks (Nuclear Act 1965); manufacture of tobacco; manufacture/sale or supply of arms; animal testing; war and toxic waste. Our exclusions also apply to liability cover for electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation; asbestos products; and genetically modified organisms – among other examples.‘
- Sorry for short notice of rallies against Bill C-51 on Saturday. There are 2 BC senators who either support the bill or are undecided: Neufeld and Raine. I hope you will consider emailing them – perhaps your own message instead of the canned letter would make an impression. It is possible that if C-51 passes, our type of group will be shut down, our attempt to rally support against the government silenced, making it virtually impossible for us to oppose illegal or undemocratic laws/actions by the agencies like Hydro and Fortis.
[Democracy – Privacy – Canada] May 30th: Unite For Our Rights National Day of Action to Stop Bill C-51 – OpenMedia & LeadNow:
(Courtenay Courthouse Lawn @ Noon
Vancouver Art Gallery @ 1:00PM
Victoria Centennial Square @ 6:00PM – The procession will start at Centennial Square on Saturday May 30th in the evening, at 6:00pm. This is the day of the third Canada-wide protest against Bill C-51. WE ASK THAT ALL FUNERAL ATTENDEES WEAR BLACK (please notify the Organizing Team if you do not have access to black clothing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will organize something for you!)
- Something really creepy. Listen to this clip to the very end (only 3 min or so). CBC radio Saturday 11:30 am, “the internet of (marketing) things.”
- Confirmation of what most of us knew to be true, that industry has bought scientists and has promoted dangerous products based on reports provided by these “bent” scientists. RFR research, Dr. Henry Lai did a study that was confirmed by a Harvard Univ. study that showed that when industry funds research, in 75% of the time the results will be supportive of the industry, e.g. that wifi is safe. When the research is independently funded, the reverse is true, 75% of the results will show that harm is possible. Funding of any scientific report must be considered, since it is obviously so important. “he who pays the piper calls the tune.”
From a member presenting to her council re. cell towers. http://www.thegoldenstar.net/breaking_news/304942001.html Emails to the newspaper can be sent to email@example.com
From a member re. Lithium Batteries:
This was in an earlier update, but it took a week for this to get published.
Sent: May 28, 2015 10:21 PM
Subject: Collectors in Our Neighbourhood
Hello Mr. MacDonald:
We have been hoping to gain answers for our neighbourhood newsletter from BC Hydro via their Twitter account at @BCHydro. Our questions have focused on three areas: are there remote collectors in our neighbourhood; where are the collectors in our neighbourhood (if there are any) located; and our third question: if there are no collectors in our neighbourhood and all meters are being read by meter readers, shouldn’t the people in our neighbourhood be receiving a refund on the legacy fees people in our neighbourhood pay to BC Hydro?
The @BCHydro Twitter account seems unwilling to provide answers to any of the above questions. Can you help?
( My comments in red. Sharon Noble)
> From: Smart Meters <SmartMeters@bchydro.com>
> Subject: RE: Collectors in Our Neighbourhood
> Date: May 29, 2015 at 10:53:39 AM PDT
> Dear Mr. X
> BC Hydro acknowledges your May 28, 2015 email regarding BC Hydro metering equipment.
> Collectors are part of the modern metering network. They receive information from smart meters in an area, and send this encrypted information back to BC Hydro. Collectors are mounted on existing utility poles 18 to 24 feet off the ground and communicate for just minutes a day in total. BC Hydro takes the security of its assets, employees and the public seriously, and we do not provide the physical locations of critical infrastructure, including collectors.
If you can see the collectors outside your home, how secure are they? From what or whom do they have to be protected?
> Like BC Hydro’s smart meters, collectors use low power, infrequent, short signals. BC Hydro’s smart metering network communicates using radio frequency which is common in our everyday lives and has been used safely for decades. Within most neighbourhoods sources of continuous radio frequency often include FM radio, television and cell phone signals. Health Canada has confirmed that this wireless technology does not pose any known health risk, and you can read more about this on Health Canada’s website at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/prod/meters-compteurs-eng.php.
Radio and TV transmitters that send signals for miles, not, as they imply, radios in our homes or cars.. And Health Canada’s statements are being challenged as being biased, not supported by independent scientific evidence. The initial question did not involve safety.
> More than 99 per cent of BC Hydro customers are using smart meters, and more than 95 per cent of these meters are read remotely. As with other customized services, customers who have chosen to use non-standard equipment are covering the cost of this service. The Meter Choices fees are fair and help recover the additional costs of maintaining resources, equipment and systems that are needed to serve customers with non-communicating meters. The fees have been approved by the BCUC and are now part of the bill for customers who chose to have non-standard meters. On the occasions when non-standard meters are not read as scheduled, the portion of the Meter Choices fee that recovers the cost of meter reading is credited to customers’ accounts as a Missed Meter Read credit.
The question was not answered about equitable and fair fees. If Hydro’s system isn’t capable of supporting smart meters being read remotely, why are those with legacy meters being charged? Not fair and there are no additional costs being incurred.
> If you have additional questions about BC Hydro’s metering network, please contact the Smart Metering Specialist Team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 800 409 8199.