- Last Saturday Dr. Malcolm Paterson gave a presentation in Oliver. In this Global news video Fortis is allowed to present its inaccurate responses without comments – about the level of radiation, the safety factors – e.g. a report saying $$meters reduce fire risk. This is the report by Len Garis (for which Hydro paid $15,000) in which he merely counted the number of electrical fires reported to the Fire Commissioner and said because the number had reduced, $mart meters are not fire hazards. First a horrendous leap in logic, but moreover the number of electrical fires reported has decreased in part, I believe, because fewer fires are being reported, period. Many fires have not been reported to the Commissioner even 1-2 years after the fire. Also many causes are listed as “undetermined”. Fire departments’ budgets have been severely reduced over the last few years and (according to an anonymous insider) have been told not to bother with detailed inspections if arson has been ruled out. This report by Len Garis isn’t worth the time it took to write it (2 days) but Hydro and Fortis are using it every chance they have. I hope people will comment to Global News. My letter is below. The report on the Oliver meeting portion begins at 6:25 minute point.
- More on the lawsuit filed by Hydro against an apartment manager trying to protect the safety of his tenants. All Mr. Jackanin has asked for is proof that the $meters are safe. Hydro can’t or won’t provide it, so they are suing Mr. Jackanin for insisting. This seems like the ultimate in bullying and intimidation. We are being forced to have something that evidence shows to be dangerous, and we are the ones being harassed, punished, and sued!! Bravo for Mr. Jackanin. We should all lend our support.
- In Germany the concern remains the same after all these years: the benefits don’t justify the costs.
On the face of it, smart meters seem useful. They provide information on our power consumption and can help us use that power when it is cheapest. It all sounds good. So good in fact that the EU has called for 80% of European households to be fitted with a smart meter by 2022 – provided that it makes sense economically. But there is strong evidence suggesting that, for most electricity users, the costs would outweigh the benefits. Which is why we cannot have an obligation for consumers to have smart meters fitted at their own expense.
- The technology of smeters is changing rapidly. Sensus removed the lithium metal battery from the model installed in Saskatchewan. The fires there were determined to be caused by the remote disconnect switch. The ITRON meters used by Hydro and Fortis has both of these components. Sensus is now introducing a safer meter. Time will tell what the problems are with it.
“Some of the meter safety features that exceed industry standards include a redesigned power supply for increased over-voltage protection and better transient performance, isolated components and patented and patent-pending heat identification and protection. Specifically, the meter provides patented, local intelligence to autonomously and remotely open the disconnect switch so the meter can safely shut off if an issue is detected.”
- In Namibia groups are attempting to raise awareness of the dangers posed by exposure to wireless devices. In a newspaper article from May 2014 increased cancers in children were reported, but not confirmed by the Cancer Society. There is no reason to believe that the incidents of cancers and other serious diseases are any different here in BC and Canada, and here, too, the Cancer Societies will not acknowledge this. We need to find where statistics are kept – certainly some agency has this info. This is from the group Radiation Awareness Namibia.
Long-Term Health Risk To Namibian Communities:
“Biological Effects from Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation Emitted by Cell Tower Base Stations & Antennas” (*)
According to the Cancer Association of Namibia, “The number of young cancer patients has increased in recent years, with children as young as three months being diagnosed with the disease…children are being diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, cancer of the kidneys, the liver, the spinal cord and the eye as well as brain tumours.” (The Namibian, 14 May 2014).
While it will always be difficult to establish a causal link of any cancer to a specific RF source, it is reckless to continue to ignore the now established additional environmental risk factor of RF exposure, such as antennas directly near homes, ‘always on’ Wi-Fi routers, cordless phones, baby monitors or frequent and close exposure to other sources such as cell phones against the head, stored in pockets or in women’s bras, laptops on laps, or any Wi-Fi gadget frequently used close up to the body or eyes. While Namibia’s Cancer Association has not acknowledged our information, the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) in November 2014 is reported to have issued a stern warning: “Giving children cellphones and other wireless technology devices carries enormous risks.“
- Kendall has called for marijuana edibles to be properly tested and clearly labelled so people understand the strength. And Dr. Daly who reports to Kendall is worried about children. That’s the way it should be, but why the double standard? Kendall, and therefore Daly, are fine with no testing of wireless devices and microwave radiation that is engulfing all of us without choice Should we not have the same right to have these products tested to ensure safety? Shouldn’t we be allowed to know the possible dangers of using a cell phone, wifi or smeter? Is the difference the power of the telecom industry vs. the marijuana industry?
Sent: June 15, 2015 1:58 PM
Subject: Fortis Smart Meters
Dear Mayor and City Council,
I am a retired science teacher (17 years at Okanagan College) which does not make me an expert on science issues but I do know when “good” science is being done or even science period. The science behind smart meters is without question flawed for two reasons: first of all it is too limited in its scope – only dealing with the heat effects of microwave radiation and second, it is carried out by a group who has a very vested interest in the results the smart meter provides.
As a council you feel possibly you have no reason to doubt what you have been told, but I submit that is not true. There is always room for doubt. And in this case, where there is so much conflicting findings, I think the precautionary principle should prevail. Why are so many municipal groups in North America opting out of smart meters? I am also dismayed that there may be a conflict of interest in the City of Kelowna as they have a large vested interest in Fortis itself. This does not make me feel that my safety is being looked after. It would be mistaken to feel that you as a council and Mayor have no formal liability in this matter because I feel there has been enough input into your office about negative things with regards to smart meters that you now cannot claim “you did not know” of possible harm. It is never too late to question what is happening, unless you wait until the harm is extreme.
What assurances do I have as a citizen of Kelowna that the precautionary principal is being seriously looked at, and that citizen’s rights to opt out and not to be bullied and extorted are being respected?
Name provided at author’s request. Please read from the bottom up. To/from College of Physicians and Surgeons.
From: Jim Ervin
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: Form submission from Website: Contact Us
I thank you for your prompt response. However I believe you should know that Dr. Kendall hasn’t failed in his role in an administrative capacity to the government. And therein lies the problem for the people of BC. His blind obedience to BC government policy on Safety Code 6 radiation levels means no protection from WI FI radiation to our children in schools, let alone everyone else. He has failed and continues to fail as a doctor, not as a BC government employee. If you and the College of Physicians and Surgeons can’t see that he has violated his Hippocratic Oath in ignoring the findings of independent scientists in this regard, then I believe you will be held responsible for failing the people of BC as well.
—– Original Message —–
From: “Inquiries” <Inquiries@CPSBC.CA>
To: Jim Ervin
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 10:13:45 AM
Subject: RE: Form submission from Website: Contact Us
Hello Mr. Ervin,
Thank you for your inquiry regarding Dr. Perry Kendall.
Your concerns relate to Dr. Kendall relate to his role in an administrative capacity as an employee of the BC government. We would suggest that you kindly direct your concerns to the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. You can find their contact information here:
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 11:33 AM
Subject: Form submission from Website: Contact Us
Submitted on Fri, 2015-06-12 11:32
Submitted by: Jim Ervin
Dr. Perry Kendall
Comments and Questions:
I write to you over my concerns that BC’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr.
Perry Kendall has abrogated his responsibility to the people of this province and needs to be dismissed immediately. His total acceptance of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 for allowable radiation levels in Canada means that he has ignored the findings of many independent scientists who say that our allowable radiation levels are far too high. Dr. Kendall has shown that he works only for the government of BC and not for the people of this province.
His defence of the WI-FI industry, among other things amounts to blatant lies. While other countries of the world refuse to allow WI-FI in schools due to the radiation danger, Dr. Kendall remains silent on the issue and follows the wishes of government and industry. His silent acceptance of Smart meters on BC homes further ignores the dangers of radiation and fires which happen regularly on Smart metered buildings all over North America. You call him a doctor but what kind of a doctor does nothing while people suffer? He has ignored his Hippocratic Oath and I urge you to dismiss him immediately.
From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: June 17, 2015 1:42 PM
Hello, Global News Okanagan,
I would like to thank you for your coverage of Dr. Paterson’s important presentation in Oliver last Saturday. Many people still have no idea about the problems associated with these meters, and they deserve to have this information so that they can take precautionary steps to protect the health and safety of their families.
I would like to dispute the statements made by Fortis BC in response.
First, these meters are fire hazards, with many design flaws that could and have led to fires in BC as well as elsewhere. For example, these are made largely of combustible plastic, unlike the metal and glass of which analogs are made. They hold a lithium metal battery which can explode and burn when exposed to heat (like that from the summer sun) or moisture (like condensation).
In a recent legal case in Texas, experienced workers for Texas utility companies testified that palettes of burned ITRON smart meters were piled up in their work shops, that many fires and failures had occurred, and the public was being denied the information, with workers being told to blame the meter base. You can read the testimony at http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Reed_Answering_Brief-1.pdf
Second, the fire report to which Fortis referred was commissioned by BC Hydro and Len Garis, former head of the BC Fire Chiefs Association, was paid $15, 000 to write it. He used the high level summary data from the BC Fire Commissioner’s annual reports and stated that the number of electrical fires had reduced due in part to the smart meters and implied that it also meant smart meters were safe. First this is a terrible leap in logic, but second he did not consider that the data was incomplete. I have been reviewing fire reports and have found that many have not been submitted to the Fire Commissioner even after 2 years. Much of this is due to the fact that the recent budgets of the Fire Departments have been cut dramatically. I was told by one fire chief (who asked to remain anonymous) that they have been told to not spend time investigating causes once they have ruled out arson. In addition to many reports being outstanding, many are submitted with the cause given as “undetermined.” This is the report that Fortis and Hydro use to back up their assertions of smart meter safety.
Third, the statement that the levels of radiofrequency radiation is not of concern goes contrary to everything leading independent scientists are saying. A few weeks ago more than 200 researchers and scientists sent a petition to the UN asking for the precautionary principle to be applied with regard to wireless emissions. Also microwave radiation from all wireless devices has been classified as a 2b carcinogen by the International Agency on Research on Cancer, the same classification as lead, DDT, HIV and many industrial chemicals. The industry will say, in an effort to mock the significance of this classification, that coffee and pickled veggies are also 2b. Not entirely accurate. Coffee is a 2b because large quantities of caffeine have been linked to bladder cancer. Also, an Asiatic pickling agent (not pickled vegetables in general) has been linked to various cancers.
Dr. Paterson and 100s of other scientists have nothing to gain from warning the public about the health risks, but the industry has much to gain by misleading the public into allowing the ever-increasing use of wireless devices. The smart meters emit thousands of signals all day every day. We are being given no real choice to avoid their radiation as we can cell phones and baby monitors. They cannot be turned off.
I hope you will do another segment and present this information to the public. Sadly neither this government nor the utility monopolies will.
If you would like more information on these topics, please just let me know.
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters