2015-11-04 Hydro’s financial reports are not readily available — protecting a 3rd party!!

  • The New York group fighting for their right not to have $$meters on their homes have found a conflict of interest that could explain some of their problems. So often the answer to silence or “willful ignorance” is to follow the money.  This from an email sent to me as part of the group.

On the news last night, it was reported that during Sheldon Silver’s (former speaker of the NYS Assembly) corruption trial that Amy Paulin’s husband has 250K in stock with ConEd, which wants to roll out all these 2-way meters in New York.

 Amy Paulin is Chair of the Energy Committee of the NYS Assembly.

Many of us have met with Paulin’s staffers about smart meters and have basically been ignored/sneered at by them- now we know why.

We couldn’t understand why we couldn’t get a basic opt-out bill on the table after pointing out what went on in CA, ME, TX, VT, and elsewhere.

It was also reported that her husband has 150K stock in Merck , and she shepherded through a vaccine bill that would enrich Merck.

 

  • Recently wifi has been allowed on commercial airplanes, and this has raised concerns about the possibility of serious health problems among the crew from the constant exposure to RF radiation inside a Faraday cage. Attached is a document that raises many questions but one specific one: why is wifi being allowed on airplanes without proof that the crew and passengers will not be harmed?

 

  • Since Sept. 29 I’ve been attempting to get the most recent financial report with status information, as well as legacy fees and expenses. As you can see in the letters below, this is generally not information provided to the public. This is bewildering to me since this is our money that is being spent, our extortion fees being gathered and spent. What 3rd party is being protected?  If/when I get the reports I will share, but I believe this is something that should be questioned.
  • New report shows increased brain tumors in the 2008-2012, and Kendall denies this is happening. This report is from the US. So far I haven’t found a report from Canada. Please consider writing to our provincial health officer who is in denial about the health problems associated with wireless radiation. His email is kendall@gov.bc.ca

Brain and CNS tumors are the most common form of solid tumors in children,32,33 accounting for the majority of cancer mortality in this age group.34

Gliomas account for approximately 47.0% of tumors in children and adolescents age 0-19 years … Gliomas account for approximately 53.0% of tumors in children age 0-14 years.

http://neuro-oncology.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/suppl_4/iv1.full

 

 

  • Solar storm knocked out navigational systems in Sweden, and this was a “minor” storm.  A major storm has knocked out and will knock out the electrical grid. The results will be greater when the grid is more “connected”.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/solar-storm-sweden-1.3304271

  • An ALERT from FDA in the US about possible interference by  a smart meter with a neurostimulator for someone suffer with Parkinsons.   Wireless devices can interfere with other medical devices like hearing aids, pacemakers, etc.

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfmaude/detail.cfm?mdrfoi__id=2353116

 

 

  • Two Citizens Forum videos that were recorded last week and shown on Shaw on Vancouver Island are on youtube:

(video 12:18) [Cell Towers – Health – Safety] WorksafeBC Safety bulletin re working around roof top antennas by CanadaCitizensForum – YouTube – November 04, 2015:
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B823NSNefTE&feature=youtu.be

(WorksafeBC Safety bulletin re working around roof top antennas, the bulletin is a step in the right direction for Worksafe but misses important details and needs to be both written stronger and have stricter enforcement. WS alert 2014-8 Working around microwave radiation from rooftop antennas http://www2.worksafebc.com/i/posters/2014/ws14_08.html )

(video 12:37) [Fires – Safety] Smart Meter fires in BC with Sharon Noble Director of StopSmartMetersBC by CanadaCitizensForum – YouTube – November 04, 2015:
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K313_K1cvvs&feature=youtu.be
(Smart Meter fires in BC with Sharon Noble Director of StopSmartMetersBC with Citizen’s Forum’s Jack Etkin Smart meter fires are occurring in BC

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Letters:

From: Commission Secretary BCUC:EX [mailto:Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com]
Sent: November 4, 2015 4:19 PM
To: ‘Dennis and Sharon Noble’ <dsnoble@shaw.ca>
Subject: RE: Smart Meter Financial Report

Dear Ms. Noble,

Thank you for your email. Compliance filings are not automatically made available because they are not captured under the Commission’s Open Access Policy, available online at: http://www.bcuc.com/OpenAccessPolicy.aspx. Documents not captured under this policy are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, including the third party notification process outlined in section 23.

Regards,

Laura Sharpe

Manager, Information Services Group

British Columbia Utilities Commission

Phone: 604.660.4700 | Fax: 604.660.1102 | Toll Free: 1.800.663.1385

 

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From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:dsnoble@shaw.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 9:26 AM
To: Commission Secretary BCUC:EX
Subject: RE: Smart Meter Financial Report

Dear Ms. Sharpe,

I appreciate your prompt response. It is surprising that a financial report of a public body would be considered confidential in any regard. Could you please tell me if this is common practice?

Thank you.

Regards,

Sharon Noble

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From: Commission Secretary BCUC:EX [mailto:Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com]
Sent: November 3, 2015 8:09 AM
To: ‘Dennis and Sharon Noble’ <dsnoble@shaw.ca>
Subject: RE: Smart Meter Financial Report

Dear Ms. Noble,

Thank you for your email. Patrick Wruck provided me with your email so that I may assist you with your document request for the most recent BC Hydro Smart Metering and Infrastructure Program progress report. The record you have requested may contain information the disclosure of which may affect the interests or invade the personal privacy of a third party. In accordance with section 23 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, we have provided third party notice and will notify you within 30 business days regarding release of the record.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Regards,

Laura Sharpe

Manager, Information Services Group

British Columbia Utilities Commission

Phone: 604.660.4700 | Fax: 604.660.1102 | Toll Free: 1.800.663.1385

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From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:dsnoble@shaw.ca]
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 1:02 PM
To: Wruck, Patrick BCUC:EX
Subject: Smart Meter Financial Report

Dear Mr. Wruck,

Is it not required for BC Hydro to provide BCUC with quarterly financial updates to major programs such as the smart meter program? Wouldn’t this include the review of special assessments such as the legacy fees which have been charged since Dec. 1, 2013?

As you see below, in emails on which you were copied, I have been asking for copies of the most recent report for more than a month. Mr. MacDonald said that he had asked the Smart Meter department to respond, but so far I have heard nothing. Certainly no response is required except to provide copies of the reports.

Could you please provide me with copies of the most recent report(s) that BC Hydro provided to the BCUC? Whether these were covered periods 3 months or 3 years ago, I would like the last one that BC Hydro provided. Can you please confirm that you will be able to provide me with this information?

Thank you.

Regards,

Sharon Noble

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From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:dsnoble@shaw.ca]
Sent: October 21, 2015 9:03 PM
To: ‘greg.reimer@bchydro.com’ ; ‘jessica.mcdonald@bchydro.com’
Cc: Opposition Leader John Horgan (oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca) ; ‘adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca’ ; ‘Ian Jessop’ ; ‘commission.secretary@bcuc.com’ ; ‘Patrick.wruck@bcuc.com’ ; ‘bcauditor’
Subject: FW: Financial report

Dear Mr. Reimer and Ms. McDonald,

On September 29 I asked Mr. MacDonald for a copy of the last financial report on the Smart Meter program. As you can see he forwarded my request to the Smart Meter Department that day.

To date I have received no confirmation of this, nor have I received any idea about how long it should take to prepare “a response”.

The only conclusion I can reach for this delay is that no report has been prepared. I didn’t ask for a specific report – I asked for the most recent. Frankly, I don’t want “a response” from the Smart Meter Department. I would like a copy of the last financial report.

If the additional information that I asked for, e.g. the fees paid and the costs associated with the meter choice program, will take time to gather, I would appreciate being told that it is being gathered and being given an approximate timeframe.

Thank you.

Sharon Noble

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From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:dsnoble@shaw.ca]
Sent: October 14, 2015 1:48 PM
To: ‘Macdonald, Scott’ <Scott.MacDonald@bchydro.com>
Subject: RE: Financial report

Thank you. Have you any idea how long it will take for them to prepare a response? If the report is available, all I require is a copy.

Regards,

Sharon Noble

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From: Macdonald, Scott [mailto:Scott.MacDonald@bchydro.com]
Sent: October 14, 2015 11:13 AM
To: Dennis and Sharon Noble <dsnoble@shaw.ca>
Subject: RE: Financial report

Ms. Noble, I am informed that the SMI group is working on their response to your inquiry. Thank you.

From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:dsnoble@shaw.ca]
Sent: 2015, October 13 8:04 PM
To: Macdonald, Scott
Cc: Betsayda, Julie
Subject: Financial report

Dear Mr. MacDonald,

I have received no response from the SMI group indicating that the financial report with the accounting of the legacy fees exists. Could you please follow up? I would appreciate receiving confirmation that such information exists and will be provided to me.

Thank you.

Sharon Noble

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From: Macdonald, Scott [mailto:Scott.MacDonald@bchydro.com]
Sent: September 29, 2015 11:44 AM
To: Dennis and Sharon Noble <dsnoble@shaw.ca>
Cc: Betsayda, Julie <Julie.Betsayda@bchydro.com>
Subject: RE: Financial report

Ms. Noble, I have forwarded your request to the SMI group. They will keep me informed about progress, or lack thereof, re your inquiry.

SM

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From: Dennis and Sharon Noble [mailto:dsnoble@shaw.ca]
Sent: 2015, September 29 10:10 AM
To: Macdonald, Scott
Subject: Financial report

Dear Mr. MacDonald,

Could you please send me a copy of or a link to the most recent financial report on the Smart Meter Program? If this doesn’t include an accounting of the legacy fees, both the amount obtained and the cost of the additional services provided to those with legacy meters, could you please provide this report as well?

Thank you.

Regards,

Sharon Noble

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Newsletter prepared by Sharon Noble

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”   Albert Einstein