2015-12-07 Day 1 Lawsuit Certification Hearing

  • Thank you all who came to the class action hearing today. Below is a summary written by one of the members who attended. Greg will be providing a summary for each day.
  • I hope that people will call or write to CKNW about their report. They often miss the point, and they did this time, too. The key of the class action is that we have a right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to refuse having something we believe dangerous to be put on our homes. The government and any govt. agency cannot legally force any to use a device that a reasonable person might consider to be harmful. We don’t have to prove RF is dangerous – and CKNW gives the impression that Hydro’s argument is that RF isn’t dangerous. With all the studies and reports, over the last 50 years, about RF, any reasonably intelligent person should be concerned.  IT IS ALL ABOUT CHOICE.

http://www.cknw.com/2015/12/07/concerned-group-hoping-for-green-light-in-smart-meter-civil-suit/

 

  • Kit Weaver in Illinois has bought a report, “For privacy’s sake: Consumer ‘opt outs’ for smart meters,” and shares sections of it:

“Smart metering systems enable massive collection of personal information from European and U.S. households with the potential intrusiveness increased by the ability to infer information from the data about what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes.” 

“In both Europe and the United States, concerns about consumer privacy and data protection and concerns about other potential harms, including health concerns, have caused delays in programs to roll out smart meters.  In particular, questions are arising about whether consumers should be given options to keep analog meters or provided with other options that would mitigate the potential privacy-intrusiveness of smart meters.”

http://smartgridawareness.org/2015/12/07/smart-meters-likely-to-provoke-opposition/

 

  • Cellphones, ipads, etc. give warnings, usually in the back of a manual that few people read, about keeping the devices around 1 inch from the body at all times. Here is a warning from Apple:

From the Apple Macbook Pro “Important Product Information Guide”

Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy

“The radiated output power of the wireless technology is below the FCC and EU radio frequency exposure limits.  Nevertheless, it is advised to use the wireless equipment in such a manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized.” 


  • CBS had a program on tonight about EHS. If I get a copy of the program I will share, but if it was like this article, it fails to address the recent studies and to exposure Rubin’s studies as being biased and poorly done, expecting all to react immediately to and to be able to identify exposures to the same frequencies. EHS is far more complex than Rubin’s studies.

 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/can-you-really-be-allergic-to-wi-fi/

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Letters:

A short summary of the proceedings of Day 1, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, in Davis vs B.C. Hydro.

Citizens For Safe Technology and Stop Smart Meters BC had a turnout that was too large for the fifth-floor B.C. Supreme Court room at 800 Smithe St., so at the first recess, some of the people who had seats gave them up to those who had been out in the hall, so that everyone could be in the court room for at least some of the proceedings on Day 1.

It’s important to understand that this five-day court case is not to argue for a more just smart meter opt-out program or even for an end to the penalty for keeping your old analog electricity meter.

It’s a five-day hearing to apply for the certificate that’s required to launch a class action lawsuit against the way BC Hydro has gone about its program to install a smart meter on every home and office in the province.

CST-Stop Smart Meters lawyer David Aaron was asked outside the courtroom, if he is successful in winning approval to go ahead with the class action lawsuit, might it take a while to get into court. He said, yes, “or Hydro could settle”.

At the end of the day Monday, Aaron told Madame Justice Elaine Adair that he and Hydro’s lawyers, Marko Vesely and Toby Kruger, have agreed to split the allotted five court days into two-and-a-half days each.

by Greg McIntyre

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Newsletter prepared by Sharon Noble

“If we remain silent, we kill freedom, justice and the possibility that a society armed with information may have power to change the situation that has brought us to this point.” – Anabel Hernández