2016-06-07 Important letter from BCUC re more analogs

1)    US holding war games to prepare for a cyber attack on the electrical grid. Many attacks have occurred already, and still utilities resist increasing security measures due to costs. Really concerning admissions in this article.

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, system control center operator Ryan Cox sits at his computer workstation at an AEP Transmission Operations Center in New Albany, Ohio. Like most big utilities, AEP's power plants, substations and other vital equipment are managed by a network that is separated from the companyís business software with layers of authentication, and is not accessible via the Internet. Creating that separation, and making sure that separation is maintained, is among the most important things utilities can do to protect the grid's physical assets. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 photo, system control center operator Ryan Cox sits at his computer workstation at an AEP Transmission Operations Center in New Albany, Ohio. Like most big utilities, AEP’s power plants, substations and other vital equipment are managed by a network that is separated from the company ís business software with layers of authentication, and is not accessible via the Internet. Creating that separation, and making sure that separation is maintained, is among the most important things utilities can do to protect the grid’s physical assets. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

According to the DHS group, 46 cyber security incidents were reported in 2015, and 79 were reported the year before that. The department did not differentiate which energy sectors were involved in the cyber incidents but it is likely electric companies were among the targets in the numerous incidents. Incidents involving electricity companies have included hacks into smart meters to steal power, failure in control systems that forced power plants to shut down, and malicious software that disabled safety monitoring systems…

“We have the skills. The challenge for us at the moment is one of capacity,” Rogers said, noting a current shortage of skilled people could hamper efforts “if we had multiple events simultaneously.” Rogers noted that the electrical power industry and a couple of others in charge of critical infrastructure are resisting efforts to bolster cyber defenses since doing so would require rate increases.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/cyber-threat-cybercom-trains-infrastructure-attack-power-companies-play-threat-grid/

2)    The documents about which Landis+Gyr was willing to sue a Seattle man are now on this website at:

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– http://web.archive.org/web/20160607165916/http://www.fliuch.org/muckrock-can-publish-smart-meter-documents/

3)    In India, complaints have been made to the government regarding cell towers, etc. which are causing health problems.

Notices have been issued to the Union Ministries of Communications and Information Technology and Health through their Secretaries by the National Human Rights Organisation (NHRC) regarding complaints of hazardous radiations emitted by mobile towers.

The Commission has called for a report in the wake of allegations in a complaint that mobile phone towers, in the close vicinity of residential areas, are emitting radiations, hazardous to the health of human beings. The concerned authorities have to reply within two weeks…

In a release the NHRC said that the government should adopt strategies which ensure that development is done without causing any substantive damage to the life and health of human beings and other living things.

http://www.merinews.com/article/radiation-from-mobile-towers-nhrc-issues-notices/15916799.shtml

4)    A very important letter that BCUC sent to several members is below — BC Hydro has been instructed to “retrieve” any remaining analogs that have been in warehouses, and when they have been checked to ensure they work properly they will be deployed.  They are delaying replacement of analogs for now until the inventory has been checked.  Why has BC Hydro continued to harass and intimidate people with fears of loss of power when they knew this was going on?? Bullies.  This involvement by BCUC is thanks to so many of you getting involved, writing BCUC with your concerns and standing firm in the fight for our rights. Thank you!!

5)    Telus has teamed up with a Chinese company for small cell transmitters near our homes and for internet devices, thanks to Christy Clark.

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http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2015/11/08/telus-huawei-team-up-to-provide-5g-tech-in-vancouver.html

And for businesses:

http://business.telus.com/en/enterprise/mobile-internet/smart-hub–b890

This company is dealing with Iran and North Korea, plus others – and the USA is going after Huawei for dealing with these countries. Wonder if they are selling the same technology to the very countries that are trying to hack into our grid….   Shouldn’t the government be asking the same questions?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/technology/huawei-technologies-subpoena-iran-north-korea.html?em_pos=small&emc=edit_tu_20160603&nl=bits&nl_art=0&nlid=39923051&ref=img&te=1&_r=0

Letters:

Someone in Parksville needs to be educated. I commented but it was not posted. Perhaps others will have better luck.

http://www.pqbnews.com/opinion/letters/382099941.html

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Perry+Kendall

From: Perry.Kendall@gov.bc.ca
Date: June 7, 2016
To:  X, ccs@cancer.ca

Subject: RE: National Toxicology report brief

Dear X, thank you for sharing your concerns with me. I shall be updating the PHO website to include a reference to this study.

With best wishes
Perry Kendall

P. R. W. Kendall
OBC, MBBS, MHSc, FRCPC
Provincial Health Officer
Ministry of Health
Physical Address: 4th Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street
Mailing Address: PO Box 9648, STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC V8W 9P4
Phone: 250 952-1330   Fax: 250 952-1570
Email: perry.kendall@gov.bc.ca

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From: X
Sent: June 6, 2016
To: Perry.Kendall@gov.bc.ca; ccs@cancer.ca
Subject: Re: National Toxicology report brief

To Perry Kendall
and
BC Cancer Society

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I understand the way a system holds together best when the individuals within it share a compatible world-view…..

This habit formation tendency is common to all of us… as are the reactions we may have when something challenges this established comfort zone, particularly if our sense of personal worth or identity is woven into the beliefs we share with colleagues – that hold the particular world-view together.

So I empathize with the difficulty in treating conflicting information with openness and curiosity….

However, biological beings (including humans) have an innate drive for both the comfort of security and the need for growth in a dynamic complementarity – and without the latter, an unavoidable stagnation begins to affect the entire system.  As in all biological systems, the health of the larger whole will not stay passively compromised for long when there is a need for change in the interest of longer range survival….

And this brings me to why I am sending this report on the effects of EMR.

It’s time to see the belief structures that have been maintained past their “due-date” – and realize that we need to access our capacity for flexibility and truth – even if it seems to threaten the status quo.  The status quo is not sustainable, any more than the idea that the earth was the centre of the Universe was sustainable – when Copernicus and Galileo provided the means to disprove that claim – though the Catholic Church was equally resistant to such “heresy”.

We’re in a time of unprecedented importance, where the chronic imbalances in the homeostasis of the world’s entire biological population – human/animal/plant – must be acknowledged and addressed – if we are to have a future on this beautiful but badly abused planet.

Sincerely,
X

“For years, the understanding of the potential risk of radiation from cell phones has been hampered by a lack of good science. This report from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) is good science. 

“The NTP report linking radiofrequency radiation (RFR) to two types of cancer marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of radiation and cancer risk. The findings are unexpected; we wouldn’t reasonably expect non-ionizing radiation to cause these tumors. This is a striking example of why serious study is so important in evaluating cancer risk. It’s interesting to note that early studies on the link between lung cancer and smoking had similar resistance, since theoretical arguments at the time suggested that there could not be a link.

“The new report covers only partial findings from the study, but importantly one of the two cancers linked to cell phone radiation was malignant gliomas in the brain. The association with gliomas and acoustic neuromas had been suspected from human epidemiology studies. The second cancer, called a schwannoma, is an extremely rare tumor in humans and animals, reducing the possibility that this is a chance finding. And importantly, the study found a ‘dose/response’ effect: the higher the dose, the larger the effect, a key sign that this association may be real.”

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http://pressroom.cancer.org/NTP2016

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BCUC

Sent: June 07, 2016
To: xx
Subject: RE: analog meter inventory ?

Dear xx,

Thank you for your email to the BC Utilities Commission regarding BC Hydro’s current stock of Legacy Meters. As a result of several complaints, Commission staff investigated this matter to determine the number of Legacy Meters in BC Hydro’s inventory.

Starting in February 2016, BC Hydro began retrieving any last Legacy Meters from field warehouses throughout the province. BC Hydro is now determining the condition of these meters before they can be placed back into the inventory. Meters are unusable until they are inspected for damage and energized to confirm they are in working condition. This means that BC Hydro currently does not have any useable Legacy Meters in their inventory. However, once the last few remaining meters are inspected they will be put back into inventory and re-deployed. BC Hydro will be providing Commission staff with an update on the number of Legacy Meters by the end of June 2016.

Once we receive an update from BC Hydro we will contact you to confirm the availability of useable Legacy Meters. In the interim, Commission staff have requested that BC Hydro delay the meter exchange at your residence until such time as the inventory of useable Legacy Meters is determined.

Regards,

Patrick Wruck
Customer Relations Analyst
British Columbia Utilities Commission
6th Floor, 900 Howe Street
Vancouver, B.C.  V6Z 2N3
Website: www.bcuc.com Email: complaints@bcuc.com
Phone: 604.660.4700 | Fax: 604.660.1102 | Toll Free: 1.800.663.1385

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From: xx
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
To: Complaints BCUC:EX <patrick.wruck@bcuc.com>

Subject: analog meter inventory ?

BCHydro

I am a BC Hydro customer that from the very start wanted no other than an analog hydro meter, as we have been using safety for as long as I can remember. I chose the analog when the meter choice program came in. We were promised as long as there were analog meters in inventory at BC Hydro it was regulated under this program we would be given an analog.

I would be willing to purchase an analog meter perhaps from another province or perhaps in the US….. If I want this for my health and safety and am willing to pay these analog meter choice fees…then why not?…where are my rights to keep me safe in my own home?

I recently was told by installer they had no analogs left  in inventory so I would have to put on a smart meter….that there were no more analogs. We turned the installer away. I called into BC Hydro and they said you have to take a smart meter and that a letter was mailed to us. We have received another email that says I have no choice other than the smart meter. Not really a choice. I don’t want any of the smart meters, radio off is really no better, ample reading on that. I still chose analog.

If there are still analog meters available, then BC Hydro is breaking the Tariff, which is a law.

Would your office please check up on BC Hydro’s records on this concern of Hydro telling customers that there is no more inventory of analogs…that they are all expired.

Sincerely,
xx

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power, or money, or fame, but in fact driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness – So much so that he or she is compelled by some moral engine to act to make it better.”
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