1) Please consider signing this petition protesting BC Hydro’s and this government’s plan to ruin the environment with Site C, while driving BC Hydro (and us) further in debt.
There’s widespread opposition to the Site C dam for good reason:
- It will flood vast areas of farmland and drown wildlife habitat. According to a federal-provincial environmental impact assessment, the dam will cause irreversible effects on land, habitat and wildlife, making fishing unsafe for at least a generation. Since there’s no demand for more more power in BC, Clark’s now proposing that Site C power be used for tar sands extraction and fracking projects.
- It violates First Nations treaty rights. The right to fish, trap, and hunt cannot be exercised if the land is drowned, the fish diseased, and the wildlife killed off. If Site C is built the Treaty First Nations signed won’t be worth the paper it’s written on.
- It’s a colossal economic waste. BC doesn’t even need the energy that Site C would produce, meaning that the multibillion dollar price tag for the project would be huge pile of public waste – one that you’ll be footing the bill for via your bloated monthly hydro bill. $8.8 billion could be better spent on sustainable energy for communities across the province, shaping an energy future for BC that creates local jobs and makes BC a green energy leader.
With enough pressure from us, Trudeau can act to stop this expensive, unnecessary project in its tracks.
2) Nevada has signed the death certificate for the utility company there by penalizing those who are going “green”. With increases in fees and reductions in credits for energy fed into the system, there is no reason for people to stay on the grid at all – leave entirely and give no money or energy to the gougers, resulting in the death spiral being expedited.
3) A very sad and disappointing decision by the Canadian Supreme Court which has granted control over cell phone siting to the Federal Government which, as we know, via Industry Canada and Health Canada will side with the companies even regarding health.
This doesn’t mean that pressure can’t be put on landowners who are tempted to lease to these cancer-producing, uninsurable towers and transmitters. As well as the possibility that municipalities expropriate property for cell use. Health remains the major concerns for most of us and, therefore, it becomes more and more vital that people become educated and involved so that the law is changed. Health cannot be ignored for the sake of better cell phone reception.
Comments by Dr. Magda Havas about this decision are on her website:
Sent: June 17, 2016
To: Patrick BCUC:EX Wruck <email@example.com>
Subject: Public meetings
Dear Mr. Wruck
It has come to my attention that BCUC are holding public meetings to provide the opportunity for customers of BC Hydro to speak out about their dissatisfaction with the treatment they are being subjected to by BC Hydro. Apparently, attendance was close to zero. The reason no doubt is because NO ONE KNEW ABOUT THE MEETINGS!
How did you publicize the meetings? Why didn’t you send a notice to people like me who have emailed you several times about smart meter issues? Was it because you don’t want to hear about the problems and didn’t want people to attend? I would have been very interested in attending. I am sure I am one of many.
Smart meters have been shown to be fire hazards, possibly causing cancer, expensive, privacy invading, easily hackable and not UL/CSA approved. BC Hydro continues their aggressive campaign to thwart people who wish to retain their analog meter in spite of holding them to ransom for the exorbitant fees. They have informed me that I must have a smart meter (radio off or not?) because mine will expire 31 Dec. 2016; but will continue to charge me the higher fee because I have a second analog meter (digital readout but not smart!).
Would you consider holding public meetings in Victoria again after appropriately publicizing and notifying people about the opportunity to voice their concerns which I assume was/is the purpose of your public hearings.
There is growing evidence smart meters are about as necessary as Site C and the push for LNG by the Clark regime which has turned tone deaf to the taxpayers. Smart meters, like Site C and the LNG fantasy, are immensely expensive. There is increasing evidence smart meters represent both a health and fire hazard. Countries in Europe are saying NO to smart meters.
The need for smart meters is the biggest fraud perpetrated on the public since the tobacco/smoking issue. It is actually worse because at least people had a choice whether to smoke but smart meters are being foisted on people in their homes and pay extravagant sums for a useless experiment. Why are our health officers and elected representatives not doing their jobs to halt these wasteful and harmful expenditures?
Are smeters really necessary to upgrade the grid? In the EU, experts are saying no. Why waste the money on an unnecessary, never-ending project?
“A transition to an intelligent electricity grid in Europe can take place without smart meters, industry players have said, in comments that will embarrass the European Commission, which pushed a Europe-wide plan to roll out smart meters years ago.
There are other more efficient ways than smart meters to help develop intelligent power grids, said industry delegates at the annual convention of Europe’s electricity association Eurelectric, held in Vilnius last week.”
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
“Cell phones will probably increase many neurological diseases and brain tumors over the next 10 to 20 years.”
~ Dr. Neil Cherry – Professor of Environmental Health Lincoln University, New Zealand