1) New software to “upgrade” $$meters. The smeters are just computers, cheap computers, that require ongoing upgrades. The costs are never ending. Are these costs included in BC Hydro’s business case? I don’t recall seeing any, just as I didn’t see costs associated with improved security measures or the short lifespans of 5-7 years.
“ProFieldENCORE is part of Smart Grid Solutions’ ProField suite of products, joining the company’s other mobile workforce management software that helps utilities with the initial deployment of smart meters. The new addition supports everyday maintenance once smart meters have been installed. It can also interface with legacy information systems already in place without duplicating them or requiring them to be replaced for smart meter maintenance.”
2) A member who is extremely sensitive has written a terrific letter to politicians at every level, and hopes to make it go viral. It can be found at:
I would encourage you to read it and share, post on Facebook, etc. She has also been able to get Orca Air to agree to have cell phones turned off when those who suffer from EHS fly. When making reservations, contact Crystal Downing, manager of reservations and customer service at: email@example.com and ask for this accommodation.
3) Another member sent in a video regarding Telus’s trustworthiness – showing that 15 years ago, they were abusing their customers and not following regulations.
4) More than 1,000 IT experts concluded that systems cannot be made secure. Breaches will happen and our data will be stolen.
69% said they are not confident their organization’s data would be secure if their perimeter security was breached. This is up from 66% in 2015 and 59% in 2014.
Furthermore, 66% believe unauthorized users can access their network and nearly two in five (16%) said unauthorized users could access their entire network.
“The days of breach prevention are over, yet many IT organizations continue to rely on perimeter security as the foundation of their security strategies,” said Jason Hart, VP and CTO for data protection at Gemalto.
5) A lot of good letters tonight. Some quite heated to Bell Media and CFAX. Fingers are crossed that they will have an effect – we need a person who will speak out for us. The politicians refuse to.
British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority
F2017 to F2019 Revenue Requirements Application
Letter of Comment to the British Columbia Utilities Commission
Unfortunately I did not receive the memo until this morning that the BCUC was holding a public hearing into the matter of BC Hydro F2017-F2019 Revenue Requirements in Prince George today, June 13, 2016. Despite a three hour drive, I might well have attended, and likely made public comment. I notice there are no concessions given in order to garner a rural perspective, and I hope consideration will be given to secure a broader view in the future.
The necessity of using the BCUC form became a burden when it would not download from your website, and necessitated an email to the Commission Secretary. This might prove to be a disincentive for all but the most resolved to express a public comment.
I also experienced difficulties in accessing the streaming audio of the proceedings in Prince George. As a consequence, I had to phone the webinar contractor. I missed the first 35 minutes. I had to phone again when the audio of the two members of the public was over-modulating so badly that they were hardly understandable. I would expect a more respectful forum. Streaming video would have the added benefit of being [able] to view the PowerPoint display.
My concern with the rate increases is fundamental. It is a matter of trust and public license.
In my opinion, these tariff rate hikes are the result of poor management by the executive of BC Hydro and the misplaced political will of the Provincial Government, who are tasked to serve the public interest.
It can be demonstrated that BC Hydro is spending like drunken sailors, and the Provincial Government has given them that authority with few checks and balances.
I maintain that these rate increases are not necessary, except to pay for government folly in such things as the $mart Meter program, Site “C”, and private power partnerships.
I suspect that the direction in which government has proceeded is to subsidize the power needed to liquify natural gas for export. This is a dangerous business plan, in that it can be argued that it benefits the 1% at the cost of the 99%.
I am not an economist, but I refer you to the work of Robyn Allan in this matter http://www.robynallan.com/. Additionally I am in full agreement with the findings of Erik Andersen, Economist; read into the record at the Nanaimo, B.C. public hearing on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
I wish to publicly bring to your attention the enormous increase of instances where residential customers have had their power turned off in British Columbia in the last few years. I contend that this is immoral and wholly unacceptable. I wonder if a correlation can be made with the percentage increase of disconnected customers with the compensation packages, severance and bonus of upper management and political appointees.
In some other jurisdictions the power authorities give excess electricity generated during off-peak hours for free. That kind of good will would go a long way to achieve the level of customer service that should be expected of a public asset such as a publicly funded, built, and maintained utility.
As I understand it, the mandate of the British Columbia Utilities Commission is to consider and protect the public interest. I further understand that the BCUC is independent of the provincial government of the day. I respectfully submit that the integrity of the Commission and those appointed to it have a higher duty of care than government or the executive of the utility being reviewed.
I ask the Commission to consider the needs of the working poor and their children (20% below the poverty line) when determining what constitutes the public good. The Commission may in fact have a real and present role in insuring that children in this province are not denied the necessities of life.
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration in this matter.
John Grogan (name shown at author’s request)
Sent: June 24, 2016
Subject: Attention CFAX Management Re Ian Jessop
Is it true that Ian Jessop was fired? If so, why was he fired?
I didn’t always agree with him (particularly with his hosting of Tim Ball) but I think the majority of topics he covered were interesting, informative and necessary to stimulate discussion and educate the taxpayers of this Capital District Region and the province.
He was usually well informed on the topics, and seemed to always do his homework and research before interviewing a guest. He asked good questions.
Will you please reconsider your decision to let Ian Jessop leave? Journalists like Ian are the reason I listen to CFAX. If you replace him with a talking head who spouts the corporate and government spin, I simply will stop listening to CFAX.
You are likely also very aware that if Ian was fired because of his controversial stand on many issues, you are intimidating other journalists and hosts on CFAX. That is negative for your listeners, CFAX’s long term profitability and for democracy.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am distraught to hear that a well-respected radio journalist, Mr. Ian Jessop, has been fired. I am not privy to the circumstances, but given Mr. Jessop’s integrity and willingness to ask questions about this government and the many corporations that are raping and pillaging this province, I can imagine why Bell Media and CFAX took this action. It is hard to have hard hitting journalism in a province where the powers-that-be control all the purse strings.
It is a sad day in British Columbia and especially in Victoria – and for me personally. I no longer have a radio station I want to listen to. CFAX will now be like all the others, toothless and predictable.
Sent: June 24, 2016
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Sharon Noble
Subject: The Firing of Ian Jessop
How dare you arrogant bastards fire Ian Jessop. This man gave air time to issues that were purposely shut out by mainstream media….. issues of which every British Columbian, indeed every Canadian, should be apprised. It is your duty as the fifth estate to bring issues to public attention to ensure informed decisions prevail. To neglect this duty is to purposely undermine democracy in this province and in this country. You should have your licenses pulled!
Your unmitigated gall will not stand without repercussion…. we will see to it!
Professor Olle Johansson’s forced retirement
Subject: FW: Objection to the Forced Retirement of Prof. Olle Johansson from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden
Dear Officers of the Karolinska Institutet,
Canadian long-time activists like myself were equally stunned – into disbelief – to hear of Professor Olle Johansson’s forced retirement! Increasingly today, evidence of what Professor Johansson has been warning the world about for decades is percolating to the surface from what is now a large number of reputable scientists around the world! This is happening in spite of the enormously powerful and influential wireless and telecom industry’s best efforts to co-opt all governments and conceal the truth! Tragically for all mankind, Industry’s efforts are being assisted enormously by mainstream news media’s indefensible silence on this, what truly amounts to, pandemic corruption, which is happening on a scale never before witnessed on earth!!
Given the above, how on earth can such a world-class medical research university, at this particular moment in history, justify the forced retirement of such a distinguished scientist who has been leading the battle for the truth about EMF for decades? Have you forgotten that since May of 2015, at least 220 of the world’s top EMF scientists from 41 countries have signed the “International EMF Scientists Appeal”! Addressed to the Secretary General of the U.N., to all U.N.-member nations, and to the Director General of the WHO, the appeal urged them all to: “Protect Mankind and Wildlife from electromagnetic radiation and wireless technology,” Let me repeat that: “Protect Mankind and Wildlife from EMF and wireless technology”! And you now decide to force one of the world’s most knowledgeable and courageous scientists into retirement? If that is not odious, I don’t know what is! Unless your esteemed university sees fit to reverse its decision, Karolinska’s reputation will be tarnished forever! Scientists, medical researchers and activists around the world will always believe that industry has managed to corrupt you as well!
(I am a retired Canadian Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence officer with more than 22 years’ EW and SIGINT experience with NATO / national and North American militaries)
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
A: Free radicals damage DNA
B: Non-ionizing radiation creates free radicals.
C: Therefore, non-ionizing radiation can damage DNA
DAMAGED DNA CAN LEAD TO CANCER.