2016-07-06 A copy of video “Wi-Fried” found.

  • 1)  More “untruths” by BC Hydro.  Many of you have noted that when BCUC said that BC Hydro’s recently found legacy meters would be used to replace analogs that had expired pre-2016, this brought into question BC Hydro’s implication that Measurement Canada would fine Hydro $5000 for each expired meter that had not been exchanged. One member questioned this and below, in Letters, is the stream of emails to and from BCUC about this. They are very careful to say that BC Hydro is “factually correct”, while not responding to the fact that we are being misled, deliberately threatened with misinformation. This is not the first time BC Hydro has lied about Measurement Canada being the reason for BC Hydro’s bullying tactics. They also have said that Measurement Canada has implemented new restrictions that the analogs do not meet – hence the reason for BC Hydro forcing every home to have an analog. a SMART METER.   NOT TRUE either. When I asked for the new restrictions, Measurement Canada didn’t know what I was talking about and said they didn’t care what meter was used so long as it was correct.  Over and over, BC Hydro has proven itself an untrustworthy bully.
  • 2)  For those who didn’t see “Wi-Fried”, the program for which the Australian investigative reporter was suspended, here is one link the Broadcaster has yet to remove. Watch it while you can.

World-renowned scientists are writing in support of the medical researcher who did the reporting and here are some of their letters. Please consider writing your own.

http://www.magdahavas.com/open-letter-re-abc-catalyst-wi-fried-documentary-australia/

https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/science-censorship-in-australia-the-retraction-of-the-abc-tv-catalyst-wi-fried/

The broadcaster defended the program in February:

http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/1604_demasi.pdf

  • 3)  Vanity Fair has an article with the same horrifying predictions of a cyberattack that people like former CIA director James Woolsey have been making – the return of the Dark Ages:

“The next major war, he said, wouldn’t be fought with bombs, men, or even robots. It wouldn’t be waged on a battlefield or in the sky. Instead, it would be a silent war. He explained that during the past couple of decades, most of the world’s private and public infrastructure had become predominantly digital. And that the next major war could decimate that infrastructure. Water-treatment facilities, oil pipelines, dams, electrical grids, telecommunications platforms, food shipments, public and private transportation, traffic lights, prisons, every single drip of media—and a long, long list of other things we need for survival but take for granted—would all be vulnerable.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/07/are-we-at-the-start-of-a-tech-world-war

  • 4)  It is so predictable that the industry media, like the Wall Street Journal, would pooh-pooh the National Toxicology Program report on cell phones. So much in this article is wrong and misleading, such as implying this is the first credible study that shows harm is caused not by thermal heating alone but, rather, that there are other effects caused at non-thermal levels.

“But a recent U.S. government study challenges the notion that heating is the only potential health effect, renewing a debate about whether the modern version of Dr. Balzano’s test adequately protects human health.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/debate-renews-over-health-risks-from-cellphone-use-1467829289

  • 5)  US lawmakers are reviewing smart grid and considering replacing computerized parts with analog components to improve cybersecurity. Let’s start with the smeters!!

“The bill instructs the National Laboratories to explore replacing critical computer-connected components that regulate power plants and electric grids with analogue ones. With fewer computerized components, there would be fewer high-value targets to hack, supporters say.”

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/286538-lawmakers-look-to-dumb-down-smart-grid?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2795

Letters:

Re: “expired” meters pre 2016.  Please read from the bottom up (a long stream).

From: Complaints BCUC:EX
Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 1:09 PM
To: X
Subject: RE: analog meter inventory ?

Dear Mr. and Ms. X,

Thank you for your email. Commission staff reviewed the information provided by you and Measurement Canada and note that the information provided in BC Hydro’s letters is factually correct. Accordingly, we will not be taking any action regarding this matter.

Regarding your reference to a video that has been posted to the internet allegedly showing a radio-off meter that is not actually radio-off, Commission staff received a complaint regarding this matter and this is currently under review.

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: X
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2016 12:12 PM
To: Complaints BCUC:EX
Subject: Re: analog meter inventory ?

Mr. Wruck,

Thank you for your reply and suggestion we speak with Measurement Canada. We did as you suggested and spoke with the Measurement Canada person knowledgeable in the Western Region on the matter of fines for BCH. They were aware of the 528 expired meters referred to by BCH and the MC person explained that fines are not the first response. BCH has not received fines for these 528 expired meters. MC’s first response is to ask for a replacement plan and, satisfied that BCH is acting on this, fines are not levied.

Therefore when BCH replies to our emails with the extract pasted below;

BC Hydro Statement

BCH is being legally truthful but in fact they are not being truthful at all, but using the laws overseeing BCH to bully their own customers. The truth is they do not get fined and know full well that having a reasonable replacement plan they will not get fined. More importantly BCH has no reason what so ever to be intimidating ourselves or other legacy customers months before our rightful legacy meters actually legally expire. Even given that BCH has clearly mismanaged their workforce for a large customer base December 31st expiry deadline it is clear that MC would not in fact be levying fines if it took BCH several months to replace the expired legacy meters as long as BCH had a reasonable replacement plan and was acting on it.

This I believe is a clear enough example of BCH misleading a select group of customers and attempting to intimidate them out of their promised legacy meters before the promise made when the Meter Choices Program was announced on July 2013 that customers could: 1) Keep the old meter until it breaks down. 2) The Measurement Canada Seal Expires 3) Or they relocate. None of these conditions have been met but BCH is attempting to remove our legacy meter.

Mr. Wruck, now that you are aware of the MC policies and BCH’s actions will you please ensure that BCUC act on behalf of ourselves, and other customers in similar situations. Despite the Clean Energy Act I believe BCUC still has both the right and obligation to deal with the discriminatory and harassing actions of BCH.

We have appreciated your prompt replies and ask that you continue to do so and keep us informed of what actions BCUC will take and their outcomes.

We also noticed that you did not comment on the subject of BCH apparently misleading its customers by ensuring them that radio off smart meters were not transmitting when in fact video documentation proves this to be untrue.

We would appreciate hearing from you regarding this matter as it is crucial to ongoing replacement of analog meters and the legal if not moral behavior of BCH.

Sincerely,
X

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From: Complaints BCUC:EX
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:49 PM
To: X
Subject: RE: analog meter inventory ?

Dear Mr. and Ms. X,

Thank you for your email. Commission staff understand that the meters removed during the implementation of the smart meter program were recycled. With that said, the Commission was not involved in the planning or implementation of the smart meter program as it is an exempt project pursuant to the Clean Energy Act. Accordingly, all specific questions regarding the program should be directed to BC Hydro.

Regarding your questions about Measurement Canada fines that may or may not have been levied against BC Hydro, Commission staff recommend contacting Measurement Canada directly for more information.

Thank you,

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: X
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2016 3:14 PM
To: Complaints BCUC:EX
Subject: Re: analog meter inventory ?

Mr. Wruck,

Thank you for your correspondence informing us that BC Hydro has no available legacy meters.  By your statement “Commission staff are satisfied with the information provided by BC Hydro and we are satisfied BC Hydro is following the Electric Tariff and Utilities Commission Act.” are we to understand that BCUC  feels that BC Hydro’s destruction or disposal of the 1.93 million analog meters removed at the start of the smart meter program incurs no obligation at this point. Even though BC Hydro has known full well that over 12,000 customers would not accept smart meters and were willing to pay for analog meters they purposely created the current lack of analogs, is BCUC not willing or able to assist those of us who will not, or cannot, accept smart meters?

Regarding radio off smart meters this video

proves to our satisfaction that radio off smart meters are not in fact non transmitting so BCUC and yourself should be aware that we, and a great many other BC Hydro customers, cannot trust BC Hydro and will not accept any form of smart meter, radio off or otherwise. Our justifiable lack of trust ensures that even if BCH shows us a radio off meter that is not transmitting we know full well we would have no way of knowing whether they come around and turn the transmitter back on or not, trust is the only assurance we have and BCH has thrown away our trust.

Sincerely,
X

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From: Complaints BCUC:EX
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2016 1:34 PM
To: X
Subject: RE: analog meter inventory ?

Dear Mr. and Ms. X,

Commission staff are in receipt of additional correspondence from BC Hydro regarding the current inventory of Legacy Meters. BC Hydro has completed the inspection of all Legacy Meters in the inventory. BC Hydro confirmed there are 264 usable Legacy Meters  (these are all digital, there are no analog meters). However, there are still 528 meter exchanges required for meters that expired in 2015 or earlier. Accordingly, the current inventory will be used to replace the 2015 expired meters. If you have a meter that expires in 2016 you will receive a radio-off smart meter as replacement given that there will be no Legacy Meters available.

If you have any questions or concerns about the meter exchange process, please contact BC Hydro directly.

Thank you for your patience while Commission staff reviewed this matter. Commission staff are satisfied with the information provided by BC Hydro and we are satisfied BC Hydro is following the Electric Tariff and Utilities Commission Act. Accordingly your file is now closed. Thank you again for contacting the Commission.

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: X
Sent: Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:27 AM
To: Complaints BCUC:EX
Subject: Re: analog meter inventory ?

Hello Mr. Wruck,

Thank you very much for your prompt reply and request to BC Hydro regarding our analog meters. This is a great relief to us, especially since our analog meter does not expire until December 31, 2016 yet BC Hydro has been threatening to replace it with a radio off smart meter since February of 2016, ten months prior to our analog meters expiry date.  It may be of interest to yourself, and BCUC, that we enquired of BC Hydro why they were wanting to remove the analog meter we pay monthly to keep under the choices promised by the Government. BC Hydro’s reply was that all the legacy meters expire the end of 2016 and they would not have the labour available to do the job in December. This strikes us as either suspiciously convenient or mismanagement by BC Hydro as it would have been easy to either anticipate a December work load or to have staggered expiry dates of the 12,000 legacy customers using the 1.93 million analogs (figures from Minister Bill Bennett in the Hansard *) that BC Hydro removed at the onset of their smart meter program.

Gratefully,
X

*Mon. Apr. 11  Here is the link – https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/40th-parliament/5th-session/20160411pm-CommitteeA-Blues  Scroll down to below 1550 on the right hand side. “There are, to answer the member’s specific question, 1.93 million smart meters installed across the province, 12,761 customers have legacy meters, and 661 customers have radio-off meters. Those numbers are as of February 4, 2016.”

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From: Complaints BCUC:EX
Sent: Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:58 AM
To: X
Subject: RE: analog meter inventory ?

Dear Mr. and Ms. X,

Thank you for your email to the BC Utilities Commission regarding your concerns about BC Hydro’s request to exchange the legacy meter at your residence.

As you know, Commission staff are currently waiting for more information about the number of Legacy Meters in BC Hydro’s inventory. 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: X
Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:38 PM
To: Complaints BCUC:EX
Subject: RE: analog meter inventory ?

Attn. Patrick Wruck;

We have been made aware of your response in the text below and respectfully ask that you might extend to ourselves in our home and our tenant in our rental home (which we intend to retire to in the near future) a similar request that BC Hydro delay the meter exchange at these residences until such time as the inventory of useable Legacy Meters is determined.  This is our  Account # xxxxxxxx and Address: xxxxxxxxxxxxx . The account number and address of our tenant’s home is Tenant Hydro Account # xxxxxxxxx Address: xxxxxxxx

We have insisted on an analog meter from the very start of the smart meter program. Radio on or off we consider any smart meter to be both unsafe and an intrusion upon our privacy and will continue to refuse any form of smart meter. Despite the assurances of BC Hydro and government authorities we have seen and read ample sound qualified scientific studies that clearly support both our safety and privacy concerns.

We have paid the legacy fees for both our home and our tenant’s home from the beginning and we are part of a class action suit against BC Hydro but we are seriously concerned, fearful actually, that BC Hydro will force a smart meter upon us or our tenant before our class action suit gets its day in court. BC Hydro has been stalling off the suit for several years now while they remove and apparently destroy the remaining analogs.

We are deeply concerned for our safety and similarly concerned for our privacy. If you could please reply to this email and let us know what action you are able to take.

Sincerely and anxiously,
X

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Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 3:44 PM
To: X
Subject: RE: analog meter inventory ?

Dear X,

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
To
: guthrie.michelle@abc.net.au ; spigelman.james@abc.net.au ; finlayson.richard@abc.net.au ; bibb.steve@abc.net.au ; arnott.ingrid@abc.net.au
Sent:
July 06, 2016
Subject:
Wi-Fried – reporter Maryanne Demasi

Re: Wi-Fried – reporter, Maryanne Demasi

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The suspension of Catalyst host, Maryanne Demasi is an affront to free journalism, and diminishes the credibility of media to puppets in the corporate theatre.

Your assertions of “errors, inaccuracies, unorthodox views” and “a fringe position that is not supported by science” is inaccurate and misleading.

Fact:

70% of global, including US Military research, has warned of the dangers low level RF radiation as emitted by Wi-Fi, cell phones, cell towers, cordless phones and even baby-monitors for decades.

In the Seventies, the US government sent urgent warnings, to every country in the world, to minimize RF radiation and curtail any further expansion of non-ionizing/low level radiation exposure.

This was well before wireless technology became the world most profitable and addictive commodity!

Fact:

Only 15% of all global research found no evidence of harm.

15% of research was inconclusive.

70% of independent research found adverse biological effects, far below allowable government guidelines.

Now who is this group of 15% who found no biological effects?

You need to ask?  This are the telecom industry funded groups of course!

Fact:

May 15, 2015,  International Electromagnetic Field Scientist Appeal. to the United Nations.

https://emfscientist.org/

This appeal is supported by over 220 elite scientists, who collectively published over 2000 peer reviewed science papers on this subject.

” . . . to all member States in the world, to encourage the World Health Organization (WHO) to exert strong leadership in fostering development of more protective EMF guidelines, encouraging precautionary measures, and educating the public about the health risks, particularly risk to children and fetal development.”

Fact:

2012 – International Doctors Appeal, (36,000 signatures)

http://freiburger-appell-2012.info/en/home.php

“Over the past decade, the evidence of serious risks has been increasing and accumulating world wide.

As physicians, we observe a clear increase in health symptoms when exposure levels increase with regards to distance and time-especially in the case of heavy cell phone use, and in the vicinity of DECT cordless phones, WiFi and cell towers.”

Fact:

June 2016:   U.S. Government PRESS RELEASE:

http://pressroom.cancer.org/NTP2016

The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) links radiofrequency to cancer, in a 25 million dollar study.

The American Cancer Society:  “this recent study is significant.”

Otis W. Brawley, M.D., American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer.

“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.

I urge all of you, to visit these sites and educate yourself, as journalist Maryanne Demasi has done before you, and you will soon realize, that only the powerful telecom industry wants to hide any ill publicity and discredit anyone who stands in their way, as big asbestos, and big tobacco has done ruthlessly in the past.

Does a product, classified a possible carcinogen by the WHO in 2011, such as RF radiation, not deserve closer scrutiny by the media?

For the sake of free journalism, freedom and democracy, we ask for the reinstatement of Ms. Demasi to her former position.

Kind regards,
XX

 

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“The truth is inconvertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it. But there it is”
~ Winston Churchill