2016-09-29 Can. Federation of Independent Businesses fighting time-of-use billing.

1)    A member tried (unsuccessfully) to tell me how to tweet. It’s beyond me but I will share in the hopes that some of you will follow suit.  We really do need to use social media if we’re ever going to reach enough people to make a difference.

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If you like, here’s a tweet I did… persons who don’t have a twitter account can still share the URL as anyone can see the content of the tweet and click on the links in it even if they don’t have a twitter account… persons who DO have a twitter account could simply re-tweet it (or it may extra-inspire account owners to make their own tweets). You’ll see that I even included the text phrase #RightToKnow — might as well! Although I’m not at all intending to discourage other messages/tweets… certainly anyone could tweet whatever else he/she would like to tweet, but if everyone also simply re-tweets this tweet of mine, the imprint of the repetition at the receiving end might make a difference (you’ll see I’ve directed my re-tweet directly at certain individuals/organizations). So whatever else anyone does with this, it would be good if everyone who can tweet simply at least re-tweets this exactly as is:

https://twitter.com/BarbToronto/status/781303649918148608

You’re welcome to forward this email message of mine in its entirety (or any parts of it) if you want to.

[fyi: the 4 persons named near the end of that re-tweet are important Toronto City Councillors. The first one “@norm” happens to hold some twitter record like most followers in Canada or most tweets in Canada (if Norm were to happen to at random or purposely re-tweet this if he sees several of them, a heckuva a lot of people will see it in their twitter feeds… I think he has 336,000 followers). Mike Layton is Jack Layton’s son, and Mike is very environmentally-friendly. James Pasternak is the gentleman who has tried to help everyone in Toronto (not solely his own constituents) regarding the smart RF-emitting water meters. And I included Ms. Fragedakis as she is very tech-savvy, alert, and intelligently respectful and professional (unlike many other City of Toronto representatives who here shall remain nameless).]”

2)    Below in Letters is a bill that will be introduced regarding Wi-Fi in schools and asking for the Oregon’s Dept. of Education to review the science which, to date, has been ignored by Oregon’s government, the US FCC, Canadian Health Canada and our provincial health authorities. Just as in BC, teachers and parents are not being told that Wi-Fi modems are in every classroom, exposing children to significant levels of microwave radiation every school day. Neither are they told that there are potentially dangerous health effects associated with such exposure, and that there are safe alternatives to Wi-Fi. Where are the politicians willing to take this on in BC?

3)    Dr. Melnick, the head of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), wrote an article in a newspaper that has excellent info. when responding to the industry supporters who want to wait for “proof” that RF is dangerous. [http://ehtrust.org/science/facts-national-toxicology-program-cellphone-rat-cancer-study/]

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“In light of the accumulating evidence of increased cancer risk from cellphone RFR, precautionary measures should be implemented rather than waiting for the absolute proof that Mr. Culver seems to require before he would offer any caution to his family or friends. If we insist on definitive proof of human harm we are effectively treating ourselves and our families as lab rats in an experiment without any controls and without our consent.”

http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/opinion/guest_shot/more-on-how-cellphones-are-linked-to-brain-cancer/article_0eaf3998-73e4-586e-bcf0-d42400d3e5fd.html

4)    Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses is fighting the high, and increasing, bills that have been received in Ontario. One of their targets is time-of-use billing (TOU), which has been the justification for $$meters in both Canada and the USA. Bills have gone sky high for many people, especially those who are most vulnerable due to being at home all day, during the peak hours:  young families, the disabled, and the elderly. TOU billing will be introduced in BC. The infrastructure has been in place for 4 years. I suspect we will be hit with it after the next election.

http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/6883236-action-alert-launched-to-help-small-businesses-fight-large-hydro-bills/

5)    Re. Privacy. Major concerns re protection of data and personal security arise from use of wireless devices, including $meters. There are few, if any, new regulations that reflect our increasing vulnerability. The Information Commission in the UK commits to ensuring that companies take necessary and appropriate measures to protect privacy.

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““Companies making these devices need to be clear how they’re protecting customers.  We would encourage companies to properly consider the privacy impact on individuals before they go to market with their product and services. If consumers are nervous that devices aren’t using their data safely and sensibly, then they won’t use them,” he said.

The comments follow the publication of new findings undertaken by 25 data protection regulators from around the world that studied how devices such as smart electricity meters, health monitor wearable devices and internet-linked thermostats use personal data.”

http://central-government.governmentcomputing.com/news/ico-commits-to-iot-privacy-push-5016974

6)    In Kansas, people are fighting for the right to opt out of the $$meter program, especially after seeing large increases in bills after the meter. I suspect we will find some new groups in Kansas joining with us.

http://ksnt.com/2016/09/28/the-kansas-corportation-commission-investigates-westar-energy/

Letters:

This is this bill and – 2 resolutions will be introduced at the same time.

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Emails of support to our enlightened Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyerrep.alissakenyguyer@state.or.us

 

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(max. of 2 requests by Nov. 24, 2015)

 

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Request Date:
Legislator: Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer Phone: 503-986-1446
Legislator’s Staff: Jen Corbridge Phone: 626-375-4300
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PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR THIS REQUEST:

PROBLEM:

Schools in Oregon are outfitted with powerful microwave emitting wi-fi routers, laptop, ipads and “smart” boards.  These routers are capable of connecting a hundred computers at one time and radiation from the cell tower connecting to the router exposing children and school staff to high amounts of pulsed radio frequency microwave radiation.  This is not a problem when safe, cabled internet connections are used.

In 2011 The World Health Organization classified radiation from all wireless devices a Class 2B Carcinogen in the same group as auto exhaust, lead, chloroform and DDT.

Thousands of studies, about half from all branches of the U.S. military and N.A.S.A., have accumulated over many years confirming the harmful biological effects of microwave radiation, emitted from cell towers and wireless devices. Biological effects occur and may be harmful to children and teachers whether they feel it or not. Results from a recently completed National Institute of Health, National Toxicology Program study, confirmed radiation from cell phones, the same frequency as wi-fi routers, cause brain and heart cancer.  Children are the most vulnerable population, being twice as vulnerable as adults, and the heaviest users of wireless devices.

In June, 2016, Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society said, “the results of this study represents a paradigm shift in our understanding the effects of radiation and cancer.”

Dr. Robert Block, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012 said:

Children are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. In fact, according to the International Agency for the Research on Cancer, when used by children, the average RF (radiofrequency) energy deposition is two times higher in the brain and 10 times higher in the bone marrow of the skull, compared with mobile phone use by adults…it is essential that any new standard for cell phones or other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable populations to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.”

Wireless devices, including wireless routers, were never pre-market safety tested on adults or children. The FCC does not acknowledge studies on the biological effects of chronic exposure to non-ionizing radiation as other nations do including the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. (Russian exposure standards are 100x’s lower than U.S. standards). Because our government does not protect us cities and states have begun their own reviews of science as well as actions to protect their citizens.

Despite media attention, parent advocacy and scientific studies, there has been no effort by the Department of Education or School Boards to determine whether wi-fi is safe, or to inform students, parents and school staff of the manufacturers safety information that warns to keep tablets and smart phones away from the body.  Apple warns: “Read all safety information below and operating instructions before using an iPad to avoid injury.”

PROPOSED SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM

Whenever there is a question of safety especially when children are concerned, educators and legislators are obligated, by their mission statements, to do everything within their power to provide a safe environment and to investigate science until safety can be assured.  We must review the science.

The Dept. of Education Website says: ”The Board will involve staff, parents, students, public health professionals, school administrators and the public in the development, implementation and periodic review and yearly update of this <wellness> policy.”

The Dept. of Education is obliged to assemble a team including educators, scientists, parents, legislators, medical professionals and students to review independently funded peer reviewed scientific studies on the biological and cognitive effects of chronic microwave exposure. The results of this review will be shared with the Senate and House Health Care Committees, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Dept. of Education, Oregon School Board Association, Oregon School Superintendents Association, Oregon PTA, and other relevant agencies.

If the results of the study find that students and teachers may be at risk, the Dept. of Education will make recommendations to the School Boards and their IT Departments regarding the need for notification to partners, education for parents and students, and possible solutions, such as replacing wireless routers with cabled internet connections like many schools have done internationally and in the U.S.

Schools should be directed to teach children about safer ways to use wireless devices, due to children’s vulnerability and high use, as they do regarding alcohol, tobacco and drugs.  Curriculum needs to be created to inform students of the dangers of microwave devices.

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NOTES

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Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”    
~ Winston Churchill.