2016-11-01 & 02 A chance to voice concerns about Health Canada

1)    From a member re: “Years of Living Dangerously” [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/years-of-living-dangerously/]

“Season 2 premiere is on Nat Geo  unbelievable.  It’s on today.  There is more on YouTube from season 1 under Years of Living Dangerously.

A Race against time on today is a very interesting documentary on electricity and how power companies in Nevada are shutting down solar companies to get rid of those who would detract from the coal, gas and river-damming for electrical grid.  The governor used to work for the power utility commission, so looks like he has conflict of interest.

In Florida, people are only allowed to get power from the power companies.  No solar.”

2)    Research shows that having a wireless device in the bedroom, even if turned off, disrupts a child’s sleep. Hope they soon study the effects of having a smeter on the wall of the bedroom affects sleep.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/10/31/smartphones-and-tablets-in-bedrooms-disrupt-sleep-even-when-swit/

3)    The public is being given the opportunity to participate in discussing the weaknesses in the current Environmental Assessment regulations. This should include Health Canada. Schedules for “workshops” are at:

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http://eareview-examenee.ca/participate/public-workshops/  

Below, in Letters, is more information. I hope many will consider presenting their concerns about the scientific evidence that is being ignored by Health Canada, that has led to the proliferation of dangerous wireless devices to the point where we cannot escape them, even in our homes. It’s a chance to argue that decisions must be science-based, NOT industry-based.

“The Minister of Environment and Climate Change has been tasked with the crucial mission of overhauling Canada’s lax Environmental Assessment (EA) regulatory structure. The CEAA 2012 has been widely recognized as being insufficient to ensure  prevention of environmental harms. The Terms of Reference, available for public comment, provide direction for the expert panel to tackle making recommendations to the government for revising or recreating this important piece of legislation…

“CEAA 2012 depends heavily on the science put forward by industrial proponents and their hired consultants. It is then largely left to the community organizations, conservation groups and First Nations to bring forward scientific evidence that casts doubt on the proponent’s science.”…

At present, the TOR identifies three departments whose mandates overlap with CEAA, including Transport Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Natural Resources Canada. Omitted from this list are Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Health Canada, and Parks Canada. These latter three departments operate in areas affected by EA in terms of the health of human and natural systems, and should be involved in the review process as necessary.”

https://evidencefordemocracy.ca/sites/default/files/reports/evidencefordemocracy-responsetoceaator.pdf

4)    A study at the University of Siena (Italy) finds exposure to laptops dangerously high when held close to the body.

“…the power supply induces strong intracorporal electric current densities in the foetus and in the adult subject, which are respectively 182-263% and 71-483% higher than ICNIRP 98 basic restriction recommended to prevent adverse health effects.

FCC report regarding safety from EMFs way back in 1996 states that a laptop needs to be placed at least 20 cm from the body.”

http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1438954/danger-laptop-lap

5)    Mission lady continues to fight to keep her analog. Having a smeter in her home is extremely dangerous and if BC Hydro insists that she must have a smeter, it should pay to move it away from her home. If you comment, please ignore Derek Ward and Tom Whitney. They are industry hacks and take over the conversation in an effort to divert attention.

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http://www.missioncityrecord.com/news/399386661.html

6)    A new solar roof is being introduced by Tesla that is supposed to be cheaper than a regular roof and will last 3 times longer. Perhaps something that can allow us to get away from BC Hydro’s hold.

http://www.mtlblog.com/2016/11/for-6000-youll-be-able-to-say-goodbye-to-hydro-quebec-forever#

Letters:

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Sent: November 1, 2016
To: ‘Laurel Ross’ <commission.secretary@bcuc.com>
Cc: patrick.wruck@bcuc.com; greg.reimer@bchydro.com; adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca

Subject: BC Hydro disconnecting power without notice

Dear Ms. Ross,

As an interested party in Hydro’s current application for the BCUC’s approval to a number of changes to the Tariff Act I wish to file a complaint regarding current business practices being followed.  Cutting off power, to customers who are legally permitted to retain their analogue meters and pay a regular fee to do so, is a highly offensive way to do business.

Power is an essential service and BC Hydro is a Crown Corporation.  We the customers are in fact their employers.  It is time for this nonsense to stop.  It is time for someone to step up to the plate and take a stand and I would suggest it should be someone at the BCUC.  You represent the citizens of this province and not the government in power.  Please take action to defend the customers who are being bullied by unjust actions.

Thank you for your time.

Sherry Ridout  (name given with permission)

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Dear Sharon,

This summer, the government began its review of Canada’s environmental assessment regulations, beginning with establishing an expert panel to “regain public trust” in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), and help introduce new processes for environmental assessment.

Read Evidence for Democracy’s feedback on the government’s Terms of Reference for the expert panel.

The Expert Panel is now searching for input from Canadians and is hosting in-person presentations and workshops. Evidence for Democracy will be at the workshop in Ottawa on November 8 – and we hope to see you there!

Register here: http://eareview-examenee.ca/participate/public-workshops/

Not in Ottawa? You can still participate in the following cities across the country:

Ontario – Sudbury – Nov.03

Ontario – Ottawa – Nov.08

Ontario – Toronto – Nov.09

Ontario – Thunder Bay – Nov.14

Manitoba – Winnipeg – Nov.16

Alberta – Calgary – Nov.21

Alberta – Fort McMurray – Nov.23

BC – Kamloops – Nov.28

BC – Fort St. John – Dec.05

BC – Prince Rupert – Dec.08

BC – Vancouver – Dec.12

BC – Nanaimo – Dec.14

This is our chance to demand processes which incorporate scientific integrity, and prioritize Indigenous knowledge and evidence over special interests.

It has been widely documented over the past decade that Canadian environmental assessment processes often lack scientific integrity. The recent three lawsuits against the CEAA’s approved Pacific Northwest LNG highlight this issue.

We can fix our environmental assessment processes. It will take time, and many voices from Indigenous communities, environmental and science groups, and engaged citizens like you. These workshops, presentations and the expert panel are just the beginning, but we all need to have our voices heard.

If you attend a workshop or present to the expert panel – share your experience with Evidence for Democracy! Send me an e-mail and let me know how it went: kathleen@evidencefordemocracy.ca

Thanks for all your work,

Kathleen Walsh
Interim Executive Director
Evidence for Democracy

 

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
 
 
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