I cannot confirm this, but a member from Mission said some crew, unidentified, unannounced, is going around cutting power, apparently without any notice to people. First BC Hydro extorts millions of dollars from us, money they aren’t declaring in their business case, and then, as punishment for paying all of this money in Legacy fees, now that BCUC has agreed that they can cut power without notice, they are doing so, rudely, without giving people any chance. Another $700 in BC Hydro’s pocket to have power restored.
This is beyond anything that should be legal. Please, please, even if you have not had your power cut, write to BCUC to tell them what is going on with neighbours, friends, acquaintances, members of the Coalition. BC Hydro told BCUC they would continue their “business practice” of “attempting” to notify people in advance of cutting power. They are not. And one person said, as she was running out of the house, the stranger cutting her power yelled “hope you enjoy the dark”. This is criminal.
Plus media: http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/contact/
We are being terrorized because we want to protect our homes and our families. Please let me know if you see this and try to take videos, get names, get license plates. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Cutting power” on the subject line.
2) A member said there had been a Telus “future home” in Langford’s Westshore mall. Please keep your eye out and let me know if you see any. If anyone with an RF meter visits one of these, please let me know what shows up.
From another re. the North Saanich “home”:
8801 East Saanich Road is the Federal Government Experimental Farm/Plant Inspection in North Saanich a bit south of the airport. I doubt the actual demo will be in 8801 which is the office but rather a hall rarely used by the public for meetings next to the office. Interesting Telus is teamed with the federal government in this. The demo house will at best be a mockup of a house rather than a house. I am already disappointed in the demonstration.
For those going to it, it is in the sweep of the Airport radar. Most meetings [meters] can not measure in the 10 GHz band but I can tell you the intensity is significant. The best way for most to get to it is take the turnoff to the airport and when you come to the second traffic circle intersection on your way to the airport, turn south on East Saanich and drive a short distance.
3) Another major hack of a “dating” site – more than 400 million accounts hacked with personal data and credit card numbers stolen.
4) Ann Cavoukian, a former Privacy Commissioner who is vitally concerned with the issue, says upfront measures can be taken to protect our data. But companies like BC Hydro and FortisBC cut corners in every way. Are they able to ensure the privacy and security we deserve and need?
“Maintaining privacy by creating and adopting new standards for big data will be critical, and organizations are emerging to help cities and businesses engage in data analytics programs that fully maintain citizens’ privacy.
Ann Cavoukian, three-term Privacy Commissioner of Ontario now serving as the Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University, says that realizing the potential of big data does not need to come at the expense of personal privacy.
“Usually privacy is presented as a trade off, but it’s a false dichotomy,” she says. “We can — and must — develop big data programs that allow the achievement of multiple objectives, such as privacy and public safety, simultaneously.”
Cavoukian says that when organizations install privacy protections up front, it ensures that data is de-identified and personal information is never part of the picture. When that information is then aggregated into massive data sets, it allows organizations to look at trends and patterns without compromising privacy.”
5) In the UK, the industry is asking for a delay in the smeter programs because the problems and concerns are not resolved. The projected benefits are slight, if there are any, and the problems are substantial.
“Ministers are also facing fresh questions over the merits of the project after a new official assessment estimated savings would be just £11 per household in 2020, down from the £26 estimated previously…
Savings will rely in part on people seeing their usage in real-time via the new meters and opting to use less. But recent forecasts suggest energy prices will be lower than feared, meaning resulting savings will also be reduced.”