2017-05-30 Time-of-use billing increases annual bills by $400 in Australia.

[Ausgrid – BC Hydro – Bills – Cell Phones / Cell Towers – Data – Hackable Pacemakers – Health Canada Safety Code 6 – Jane Philpott, Minister of Health – Letter from Martene Hartnell, BC Ferries re No Wi-Fi Free Zones Complaint – Lloyds of London Insurance – Marg Friesen – Precautionary Principle – Privacy Commissioner – RF – TOU Time-of-Use – Wireless Radiation | BC – Canada – New South Wales, Australia – New Zealand – California, USA] & (videos)

1)    As I’ve warned so often, BC Hydro will be introducing flexible pricing” or Time-of-use billing one way or the other – through persuasive deception, through intimidation or through mandate. The infrastructure has been in place for several years and was a critical piece of its business case justifying the need for smeters. Everywhere TOU has been introduced, bills have increased, especially for those who can least afford it. With rates highest during the day, people who are at home and must cook and heat/cool their homes, bills in California jumped as they are in Australia where people are paying close to $400 a year more.  This is an average, so many will be paying more.

There is no need to ration electricity in BC, which is the intent of TOU. We have more than we need, and now with California going solar to a large extent, we have fewer places to sell surplus. Our rates should decrease to encourage usage.

“With the rollout of smart meters across the state, energy companies are increasingly pushing customers onto flexible pricing plans, where they can charge higher rates – sometimes quadruple the base amount – during peak periods.

While “time of use” plans may seem like the budget-friendly option, research by Canstar Blue found the average five-person household on the Ausgrid network in NSW would actually be paying $92 more each quarter, or $368 more a year, than if they were on a single rate plan.”

http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/nsw-families-paying-400-more-under-time-of-use-electricity-plans-new-research-shows-20170530-gwg9qc.html

2)    A revised version of the YouTube “We don’t want cell towers in our yards.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TTvS3-8ZtA&feature=youtu.be  (02:30 minutes)

3)    In New Zealand, the Privacy Commissioner is concerned about the level of data being gathered by smeters, saying it is unnecessary to gather by home in order for the utility to have the info it claims it needs.

Privacy Commissioner calls for assurance on smart meter details”

“However, based on my investigations, it does not appear that they require household level data for network planning.”  If such information became publicly available, it would be possible to track and anticipate a household’s movements, he said.  One solution was to aggregate the data so individuals households were not so identifiable.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/93086386/Privacy-Commissioner-calls-for-assurance-on-smart-meter-details

4)    One of our members, Marg Friesen, would like to track the emails/letters being sent to and rec’d from the Minister of Health and her staff, e.g. the Deputy Minister.  She has asked that, if you feel comfortable, you bcc her, (as well as me) or forward your letter separately to:  (revisedsafer.wireless@gmail.com

If you don’t feel comfortable bccing her, I can forward it to her with your name removed.

5) Software vulnerabilities in pacemakers make them hackable.

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Can the heart be hacked? Experts find 8,000 security flaws in pacemaker software

“One particular concern is the use of third party components, software that is sold by a company other than the original vendor. These components often have vulnerabilities that go unpatched.

The report notes that as home monitoring devices receive updates to their permanent software, or firmware, via the patient support network, “the potential exists to perform a man-in-the-middle attack and issue counterfeit firmware” to the devices.

A total of more than 8,000 vulnerabilities in third party components were identified across the four manufacturers.

“Given the commonality of the findings across different vendors, identification of implementation vulnerabilities as to any one vendor may expose those same vulnerabilities in other vendors and should be considered carefully before public disclosure,” the report warns.”

https://www.rt.com/viral/390008-hacking-pacemakers-vulnerabilities-security/

Letters:

From: X
Sent: May 29, 2017 12:04 PM
To: Customer Relations <customer.relations@bcferries.com>

Subject: Re: Wi-Fi on BC Ferries

Dear Marlene,

Thank you for your reply.  It really is sad that Safety Code 6 is always quoted as protecting health and yet independent experts all agree it does absolutely nothing to protect humans from the damaging non-thermal biological effects.

Safety Code 6 is essentially just promoting the misinformation put forth by the wireless industry in the ongoing effort to ignore and cover up the real dangers of using wireless devices.  Why?  To make as much profit from users before they realize what really caused their declining health.

Ignorance of the faults inherent with Safety Code 6 are no excuse to assume the public is protected.  The Precautionary Principle should be implemented instead.

Sincerely,
X

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On 05/29/2017 10:57 AM, Customer Relations wrote:

Dear X

Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concerns about our customer Wi-Fi service. I have registered your feedback.

In response to passenger concerns brought to the attention of BC Ferries regarding the safety of the public from radio frequency (RF) emissions, BC Ferries ordered RF field intensity testing in 2016 from an independent consultant to be conducted on the Spirit of BC and Coastal Celebration vessels and at the Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen terminals.

The purpose of the testing was to ensure that BC Ferries was in compliance with the emissions measure of permissible exposure outlined in Health Canada’s “Safety Code 6” document. Measurement samples were taken from passenger accessible areas located nearby Wi-Fi access points over a 2 day period.

The results observed are consistent with other public spaces including schools, offices, urban outdoor spaces and shopping malls and measured significantly less than the permissible limits; the results comply with the Health Canada RF power density requirements for Uncontrolled Environments i.e. Safety Code 6.

Again, thank you for writing to share your information and point of view with us.

Kind regards,

Martene Hartnell
Advisor, Customer Relations,
Customer Care
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
The Atrium
Suite 500, 1321 Blanshard St., Victoria, BC V8W 0B7
T: 250-978-1184 F: 250-978-1240
martene.hartnell@bcferries.com
bcferries.com | Facebook | Twitter

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From: X
Sent: May 25, 2017
To: Hartnell, Martene

Subject: Wi-Fi on BC Ferries

Dear Marlene,

Further to my earlier email today, please read information at the following link:

https://www.scribd.com/document/320935636/The-Health-Argument-against-Cell-Phones-and-Cell-Towers

It is only a matter of time before those promoting, manufacturing and installing wireless devices are facing expensive litigation.
Underwriters such as Lloyds have for many years specifically excluded coverage related to wireless radiation risks because they foresaw the enormous financial implications such coverage would expose them to.

In my opinion, BC Ferries would be much better served by investing in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum (profits from which ferry fares could have been reduced) rather than health damaging wireless technology

Sincerely
X

 

Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

The only thing green about smart meters is the money going into the corporate pockets.