2017-09-14 Volunteers needed for UBCM

[4G – 5G – Addiction to Wireless – Amol Mehra,Caroline Rees, Eva Grambye, John Morrison, Phil Bloomer, Winnie ByanyimaAntónio Guterres – BC Hydro – Business Responsibility & Human Rights – Children – Cory Gardner – DAS – Data for Sale – EMR – Flyers – FortisBC – Health Canada Safety Code 6 – Hidden Siting of Microcells / Small Cells – ICBC – IoT Devices as Weapons of Mass Disruption – Local Governments Resolution re Public Right of Ways – OIPC – Oona McOuatPatrice McAree – Precautionary Principle & Risk Management – Posters – SB 649 – SDGs Sustainable Development Goals – Security Legislation – Smart Appliances – Smart Grid – Smart Pole Street Lights by American Tower & Philips Lighting – UBCM Volunteers Needed – UN Private Sector Forum – Write to David Eby re Privacy | Vancouver, BC – California & Florida, USA] & (videos)

1)    The Privacy Commissioner wants assurances that the personal data gathered by ICBC is handled appropriately. What about BC Hydro and FortisBC? I’ve written to the OIPC (Information and Privacy Commission (info@oipc.bc.ca) many times and each time have been told that there is no concern, that the data is encrypted and that is sufficient. It’s not. What prevents these corporations from sharing and/or selling our data? What restricts them from getting data that is not needed for billing, which is beyond their right to have? Nothing, as far as I can see. Perhaps Eby needs to be educated about smeters.

His email is:  Attorney General <david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca>

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“Attorney General David Eby, who is also the minister in charge of ICBC, said he appreciates the privacy and information commissioner’s office taking on what he calls an important audit.

British Columbians deserve to know that their personal information is being handled appropriately and in a sensitive manner,” Eby said in a statement.

“A review of third-party access to ICBC’s information helps to ensure the continued security of British Columbians’ personal information.”

http://www.metronews.ca/news/vancouver/2017/09/13/chief-privacy-officer-pleased-with-b-c-auto-insurer-s-info-sharing-practices.html

2)    The USA government is becoming concerned about the lack of security in the Internet of Things [IoT] and all the devices being connected to it, many via ZigBee chips. More concerning, I think, is the high risk that the power grid will be hacked into and, as experts have predicted, will be brought down and we will end up in the dark ages for months and months. Look how hard the people in Florida find being without power for just a few days.  Is the cybersecurity of the grid being improved?

Is Your Refrigerator A National Security Risk?

“The federal government is worried some refrigerators and coffee pots could pose a national security risk, and it’s taking action.

Colorado’s U.S. Senator Cory Gardner among a bi-partisan group of senators who are sponsoring legislation to secure the so-called Internet of Things – everyday devices that are embedded with computer chips and sensors.

Gardner says those devices can be used as weapons of mass disruption.”

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/09/12/internet-of-things-cybersecurity/

3)    If anyone doubts that wireless is addictive, show them this YouTube of a baby!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM6W43k8qGU  (1½ minutes)

4)    This open letter from several human rights groups hits the nail on the head re. Health Canada and telecoms. Even in the revised Precautionary Principle, “risk management” is included. The economic costs are considered as important, if not more so, as human health.  And “matter of compliance” means Safety Code 6. How many times have we confronted Health Canada, Industry Canada (ISED) or the telecoms only to be told that their emissions are within SC 6 levels?  Compliance doesn’t mean anything if the guidelines are inadequate and out of date, as is SC 6.

Open letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017 Participants 

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Institute for Human Rights & Business, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Oxfam International, Shift

Business responsibility for respecting human rights is too often viewed only as a matter of compliance and risk management… [which] underestimates the hugely positive development impacts that will be achieved through improved treatment of the millions of workers and communities affected by business activities around the world… Advancing human rights due diligence as a core element of SDG implementation strategies requires strengthened commitments from governments as well as business

https://business-humanrights.org/sites/default/files/documents/SDGs-businesshumanrights-openletterSept2017.pdf

5)    Now that we are becoming informed about the microcells the telecoms are putting on poles, they are hiding them inside the poles so we can’t see them. If there is nothing to worry about, why are they hiding them? First they do away with any consultation requirements, then they install without telling anyone, now they are hiding these things so the people will not have any way of knowing where these things are.  It is imperative that we have the support of our local government in ensuring our civil rights are acknowledged. The Councils should demand that they be consulted and the public allowed to be involved in the siting of these things that emit all sorts and all levels of RF radiation into our homes.

American Tower, Philips Lighting team up to hide small cells inside street lights

“American Tower’s new “smart pole” would allow wireless carriers to quickly and easily densify their networks, and would allow cities to install small cells without any change to their local aesthetics. He explained that the companies’ light pole can support 4G services today from up to two carriers, but in the future the light poles could support additional carriers, including IoT providers, as well as future 5G services. McAree said the American Tower/Philips Lighting light poles are expected to be commercially available in early 2018.

Cities across the country have been struggling to approve small cell deployments, partly due to concerns that the devices would be an eyesore to residents and visitors. The situation has grated on wireless carriers and others, which have bemoaned sluggish small cell deployments due to cities’ deployment regulations. For its part, American Tower’s McAree said the company would adhere to local regulations regarding small cells, but pointed out the devices would essentially be hidden inside the light poles.”

https://tinyurl.com/ydfy7grx
[http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/american-tower-philips-lighting-team-up-to-hide-small-cells-inside-street-lights]

6)    Please see letter below. Volunteers are needed to help with flyers at the UBCM Sept 25-29, 2017.  This is so very important. Even an hour or two would help.

Contact Oona <oonasong@yahoo.com> for more info.

Letters:

Wanted:

Committed and caring individuals to help pass an important resolution on microcell (small cell transmitter) placement at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention, taking place from September 25-29 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

What we need:

People to pass out flyers (found here): http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Microcell-Flyer-for-UBCM-revised.pdf

and to share your concerns about small cell towers being placed on residential streets, right by our homes, without any public consultation or local government regulation.

Why this Resolution and Event May Shape Your Future:

The resolution to be voted on gives local governments a say they currently don’t have in deciding where microcells or “small cell” antennas are placed in the public right of way.

These microcells are setting up the infrastructure for universal widespread exposure to 5G (which uses millimeter waves that have not been proven safe) energy-guzzling smart cities, the Internet of Things, and a world of artificial intelligence.

What’s the Problem?

All of the “advancements” mentioned above currently rely on wireless technologies to work and will escalate our exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR). Over 23,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies show EMR can harm all living things.

It’s Okay to be Colourful

In fact, it’s what we need now, something to open hearts and minds while inspiring local leaders to reflect on how wireless technologies are affecting our lives.

Here is an image of an installation done by one California activist when that state’s government decided to take away local say over small cells. (Note they are not small at all, but small cells and Senate Bill 649 continue to be a big news story in CA.)

Industry is shaping our future as I type. It is time for us to advocate for safe technology and protect the well-being of all living things.

Can you help?

With Warm Wishes,
Oona
oonasong@yahoo.com

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Sharon Noble
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
~ Winston Churchill