COUNCIL ACKNOWLEDGES OPPOSITION TO SMART METERS EXISTS AND LIKELY TO GROW

By on June 6, 2012

Town of Osoyoos councillors haven’t made any final decision about bringing smart meters to town, but they appeared to be leaning towards not wanting much to do with them during Monday’s regular meeting of council, which makes Virginia McQuarrie very happy.
After reading about a presentation by FortisBC regional manager Bob Gibney to Osoyoos town council two weeks ago, McQuarrie immediately started a petition in the subdivision where she lives up near Osoyoos Golf and Country Club and had almost 80 people sign it in four hours.
Because she has health problems, she didn’t continue the petition, but it became very obvious to her there is vehement opposition to smart meters.
“The people who have strong opinions and seem to know about this subject were vehemently opposed and really wanted to sign the petition,” said McQuarrie. “To have 80 names in only four hours of one day is a very good indicator to me that a lot of people don’t want anything to do with smart meters and I’m glad council seems like they might be listening.”
McQuarrie admits she’s “not an expert” on smart meters, but said her son has done a lot of research into them and told her they are not a good idea and citizens in many communities across British Columbia and across Canada are rallying to stop them from being installed.
“From what I’ve read and heard, they are bad news,” she said. “At the very least, these things should not be forced on anyone and we should all have the option of not wanting them.”
Mayor Stu Wells said he’s heard a lot of people in town talking about this issue since Gibney’s presentation to council and the vast majority of citizens are opposed to the concept of smart meters coming to town.
“I think this was a very strong petition and I think we’re going to see more and more of this as we head down this smart meter debate,” he said. “There seems to be strong opposition to them being installed under the current formulation.”
Coun. Michael Ryan said he wanted it stated on the record that town council has never inquired about installing smart meters and haven’t discussed the issue at length, but had an obligation to listen to Gibney’s presentation as FortisBC is the electrical supplier to this community.
“This was an initiative of FortisBC and not something we’re promoting or something we’ve even really discussed yet,” said Ryan.
The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) will make the final decision on applications made by FortisBC relating to the installation of smart meters, said Ryan.
Several communities that have installed smart meters have a proviso that individual property owners can “opt out” of having one on their property and that will also be discussed by town council moving forward, said Ryan.
The fact several councillors have acknowledged there is strong public opinion against bringing smart meters to town is encouraging, said McQuarrie.
“At least it appears like they’re listening to us,” she said.

11 Comments

  1. Linda R. Floyd

    June 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Utility customers around the world are fighting against installation of smart meters, especially wireless, for the same reasons:
    - cost
    - health
    - higher utility bills
    - privacy
    - safety
    - security

    Sometimes, their utility commissions listen to the customers and help them. Sometimes they do not. Sometimes their MLA’s/MP’s/State Senators listen to their constituents and help them. Sometimes they do not. Legal cases are being pursued in many provinces, states, and countries.

    It all boils down to democracy: people making their own choices, not being mandated by governments and big business telling them what is “good for them”.

    Opt-outs are happening here:
    - Quebec
    - Netherlands
    - UK (United Kingdom)
    - USA (California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Vermont)

    And the State of Victoria, Australia is demanding a Moratorium because of smart meter explosions and fires.

    But realize that even if someone opts out of a smart meter, they will still be exposed and bombarded by RF (EMR) 24/7, 360 degrees from all smart meters in the vicinity. Wi-Max to be used in rural areas is particularly strong so as to provide coverage over rough topography, through mountains, trees, plants, and buildings.

    Governments are allowing utilities to use world citizens as guinea pigs in a huge experiment. Here is an interesting video:

    We Are EMR Guinea Pigs by minivanjack – YouTube – April 02, 2012:
    - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i2uXhKLFys&feature=player_embedded
    A global “Smart Grid” program is being implemented which is blasting homes and businesses with more electromagnetic radiation than human beings have ever been subject to in human history. It is utterly preposterous to assume this will not lead to major human epidemics.

    We must now face the very serious problem that the institutions, government, corporations and foundations, that are supposed to be serving our interests are deliberately violating, exploiting and endangering us.

    This video exposes electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as a major danger and violation to all current and future generations.

    Sponsored by FreedomTaker (d’o’t’c’o’m)

  2. Sharon

    June 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Nearly 50 municipalities have asked for a moratorium or an opt out option. There is no justification for this expensive program — no benefits have been realized anywhere in the world. No reduction in expenses or electricity usage. The only ones who benefit are the corporations and the corporate friends of the government. The costs will be double or triple the planned $1 billion, and monthly bills for all of us will double and triple, too. We can’t afford this, and there is no reason for it. SAY NO. Want more information come to http://www.stopsmartmetersb.ca

  3. Ron

    June 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    This program is a bad idea in each and every aspect. It displays criminal recklessness to human health, it violates privacy of citizens, it is foolish economically, and it is an assault on democracy itself. It is also being run by Americans. The ‘smart meter’ is just the start..to be followed by collector hubs in your neighbourhood (basically ‘cell phone towers’), wireless water and gas meters, then you’ll need to purchase new fridges, stoves, TV’s etc. that are ‘smart’. By then your family will be receiving more EMF radiation than any previous generations in history. Wake up BC.

  4. milt

    June 7, 2012 at 5:39 am

    The only purpose of a smart meter is for corix/itron to sell smart meters.The only reason BC was lied and forced into accepting smart meters is that corix is top heavy with ex government liebral supporter’s and friends.

    Smart meters ,if they are proven safe, will only serve to set up time of use billing periods for the government.

    WIFI smart meters are classed as a class 2b carcinigon by world health organization in march of 2011. Do you want your children or grandchildren exposed to cancer?

    Also security of data has already been compromised are you ready to lose personal information?

    Go to Stop Smart Meters bc for factual and verified information.

  5. James G Smith

    June 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    It has been clearly demonstrated that any submission to the BCUC is just a scam to placate the citizens that are not paying attention to what is going on.

    The provincial government just over-ruled the BCUC with respect to the hydro rate hike that the BCUC insists is necessary. Point proven– the BCUC has no power and anything that gets submitted to them will be rubber stamped according to the policy of the government. Don’t fall for it, stand your ground.

  6. GEORGE

    June 8, 2012 at 6:05 am

    THE REAL DANGER OF THE SMART METERS IS THE FUTURE. THE GOVERMENT WILL USE THESE METERS FOR THERE “BAD BOY” TAX INCOME.THAT’S RIGHT. YOU USE POWER DURING THE PEAK PERIODS AND THEY WILL SLAP A SMALL TAX PENALTY AT FIRST. THEN LIKE ALL OTHER SIN TAXES… GAS, CIGS, ALCOHOL. THEY WILL BEGIN TO FEED ON THEM LIKE HUNGRY SHARKS. THE GREENS WILL LIKE THIS AT FIRST AND ENDORSE IT EVEN, UNTIL THE GOVERVENT STARTS TAKING TOO MUCH. BY THAT TIME IT WILL BE TOO LATE. THERE IN LIES THE REAL THREAT.

  7. chuck

    June 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

    We should report bchydo ( smart meters ) to the ADVERTISING STANDARDS OF CANADA for false adverting of the smart meters.

  8. Sonia

    June 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

    B.C. Government is acting very irresponsibly. These meters are pulsating 24/7. This has been proven for a long time by very respected Scientists and Dr.s
    B.C. must take action in becoming a “Smart Meter Free Zone”, without hesitation. By now, this starts to appear as a criminal act. Deception, bullying, fraud, possibly extortion by threats cutting off your power if you don’t accept the smart meter. No more words are needed here..

  9. Norma

    August 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    A Mission B.C. family had lived in their house for 20 years and did not have any electric problems. A few hours after a Corix employee installed a smart meter, their house burned to the ground. (See Vancouver Sun August 2, 2012). The problem was in the base plate which is apparently the homeowners responsibility so the electric company is claiming it is not their fault. This was not the first and only fire. Say “NO” to smart meters to save your home especially if it is an older home.

  10. Arnold Weisengruber

    September 4, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Home Owners have a right to make decisions as to what they should do to their homes, the fact that the government forces people to install these devices violates that right. I agree that it is a ploy for exploitation. Things are difficult as it is without having to add this burden to homeowners doorsteps.

  11. Rick

    November 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Solution, start writing a contract. One that will satisfy your needs. Every time we want to buy sell trade whatever we make contracts especially with service providers which usually request a ton of information from us. Well start asking them for all of their information in return. Make them liable just as they always wish us to be liable. It’s all contracts. Do you wish to do business with me?

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