By on January 16, 2013


Retired Canadian Armed Forces radiation expert Jerry Flynn attracted a crowd of more than 200 area residents to the Sonora Community Centre Saturday afternoon for a presentation on the health risks posed by smart meters. Flynn urged local residents to voice their opposition to the FortisBC application to install these devices in this community. Flynn received support from local doctor Karin Kilpatrick. Photo by Keith Lacey.


Before a packed gymnasium of more than 200 local residents, a local physician has joined the growing list of area residents vehemently opposed to the potential installation of ‘smart meters’ in Osoyoos by FortisBC.
Dr. Karin Kilpatrick, who lives in Osoyoos but runs a general practice in Princeton, said she is more convinced than ever that FortisBC’s application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to proceed with its Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program should be denied.
Kilpatrick spoke after a two-hour presentation by retired Canadian Armed Forces electronics expert Jerry Flynn, who has spent the past several months conducting information sessions like the one held this past Saturday afternoon before a rapt audience in the gymnasium at the Sonora Community Centre.
Flynn, who worked in the upper tier of the Canadian Navy as an electronic warfare expert, presented numerous scientific studies he says are readily available on the Internet which provide clear data about the many dangers related to the installation and use of smart meters.
Flynn, who made a similar presentation to another large audience in Oliver two months ago, said many of the world’s leading scientists now believe the energy created by electro-magnetic radiation (EMR) now poses the single-largest threat to human health in the 21st Century.
After listening to Flynn’s presentation and revealing her own research into the controversial application by FortisBC, Kilpatrick said she can no longer sit silent and will start informing all of her patients about the hazards of smart meters and all devices which emit EMR.
She has been doing a lot of reading about wireless devices and EMR and is now convinced they are causing numerous ailments and complex illnesses that are now showing up in patients that she never had to deal with in the past, said Kilpatrick.
“When I see the levels of radiation we’re being exposed to, I become very concerned,” she said. “We’re seeing more and more acute diseases, more chronic fatigue, more fibromyalgia … these things are not going away and they are getting worse.”
When physicians agree to the Hippocratic Oath, a pledge historically  taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically and honestly, they promise “above all else to do no harm” and the more she reads about wireless technology, EMR and smart meters, the more she is convinced it’s time to start informing her patients about the harm being caused, she said.
“There’s a lot that is worrisome,” she said. “The economics are almost irrelevant compared to the health risks. I have an integral duty to inform my patients of potential risks … it’s my duty to fully inform my patients of all risks, be it medication or surgery. I have a responsibility to inform them of even the tiniest risks and if I don’t, I can be sued.”
Physicians constantly have to balance the benefits versus risk in all medical decisions they make and that’s why she has decided to speak out against what she sees is an obvious threat to human health posed by all devices that emit EMR, said Kilpatrick.
Utility companies like FortisBC have not provided sufficient data relating to the impact on human health posed by smart meters for BCUC to consider their application, said Kilpatrick.
“I don’t know of one single health benefit, not one,” she said.
In her own personal life, Kilpatrick said she is now committed to removing as many wireless devices as possible from her daily life and she will be discussing the potential health risks posed by devices that emit EMR with her children.
The fact that utility companies have been allowed to install wireless devices like smart meters without consulting their customers and answering so many key questions relating to the impact on human health is extremely discouraging, she said.
“This is being done without any consultation or due process,” she said.
Richard Walker, an Osoyoos-based herbalist who has worked in natural medicine for more than 30 years, told the audience he’s also convinced wireless devices that emit EMR are contributing to new illnesses that didn’t exist decades ago.
“We’re dealing with more and more complex illnesses and we don’t know how they are caused,” said Walker. “Technology tends to race far ahead of our understanding of technology.”
Following a brief question and answer session, Flynn told members of the audience they can each make a difference by contacting the BCUC and their local MLA to voice their opposition to the FortisBC application.
“The worst thing you can do is nothing,” he said. “You have to stand up and be counted and contact your local MLA and MP and let Fortis know you don’t want these things in your community.”
The BCUC denied a FortisBC application to bring smart meters to the South Okanagan back in 2008 and won’t have much choice but to do it again if members of the public continue to apply pressure in the coming months, he said.

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  1. Derek Ward

    January 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    If I lived in Osoyoos, I would start looking for a new doctor. Was Jerry Flynn still wearing his activated Blackberry phone during his presentation (which he did in a previous presentation)? Seems rather hypocritical to me.

  2. Sarah Bensdorp

    January 17, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I have seen the bullying and the intimidation used by the Hydro Soldiers. They take the ones most vulnerable
    or wait until they see you leave your home. I just witnessed a person from hydro installing a meter across
    the street from where I live. I took exactly five minutes for installation. The lights flickered when the
    installer was finished. In a meanwhile we had a fire in a restaurant which happen to have 35 people seated.
    Smoke was detected, and the owner was quick enough to get
    the fire extinguisher. Turned out to be a smart meter again. Are we couch potatoes or are we participating????

  3. Christel

    January 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    At last, a physician who has the courage to take on the medical establishment, personified by Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Medical Officer, who denies and remains obstinately ignorant of the dangers of wireless radiation. Thank you so much, Dr. Kilpatrick, for standing up and being counted.

  4. Serge

    January 17, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you for helping to reaffirm just how dangerous these radiating devices are. They are not just meters they do pose real threat and are harming all biological entities.

  5. Robert Riedlinger

    January 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Back in 1995 when there were few towers the radiation levels were high in order to send information ,EMF,longer distances from one tower to another therefore some of us that lived in the line of fire got a strong dose of microwave which in my caes left me hypersensitive to EMF.I had to move from a home I had bought in Harrison Hot Springs which was near a cell tower so I know first hand the damage EMF can do to our nervous system.I firmly believe that the radiation in our atmosphere from broadcast towers as well as WiFi,cell phones and other EMF emitting devises is resposible for a lot of our health problems.Science has foud the EMF can damage DNA and our imune system so how can we fight of desease? Thank you Dr,Kilpatrick and Jerry Flynn for bring this to public attentiom!!

  6. Thordis

    January 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Thank you, Dr KilPatrick, we need more physicians like you.

  7. Audrey

    January 18, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Thankyou so much for speaking up about the dangers of EMF s. I as one who has been dealing with severe ill health because of it and too sick to fight for myself need others to realize this is a devastating health issue. It took away 20 years of my life and I needed to find the reason I was so sick as the doctors had no idea. We have been actively refusing the smart meter being installed . If I can be of help to others with information re EMF s and their effects I would . I have considered writing a book on all the notes I’ve kept if someone would be interested to assist.

  8. Art Tricque

    January 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    With reference to http://permaculturebc.com/Permaculture-BC-%20Instructor-Karin-Kilpatrick , Dr. Kilpatrick is described as practicing integrative medicine, a term which means she adds quackery like acupuncture or homeopathy to real, scientific medicine. Mr. Walker is an herbalist, which is also a non-scientific discipline. Thus, we have two folks outside the scientific realm giving scientific health testimony; this is not acceptable or trustworthy. Further, the reference also says that Mr. Walker is Dr. Kilpatrick’s partner (shame on the journalist for not knowing this and/or not pointing it out; the reference is the first Google search result on Dr. Kilpatrick), so rather than two identical independent views, we have one. Finally, Mr. Flynn is an electronics warfare expert (not a health expert). However, there are no electronic weapons against people let alone much more sensitive electronics at anything remotely close to the miniscule power levels at which cell phones, cell towers, Wifi or smart meters operate. To allege so is to enter the world of unproven conspiracy. Overall, this is not compelling evidence from scientifically dubious witnesses.

  9. bernadette slosmanis

    January 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Don’t agree with you Art Tricque….
    Many of us do not want to be exposed to EMR,
    we don’t like the 100% increase of the Hydro bill,
    And nobody likes the invasion of privacy.

    Where is the advantage to the consumer with smartmeters?
    Perhaps you could elaborate?!!

  10. Concerned Mother

    January 18, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    The massive installation of 1.9 million wireless ‘smart’ meters on all homes and businesses across BC with its extensive infrastructure of transmitters mounted on utility poles and nearby cell towers, broadcasting a constant beacon signal is not an insignificant issue. The public has a right to be concerned and to demand consultation before such a fundamental change is made to our energy system and the way we collect and send customer data.

    Many thousands of peer reviewed studies have clearly shown harmful effects with repeated low level radio frequency, microwave radiation exposure such as tumours, infertility, and neurological degeneration. Blanketing communities with yet another source of RF radiation, a 2 b carcinogen (WHO May 31 2011), should not be left to a handful of people to decide. In particular, the health implications to children and pregnant women is very serious and should be carefully examined before subjecting our most vulnerable of society to this very real threat. This has not happened.

    Here’s a brief excerpt from two reputable medical institutions re wireless radiation and risks to children:

    The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) Statement

    “The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from “smart meters”. Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behaviour. Further, EMF/RF adds synergistic effects to the damage observed from a range of toxic chemicals. Given the widespread, chronic, and essentially
    Inescapable ELF/RF exposure of everyone living near a “smart meter”, the Board of
    The American Academy of Environmental Medicine finds it unacceptable from a
    public health standpoint to implement this technology until these serious medical
    concerns are resolved. We consider a moratorium on installation of wireless
    “smart meters” to be an issue of the highest importance.

    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) statement re current exposure standards for wireless radiation:

    “Children are disproportionately affected by environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. The differences in bone density and the amount of fluid in a child’s brain compared to an adult’s brain could allow children to absorb greater quantities of RF energy deeper into their brains than adults. It is essential that any new standards for cell phones or other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable populations to ensure they are safeguarded through their lifetimes”.

    Many of us are asking where is democracy when we have no say over toxic exposures in our homes? Where is the justice when we no longer can protect our children from a serious health hazard in our own homes?

    We have enough unknowns in life, the danger from chronic radiation exposure is not one of them.

  11. Nora Davidson

    January 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Smart meters have the ability to start fires in every household simultaneously if so desired. We challenge actual real mainstream scientists to disprove this fact. The Bioinitiative site will provide any researcher with the most scienticically proven research results regarding damage to living cells that any mainstream person could ask for.
    Apologists for EMF and Smart Meters generally have some economic reason for defending the technology.

  12. Lori

    January 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

    What makes Art Tricque a expert in the field? Mr. Flynn has compelling scientific evidence to back his knowledge. Physicians world wide have knowledge of EMF damage to health and the environment, especially from cell phones, cell towers and WiFi. They have very compelling evidence that is being ignored by the industry and governments at the expense of people and especially children, who are the most vulnerable. Do your homework! Visit http://www.citizensforsafetechnology to begin.

  13. Kell Petersen

    January 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Consider the Hippocratic Oath “do no harm” perhaps Dr. Kilpatrick should discus her position with the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

    Considering as an excerpt from December 24, 2012 recap; with respect to smart meters there is no evidence whatever that they present any public health risk. Conversely, there is evidence that installation of smart meters will allow for more efficient use of the electrical grid and will reduce the costs to society of providing us necessary utilities. More efficient use of public resources will be the result, benefitting us, our heirs and generations yet unborn.

  14. Electro-hypersensitive Person

    January 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I am a person who suffers debilitating neurological symptoms when exposed to wireless technologies. My doctor and I tried very hard over a year and a half and many tests, to find a diagnosis for my ringing ears, eye and eye pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, twitching muscles, foggy brain, weakness and incoordination.

    It occurred to me one day that perhaps it was the radio tower a block from me and the many other antennas in my neighborhood.

    I discussed this with someone at a health food store and she lent me her radio frequency meter to measure the levels of electromagnetic and wifi radiation in my apartment. When I used it, it read off the scale. On the third day of my moving away from this apartment, 90% of my symptoms disappeared. No more twitching, dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations and my brain was totally clear.

    In Europe they are connecting the dots and seeing that wireless technology does have a direct effect on human. and any other biological systems, health.

    Below is very important information released by the Assembly of the Council of Europe, PACE.

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, P.A.C.E., is –

    “The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg (France), now covers virtually the entire European continent, with its 47 member countries. Founded on 5 May 1949 by 10 countries, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals.”

    It passed a paper, Document 12608, in May 2011, asking for immediate removal of wireless technologies from schools, reductions of present saturation levels in the general environment, (ie removal of towers and antennas), laws prohibiting new devices from being introduced to the market place until safe products can be produced, the creation of safe wireless free zones for sensitive people, paying compensation to sensitives who cannot work, etc.

    The Paper sited that there was clear bias in studies funded by industry as opposed to thousands of independent studies showing harm.

    Their website http://www.coe.int

    Document 12608 can be found at –

  15. R Kirk

    January 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I have always found people who accuse others of not knowing what they are talking about, work for BC Hydro. Trying to make others look bad is their way doing business. WiFi and baby monitors can not transmit farther than 30 meters. Your smart meter will blast threw your home and reach 35 kilometers. What was that quote? “miniscule power levels” Did you know the total bill for the smart meters, communications radios and super computer is closer to $3 billion. The rest of the power grid is 50 years obsolete. The best part about smart meters is BC Hydro can cut off your power if you do not pay your electric bill, but the stupid meter doesn’t know when it is on fire. That is were BC Hydro’s priorities are, money not lives. Now, my last warning is to pacemaker patients, DO NO GO NEAR A SMART METER, it will disrupt you pacemaker and possible stop it. Thank You Dr. Kilpatrick, You are right and they are wrong. Peek at the BCCDC site for pacemakers. There is a gong show.

  16. Janet Desroches

    January 23, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Both Ms. Petersen and Mr. Trick seem to be telling us that only scientists, and scientific practices have any place in the dialogue about risks of electro-magnetic radiation. In fact, there are many, many scientific studies done about the risks of electro-magnetic radiation. See for example Dr. Magda Havas’ excellent site, here’s a link to a talk she gave about the dangers of cell towers, but she explains health risks associated with electro-magnetic radiation very well, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmK6r0ntroE,
    Check out as well studies by Dr. Neil Cherry,http://www.mindfully.org/Technology/Sutro-Tower-EMF-Cancer29may00.htm
    Smart Meters function with wi-fi, and the health risks are very serious.
    J. Desroches

  17. Nancy Miller

    January 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Those who doubt the harm caused by EMR need to read the updated Bioiniative Report (www.bioiniative.org), a compilation of research by an international working group of scientists, researchers and health policy professionals. Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 does not protect citizens from the non-thermal effects of EMR. Environmental health physicians, such as those at the Toronto Women’s College Hospital’s Environmental Health Clinic are seeing an increasing number of patients, including myself, who cannot tolerate EMF environments, resulting in loss of employment and a need to find safe living spaces. I would not want anyone to experience the diminished quality of life caused by electro-hypersensitivity.

  18. CJ Hoff

    February 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    There is plenty of “real science” and much research, which proves how dangerous all the RF radiation from all wireless devices (including smart meters) really are. Please refer to the “Bioinitiative Report 2012” if you want to verify the science behind this. If we don’t stop the continuing increase of this radiation, our heirs and future generations will not be benefited, they will be sick at a much younger age than prior generations.

  19. Jean

    February 9, 2013 at 10:26 am

    If the unborn are being radiated with pulsed electromagnetic radiation, how will it benefit them?

  20. Refuse smart meters

    February 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Art and keli,

    “Lack evidence is no evidence “.

    Principle 15 Rio 1992- Precautionary Principle:

    “In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be
    widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are
    threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty
    shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent
    environmental degradation.”

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi

    You both attack the profession of both speakers. rather than attacking the person, prove them wrong.

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