Letters to the Editor

Concerns about smart meters continue

Editor: I am sure that you have heard by now that BC Hydro has written a letter of intent to all of those who have refused smart meters to date. That letter threatens to replace meters with a smart meter, regardless of a citizen’s wishes.

You also know that the number who have refused meters is being officially reported to be around 150,000. Those close to the battle over these meters estimate that it is closer to 250,000.

I appeal to the editors of the Black Press publications around the province to please print the following as an open letter to BC Hydro. Our democratic principle to protect the security and well-being of our homes and families is in jeopardy.

Within the letter is a reference to the Bioinitiative 2012 report which can be found at http://bioinitiative.org. This report highlights and discusses extensive research that outlines growing evidence that the smart metering technology has the potential to cause longer-term harm to our health.

I ask readers to review Section 1, the summary for the public, and then decide for themselves whether there is cause for concern on this issue.

This is the open letter to BC Hydro:

In a letter dated Jan. 4, you stated that the installation of a smart meter at my residence was delayed at my request.  Those are your words, not mine.

I did not request a delay.  I refused to have a microwave transmitting device unilaterally imposed upon me and installed anywhere on my property.

I challenge BC Hydro to disprove the scientific research that is presented and discussed in the BioInitiative 2012 report.  The report can be found at http://www.bioinitiative.org.

Until such time that you can disprove this research to my satisfaction, I will continue to refuse to have a transmitting smart meter anywhere on my property, and furthermore I will use all means at my disposal to defend my right to do so.

I have taken steps in my personal life to reduce my exposure to radio frequencies that will be emitted by smart meters, including the choice not to use a cellphone, the choice to hardwire my computer, and the choice to eliminate cordless phones from my home, not to mention others.

BC Hydro and the government are crossing a line. I will consider any attempt to install a smart meter on my property an act of trespass and a violation of my Charter rights.

James G. Smith,

Nanaimo

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