Citizens for Safe Technology
Empowering the public to protect children
and nature from unsafe wireless technologies.
Smart Meters and Grids
It is the plan of power and energy authorities worldwide to replace current disk-style (analogue) hydro, gas and water meters with digital "Smart Meters." These are wireless devices that use radiofrequency waves to monitor use and transmit information about each household's consumption. They are being enthusiastically promoted by governments and industry as a "green initiative," supposedly enabling utility companies to efficiently monitor consumption during peak and "down" times, and encourage wise use of energy and resources. The vision is that these "Smart Meters" will operate within a wider ranging "Smart Grid."
The information-carrying radio waves, transmitting 24/7, will effectively blanket homes and neighbourhoods with radiation that could adversely affect not just humans but all living systems. In particular, these meters have the potential to affect not only electrohypersensitive persons, but children and pregnant women, persons with medical conditions such as heart arrhythmia, those with compromised immune systems, and others who rely on medical and/or metal implants or equipment. In addition to health concerns, Smart Meters bring with them questions about fire and security hazards.
There is much controversy as to whether or not the readings serve to decrease power use, or simply to increase power costs to consumers. Government employees who now read the disk-style meters total approximately 400 men and women in the province of British Columbia alone. Digital Smart Meters will effectively eliminate these jobs.
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Due to Citizen Proposition: Plan of Action to Win At Local Level!
Texans United Against Smart Meters reported on May 13, 2013:
"GREAT NEWS! In Brady, Texas - Proposition 27 WON! This allows utility customers to refuse installation or request removal of any product or service you deem harmful to your person, property or privacy at not charge for removal or future surcharge and utilities must be replaced back to prior condition. The people of Brady did this using 9.004 Texas Local Government Code - This is a not only a huge win for Brady, but all of TEXAS! WE CAN BEAT THESE METERS! The people spoke strongly in favor of this choice: 567 to 209 Sheila Hemphill was instrumental in getting these propositions on the ballot.
Every proposition that preserved our Constitutional rights-WON! Our sovereignty over our homes - WON! For interested parties, you need to find out when your City Charter can be revised, how many registered voters you have - it takes 5% or 20,000 whichever is less, that's just 100 locations getting 200 signatures - no big deal. Stay tuned, may see if we can get a conference call together for interested parties!"
Cindy Sage and LA DWP rep, Marcelo Di Paolo, discuss Smart Meters (two parts)
Cindy Sage, environmental consultant and editor of the groundbreaking international study 'The BioInitiative Report' on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation exposure, shares the results of her research and how it relates to wireless 'smart' meters. Marcelo Di Paolo represents the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
In two parts:
Position Statement on Digital Utility Metering - addressed to utility company policymakers and regulators (Jerry Day)
This is a new video from Jerry Day about the laws being broken in the interests of wireless smart meter programs and devices. He is speaking about US laws, not Canadian ones, but Federal Canadian laws are being broken as well, by not allowing a free, no-cost choice. Our democratic rights must be fought for in Canada as well as the US, and worldwide.
Class Action planned - Reported in The Globe and Mail
"Two provincial groups that have been fighting BC Hydro's switch to smart meters in British Columbia announced Monday they are gathering signatures in the hope of taking the Crown corporation to court.
"This particular case, cutting off the power, was just the final straw," said Sharon Noble, director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters.
"Ms. Noble said after hearing about the situation, her group decided to join forces with Citizens for Safe Technology. The two organizations hope to get a class action lawsuit approved, which will allow them to challenge BC Hydro's authority to force smart meters on people.
"We were already preparing the class-action suit and we said now is the time," Ms. Noble said. "You know, this [power shut off] is just unconscionable. . . .
"People have been threatened with cutting off power, with bills of $10,000, with all sorts of things. They've been tricked, they've been deceived, their requests have been ignored. And it's just one thing after another for two years," she said.
"She said in the past the two organizations gathered petitions with nearly 40,000 signatures from people opposed to smart meters, but even that failed to slow the BC Hydro program.
"We're just tired ... of having our civil rights ignored. And they have left us with no option," she said of the case, which must get approved by the courts as a class action before it can proceed.
"Ms. Noble said those joining the suit will be asked to pay $100 each toward the legal fees."
two-sided, one-page flyer for distribution - includes Member Registration Form with instructions
To communicate the information necessary to join the Class Action Lawsuit against BC Hydro, the following handout is now ready for public distribution. Feel free to run it off and distribute as needed.
Citizens for Safe Technology Society & Coalition to Stop Smart Meters - April 29, 2013
BC Hydro is a crown utility, an arm of the provincial government that is reaching into the private space of our domestic environment and imposing choices on us that raise serious health concerns.
The World Health Organization/IARC has classified wireless radiofrequency radiation, such as that from BC Hydro's Smart Meters, as a class 2B possible human carcinogen. Regardless, BC Hydro continues to impose, at our residences, the operation of these devices on a 24/7 basis.
BC Hydro's conduct constitutes a violation of our autonomy and our right to determine what potentially harmful emissions do or do not occur from within our own domestic environment; our right to be free from physical intrusion by the state.
Active plans are in effect to advance this position before the Courts by way of a class action. We invite participation in the action, subject to Court approval, by individuals that meet all three of the following criteria: . . .
Class Action Member REGISTRATION FORM
Necessary to join Class Action Lawsuit against BC Hydro
To be sent as indicated on the downloaded REGISTRATION FORM below:
1. I am a member of Citizens for Safe Technology Society ("CSTS") or I hereby apply to become a member of
2. I have read the Notice of Class Action Lawsuit against BC Hydro Invitation for Participation issued by CSTS ("the Invitation").
3. I wish to be included in the class on whose behalf the above-referenced litigation is to be brought, as described in the Invitation ("the Class").
4. I endorse and authorize a representative plaintiff of the Class on the condition that he/she authorize CSTS to administer the class action and to retain and instruct counsel to bring the class action on behalf of the plaintiff and on behalf of all members of the class, including me.
5. I meet the criteria for inclusion in the Class. In particular:
a. I have indicated to BC Hydro in writing (by way of letter or signage) that I do not accept the installation / operation of a wireless smart meter at my home for reasons that include health concerns.
b. I have circled below which of i, ii, iii, or iv has occurred:
i. Notwithstanding my written communication referred to above, BC Hydro proceeded to install and operate a wireless smart meter at my home.
ii. Notwithstanding my written communication referred to above, I have received information from BC Hydro setting out its intention to install a wireless smart meter at my home.
iii. BC Hydro has cut off its supply of power to my home as a consequence of my refusal to allow the installation of a wireless smart meter at my home.
iv. BC Hydro has indicated its intention to cut off its supply of power to my home as a consequence of my refusal to allow the installation of a wireless smart meter at my home.
c. At all times during the above-referenced occurrences, I have been a customer of BC Hydro at a residence which I ordinarily occupy.
Further, we invite those individuals who meet the above-referenced class definition to make a suggested donation of $100 or more to finance the legal fees, together with a suggested donation of $50 for advertising, administration, website services and CSTS membership purposes for participation in this action. Suggested donation for participation being $150.
We need your correspondence with us to be in writing. Please complete this
Class Action Registration Form by printing out the form, filling in each
section carefully, and mailing it to the address below with your donation by
cheque payable to the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters: . . .
CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ANNOUNCED to media
Notice of Class Action Lawsuit Against BC Hydro INVITATION FOR PARTICIPATION
BC HYDRO CUTS POWER FOR REFUSING A SMART METER
BC Hydro has taken the draconian step of cutting off power to a customer who refused to accept a wireless smart meter.
Last May, a Hydro customer had a wireless smart meter installed on her home despite her refusal. This person suffers from electro-sensitivity and, as a consequence of the radiofrequency radiation emitted by the wireless smart meter, her health began to deteriorate.
Despite pleading for months with Hydro to remove the wireless meter and to re-install the analog meter; they refused. Finally, with her health in jeopardy, she ordered a non- radiating analog meter from a company in the US that provides calibrated, tested meters to utility companies. With the supervision of a certified electrician the analog was installed, and the wireless smart meter was returned to Hydro.
When Hydro advised that the analog was not approved by Canadian agencies, the customer located a Canadian analog meter that met all the requirements and then asked Hydro to install it. Hydro refused, ignored her health condition and insisted that she must accept a wireless smart meter or they would cut her power.
On April 17, 2013, Hydro followed through with its threats and cut off its supply of power to her home.
Hydro's conduct constitutes a violation of our autonomy and our right to determine what potentially harmful emissions do or do not occur from within our own domestic environment; our right to be free from physical intrusion by the state.
Due to Hydro's actions over the last 2 years, culminating with its cessation of service to a customer for refusing to allow the installation of a wireless smart meter, the Citizens for Safe Technology Society and the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters are filing a class action lawsuit.
We invite participation in the action, subject to Court approval. Further information on the class action and criteria to join can be found at:
www.citizensforsafetechnology.org and www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca
Class Action Member REGISTRATION FORM
Notice of Class Action Lawsuit Against BC Hydro - Invitation for Participation
"What's the beef with smart meters?"
Wendy Hoy of Wendy Walks For ES answers a friend's questions about water and electricity meters that emit radiation pollution.
If the Smart Meter issue has meaning for you, use this question, and any of the questions that follow it, to find out where your candidates stand on the issue. The question will also register the importance of addressing this issue during and after election time.
Do you support the following statement: YES or NO?
"In recognition of the democratic rights of the citizens of British Columbia, anyone wishing to keep or to reinstall an analog meter will be allowed to do so, at no cost, either initial or on-going."
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Meetings and events on the issue of wireless technologies in homes and communities throughout North America.
Click the button above to sign our online petition to return to hardwired computers in schools.
Click the button above to sign our online petition against Smart Meters in British Columbia.
Citizens For Safe Technology
"Wi-Fi: Is It Safe?"
Citizens for Safe Technology is a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies.
We believe a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, youth and pregnant mothers from unsafe wireless technologies.
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