THOUSANDS OF BRITISH COLUMBIANS SAY "NO" TO SMART METERS


THOUSANDS OF BRITISH COLUMBIANS SAY "NO" TO SMART METERS
 
PRESS RELEASE AND MEDIA ADVISORY
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 23, 2011


 
The Liberal Government and BC Hydro state that only a small number of people are concerned about the Wireless Smart Meters being forced upon them without consent. This is not accurate. Within one week, thousands of signatures have been gathered on a Petition organized by Citizens for Safe Technology Society demanding a moratorium and full independent review of BC Hydro's Wireless Smart Meter program.
 
To date, over 13,000 Petitioners are refusing the forced installation of Wireless Smart Meters, or demanding these same meters be removed for reasons of health, cost, privacy, security and safety. The Petition (both online and hard copies) will be presented to the Legislature on November 24, 2011, by John Horgan, NDP Opposition, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources critic, MLA for Juan de Fuca.
How long will the Liberal Government and BC Hydro show such callous disregard for democracy and human rights? British Columbians refuse to accept the Government decree that they no longer have the right to choose to protect their health or the health of their families in their own homes. Wireless Smart Meters emit radiofrequency electromagnetic fields which were classified by the World Health Organization as possible to cause human cancer on May 31, 2011. Further, exposure to wireless emissions can exacerbate existing health conditions and cause electrohypersensitivity, a physical health condition which can rob young and old of health and quality of life. The only remedy for this environmentally triggered health condition is to avoid wireless exposures wherever possible, and most importantly, within one's own home.
 
Further, British Columbians are determined to protect their privacy and security by refusing to allow devices that disclose personal electricity use and behaviour patterns, which are also vulnerable to unauthorized intrusion. This is no longer a simple electricity meter, but a complex multiple channel radiofrequency transmitter surveillance device.
 
Reports are now being received of sudden onset ill health triggered by exposure to Wireless Smart Meters, most commonly headaches, insomnia, heart irregularities, dizziness and nausea. Further, we are aware of two situations where the Wireless Smart Meters have been removed and analogue meters replaced by BC Hydro due to residents' complaints of ill health.
 
Questions need to be asked about the actions of the Liberal Government and BC Hydro, our sole provider of electricity, which amount to intimidation in their attempts to force customers to forego their democratic and human rights to health, privacy, security and safety.
 
Citizens can continue to vote for a Wireless Smart Meter program moratorium at www.citizensforsafetechnology.org.
 
CST and the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters in BC, www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca are now working with legal counsel formulating legal and human rights solutions.
 
Media contact: Una St.Clair, una@citizensforsafetechnology.org
 
 
Smart Meter Removed due to Ill Health
 
MEDIA ADVISORY - NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE

Invitation for Media and Members of the Public to Attend:

On Thursday, November 24, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., a press conference will be held on the Front Legislative Steps, Victoria, B.C. by the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters and Citizens for Safe Technology Society.

Announcements will be made regarding the total number of signatures received on Petition, and legal and human rights solutions currently being formulated.

Media contacts: Sharon Noble, director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca
                             Una St.Clair, una@citizensforsafetechnology.org