Issues: You Can Refuse Your Smart Meter

By on August 21, 2011

UPDATED 21/08/12 MORE COMMENTS RECEIVED- By Mike Archer. You may have been following the growing controversy over the mandatory installation of Smart Meters by BC Hydro. If not, you should be.

There are many reasons you should be concerned and there are many conspiracy theories surrounding the issue. Mike Smythe did a piece in Friday’s Province about the theory that the microwave emissions from the smart meters may be a health hazard and the fact that the Green Party is now on board against the meters.

Smythe argues BC Hydro would much rather fight health hazard theories and the Green Party than the real cost – which will hit your wallet. He may be right but the trouble with conspiracy theories is that sometimes they’re correct.

Sonya Paterson
Take a look at what Sonya Paterson of Langley discovered on the subject on her Facebook page:

Here is What You Need to Know…
BC Hydro is telling you that the amount of microwave radiation you will be exposed to from a Wireless Smart Meter is very low, 2 microwatts per cm2 at 20 cm, and this is safe because it is half of the Swiss Precautionary Level. Well, perhaps they can’t do math

Truth Update: BC Centre for Disease Control provided the exposure testing for BC Hydro and the figure is actually 10 times that which BC Hydro is reporting. In other words, the microwave radiation power density exposure at 20 cm is actually… 20 microwatts per cm2, not 2 microwatts per cm2 as BC Hydro is telling you.

Have a look at the Biological Effects Chart below produced by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. You will see damaging health effects far below 20 microwatts per cm2, in fact, this chart only documents health effects up to 10 microwatts per cm2.

Forcing Wireless Smart Meters on every house and family in BC is really stupid. Let everyone know the truth about the exposure levels and say No to these health risks. – Info provided by http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/

Rafe Mair
Columnist, broadcaster and former Cabinet Minister Rafe Mair has been writing about the issue as well and the video he has shared will make your toes curl.

Columns: The Disturbing Case Against Smart Meters

“This video which has “Smart Meters” as surveillance devices, frankly, disturbs me greatly and if it is true, even up to a point, we must demand an answer not from BC Hydro – why talk to the monkey when you can talk to the organ grinder?

“This and another big question arise – this is a one billion dollar exercise and not only were we not consulted, neither were our MLAs. This is taxation – for that’s what it is – without representation.
” – Rafe Mair

Refusing Your Smart Meter

It is really a quite simple process to refuse your smart meter. We can only wait an see what the ramifications will be.

Smart Meter Notice

We followed the instructions in the ‘Smart Meter Kit’ at Citizens for Safe Technology and sent BC Hydro and the Privacy Commissioner of BC registered letters saying we refuse the Smart Meter. We also emailed Premier Clarke.
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My wife called the BC Hydro “Request a delay of installation of the smart meter” phone number and after being asked why we did not want the smart meter, the BC Hydro employee explained that we obviously didn’t understand the situation and had clearly not read the new research results available on the BC Hydro website.
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She then said that we would be put on the list (which is apparently growing fast) of those not permitting the installation.
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We posted the suggested notices beside our current Hydro meter and will now await developments. When the BC Hydro installer arrives he or she will be met by the notices we posted and will, according to Hydro, not install a Smart Meter on our home.
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The nice lady on the phone did explain that, despite our exercise of our rights, we would eventually be forced to allow the intrusion since Hydro has declared the installations mandatory.
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I guess we’ll just have to see how far BC Hydro is prepared to push if enough of their customers refuse their meters.

BC Hydro’s Stance

According to BC Hydro’s website:

Smart meter installation begins in B.C.

“This summer, BC Hydro will begin exchanging existing meters with smart meters across the province.

“These modern devices are part of an integrated system that measures the flow of electricity through the grid and can capture and record the amount of power that is consumed, and when.

“Smart meters enable a range of new benefits that are not possible with the current system.”

The range of new benefits includes:

  • Improved safety and reliability
  • Enhanced customer service
  • Support for new technologies
  • Improved efficiency and reduced waste
  • Support for greater customer choice & control
  • Reduced electricity theft

Citizens for Safe Technology

Here’s what Citizens for Safe Technology has to say on the matter:

The issue of wireless technologies is, at its root, the same for all people worldwide, but there are certain Canadian traits and developments that are noteworthy, and closer to home for Canadians. You will find these here.

Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) is concerned about all wireless impacts, but because our mission involves, in particular, the empowerment of the public to protect children and youth from unsafe wireless technologies, we focus particular attention on the issues of Wi-Fi and related wireless devices in schools, homes and communities.

Since children and youth are supported by families and extended families, their welfare depends on their environment as well. Therefore CST also focuses on the impacts of cell phones and the cell towers that feed them, and the impending expansion of Smart Meters and Smart Grids in Canadian communities.

This “Smart Meter” Action Kit contains valuable information about so-called “Smart Meters.” Conveniently, this information is being withheld by hydro and power authorities in hopes that deployment will go ahead unchallenged, without sufficient research into the health, safety and security issues involved.

Hopefully, along with other information on this website, the materials in this “kit” will provide tools for action and awareness. The far-reaching, negative impacts of these wireless utility meters are already a reality for many, as they are being deployed in communities throughout North America.

Communities that have citizens who have come together and spoken up have been able to persuade their local governments to stop the installation of these wireless meters until more is known about them. And more is becoming known.

Please use the information in a timely way, first to educate yourself, and then to act to educate others. Communication can’t be achieved without awareness, and timely communication is all we have to prevent the installation of these invasive devices on our homes and in our communities.

“A smart meter is usually an electrical meter that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less, and communicates the information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing purposes. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system. Unlike home energy monitors, smart meters can gather data for remote reporting.

Although the term “Smart Meter ” often refers to an electrical meter, it can increasingly also mean a device measuring natural gas or water consumption. “Smart Meters” may be part of a “Smart Grid” but alone do not constitute [one].” Wikipedia

For Your Copy Of The Smart Meter Action Kit Click On The Button Below:

Below are copies of the registered letters and notices in the Citizens for Safe Technology Smart Meter Action Kit. For a PDF copy of all three simply Click Here

FOR B.C. HYDRO REGISTERED LETTER – FORM LETTER FORMAT

No consent to trespass. No consent to surveillance. Notice of liability. (hard copy to be sent via post office)

Below you will find a Form Letter, almost ready to be mailed to B.C. Hydro and Mr. David Cobb, President and CEO of Hydro. In order to send it, you will need to fill in your name and B.C. Hydro account details, as well as replace the [ * ] with your address in the body of the letter. Don’t forget to sign it.

Address your unsealed envelope to: B.C. Hydro, Attention: David Cobb, President and CEO, c/o P.O. Box 9501 Stn Terminal, Vancouver B.C., V6B 4N1.

Take your letter and envelope to your post office. They will give you a registered mail number sticker to affix on the line provided for it in your letter. They will do the paperwork.

Put letter in envelope, seal and send. The registration process for one letter costs $8.69. You will be provided with an official receipt which you should keep. Your number will also enable you, for a limited time, to trace online who has received your letter, and when.

It is recommended that you send your letter to B.C.’s Privacy Commissioner as well (whose address is Cc’d in the letter) and reference your registered mail number. No need to register this copy but the post office will provide a registration sticker to affix to the second letter as well.

You may wish to keep a copy for your records.

This is worth the time it takes and is a very important step.

FOR B.C. HYDRO REGISTERED LETTER – FORM LETTER FORMAT:

No consent to trespass. No consent to surveillance. Notice of liability.

___________________________________________________________________________

FROM:
[* Your name]
[* Your account number as stated on your bill]
[* Your address as stated on your bill, including Province and Postal Code]

Certified Canadian Postal Mail # _____________________

TO:
B.C. Hydro
Attention: David Cobb, President and CEO
BC Hydro Building
503-333 Dunsmuir Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R3

Cc:
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC: Elizabeth Denham
P.O. Box 9038
Station: Provincial Government Victoria, B.C. V8W 9A4

NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO TRESPASS,
NOTICE OF NO CONSENT TO SURVEILLANCE,
NOTICE OF LIABILITY

[* Date of letter]

Dear Mr. Cobb, B.C. Hydro and all agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties,

If you intend to install a wireless “Smart Meter” or any activity-monitoring device at [*address of occupant], you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of all such devices on the above property and installation and use of any activity-monitoring device is hereby refused and prohibited.

Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes.

Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information.

That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to [*address of occupant] and all its occupants.

“Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:

1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated, causing invasion of privacy.

2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.

3. They transmit wireless signals, which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behaviour and occupancy, and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.

4. Data about occupants’ daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data.

5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.

6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.

7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices, which violate Federal and Provincial wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviours without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.

8. It is possible, for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, and physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.

9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put. I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds.

Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other inhabitants, guests, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, and unlawful surveillance, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints.

All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether or not those negative consequences are justified by “law.”

This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal.

All rights reserved.

[* Signature]

[* Name, in full, of energy user and/or customer]

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