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EMF Dangers Feb 14/14 Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 February 2014 22:29

EMF Dangers Feb 14/14

EMFs & Dirty Electricity

INVISIBLE THREAT

The Link Between Wireless Radiation and a Host of Serious Illnesses

by Frank Clegg

http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/invisible-threat /

Contact your City Council: demand a safer wireless policy from any candidate you wish to endorse

Slideshow

The longtime president of Microsoft Canada is now our country’s leading advocate for wireless radiation safety.  Vitality invited high tech leader Frank Clegg, now CEO of the new non-profit organization, Canadians for Safe Technology (C4ST), to update our readers on what Canada is (or is not) doing to protect your health, and what you can do in this election year to protect yourself and your children.  
Here is a report on his research and conclusions.

It has been three years since the World Health Organization shocked the medical community by warning that exposure to microwave radiation from wireless devices might increase our cancer risk.  If the same elite cancer specialists were to meet again today, the warning would be upgraded from a “possible carcinogen” to a “probable carcinogen.” That is according to Professor Emeritus Anthony Miller, of the University of Toronto, who was speaking recently to Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.  (1)

Since 2011, governments around the world have alerted their populations to approach wireless devices with caution.

In Belgium, it will soon be illegal to sell or market “kiddie-phones”,  mobile phones that are specially designed for children. (2)

In France, the government “recommends limiting the population’s exposure to radiofrequencies – in particular from mobile phones – especially for children and intensive users.”  (3)

In India, both the State of Rajasthan and the City of Mumbai have passed laws prohibiting the placement of cellular antennae on the roofs of hospitals and schools and in playgrounds because they are “hazardous to life.” (4)

Lawmakers across our globe are developing safety rules.  Similar to the global trend in laws around seat belts, lawn-pesticides, second hand smoke and tanning beds, these laws are designed to protect the public from emerging technologies that eventually reveal emerging evidence of potential harm.  Many people are unaware that wireless devices use microwaves, the same as your microwave oven.  So your cordless phone, Wi-Fi, smart meter and the cell tower outside your window are effectively functioning as low-level, constantly-emitting, microwave transmitters.

In Canada, various levels of government are largely ignoring the warning from the W.H.O. and are instead hiding behind “Safety Code 6,” (5) an archaic federal guideline that is allowing Canada’s globally envied health care system to ignore our biggest modern health threat.

The Link Between Wireless Radiation and Illness

Since I helped found Canadians For Safe Technology (www.C4ST.org), I have personally met too many people who are suffering from over-exposure to wireless radiation.  Cancer isn’t the only risk.

About 10 years ago Bill Townsend, a former radio talk show host who now works at Humber College, was the father of a sick family.  His very young son had been in surgery for his tonsils, and his even younger son had been diagnosed with adenoid swelling that was resulting in a lack of sleep.  His wife had chronic skin rashes that had progressed to her face and also suffered dizziness.  When his wife’s doctor found she had the same adenoid swelling as their son, he scheduled both Bill’s son and his wife for surgery on the same day.

Bill became suspicious when he started to get sinus swelling himself.  So he conducted an internet search and found information linking Wi-Fi to sudden onset chronic health problems including heart irregularity, headaches, nausea, poor sleep, as well as skin rashes and sinus swelling.

Bill then realized there was a direct link between his family’s health decline and the installation of a Wi-Fi router in his house.  He made a simple decision to turn off the Wi-Fi, and instead hardwire all computers in his home.  His wife and son’s symptoms reversed so quickly that on the day before surgery their doctor gave them both a clean bill of health and cancelled both operations.  Bill’s own symptoms also quickly disappeared.

In every story I hear, the hidden cost of so much wireless radiation in our lives is being borne by our provincial healthcare system. The provinces are blindly following the federal government’s outdated Safety Code 6 – even though Safety Code 6 is only a guideline for federal buildings.  No one knows how many people are sick or will become sick from this radiation, but scientists estimate about 3% of people have an immediate reaction.  That means about one million Canadians.  Many others – about 20% of people – will develop symptoms over time, like Bill Townsend did.  These people have what Doctors call electrosensitivity or ES.

Increasing Rates of Electrosensitivity

Electrosensitivity is not like an allergy you are born with; it is an illness that builds up over increased time and radiation exposure.  Just as we cannot yet explain why some individuals will die from second-hand smoke and others can live a long life smoking 2 packs a day, we cannot explain why some individuals react to wireless radiation.  But with more and more cell towers and smart meters crowding into our living spaces, with Wi-Fi in buses, schools, trains, offices and hotels, people who are sensitive now struggle to work, travel and support their families.

Women’s College Hospital in Toronto has an environmental health clinic that has seen its waiting list balloon to over 6 months for patients struggling with electrosensitivity.

Health Canada is dangerously behind other countries in recognizing electrosensitivity. It is disturbing to note that Health Canada historically did recognize that some people get sick from microwave radiation.  But in the last “update” of the Safety Code in 2009, the only significant change was to delete the single sentence that read:

“Certain members of the general public may be more susceptible to harm from RF and microwave exposure.”

This acknowledgement that some people are susceptible to harm from wireless radiation had been part of the safety code for more than a decade.  It vanished about the same time Wi-Fi was rolled out into all schools and offices. (6)

That is in stark contrast with Sweden, where electrosensitivity is an officially recognized impairment.  Some hospitals have built special rooms with very low wireless radiation so that people who are sensitive can get medical care. (7)

In 2012, the Austrian Medical Association also adopted guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of illness caused by wireless radiation.  (8)  Austria’s checklist for physicians lists the following symptoms: sleep problems,   fatigue,   exhaustion,   lack of energy,   restlessness,   heart palpitations,   blood pressure problems,   muscle and joint pain,   headaches,   depression,   difficulty concentrating,   forgetfulness,   anxiety,   urinary urgency,   anomia (difficulty finding words),   dizziness,   tinnitus and sensations of pressure in the head and the ears,   tightness in chest,   hyperactivity,   irritability,   noise sensitivity,   burning sensation in the eyes   and skin conditions.

I encourage everyone who is reading this with unexplained chronic health problems – including disturbed sleep – to turn off every wireless device in their home for a week.  Write down what happens.  Here’s what to do:

The Tech Exec’s 5-Step Guide to Wireless Safety

1. CELL PHONES:

a) Keep cell phones away from your head (use the speaker or airtube earbuds; not bluetooth) and out of your pocket, bras, or clothing.

b) Don’t sleep with an active cell phone near you.  Use airplane mode only.  It keeps the phone functions on, but blocks incoming/outgoing calls and text.

c) Children should not be near a connected cell phone or tablet device.  Cell phones and tablets should not be used as toys.

d) Forward your phone to your landline when at home.

2. CORDLESS PHONES: Remove all cordless phones.  If you must have them, keep them away from high use areas and bedrooms and put them on a timer or turn them off every night.  The base-station is the heaviest emitter of radiation, more than the hand-held phone.

3. WI-FI: Remove the Wi-Fi in your home.  If you cannot remove it, turn it off when not in use, minimally put it on a timer or turn it off every night.  Make sure it is not where someone is exposed all day, such as a bedroom or study.

4. BABY MONITORS: Never place a wireless baby monitor (video or audio) by your child’s bed. Use a wired monitor.  Mothers, do not carry the monitor near your body.

5. SMART METERS: If possible, opt out of any smart meter installations for hydro or water.  If not possible, try to have it placed away from bedrooms or other high use area, or consider the use of a protective screen.

It’s worth noting that even the manufacturers won’t declare their products “SAFE.”  The presidents of Bell, Rogers, Telus, or any cell phone maker will not declare publicly that their products are safe. In the U.S., the spokesman for the wireless industry association, Dane Snowden, is on record as testifying to the State Legislature of Vermont:  “Industry has not said once – not once – that cell phones are safe.  The federal government …has said it is safe.”

Lax Federal Guideline Is a Danger to Public Health

This is perhaps the most critical point in the discussion.  Our lax federal guideline needs to be rigorously updated.  Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 which governs the safety of cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, smart meters and microwave ovens has not been significantly updated since the 1970s, long before Wi-Fi was invented or cell phones were sold.

But even manufacturers discreetly warn of possible health problems – in their fine print.  This warning comes with the Apple IPad2: (9)

“You can further limit your exposure by limiting the amount of time using iPad in wireless mode, since time is a factor in how much exposure a person receives, and by placing more distance between your body and iPad since exposure level drops off dramatically with distance.”

The packaging with i-Phone5 states: “Carry i-Phone at least 10 mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at, or below, the as-tested levels.”

(To find these warnings, you have to hunt for them.  Go to Settings – General – About – Legal – RF Exposure)

Blackberry warns users to keep their phones an inch away from any part of their body whenever it’s turned on, “including the abdomen of pregnant women and the lower abdomen of teenagers.”  (10)

For men, keeping your cell phone in a trouser pocket in talk mode may impair fertility. (11)  Putting a Wi-Fi-enabled computer on your lap has also been shown to alter sperm motility.

Wi-Fi Linked to ADHD, Learning Disorders

A recent study demonstrated that pregnant women should be careful about their use of cell phones.  
Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility for Yale Medical Group says, “We have shown that behavioral problems in mice that resemble ADHD are caused by cell phone exposure in the womb.  The rise in behavioral disorders in human children may be in part due to fetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure.”  (12)

Children are especially vulnerable since their skulls are thinner and certain tissues of a child’s head, including the bone marrow and the eye, absorb significantly more energy than those in an adult head.  (13)  A highly regarded study from 2011 showed that radiation from a cell phone penetrated 10% of an adult head, whereas it penetrated the skull of a five year old 70%. (14)

I am discouraged to see School Boards such as Peel encourage students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  The campaign was designed by the tech industry and sold to school Boards as part of their international sales campaign “21’st Century Learning.”  (15)

In fact, a prestigious group of medical doctors who specialize in treating disease caused by toxins in the environment wrote to the Peel Board.  The letter from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) to the director of the Peel District school board strongly advised the Board to turn off the Wi-Fi, and instead wire computers into ethernet cables in the classroom, in order to avoid “a widespread public health hazard that the medical system is not yet prepared to address.” (16)

Science suggests that exposure to constant wireless radiation impairs learning.

One of the most succinct letters I have read on the subject was written by Dr. Martha Herbert of the Harvard School of Medicine.  As one of the world’s leading autism experts, she wrote to the Los Angeles School Board discouraging the installation of Wi-Fi, explaining that wireless radiation “from Wi-Fi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function.  This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having problems in the first place.”  (17)

However, as with pesticides, when the federal government lags behind, there are local initiatives that can make a difference.  With lawn pesticides, the movement began in 1991 when a small town council in Hudson, Quebec, voted to outlaw the use of pesticides for “cosmetic control.”  Today there are bans in more than 100 municipalities (including Toronto) and two provinces.

Local Initiatives to Protect the Public from Wi-Fi Radiation

With wireless radiation there are also some notable local initiatives:

The Saanich District School Board on Vancouver Island has banned Wi-Fi in elementary schools due to the uncertainty around children’s health. Also in B.C., the Kootenay Lakes school district voted to maintain one school without Wi-Fi in order to provide a safe haven for students who are obviously sensitive to the microwave radiation.

Last fall in Guelph, the City Council voted to request that Industry Canada stop all construction of new cell towers until Safety Code 6 is updated to reflect all health risks from overexposure to microwaves.  (18)  Similar requests from Thorold and Oakville earlier in the year have been ignored.

Last December, the City of Toronto voted to maintain its “Prudent Avoidance” policy recommending people and civic bodies keep radiation levels from cell towers 100 times safer than the federal Safety Code 6 minimums.

Take Action

Here’s what you can do to make Canada’s hi-tech landscape healthier:

Help us Change Safety Code 6.

Health Canada has contracted the Royal Society of Canada (as it does every few years) to “update” Safety Code 6.   The current panel is very conflicted. The Chair, Daniel Krewski, has already resigned after the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an exposé showing conflict of interest. (19)   Two other scientists have resigned.  There remain four of eight members with conflicts that should exclude them.  Details are on our website www.C4st.org. (20)

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Monsanto RU & Disease Feb 12/14 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:18

Monsanto RU & Disease Feb 12/14

By Dr. Mercola

Last year, groundbreaking research was published suggesting that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, might be "a crucially important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions."

If you missed it, please take the time to listen to Jeff Smith's interview with one of the authors of that research, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, reposted above. The lead author and researcher on this groundbreaking study was Anthony Samsel.

They spray nearly one BILLION pounds of Roundup  every year for conventional crop production, but genetically engineered (GE) crops see some of the heaviest use, as so-called Roundup Ready crops are designed to withstand otherwise lethal doses of this chemical.

Tests published last year also showed that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies,1 while yet a third study revealed the chemical has estrogenic properties and drive breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range.2

Now, research published in the International Journal of Toxicology3 in January adds even more fuel to the fire, as it reveals that glyphosate-based formulations like Roundup pose a threat to human health through cytotoxicity and oxidative effects. Such formulations were also found to be lethal to human liver cells.

You may think you are safe if you only eat organic produce but nothing could be further from the truth as most of the glyphosate contaminated crops are fed to animals. This means you also need to get organic meat and eggs. Also, beware you CANNOT wash glyphosate off your produce as it is actively integrated into every cell in the plant and impossible to wash off.

Commercial Formulations of Glyphosate Threaten Human Health

The researchers found that while glyphosate and its amino acid metabolite, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in isolation appears to be non-toxic to human cells, toxicity does become a concern when glyphosate is added to other ingredients found in commercial formulations.

It's also well worth noting that the featured study assessed the effects of glyphosate-based formulations on human cells at dilutions that are far below normal agricultural applications. As reported by the featured article by GreenMedInfo.com:4

"The researchers discovered that while glyphosate and its amino acid metabolite, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), showed little to no observable toxic effects in isolation, a glyphosate-based formulation containing adjuvants produced a variety of adverse effects on cellular oxidative balance, including the following signs of oxidative stress:

  • Increases in reactive oxygen species
  • Increases in nitrotyrosine formation
  • Increases in superoxide dismutase activity
  • Increases in glutathione levels

The glyphosate formulation studied also triggered two 'death proteins' in human cells known as caspase 3/7, inducing pathways that activate programmed cell death (apoptosis), a clear sign of significant toxicity."

According to the authors:

"These results confirm that G [glyphosate] formulations have adjuvants working together with the active ingredient and causing toxic effects that are not seen with acid glyphosate...

Altogether, these results challenge the establishment of guidance values such as the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate, when these are mostly based on a long term in vivo test of glyphosate alone.

Since pesticides are always used with adjuvants that could change their toxicity, the necessity to assess their whole formulations as mixtures becomes obvious. This challenges the concept of active principle of pesticides for non-target species."

Glyphosate in Isolation Preferentially Targets Beneficial Bacteria

Please note that in my earlier interviews with Dr. Don Huber, who is one of the most prominent scientific experts in plant toxicology, he firmly believe glyphosate is FAR more toxic and dangerous than DDT.

Previous research also shows that glyphosate alone wreaks havoc on soil and gut bacteria, so while glyphosate in isolation may not be able to kill your liver cells, it has been shown to wreak havoc on the beneficial bacteria that are absolutely critical to your overall health. Your gut bacteria (opposed to other human cells) are a key component of glyphosate's primary mechanism of harm, as microbes have the same pathway used by glyphosate to kill weeds.

The issue of glyphosate toxicity—whether in isolation or in formulation—implicates genetically engineered foods as being potentially far more hazardous to your health than less contaminated crops, and is indeed a significant reason for opting for organically-grown foods.

Labeling GMOs could help you select products that are less likely to have heavy contamination, although you'd also avoid many other hazardous chemicals used in conventional farming by opting for products labeled 100% organic.

There's also the environmental angle, as glyphosate also effectively kills beneficial soil microbes and damages the fertility of the soil. Glyphosate is in fact patented as an antibiotic, and killing bacteria is the main function of such drugs. It's also a potent chelator, which prevents valuable minerals like iron, calcium, manganese, and zinc from being utilized by the plant.

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Hydro Corruption Feb 12/14 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:16

Hydro Corruption Feb 12/14

Dr. David Carpenter MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a physician who has worked in the area of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and public health

Dr. David Carpenter MD, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a physician who has worked in the area of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and public health for over 18 years, has a few choice words for power companies that are forcing smart meters down the throats of their customers all over the United States.

Dr. Carpenter adamantly insists that there is no evidence whatsoever that smart meters are in any way safe for human beings.  He goes on to say that there is, in fact, ample evidence that demonstrates “convincingly and consistently” that exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) at elevated levels for long periods of time increases the risk of cancer, damages the nervous system, and adversely affects the reproductive organs.

Dr. Carpenter says that an informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analog meter.

- See more at: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/harvard-medical-doctor-warns-against-smart-meters/#sthash.ZnEN1iHs.dpuf

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/harvard-medical-doctor-warns-against-smart-meters/

Ombudsman Complaints about Smart Meters!

1)   Hydro One in Ontario has been treating its customers as an ATM just as BC Hydro is doing, with inflated estimated bills, arrogant responses to billing complaints, delayed billing resulting in huge bills. The Ontario Ombudsman is investigating billing practice and time of use. I encourage everyone who is having similar problems to write to BCUC Patrick.wruck@bcuc.com and our ombudsman. Complaints to the ombudsman are made by completing the form at https://www.ombudsman.bc.ca/how-to-make-a-complaint/online-complaint-form It wouldn’t hurt to copy some politicians, when you write to BCUC e.g. Energy critic John Horgan John.Horgan.MLA@leg.bc.ca, your MLA, and others. If you would copy me at director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca with “complaint” in the subject line, I will gather them – perhaps these will be handy at the BCUC hearing or at some other time. I wrote to the ombudsman today. The comments I made on the complaint form are below.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Ontario+ombudsman+probe+Hydro+smart+meters/9465092/story.html Many interesting comments

http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/business/watchdog-to-probe-hydro-one-customer-complaints-1.1669731

2)   Initially Hydro was installing ITRON collectors to transmit data to/from smeters to cell transmitters. These collectors had 2 transmitters. After having installed all 1800 across the province, Hydro replaced them with Cisco collectors that have up to 8 transmitters. When we asked why and how the additional 6 transmitters would be used, we were told “we have no plans!”  Well, once again Hydro lied. Cisco has big plans for using the grid for multiple transmissions. Could we be having our homes used to transmit data for other businesses in addition to Hydro? E.g. wifi, cell phone service? One statement in this article will concern many and I think demands investigation:

“It’s taken a couple of years to get this flagship Cisco IPv6 mesh network up and running. But as it lights up Itron’s smart meters, it can also start connecting to other distribution grid devices, Davis explained. One of the first, he said, will be a grid sensor called LineWatch, built by QinetiQ, a U.K.-based defense technology company better known for its work on fighter planes, unmanned military robots and military cybersecurity projects than for smart grid. QinetiQ, like Itron, has embedded Cisco’s technology in its grid hardware”

And BC Hydro is one of its prime customers, as is Fortis.- http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/cisco-adds-distribution-automation-to-its-grid-network

3)   I have discovered that all fires or electrical “incidents” must be reported by electricians and Hydro/Fortis to the BC Safety Authority. Individuals who were victims in the event can obtain copies of the reports from the BC Safety Authority. There are offices all over the province and the contact info. can be found at http://safetyauthority.ca/contact/regional-contacts I hope that any of you who had appliances or electronics damaged, or who suffered fires or overheating, etc. due to having a smeter (or possibly due to having one) will get a copy and share it with me at director@stopsmartmetersbc.ca with “BCSA report” on the subject line.

4)   Non smeter. Wi-fi has been shown by many studies to be harmful due to the RF. Despite this, provincial medical officers such as Dr. Perry Kendall, are encouraging schools to install wi-fi for internet connection even when the school already is connected via the extremely efficient and safe fiber optic cable. Many corporate supporters and IT people sell the idea of wi-fi saying it is needed for a 21st century education and presenting wi-fi as the newest technology. Neither is true. We all know that wifi offers students no advantage beyond the convenience of students being able to carry their laptops around. And there is a real 21st century technology called Li-fi, where fiber optics are used to send the internet signal via visible light. This technology needs to be tested to make sure there are no side effects but initial reports are that li-fi is much safer than the RF emitting wi-fi currently used.

http://www.8point3led.co.uk/news/2013-10-14/education-chiefs-see-benefits-of-renewable-energy-in-schools-and-the-uks-first-li-fi-demonstration

 

 

Letters:

A terrific letter published by a member in the Peace Arch News: http://www.peacearchnews.com/opinion/letters/243415311.html

A copy of the statement I completed at the ombudsman complaint site:

As Director of the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters I am getting many emails from people who are experiencing poor billing practices by BC Hydro. Meters are not being read for 8-12 months at a time resulting in bills being based on estimated usage. Often the usage estimated is many times higher than the homeowner has ever used in  a similar period. This can result in significant overpayment for an extended period -- free use of customers' money.

Or else no bills are sent for several months and then huge bills are sent, with payment due within a very short time. Hydro is often refusing to accept phoned in readings to adjust bills, and people are treated with disdain, told to pay or lose their power. This is causing financial hardship for many.

This is exactly what is happening in Ontario and the ombudsman there will be undertaking an audit, which was just announced.

http://www.citynews.ca/2014/02/04/ontarios-ombudsman-to-investigate-hydro-one/

I will be encouraging people to send you information about their billing problems with BC Hydro, and ask that you initiate an investigation into BC Hydro's actions. Should you require more information, I would be happy to help in any way.

From: XXXXX
To:
commission.secretary@bcuc.com

Subject: Unknown charge on bill . Refusing payment of LEGACY METER CHARGE
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:21:08 -0800

Attention COMMISSION SECRETARY . On the reverse of the Hydro meter bill there is an explanation of all their Charges ~ EXCEPT LEGACY METER CHARGE .  we HAVE THE STANDARD METER WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD  and it has been extremely satisfactory.

. For your information  we have refused  the new, Faulty  radiation  so called  “SMART”  meter for health reasons on our home. BC Hydro is well aware of this.  There is too much evidence that their radiation is seriously suspect in its long term effect on humans  especially children. Out decision is based on” the Precautionary principle” that no reliable proof has been shown that they are safe, as  they have not even been tested for an UNDERWRITING  (ULC)  or CSA  approval.

We are participating in the class action suit in this matter . Other copies of this memo will be mailed to others as deemed appropriate.

Yours Truly

Subject: Update 2014-02-05 SPECIAL UPDATE RE. INVASION OF OUR PRIVACY BY SMETERS AND GRID
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:38:01 -0800

 

1)   "Take Back Your Power’ Wins Transformational Film of the Year Award

 

SEATTLE, Washington (February 5, 2014) — The hard-hitting documentary ‘Take Back Your Power’ has been named winner of the AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year.  The crowd-funded film exposes in-home surveillance issues, customer billing corruption, potential health risks and other problems associated with utilites’ plans for upgrading to a centralized “smart” energy grid.  It finished atop the list of 33 worldwide finalists along with ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’, co-winner of the award . . .

“This is a victory for a growing majority who want to restore sanity to the roles played by technology and government,” said Josh del Sol, producer and director . . .”

 

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/Take-Back-Your-Power-ties-for-first-place,85,3698

2)   The invasion of our privacy through the smart meter program, even without the activation of the zigbee (which will increase the amount of detailed data dramatically), is something the government and Hydro are denying. Our civil rights are being ignored . This article explains what is happening and how. Our class action lawsuit pertains to this invasion of our privacy and trampling of our charter right to live in our homes safe from intrusion. I think this article is important enough to warrant the devotion of an entire update.

 

I hope you will share this with friends, your MLAs and the media, and write your concerns to Privacy Commissioner Denham at info@oipc.bc.ca

 

(Please note that the legal references applies to US law, that may or may not be similar to Canadian law.)

 

 

How Smart Meters Invade Individual Privacy - SkyVision Solutions:
- http://skyvisionsolutions.org/privacy-and-data-security/how-smart-meters-invade-individual-privacy/

Introduction

Although many people claim that smart meters invade their privacy, it is unclear as to whether a compelling argument has yet been fully made that properly articulates an invasion of privacy assertion in a way that is understandable or convincing enough to persuade a sufficient number of legislators, governmental officials, court judges, or hearing officers.  It is the purpose of this website posting to help formulate such a message.

The principal privacy and security concerns surrounding installation of residential smart meters are (1) smart meters will reveal the activities of people inside of a home by measuring their electricity, gas, or water usage frequently over time, and (2) that inadequate cyber security measures surrounding the digital transmission of smart meter data will expose it to misuse by authorized and unauthorized users of the data.

More specifically, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit group, has listed on its website the following potential privacy consequences of smart grid and smart meter systems:

Let us highlight just one item from the above list which has received little or no prior attention, “Tracking Behavior of Renters/Leasers.”  When a different individual owns and pays the utilities other than the resident, such as in the case of a rental unit, apartment subletting, leasing, and so on, the landlord or property owner will likely have “authorized” and easy access to the smart meter data through a utility online portal website.  The renter’s electricity, gas, and possibly water usage patterns and behavior could be monitored in near real-time.  Hypothetically, a landlord could use information obtained from smart meter data to determine whether the tenant has broken a lease provision or for other more malicious purposes.  The utility would likely claim that it has no concern or control over such activities, yet the utility is installing the technology that allows this avenue of privacy invasion to occur.  [For a discussion describing the context of each item on the above list, refer to the following link:  Potential Privacy Impacts.]

Although utilities largely dismiss the above privacy and security concerns when voiced by consumers, the author of this document asserts that smart meters do indeed represent an invasion of privacy that is unreasonable and unnecessary.  Without quoting specific case law for purposes of this website posting, let it be said that the general legal criteria for demonstrating an invasion or privacy allegation consists of satisfying two discrete questions:

1.     The first question relates to whether an individual, by his or her conduct, exhibits a subjective expectation of privacy, i.e., has the individual shown that he or she seeks to preserve something as private.

2.     The second question pertains to whether the individual’s subjective expectation of privacy is one that society is prepared to recognize as reasonable, i.e., whether the individual’s privacy expectation, viewed objectively, is justifiable under the circumstances.

With regard to digital smart meters, the above criteria can be easily satisfied as shown in the paragraphs that follow.

Demonstrated Expectation for Privacy

Residential utility customers have a legitimate expectation to preserve individual and behavioral privacy with regard to energy-related or water consumption data collected by the utility.  Credible government reports and security experts have explained that there are privacy concerns that the granular data collected by smart meters will reveal the activities of people inside of a home by measuring their usage frequently over time.  Furthermore, there is deep concern that inadequate cyber security measures surrounding the digital transmission of smart meter data will expose such data to misuse by authorized and unauthorized users of the data.  Residential utility customers have currently only surrendered a privacy interest to the extent necessary to account for monthly billing by the utility, unless otherwise explicitly granted.  Normally, only one energy or water usage measurement per month is necessary for the billing process.

As an example, the figure below shows the type of information that can be gleaned from basic electrical power usage data from a smart meter without any special knowledge of appliance signatures, just intuitive observation of power consumption variations, which in turn infers human activity.  Many people would prefer that this type of information not be available to other individuals or organizations under any circumstances.



Furthermore, with the help of software algorithms, much more information can be revealed from smart meter data.  According to a 2009 report prepared for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, entitled, “Smart Metering & Privacy: Existing Law and Competing Policies”:

“A remarkable number of electric appliances can be identified by their load signatures, and with impressive accuracy.  Researchers have all but mastered identification of the larger common household appliances such as water heaters, well pumps, furnace blowers, refrigerators, and air conditioners, with recognition accuracies approaching perfection.  Ongoing work focuses now on the myriad smaller electric devices around the home such as personal computers, laser printers, and [different types of] light bulbs.”

“High-resolution electricity usage profiles can expose individual behavior patterns through the identification of each specific appliance event within the household.  Not just when a consumer is at home and when she is away, but further when she cooks dinner, watches TV, takes a shower.”

“More detailed information gathered by smart meters may expose consumers to more targeted and nefarious physical invasions, since it may be possible to glean such information from the meter data as when residents are away from home, …”

“What’s more, the sheer volume of the research and development in this area helps understand the field as a vector, one that points directly at more and more-detailed information collected concerning the activities of millions of people.  While the motivations for this aggregation of data may be noble, the potential for serious privacy invasion is only growing, and so the need for care.”

Through the use of smart meters, utilities typically collect thousands of times more data than required to calculate a monthly bill and thus expose residents to unnecessary risks as described above.

Utilities and other smart grid advocates will sometimes make irrelevant and meaningless statements like:

1.     “Smart meters only know how much power you are using, not specifically how you are using that power.” or,

2.     “Smart meters do not record your personal activities.”

These are misleading, simplistic statements that avoid the issue.   It is true that the smart meter is merely a conduit for collecting, storing, and transmitting energy-related usage data.  Obviously, an inanimate object can’t “know” anything.  That is not the issue.  The issue relates to the incremental and granular type of data that is collected, stored, and transmitted by the meter to places where it can be intercepted, stored, and analyzed by others (real people) and software algorithms to be able to provide information about the usage patterns for individual appliances with a subsequent inference on the activities and occupancy of a home.

Smart meter data can be used by others either maliciously or inadvertently using existing or developing technology in an unauthorized fashion to infer types of activities or occupancy of a home for specific periods of time.  It is also possible that such information can be sought for legal proceedings as evidence to prove or disprove certain propositions.  For utilities or others to deny these legitimate concerns is evidence of obfuscation, essentially hiding the truth from the consumer.

Many residential utility customers simply do not wish to risk participation in such invasive technology as smart meters, i.e., they have exhibited an expectation to preserve behavioral privacy.

Expectation for Privacy is “Reasonable”

Viewed objectively, the expectation to preserve privacy as it relates to electrical, gas, or water usage data is reasonable for the following reasons:

1.     In the United States, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, PURPA Section 111(d), as amended by The Energy Policy Act of 2005, contains language that requires state utility commissions and unregulated utilities to consider whether it is appropriate for utilities to offer customers smart metering for those who request it.  The legislative intent was always that smart metering was to be considered optional.  Therefore, it is reasonable for people not be forced to accept a smart meter in order to meter activities for which they have no desire to participate and do not want to accept the risks involved with smart metering.

2.     Consumer concerns are well founded; they are based upon credible sources of information including government reports and security experts.  It is reasonable for individuals not to be forced to participate in a system which gathers more energy and water usage data than are required for billing purposes and which subjects them to higher privacy and security risks than traditional monthly meter reads.

3.     Although most case law would support a conclusion that there is not a societal expectation for privacy of utility energy and water usage records (in the aggregate), current case law is not fully applicable to the new technology where granular data transmitted by digital smart meters can “reveal discrete information” about individual appliance use or home occupancies.

4.     Given the “totality of the circumstances*,” in the case of smart meters collecting incremental and granular information, it is reasonable to consider the fact that the information is generated in the home, an area accorded specific textual protection in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  It is also reasonable to consider the fact that residential utility customers have no practical alternative to obtain electric, gas, or water service from another source.  [* The use of this expression has its origin in case law where it is stated that the totality of the circumstances will be carefully weighed when determining the legitimacy of a privacy expectation.]

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Fracking Hurting Animals Feb 10/14 Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 February 2014 22:19

Fracking Hurting Animals Feb 10/14

How Fracking Hurts Animals

EcoWatch | January 30, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments

Many people know the issues with fracking when it comes to water and air pollution, but animals are also at risk. Two studies in the last two years, show how farm animals and aquatic life are impacted by fracking.

Farm Animals

study by two Cornell University researchers indicates the process of hydraulic fracturing deep shale to release natural gas may be linked to shortened lifespan and reduced or mutated reproduction in cattle—and maybe humans.

Without knowing exactly what chemicals are being used, and in what quantities, it is difficult to perform laboratory-style experiments on, say lab rats. But farm animals are captive, surrounded by electric and barbed wire fences.

And when fracking wastewater is spilled across their pasture and into their drinking water, and they start dying and birthing dead calves, one can become suspicious that there is a connection.

Which is what the Cornell researchers found during a year-long study of farm animals, based primarily on interviews with animal owners and veterinarians in six states: Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

“Animals can nevertheless serve as sentinels for human health impacts,” the report, Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health, notes. “Animals, particularly livestock, remain in a confined area and, in some cases, are continually exposed to an environmental threat.”

The report has been produced by Robert E. Oswald, a biochemist and Professor of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, and Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian with a master’s degree in pharmacology.

In one case, an accidental release of fracking fluids into a pasture adjacent to a drilling operation resulted in 17 cows dead within an hour. Exposure to fracking fluids running onto pastures or into streams or wells also reportedly led to pregnant cows producing stillborn calves, goats exhibiting reproductive problems and other farm animals displaying similar problems. Farmers reported effects within one to three days of animals consuming errant fracking wastewater.

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Treasonous Trade Deal against BC Salmon Industry! Feb 6/14 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 21:59

Treasonous Trade Deal against BC Salmon Industry! Feb 6/14

On the heels of the Harper government giving the Norwegian salmon feedlot industry the greenlight to expand in BC, the industry was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  The wisdom of Justice Bruce Cohen tossed aside, BC is now a third-world region - just another place for Norway to raise "their" fish.  This is a death sentence to the wild salmon of British Columbia. If we serious about preserving our way of life, democracy and our country we need to adapt to meet this challenge. If we don't, it is clear where we are going - think Chile - massive salmon feedlots, disease outbreaks and a new social order wherever this industry bites down.

Update

In early January, we learned the Harper government quietly invited the Norwegian salmon farming industry to expand in BC. He did this despite specific warnings to the opposite by his own federal Commission.  He did this ignoring his constitutional responsibility to consult with First Nations. See press release by Living Oceans.

A few days later on January 28, 2014, Marine Harvest (the biggest of the three Norwegian operators using BC to grow "their" fish) was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They rang the Opening Bell. Their press release states they plan to lead the blue revolution similar to 5000 years ago when we went from hunting to farming. They fail to mention salmon farming requires aggressive wild fisheries.  Truth is a scarce commodity in this deal.

Marine Harvest - listed as a protein company to woo American investors,

"We want to grow even faster" says Marine Harvest Chief Executive Alf-Helge Aarskog.

This is a very dangerous situation for BC's wild salmon. Wild salmon do not survive exposure to salmon feedlots. DFO shrunken, bent and abused - is no longer capable of defending wild salmon. British Columbians have made it clear they distrust this industry, but Harper is not listening to the people he rules.

I use quotes when I write "their" fish because under the Constitution of Canada no one is allowed to "own" a salmon in the marine waters of Canada. The Fraser Institute suggests a change to the Consitution of Canada to accomodate this industry:

"An appropriate set of private property rights for fish farmers would markedly raise efficiency in the production of seafood, while helping to eliminate whatever negative externalities may be associated with their operation." These "negative externalities" would only be eliminated on paper, in fact they threaten the coast of British Columbia, Washington State and Alaska.

Fraser Institute Report

 

See Marine Harvest ring the Opening Bell - New York Stock Exchange Jan. 28. 2014. Tycoon John Fredricksen, (the richest man in Norway until he changed citizenship) and his daughter clap.

 

"Link Arms"

Chief Robert Chamberlin (left), traveled to Norway several times to introduce shareholder resolutions at Marine Harvest AGMs. He spent years in the circular government labyrinths, designed to absorb the energy of such a man, trying to find solutions to the invasion of this industry into his territory.  He is instructed by his people to protect the wild seafood resources they depend on. And yet Chamberlin was not consulted about the expansion of this industry in his territory.

Chief Chamberlin, a patient man, has taken an unprecedented step inviting us to "link arms" in resisting this unjustifiable expansion.

Moving very quickly, the applications to expand salmon farming in BC are appearing in local newspapers. The one shown below is among the Discovery Islands, where Justice Bruce Cohen specifically warned the industry should be phased out.

#19 - On September 30, 2020, the minister of fisheries and oceans should prohibit net-pen salmon farming in the Discovery Islands (fish health sub-zone 3-2) unless he or she is satisfied that such farms pose at most a minimal risk of serious harm to the health of migrating Fraser River sockeye salmon. The minister’s decision should summarize the information relied on and include detailed reasons. The decision should be published on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ website. Cohen Commission Recommendation #19

The Cohen Commission Recommendations have been removed from the internet, but Watershed Watch has posted them for us, with a calendar of missed opportunities to preserve wild salmon in BC.

The Licences

To make matters worse for wild salmon, the federal government licences grant the salmon farmers the power to make the decision whether they use Atlantic salmon infected with viruses.  Under Canada's Fisheries Act, Section 56 the Minister of Fisheries is not permitted to this,  but the new federal Aquaculture Licence attempts to override Canada's Fisheries Act. This is nothing short of a complete betrayal of government's contract with the people to protect wild salmon. I am challenging these licences in court with Ecojustice - thank you Ecojustice.

Moving Forward

We are losing ground.  The Norwegian salmon feedlot industry has won the backing of the Harper government.  Common sense and the law have been set aside.

We have to do something different, we have to adapt.

I would like to suggest a change in our relationship.

I want to acknowledge and thank the hundreds of you who have approached me on the street, written and called me.  Your supportive words and donations have given me the opportunity to take this fight through the courts, the scientific literature and onto the streets.

But in the face of the current situation, I can only say I am not the David you hoped I would be against this Goliath.

I can, however, be your guide.  I have studied the salmon farming industry since it was born in my community in 1988. I know it inside and out. I have first-hand experience with the players, politics, science, local biology, legislation and law.

You are the most powerful force on earth.  If you make time in your life to fight for wild salmon, there will be wild salmon for our children. You will not suffer the emotional damage of being a victim and I will be here alongside you to make sure your time is not wasted.

This is not a one-off engagement. We will need to be relentless, like the industry itself.  I will let you know what I think is the powerful thing you can do for wild salmon. And I will listen to your ideas.

Here is what needs to be done today:

1 - Click on the petition below and share it with all your facebook and other friends and family

Each fish farm in BC needs a provincial licence in addition to the federal licence. The Premier of BC has the power to revoke fish farm Licences of Occupation, with no compensation, if it is in the public interest. There are more than 80,000 on this petition, but we are not enough for the Premier of BC to respond. There is some number of signatures that will get a response. People from around the world are welcome to sign this.

CLICK HERE FOR PETITION

2 - Contact the sushi restaurants in your community

Express how you feel about them paying money to the companies who are farming salmon in BC marine waters.  Choose to eat at restaurants that only serve wild salmon.

3 - Donate the funds I need to communicate to people far and wide about the impact of this industry on our oceans and our health.

The salmon farmers in BC are huge Norwegian companies with media strategists and marketing campaigns. We cannot protect BC without the funds to make people aware of what is going on here. In the ad below they actually tell people they are saving wild salmon!  We have to step onto this stage.

DONATE

4 - Share this film, hold showings in your homes, send it to everyone you know and then ask them to follow steps 1, 2, 3 and 4

SALMON CONFIDENTIAL



Wild salmon are not saved by salmon farming. Quotas are not based on the number of farmed salmon raised and the weight of scientific evidence suggests salmon farms cause considerable harm to wild salmon.

 

To be continued....

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02/03/2014

Download Healthy? NOT.pdf (10614.0K

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01/16/2014

Prime Minister of Canada opens door to more salmon farms in BC

It is with disbelief and horror that I pass on the news the Norwegian operators in BC will be raising even more Atlantic salmon in BC's waters.

OTTAWA OPENS THE DOOR

Ottawa has given these companies a licence that allows them to use fish carrying viruses, even though section 56 of our Fisheries Act prohibits transfer of fish carrying a disease agent that may be harmful to the protection and conservation of fish. I am in court right now fighting this.

A friend has asked us to attend a local Superstore and educate people about farmed salmon. I received his press release at nearly the same time as I got the news about the fate of this coast - sold off for use to raise fish for Norwegian companies.

So I pass the information on to you, in case you want to let markets know how you feel about them buying these farmed salmon from the companies using BC waters. How you feel about the Prime Minister completely disregarding the $26 million Cohen Commission we all paid for that made 11 recommendations specific to protecting wild salmon from salmon farms.


Media Advisory
Net-Pen Farmed Salmon Boycott

Where: Superstores across B.C. (Chilliwack,
Duncan, North Vancouver, Kamloops and Cranbrook)
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: 12 Noon – 1 pm

Farmed Atlantic salmon boycott rallies will be held across B.C. to educate the public about contamination levels so high that SeaChoice, Oceanwise and Monterey Bay Aquarium SeafoodWatch have all red-listed this product to avoid. This is especially important for pregnant women and children. At the rallies, pamphlets showing what exactly is in farmed salmon will be handed out: wide fat bars where toxins accumulate contain DDT, which is linked to breast cancer and gets passed on to babies through breastfeeding; viruses such as salmon influenza type virus, and a novel reovirus; insecticides such as endosulfan, banned due to high toxicity; GMO corn and animal by-products used in salmon feed; PCBs, dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer, immune dysfunction and nervous system damage, and more! Armed with this information, with links to get more information from credible sources, Superstore customers will likely buy wild salmon instead of farmed Atlantic salmon grown in open-net pens in our coastal waters.

“Our experience with the Superstores in Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Duncan, North Vancouver and Nanaimo have been very cooperative,” stated Eddie Gardner. “These are peaceful rallies, respectful of property and people, and we are hopeful that all Superstores will afford the same respectful cooperation to the boycott rallies across B.C.,” added Mr. Gardner, Boycott Coordinator.

“We are surprised that the Director of Social Responsibility at Loblaw’s is still ignoring our request made last year to remove farmed Atlantic salmon from Superstore coolers,” added Angela Superneault, member of the Chilliwack Boycott Chapter. “People notice that Superstore is proud to promote the sale of hormone-
and antibiotic-free beef and pork, yet look at the contamination levels in farmed salmon,” Shawna Green said, adding that Superstore needs to be consistent and remove farmed Atlantic salmon from their shelves. Superstores come under the overall management of Loblaw’s.

The aquaculture industry remains plagued with dangerous mutating viruses, pollution and parasites – forcing them to use chemicals and antibiotics to protect their farmed fish grown in open-net cages, many of which are placed on the migration routes of the endangered Fraser River sockeye salmon.

For more information:

Eddie Gardner, Net-Pen Farmed Salmon Boycott Coordinator
singingbear@shaw.ca
604-792-0867
www.salmonAlert.org

http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/10_reasons_not_to_eat_far/

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12/11/2013

What a year!

In the final weeks of 2013, the CFIA got reassigned to the Minister of Health and I finally got an answer my question. The CFIA never did retest my samples.

Now what - how do we evaluate the ISA virus risk to British Columbia?

Despite their commitment to offer wholesome food, I found Whole Foods uses standards that exceed WHO toxin recommendations to sell Norwegian farmed salmon in some stores.
These two incidents have shaped my course of action for 2014.

If you think I should keep going I need your help. Here is a summary of 2013. Thank you so much for your encouragement, help and brilliant ideas!

Political careers and markets are critically compromising themselves to accommodate this industry. 2014 is the year we move on to a much more brilliant form of aquaculture and relationship with wild salmon

2013 - What We Accomplished from Alexandra Morton on Vimeo.

TO DONATE TO THE RESEARCH - mail a check to Raincoast Research Society and we will provide you with a tax receipt

 

DONATE TO A SEQUEL TO SALMON CONFIDENTIAL AND OTHER PUBLIC OUTREACH DONATE TO PACIFIC COAST WILD SALMON SOCIETY - No tax receipt available.

 

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BREAKING NEWS:

It is Official the CFIA Never Retested My Samples!

Dear Whole Foods, toxins in your farmed salmon

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12/09/2013

Dear Whole Foods toxins in your farmed salmon

Dear Whole Foods

Thank you for sending your Quality Standards - did you know your farm salmon toxin - standards are 7 times higher than considered safe by the WHO?

According to your Jan. 1, 2013 Quality Standards that you sent to me - Whole Foods only requires farmed salmon producers to show they are making “progress toward meeting maximum allowable contaminate levels” for PCBs, dioxins, furans, dioxin-like PCBs and mercury in their product. This means your customers don’t actually know the levels of dangerous toxins present in Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods. Download WFM Quality Standards for Farmed Seafood_salmon finfish shrimp_ Jan 1 2013.V2_0-1.pdf (341.5K)

Compared to international, current dietary recommendations for fatty fish, your limit of 2.16 pg/g for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in farmed salmon is not safe at all according to the World Health Organization that established in 1998 a goal to reduce human intake levels below 1 pg TEQ/kg body weight/day (http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/en/exe-sum-final.pdf">source:). (TEQ means Toxic Equivalent Unit)

According to your Jan. 1. 2013 quality standards for farmed salmon, when a 60 kg person eats a single 200 gram serving of Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods their body may receive 432 pg of toxins (2.16 pg x 200 grams). This is more than 7-times the daily safe intake levels established by the WHO and over 3.5-times the tolerable levels established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFTA) (2 pg/kg body weight/day and 14 pg/kg body weight/ week. Source:).

So:

If your customer is a girl or woman, she will store the chemicals received each time she tucks into farmed Norwegian salmon from Whole Foods and then release up to 94% of them to her babies during pregnancy and lactation. Dioxins and PCB toxins are well known to interfere with brain development, the hooking up of brain cells essential to being able to think, cause cognitive (reasoning ability) impairment in children and adults, and are known carcinogens according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Source: The Lancet Oncology, Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 287 - 288, April 2013).

Current research indicates that babies from mothers that consume high levels of PCBs will be at higher risk of autism, ADD, reduced brain size, all the while your customers think that shopping at Whole Foods is protecting their family from doses of toxins like this.

Why does Whole Foods ask the salmon farming industry to work towards meeting requirements that are not safe for babies? Did you not know that your limits are 7 times higher than the World Health Organization recommends? Or did you think your customers were never going to find out? I don't know which is worse.

I was one of your customers, but I no longer have confidence in any of your products. Personally, I feel it is unforgivable to threaten babies with life-long disabilities to make a profit selling food.

Please explain why you sell farmed salmon that only has to show “progress” towards meeting toxin levels that are 7 times higher than recommended by the WHO.

Thank you,

Alexandra Morton, ex-Whole Foods customer

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Dear Whole Foods toxins in your farmed salmon

Dear Whole Foods

Thank you for sending your Quality Standards - did you know your farm salmon toxin - standards are 7 times higher than considered safe by the WHO?

According to your Jan. 1, 2013 Quality Standards that you sent to me - Whole Foods only requires farmed salmon producers to show they are making “progress toward meeting maximum allowable contaminate levels” for PCBs, dioxins, furans, dioxin-like PCBs and mercury in their product. This means your customers don’t actually know the levels of dangerous toxins present in Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods. Download WFM Quality Standards for Farmed Seafood_salmon finfish shrimp_ Jan 1 2013.V2_0-1.pdf (341.5K)

Compared to international, current dietary recommendations for fatty fish, your limit of 2.16 pg/g for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in farmed salmon is not safe at all according to the World Health Organization that established in 1998 a goal to reduce human intake levels below 1 pg TEQ/kg body weight/day (http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/en/exe-sum-final.pdf">source:). (TEQ means Toxic Equivalent Unit)

According to your Jan. 1. 2013 quality standards for farmed salmon, when a 60 kg person eats a single 200 gram serving of Norwegian farmed salmon from Whole Foods their body may receive 432 pg of toxins (2.16 pg x 200 grams). This is more than 7-times the daily safe intake levels established by the WHO and over 3.5-times the tolerable levels established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFTA) (2 pg/kg body weight/day and 14 pg/kg body weight/ week. Source:).

So:

If your customer is a girl or woman, she will store the chemicals received each time she tucks into farmed Norwegian salmon from Whole Foods and then release up to 94% of them to her babies during pregnancy and lactation. Dioxins and PCB toxins are well known to interfere with brain development, the hooking up of brain cells essential to being able to think, cause cognitive (reasoning ability) impairment in children and adults, and are known carcinogens according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (Source: The Lancet Oncology, Volume 14, Issue 4, Pages 287 - 288, April 2013).

Current research indicates that babies from mothers that consume high levels of PCBs will be at higher risk of autism, ADD, reduced brain size, all the while your customers think that shopping at Whole Foods is protecting their family from doses of toxins like this.

Why does Whole Foods ask the salmon farming industry to work towards meeting requirements that are not safe for babies? Did you not know that your limits are 7 times higher than the World Health Organization recommends? Or did you think your customers were never going to find out? I don't know which is worse.

I was one of your customers, but I no longer have confidence in any of your products. Personally, I feel it is unforgivable to threaten babies with life-long disabilities to make a profit selling food.

Please explain why you sell farmed salmon that only has to show “progress” towards meeting toxin levels that are 7 times higher than recommended by the WHO.

Thank you,

Alexandra Morton, ex-Whole Foods customer

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12/06/2013

It is Official - the CFIA never retested my samples

After 6 months of asking the CFIA to confirm whether they retested my ISA virus samples or not - I got an answer from the Ministry of Health.

This unforgivable situation risks the wild salmon economy of the North Pacific and Canada's reputation as a trade partner.

Dear Minister Ambrose

Thank you for prompting the CFIA to finally answer my question; did they retest the samples I sent to the Kibenge lab for ISA virus testing or not?


Dr. D. Ian Alexander (CFIA) says in his letter to me that my samples were never retested.
Download Ltr to Alexandra Morton re ISA BC Salmon.pdf (439.9K)

This is highly significant and something is very wrong here.

I accept that the CFIA has its reasons for not retesting my samples, however they took my samples from the lab and went to lengths to inform the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) that the ISA virus results by the Kibenge lab were "non-repeatable".
Download CFIA (Evans) Letter (00627482).PDF (414.2K)

The Kibenge lab was one of only two labs in the world designated by the OIE as an ISA virus reference lab. That is why I chose to use this lab. The CFIA recommended the lab be suspended, the OIE complied, but will not state why. The word "non-repeatable" suggests the CFIA repeated the tests with different results. But clearly that was not the case.

The CFIA needs to report to you why they told the OIE that the Kibenge results were "non-repeatable." Who exactly repeated tests on my samples taken from the Kibenge lab and where is that data?

In one of Canada's biggest newspapers, the CFIA urged the OIE to suspend the Kibenge lab because "government labs couldn’t replicate his results."

The Kibenge lab is not alone it its findings. Several Canadian government labs submitted test results to the Cohen Commission that were positive for sequences of the ISA virus in BC (exhibits 2040, 2053-136a, 2055, 2043, 2060, 2051, 2052). As well, Dr. Are Nylund, University of Bergen, testified at the inquiry that he got results positive for ISA virus sequence in BC.

ISA virus is an internationally reportable virus for all members of the World Organization for Animal Health.

"Mr. Warkentin [Cermaq, owned largely by the Norwegian government] said the aquaculture industry, which raises about 32-million fish a year in B.C., 91 per cent of which are Atlantic salmon, is holding its breath while the Canadian Food Inspection Agency investigates the ISA positive findings made by Fred Kibenge, at the University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College."

The CFIA testified at the Cohen Commission that if ISA virus is in BC - borders would close to BC farmed salmon. It appears as if the industry held its breath and the CFIA compromised its integrity.

When ISA virus repeats its grimly inevitable global pattern and mutates into a virulent outbreak in British Columbia, risking the wild salmon economy of the North Pacific, and Canada's reputation as a responsible member of the world trade community, the record will show results from a top Canadian lab could have been used to contain the virus. Look at what is underway in Eastern Canada. The CFIA allows ISA-positive farmed salmon to remain in the water and approved them for sale to the public. New variants of ISA are now spreading along the coast of eastern Canada. ISA is not something that can remain hidden.

Minister Ambrose, you were given oversight of the CFIA last month because Stephen Harper can see there are serious problems with the CFIA and this is one of them


This goes beyond the CFIA. I also attach a "confidential" memo wherein the BC government veterinarian briefed a provincial minister that ISA virus is not a threat to BC because live Atlantic salmon eggs have never been imported to BC. In fact, nearly 30 million live Atlantic salmon eggs had been imported when Dr. Sheppard wrote that and he was the man in charge of their health. Dr. Sheppard now works for Fisheries and Oceans Canada - still in charge of farmed salmon health. This further erodes confidence in Canada's response to this virus.
Download ISA Confidential BCP1001938 exhibit 1679.pdf (491.4K)

All I ask is that you do what you can to allow the Kibenge lab to continue its work without further harassment. There is a reason the OIE chose this lab in the first place. The Kibenge lab diagnosed the ISA epidemic before it hit Chile with a $2 billion bill. Norway has used this lab, the industry has used this lab. They are on the leading edge of scientific publication on the ISA virus. There was never an issue with the Kibenge lab until it reported ISA virus sequence in BC, which apparently threatens trade in BC farm salmon.

Again, thank you Minister Rona Ambrose, I have been asking the CFIA to confirm whether they retested my samples or not for 6 months, one letter to you and I get the answer. Prime Minister Harper was right to appoint you to oversee the CFIA.

Respectfully,

Alexandra Morton

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11/30/2013

Looking more than a little dodgy

A message for the government agencies dealing with salmon farms:

As we enter the turbulent times that are upon us, it is going to be increasingly important that we can trust our governments. We need to be able to believe you.

With this short video I try to explain to government agencies in Canada, Europe and Norway who are running interference for the salmon farming industry - it is getting really hard to take you seriously. You are paying a huge cost, you are losing credibility and this is not good for anyone. Not for you, not for us, not for the shareholders hoping to make some money off this scheme.

It is easy to go off course, a tiny bit at a time, easy not to notice immediately where you have ended up. But there is no excuse to perpetuate the things I mention in this video. You need to know the whole thing is looking more than a little dodgy.

When it comes to babies, toxins, and the first GMO food animal - we move past effect on "The Environment," we have threatened our own health.


This is a 9 minute video - think about it.


Alexandra Morton

Salmon farming - looking dodgy on many fronts from Alexandra Morton on Vimeo.

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11/14/2013

Dear Minister of Health - farmed salmon viruses and toxins

Dear Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P.

I understand you have been given responsibility for some of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) activities .

As such, I am writing to you with two questions about Norwegian farmed salmon in British Columbia;

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Smart Meter Dangers Illegal & Illegal GCR Actions! Feb 6/14 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 21:44

Smart Meter Dangers Illegal & Illegal GCR Actions! Feb 6/14

GCR Global Currency Reset note!

Friends our Gaia Defense forces future soldiers and Galactic allies have been busy clearing the dark Cabal ET bases on the moon, mars and Saturn. We continue to work at clearing Satanic timeline networks as well that are connected with various religions, mason and secret society sects. P2 will not be supported with their subtle control elitist games.

Plus the Bankers with holding RV payouts from the light workers and general public will be charged and money confiscated so we the people can payout with same high contract rate. Also, Americans are being asked to write their governors, Senators etc that we know about the RV greed criminalities and that we demand payouts to the people now at high contract rate. They will not get away with anything all who double and triple dipped will have their money confiscated to be given to we the people to share with everyone. Once this happens with the now current green light from Prime creator the global reset can happen which will release all humanitarian projects. Global TV broadcast will be made for all to know. The banking 800 numbers for Dinar holders will be posted at www.tntsuperfantastic.com and elsewhere. NO NDA needed so I am told. Do not agree to paymaster distribution another potential scam. Dinar RV is not a scam what is happening with the bankers is illegal please go to www.tntdinar.com and listen to Feb 5/14 2 hour webinar.

The dark have been trying to move the money around to prevent confiscation but our Galactic Tech can find any hacker or account globally. They have tried to hide the truth about these criminal acts it is time to go public through www.tntdinar.com twitter efforts as well. The more people that know we know about their crimes the faster this will complete and release to we the people globally. Once this Reset is released move your money out of the criminal big banks and move it to smaller communtiy banks and credit unions. I will post my humanitarian bank here in Canada once it is safe to do so.

Dinar RV is not a scam what is happening with the bankers is illegal please go to www.tntdinar.com and listen to Feb 5/14 2 hour webinar for more details. They will start facebook campaign Friday Feb 7/14 TNT-We are the people webpage along with TNT twitter campaign to get the truth public. Contact Commodities Futures Complaint Commission to complain about illegal cashing out by Government, bankers and their friends while not going live to public for Dinar 866-366-2382 Join in Tami

"Smart Meters Cause Illegal Interference

This implementation is unwise for a number of reasons.

Much consumer equipment exists in this band. Early tests indicate that most of this equipment suffers from detrimental performance in areas where Smart Meters are installed. Most of these consumers are not aware that they are receiving interference from all the Smart Meters within range of their equipment. In many cases, the interference, which causes random loud pops or clicks, renders the devices completely useless to the consumer. Chatham-Kent Hydro is aware that these devices will be negatively impacted, and states,

“900 MHZ telephones and baby monitors can be interfered with by the Smart Meter network. Our vendor has done testing in the area and they report that the devices ability to filter out the interference varies greatly from supplier to supplier. Some phones work perfectly fine while others report short “popping sounds” every minute or so. This interference is, although undesirable, within the realm of acceptable performance for devices operating in the 900-928 MHZ band.”

Examples of licence-exempt equipment operating on the 902-928 MHz band are: cordless phones, crib monitors, wireless headphones, patio speakers, remote controls, wireless microphones, security systems, motion detectors, garage door openers, remote car starters, wireless computer networks – essentially any cordless electronic equipment as might be found in thousands of local homes, businesses and churches. Much of this equipment permits the user to change the channel used to prevent interference to a neighbour using the same device, as such interference would be illegal. In addition, the low power and small bandwidth required by any individual user permits a multitude of devices to co-exist, as they have in Chatham-Kent until now. Chatham-Kent Hydro monopolized the whole band so there are no free channels for anyone else."

http://www.ve3ncq.ca/wordpress/?page_id=10


3) In Australia, a trial project fails when participants drop out. If only Hydro and Fortis had tried a pilot project...

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/370919,half-of-users-abandon-smart-meter-trial.aspx?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=editors_picks


4)California energy company admits it's discovered how valuable the data from the grid is:

"We need to start changing out culture and start thinking of data as something valuable," Haralson explained.

OGE

LaDee Homm, business strategy analyst expert with OGE Energy Corp., agreed. She explained that through analytics and other sources, the company has learned quite a bit about their customers, including who they are, their demographics and their credit score. But like SCE, OGE knows that the data itself isn't enough without a plan to use it."

http://www.fiercesmartgrid.com/story/southern-california-edisons-smart-grid-experiment/2014-01-29

To register for the Class Action or donate to it: - http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/

BC SmartMeter Lawsuit.ca:
- http://bcsmartmeterlawsuit.ca/

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- http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca/html/

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Subject: update 2014-02-01 Our data is valuable and is becoming more vulnerable
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:40:15 -0800

1)   BC Hydro refused to answer some of the Information Requests (IRs) put forward by our lawyer, David Aaron, with regard to its application regarding its opt out fees that is before the BCUC . David objected and provided bases for the public’s right to have answers in this letter to the BCUC dated Jan. 29:

http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/CST-lawyers-response-to-BC-Hydros-refusal-to-respond,25,3697

On January 31, the BCUC responded, rejecting David’s request for answers:

http://www.bcuc.com/Documents/Proceedings/2014/DOC_40482_A-14_BCUC-Resp-CSTS-Unanswered-IRs.pdf

2)   Will our data become even less secure now that ITRON will be using “the cloud” to analyze it?

Itron Takes Its Data Analytics to the Cloud - The competition is thick in the cloud-based smart meter analytics market. by Jeff St. John - Greentech Media - January 29, 2014:
- http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/itron-takes-its-data-analytics-to-the-cloud

According to this article the benefit of using the “cloud” is reduced cost for the company, but the risks include service disruption and reduced security.

http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/c/f/cloudcomputing.htm

3)   Utility and smeter companies realize our data is valuable, and they are gleefully trying to figure out how to make the most from it. This clearly shows that the dumb grid is not about us, helping us save electricity or to save us money. It is all about the corporations, saving them money and making them money from our data.

“LaDee Homm, business strategy analyst expert with OGE Energy Corp., agreed. She explained that through analytics and other sources, the company has learned quite a bit about their customers, including who they are, their demographics and their credit score. But like SCE, OGE knows that the data itself isn't enough without a plan to use it.

"We've realized we have to go from data to insights, see those insights and figure out how to get value out of them," Homm said.”

http://www.fiercesmartgrid.com/story/southern-california-edisons-smart-grid-experiment/2014-01-29

  • Lithium batteries are in smeters, and they are known to catch fire when they are heated. Obviously this iphone was heated by the human body! Many smeters are in the sun, being heated each day, getting much hotter than this phone’s battery.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Kennebunk_student_s_cellphone_catches_fire_in_pocket_.html

4)   Other options to the monopolies (Hydro and Fortis) must be found. Some are investigating the possibility of wind turbines.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/242494911.html

5)   Follow up to request from member re. having a meeting with So. Vancouver MLA Stillwell

The Langara riding MLA has fixed a date and time. Our meeting will be on February 8 (Saturday) at 9am at her constituency office at 7283 Cambie St. which is at Langara Gardens at Cambie and 57th. This is intended to be a meeting whereby we will discuss the concerns (rather than a rally/protest). It will be great if you can let the south Vancouver folks know (the Langara riding stretches E-W from Granville to Fraser and N-S roughly from 42nd Ave. to the Fraser River).  Anyone interested should contact me ASAP by email (to ccia@shaw.ca with the subject line: Smartmeter meeting) for joining me in a meeting with MLA Moira Stillwell. This is a one time action and is an opportunity for them to voice their concerns to the government.

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