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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

Posted at 04:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

Posted at 05:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

Posted at 05:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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

Posted at 02:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

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.

Posted at 09:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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!

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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.

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"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

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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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Smart Meter Melt downs & Pole Transmitters! Jan 28/14 Print E-mail
Monday, 27 January 2014 19:36

Smart Meter Melt downs & Pole Transmitters! Jan 28/14

WHO KNEW?  
The Wireless Smart Meter Meltdown

- Perspective by Cindy Sage - EMF Safety Network
January 22, 2014:
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/who-knew-the-wireless-smart-meter-meltdown /

The misguided program of mandatory 'smart wireless meters' has done more to undercut the gains in public support for energy conservation in this country than any other single factor.  The national shift to embrace energy conservation in the face of climate change has been derailed by mandatory 'wireless smart meter' programs.  And judging by the public outrage against the National Security Agency (NSA) spying program revealed by Edward Snowden last summer, Americans have come to understand that government mandates for smart meters is likely one more ‘deep drilling project’ on their personal habits, preferences, life styles and medical conditions.  The smart meter program is widely seen as a spying, snooping, expensive, potentially hazardous, involuntary and entirely unnecessary burden for which energy conservation is a mirage. It is unlikely that Americans will stand for public utilities spying on their homes using energy use and conservation as the ruse, and make money on these data by selling their personal information to third party information brokers for profit.

How could one bad idea so completely galvanize such enormous and widespread public resistance?  And lead to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) review of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) wireless safety standards and general distrust for government ideas about energy conservation?  And undercut public support for some national environmental groups?  It is really quite stunning how a single failed corporate/governmental strategy could backfire so rapidly and so completely.

Some national environmental groups bought into the technology, mistakenly gave it a 'green' endorsement, and actively partnered with 'smart' technology corporations like the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).  Some have publicly promoted the 'smart meter' as a good way to achieve energy conservation.  Other environmental groups have been silent.  They have turned a blind eye and refuse to take a position.

Environmental group leadership and independence of scientific assessment has taken a huge blow and will take decades to recover.  Donors will think twice about where they send their donations to protect the environment.  They believed in false promises but didn't look deep enough.  The national priority to convince families to conserve energy for the good of the planet has taken a direct blow.  Who can believe in them now?

It shows how little anyone really knew what these meters entailed in 'unintended consequences'.  And how immediate the adverse effects would become visible.

And now coupled with the unprecedented window on the NSA phone-snooping program Edward Snowden has revealed, American soil is already fertile ground plowed for government surveillance.  The NSA tracks and stores information, the phone calls of every man, woman and child in this country.  Federal judge Richard Leon termed the NSA program mass collection of phone data e data “a likely violation of the fourth amendment, relating to unreasonable searches and seizures”.  He characterized the NSA program as “almost Orwellian” in its scope and wrote "(I) cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate' and 'arbitrary invasion' than this systematic and high tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,”.  The same words can be applied to the unprecedented volume and detail of data collection in the hands of utilities mandating ‘smart meters’, where the data is even less secure and more deeply revealing of personal life styles, preferences, habits and comings and goings.

WHO KNEW?

Who knew how rapidly community groups across the US would spring up, resist in the streets and hearing halls, communicate, investigate, publish results, organize and advocate against smart meters, and form an entirely new network of activists, advocates, medical doctors, scientific and public health experts and privacy groups across the country?

Who knew a federal judge would strike down the government’s premier NSA spying program as an unconstitutional breach of the Fourth Amendment, and an indiscriminate and arbitrary invasion of privacy – a program which collects LESS information on Americans than so-called ‘smart meters’ can do?

Who knew the list of grievances against smart meters would be so diverse and  profoundly motivating that it would align Tea Party groups with the most liberal political groups in the country against this intrusive technology?

Who knew that utility ratepayers would pay triple for the hardware that has been shown NOT to result in energy savings?  First, the original meter, then the wireless smart meter, then the expensive opt-out?

Who knew that smart meters would fail to deliver energy savings?  Utility studies show less than 10% of HAN-enabled households pay any attention whatsoever to the conservation via smart meter technology.

Who knew that you could save more energy unplugging a few appliances?  Who knew the energy conservation you've already incorporated into daily living would be dismissed and ignored?  What is the incentive now to conserve more with this unwanted burden of costly and unnecessary technology that has so backfired?

Who knew that the FCC’s own manual with formulas for  calculating RFR emissions would show violations of public safety limits are possible in the manner smart meters are installed and operated (by calculating RFR emissions using the 100% duty cycle rule that is mandated ‘where the public cannot be excluded’ in FCC OET 65).

Who knew the FCC Grants of Authorization that certify compliance of smart meters with compulsory RFR testing in FCC approved labs would issue ‘conditions’ that cannot be met in the manner meters are commonly installed and operated (Grants specify conditions that prohibit the meter from operating in conjunction with any other antenna, yet every meter contains two antennas within inches of each other; that conditions specify a mandatory 20 cm (8”) separation between the meter and any person (not met and entirely unenforceable).

Who knew that local public utility commissions would side with utilities - to allow them to make an additional profit on ratepayers who opt-out; to allow a surcharge on electricity bills in order NOT to risk family health,   information privacy,   security from hacking and home robbery,   electrical fire   and use of critical care medical equipment in ones' own home?

Who knew that utilities could ration electricity by tiering of costs; so that it will cost everyone more unless you can do your housework at 1 am?

Who knew that smart meters are programmed so that they can remotely turn off your electricity from the utility downtown when demand is high?

Who knew that the basic vulnerability of wireless electric meters could so easily be hacked,   risk privacy of personal information,   be tracked by companies for consumer preferences   and sold to third-party data marketers?

Who knew that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense would criticize the smart grid, wireless in particular, as a fundamental cyber-threat to the electric grid?

Who knew that personal home security could be so easily threatened by thieves and home invasion robbers by tracking energy use with simple WI-FI devices from the street?

Who knew that the WHO IARC would classify smart meter RFR emissions as a Possible Human Carcinogen just a year into the first state rollout by California?  What did the federal government miss?  What did these corporations who took the federal stimulus money miss?  Who didn't see this coming?  Who didn't want to look?  What will be the consequence of this monumental error in judgment?

Who knew that the FCC would be forced by the federal  Governmental Accountability Office (GAO), by inquisitive  legislators, by scientific evidence pointing to serious health consequences from RFR emissions below FCC public safety limits, and by sheer force of public opinion in this country to re-evaluate the adequacy of its safety standards just three years later?

Who knew how much national good will could be lost by forcing people to accept a fatally flawed technological program that intrudes into the very sanctity of the family home,   and risks their health,   privacy,   security,   and well-being   and that of their children?

Who knew that the levels of RFR are sufficiently high to cause damage to the growing fetus, the young child and children doing their homework or sleeping in their own beds?

Who knew that RFR levels within the family home could exceed RFR levels reported to cause unendurable side effects on health and well-being, and force families to abandon their homes?

Who knew that medical implants in the body could be disrupted and disabled (pacemakers,  defibrillators,  wireless pain pumps,  wireless insulin pumps)?

Who knew that it would spur the Department of Justice that administers the Americans with Disabilities Act, would launch hearings around the country taking testimony on RFR interference with critical medical care and medical implant technologies used by many millions of Americans for vital health care needs?

The government has shot itself in the heart.  What was a growing national commitment to energy conservation based on hard-won climate change science and public policy and educational outreach has been decimated by a single atrocious program.  It has outraged and demoralized the public.

It has put young mothers and grandmothers under arrest for protecting their children and grandchildren.  It has created fear and loathing for 'big brother governing'.

The government has facilitated corporate rewards for inflicting unreasonable health and financial burden on the American family.  The program has invoked rebuke and rejection by other federal agencies who find direct conflicts in agency responsibilities with the smart meter technology rollout, as it is being installed and operated around the country.

It has forced corporate resignations at the highest levels of utility management.

The credibility of gullible environmental groups has been tarnished.

People will think twice now about believing any more 'schemes' for green energy conservation after this fiasco.  When even respected environmental groups don't do their homework first, and blindly support and partner with government and corporations on these programs (EDF as the leading example), the public will balk at the 'next good idea', and this skepticism will be well-founded.

Beyond just the immediate push-back by the public, there will be a long standing consequence of community organizing across the US - that has now linked many thousands of people together from hometown streets to the State Legislatures.  The apparatus is in place to question, to protest and to resist bad technology wherever it appears and is mandated by corporate/governmental interests placed above the public interest and public health.

Turning the public's embrace for the need to 'do ones part' for the planet - for the need to personalize energy conservation measures at the cost of the individual for the good of societies around the world - has been disrupted and consumers have become disillusioned with false promises funded by federal stimulus dollars.

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Farmers Stop GMO Seeds & Seed controls Canada! Jan 27/14 Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 January 2014 21:22

Farmers Stop GMO Seeds & Seed controls Canada! Jan 27/14

cdsapi's Added Comment: There is good news emerging form where “the rubber meets the road" - from the farmers themselves, who, one-by-one, are finally realizing that they ‘have been had’ and ‘have been taken to the cleaners’ and ‘down the rabbit-hole’ by Monsanto and its Pied Pipers’ deceptive promises and practices.  They are realizing, in economic terms, that GMOs spell economic ruin for farmers and farming, quite apart from their finally realizing the reality that GMOs are Toxic - toxic food for both man and animal, as well as the toxic to the soil microbiology, the whole ecology and environment.

As the REAL TRUTH becomes ever more widely circulated by us,  and fully comprehended by the general public (with the comprehensive significance finally sinking in), the grassroots – the farmers and the consumers – are determinative – and can/will finally, (even if too slowly) relegate GMOs to the dumpster bin and funeral pyre where they belong.

As consumers, our support for the “breakaway farmersis extremely important because our DEMAND for non-GMO produce and willingness to buy local, will determine the farmer’s economic decisions – our determination to choose non-GMO foods leads them to abandon Monsanto and return to healthier agricultural practices.  Farmers. too, have to make decisions based their “the bottom line” – their financial viability - like all businesses.

Our “refusal to buy” (boycott) processed foods containing GMOs is already leading manufacturers to search for farmers who can supply them with non-GMO produce.  It is a chain reaction of ‘cause and effect’ that starts with our purchasing choicesAs WE expand the boycott of processed foods, (most of them nutritional abominations anyway), these Corporations are also forced ‘to adjust’ for their ‘bottom line’. Monsanto strategized its criminally corrupt agenda  -  we also will strategize OUR AGENDA – healthy food and a clean environment.

Please remember that GMOs are undeniably a “life and death” issue – no civilization can survive a Toxic Food Supply  or  the toxification of the environment that is the foundation of its survival.

Comment by cdsapi - Citizens Demand Scientific, Academic, Political (and Media) Integrity.

Media/News

Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds and the Reason Will Surprise You

January 23rd, 2014
Off the Grid News
http://www.offthegridnews.com/2014/01/06/farmers-abandoning-gmo-seeds-and-the-reason-will-surprise-you /
by Daniel Jennings

A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it’s not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry.

Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable.

Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of simple economics.

“We get the same or better yields, and we save money up front,” crop consultant and farmer Aaron Bloom said of non-GMO seeds.  Bloom has been experimenting with non-GMO seeds for five years and he has discovered that non-GMO is more profitable.

The re-converts to non-GMO seeds are not hippies but conservative Midwestern farmers who are making a business decision, Modern Farmer discovered.  They are switching back to natural seed because it is more profitable — not because of any ideology.

“Five years ago the [GMO seeds] worked,” said farmer Christ Huegerich, who along with his father planted GMO seeds.  “I didn’t have corn rootworm because of the Bt gene, and I used less pesticide. Now, the worms are adjusting, and the weeds are resistant. Mother Nature adapts.”

Farmers can get paid more for conventional corn than GMO corn.  Plus, Huegerich discovered, convention corn can produce more per acre.  Modern Farme reported that two years ago, Huegerich planted 320 acres of conventional corn and 1,700 with GMO corn.  The conventional fields “yielded 15 to 30 more bushels per acre than the GMO fields, with a profit margin of up to $100 more per acre.” Last year, he planted conventional corn in 750 acres.

“I get a fifty-cent-per-bushel premium,” Huegerich said of the non-GMO corn he grows in Breda, Iowa.

Herbicide use increased by 26 percent between 2001 and 2010 because of the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.  Huegerich said he used herbicides on GMO corn and conventional corn, even though theoretically he shouldn’t have to use it on his genetically modified crop.

The group Farm & Water Watch reported that 61.2 million acres of cropland in the US are plagued by weeds that are resistant to the popular glyphosate herbicides.

Why Non-GMO Seeds Are More Profitable

The Modern Farmer article, called The Post GMO-Economy, makes an excellent case for farmers dumping GMO.  Some of the interesting facts the magazine uncovered include:

  • The cost of growing one acre of non-GMO corn was $680.95, the cost of growing an acre of GMO corn was $761.80 according to Aaron Bloom. That means it costs $80.85 more an acre to raise GMO corn.
  • GMO seeds can cost up to $150 a bag more than regular seeds.
  • The market for non-GMO foods has grown from $1.3 billion in 2011 to $3.1 billion in 2013, partially because some Asian and European countries don’t want GMO seeds.
  • Grain dealer Clarkson Grain pays farmers an extra $2 a bushel for non-GMO soybeans and an additional $1 a bushel for non-GMO corn.
  • The market for non-GMO seed is growing.  Sales at Spectrum Seed Solutions, which sells non-GMO seed, have doubled every year for the last four years.  Sales at another company that markets non-GMO seeds, eMerge Genetics of West Des Moines, Iowa, have increased by 30 percent a year for five years.
  • Spectrum Seed Solutions president Scott Odle thinks that non-GMO corn could be 20 percent of the market in five years.

Bloom, the farm consultant, said planting convention corn can save farmers an average of $81 per acre per season.  That’s a difference of $81,000 for a farm of 1,000 acres.

It looks like the past might be the future for farmers as more and more growers abandon GMO.  The free market could very well spell the end of GMO seeds.

 

"A Seed Act for Farmers, Not Corporations - Stop Bill C-18"

The National Farmers Union Proposes New Vision for Canadian Seed Ownership 

On December 9, 2013 Bill C-18, the "Agricultural Growth Act" was introduced in Parliament. This agriculture omnibus bill amends several federal agricultural laws including the Plant Breeders’Rights Act, the Seeds Act, the Health of Animals Act, the Feeds Act and the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act. Bill C-18 would give multinational companies greater power and control over Canada’s seed industry. 

“Those who control seed control food, and as a sovereign nation we must ensure that control of seed and food is protected in the public interest", said Terry Boehm, Chair of the NFU’s Seed and Trade Committee.

The National Farmers Union previously succeeded in stopping the introduction of the restrictive UPOV '91 regime of plant breeders’ rights through their “Save Our Seeds” campaign. The amendments to the Canada's Plant Breeders Rights’ Act outlined in Bill C-18 will align Canada with UPOV '91 requirements which will give plant breeders total control of the seed system by providing them with exclusive control over conditioning (cleaning, treating, etc.) and stocking (storing, bagging, etc.). UPOV ’91 extends plant breeders rights from 15 to at least 20 years, and allows companies to double up their protection through both PBRs and patents. You can read an opinion piece about UPOV '91 here http://www.nfu.ca/story/op-ed-say-no-upov-%E2%80%9991
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Smart Grid Body Damage & Class action latest! Jan 26/14 Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 January 2014 22:16

Smart Grid Body Damage & Class action latest! Jan 26/14

From: dsnoble@shaw.ca
To: dsnoble@shaw.ca
Subject: Update 2014-01-21 Frequency used by smeters shown to harm brains of rats
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:37:17 -0800

1)   A recent study finds that rats that were exposed in utero to 900Mhz had learning problems and morphological changes in a portion of their brains

http://www.neuroquantology.com/index.php/journal/article/view/699

This is the very same frequency used by many common wireless devices, including smeters. Not only is this frequency dangerous but use of it by smeters can lead to interference with and by other wireless devices. I have attached a section from the link below that explains what is happening and why Hydro should never have chosen this frequency. They did choose it because it’s unlicensed and cheaper to use as a consequence.

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

2)   Anna Maria Tremonti ….  CBC  AM  ‘The Current’ …. Had a 25 minute segment on yesterday,  Jan. 20,  called “What’s Hidden Among the Internet of Things”  about wireless surveillance and privacy issues. http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/01/20/whats-hidden-among-the-internet-of-things/ She is interested in feedback.    www.cbc.ca/thecurrent.   Please provide yours.

3)   Warning about fake electricity bills, as if we don’t have enough to worry about from real bills.

Homeowners warned to watch for fake energy bills by Tamara Elliott and Patricia Kozicka - Global News - January 20, 2014:
- http://globalnews.ca/news/1095285/homeowners-warned-to-watch-for-fake-energy-bills/

4)   Cybersecurity issues in Canada discussed at UBC:

Ron Deibert is scheduled to speak at UBC’s Cecil Green Park House (6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver) on Thursday (January 23) at 5 p.m.

http://www.straight.com/life/570086/cyberspace-expert-ron-deibert-raises-alarm-government-surveillance-canada

5)   City of Port Angeles. WA are charging that a smeter installer is in breach of contract:

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140120/NEWS/301209996/0/news/port-angeles-claims-smart-meter-company-is-in-breach-of-contract

6)   A short story by a Silicon valley techie who became sensitive to wireless radiation, thanks to smeters.

http://www.emfanalysis.com/about.html

7)   Dirty electricity is caused by various transformers in our homes, and smeters increase the levels dramatically. Many people know nothing about this danger. Here is help, from an electrical expert, about how to speak with an electrician about this dangerhttp://www.electricsense.com/7411/emfs-electrician-concerns-radiation/

ubject: Update 2014-01-22 A $12,000 bill based on what Hydro says is a correct smeter.
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:11:50 -0800

1)   After being harassed, this person gave in to having a smeter. Then, as she wrote on the Coalition website, “b.c. hydro installed the smart meter nov 25.13 and in dec i rec’d a billing for $ 12,000.00, i almost had heart failure but a rep assured me it would be looked into and an adj would be made. dec. 15. i saw my bill was not adj., called hydro and now they tell me they have gone over and over this and the billing is correct. they want $ 999 (my monthly installment) which i do not have. my husband has not been able to get full time employment for over 2 yrs now, i barely make my normal installment. i hope someone can help me, where do i turn from here before they cut my power.”

No one at Hydro has told her how an ordinary home could use this much electricity. I advised her to go to the media – she was interviewed by CBC today. If it airs I will let you know. Meanwhile, it looks as if she will have to get legal help. It will be interesting to see how Hydro explains the bill – the “victim” has nothing in writing explaining it.

2)   Our lawyer has submitted an application to the BCUC for reconsideration of their decision based on errors with regard to Human Rights code.

http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/uploads/scribd/BCUC%20(recon%20application)%201.pdf

3)   The media is cooperating with the utilities and the government in not providing complete and accurate information about the dangers of smeters or the RF emitted by wireless devices. This is happening everywhere, including BC! They don’t want us to know that the device they are mandating be installed on our home emits a possible carcinogen, just as they don’t want us to know about its design flaws that could lead to fires or to the fact there will be no reduction in costs or energy usage.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/health-impacts-of-rf-radiation-us-media-blackout-on-smart-meter-dangers/5365598

4)   Many of the scientists and researchers who participated in the IARC panel that classified RF radiation from all wireless devices as a 2b (possible) carcinogen agree that many recent studies have provided enough evidence for a re-classification as a probable or definite carcinogen.

http://thetruthaboutsmartgrids.org/2013/12/04/rf-fields-possibly-probably-or-definitely-carcinogenic/

5)   A doctor in Maryland warns about the dangers of the RF and smart grid. I especially like his 3 phases: 1) the smeters 2) the grid 3) the houseful of RF emitting appliances.

http://marylandsmartmeterawareness.org/general-info/environmental-concerns/why-opting-out-of-the-new-utility-smart-meters-is-a-healthier-choice/

6)   Insiders know that the current money being spent on smeters and the “dumb” grid is never going to be recovered. What is needed is money spent on the old infrastructure (this is not part of the grid – there are the same old poles, lines, transformers).

“Where you have no major building programs to drive earnings, the industry still will experience significant capital expenditures much greater than their annual depreciation expense. Their capital expenditures are going to be on aging infrastructure. There will be an increased cost associated with moving from an analog to a digital grid. There's going to be a great public demand for greater resilience in the grid in the face of potential cyber-attacks and storms. These costs are going to put a lot of pressure on earnings. At the same time, power demand will be anemic or declining.”

http://www.energybiz.com/article/14/01/monopoly-utilities-doomed

Two terrific letters:

The one attached is to Hydro about an estimated billing.  The following is the Adam Olsen, leader of the Green Party.

Dear Mr. Olsen,

I have been a Green Party supporter for some time, but I am shocked by an email, apparently from you, that recently came to my attention (I have attached copy attached at the end of this note).

Spending over $1 billion to install electronic, wireless surveillance devices on every dwelling and business in BC has very little to do with being"green", and a great deal to do with making money for various industry sectors, including BC Hydro. BC Hydro have fired most of their meter readers (so who will now check for the deterioration of such installations); firing meter readers cut employment and overheads but Hydro will keep any savings (a hidden rate increase); Hydro intends charging those who were persistent enough to keep their analogue (electro-mechanical) meters an extra monthly fee for reading them of $35 -- a total of $420 a year, equal to many electricity bills; and collecting usage data, ultimately on a very fine-grained level, that can be sold to companies such as appliance manufacturers. Perhaps those with more than one meter will be charged for each meter.

Experience with "smart" meters in many different regions and countries have failed to show reductions consumption; but in most places the bills have increased, despite the claim that people would see their bills go down. There are inherent complexities in high-speed computers attempting to obtain power consumption from noisy voltage and current waveforms, even if the software involved is bug free (which itself is problematical -- it was the computer-science "great" Edsgar Djikstra who said. "Any non-trivial segment of software has bugs"). It is very likely that two- or three-fold increases in electricity bills are due to faulty billing, not increases in usage, when householders have not changed their habits. For example, Germany has rejected the installation of "smart"meters as they are not considered cost-effective:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-01/germany-rejects-eu-smart-meter-recommendations-on-cost-concerns.html

All that leaves unaddressed the growing evidence that these meters cause house fires.You should check out the Ontario Fire Marshal's report:

Finally, despite vigorous denials by the responsible authorities, it is evident that the Electro-Magnetic Radiation (EMR) emitted by "smart" meters is harmful to health at levels far below the heating effect criterion used by Health Canada. Other countries use far more stringent limits on such emissions.

There is a well-referenced, comprehensive report on such effects at:

http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/BioInitiativeReport2012.pdf

As it is 1479 pages long, I have attached a .pdf file of a summary that is only 16 pages long. I have some direct knowledge of the mechanisms involved as I  had the opportunity to discuss such mechanisms with Dr. Stanley Rowlands (now sadly deceased), who conducted medical research in this area, and I have both a life sciences and engineering background. The EMR interferes with cell wall transport mechanisms by affecting the channels which selectively transfer ions (e.g. in the depolarisation process for nerve cells); and also with the internal cell metabolism. The biological interference is also caused by cell-phones, microwave ovens, base-wireless phones, WiFi and so on. All except WiFi (now increasingly ubiquitous) are, at least a matter of choice, and mostly operated intermittently, for short periods. But "smart" meters generate millisecond EMR bursts at intervals of a few second, 24/7 for thousands of bursts a day in most places. Claims that "smart" meters are only "on" for a few minutes a day arise because those making the claims lump all the bursts into one group, as if this deluge were a single transmission. It is no longer possible to claim that EMR does not have biological effects at levels many orders of magnitude below any heating effects.

I think you need to make a deeper study of the problems with "smart" meters. They are not a viable approach to sustainability or reduced energy consumption.

Yours sincerely.

BC Classaction Update!

Hello Class Action Participants,

It's been too long since I last wrote to update you, and for that I
apologize.

As with all legal actions, the schedule is determined by factors that are
beyond our control. There was supposed to have been a meeting on Dec. 20 to
discuss changes to the initial application, but the judge had to delay it.
The meeting occurred on Jan. 8. At that time, it was agreed that the
application could be amended to include the commercial account holders.  The
amended application is at
http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org/uploads/scribd/Notice_of_Applicatio
n.pdf  should you wish to read it.

Our prior application was on behalf of Hydro's residential customers only.
Not long ago, all commercial account holders were told that they had no
option to having a smart meter. The options offered residential clients,
e.g. keeping the analog for fee, or accepting the smart meter with the
transmitter turned off, subject to a fee, were not available to them. This
is inconsistent with the decision by BCUC that Fortis's options should apply
to every customer, whether residential or commercial. Should you know anyone
who would like more information about this, Jessica Klein at
jjhomestead@telus.net <mailto:jjhomestead@telus.net> will be able to answer
questions.

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