Mar 4, 2013 / 4:24 pm
Around 30 protestors lined the road outside of the Holiday Inn Express in Kelowna this afternoon to protest against the mandatory implementation of smart meters.
Inside the hotel the BC Utilities Commission is holding hearings into Fortis BC’s application to install them on your home, whether you want them or not.
Organizer Barb Makota says they’ve gotten all kinds of positive response from the motorists passing by on Harvey Avenue.
“We’ve had great response from the vehicles driving by; lots of honking horns and support. And lots of people have been stopping and asking questions.”
The group is mainly concerned about the smart meter system and its frequencies, which they believe can cause health affects.
“Health Canada recently admitted their safety code – that these frequencies govern – do not take into consideration non-thermal biological health affects,” she says.
“That means we are not safely protected and that means Fortis BC cannot prove to us that their meters, which emit these radio frequencies are safe.
“There’s too much evidence that it’s a risky business to proceed with.”
The protesters believe there is a safer way to go – such as wired fiber optics – and say they will be outside the hotel again on Friday. The hearings wrap up on Friday, March 15.
Monday morning’s hearing session largely comprised of individuals speaking out against the proposed implementation.
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