Stop sought to smart meters

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is seeking a halt to installation of smart meters and removal of those already in place.

Regional directors voted this past week to petition Premier Christy Clark, Minister of Health Terry Lake and Chief Medical Health Officer for B.C. Dr. Perry Kendall stop installation of meters it claims are dangerous.

The resolution, signed by RDOS chair Mark Pendergraft, asks the province to acknowledge: "the real and rapidly increasing dangers of wireless radiation in all forms; and that the current exposure guidelines, i.e. Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, are outdated and inappropriate, and do not adequately protect citizens from serious chronic health effects."

The board members, including former federal cabinet minister Tom Siddon, say Itron meters already installed in RDOS Area D are neither UL approved nor CSA certified and, therefore, by the B.C. Safety Standards Act must be certified safe by a professional electrical engineer licensed to work in B.C.

The resolution adds: "Fortis refuses to provide this document, raising doubt that installations are legal, or that liability is accepted by either FortisBC or Corix." Corix Utilities is the company contracted to install the meters across the province.

It requests an immediate halt to mandatory installation of advanced (wireless) utility meters and that all meters recently installed be removed immediately, at full cost to FortisBC.

Siddon, a former professor of mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia, authored the resolution in consultation with Dr. Malcolm Paterson, PhD, an internationally known cancer researcher who has campaigned against the proliferation of wireless technology, including smart meters. 

The resolution is dated may 25 and calls for a moratorium on the controversial smart meters.

it notes that more than 60 municipalities, regional districts and First Nation governments in B.C. have now called for a moratorium until an opt-out option is made available.

It notes that the meters are being installed without written consent from affected property owners and that the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Resident’s Association unanimously adopted a motion in December requesting the RDOS oppose installation of them.

A petition circulating in the South Okanagan opposing the meters currently has more than 230 signatures and urges the RDOS to decline approval their installation until safety and human health risks have been disproven.

On May 7, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a scathing condemnation of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 guidelines for non-ionizing radiation from wireless devices, warning that microwave levels allowed in Canadian classrooms, residences and workplaces constitute a “disaster to public health."

The resolution ask the province "to acknowledge the real and rapidly increasing dangers of wireless radiation" and says current guidelines "do not adequately protect citizens of RDOS."


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