Fight against Smart Meters rages on

Anti-Smart Meter enthusiast Mary Lowther is asking others to join in her fight against the radiating devices.

  • Apr. 25, 2011 7:00 p.m.
Mesachie Lake resident Mary Lowther's current BC Hydro meter

Mesachie Lake resident Mary Lowther's current BC Hydro meter

Anti-Smart Meter enthusiast Mary Lowther is asking others to join in her fight against the radiating devices.

“There are a number of people against it, but don’t have time to do anything,” she said.

The Smart Meters are a BC Hydro project, wherein all existing hydro meters will be replaced by new, “Smart Meters.”

Using radio frequencies, Smart Meters send out signals, eliminating the need for the employees who check the meters.

In an interview with the Gazette, BC Hydro Smart Meters’ project officer Gary Murphy stated that the level of radiation emitted from the meters is comparable to that produced by baby monitors.

This isn’t good enough, Lowther has said, and might not even be an accurate statement.

According to nuclear expert Daniel Hirsh, the tests used to determine the output of Smart Meters may have not been accurate.

“I was stunned when I saw the video,” Lowther said, after viewing an internet video of Hirsh speaking to the issue.

Mind you, Lowther was against Smart Meters even before this new information came forth, as any amount of additional radiation in an already saturated world is a bad thing.

In the April 6 issue of the Gazette, it was reported that Lowther was collecting names so that Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls area director Ian Morrison could bring it to BC Hydro big-wigs at a Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities conference.

Unfortunately, the item was brought up too late to be added to the conference’s schedule.

Finding a new route, Lowther has since become the Duncan/Cowichan Lake area representative for Citizens for Safe Technology; a group dead-set against the installation of Smart Meters.

She’s also installed a sign under her current BC Hydro meter, reading “We don’t want “smart meters” installed here.”

With Smart Meters to be installed in the Cowichan Lake area this summer, it’s yet to be seen whether or not the sign will be effective, but this preemptive action was effective when Smart Meters were installed in California, she said.

“Learn more about it and give me a shout,” Lowther encourages.

Lowther’s e-mail address is mary_lowther@yahoo.ca.