More answers to the public’s questions on Smart Meters should be provided

I am writing this letter to inform the people of this community about the $1 billion dollar installation of Smart Meters in every home in BC.

Youbou resident John Waddington

Youbou resident John Waddington

Editor: I am writing this letter to inform the people of this community about the $1 billion dollar installation of Smart Meters in every home in BC.

These meters can be installed without the consent of the owner, as mandated by The Clean Energy Act, enacted by the BC Liberals by invoking closure on debate, May 2010.

This act stripped the power of BC Utilities Commission to review this project and any other project, therefore providing no forum for public discussion or input.

This is a major public program with no approval and no oversight.

If the public is paying the bill they should be getting the answers to the questions they have.

On May 31 2011 the World Health Organization determined that the type of radiation emitted by both cell phones and Smart Meters has been linked to cancer.

I would like to opt out of the Smart Meter program and retain my current analog meter, which has worked just fine and has not radiated anyone or made anyone sick for the past 20 years.

Hydro rates in Ontario have already gone up 75 percent under Dalton McGuinty, over 100 percent if you have a Smart Meter tax machine.

What’s worse, family hydro bills are expected to increase another 46 percent over the next few years, according to Dalton McGuinty’s own low-ball estimate.

Recently, I spoke with my mom who lives in Ontario and asked her if her hydro bill had increased since the new Smart Meters were installed. She confirmed that it had.

Eighty per cent of the people in Ontario who have had Smart Meters installed have seen an increase in their hydro bill; often more than 50 per cent.

Privacy is another concern, an answer to what data will they be collecting and how it will be used, will they be selling this data to third parties. Questions need to be answered before  Smart Meters are installed.

Once again, we are being dictated to by government and corporate insiders and being forced to pay for something we do not want.

What has happened to democracy?

Get on the BC Hydro “ List to Delay.”  Directions to do so are found on the site  EMR Health Alliance of BC.

To find out more about Smart Meters, check out Citizens for Safe Technology, EMR Health Alliance of BC and the Stop Smart Meters site.

Pass it on.

John and Trisha Waddington

Youbou