NEWS RELEASE · 30th September 2011
The Liberal government must put the implementation of the smart meter program on hold until a full independent review can be completed, said New Democrat energy critic John Horgan.
“We’ve had serious concerns from the beginning that this is a billion dollars wasted on a bad idea. With the Union of B.C. Municipalities voting in favour of a moratorium this morning, it’s clearly time the Liberal government started listening to communities and to ratepayers," said Horgan.
“This vote at the UBCM tells me communities around the province are hearing the same concerns I am, but this arrogant Liberal government just won’t listen,” said Horgan, noting the energy minister announced the program would move forward regardless of how the UBCM vote went.
The Liberals have mandated the replacement of analog hydro meters with new digital “smart” meters on every home in the province by the end of 2012 at a cost of nearly a billion dollars.
“It is time for the Liberals to stop thinking they know what’s best and start listening to the people they are supposed to be working for. Let’s use the independent review process we have in place at the B.C. Utilities Commission to take a look at all the unanswered questions about smart meters,” said Horgan.
Horgan pointed out that the Liberals have removed independent BCUC oversight for $12 billion worth of spending at B.C.Hydro, opening to the floodgates to massive spending without public accountability.
“Simply put, the Liberals have made a mess of B.C. Hydro with all their meddling and wrong-headed decision making. Their own review panel found that Liberal policies are costing ratepayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, proving they have no business micro-managing B.C. Hydro.
Adrian Dix and the New Democrats are calling for more accountability at B.C. Hydro by restoring the function of the independent B.C. Utilities Commission to fully review all spending and programs, including the smart meter program.
Electro-Magnetic Field stuff...
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 1st October 2011
The world as you may not know it is awash with RF (Radio Frequencies).
RF is all around you, it's actually difficult to escape from.
The real concern you should have is, how strong are these signals?
I present you radio spectrum allocations in Canada: (see, lots of RF everywhere!)
Industry Canada Safety Code 6:
Limits of Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic energy in the Frequency Range from 3KHz to 300 GHz.
If you want to learn more about RF I suggest to get your Amateur Radio license and join a local amateur radio club.
BC Liberals should abide by moratorium vote
Comment by Karen on 1st October 2011
Interesting article by Dr. Magda Hamas (check out her credentials here: http://www.magdahavas.com/2010/12/02/are-smart-meters-safe/
Of particular interest is the video showing radiation being emitted, and how the shrub around the meter is dying (the noise is from the radiation detector, not the smart meter).
There is research showning that these smart meters exacerbate medical and pshycological conditions although, until credible and respected reports are discovered, it is preferable to take both takes on the issues with a level of skepticism.
Until more legitimate research is made on smart meters this project must be put on hold. There are just too many concerns for the BC government to blatantly declare the meters safe and to force them on families across the province.
Comment by Dave Pernarowski on 1st October 2011
The UBCM delegates voted to place a moratorium on MANDATORY installation of wireless smart meters. (We did not vote to place a moratorium on the entire Smart Meter program as this press release suggests)
I voted in favour of this resolution because I felt it was a good solution to allow those who are opposed to this new technology the time for more detailed consultation around the issues they are concerned about.
The UBCM vote was very close and ironically we had to go to our new wireless electronic voting devices to get the vote results.
Here's the entire resolution that came to the floor Friday morning for debate at the UBCM Resolutions session:
WHEREAS significant and serious health, privacy and other concerns have been identified regarding the installation of wireless smart meters in British Columbia;
AND WHEREAS BC Hydro is procceding with its program to install wireless smart meters in British Columbia although it recognizes there is active discussion and ongoing research into the possible health and environmental effects related to radio frequency signals and it is aware the World Health Organization has called for further investigation on this matter in its press release issued on May 31, 2011:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a moratorium be placed on the mandatory installation of wireless smart meters until the major issues and problems identified regarding wireless smart meters are independently assessed and acceptable alternatives can be made available at no added cost to the consumer.
I will have an opportunity to continue working on the Smart Meter file in my new role on the UBCM executive. If you have any questions or issues you would like me to raise, please contact me at dr79,,,telus.net or call my cell at 250-615-9676.
City of Terrace
Union of BC Municipalities
what's the issue?
Comment by J~ on 30th September 2011
They have replaced the one on our house(Old Remo area). What is the problem that people have with them? Didn't seem like we had a choice when they came to do it.
Already got mine, no choice....
Comment by T on 30th September 2011
We have had ours now for over a week. I do not like it, but what choice did I have? Winter is coming, I work from home (need power), otherwise I might have gone 'off grid" I was considering it anyways...if i could - I would. The bills just keep going up, and up, and up....think of all the money you could save!
no smart meters for me please
Comment by mb weston on 30th September 2011
Excuse me - why do I not have a choice in this matter? I do not want any more electromagnetic field stuff near my home.
Please and thank you - direct my tax dollars elsewhere.
Comment by blocky bear on 30th September 2011
I sent a registered letter to B.C. Hyro saying I did not want Smart Meter. Are they going to force me to accept it? d.b.