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CONTRIBUTION · 15th October 2011
Dave Pernarowski
A question about BC Hydro’s Smart Meter program was asked by Bryon Heighington. It’s a good question Bryon.

During the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver a few weeks ago, there was much discussion about this issue among the delegates attending the convention. There was also very vocal opposition to the program being expressed by a group called Citizens for Safe Technology. They have a website at CitizensforSafeTechnology.org. I spent some time speaking with members of this group who were petitioning outside the Vancouver convention centre and I took away some literature that highlights their concerns about the Smart meter program.

On the convention floor, the delegates debated the following resolution:

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 proceeding 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 voted in favour of this resolution because it protects people who do not want the Smart meter installed on their home or business. This would give the government time to provide additional information on the potential health hazards of the unit and if necessary find alternate options for those who don’t want to be exposed to this wireless technology.

This resolution was endorsed by the convention delegates by a close margin.

I did note the irony of this vote as I sat in a convention centre full of wireless internet technology set up for the delegates, the thousands of cell phones that were being used at any given time during the session, and the fact that we had to complete this close vote using a new wireless voting device.