Revelstoke city council should act on Smart Meter concerns

As a resident of Revelstoke I am disturbed by Revelstoke city council’s lack of action regarding BC Hydro’s installation of Smart Meters.

Editor,

As a resident of Revelstoke I am disturbed by Revelstoke city council’s lack of action regarding BC Hydro’s installation of Smart Meters.

In a city surrounded by natural beauty and full of health-conscious and active citizens, the associated health concerns of Smart Meters should be prioritized and reflected in the actions of our council.

As of writing, 44 city and municipal councils in B.C. including Sicamous, Salmon Arm and Enderby passed motions for moratoriums on mandatory installation of Smart Meters. This is the case in many jurisdictions in North America. Unfortunately this was not the case in Revelstoke where the issue was raised to council but then side-stepped. Residents were told to talk directly to BC Hydro, who – as many know – fail to respond to the most pertinent Smart Meter concerns.

And as a citizen of this city dealing with my own unknown health problems, a Hydro meter that emits “level 2b carcinogenic radiation” (World Health Organization) – the same category as DDT, Lead and HIV Virus – is not something I want. Critics claim Smart Meters are 100 times more powerful than a cell phone (sourced from U.S. Nuclear expert Daniel Hursch) and that they emit over 190,000 times a day. This is not something I want to have on my property.

Nor do I want something that allows BC Hydro and possible third parties to know when I am at home, what activities I’m participating in and what TV program I’m watching.

Many people are also worried about the potential for a ‘peak hour’ rate, three phased-in rate increases and a 30-300 per cent increase in their bills. BC Hydro’s flagrant lack of concern for such matters is an issue which many are calling a human rights violation in the area of health, safety and security and I for one think it is important enough to command the time and energy of our city council.

T. Eadie,

Revelstoke

 

Just Posted

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

Okanagan RCMP detachment hosts recruiting, exam sessions

If you’ve contemplated a career with RCMP, register for sessions at West Kelowna detachment

Fire prevention in Revelstoke: ‘Look. Listen. Learn.’ What does it mean?

Home fires today can burn faster than ever. Occupants may have as… Continue reading

Legal pot price must be ‘competitive’ with black market: Blair

Bill Blair shared final words on journey to legalization ahead of official day Wednesday

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Carole James avoids questions on B.C.’s payroll tax (with video)

Green MLA Adam Olsen cites huge tax increase for local business

2 charged for feeding B.C. bear Tim Horton’s timbits

Court documents show that Randy Scott and Megan Hiltz have both been charged with feeding or attempting to feed dangerous wildlife.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set for parole bid after 25 years in prison

Bernardo’s parole hearing at the Bath Institution is expected to attract numerous observers

Most Read