Smart meters are not so smart

Smart meters will affect your privacy, pocketbooks, and health.

Letter to the Editor

Hot on the heels of the Occupy Movement and the Enbridge Pipeline protest there is another important issue that is urgent for all British Columbians to be aware of; that is the potential installation of a Smart Meter at your home or business.  B.C. Hydro is forging ahead with this $930-million smart meter program despite the growing protests so that it can increase rates with time-of-use billing.  People in other places have seen their rates jump by as much as three times after smart meters are installed.  Your pocket book will be affected, your privacy invaded, as well more importantly your health is in jeopardy.  We have a choice whether we have a cell phone or WiFi in our homes.   BC Hydro is saying that we don’t have a choice about having a microwave emitting smart meter on our home.  Already in BC and elsewhere there have been thousands of cases of illness, insomnia, and headaches as a result of these meters being installed.  There are even cases of plant life and bee life dying because of these meters.  Do a You Tube search yourself for “smart meter radiation” and you will see the proof.  There was in September a collective vote to halt the installation of smart meters by mayors and councillors of BC until further research can be done.  The Liberal Government continues to ignore the will of the people though and forges ahead against a lot of protest.  It is time to wake up and stand up for your rights as a home owner or renter.  Speak up, sign the petition, and lock up your good old meter so they can’t remove it to replace it with their shiny new one.  There are many examples on the internet of what people have creatively come up with to stop a smart meter from being installed.  Join the movement and stand up for your rights…don’t be a sheep and just do what is asked of you by the “corporation”.  Do you really think they have your best interests in mind?  Here is a sampling of resources for you to look at www.citizensforsafetechnology.com, www.stopsmartmetersbc.ca, www.emrabc.ca and www.smartmeterstruthmovie.com

Annette and Brian Olynek

Golden, BC