Wednesday March 21, 2012

Smart Meter News

By The Numbers

BC Hydro bucks UBCM recommendations

Submitted by Walter McGinnis and Wendy Bales, FVRD Director Area C

 

ontrary to official statistics, BC Hydro and the provincial government continue to claim that less than 1% of BC residents oppose smart meters.


In fact, 36 BC municipalities have voted in support of a moratorium or opt out with respect to BC Hydro's Smart Meter program. These local governments represent 1.7 million people across the province. Based on BC figures, this represents 37% of the population.

The number of local governments voting in favour of a moratorium or opt out continues to grow and is reflected in the fact that 55% voted against the Smart Meter program at the UBCM convention in September 2011.

In addition, the Chawathil First Nation has issued a statement banning BC Hydro from entering their territory for the purposes of installing smart meters.

Steve Satow, President of StopSmartMeters.ca says: "If one truly believes in representative democracy, then our duly elected officials at the local level are clearly speaking out on our behalf.
 

How can a handful of individuals at the provincial level feel they have the elite power to ignore this fact?"

StopSmartMeters encourages all citizens who wish to restore their democratic rights to go to www.stopsmartmeters.ca and add their names to the growing list.

For more information on what you can do, contact Steve via e-mail here from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. or Walter here from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. daily.


Background information
Population figures for Municipalities who have voted for a moratorium on the Smart Meter Program.

Population by Community
1. Alert Bay - 485
2. Central Saanich -16,183
3. Colwood - 16,721
4. District of East Kootenay - 60,301
5. District of Highlands - 2,293
6. Duncan - 4,900
7. Invermere (included in East Kootenay) - n/a
8. Islands Trust (Gulf Islands and Bowen Island) - 3,716
9. Ladysmith - 8,328
10. Lake Country / Winfield - 11,799
11. Lake Cowichan - 3,140
12. Langley Township - 2,619
13. Maple Ridge (Moratorium declined, Opt Out Request Submitted) - 77,402
14. Merritt - 7,230
15. Metchosin - 5,326
16. Nanaimo included in RDN
17. New Denver - 515
18. North Cowichan - 30,125
19. North Saanich - 5,855
20. North Vancouver City - 51,083
21. Oliver - 4,478
22. Parksville included in RDN
23. Powell River - 13,597
24. Qualicum Beach included in RDN
25. Regional District of Nanaimo - 150,632
26. Richmond - 197,631
27. Saanich District - 113,999
28. Sechelt included in Sunshine Coast
29. Silverton included in Central Kootenay
30. Sunshine Coast Regional District - 30,357
31. Surrey( Opt Out Request Submitted ) - 473,238
32. Tofino - 1,922
33. Victoria - 84,031
34. White Rock -19,313
35. Regional District of Central Kootenay - 60,681
36. Burnaby 229,464
 

TOTAL - 1,687,364

All population figures taken from the BC government website of municipal statistics
 

 

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