Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Health News

Maligned Meters

Hundreds across BC rally against smart meters

Submitted by Lori Giesbrecht, Mission


Linda Ewart (yellow) was one of the organizers of the Burnaby rally.


espite inclement weather, on June 14 about 80 stalwart Lower Mainland residents gathered in the rain and wind, across from BC Hydro's smart meter office on Glenlyon Parkway in Burnaby, to participate in an active protest of BC's Smart Meter Program.


The focus of the rally was "Smart Meters = Democracy Denied". The aim was to demand a true and honest opt-out for all BC residents, with or without a wireless smart meter. Everyone, not just a few, deserves a real choice.

In solidarity with Montreal, B.C. rallies took place here in the Lower Mainland as well as Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay, Powell River, Salmon Arm, Nelson and Kelowna. Together, the number of participants surpassed 700.

There were ten speakers at the Lower Mainland rally. The keynote was David Chalk, a leading entrepreneur and expert in technology, as well as an award-winning marketing and sales expert. He has lectured at many leading institutions including Stanford and Harvard Universities, and continues to innovate and find creative solutions to technology issues - specifically security.


Other speakers included Farren Lander, an environmental consultant who specializes in electromagnetic fields assessment and has worked tirelessly to raise awareness around this issue, and Liz Walker, who has an extensive background in environmental activism and stewardship.

Many injustices were addressed at this rally: disregard for safety, security, privacy, health of families and communities, jobs, radiation and fire risk, inaccurate and skyrocketing Hydro bills, the lack of government and corporate honesty, and the importance of human dignity and public consultation, human rights, and the environment.


A report card for the current Liberal Government was launched, for BC Hydro customers to send to their MLA's and MP's. Future report cards will be issued to shed light on any progress that is made with regards to the delivery of energy in this province.

This was the first national rally of its kind in North America, and more rallies and protests are planned for the future.


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