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Locals to rally against smart meters Saturday

Kelowna resident Rozjael Young shows a letter she has attached to her Fortis meter requesting it not be upgraded to a smart meter. She will join a nationwide rally against the technology Saturday.
Image Credit: Rozjael Young

KELOWNA – A nationwide protest against the forced implementation of smart meters will get support from a group of Kelowna locals this weekend.

“June 14 is a national day of protest,” says Rozjael Young, one of the volunteers of the rally. “There are several other places in B.C. that are protesting against the smart meters, which leak radiation.”

A video by Executive director for Citizens for Safe Technology Una St. Clair will be shown at the rally and Dr. Barbara James will speak in person about issues related to the controversial meters.

West Kelowna chiropractor and naturopath Dr. Ross Anderson will also be demonstrating radiation detecting equipment and speaking about the dangers of what he calls “electro-smog.”

“He’ll be able to show people what a cell tower sounds like, a baby monitor and what these smart meters radiate,” Young says.

“Electromagnetic pollution is the most severe health challenge of the 21st century,” Anderson says. “Smart meters produce radio-frequency radiation, one of the invisible fields that make up this pollution known as electro-smog.”

B.C. Hydro and FortisBC began installing residential smart meters in 2011 saying they improve efficiency and capabilities of the electricity grid, save money and improve customer service.

A statement from the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association website says the meters “emit at the frequency of radio waves when they communicate with the utility's head office, or (if enabled by the customer) when they communicate with in-home devices that display a customer's electricity use.

“BCSEA is actively reviewing the evidence on smart meters in the Utilities Commission’s review of Fortis’s advanced metering application. We support a full and thorough review, including... any health hazard to humans or others. Our minds are open in the issue, but so far we have seen nothing to concern us.”

The rally against smart meters takes place at the Kelowna Fellowship Church June 14 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Rozjael Young at 250-762-4343.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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