BC Hydro has sent me a second letter in the last month giving me what they call options and what I call simply coercion.
Both letters are addressed “Dear customer: Re: meter choices. Please return the enclosed form by Dec. 1, 2013.”
The letter goes on to tell me I have three choices, a smart meter at no cost, installation of smart meter (no choice) but radio-off with a set up fee of $100 and a monthly fee of $20, or keeping the old meter with a monthly fee of $35.
In the 23 years that I have lived in Canada, I cannot remember ever having been forced to do something against my will. Is this coercion?
All scientific evidence now proving the negative health effects from smart meters are being ignored. The magnetic electronic field given out by smart meters is many times higher than any other electronic device on the market at the present time. Now for the choices I am left with if I do not want a smart meter; naturally a set up fee of $100 and $20 or $35 a month would only be acceptable to someone with big income, and even then, I think they wouldn’t chose to pay the above.
Then we have a problem that the smart meters will be relaying personal and private information that should be left private and personal. Yes, a BC judge has said that BC Hydro has the right to do all of the above, but judge’s judgments have been known to be wrong many times.
Why is my government supporting BC Hydro, when we are the one given a threatening ultimatum, to make our decision by Dec. 1?
Jack Stein, Gibsons