“Smart” meters, Electro-smog and Electronic Warfare

Ron Bolin: Jan, 27, 2013

I’ll bet you didn’t know that Canada has had an electronic warfare unit for many years.  If you’d like to see their Coat of Arms, go to:


Ever wonder what’s the big deal about wireless technology? Why do people worry about privacy, security and health concerns in relation to WiFi, cell antennas, cell and cordless phones, baby monitors and especially smart meters?

Jerry Flynn, a retired Canadian military wireless communications expert with over 22 years’ experience in Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence, will come to Nanaimo to discuss these issues on Tuesday, Feb. 19. 7-9 p.m., at John Barsby School on Bruce Avenue. Jerry worked with Canada’s military allies around the world, including NATO forces, as an expert on the vulnerabilities and dangers of wireless radio systems.

If you want serious answers to serious questions, come to John Barsby School, multipurpose room, Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m. and ask Jerry Flynn. Admission by donation (suggested: $5)

Co-sponsored by Citizens for Safe Technology, Vancouver Island University, and concerned health care professionals

If you aren’t aware of this technology and what is known –and even more importantly what is NOT known- about it, take this opportunity to hear an expert and ask vital questions.

This writer also has some questions for Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas who on Jan. 23, 2013 issued the following statement to us regarding the “Smartmeter” program:   See


Here are my questions for Minister Coleman:


The Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas for the Province of British Columbia

Jan. 27, 2013

Response to your Opinion-Editorial of January 23, 2013:  Helping customers understand smart meters

Minister Coleman:

I wish to respond to your above noted editorial by raising some questions regarding the implications which I see for the health of our democracy as well as the health of our bodies and those of our children, the most vulnerable among us.  While it is reassuring, during some time period unspecified in your piece, that those of us who have actively refused the installation of a so-called smart meter, have been granted the apparent protection of your office, many of us are concerned with a future considerably longer than your pleasure in this matter and have a variety of legitimate reasons for that concern.

My first concern deals with my right as a human being, a Canadian and a citizen of British Columbia, to the quiet enjoyment of my home and property, limited only by the health and safety of my neighbours.  I think that you will agree that neither the health nor the safety of my neighbours is threatened by the absence of a “smart meter” on my home.  On the contrary it is the health and safety of my family that is already under threat from this grid: and that threat will be magnified should one be permanently installed on my home.  I note that one was initially installed on our home in our absence.  It was subsequently removed, but we have had several visits and attempts to reintroduce it under various threats or devices.

Question #1:  Under what principle of human rights or Canadian rights does a corporate monopoly have the authority to introduce an active and pervasive device which includes a transmitter and receiver onto my property, let alone my house and home?

Question #2:  BC Hydro needs to be able to read our meter for billing purposes.  This has traditionally been done by human meter readers and we have had no problem with their “invasion” of our property for this purpose, nor is there any such problem now.  Similarly there are devices which could perform the same “smart meter” service by non-invasive means using the electric grid or other means to perform this service.  Why was a method which places an active transmitter/receiver on BC homes selected?

Question #3:  Given that the line which brings electrical power into our home has two ends, only one of which is on our property or our home, why was it decided that the active device should be placed on our home or our property rather than at the distribution pole which leads into our property and is the entire responsibility of BC Hydro?  While we would find such an installation to remain a serious long term health and safety hazard, it would keep the device off our home and our property and at least outside the property rights questions which arise from the present situation.

Other issues about the installation of “smart meters” have likewise gone unanswered.  While it has been stated that North American and Canadian radiation standards have been met and no doubt “experts” can be found who support the safety of these devices, experts can also be found who warn of the dangers of the electro-smog which is increasingly permeating our living space.  While some of the generators of this signal soup can be avoided in one’s home by not purchasing such devices, BC Hydro makes that choice irrelevant by demanding participation in a meshed grid which along with all its intermediate repeaters increases that smog significantly.   There has most assuredly been insufficient time to establish that these involuntary “smart meters” and their accompanying mesh, along with all the other assorted voluntarily transmitters out there are safe and the Precautionary Principle should have been applied.  There are significant studies which indicate that even low level radiation can cause tissue damage damage.  Canada’s military does not have an electronic warfare unit for no reason.

While current standards may or may not be met by the “smart-meter” grid, without long term studies this is the same kind of pre-judged standard that was previously found in the promotion of smoking by “expert” doctors who were most interested in the taste of the cigarettes, by engineers and developers who promoted the use of asbestos as insulation and fire proofing, and by physicians who issued prescriptions for thalidomide to women as a sleep aid.  You will forgive me if I do not invest all my credulity in experts when these examples loom over us and there has been insufficient time to come to any scientific definition of the significant danger involved in accepting this technology and ignoring its unintended consequences.  It must further be noted that those “advances” which were later to prove deadly, were at least voluntary.  One could choose to smoke, to use asbestos or to take thalidomide.

Question #4:  What right does any democratic government have to make guinea pigs of its citizens by imposing, through a governmentally authorized monopoly, a technology which is neither proven nor a benefit to the health and safety of the community? (I would note that there is a name for that form of government which promotes the integration of corporate and state powers.)

There are those who decline the meters due to their concern that the devices intrude upon their privacy by creating a path into their homes through present or future “smart appliances” or other information which may be inferred from the data collected.  Such appliances are being built based on demand generated by power companies such as BC Hydro and not by consumer demand.  Those who are concerned with the use of power in their homes already have many devices available on the market by which they can perform their own audit.

Question #5:  By what right does BC Hydro demand the opportunity to peer into the use of power within a home without a court order?

While the financial case for “smart meters” may now demand that BC Hydro customers be forced to take them so as to recover the huge sums which have been sunk in this project, this is a specious and self-serving argument.  I have requested a true financial rationalization of the costs and benefits of this project on several occasions but have been offered only anecdotal responses.

Question #6:  Where is the responsible financial study for the introduction of “smart meters” as well as that for the selection of the chosen technology?

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.  I look forward to your responses to these questions.


Ronald L. (Ron) Bolin


I look forward to the responses from the Minister or from his agent and will share them with you when they are received.