Olynyk’s comments about smart meters deserve a rebuttal

Dear editor,

The Nov. 11 letter by Ted Olynyk of BC Hydro (Disconnecting power is a last resort for BC Hydro) deserves a serious answer.

He says disconnection is “always a last resort.” The Merville woman disconnected on Nov. 6 had (reportedly) received only one warning, in September.

Ted says, the fees for those who “choose radio-off meter” is “not new in North America.”

Yes, but the rates for being allowed to keep our safe, functional analog meters is much higher. In September, Quebec Hydro was ordered to reduce these fees from $17 to $7 per month; a far cry from the $32 we in B.C. are being charged.

Ted says the Chinese-manufactured smart meters used in B.C. have “undergone thorough quality assurance testing by both the manufacturer and BC Hydro…”

Is that re-assuring? Why are they not approved by the Canadian Standard Association? Why has Saskatchewan ordered the removal of 100,000 smart meters?

The BC Liberals have given BC Hydro a green light to bully consumers and force the acceptance of the “smart” meter grid, including the opportunity to cut power from (at least) two single older women in the Comox Valley. Contact me if you are also being bullied, at 250-334-2375.

Susan Holvenstot

CV Smart Meter Resisters

 

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