A first one! An information session given in response to a request from a political candidate – Georges Laraque – ex-Canadiens player and candidate for the Green Party.
Date: Monday, 23rd of September 2013
Time: 7 PM
Place: 3340 Fleury East (near blv St-Michel) Montreal-North
For those who until today have avoided getting the smart meter: It is of the utmost importance to KEEP REFUSING! Hydro-Québec is trying actually by way of repeted phone calls or visits to get over the resistance of citizens who have already opposed the installation of a new meter. Don’t forget that the fees mentionned constantly by représentatives of Cap Gemini and Hydro-Québec APPLY ONLY IF YOU ACCEPT THE NEW NON COMMUNICATING METER (OPT-OUT) AND DON’T APPLY IF YOU PERSIST IN REFUSING.
For those who already have a smart meter: it is also important to maintain your decision that is: asking the removal of this meter at no cost. Phone or write to your MNA, if not already done, or repeat these actions in order to learn how this issue is progressing.
Let the installers know you refuse to accept the smart meter by posting this sign in your front window.
Click here to learn how to refuse. UPDATED SECTION!
Click here to learn about our upcoming information sessions.
It will be of the utmost importance that we show up in large numbers at the next town council meeting on September 3rd at 6:30 PM.
We urgently need volunteers to pass out flyers. (514) 951-7419. This distribution is making a real difference in Laval!
May 27th was the closing date for signing the petition online, but you can still print, sign and circulate a paper copy for the rest of the summer. The final count of signatures will be posted at a later date.
We’ve met them all, but they must continue to be reminded of the urgency of this situation. Phone calls, visits and letters must be numerous if we want them to react rapidly. Ask them when we will have a true choice (being allowed to keep our analog meter), without charge in our own home, or when there will be a full moratorium.
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Please note that Laval Refuse is an information site and cannot be, in any case, liable for any damage that could result from the use of the content of this website or for the wrong use and misinterpretations that could be done.
Laval Refuse was created in March 2012 to inform citizens on the impacts of electromagnetic pollution and on the risks associated with the implementation of smart meters. Laval Refuse calls for an immediate moratorium. Laval Refuse considers that every citizen should have the right to keep or get back his analog meter at no cost, as is now the case in Magog. Citizens, in their own home, should also not be subjected to the emissions of radiofrequencies by the neighbouring smart meters as recommended by the American Association of Environmental Medicine.
Laval Refuse is one of many Refuse groups across Québec. Please visit Refusons les compteurs. Note: Lasalle Refuse website is completly in English.
Laval Refuse also offers support to the region of the Heart of the Laurentians (including the municipalities of Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs, Piedmont, Saint-Sauveur, Morin-Heights, Sainte-Adèle, Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, Estérel, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Wentworth Nord, Lac-des-Seize-Îles, Val-David, Val-Morin, Sainte-Agathe, Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Sainte-Lucie, Lantier, Lac Supérieur, Saint-Faustin et Val-des-Lacs).
There are actually three kinds of meters in Quebec. (pictures)
1- The analog meter does not emit any radiofrequencies. A person has to take the reading directly at the meter.
2- The first generation meter (Itron) emits radiofrequencies at every 2, 5 or 30 seconds, 24hours a day, 7 days a week which adds up to about 1 million to 15 millions emissions per year for the data to be available 6 times per year for its reading. A person still has to take the reading, but will do so from a certain distance (example: trunk parked in the street).
3- The new generation meter ( smart meter) not only emits radiofrequencies, but also receives radiofrequencies while communicating with the neighbouring meters. An automated data system is also installed (rotors and collectors) to collect all the data using wireless technologies which in turn create another smart grid.
The situation in Quebec
Currently, there are over 800 000 of the first generation meters installed in Quebec. These meters are installed on all new constructions, during renovations or without any particular reason on some homes. This number is rapidly growing even as the deployment of the second generation meters (smart meters) rages on. The smart meters are already in the pilot zones: Villeray (Montreal) and in the regions of Boucherville and Memphre-Magog. On the 5th of October 2012, the Board of Energy has authorized the massive deployment of these smart meters in all of Montreal, Laval and on the North and South Shores. The deployment of smart meters has started in Ville Lasalle and Lachine and continues in the West Island, Ville Saint-Laurent, Ahuntsic, Laval and the South shore.
1- The ill health effects
«Print the recommendations below and take to your doctor, immediately! If you have one of these medical conditions, your physician may wish to issue a request for accommodation letter on your behalf, which you may send to the utility to request to have smart meters removed from your home and the homes of your neighbors, without fees. If the utility refuses, you may then consider filing a discrimination complaint with the federal gov’t or you may consider seeking a disability rights attorney to discuss filing a potential discrimination lawsuit.» »
Contrary to what Hydro-Quebec pretends, that these smart are less dangerous than cellular phones, the strength of the radiation would be in fact from 2 to 160 times higher due to the fact that the exposition would be continuous and that the old body would be exposed as explained by a nuclear expert. Translated from an article in:« La Maison du 21ième siècle ».
The radiofrequencies that these smart meters emit and receive have been classified as "potentially carcinogen" by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The majority of studies conducted by independent experts suggest that serious effects result from an exposition to radiofrequencies. Translated from the article: «Santa Cruz dit non au compteurs intelligents» by Louis-Gilles Francoeur – Le Devoir.
2-The intrusion of privacy
"The new smart meters are watching you." Watch this video.
3-The possible increase of your electricity bills
«These smart meters are probably a good thing for Hydro-Quebec but not for the clients» says Normand Hudon. Translated from the article «Sa facture grimpe de 100$»(His bill shows an increase of 100$).
These new meters that cost one billion dollars last only 15 years due to the sensitivity of its electronic components comparatively to 30 years for the analog meters. Translated from the article «La rentabilité des compteurs intelligents diminue» by Louis-Gilles Francoeur – Le Devoir
«When we realised that, instead of the savings expected by Hydro-Quebec, this project could actually result in a loss of money, this added to the fact that 1000 jobs would also be lost, we suspected that the real reason behind the choice of the smart meters was the new fixing of a price system which allowed Hydro-Quebec to charge more in winter and during peak hours.» President of the syndicate for trade employees at Hydro-Quebec.
How to refuse? Click here Steps in English are below the ones in French.