Why don’t our leaders (I don’t include Trump because he will never be accepted as my President), posses the same values and common sense of the Osoyoos? Why is America so crazy? What the hell is going on here? There is an A-hole President elect taking office in a month. A stupid, arrogant, disgusting, narcissistic, self serving, dangerous, petty, self grandizing, ignorant moron who is already putting our lives at risk!…..Sandaura
“No scientist on the planet has been able to verify the safety of these extremely dangerous devices that emit microwave radiation 24/7 in perpetuity and which cannot be turned off.
“As Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Ban, my first duty is to protect my people, our future generations and our lands.
Osoyoos Indian Band council unanimously rejects FortisBC’s smart meter proposal
The Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) want nothing to do with the FortisBC plan to install smart meters on homes and businesses across the South Okanagan if their proposal to implement its automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project are approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).
Chief Clarence Louie and members of band council last week announced that all council members have signed a document prohibiting FortisBC from installing smart meters on the approximately 700 homes and businesses on the OIB’s reserve in Oliver.
“Having been presented with science-based evidence, the band council and I are convinced that Fortis’ proposed wireless smart meters in meshed-grid networks have the potential to harm our children and our environment,” said Louie, in a written statement. “No scientist on the planet has been able to verify the safety of these extremely dangerous devices that emit microwave radiation 24/7 in perpetuity and which cannot be turned off.
“As Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Ban, my first duty is to protect my people, our future generations and our lands. For that reason, the band council and I believe we need to err on the side of caution and respect the world’s leading independent scientists who say – and have the evidence to prove – that electromagnetic radiation, especially pulsed radio and microwave frequency radiation is harmful to all living things.
“I am proud of our council for standing up and voting to prohibit installation of smart meters on our lands in order to protect not only our own people, but all the people who reside and work on the Osoyoos Indian Band lands.”
J.R. (Banjo) Linkevic, who works for the OIB’s maintenance department, said he spent several weeks preparing a report for band council relating to the smart meters and came away convinced smart meters have not been proven safe.
“I worked with several people who gave me information and I made a presentation to band council on those findings and council was unanimous in opposing any plan to install smart meters on OIB land.” said Linkevic.
“The band council was given a huge amount of information to work with and they all considered this a health and safety issue,” he said.
“After considering all of the information at their disposal, the chief and council had a discussion and voted unanimously against allowing these meters onto our land.”
While the OIB has had an “excellent working relationship” with FortisBC for many years, the band and council have spoken clearly on this issue and won’t be changing their mind, said Linkevic.
“This is a matter relating to the health and safety of our people and that’s not negotiable,” he said. “This is going to have to be dealt with because Fortis has a monopoly and they are the only power provider on our land.”
If the BCUC approves the FortisBC smart meter application, the company is going to have to deal with the OIB’s decision in a hurry, said Linkevic.
“This is going to get very interesting down the road if the BCUC endorses their plan to bring smart meters to this area,” he said. “We have the right to protect our people and we don’t have any intention of allowing them on our land, but we have left it open if and when Fortis can prove these devices are safe.
“The ball is in their court.”
Neal Pobran, director of corporate communications for FortisBC, said the company respects the decision by the OIB, but added there’s no use speculating on what might happen until the BCUC renders its final decision on whether or not to approve the company’s application.
“We’re still awaiting the final decision by the BCUC and there’s no real point in commenting on this issue because we don’t really have a project to move forward on until that decision is made,” said Pobran. “I will say Fortis is more than willing to keep working with the OIB or any of our other customers to resolve any disputes or dialogue.”
Fortis’ application to the BCUC was made using the latest peer-reviewed scientific data approved by Health Canada “from experts who confirm there is no real scientific evidence that these meters are not safe,” said Pobran. “We’re still of the strong opinion that these meters are very safe.”
BY KEITH LACEY