Letter: Health fear claims getting outlandish

Opposition to smart meters has reached a level of absurdity.

To the editor:

The level of absurdity that opposition to smart meters has reached, was clearly illustrated by the Capital News news story in the April 18 edition (page A10) headlined: Refusal to Accept Smart Meter Leads to Power Being Cut Off.

As reported in that story, a Peachland woman who refused to have a smart meter installed, claiming “electromagnetic field sensitivity,” was speaking to the interviewer by cordless phone.

Yes, that’s right… she was talking quite comfortably on a cordless phone that inherently generates an electromagnetic field several times stronger than that generated by a smart meter, and does so an inch away from the user’s head.

Am I the only one who cringes at the idiocy of this situation?

In Vancouver, many residents complained that smart meters were making them feel unwell or even sick, but it turned out that BC Hydro hadn’t even enabled any smart meter transmitters.

They were still being read manually.  Hydro was waiting until all meters were installed before activation.

Clearly, all those claims were imagined. In fact, smart meters generate far lower levels of electromagnetic fields than cell phones, and what’s more, they transmit for less than a minute per day.

As for all those outlandish claims, we really must give our imaginations a rest and stop being afraid of what we don’t understand.

Robert Wilson,





Editor’s Note: The Peachland woman was actually speaking with a Capital News reporter for the story from a landline despite the fact her power was out.



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