British Columbia

B.C. smart meter opponents seeking signatures

A citizen's group says it might use B.C.'s Recall and Initiative Act to try to stop BC Hydro's plan to install smart meters.

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A citizen's group says it might use B.C.'s Recall and Initiative Act to try to stop BC Hydro's plans to install smart meters.

Stop Smart Meters.ca says the government is ignoring information that proves the new devices are a health hazard and pose a potential invasion of privacy.

Organization spokesman Walt McGinnis said the minister responsible for BC Hydro, Rich Coleman, has ignored a resolution passed at this year’s convention of the Union of B.C. Municipalities calling for a moratorium on smart meter installation.

"We've been left with no other choice," said McGinnis. "The government's decided to proceed without consulting the public and we have no other option but to bring a little democracy into this province."

The group is soliciting signatures on its website to gauge whether an initiative — like the initiative campaign against the HST — would be successful.

But Coleman said Thursday he does not believe the anti-smart meter group represents the majority of British Columbians.

"It's a lot different than the HST, simply because the acceptance and understanding is way higher," said Coleman. "Our rejection rate on smart meters is less than .015 per cent, so I don't think it's a threat."

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