BC Hydro keep hands off the meter
Big Brother at BC Hydro has sent me a letter to say he can’t wait any longer.
He’s going to come and replace my old analog meter, still working perfectly, with his new so-called smart meter. I tried to tell him no, I don’t want the thing. I sent a letter last March to Corix along with copies to my MLA, the premier, the leader of the opposition and B.C.’s energy minister.
I also laminated a form, signed by myself and wired to the meter which warns Corix to “Stop, Do Not Proceed With Meter Removal.” More recently, on Nov. 9, I installed a more legible “No Trespassing Corix” sign below my analog meter.
However, after receiving the letter from Hydro, I phoned them and was given assurances, which I don’t believe, that the meters are safe. Several have already caught on fire in B.C., resulting in the destruction of at least one home in Mission. I was told they would be here in four to six weeks despite my “No Trespassing” sign and despite Burnaby city council’s motion for a moratorium on their installation.
Is BC Hydro a law unto itself whereby they don’t have to respect the wishes of a property owner? I’ve told these people privately, now I’m stating it as publicly as possible. Stay off my property for the purpose of changing my meter. When the rights of a taxpaying property owner can be abused by a government agency, what do we have but a dictatorship?