Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News
1 August 2010
Mayoral candidate plans to cut waves'
Posted By MIKE BEITZ , STAFF REPORTER
Stratford Beacon Herald
The race for mayor of Stratford has officially begun.
Martin Weatherall said the health and safety of city residents is the single most important issue in the October municipal election and he's willing to seek the top elected spot to draw attention to it.
"This is a way of me being able to possibly make a change which will help a lot of people and save a lot of people from getting hurt," he said Thursday, referring to exposure to electromagnetic and specifically microwave radiation, which he believes is a significant danger to people living in the city.
Cordless phones, wireless computer routers and especially the citywide high-speed wireless network and smart meters being installed in Stratford all pose a health risk due to microwave radiation, he said, pointing to short-term effects such as headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, muscle and joint pain and dizziness and longer-term effects such as various cancers, depression and anxiety and heart and cardiovascular problems.
"It's probably the most significant environmental health problem that we have today," he said.
Being elected mayor will afford him the opportunity to better educate citizens about the dangers they face from electric and electromagnetic emissions, said Weatherall, who for the last four years has been the co-director of WEEP, a Canadian non- profit organization dedicated to informing the public about the potential environmental effects associated with them.
"People have to know how dangerous this is," he said, "and we have to find a way to make this city safe. Someone's got to make a start."
Weatherall said he recognizes he may be seen as a one-issue candidate but suggested he has more to offer.
"A councillor or mayor needs to have common sense and experience in life to be able to judge municipal issues and I think I've got that background," said Weatherall, who served for seven years with the British Royal Navy and 28 years with the Toronto Police Service, first as a uniformed officer and then as a forensic crime scene investigator.
"I think I can look at any issue that comes up and look at it evenly and come up with a reasonable solution," he said.
Weatherall, who moved to Stratford with his wife just more than a year ago, said he's concerned with the level of city debt and property tax rates, which he said are too high.
"We're going to have to get the debt to a reasonable level, keep spending within reason and manage the budget much better," he said.
He would also encourage the development of new sustainable industries in Stratford and work to breathe new life into empty factories.
"Marketing Stratford as a nice place to be and to work would be the priority there," he said. "Stratford is a beautiful place with lovely people, and I think that's the way to encourage people to move out here."
Weatherall highlighted a need for greater participation in the decision-making process among residents as another priority.
A lack of public debate over issues such as the installation of smart-meters and the Wi-Fi network, and the potential dangers involved, is evidence of that need, he said.
"This is something that should have been debated in a public meeting," he said. "The health effects should have been talked about, and the costs should have been talked about."
But while those concerns over taxes, industrial development and participation in the public process are all significant, he said, his primary focus in the race for mayor will be on the dangers of electromagnetic radiation.
"Health and safety is the most important thing for the citizens of Stratford," he said.
Security Vulnerabilities of Smart Electricity Meters
Schneier on Security
July 29, 2010
"Who controls the off switch?" by Ross Anderson and Shailendra Fuloria.
Abstract: We're about to acquire a significant new cybervulnerability. The world's energy utilities are starting to install hundreds of millions of 'smart meters' which contain a remote off switch. Its main purpose is to ensure that customers who default on their payments can be switched remotely to a prepay tariff; secondary purposes include supporting interruptible tariffs and implementing rolling power cuts at times of supply shortage.
The off switch creates information security problems of a kind, and on a scale, that the energy companies have not had to face before. From the viewpoint of a cyber attacker -- whether a hostile government agency, a terrorist organisation or even a militant environmental group -- the ideal attack on a target country is to interrupt its citizens' electricity supply. This is the cyber equivalent of a nuclear strike; when electricity stops, then pretty soon everything else does too. Until now, the only plausible ways to do that involved attacks on critical generation, transmission and distribution assets, which are increasingly well defended.
Smart meters change the game. The combination of commands that will cause meters to interrupt the supply, of applets and software upgrades that run in the meters, and of cryptographic keys that are used to authenticate these commands and software changes, create a new strategic vulnerability, which we discuss in this paper.
In 2008 Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies at Trent University, presented four interesting case studies involving ...
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