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For having the temerity to request an audience with the new Don of the City of Toronto, John Tory, the President of the Toronto Private Property Rights Association, Jessica Lauren Annis, is singled out and targeted with legal threats by bureaucratic minion.

“Initially, I was scared; I started shaking when I first read the letter from the Director of Toronto Water, Lou Di Gironimo. It is not pleasant receiving a threatening letter from the thugocracy for the high crime of refusing the imposition of a “smart” water meter in my home. Now, however, I’m angry. It is becoming increasingly clear to anyone who is paying attention that bureaucratic thugs run our municipal government and our elected representatives no longer feel the need to either respond to or act on behalf of their constituents.” Jessica remarked.

Something is drastically wrong when bullycrats, with the tacit support of the mayor and municipal councilors, feel empowered to terrorize residents with threats of financial ruin.

During his mayoral campaign, candidate John Tory promised to bring civility back to City Hall. Apparently that means appeasing Council, the bureaucracy and his corporate buddies, not representing his constituents.

TPPRA will continue to fight to protect residents’ common-law rights. TPPRA may be relatively new to the political scene in Toronto, but the Ontario Landowners Association, of which TPPRA is a chapter, is one of the largest civil rights activist groups in Ontario, with a long history of vigorous political engagement, including the use of civil disobedience, in their ongoing effort to cause elected representatives and public servants to do their jobs, i.e., protect and defend the rights of their constituents.

TPPRA members have chosen to opt out of the government’s surveillance-control (“smart”) grid. How on earth is this a punishable offense?

It is time to push back!

TPPRA’s correspondence to Mayor Tory and the letter from Toronto Water can be accessed here: http://www.operationpushback.ca/correspondence.html

For further information, contact:

Jessica Lauren Annis, BURPl, MCIP, RPP

(647) 867-3242

jessica@operationpushback.ca

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STUPID METER WISE FACTS:

February 9, 2015

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For a variety of reasons, identified below, many Toronto Private Property Rights (TPPRA), members, including myself, have refused the imposition of “smart” water meters in their homes. In response, we have been threatened with:

-Having our water service discontinued;
-The imposition of fines of up to $50,000;
-Legacy fees of $1,000 per year; &

Additional payments of $240 per year. I was even told over the phone, in an ominous tone, that I would be put on “the list.”

Private property rights: As you are undoubtedly aware, Canadians, including Toronto residents, enjoy private property rights, as identified by the Canadian Bill of Rights (reproduced, below).
the right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;
Given that Canadians possess the indefeasible right to the enjoyment of property, it is unclear to TPPRA by what due process of law we are being deprived of it.

Privacy: In addition to the enjoyment of property, Canadians enjoy the common-law right to privacy. The imposition of “smart” water meters in our homes violates our right to privacy. Furthermore, it is unclear to TPPRA why Toronto Water needs to collect water usage data 4 times a day, when residents are billed 3 times a year. It is not the government’s business when and how much water individual households use on a daily basis. Not only do “smart” water meters violate Canadian’s right to privacy, TPPRA is concerned that this data could be easily hacked and used to identify the daily habits of residents, which information would be useful to criminals. Toronto Water’s assertion that their system is secure is belied by the numerous hacking incidents of government agencies and government controlled corporations which have been reported over the last several years.
Also, the by-law that delegates authority to Toronto Water to impose “smart” water meters, also delegates Toronto Water the authority to enter homes without a search warrant, for any reason whatsoever, i.e., if the household uses less water than usual, uses more water than usual or the pattern of water use changes. This is absurd. Police need to show probable cause to obtain a search warrant, prior to entering a home. Apparently, all Toronto Water needs is to impose a spy meter in your home and use the information relayed to it as an excuse to enter.

Program support: TPPRA members do not remember any municipal politician campaigning on and being given a mandate to violate Torontonian’s right to privacy and private property rights, i.e., to impose “smart” water meters. It has been suggested by Toronto Water that a large percentage of residents support the imposition of “smart” water meters as evidenced by the high rate of compliance. TPPRA respectfully disagrees with this assertion, as we maintain that compliance – in the face of threats by Toronto Water of $50,000 fines for non-compliance – does not equal support for the program. In fact, some of our members who vehemently oppose the “smart” water meter program surrendered to Toronto Water and had meters installed in their homes under protest as they were afraid of being financially destroyed.

Due Diligence: TPPRA submits that Toronto Water has not done its due diligence with respect to assessing the health risks associated with “smart” water meters. In our opinion, public health issues have not been thoroughly investigated, as asserted by Toronto Water, as the City of Toronto’s Public Health Department has not undertaken any actual physical testing of the smart water meters, but has instead relied on the manufacturer’s assertion in its literature that RFs are emitted from the units only during data transmission. Even after relying on the manufacturer’s assertion, Public Health has only been able to determine that “smart” water meters are “unlikely” to pose a risk to human health. Given that “smart” water meters are installed inside homes, “unlikely” is not a high enough standard when it comes to the health of our families.

Fire hazard: Ontario’s Fire Marshal has identified that smart meters were linked to 23 incidents in Ontario from 2011 – 2013. “I can tell you 10 of those were smart meter failures attributed to internal faults, and 13 were small fires attributed to high-resistance heating,” said spokeswoman Carol Gravelle.

In August 2014 SaskPower announced plans to remove all 105,000 of its smart meters and replace them with traditional units, after a number of smart meters caught fire.
TPPRA has grave concerns with respect to the safety of these devices, as it is our understanding that fire risk is inherent in the design of all “smart” meters, not just specific makes and models.

Health/Radio Frequencies: Many TPPRA members suffer adverse health impacts due to exposure to RFs. Woman’s College Hospital officially recognizes electromagnetic sensitivity as a health condition and trains doctors to recognize it. Exposing people, who are currently suffering from electromagnetic sensitivity, to additional RFs within their homes, will only exacerbate their ongoing health problems. TPPRA does not believe that it is the proper role of government to harm the health of residents against their will.

Economics/efficacy: Given the recently released scathing provincial Auditor General’s report concerning the massive failure of the provincial governments smart electricity meter program, which identified that the costs of the program far outweigh the benefits, and the provincial Ombudsman’s ongoing investigation of the complete lack of efficacy of Hydro One’s smart meter program and its resulting abysmal billing system failures, we do not buy-in to Toronto Water’s assertion that the “smart” water meters are accurate or that the program will save the City of Toronto money in the long-run.

Conclusion: TPPRA submits that threatening and bullying residents is not the appropriate role of government in a free society. TPPRA members have not violated anyone’s rights by opting out of the government’s surveillance-control grid. In fact, we are defending and protecting our common-law rights and freedoms, specifically our right to privacy and our private property rights.
TPPRA believes that we can come to a mutually acceptable agreement with the City of Toronto and we are eager to enter into discussions as soon as possible, in an effort to de-escalate the situation.

Yours in liberty,
Jessica Lauren Annis