Opponents say 'smart meters" decision premature
It looks like Hydro-Quebec will finally get to install its new "smart meters."
The energy board last week decided to authorize the controversial plan despite opponents' concerns that the meters emit harmful radiofrequencies.
Marie-Michelle Poisson is a resident of Villeray and leader of the group Villeray Refuse who refused to take part in a pilot project where Hydro tested the controversial meters in the neighborhood.
She says the pilot project ended 4 months early because the utliity was having trouble finding people who were interested in trying the meters out in their home.
"You have one-third of the meters that were never installed in Villeray," she says, "and that is a huge fail."
That is why she is having a hard time understanding why the province's energy board would give the green light for a project that is not being welcomed by the population.
The group is calling on the new PQ government to put a moratorium on the project until more research is done into the radiofrequencies the meters emit.
Health Canada has compared the signals to those emitted by cell phones.
The meters will begin to be installed within the next two years in Montreal, while the rest of the province will get them by 2018.