BC Hydro is installing 1.9 million smart meters across the province. In North Vancouver, the utility has already put in 47,000 of the wireless devices. The company says the new meters will help manage supply, detect theft and help consumers to conserve power. Provincial and national health agencies say the devices are not a health risk. However, some B.C. residents still have concerns about health and privacy, and several city councils have passed motions asking BC Hydro to allow residents to opt out. Find us on Facebook and tell us what you think.
SHANNON ELSON NORTH VANCOUVER
I do think that residents should be able to say no, and let it be their choice. I wonder about how fair (the new meters) are going to be.
JARED PARACHNOWITSCH NORTH VANCOUVER
Absolutely. If it's a government-issued thing, if it's a reason to check people's carbon footprint, I don't necessarily agree with that.
ALYSSA FRASER NORTH VANCOUVER
I don't see an issue with it personally, but I do think it should be up to residents. It's something that affects the community.
TYSON CARRUTHERS NORTH VANCOUVER
No. The costs associated with having some people be on the new system and then others not . . . I just don't see it being worth it in the long run.
GLORIA HAXTON NORTH VANCOUVER
I think they should have the right. It's their own premises, so why shouldn't they be able to do what they want on their own premises?