Forgive us if we question Smart Meter ‘facts’

As reporters, it’s in our nature to be suspicious.

And we have good reason to be.

Whether intentionally or accidentally, people have been misleading the public since humans learned how to lie.

Remember Thomas Midgley?

He was the American chemist who publicly inhaled tetraethyl lead for sixty seconds to demonstrate its harmlessness — then failed to mention it took him almost a full year to recover from the resulting lead poisoning.

So when BC Hydro says Smart Meters are harmless, forgive us if we reserve judgment until we have all the facts and all the data.

However, when BC Hydro tells us something as innocuous as, ‘Smart Meters will not be installed in the Cowichan Valley until February,’ we take them at their word.

As it turns out, there are actually a couple of scenarios where Cowichan residents will receive Smart Meters.

As it turns out, BC Hydro doesn’t consider Chemainus part of the Cowichan Valley.

As it turns out, not everyone has been receiving the promised notice before Smart Meter installation.

And you may remember that after a BC Hydro spokesman spoke to the Cowichan Valley Regional District about Smart Meters, he had to clarify his comments via letters to the editor in local media afterward.

In all honesty, we don’t believe BC Hydro intentionally misled us on these points.

But it begs the question: if Hydro staff can’t present clear data and hard facts about something as simple as when and where and how Smart Meters will be installed, how can we trust anything else they’ve said about the devices?

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