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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Electric power to the people
Please mark your calendar for a public presentation by the
Ontario Electricity Coalition on the problems of electricity
First United Church
397 Kent Street at Florence
Date: Thursday, 14 March, 2002
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
On May 1, the Ontario Government plans to open our electricity market to
competition. They have begun leasing and selling 65% of the power
capacity of Ontario Power Generation, and plan to sell Hydro One. Both
formerly part of Ontario Hydro. New regulations have been introduced and
more are coming. What does all this mean for your taxes and hydro bills,
environment, and the reliability of electricity in the province? The
electricity impacts everything from the production of goods and
home and commercial utilities, and jobs.
What lessons can we learn from other jurisdictions, such as California,
Pennsylvania and the U.K.? Both the Californian (a US$71 BILLION
and Alberta (supplementary payments to low income households)
experiences with privatisation unequivocally suggest that
- we can look forward to huge energy price increases in Ontario
if this goes through, and
- the burdens will fall increasingly on taxpayers, directly through
increased energy costs and indirectly through increased social
We believe this is a 'five alarm fire'. 22 US states have now pulled
back. We cannot allow ourselves to be held hostage or to be frozen in
dark. We must rethink the wisdom of allowing this to go through.
For further info please contact Hal Ade @ 225-1626
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