Join the protests against steep hydro rate increases in Ontario
Doug Leitch, outspoken critic of the Ontario College of Trades, is behind a protest against steep Hydro One rate increases and surcharges on April 4th.
By Steve Payne
The following press release was sent to us by Doug Leitch, a long-standing opponent of the “Trades Tax” represented by the Ontario College of Trades. Doug is an electrician in Carleton Place, Ont. and he is the head of the Ontario Contractors and Small Business Association (OCSBA). This issue, below, has nothing to do with the Ontario College of Trades, but it is yet another burden on the small- to medium-sized contractor.
CARLETON PLACE, ONT. – On April 4, at noon, there is a planned Province Wide Hydro Rate Protest to be held in 24 towns and cities across Ontario, including a protest in Carleton Place.
The “Joint the fight against Hydro Rates” originated with a small group in Dryden, Ontario and has grown in momentum and membership, united with a common anger and outrage over escalating Hydro rates and surcharges, Hydro One billing issues and lack of accountability.
Doug Leitch is the local organizer for Carleton Pace, Almonte, Pakenham, Perth, Smiths Falls and area protest. We need as many people as we can get to join us on April 4 to make our voice heard and let us send a clear message that the out of control escalation of Hydro rates and charges, the aberrant customer service and lack of accountability has to end. No longer should ratepayers pay the cost for billions of dollars in government waste and mismanagement, no longer should ratepayers be continually tapped for poor business decisions, waste and unchecked spending and no longer should ratepayers be forced to choose between paying their hydro bill or buying food or being able to staying in their homes.
Ontario Ratepayers pay the highest rates in all of Canada, with rural rates being exponentially higher than high density urban areas. With delivery fees and surcharges Hydro One has taken away our ability to control our hydro bill, charges for consumption a significantly lower portion of our total bill. OEB requests for even higher charges are also pending. Billing and customer service problems are causing stress and hardship on many ratepayers to which Hydro One is indifferent.
This is potentially an election year in the Province of Ontario, voices outside of the GTA have fallen on deaf ears for years, now is the time to make politicians listen. Now is the time to say “Enough is Enough”, our hydro bill should not be another mortgage payment every month, it is an essential service. We have no more to give and Hydro One and the Province of Ontario must learn to live within their means.
Join us April 4th and hear from speakers, voice your concerns and send a message to Queens Park and to Hydro One. Protesters are asked to gather at the new Farmers’ Market just off Lake Avenue East in Carleton Place at noon. Hope to see you there.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Doug Leitch at 613-913-2863 or email at Power_up@hotmail.ca. You can also check out the facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Join-the-fight-against-Hydro-rates/137968316227047 , where additional information and locations of other protests can be found.