By Tabitha Wells, Orangeville Citizen (February 17, 2016) – While Premier Kathleen Wynne has refused to back down from plans to privatize Hydro One, Ontarians are not backing down in their disagreement with the move. A coalition called Keep Hydro Public, which has over 18 groups declared as public supporters (includingRead More →

By Christina Blizzard, Toronto Sun (Feb. 16, 2016) – Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Tuesday he’ll deliver his budget Feb. 25. That’s astonishingly early. Last year, the budget was April 23. So why are the Liberals dropping the budget so soon? They’ve been holding hearings across the province looking forRead More →

By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News (February 8, 2016) — Margaret Fisher has been in the residential renting business for more than three decades and has never before experienced what’s happening now with skyrocketing electricity rates. Fisher, who has 22 residential tenants mostly in Wallaceburg but a few in Chatham,Read More →

By Christina Blizzard , The Toronto Sun, (Sat, Feb. 6) — It’s the last patch of Progressive Conservative blue amid a sea of Liberal red in the eastern GTA. While ridings like Durham — once Tory bastions in the vote-rich 905 area around Toronto — voted Liberal in 2014, Whitby-OshawaRead More →

By Ron Pietroniro, Whitby This Week (Sat. Jan. 30) — Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Whitby-Oshawa byelection candidate Niki Lundquist met with Whitby resident Amanda Conway on Friday morning to discuss the impact of skyrocketing hydro bills on local families. Ms. Conway, who lives with her husband and son,Read More →

By Parvaneh Pessian Whitby This Week (Janaury 26, 2016) The Ontario government’s plans to privatize 60 per cent of Hydro One took centre stage at an all-candidates’ forum in the Whitby-Oshawa riding Tuesday night with all four party representatives weighing in on the controversy. “This debate is about the futureRead More →

By Jacquelyn LeBel, AM980 Talk Radio (January 25, 2016) – The Hydro One Not For Sale campaign is hoping London joins nearly 200 other municipalities in passing resolutions against the government’s planned sale of Hydro One. The Liberals are hoping to raise $9-billion by selling 60 per cent of Hydro One toRead More →

By Seumas Milne, The Guardian (Updated Jan 15, 2016) – Privatisation isn’t working. We were promised a shareholding democracy, competition, falling costs and better services. A generation on, most people’s experience has been the opposite. From energy to water, rail to public services, the reality has been private monopolies, perverse subsidies, exorbitantRead More →

Letters to the editor in The Toronto Star (Jan. 13, 2016) – While the majority of people in Ontario were polled about the proposed sale of Ontario Hydro they clearly voiced their opposition. Now the issue of the sale of Toronto Hydro assets was suggested to pay for Toronto infrastructure.Read More →

By Paul Kahnert, Oshawa Express letter to the editor (January 12, 2016) – Kathleen Wynne thinks it’s a brilliant idea to sell Hydro One to pay for transit. It’s an idea that she did not come up with. They’re doing the same thing in the name of privatization in Australia.Read More →

Suggestion Box

By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press (Jan. 12, 2016) – Ontario’s finance minister is encouraging people to submit ideas for the upcoming budget — he just won’t consider the most popular ones. The ministry launched its “Budget Talks” website last month as a venue for people who can’t attend theRead More →

By David Rider, The Toronto Star (January 8, 2016) – Behind-the-scenes work is ongoing for the possible sale of a minority stake in city-owned Toronto Hydro to help fund the city’s massive capital needs including Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack plan, the Star has learned. The privatization proposal, if it goesRead More →

Newmarket Era Editorial (Jan 4, 2016) – Brother, can you spare a dime? That appears to be the tune our Ontario Liberal government is singing these days after it was reported by the Toronto Star’s Rob Ferguson that the Grits are encouraging any and all interested citizens to put theirRead More →

Toronto Star Letter to the editor by Jonathan Household, Niagara-on-the-Lake (Jan 4, 2016) – In some ways the dilemma about whether to honour the election promise on the number of refugees by year end was the first real test for Justin Trudeau. In making the decision to take more timeRead More →

silent dissent

By: Brady Yauch, The Toronto Star (Jan 4, 2016) – Ontario’s desire for total control over all aspects of the electricity sector is nearly fulfilled. The push to eliminate dissent and independent review of the province’s energy monopolies has been a decade in the making. Since 2004, many of theRead More →

By Keith Leslie The Toronto Star (Dec 31 2015) – Ontario residents can brace for another hike in electricity bills on Jan. 1. The increase comes on the heels of a jump just two months ago, and hydro bills will rise again after the Liberals introduce a cap-and-trade plan inRead More →

High Utility Bill

By Fred Hahn, Letter to the editor in the Timmins Press (December 21, 2015) – As the nights get longer, the days get colder and the holiday bills pile up, get ready for a New Year’s hangover thanks to Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government: Your hydro rates are going up again.Read More →

is algonquin next

By Robert Goheen, Oshawa Express letter to the editor (Dec. 17, 2015) –  The sale of Hydro One needs to be stopped. Not just because of its gross undervaluation, or the increased debt through asset benefit valuation and unwarranted dividend extraction, or the loss of an income generating entity, or becauseRead More →

By Gord Vickers, Oshawa Express letter to the editor (Dec. 17, 2015) – It was reported that Bay Street investors couldn’t get their money out fast enough to buy Hydro One stock. Shares opened up at $20.50 and closed at $21.60 for a 5.5 per cent windfall. Stock then rose to aRead More →

By Blackbird News ( December 12, 2015) – Supporters of the Keep Hydro Public campaign joined Beaches—East York constituents for a rally outside Liberal MPP Arthur Potts’ constituency office on Saturday, December 12. Participants are angry with Potts’ continued support for the Liberal sell-off of Hydro One, despite overwhelming opposition across theRead More →

tough paperwork

By CBC News (Dec 10, 2015) – Some northern Ontario residents say it’s far too complicated to apply for a new hydro tax credit. Only a fraction — about seven per cent — of the half-million eligible Ontarians have applied. The Ontario Electricity Support Program is meant to help low incomeRead More →

hydro petitions

By The Independent of Petrolia & Central Lambton (December 3, 2015) – Sarnia Councillor Brian White and Petrolia Councillor Grant Purdy want the people of Lambton to just say no. The pair are leading the local initiative aimed at stopping the privatization of Hydro One. White held a public meeting inRead More →