Hydro One press release Mar 4 2017

(March 4, 2017) – Until Ontario addresses the real problem with hydro—privatization—citizens and small businesses will continue to suffer crushing rates, says Rosario Marchese, the chairperson of the Hydro One Not For Sale campaign. He says the Liberals’ latest scheme to cut rates won’t help and, worse, will doom ourRead More →


By Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star (October 22 2016) – Sharon Chartrand never expected to have to choose between paying her hydro bill and other important living expenses, but the Greater Sudburian says that’s her reality due to rising electricity costs. “I can’t afford my hydro anymore,” Chartrand said. “So weRead More →

Nick Kouvalis, co-owner of pollster Campaign Research and a senior strategist in John Tory's 2014 campaign, is shown with Tory celebrating his election victory.

By David Rider, Toronto Star, Fri., Oct. 21, 2016 – Two political allies of Mayor John Tory are among consultants working with Toronto Hydro on issues related to a proposed privatization of the city-owned utility, the Star has learned. A list of Hydro consultants includes Bob Richardson, Edelman Canada’s executiveRead More →

By Chris Thompson, Windsor Star (October 11, 2016) – Privatization of Ontario Hydro is at the root of skyrocketing hydro rates, a public meeting heard Tuesday night. About 100 people gathered at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Maidstone to listen to former NDP MPP Rosario Marchese, who is now chairRead More →

By Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star, Fri., Sept. 23, 2016 The province has scratched a high-stakes scheme to sell off Ontario’s $3.8-billion-a-year lottery business because the prize wasn’t big enough. But Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, which made the surprise announcement Friday that privatizing the lotto is offRead More →

By Betsy Powell, Toronto Star, Wed., Sept. 21, 2016 Mayor John Tory is powering up a debate over the potential privatization of Toronto’s century-old electricity provider, which he says is necessary to help fund city-building projects and upgrade the electricity grid. “We have an obligation to look at all theRead More →

By Sudbury Star Staff Monday, September 19 Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault didn’t do enough to reduce Ontarians’ hydro bills last week, an overwhelming majority of Sudbury Star readers say. The Star asked the question: “Did the provincial Liberal government do enough by removing the provincialRead More →

By Shirlee Engel and Rebecca Lindell, Global News, Sept 13, 2016 Some of Ontario’s most hard-hit ratepayers will see new increases on their bills, despite a promised eight per cent rebate on electricity bills announced by the Liberal government this week. Figures obtained by Global News show some Ontarians livingRead More →

By Brian Hill, Global News (July 6) – While Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault settles into his new position, thousands of rural Ontarians struggle to pay their hydro bills – with the threat of disconnection hanging over their heads. “This is an absolute crisis,” said Francesca Dobbyn, executive director ofRead More →

By Warren “Smokey” Thomas, Toronto Sun (July 3, 2016) – The “leave” campaign in the U.K. tapped into a sentiment with voters that the “little guy” is being left out, that the European Union was a huge let-down, and everyone’s public services are under threat. Voters such as the shopkeeper,Read More →

By: Jennifer Massie, Timmins Today (June 28, 2016) – Tonight a town hall meeting held by Hydro One Not For Sale coalition was held at St. Dominique’s Parish Hall in Timmins to listen to concerns from area residents, businesses and industry. The Hydro One Not For Sale coalition consists ofRead More →

Darren MacDonald, Soo Today (Jun 22, 2016) — On a recent trip to Sudbury, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown had some advice for new Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. Thibeault was named to the portfolio earlier this month, replacing Bob Chiarelli in the controversial portfolio. During Chiarelli’s tenure, the provinceRead More →

By Tom Sasvari, Manitoulin Expositor (May 27, 2016) PROVIDENCE BAY—A petition initiated by a Providence Bay resident who is fed up with rising hydro costs and the selloff and privatization of Hydro One said she is hoping will receive support not only locally, but provincially. “I started this petition becauseRead More →


By Joel Wittnebel, The Oshawa Express (May 19) – A group of concerned residents is saying the citizens of Oshawa should have the final say when it comes to any potential merger decision regarding the OPUC. Last month, the Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation announced it had signed into aRead More →

secret meeting

By Andrew Philips, Orillia Packet & Times (May 19) – The city should soon know what type of role, if any, Hydro One will play in its future. Mayor Steve Clarke said a meeting Thursday between council and Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt proved useful in terms of any potentialRead More →

By Ken Hashizume, Bayshore Broadcasting (May 16, 2016) – A date is now set for the second public information session regarding the proposed Hydro One development in Orillia. It will take place on Wednesday evening June 1st from 7 pm until 8:30 pm inside the Council Chambers at Orillia CityRead More →

By Patrick Maloney, The London Free Press (May 16, 2016) – London Hydro is the seventh-largest utility in Ontario. But it’s harder and harder to see how it can get any bigger. As they unveiled their annual report Monday, London’s electricity bosses say they went on a mini-shopping spree andRead More →

When it comes to the privatization of Hydro One, the Liberals love to fudge the truth. They don’t call it what it is – privatization – they call it “broadening ownership.” In this letter to a constituent, some more howlers from MPP Liz Sandals:

By Joelle Kovach, Peterborough Examiner (Friday, May 13) – Four out of 10 councillors say they’ve already decided how they’ll vote, if Hydro One offers to buy the city’s utility: No, thanks. Councillors Diane Therrien, Dean Pappas, Keith Riel and Don Vassiliadis told The Examiner this week they are allRead More →

By Mehreen Shahid, Orillia Packet & Times (May 11, 2016) – A hike in hydro prices that came into effect at the beginning of the month will leave families struggling to decide between spending on food or heating their homes, according to the Simcoe North’s MPP. “We continue to beRead More →

Sudbury campaign launch

By Arron Pickard, Sudbury.com (May 8, 2016) – A few dozen people didn’t let a little rain get in their way of delivering a message to the rest of Sudbury on Saturday: Hydro One is not for sale. Volunteers pounded the pavement during the launch of Sudbury’s Keep Hydro PublicRead More →

secret meeting

Editorial, Peterborough Examiner (May 7, 2016) – Whether the city-owned utility company should sell off the wires, poles, generators and transformers that carry electricity to every home and business in Peterborough is a very big decision. It’s big because of the amount of money involved – the city could walk awayRead More →