Over the evening of March 23, the Ontario Ombudsman, an Officer of the Provincial Legislature, addressed my analysis of his comment on Hydro One’s collection policies and practices. He published a stream of Tweeted and reTweeted ad hominems, sarcastic put-downs, name calling against me and people who supported my analysis, attacks on my integrity, and incitements to his followers to Twitter mob me. Some of his comments are recorded in Part 2 of this series. This morning, he redoubled his flaming: Continue reading ‘Power Extortion Part 3: Response to Ombudsman Marin’s Tweets’ »
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin has found Hydro One guilty of “extortion” for threatening to disconnect residential power customers in arrears. He convened a Queen’s Park press conference March 11 to demand:
“Hydro One needs to come clean and say once and for all to the public ‘we won’t disconnect you’ and stop playing these mind games with the public.”
Marin masterfully served up sound bites to the eager QP Press Gallery:
“I’ve shared the big secret with you about the threats being a bluff. I count on you to repeat it to everybody that you encounter in your newscasts so that people can chill and realize that they won’t freeze to death by the electricity being cut out.”
From every corner of the province, Marin is being hailed as a hero.
If there is anyone left in Ontario who thinks that the Ontario Liberals have the slightest clue as to the simplest facts of life about the province’s power system, Premier Wynne’s psychodelic impression that there is a vast stash of gold over at Hydro One should be the last straw. Continue reading ‘National Post Column: “What Windfall?”’ »
The Ontario government’s energy astrologists have come up with a new sound bite — sell Hydro One and use what the Globe and Mail calls the “windfall” to fund the construction of subways in Toronto. Electricity ratepayers won’t be harmed one little bit say the folks who also say Ontario’s power exports are profitable, conservation programs are saving you billions, and the rate impact of wind power is trivial. Continue reading ‘Sell Hydro One (but expecting a “windfall” would be a pitfall)’ »
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is playing the Ontario PCs like a violin. How to make the three OPP investigations of her government vanish from the news? Offer the OPCs some gasoline and a match. Watch them incinerate themselves.
Thursday and Friday this week, www.tomadamsenergy.com (and my dog) will be joining Peggy Petersen (and her dog) at Bala Falls protesting another of the Ontario Liberal’s green-at-any-cost follies — Swift River Energy’s subsidy-dependent plan to despoil the falls at the outlet of Lake Muskoka into the Moon River. I’ll be live Tweeting the protest from the falls and also live Tweeting from the Friday morning meeting of Township of Muskoka Lakes council (Twitter: @tomadamsenergy).
Here is our protest HQ and overnight accommodation. Please come visit. Appropriate clothing is recommended.