Politicized Wires

This morning, the Ontario government announced its intention to introduce changes to the OEB Act. The key component is to “include a new tool that would allow Cabinet to determine key transmission infrastructure to be built by licensees that would not go through a ‘needs’ test by the OEB.” Continue reading ‘Politicized Wires’ »

Privatizing the Ontario Energy Board

As if the Ontario government was trying to find ways to privatize Hydro One as harmfully the public interest as possible, the government has decided to link the Ontario Energy Board directly to the senior executive group at Hydro One.

See the May 22 email from OEB Chair Rosemarie Leclair, appended below, announcing new appointments to the board. Continue reading ‘Privatizing the Ontario Energy Board’ »

Deputation to Finance Committee on Sale of Hydro One

(This posting contains both our speaking notes, posted about 20 minutes after presentation, and the official Hansard transcript. Following our presentation, Ed Clark made a presentation to the Finance Committee and made comments to the press. His comments and my reaction to his comments are ably reported here by Antonella Artuso for Sun Media. Our bottom line is that the ON government’s plan to sell Hydro One is a shell game to grab $4 billion from electricity ratepayers.)

Madam chair and members. We are here today to address amendments to the Electricity Act contained in the budget act, Bill 91. Continue reading ‘Deputation to Finance Committee on Sale of Hydro One’ »

Donuts, Heritage, Saving the Bala Falls: Part 2

The waterfalls in the heart of Bala, where Lake Muskoka flows into the Moon River, need a lawyer to help stop impending careless, destructive hydro-power development. Join the protest. If you are planning to be in the vicinity of Muskoka over this long weekend, order doughnuts by phone today at (705) 762-3937 for the fundraiser tomorrow at the falls hosted by the much-loved Don’s Bakery to support this wonderful cause. If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, consider donating directly to SavetheBalaFalls.com.

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Donuts, Heritage, Saving the Bala Falls: Part 1, Guest Post by Ted Farley

Here is an update authored by Ted Farley of developments surround the plan of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and its contractor Swift River Energy Limited to imprison the beautiful waterfalls in the centre of Bala, Ontario in a concrete box in order to jack up your power rates. Continue reading ‘Donuts, Heritage, Saving the Bala Falls: Part 1, Guest Post by Ted Farley’ »

“Enough Is Enough” Is Not Enough

Electricity protesters will converge on the Ontario legislature starting at noon May 13. The protest will be an important gauge of the extent of public anger over soaring rates, particularly Hydro One’s rural rates. But, when it comes to solutions, expect more heat than light.

The protest has coalesced around a Facebook site, a petition, Google+, and a GoFundMe campaign under the banner “Enough is Enough” — all of which are lively and growing. Continue reading ‘“Enough Is Enough” Is Not Enough’ »

Wind Power FOI Appeal: “Frivolous and Vexatious”

Folks following my efforts to uncover truth behind the Ontario government’s chaotic wind schemes, including an official plan briefly explored in late 2012 to cancel six controversial wind developments to be located in vulnerable electoral ridings, might be interested in the most recent resistance reaction from Official Ontario. The bottom line from Official Ontario is that my investigation of the cancellation plan for the McLean’s Mountain Wind Farm on Manitoulin Island — which I initiated with a simple, tightly targeted Freedom of Information request almost two and a half years ago — is “frivolous and vexatious”. Continue reading ‘Wind Power FOI Appeal: “Frivolous and Vexatious”’ »

Ontario’s Power Rates Are Going Up How Much?

Over the last two weeks, there have been a dizzying swirl of announcements and reports on various aspects of Ontario electricity prices. With official Ontario working hard to keep the issues confused and impacts spread out over time, it is challenging for consumers to follow the multiple shell games going on at once. Here are a few suggestions on where to turn for information and analysis.
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