“fight hydro rates”-Protestors take to social media

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social media campaign is under way to organize protests against hydro rates across Ontario on April 4.

A Facebook page – Join the fight against hydro rates – is asking for volunteers to organize local protests.

The protest date is a day when the Legislature is not sitting and MPPs are likely to be in their home ridings.

Richard Bailey of London, Ont. signed up to volunteer.

“I’ll organize something if I can get enough people to join me,” he said in an interview.

“It’s a new experience for me if I do it,” said Bailey, 71. He circulated a pro-Canada petition when he lived in Quebec in the 1970s, and once marched in a gun owners’ protest in Ottawa, but otherwise hasn’t participated in demonstrations.

“The rates have constantly been going up, going up; they’re borrowing money, and we’re stuck with paying the bill,” he said.

“Nobody asked me, or any citizen, if they could borrow money. They just went out and did it…Somewhere along the line there has to be some controls for these people.”

An online petition, Broken Hydro, is also circulating.

The petition asks Premier Kathleen Wynne and energy minister Bob Chiarelli to “reduce the waste and duplication in Ontario’s electricity sector and other necessary steps to lower the cost of electricity so that Ontario’s electricity prices are competitive with other jurisdictions.”

Electricity prices have been rising in Ontario, and will continue to do so under the Liberal government’s long term energy plan.

The plan says a typical household hydro bill will be $137 this year – up from $125 last year. By 2016, it will be $167.

The province shut down its cheap-but-dirty coal generating stations last year, and an increasing amount of more expensive renewable and natural gas-generated power is flowing into the system.

The province also faces extensive mid-life overhauls at the Bruce and Darlington nuclear plants starting in 2016, at a total cost of $25 billion.

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