Ontarians take to social media to protest power bills
Protestors take to social media to fight hydro rates
By: John Spears Business reporter, Published on Fri Feb 07 2014
A 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.
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