LOWER HYDRO BILLS?
In 2017, CARP launched its Heat or Eat campaign, sounding the alarm on the effect Ontario’s exorbitantly high electricity rates were having on lower and fixedincome seniors. At the time, many were struggling to pay their electrical bills, which had increased 15 per cent over the following year and had doubled over a decade, and were being cut off. CARP’s campaign called on then Premier Kathleen Wynne to immediately roll back the rates, saying, “When our seniors have to choose between food and hydro, we have a problem.” It looks like that problem is finally being addressed. One of the first moves made by new Ontario Premier Doug Ford was to fire Mayo Schmidt – the CEO of Hydro One (the province’s partially owned electrical utility) – and to replace the utility’s entire board. Ford also reiterated his campaign promise to cut electricity rates by 12 per cent, which will hopefully soon be reflected on hydro bills.