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.

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