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High hydro prices threaten Northern jobs, Mantha claims

Wednesday, December 05, 2012   by: Staff



Provincial Industrial Energy Rate changes too late to save hundreds of thousands of jobs: NDP

 QUEEN'S PARK – Northern Development and Mines Critic Michael Mantha [shown] is questioning why the McGuinty government is spending time re-announcing an energy program originally announced in June when good-paying Northern jobs continue to be threatened by high hydro prices.
“Under the McGuinty Liberals’ watch, over 300,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs have been lost along with 50,000 forestry jobs in Northern Ontario,” said Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin. “So the question you have to ask is why is this government re-announcing a program it originally announced six months ago when it should be rolling up its sleeves and protecting jobs today?”
Ontario’s Energy Minister is currently re-announcing a June 2012 announcement of a new industrial electricity rate program.

New Democrats have long supported an industrial hydro rate which would make operating in Ontario more economically competitive.
Mantha cited the loss of 700 good-paying jobs at Xstrata when it closed its Timmins copper and zinc smelting operations a few years ago because Ontario hydro prices were uncompetitive with Quebec’s.
“Job losses are devastating news to communities that has already seen numerous job losses across the entire North. The tragedy of it all is that it could have been prevented if this government had simply heeded the NDP’s call years ago for an affordable hydro rate for energy intensive employers,” said Mantha.

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Moonshiner 12/5/2012 12:00:26 PM Report

Many of the paper mills in the north were all situated beside water falls ,and at one time generated all their own juice ,selling the rest back to the local service provider.Some mills genarated all the needs of their surrounding communities.When times were good they sold off the generation stations to Brascan at a nice little profit for the shareholders,usually securing a locked power price for a time.Along came the grid with its new ideas,and seperate transmission and generation,and deregulation.When forced to pay the new high market prices ,they folded up.These mills knew there was no future!
cjborg 12/5/2012 12:11:22 PM Report

I surmize what is being suggested is, if we had elected NDP to run this province or accepted their many overriding wacky suggestions they often make, we wouldn't be in the pickle we are currentlly in???? How foolish!!!!!!

"Not the sharpest tool in their toolbox" for sure. Doesn't he realize by nixing everything, the other parties put forth, he and his party only negate any potential credibility and benefit for their constituents and province????

On a more sombre note. the current Liberal leader has proven to be one of the most detrimentally incompetent economic "dunces" we have ever had for the long term prosperity and success of Ontario. (Gas plants reversal, Ornge, Medical mis-telecommunications, Educational funds sqandering, just to mention a few ......)

Voters will have to think long and hard when we next go to vote provincially... it's too bad that our local MPP may get unfairlty tarred with the same paint brush in the process... he has and continues to do an admiral job when it comes to representing his local constituents ((including his stand against the current Teachers Union threats..... (Unfortunately the current Teacher Union situation is like closing the barn door after the horeses have left...))
l&s campbell 12/5/2012 2:52:39 PM Report

A few years ago we were asked to conserve energy! We did! Guess what! we did so well they increased our rates! Then water! rate increase. How much $ do they need? Just like our local cable vision! My service has not got any better My internet service is worst and now they want us to either rent or purchase a box. sounds like a money grab to me! Remember the days of a box purchase or rental for the extra channels. I still pay for max cable, But no rebait for that . What happened to C.R.T.C. (nothing) This is in my mind theft!
cjborg 12/5/2012 7:03:51 PM Report

l&s campbell 12/5/2012 2:52:39 PM

I would suggest you call Shaw Cable and ask them for a bundle rate for what you specifically want. I.e.

1. Personal TV (Basic) or Premier TV (all inclusive - most expensive).

You will need the box for High Definition Channels... (better quality if you have or ever intend to get a high definition TV)
The first box and instalation is usually provided at no cost.

2. If you don't have your telephone through Shaw you might want to ask them to include same in your service. (They take care of keeping your telephone number in the telephone book.) If you place a lot of long distance calls you can pay a flat $10/mo for unlimited calls. (Our experience is that we save approx. $20 a month or $240 a year on our required telephone services we used to get from Bell.)

3. If you use internet for a computer they could provide in your bundle for substantial savings as well...

Finally .. ask Shaw to install any and all services you end up requesting. Be patient when you call them because Shaw is quite busy... from personal experience I can assure you that your total savings should amount to a very substanial yearly amount. (If you are elderly, are easily confused or easily intimidated, get a relative or friend to make the call to Shaw with you.....)

Merry Christmas, good luck and great future savings....

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