Archive for category Ontario

Energy minister in the dark over number of Ontarians struggling with hydro bills

July 14, 2016 4:08 pm  Updated: July 15, 2016 8:42 am By Brian Hill Global News WATCH: Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault agreed to speak with Global News, but he doesn’t think the situation in rural Ontario is a crisis. Shirlee Engel reports.  Listen Ontario’s energy minister, Glenn Thibeault, has no idea how many people in Ontario are […]

Smart Meter Fire in Owen Sound

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:15 PM by Matthew Sanderson Fire officials say a number of electrical issues could have caused the small fire. A picture of the damage caused by a fire in a smart meter in Owen Sound. (photo from @IAFF531)  Owen Sound, Ontario A smart meter caught on fire at a home in Owen Sound. […]

Local teachers unions in Ontario call for moratorium on Wi-Fi use in schools

Two teachers’ union locals in Kingston, Ontario, want their school to permanently switch off wireless internet connections over concerns the over-the-air signals post a significant health risk. Public health units across the country maintain Wi-Fi is perfectly safe, even for young children. But that hasn’t prevented various teachers unions and school boards, including the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, from calling for a moratorium on wireless use in schools if not an outright ban.

Kingston CKWS : Canadian Teacher Union Wants Wifi Banned From Schools

Breaking News March 10, 2016 : Two local teachers unions are calling on the Limestone School Board to get rid of WI-FI in area schools. The unions say there is growing evidence that the wireless technology may pose health risks.

Ontario Pulls Plug on 36,000 Rural ‘Smart’ Meters: Is Big Energy Imploding?

Hydro One finally admitted that rural ‘smart’ meters do not work, and has decided to pull the plug on 36,000 of them — to start. We will see more utilities begin to do likewise. [UPDATE: BC Hydro just announced plans to REMOVE 88,000 meters suspected of failure.]

Astonishing’: Hydro One pulling plug on 36,000 rural smart meters after years of complaints

Kelly Egan, Postmedia News | January 13, 2016 11:32 AM ET The introduction of smart meters to Ontario, mandated by the Liberal government at a cost of about $2 billion, created peak and off-peak rates that were to spark a conservation drive across the province. The results have been disappointing, writes Kelly Egan.  Hydro One has taken […]

Ontario smart meter explodes next to gas line

PAUL BRIAN, POSTMEDIA NETWORK –  FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 03, 2015 05:01 PM EDT Jim Pulcine (left) and his wife Veronica Onyskiw look at the damage where their hydro smart meter was formerly attached to their home, June 3, 2015. (PAUL BRIAN/Postmedia Network) COLLINGWOOD, Ont. – Veronica Onyskiw woke up to the sound of her dog […]

Ontario plans to Protest Smart Meters

  Enough Is Enough – Hydro One Protest Queens Park, Toronto  5/13/2015     Enough Is Enough – Hydro One Protest Kingston,  March 21, 2015     Enough is Enough – Facebook Group  

Thousands of smart meters in Ontario to be removed over safety worries

Some 5,500 of Ontario’s 4.8 million smart meters are being removed and replaced because of a risk they could heat up, cause an electrical short and possibly spark a fire. SASKPOWER In Saskatchewan last summer, SaskPower removed a model of Sensus Corp. smart meter from homes and businesses after eight unexplained minor fires. By: Robert Benzie Queen’s […]

Ontario auditor-general slams catch-all ‘global adjustment’ fee

  Smart meters were supposed to cost $1 billion.   In fact, the total cost will be double that amount. (even at double, the cost per meter is only $416.67 vs. $555 in BC).   The energy ministry grossly over-estimated the benefits of the smart meter program. It figured the benefit would be $600 million […]