When do we reach the point of no return on electricity rates in Ontario. What’s the “breaking point” where only the overly-wealthy will be able to afford what was once one of the cheapest and most reliable services available to consumers!
OR have we reached this point and the figures to prove it are just not available and won’t be, UNTIL after an election!
Is this a dirty secret that the Liberals don’t want to discuss because it “could” hamper their run for the roses?
All signs in Rural Ontario is that this point of non-affordability was reached a long long time ago.
Anyone living in small town Ontario KNOWS of older folks who are on a fixed income have experienced the toss up between warmth and food in their home.
The sad reality of our present day lifestyle in Ontario is the only “happy and well healed” citizens are on TV in glossy and politically correct commercials!
The true state of Ontario is rather ugly and forlorn and the following report will show you why!
|The big hole where your money goes|
Lesley Johansen at House of Lazarus food bank.
Joanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa January 28, 2014
Thousands of families in Eastern Ontario are choosing tonight between food and heat. Skyrocketing propane and hydro prices are forcing people to turn to food banks to help them survive. Lesley Johansen helps out at this rural food bank in Dundas County. She sees the increasing need, even feels it first hand as her hydro and propane bills rise well beyond her ability to pay.
“It’s come down to whether I don’t make a car payment or I don’t eat,” says Johansen.
For first time in her life, this very proud educated woman is considering turning to the food bank for help.
“I don’t want to be in this position in my life, I’m 40 years old. I’ve worked hard but the system fails.”
The system is failing a growing number of people. 1,372 families turned to the House of Lazarus Food Bank in Mountain last year. That’s more than a 10 percent jump over the previous year.
Pauline Pratt is the Executive Director of the House of Lazarus, “The heating costs are taking up more money than what’s coming in,” she says. “Clients are very discouraged and feel very helpless and powerless because they have no choice; they have to have heat.”
Propane prices have doubled since October. In many rural areas, hydro bills are higher than mortgage payments.
“In 64 years of my long life, this is the worst I’ve ever seen it and it’s not getting any better,” says the Mayor of North Grenville. David Gordon says high utility costs are creating an urban-rural divide and pushing many of his residents below the poverty line.