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Rising Ontario Hydro Bills Forcing Seniors to Choose to Heat or Eat

ZNews - Hydro Rates - Interview with Alison Lakey

The average price of electricity in Ontario has doubled over the past decade. In the wake of astronomical increases in hydro bill amounts, many seniors and other Ontarians on low or fixed incomes are making very difficult and potentially dangerous decisions about their standard of living. A choice between buying groceries and paying their hydro bills, or even being able to pay for vital medications.

ZNews’ Darrin Maharaj recently talked with Alison Lakey of Burlington, Ont., about the serious challenges she’s facing in light of rising hydro bills. A three-time cancer survivor, Lakey has had to choose to reduce her required medication intake in an effort to make ends meet.

“I can’t afford to buy some of them. I can’t afford to buy them all,” admits Lakey.

“When seniors have to choose between food and hydro, we have a problem,” states CARP as part of their new Heat or Eat? campaign calling for an immediate rollback to Ontario hydro costs. For more information and to add your voice, visit carp.ca/hydro.

WATCH FULL ZNEWS’ INTERVIEW WITH ALISON LAKEY

An upcoming episode of “theZoomer” will tackle the urgent issue of rising hydro rates from all fronts. Host Libby Znaimer will be joined at the round table by:

Tom Adams, Independent Energy and Environmental Advisor

Wanda Morris, Vice-President, Advocacy, CARP

Marvin Ryder, McMaster University Economics Professor

Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance Chair

Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Ontario NDP

Gwen Kavanagh, Chair, CARP Chapter 36

Marc Saltzman, Tech Expert

Watch for this new episode of “theZoomer” to premiere on VisionTV Monday, February 6 at 10pm ET/7 PT.

theZoomer S4E5: Hydro Rates

by Henry Lees

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  • bowie1

    Doesn’t Ontario Drug Benefits (ODB) cover many medications except for an annual $100 deductible? That’s what I have read on government sites.

    • Heather Scott

      Only covers the cost of some medications – many drugs used to treat cancer are not covered

      • bowie1

        We must be lucky since my wife has a whole blister pack of meds covered by ODB currently under ODSP. After 65 I suppose some things could change.

  • Anna Maria Nero

    I understand that there is a plan in place for low income pensioners, or low income wage earners, they just have to apply to Hydro one.

    • nofeathers

      help very little and not a solution