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Chatham - Over the past year, Chatham residents have shown a commitment to keeping Ontario’s electricity system public. Many Chatham residents have joined with the Ontario Electricity Coalition (OEC), a province-wide pro-public power group in telling the province, that deregulation and privatization of hydro would be a dismal failure, causing hardship and serious damage to many individuals, farms, businesses and local utilities.

“But the worst is yet to come, because price caps and rebates are not long-term solutions to a stable and reliable hydro system. Full public control and an end to privatization and deregulation are the solution,” says Paul Kahnert a spokesperson with OEC.

Once again the OEC is encouraging Chatham residents to speak out and help save public power. Along with local residents, the OEC will be holding a ’Save Public Power’ meeting on Friday, January 10, 2003 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CAW Hall, 280 Merrit St., Local 127.

“The OEC will announce a three-point plan aimed at restoring and renewing public power,” says Kahnert who will be speaking at the CAW Hall.


For more information please contact:

Paul Kahnert, Ontario Electricity Coalition (OEC), (416) 407-0077
Stella Yeadon, OEC Communications, (416) 578-8774
Derry McKeever, CAW Local 127, (519) 352-4198