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The Eves government’s desperate attempt to put a lid on the public outcry about hydro deregulation and privatization seems doomed to fail. Last month’s political quick fix may shelter Ontario residents from major price increases for now. But taxpayers are still footing the bill for a deregulated market, as the Tories try to keep their privatization project on life support.

The Ontario Electricity Coalition, which counts CUPE as a key member, is gearing up for the next round in the fight for public power. The coalition is organizing grassroots public meetings across the province, with all eyes on the next provincial election.

The coalition also continues to organize with municipal governments. In early December, Kingston city council passed a resolution condemning the hydro bill shell game, and calling on the government to renew and restore public power. For more information, visit electricitycoalition.org.