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Windsor - Pro-public power advocates, who have played a key role in highlighting the pitfalls of the sell-off of hydro by the Ontario government, will be holding a media conference in Windsor on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Windsor City Hall, Council Chambers, 350 City Hall Square West.

The media conference will detail the Ontario Electricity Coalition’s (OEC) position on the renewed push by the government to sell a 49 per cent interest in Hydro One, the province’s transmission grid and highlight the implications of Bill 210 the Electricity Pricing, Conservation and Supply Act.

Steven Shrybman, the lead council who won a court challenge stopping the sale of Hydro One, Dr. Keith Stewart with the Toronto Environmental Alliance and Paul Kahnert with the OEC will be speaking at the media conference.

Selling off Hydro One, a profit making company so that the Conservatives can balance the budget is just folly. The revenue for the next two years alone is worth more than the province will get selling off the grid at a fire sale price, says Kahnert.

Later in the day (Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.), Shrybman, Stewart and Kahnert will be the keynote speakers at a ’Save public power’ forum, organized by Windsor area resident, at Walkerville High School, 2100 Richmond Street.

Many Windsor residents have shown a commitment to keeping Ontario’s electricity system public because they know that deregulation and privatization of hydro is 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 only solution, says Kahnert.


For more information please contact:

Paul Kahnert, Ontario Electricity Coalition (OEC), (416) 407-0077
Renzo Zanchetta, (519) 948-9090
Ken Lewenza, (519) 818-1286
Stella Yeadon, OEC Communications, (416) 578-8774