OTTAWA – Hydro Ottawa has found yet another method to extract fees for energy from their captive customer base that has nowhere else to turn for electrical power. Effective on 01 January, all commercial and residential clientele will see an additional charge added to their electric bills.
In addition to an energy charge, a regulatory charge, a debt retirement charge and a delivery charge (which is by far the largest of the charges) the utility will now add an additional delivery charge to the bill.
The rationalization for the additional charge, which Hydro Ottawa has stated is “completely consistent” with its other fees for service, is that the new delivery charge is being levied for delivering the existing delivery charge.
A spokesperson for the utility told FauxNews Today that customers of the utility should be “delighted to learn that the extra delivery charge will account for, indeed will be limited to, no more than 18 percent of the overall bill.”
Hydro Ottawa also explained on its website that the brand new delivery charge is a necessary fee because a greater number of customers are now using electricity in the city and that will mean that there will be a greater number of delivery charges on their bills so it will naturally cost extra to deliver these delivery charges.
According to the spokesperson: “And as everything is itemized out on their electric bill, customers can see exactly what they are getting for their energy dollar.”
“We don’t want to make it complicated,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s really very simple. We just need more money.” Source: FNT Staff
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OTTAWA – The Canadian government is drafting legislation to regulate the Internet for reasons of public safety. The private member’s bill calls for a maximum speed limit, traffic lights at key intersections and, ultimately, tolls for access to specific sites.
The pending federal legislation comes in response to a concern expressed by a constituent in Southern Ontario that cited the Internet’s “dangerously increasing speeds.” News about the new rules that are being put in place for Internet surfers in Canada has been spreading rapidly on social media and is meeting with mixed reaction.
“Unite against more nanny-state in your face!” was the response posted on the Facebook page of a group called: Unfettered Internet. Within hours of the posting, the page had more than a million signatures of support. Not everyone agrees with these sentiments however.
“It’s going to be inconvenient for some, but safety comes first and we have to protect people from themselves,” said Ashley Mickelsburn who heads up an organization called Canadians For Accident-free Living. “These new measures regulating the Internet will ensure against someone putting an eye out, or worse.”
Mickelsburn said that he was optimistic that the controversial legislation would pass if his organization got behind it. “We were,” he said, “very successful in lobbying for the federal law that requires Canadian pigeon owners to diaper their birds.”
A spokesperson for the federal government who spoke to FauxNews today on condition of anonymity because he feared repercussions also felt that, in spite of some opposition, getting the new Internet legislation passed would be a “slam dunk.”
“This is Canada,” he said. “We regulate everything. It’s in the blood.” Source: FNT Staff
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