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Anti-poverty advocates call for BC Hydro to implement an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is intervening on behalf of seven organizations in this rare opportunity to ask the BCUC to order BC Hydro to implement programs for low income residential ratepayers including a discounted rate for electricity, low income customer rules, and a crisis intervention fund.

Poverty advocates criticize Hydro for number of service disconnections

Poverty advocates criticize Hydro for number of service disconnections June 10, 2016 | frank Stanford | CFAX 1070 Link to original article The Together Against Poverty Society is outraged by the sharp growth in number of households being disconnected by B-C Hydro for non payment of bills. TAPS representative TonyRead more

BC Hydro Disconnections Spiked Significantly after Smart Meters Installed

BC Hydro Disconnections Spiked Significantly after Smart Meters Installed Meters made it possible for utility to unplug power remotely, says spokesperson. June 9, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original article In the years following the introduction of smart meters, BC Hydro disconnected about six times as manyRead more

Power Bills Rising, ‘My Clients Are Panicking’

Power Bills Rising, ‘My Clients Are Panicking’ Hydro costs push many low-income British Columbians to edge, say support experts. June 1, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original Advocates who work closely with people surviving on low incomes have testified to the British Columbia Utilities Commission that it is increasinglyRead more

Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline launched by legal community

Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline launched by legal community For Immediate Release | BCPIAC, CLAS, BCCLA, FACLBC, SABABC, CBABC, NCCM, CABL, Access Pro Bono VANCOUVER (March 9, 2016) – Today the legal community in British Columbia launched the Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline, after a nationwide increase in reported incidents of racialRead more

As Hydro Rates Climb, an Idea to Reduce Bills for Low-income Folks

As Hydro Rates Climb, an Idea to Reduce Bills for Low-income Folks Advocates pitch affordability program, but minister insists rates are modest. February 27, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original With electricity rates continuing to spiral upwards, an advocacy organization is pushing to have BC Hydro adopt measuresRead more

Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor Erin Pritchard | BCPIAC Original article published on ClickLaw Blog In September 2015, BC Hydro filed a Rate Design Application (RDA) with the BC Utilities Commission (Commission). This means the Commission, BC Hydro and stakeholders willRead more

BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) starting December 1, 2015

BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) starting December 1, 2015 The BC Utilities Commission has just ordered that BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) of $125.00 plus GST be reduced to $30 on an interim basis, starting on December 1, 2015. BC Hydro had requested thatRead more

New Ontario program helps low income ontarians with electricity bills

New Ontario program helps low income ontarians with electricity bills November 2, 2015 | Ontario Energy Board Link to Ontario Energy Board Press Release Ontario Energy Board Ontario Energy Board released an announcement introducing a new program to help low income residential customers to make electricity more affordable. See the pressRead more