January 20, 2018

Hydro One “shocks” customers with $15M price tag to revamp bills

David MenziesMission Specialist

 

Ontario’s Hydro One is getting raked over the coals for spending $15 million to redesign that piece of paper that arrives in the mail each month telling you how much you owe.

And no, that price tag isn’t about replacing an entire I.T. system, just the bill.

Even in the framework of irresponsible public sector utilities spending, how’s it even possible to spend so much on so little?

NDP Energy critic Peter Tabuns was right to ask how this could possibly be justified when, “Families are struggling to keep up with the 300 percent increase they have seen to hydro rates under the Liberal government.”

Apparently, this happened because Hydro One customers had trouble understanding their bills.

But I still don’t get how such a billing re-do could possibly cost $15 million.

This would never happen in the private sector, while both the Government of Ontario and the LCBO have foisted wasteful logo redesigns on taxpayers.

But, they’re mere pikers compared to Hydro One.

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commented 2018-01-22 16:49:00 -0500
ANDY NEIMERS commented 2018-01-21 02:01:17 -0500 Thank You.
It’s interesting to watch this Horgan/Weaver coalition Government. Horgan (NDP) is dumb as a stump and just loves all the attention being Premier. Weaver (Green) is smart but if he, or the Green’s ever became government all we would be doing is setting in Stanley Park, burning incense while humming.
Watching the B.C. LCB and there Gestapo seizure of Scotch Whiskey from restaurant’s because they purchased the Scotch from a private vender not from the government LCB. All taxes where paid no law broken. This is a compliance issue (WHY???) that was no problem for years until the NDP/Green coalition Government.
commented 2018-01-21 18:45:46 -0500
Muta Ween, bingo, and we are seeing the same co option with the Conservatives. None of these traditional parties represent what the ‘base’ did, does or will look like in the future. NDP, once the blue collar party, is now no better than a bunch of frothing commies. The Liberal Party is basically the same as the NDP. The Conservative party is a very sad middle of the road party which thinks not picking a lane is a wise strategy. Us poor slobs are still voting for the parties we used to know , but they don’t even exist anymore. Where the heck does that leave us?

No where good that’s for sure.

If the conservatives were smart they would pay attention to the next generation of voters. There is always some overlap, but generally the 16-20 year old’s. Some studies suggest they will have a tendency to be more conservative. Not the traditional conservatives us boomers remember exactly, but close. They appear to have more libertarian values, live and let live, less government interference and a move towards concrete values rejecting post modernism.

The conservative party needs to realize that their attempt to ‘modernise’ so far has only made them more despised than ever. They are way, way off base. Turning ‘liberal lite’ is not the same as libertarian. People are studying the next voter base and if this shift in our youth is big enough it will be a huge counter to the foreign demographic now being ushered in for votes.

Who really knows, it;s a crap shoot. Some say Gen. Z will be a turning point back to some sanity. I pray there is some truth to that.
commented 2018-01-21 17:56:37 -0500
Sorry about the double post , it said saving for 5 minutes and would not post so i refreshed page and it was posted twice
commented 2018-01-21 17:53:19 -0500
Personally i never had any problem with the old bill.
When i first read this new bill ,i kind of found it insulting , all i could see was it sort of was treating their customers like they were stupid and could not understand a simple bill, so they dumbed it down to where you feel your reading something made up for a grade one pupil to understand .
I actually laughed when i first got mine and saw how it was redesigned so dumbed down
commented 2018-01-21 17:51:04 -0500
Personally i never had any problem with the old bill.
When i first read this new bill ,i kind of found it insulting , all i could see was it sort of was treating their customers like they were stupid and could not understand a simple bill, so they dumbed it down to where you feel your reading something made up for a grade one pupil to understand .
I actually laughed when i first got mine and saw how it was redesigned so dumbed down
commented 2018-01-21 15:03:50 -0500
This bull_hit has to stop!!!!!~ Wynne needs to be tossed and soon. Ontario can’t take any more of this daily raping by the Lieberals.

She needs a jail cell too. I want my money back!!!!!!!
commented 2018-01-21 07:30:51 -0500
The so called Liberal Party in Ontario morphed into to far left idesology in order to capture the NDP vote. In today’s world of politics,Liberal means socialist Marxist policies but they maintain the pretence of being like the old Liberal/Liberals.
Old Liberal Party members keeping supporting a party that in no way stands for their own ideals but the old “I’ve voted Liberal” all my life keeps them from rejecting Wynne. Abject stupidity .
commented 2018-01-21 02:30:06 -0500
Might have been cheaper to send each customer some lube for when they are constantly being screwed.
commented 2018-01-21 02:01:17 -0500
Just waiting for more of the same here in British Columbia under the Horgan/Weaver Tango Government…
commented 2018-01-20 22:41:10 -0500
The revamp cost $100.

The rest went to “consulting fees” for liberals and their friends.
commented 2018-01-20 21:58:51 -0500
I understand my hydro bill just fine… I’m being ripped off to the tune of the box showing pay this much by this date! If you don’t pay you can freeze to death in the dark and WE DON’T CARE!!!! It’s actually very simple. Say, will they add a line item for the carbon tax in the newly minted 15 million dollar design? No, I didn’t think so… not before an election!
commented 2018-01-20 20:20:27 -0500
Off Topic again, but The Rebel is very quite tonight.

Their is only one direction for Islam to take and that is, AWAY.
commented 2018-01-20 19:52:52 -0500
Off Topic and stolen from Katie Hopkins.

If you are a migrant fleeing war & persecution, why is it you decided to leave your wife and children behind?

So much said with so few words. Stay strong Katie.
commented 2018-01-20 16:37:00 -0500
Gerald what did you say? You have to watch that wrong think on twitter.
commented 2018-01-20 16:09:12 -0500
Al, Alberta got the worst from Ontario. Notley’s nutters. I think when she and Wynne lunched they decided to interview who they would send to Alberta to help take it down. It makes me ashamed of my home province. They were like any migrant who comes to a new place and decides to recreate the old place so they won’t miss what they left behind. Why in God’s name do they bother if that’s their intention?

I do not know who thought it would be a good idea to elect two man hating post menopausal, communists into government positions. Oh yeah, it was people from Ontario and the Albertan idiots fed up with Redford types who forgot what the NDP really stands for. Not decent people. It makes me cry to think of how Ontario was when I was a kid, and Alberta was when Ralph was in charge and how far from that kind of prosperity and sanity those two provinces are now.
commented 2018-01-20 15:07:56 -0500
It’s bad enough those logos look like they were ‘designed’ by Mad King Ludwig:
https://www.readersdigest.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/the-eccentric-architecture-of-mad-king-ludwig
But the taxpayer money spent! It’s unbelievable.
If you already are the world’s most indebted sub-sovereign borrower, I guess you can get away with stealing – everything…
https://www.fraserinstitute.org/article/if-ontario-balances-its-budget-spending-discipline-remains-mandatory
commented 2018-01-20 14:26:02 -0500
If Hydro One was being run like a business I doubt they would spend anywhere near one tenth of what they just spent on changing their bills. But Hydro One isn’t run like a business, it’s run like a government agency. This underlines the fact that as much as possible should be run by a competitive private sector & not by the government (or their cronies).
commented 2018-01-20 11:58:39 -0500
dang banned from twitter lol
commented 2018-01-20 11:50:08 -0500
Ontario liberals revamp hydro bills:
$15million of waste at hydro one that’s peanuts, go big or stay home.
We know a guy that can delete all your records cheap but you have to get him real soon before he goes to prison…sorry.
commented 2018-01-20 11:35:55 -0500
LIZA ROSIE commented 2018-01-20 10:44:39 0500
Stephen E. are you crazy? Nobody moves TO Ontario! I left years ago. Doesn’t look like I’m ever going back.
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Good choice, Liza. I just wish a whole lot of them would move back. Then Alberta would have a chance with them all gone. Your statement reminds me of yet another song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZilq7qkHhU
commented 2018-01-20 10:44:39 -0500
Stephen E. are you crazy? Nobody moves TO Ontario! I left years ago. Doesn’t look like I’m ever going back.
commented 2018-01-20 10:15:22 -0500
Its things like this that make the pause and question my plans to move to Ontario.
commented 2018-01-20 10:02:47 -0500
dont pay your hydro bill simple!
commented 2018-01-20 09:51:27 -0500
I’m guessing that a substantial amount of the money is being pocketed by liberal cronnies! It’s unbelievable that the ON voters keep voting to be financially raped at the drop of a hat. I would call this creative accounting!