January 30, 2017

Toronto Star “lifestyle reporter” says Wynne not to blame for hydro rates — You are!

David MenziesMission Specialist

Bitching about electricity rates is the new provincial pastime in Ontario, and with good reason. Power rates here used to be among the lowest in North America but today they’re among the highest thanks to acts of Liberal vandalism such as the green energy “strategy”.

In addition to disastrous green energy policies, you can add the premature closing of coal plants, aborting half-built gas plants, implementing a carbon tax and bad management skills.

But this just in — it’s not the Liberals who are to blame for the power file catastrophe, it’s YOU.

Watch as I share the perspective put forward by Toronto Star “lifestyle reporter”, Shawn Micaleff, that Mr. and Mrs. First World Consumer are to blame for sucking up all that energy to fuel their ostentatious lifestyles.

The whiny column goes on about the levels of misery we should embrace because, despite working like dogs and being taxed like serfs, we really aren’t worthy of living a “comfortable” lifestyle.

Rather than blaming the Wynne government for its grotesque malfeasance on the energy file, what we really need to do is dial back the clock and party like its 1499.

Make every hour Earth Hour and stop hating Premier Wynne! She has to pay massive energy bills too, you know.

Oddly, Micaleff doesn’t address the damned if you do/damned if you don’t factor that finds the vast majority of consumers, already doing everything they can to conserve energy, paying more when power companies have to increase rates to make up revenue shortfalls.

I doubt that the Toronto Star’s “lifestyle reporter” is himself living in some mud hut illuminated by candlelight and warmed by a space heater as he pounds out his propaganda via a manual typewriter.

But, if there’s one thing Liberals and their apologists are brilliant at, it’s that “Do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy.

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commented 2017-01-31 10:36:50 -0500
I always invite those who tell me what to do with regard to lifestyle to be the first on the block to lead by example. Be the first to sell your vehicle and take transit -even grocery shopping. Be the first to sell your house and move to a condo or apartment on a transit line of course. Be the first to resolve never to fly anywhere as planes are great polluters and oh so environmentally unfriendly to build and maintain. If you these things and more, then you will have EARNED the right to advise other people, if not shut the hell up.
commented 2017-01-31 02:13:54 -0500
And they “don’t suffer fools gladly” in the Podunk Valley…
commented 2017-01-31 02:11:07 -0500
Wow!… With “insight” like that, as The Red Star lays off more and more reporters, Micaleff would seem to be a likely candidate for a job writing obits and grain futures at the Podunk Valley Burp & Times…
commented 2017-01-30 22:56:56 -0500
Horse face Wynne reminds me of a word that rhymes with punt ?
commented 2017-01-30 22:25:47 -0500
I can’t do what the “apologists” would like me to do, it is so stupid. They never say anything intelligent.
If the star have reporters like micaleff, no wonder less and less people read newspapers. I certainly do not and I could explain to that numnuts why electricity is so expensive in Ontario, and will be for years to come because of morons like McGuinty, Wynne &al.
And stupid micaleff has, I presume , nothing but praise for the carbon tax………….. one of the most regressive kind of tax there is.
commented 2017-01-30 21:57:38 -0500
Yes it’s our fault for being so stupid in allowing her to fool us.
commented 2017-01-30 18:37:50 -0500
This nattering appologist for government ineptitude, deserves a bone rattling kick in the nether regions to jog their misplaced optics back into perspective with realities -

The Kleptocrat Wynne mismanaged electric utility is so woefully in bad repair that we could probably supply a medium sized city with just the LINE LOSS from this rickety post war era distribution system – if ANYBODY is wasting energy it is the operator of this dilapidated inefficient provincial energy transmission system – 25% is usually lost to energy dissipated in resistive conductors, equipment used for transmission line, transformer, and magnetic losses in transformers the older the ewuipment the worse the loss. Another 1/3 of produced energy is lost to corona, arcing, current leakage and metering load. Cleaning this loss up would bring the cost of production down significantly.

Energy production lost to line leak, resistive shunt and inefficient distribution devices and brittle resistive copper that hasn’t been changed out since Niagara power came on line needs to be addressed before they hold the embattled consumer hostage for “waste”

- The Wynne government invented waste, clean up your backyard before you point a finger at the people.
commented 2017-01-30 18:27:30 -0500
Ontario Hydro Hydro or Hydro One was sold in a private placement or part of it and it`s funny, nobody talks about it. I think that`s one main reason the rates are so high now; they have to show the shareholders that they have a great return on their investment. Here is a newspaper article where Ed Clark said in April 2015 : “I think they’ll go down,” Clark confidently told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, referring to hydro rates and talking about private-sector discipline and more capital investment flowing into Hydro One.
Here is the link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/will-ontario-s-hydro-one-sale-raise-your-electricity-rate-1.3038214
commented 2017-01-30 17:35:16 -0500
I bet wynne doesn’t gather around a space heater or great only one room. In her house
commented 2017-01-30 16:45:01 -0500
What Micalef fails to mention that even if you consume zero you assume an delivery charge which in my case is greater than the energy charge. What this guy fails to mention is that the energy costs also impact all forms of industry making their activities less competitive. So this in turn results in industry leaving, likely never to return along with the associated jobs. This results in a smaller tax base and reduced ability to pay for government funded operations. Micalef there is more to energy costs than heating a single room with a space heater. What a maroon.
commented 2017-01-30 16:07:45 -0500
Just like the Star will be to blame when they go under , since they supported the left so much.
commented 2017-01-30 16:06:34 -0500
Another ignorant progressive blaming the victim. Still the story is right about in one way like others have said. The people who voted lib are to blame.
commented 2017-01-30 15:53:29 -0500
Hi Glen,
You are right, Hudak sank himself with a platform voters wouldn’t accept, namely reducing the size of the public sector. That is the problem. Ontar-i-owe-ans vote for fat and happy public sector unions, unlimited deficits and environmental extremism.
commented 2017-01-30 15:32:53 -0500
It’s the fault of the voters who put Wynne into power know all about her corruption and senseless energy policies.
commented 2017-01-30 15:27:29 -0500
Alberta is headed to catch up with Ontario and break-neck speed!

Notley is going to wreak as muck havoc as she can in he one term war on Alberta.
commented 2017-01-30 15:24:16 -0500
Glenn said, “in all fairness Ontarians did deserve a better political alternative than a fool who came out swinging with a “let them eat cake” “pink slips are coming” platform that didn’t have a chance in Hell of winning.”

Unfortunately, Liberal Lite leader Patrick Brown is even worse than Tim Hudak. I fear that Ontario is in for yet another term of Winnie the Witch.
commented 2017-01-30 15:10:15 -0500
“People who think that being low income shields them from carbon taxes are akin to renters who don’t think property taxes affect them.” – Cory Morgan
commented 2017-01-30 14:58:01 -0500
As Ernest Manning used to say: “If the people haven’t suffered enough, it’s their God-given right to suffer some more.” Keep voting for the left and you are sure to do so.
commented 2017-01-30 14:31:57 -0500
@robert McClelland…in all fairness Ontarians did deserve a better political alternative than a fool who came out swinging with a “let them eat cake” “pink slips are coming” platform that didn’t have a chance in Hell of winning.
commented 2017-01-30 14:27:44 -0500
David, I enjoy your videos. You are an iconoclast who delivers with humour and wit. You seem to have a lot of material to work with these days.
commented 2017-01-30 13:52:04 -0500
Ultimately the people of Ontario are responsible for their energy poverty, they voted Liberal three times! You get the government and power rates you deserve.