Public consultation on Bill 100, the Electricity Restructuring Act

Action Alert
August 3, 2004

 

The fate of Ontario’s electricity sector is now being determined. The implications of this legislation for our environment and the economy are far-reaching and your participation in the consultation process is vital.

Bill 100 proposes to restructure the Ontario electricity sector, as well as create an Ontario Power Authority to coordinate and plan electricity supply, and a subsidiary conservation bureau to promote efficiency. We are concerned that while a new electricity structure is on the table, the same old decisions will follow. Without public consultation and before new legislation has even been approved, the government has given its consent to the restart of a second reactor at the Pickering nuclear plant at a cost of $900 million. The total cost of restarting all four of the old Pickering reactors is estimated to be at least $4 billion.

The government is trying to limit public response to Bill 100 to a very short time-line and has scheduled our participation period to the middle of summer, when people tend to be away on vacation. We urge you to participate in the public consultation.

For background articles on Bill 100, please see:
Energy Probe’s testimony on Bill 100
New agency to ensure energy supply
Ontario reveals plan to overhaul power system

The full text of the proposed Ontario Electricity Restructuring Act (PDF file).

The consultation is being conducted by a legislative committee known as the Standing Committee on Social Policy (see below for a list of members and contacts).

Deadline to register with clerk for oral presentations:
5:00 p.m. on Thursday August 5, 2004
(Contact Anne Stokes, details given below)

Deadline to file written submissions with clerk:
5:00 p.m. on Thursday August 26, 2004
(Contact Anne Stokes, details given below)

Public consultation dates:
Monday August 9, 2004 – Toronto
Thursday August 12, 2004 – Toronto
Monday August 23, 2004 – Windsor (to be confirmed)
Tuesday August 24, 2004 – Sudbury (to be confirmed)
Wednesday August 25, 2004 – Ottawa (to be confirmed)
Thursday August 26, 2004 – Clarington (to be confirmed)

To contact the standing committee on social policy:
Clerk: Anne Stokes
Room 1405, Whitney Block
Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A2
anne_stokes@ontla.ola.org
Tel: (416) 325-3515
Fax: (416) 325-3505

Standing Committee on Social Policy:
Chair: Jeff Leal LIB / Peterborough
Vice-chair: Khalil Ramal LIB / London-Fanshawe
Members:
Ted Arnott PC / Waterloo-Wellington
Ted Chudleigh PC / Halton
Kim Craitor LIB / Niagara Falls
Peter Fonseca LIB / Mississauga East
Jeff Leal LIB / Peterborough
Rosario Marchese NDP / Trinity-Spadina
Ted McMeekin LIB / Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot
Khalil Ramal LIB / London-Fanshawe
Kathleen Wynne LIB / Don Valley West

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