Friday, January 13, 2017
CARBON TAX SCAM HYDRO COST COMPLAINT TO KATHLEEN WYNN SPARKS ONLINE UPROAR.
AND ALSO KATHLEEN WYNN CLAIMS THAT THE HYDRO BILLS WILL ONLY GO UP AN EXTRA $5.00 A MONTH AS A RESULT OF THIS CARBON TAX SCAM INCREASE IN TAXES THAT STARTED JAN 1,17. SO YESTERDAY THURSDAY JAN 12,17-I DECIDED TO PHONE MY HYDRO COMPANY TO SEE IF IT SAYS ON OUR BILL. HOW MUCH CARBON TAX WE PAY EACH MONTH. SO THE LADY ANSWERED. AND I ASKED HER. WILL OUR BILLS HAVE ON THEM HOW MUCH CARBON TAX WE PAY EACH MONTH ON OUR HYDRO BILLS NOW. SHE SAID THATS A GOOD QUESTION. YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON TO ASK ME THAT QUESTION. SHE THEN PUT ME ON HOLD AND SAID I WILL GET RIGHT BACK TO YOU. SHE THEN CAME BACK ABOUT 30 SECONDS LATER-AND SAID. NO THE CARBON TAX SCAM TAX (SHE NEVER SAID IT THAT WAY-SHE JUST SAID TAX) WILL NOT BE IN A SEPARATE AREA ON YOUR BILL. THE NEW CARBON TAX IS INCLUDED IN YOUR HYDRO CHARGE RATE. SO KATHLEEN WYNN PULLED ANOTHER FAST ONE ON ONTARIO CITIZENS AGAIN. WE THE PEOPLE WILL HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH A MONTH WE PAY ON OUR HYDRO BILLS IN THIS CARBON TAX-TAX. SINCE IT IS INCLUDED IN THE HYDRO CHARGES. AND NOT ON A SEPARATE BILLING ON OUR BILLS. WELL AGAIN WYNN AND HER ALT-LEFT LIBERAL-DEMOCRATS MONEY GRABBERS CAN FILL THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS ON POOR CITIZENS CASH. WELL I AM ON DISABILITY MYSELF-THE PEOPLE PAY MY BILLS. BUT FOR THE FAMILIES THAT DO NOT GET DISABILITY. THEY PAY FOR MY BILLS TO BE PAID AS WELL AS GETTING RIPPED OFF BY WYNN AND HER CARBON TAX SCAM. SO CANADIANS ITS TIME TO TELL WYNN TO GET THE HYDRO LOW AND TO GET RID OF THIS CARBON TAX SCAM ON CANADIAN CITIZENS. AND CANADIANS-WE KNOW WHAT GROUP (LIBERAL-DEMOCRATS) WE WILL NEVER EVER VOTE FOR AGAIN. AND WE WILL STICK TO A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS OR SO.
Cap-and-trade will impact low-income families most, Dobbyn says-By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound-Friday, December 30, 2016 4:45:45 EST PM
The head of the United Way of Bruce Grey says she has “incredible concerns” about how Ontario's cap-and-trade program – which comes into effect Sunday-(JAN 1,17)– will impact families that already struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table.“Anything like this always hits people with low incomes the hardest,” executive director Francesca Dobbyn said in an interview Friday.“They have the least amount of choice, they spend a considerable amount more (of their income) on energy than people who are not low income and a lot of the rebates,” such as to help with furnace upgrades, will not benefit low-income families because they cannot afford the up-front upgrade costs.People in parts of the province like Grey-Bruce will reap “very little benefit” from the cap-and-trade program, she added.“From a rural perspective, we don't have access to mass transit,” she said.“People have no choice in a rural area but to use their cars so the increased cost of gas is going to be significant for people.”The Liberal government says its cap-and-trade program is designed to help fight climate change. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within the next four years.The province will set annual limits on how many tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution businesses and institutions can emit and that cap will drop each year. Companies will be able to buy and sell allowances.The program is expected to cost the average Ontario household $13 more each month to fuel a car and heat a home, the province says.A report by Ontario's auditor general Bonnie Lysyk said that amount will increase from $156 in 2017 to $210 in 2019 plus additional yearly indirect costs on goods and services of $75 in 2019.The province says the program will generate about $1.9 billion annually, which will be used to support projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They include things like improvements to public transit systems and enhancements to home energy audit and retrofit programs, which assist homeowners to replace things like furnaces, water heaters and windows.The province says the program will not increase home electricity costs, as $1.32 billion of cap-and-trade revenue will help offset the impact on electricity bills.However, the auditor's report says that revenue will have only a small impact on reducing expected electricity price increases, which are still projected to rise by 13 per cent for businesses and 23 per cent for households by 2020.Dobbyn said the government's promise to remove eight per cent – equivalent to the provincial portion of the HST – from hydro bills and further reduce electricity costs for rural residents will be “eaten up” by the increases associated with the cap-and-trade program.“Whether or not we'll see the savings we were hoping to on the household level remains to be seen,” she said.Dobbyn said people in Grey-Bruce would love to use public transit, but those systems are not available in most areas.“My concern is all the revenue cap-and-trade will generate will go back into the cities to increase their transit,” she said.Dobbyn said if the province projects the average Ontario household will see their costs increase by $13 a month due to cap-and-trade, “then put up Ontario Works and Ontario Disability up $13 a month.“If $13 a month is not a lot of money, then give it to the people.”
Hydro cost complaint to Kathleen Wynne sparks online uproar-Horse trainer candidly shares frustrations with rising hydro costs in open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne-CBC News Posted: Jan 11, 2017 5:32 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017 5:32 PM ET
One woman's plea for the Ontario government to give people a break on hydro rates has resonated with thousands of people.Libby Keenan, who operates Sunhall Equestrian Center in Amherstburg, Ont., has seen her hydro rates skyrocket. Her latest bill was nearly $600, compared to the $140 she paid several years ago.In an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, which was posted to Facebook, Keenan candidly shared her frustrations with taxes, tolls, government fees and hydro."I work hard, seven days a week," she wrote. "I live exceptionally frugally, I have spent 30 years paying off a mortgage on a beautiful farm I can barely afford to keep. My heating and hydro costs are much higher per month than my mortgage."Her post has been shared more than 20,000 times and has drawn nearly 3,000 comments."I was a little surprised, then I was a little overwhelmed," Keenan said about the popularity of her letter. Keenan was also taken back by the number of women her age that had similar stories about struggling to pay their hydro bills. Dozens of women between the ages of 58 and 69 reached out to Keenan, sharing their experience.Before the overwhelming response to her letter, Keenan felt a level of shame as she realized she was slowly moving out of the middle class to being more poverty stricken. "What I realized is how many people in this province are going through the very same thing," she said. "I felt much less alone, for one thing."Keenan has dug into her savings to help pay her bills, saying she is close to being "one car repair or one mechanical breakdown" away from closing down her business.She says the province should do more to help people when it comes to hydro. "I'm not costing you a penny right now, but if I give up and go in the welfare line, then you'll be looking after me," she said. "I don't know why they would try to put people in a position where they can't afford to keep going because they're going to have to carry them anyway."
Doesn't seem right': Funeral home overcharges grieving families for cremation carbon tax-Alberta funeral home apologizes for overcharging, offers refunds after Go Public investigates-By Rosa Marchitelli, Rachel Ward, CBC News Posted: Jan 12, 2017 3:00 AM MT Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 10:26 AM MT
Two grieving Alberta families have each been slapped with a $100 carbon tax bill after having a relative cremated, just days after the tax was introduced in that province.The $100 fee was handwritten on Ed Connon's bill when he paid to cremate his 93-year-old mother, Margaret Connon, who died Jan. 7. The funeral home staff had no explanation for him."I said, 'wow.' She just kind of looked at me and I said, 'this doesn't seem right'."Terry MacLeod had the same thing on her bill. Her 78-year-old mother, Eunice Larson, died Jan. 1."It said right there — carbon tax. I didn't want to get into a confrontation," MacLeod said. "You just want to finalize everything."I'm an only child and this was my mom."-Enough gas to heat a home-Both families complained to the business, Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services Airdrie, just outside Calgary.MacLeod was told her mother's cremation used enough natural gas to create five tonnes of carbon dioxide, or the amount of natural gas used to heat an average home for almost a year, leading to the $100 charge."You just go to a business and expect it to be fair," MacLeod said.The province says that charge was out of line, claiming the carbon tax per cremation should equal, on average, less than $1 and not more than $4.A cremation generally costs between from $1,500 and $2,700.At first, funeral home owner Diann Rowat told Go Public that the price was so high because "carbon tax is not just on cremation. It's on every fuel product you use, so it's also on the gas on our funeral vehicles."-'We feel foolish'-A day later, Rowat recontacted the CBC, saying she asked her accountants to double-check — and they found they were off by a decimal point.The funeral home apologized and offered refunds to families, saying it made a mistake calculating the new tax meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.In fact, the funeral home should have charged $10.09, Rowat said."We feel foolish and extremely apologetic that it took a complaint to you guys to make me ask to re-do the math on this," Rowat told Go Public. "It was totally our fault."All families charged the $100 fee will be reimbursed and receive an apology phone call, she said.-Alberta criticizes funeral home-Alberta Trade and Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said the funeral home was "not being accurate and honest" by charging grieving families the needlessly high fee."It's disappointing that the company is choosing to increase their costs — which is a business decision should they so choose — but to blame the carbon levy is more than a little misleading to consumers," Bilous said.On Jan. 1, Alberta's carbon levies kicked in. With few exceptions, a tax is being charged on all fuels that release greenhouse gases with the goal of reducing emissions.-Overestimates are a problem-Since then, businesses have struggled to estimate its impact — and what to pass on to Albertans, said Jennifer Winter, area director of energy and environmental policy at the University of Calgary.Correctly calculating the cost of the carbon tax is difficult when considering indirect carbon use, such as heating and shipping."And that is what's causing a lot of the overestimates of the effect of the carbon tax," Winter said.-'Hasn't been a lot of explanation'-Other provinces introducing a similar tax should learn from mistakes made by the Alberta NDP government, she said. Most of Alberta's focus has been on educating households about increases in heating fuel and grocery costs, she said."There hasn't been a lot of explanation around how businesses should be treating the carbon levy or the carbon tax, and whether or not there should be rules about passing it on to consumers," Winter said.Connon said he was even more disappointed because his mother bought her funeral package more than 20 years ago."It's disturbing to hear all of a sudden these costs are coming out at us, under the contract signed by her," he said.-'Tip of the iceberg'-When told about the fee, Connon found it difficult to get a straight answer about what would be an appropriate charge for a carbon tax on cremation."This is the tip of the iceberg," he said."People are going to be charged the tax for everything — and in some cases, they shouldn't be taxed for."Connon wants the Alberta government to release guidelines for all industries so consumers can tell if they're being overcharged.A handful of exceptions to the carbon tax overall include Indigenous people and farmers, but funeral homes and crematoriums are expected to pay.British Columbia also has a carbon tax that applies to cremation services.In October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a national "floor price" on carbon that would require all provinces and territories to have some form of carbon pricing by 2018.Ontario and Quebec have opted for a cap-and-trade plan, in which the government limits the total amount of carbon emissions allowed for business.Cameron Davis, chairman of Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board, said all Canadians will soon pay more for funeral services — although he can't say how much — when other provinces start their own carbon-reduction policies."You're going to see it in cremation, you're going to see it in burial," he said.
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