Stand Up To Nova Scotia Power Protest
Rally- Halifax Location
If you, like me, are tired of feeding your children Mr. Noodles and Kraft Dinner, robbing Peter to pay Paul, not being able to afford to live in Nova Scotia, and fed up with paying an arm and a leg to Nova Scotia Power….It is time to stand up and do something. Bring your bills, your signs, stories, and get ready to make a little noise.
Complaining isn’t going to get us anywhere, it is time to make our voice a little louder, and start backing up what we say !
Hey everyone, thank you so much for your support and willingness to participate. I just want to be clear that this rally/ protest MUST be a peaceful one.
There will be no mischief, violence, hatred, or harm done to anyone or anything. Sometimes, it only takes one person, with the wrong idea and attitude, to offset an entire effort, and make things worse for everyone.
I do not want to see anyone get hurt at this protest/rally. When you make your signs, there is also to be no profanity. We want to attract the right attention, and be taken seriously. Slander is also a serious thing, so beware of this in the things you say and do at this event, as we anticipate a lot of media coverage.
If you share something, tell the truth, be tactful and considerate of others. It is okay to be upset, frustrated, and passionate, but be peaceable about it.
We will be respecting all the municipal bylaws during our demonstration. I also want to be clear, that the target of this protest, is not only Nova Scotia Power, but our Government. You must ask yourself, is your government FOR or AGAINST you? They are supposed to be helping you, but they are the ones who continue to approve these increases.
If you cannot have a peaceful attitude, this is not the rally for you.
Please note * The Date of this protest is still under consideration and may change. The location is also still to be determined* We will let you know as soon as the details are settled for certain.
Thanks so much for your care and concern, and willingness to try to make a difference.
We appreciate all of your support. Please bare with us Do share the event, and invite your friends. We need the numbers!!!! :)) Thanks Admins.
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Theft of Nova Scotia Power Report
by Daniel J Towsey
Wednesday June 4th 2008
I am writing this for a public record of my investigation into Nova Scotia power and its April application to the Utility And Review Board for a 12% – 14% increase in power rates for Jan 1 2009.
I am writing this because I do not trust the government and I fear for my safety.
In my research I discovered that before 1992, Nova Scotia Power was a non-profit publicly owned public utility and essential service.
After this date the public was told that Nova Scotia power had accumulated a huge debt.. Which was made to appear that the Province of Nova Scotia was incapable of managing this public utility properly and that it would hand the control over to a private management company.
The government of Nova Scotia did not do what would of been expected and go out and seek a suitable and existing experienced company to manage Nova Scotia Power.
I phoned the Premiers office and asked for information as to how and why a public utility was handed over to a for profit company, I then stated my view that, Nova Scotia power belongs to the people of Nova Scotia. I indicated that I feel that the government conspired against the people of Nova Scotia. And that I feel that the public has been ripped off and that a conspiracy [crime] has taken place to defraud the people of Nova Scotia.
I also asked them, why is it that every time they grant Nova Scotia Power an increase its rates, they do not increase the rates paid to people on assistance, fixed incomes or pensions.
It’s because the 20% of the will off people in this province work for the province or a corporation that reaps benefits from the government. And as such these rich people are not affected by the rates. As they have employment contracts that have a cost of living clause built in.
Since they don’t suffer, they can not have any compassion for the poor who are seriously harmed by the higher costs of electricity.
An increase in power rates has a disproportionately high effect on the poor. A dollar is much harder to come by for the poor than it is for the rich.
So the poor 80% of this province are paying a much higher percentage of their income than the rich for electricity.
I feel that there is no more middle class. There is just the really rich and the really poor.
Eventually a parent company by the name of Emera was created. I went to their site and studied their history. This company did not exist before it acquired Nova Scotia power.
The price of electricity has been going up ever since. This company is now making over $250 million in yearly earnings.. I read on their site that they made $345 million in 2007. This company has been making so much money from Nova Scotian’s that it has been buying up assets in other energy businesses.
The infrastructure of Nova Scotia power is the same today as it was before it was handed over to Emera. Everything that is there was bought and paid for by the Nova Scotia tax payers.
I asked the premier to please give me information as to how much Emera paid for this 4 billion dollar infrastructure. As Emera had no assets when it was created.
I also indicated that any profits made from this [ NS Power] public asset should be given back to the people of the province of Nova Scotia.
I was also surprised to see that there was no provisions made for Emera to pay off the preexisting debt of Nova Scotia Power.
So now the tax payers have lost this money making public asset. Which means that the people of Nova Scotia were not able to use Nova Scotia Power’s profits to pay off the debt. So now Nova Scotian’s lose twice, they have to pay off the debt plus interest and pay higher energy prices. Further increasing the poverty in this province.
Emera also now receives another public asset. That being our offshore natural gas. To run it’s large power plant at the Halifax harbor. You would think that this would of helped to bring the costs down for Nova Scotian’s.
I remember the news reporting that Emera stated that Natural gas was going to reduce their cost of producing electricity by 40%.
So I was shocked that a few months later they applied for an increase in their rates, and that the government of Nova Scotia granted it.
The tax payers have seen absolutely no benefits from their other resource being the natural gas.
Background Information on Nova Scotia
A couple of years ago It was stated by the government in news reports that Nova Scotia’s population of less than one million was the poorest province in the country.
Halifax having the majority of this population was stated to have the highest violent crime rate in the country.
Plus now there is a food bank in every neighborhood. Over 80,000 people go to the food bank every month.
Considering how small Nova Scotia’s population is, How does Emera make so much money?
It is a proven fact that poverty breeds crime.
I feel fascism is moving in a democracy is disappearing. In the past thirty years Nova Scotia has pretty will lost all its industries, Fisheries, Train Servicing Depots, Ship building, Mining, Cape Breton Foundry, Canning, Chocolate Making, Refinery, Military bases, and tourism. I’m sure there are more. I can’t think of any manufacturing left in this province.
It’s even almost impossible to find a family doctor.
I just received a phone call at 8 pm from Bob Manuel of the Nova Scotia energy department. He said that he was familiar with my request and that they would put together a report for me.
But when I spoke with him he knew nothing. His call was strange as he did not ask me anything and I had to tell him what information I was looking for.
He never indicated that he would call me back. I found it strange that he also did not have my address or e-mail.
So I really wondered who this guy really was.
I said to him that I was looking for answers to the questions that I asked the premiers office.
I also indicated to him that I needed this information for my article I was writing and also, so that I could be better prepared for my testimony at the up coming hearing on Nova Scotia Power’s rate increase application.
Thank you for reading this. I hope it was informative for you. I will write some more about this in the future.
If your a Nova Scotian, please call your politicians if you are concerned about the power rates. Pssssst! Get Involved..
Connecting the dots between our Government and NS power and exposing this alliance……
This is Peter Gurnham. He is The CHAIR of the Utility Review Board.
The utility and review board is an independent quasi-judicial body which has both regulatory and adjudicative jurisdiction flowing from the Utility and Review Board Act. in OTHER WORDS, THEY APPROVE OR REJECT NOVA SCOTIA POWER’S APPLICATIONS FOR RATE INCREASES.
Before he was chair of this board, he was a lawyer for a company known as Cox & Palmer
He is quoted saying “My background – I came from 27 years of practicing law, much of it in the administrative and litigation field. I was with a firm that’s now called Cox & Palmer, so I had some experience in how settlements work.”
NOVA SCOTIA HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
Energy Issues and Power Rates
Now I’d like to draw your attention to Cox & Palmer, and who they have spent years representing :
Notable mandates: Represented Halifax Regional Municipality in its 10-year battle with the federal government over the under-estimation of the value of Citadel Hill pursuant to the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act;
acted for EMERA Inc. on the development and transmission of hydroelectric power from Muskrat Falls; acted for Dexter to formulate a 3P bid to complete the twinning of the Saint John to St. Stephen divided highway, and provided legal advice when it won the contract; provided all legal services to establish title to Loblaw Co. Ltd. properties throughout Atlantic Canada as part of the establishment of a proposed REIT; engaged by TransCanada Corp. as local counsel on the Energy East Pipeline Project.
YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF, IS YOUR GOVERNMENT WORKING FOR YOU, OR AGAINST YOU?
ARE THEY SECRETLY WORKING FOR NOVA SCOTIA POWER? YOU DECIDE…..
The Green Switch
Time for Nova Scotians to stand up to Nova Scotia Power
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Wheelchair Report – Nova Scotia Power Blocks Boardwalk at Halifax Ferry Terminal
Corrine Dauphinee Mischiek Disgusting...no need of this!!!
Joshua Eaton No need of this going the way it is…. this guy needs to calm down…. they are not mistreating him… he is verbally assaulting them and uttering threats…. its a criminal offence…
Nicole States I think this guy, like many others, is a accurate representation of the deep, deep anger towards Nova Scotia Power. This affliction runs deep for Nova Scotians, in many many ways, we are being criminalized in our own communities. The great multitude of ways that this is affecting our province and it’s people has not even begun to be internalized as an actuality by the majority of Nova Scotians. Could he have moderated his anger a little better? Ofcourse, and so could many members of this group. The truth about this video, is that it is a reflection of how many people are feeling.
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President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power’s parent company made $4.7 million last year
By Paul Withers, CBC News Posted: Mar 06, 2014 5:08 PM
Doris Davis Jackson
This is what I have paid Nova Scotia Power in the past 2-in a half months,I have 4 kids,ages 8 to 19yrs.My oldest is just in remission,i live in Sydney Mines,small 3 bedrm bungalow.I was paying NSP equal billing,and cause i was unable to make 1 payment around xmas time,they took it into their own hands,took me off of equal billings,and forgot to tell me.
>>Remember 4 kids,summer vacation,and no food stocked or fun this yr for my boys!!!NOVA SCOTIA PWR – 17019340 Pay this bill
August 21, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $35.00 PC Payment H14836614
August 20, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $300.00 PC Payment H12813067
August 15, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $400.00 PC Payment H03471687
July 29, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $300.00 PC Payment H66405892
June 19, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $400.00 PC Payment H87874679
June 10, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $600.00 PC Payment H69387041
April 28, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $100.00 PC Payment H79796052
NOVA SCOTIA PWR – 17336769 Pay this bill
July 29, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $200.00 PC Payment H66405894
June 10, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $300.00 PC Payment H69387043
June 6, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $350.00 PC Payment H63247022
June 3, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $575.00 PC Payment H56110099
April 28, 2014 Scotia One
531995822386 $100.00 PC Payment H79796053
Nova Scotia Power @nspowerinc · Aug 19
Today we submitted our report on post-tropical storm Arthur with the UARB. You can find it at http://www.nspower.ca/en/home/about-us/electricity-rates-and-regulations/regulatory-initiatives/arthur.aspx
Nicole States *throws up*
Kim Webber me too wow!
John A Ninpo They are so full of bullshit its amazing…..
Nancy Bezanson-sheehy Bull crap….Keep lining your own pockets NSP.You suck.
John Doucet So basically much of the blame is cast upon ornamental trees!? Vomiting seems a viable option now for sure. Those bloody pretty trees….NSP….brighten the frig up. You are treating us like we are idiots.
Maybe we have been for permitting you and our government to deal with us in this manner but guess what? We are done. It is a fact that you are trying to cut your labour force and contract out while blatantly breaking your collective bargaining agreement in the process. People…..do not feel anger at the workers on the side of the road from NSP….they are being treated badly by the evil empire as well. An employee at NSP told me that their former union president has been scooped up by NSP management and you know the kind of information they are now privy to.
It is a lop-sided battle and it will take more of us to actually make a difference. The corruption is so blatant. It’s not a sneaky little contrivance….but an “ïn your face” war. To have the gall to publicize a report like this shows the mentality of this organization. The only difference between them and the mob is that they own the lawmakers.
Nancy Bezanson-sheehy Well said John.
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