Cambridge woman spearheading petition calling on Nova Scotia Power to reduce rates

Jennifer Vardy Little
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A Cambridge woman says the cost of power has gotten so high that parents are going to bed hungry in order to keep the lights on and their children fed.  

Lori Phillips says she’s heard countless stories over the past few days since she launched a Facebook page and online petition asking for relief on the rising costs of Nova Scotia Power bills.

“People from Yarmouth to Cape Breton are signing this,” she said. Since June 1, more than 1,000 people have signed the petition on the website and more than 2,000 people have joined the Facebook group.

“They’re leaving comments that break your heart. There are parents saying they go to bed without eating so they can pay the power bill. They feed their kids and don’t eat themselves because of this.”

Phillips says she’s tired of hearing stories about people in Nova Scotia who are struggling with the cost of power and are passing over buying fresh fruit and vegetables in order to pay their bills.

“I’m lucky enough to be able to pay my bill without making those kinds of decisions. I use electric heat and my bill is $800 every two months. I have a friend who lives in a one-bedroom place and their bill is $1,100. Another friend left one light on in a winterized cottage – not even any appliances plugged in – and it was $400.”

Those costs, she says, are exorbitant, and something must be done.

“People are choosing power over no food right now. That’s alright now that it’s summer, but in six months, it’s going to be Christmas. How many kids are going to go without this Christmas? We don’t have time to delay things anymore. Something has to be done now.”

Phillips plans to send the petition to local MLAs and hopes to send it to Nova Scotia Power as well. 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Cambridge, Yarmouth, Cape Breton Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • Eileen Gilbert
    November 09, 2014 - 13:25

    I agree, lets demand that NSP gets rid of Efficiency Nova Scotia, its a waste of money., and they,NSP can donate the money to a heat Nova Scotia Fund.

  • Pat Conrad
    June 12, 2014 - 07:18

    I totally agree with everyone, when are they going to stop raising prices in NS. How do they expect people to live, when you are on a fixed income, come down to our level and see what it is really like. It is all about greed.

  • Deborah McGloin
    June 11, 2014 - 20:25

    Power over People is what our bills should read , the governments and the big business always go hand in hand and we continue to support them by paying our bills. If we all refused to pay our bills then we would be heard. All it takes is a movement...

  • John W Martell
    June 11, 2014 - 17:55

    What can you say about a company that pays their executive millions and starves the poor people.

  • Lori phillips
    June 11, 2014 - 17:52

    Thank you for sharing and signing I'll never be tired of hearing the sad stories , but feel hard working families should never have these stories to tell in the first place. Again let's get this shared and as Nova Scotia residents let's tell Nova Scotia power enough is enough

  • carla
    June 11, 2014 - 15:40

    i also go hungry and without in order to pay and im recieveing bills weekly not monthly and everyone is a diff amount? we all no that nspc does not care about us and nothings going to change. how sad. they should be proud