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.
‚ÄúPeople from Yarmouth to Cape Breton are signing this,‚ÄĚ she said. Since June 1, more than 1,000 people have signed the petition on the change.org website and more than 2,000 people have joined the Facebook group.
‚ÄúThey‚Äôre 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‚Äôt eat themselves because of this.‚ÄĚ
Phillips says she‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm 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 ‚Äď not even any appliances plugged in ‚Äď and it was $400.‚ÄĚ
Those costs, she says, are exorbitant, and something must be done.
‚ÄúPeople are choosing power over no food right now. That‚Äôs alright now that it‚Äôs summer, but in six months, it‚Äôs going to be Christmas. How many kids are going to go without this Christmas? We don‚Äôt have time to delay things anymore. Something has to be done now.‚ÄĚ
Phillips plans to send the petition to local MLAs and hopes to send it to Nova Scotia Power as well.