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

Jennifer Vardy Little jlittle@kingscountynews.ca
Published on June 11, 2014

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 change.org 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.