Smart meters a cash grab

Smart meters will increase the suffering of children and seniors on fixed incomes, one reader says.

To the Editor,

Upon learning that BC Hydro will be coming soon to Port Alberni to install smart meters, I have installed a “smart cage” over my analog meter to send a strong message to BC Hydro and the BC Liberal government.

These smart meters and the billion dollars of taxpayer money to install these devices are symbolic of just how far the energy company and our provincial government will go to fleece the public. Everyone’s utility bill will skyrocket once these contraptions are mounted.

Recently, Alberni Valley News published a story about a VIHA report which describes the poverty conditions of children in Port Alberni. Our Local Health Area (LHA) has some of the worst child poverty in British Columbia (which happens to be the worst province in Canada for child poverty).

Next winter will take its toll on low-income families unable to pay their hydro bill.

Right now in England, fuel poverty is predicted to increase to 43 per cent in the next couple of years. In other words, almost half of the people in England will have no heat during the winter.

I could think of a billion ways that a billion dollars could be better spent in this province. Our public schools, hospitals, ferry system and BC Hydro have deteriorated under the management of Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark.

Smart meters are a cash grab by BC Hydro and the B.C. government. Smart meters will increase the suffering of children and seniors on fixed income in this city. I can’t believe how most of our city councillors wouldn’t call for a moratorium.

Ellen Chambers,

Port Alberni

Just Posted

Port Alberni man dies in single-vehicle collision

Pickup truck with three occupants went off the road on first day of May long weekend

Alberni hosts Island track and field championship

Secondary schools compete at Bob Dailey Stadium

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

200,000 salmon smolts released in netpens for Alberni salmon enhancement

West Coast Aquatic has released 205,000 chinook smolts into two net pens… Continue reading

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Friends and family playing huge role in search for Vancouver Island man

Volunteers from the public join forces with SAR crews

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Most Read