A group of concerned citizens in Wasaga Beach are frustrated by what they believe is a bias towards selling off Wasaga Distribution Inc. by the Town Council of Wasaga Beach. The group has created the website KeepWasagaHydroPublic.ca to educate themselves and the town about the reality of selling the distribution utility.
The group says that, “Mayor Smith and his Council majority have failed to articulate a convincing rationale for a sale or merger beyond padding the town’s already healthy reserves, or why this contentious issue has taken six months and many tens of thousands of dollars to resolve. This is an issue that has galvanized the town. Currently Council is ignoring over 7,500 signatures on a petition to not sell and 3200 lawn signs saying, ‘Do Not Sell Hydro’.”
The Town of Wasaga Beach has been promoting an information session at the RecPlex on May 24th where the public is invited to ask questions and express concerns. The moderator for the evening will be Mr. Don May of Almost There Inc. who is a planner, and there will be a panel of professionals to speak about different aspects of the electricity sector.
The group KeepWasagaHydroPublic.ca believes that the panel has been seeded “with members who have a bias toward a sale”. They say that, “The only opportunity the public has to affect Council’s decision is a 200 person telephone survey after the Public Information Session, and due to its small sampling is unlikely to poll many who have been to the session.” The citizens are looking for an explanation “as why no Candidate raised this important issue during the 2014 Municipal Election and the Mayor himself claimed it was safe in his hands and he would not sell, yet he himself has led this process.”
For more details, visit their website (www.keepwasagahydropublic.ca) or call (705)429-8246.