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E-mail City Hall to Keep Toronto Hydro Public

September 22, 2016

The urgency of The Society’s campaign to keep Toronto Hydro public increased this week after Toronto mayor John Tory gave a speech calling for privatization of the city’s electric utility. The Society is calling on members and other supporters to send an e-mail opposing privatization to Tory and city councillors through

If you haven’t already sent your e-mail, do it now at

The Society launched the campaign in August. President Scott Travers explained why The Society is launching the campaign now:

“We saw with Hydro One that once there’s a recommendation to privatize a utility on the table it’s almost too late to stop it. So we know that the experts are studying a Toronto Hydro privatization right now and that’s why it’s the time to let decision-makers know how we feel.”

The decision to get started early was a wise move. In a September 21 speech to the Toronto Board of Trade, Tory announced his support for privatizing a minority share of Toronto Hydro. Tory has not provided any other details of his plan but claims that the money raised from a Toronto Hydro sell-off is needed to fund infrastructure upgrades to Toronto Hydro, as well as for transit, housing and other priorities.

The Society’s swift response to Tory received coverage from a number of media outlets including the Toronto Star and CityNews.

Tory’s support for privatization preempts a series of consultations the City of Toronto had planned that were to include gauging the public’s interest in a range of measures including a hydro sell-off. The report on these consultations outlines in-person meetings, online surveys and statistically valid public opinion polling that will be completed throughout the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017.

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