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Increased power bills protest planned for this weekend

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March 13, 2015 - 2:51 PM

KELOWNA – A group of moms and concerned citizens are gathering in front of Premier Christy Clark’s West Kelowna office Saturday to protest what they say are exhorbant power bills.

Shannon Christensen is one of the speakers at the rally. She says hundreds of women in her non-profit group Mamas for Mamas have been hit especially hard since the new meters were installed at their homes.

“I’ve had so many people contact me asking what they’re going to do about their Fortis bill or their B.C. Hydro bill,” she says. “A lot of families are getting hit with bills up to $2,000 for two months and they just can’t pay it.”

Christensen says a lot of the increased billing came after the smart meters were installed and some happened after the Fortis strike.

“It seems like when they came back to work they started charging people crazy amounts. It’s causing a lot of anxiety and stress and this rally is our way of fighting back.”

She says of her 2,200 members, at least 600 have noticed spikes in their bills.

“I am absolutely done with my Mamas being taken advantage of,” she says. “We should have the choice whether or not we have these meters in our house. It’s putting a lot of people who are on fixed incomes in a position where they have to move because they can’t afford the power anymore.”

The rally starts at 1 p.m. Saturday March 14 in front of Premier Clark’s office at 2429 Dobbin Rd.

To sign the petition you can visit this website. For more information on the rally, visit their Facebook event page.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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