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Your Letters

Dear Cottage Life

David Zimmer’s piece (“That Empty Feeling,” In Like Zim, May ’17) about cleaning out the family cottage comes at a perfect time. I’m sorting through things to take home after living at the cottage for a year. I had a few chuckles, and I plan to employ some of his methods. But I said out loud, “Not the button collection!” Of everything he purged, it was the only thing I shed a tear over. —KATH VIRGIN, MILLER LAKE, ONT.

HYDRO FIXED CHARGE

Ray Ford correctly points out that the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will require all electricity distributors to transition to an all-fixed rate for distribution services (“Power Struggles,” Waterfront, May ’17). I doubt many people think this is fair, as no other Canadian or U.S. regulator permits all-fixed charges.

Hydro One’s seasonal fixed charge for 2017 is $37.12, projected to rise to well over $100 in the next few years. You won’t find the fixed charge on your bill because the OEB wants it hidden in the delivery line. By comparison, the Manitoba Hydro fixed charge is $7.28, Hydro- Québec is $12.19, and Florida Power & Light is $7.87 U.S. Unfortunately, the all-fixed train has already left the station, and fixed charges are rising. The good news is that the OEB has yet to make a definite decision on the elimination of the seasonal class.

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Going North! Cottage Life toasts Canada’s 150th birthday, with an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on what the cottage means to him, Canuck-inspired party recipes (beer and back bacon poutine, anyone?), and essential flag etiquette. The issue also includes workshop intel every Canadian should have, renowned Canadian writers and photographers sharing their views on our country from the cottage, a peek into our national official cottage, Harrington Lake, and why now is the time to plant a tree at the lake. PLUS, meet an American who, after a lifetime cottaging in Canada, has a thing or two to teach us about summers at the lake. Don’t miss this one-stop guide to celebrating Canada at the cottage.
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