Former mayor Larry O’Brien urges Hydro Ottawa to present eating places a break

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Final week, restaurateur André Schad told this newspaper of receiving a $6,300 hydro invoice for his Beechwood Avenue restaurant, Jasper’s, which like all the province’s eateries, needed to shut for 3 months within the spring by emergency order. Schad paid up, however stated the late charges and curiosity charges have been unfair when eating places had no alternative however to close down.

Different restaurateurs complained of getting to pay credit-card stage rates of interest on their payments.

O’Brien stated he was “disturbed” by the tales.

“It’s troublesome to maintain a household run small enterprise afloat at the very best of instances, I truthfully don’t know the way so many small companies in Ottawa stay open,” O’Brien wrote in his letter to Durrell, which criticized Hydro’s late charges and excessive rates of interest.

“This isn’t solely a poor strategy, however I imagine profoundly goes towards the desires of the residents of Ottawa who personal the shares of Ottawa Hydro.”

Eating places in Ottawa have been hit once more on Friday, when Premier Doug Ford banned in-house eating for 28 days to attempt to stem town’s rising COVID infections. Ford stated there might be a moratorium on energy shutoffs throughout that interval and stated the federal government will cowl small companies’ electrical energy and pure gasoline payments whereas the modified Stage 2 closures are in impact.

“That’s an excellent step ahead,” O’Brien stated, “however I’m trying again. There’s so many (companies) being threatened with having their electrical energy reduce off. They’re dealing with large payments.