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REFUSE REFUSAL ROILS RECYCLERS

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Andrew Robertson, a team leader at Miller Waste Systems, stands among baled recyclables at the company’s London plant. There’s uncertainty where this stuff will go in the future because China,
the largest importer of North America’s recyclables, has clamped down on what it takes, warning it won’t be the world’s garbage dump any longer. For details, see Page A3.

3 years and $400K later, Utilities scramble to collect


cold cash amid deep freeze
fraudster cop quits Jennifer Bieman
The London Free Press

Unpaid bills mounting.


utor, has been busy fielding a flurry
of calls from customers struggling
to pay up, too.
In sharp contrast to a year ago,
TREVOR TERFLOTH serious charges cannot be sus- “This is something that, in A new law preventing delin- when the region emerged from the
Postmedia News pended without pay. fact, police associations have quent customers from being cut warmest December on record in
and DALE CARRUTHERS It also comes ahead of a discipli- used to help their members for off until the ground thaws. Ontario, the brutal reality of sub-
The London Free Press nary hearing at which Mugridge many, many years,” Sewell said A weeks-long deep freeze that’s zero cold is hitting the pocketbook
faced almost Wednesday. plunged Southwestern Ontario earlier for many who can’t afford
CHATHAM — A senior certain termi- Under legislation proposed by into dangerously cold lows. the deep freeze.
Chatham-Kent police officer has nation from Ontario’s Liberal government, A perfect storm is bearing down And cold temperatures
quit the force after costing taxpay- the Chatham- police chiefs would be able to on regional power and heating are expected to last into the
ers nearly $400,000 for the more Kent force. withhold wages from officers sus- utilities, scrambling to collect weekend.
than three years he was suspended “It happens pended for serious allegations, a overdue accounts from winter- “It puts a lot of stress on us,”
with pay from the job. all the time, all power their counterparts in other battered ratepayers as the region Nancy Hutton, a spokesper-
The departure of Sgt. Robert the time,” said provinces have long wielded. braces for more snow and numb- son for  London Hydro, said
Mugridge, announced Wednesday, John Sewell, a Pressure to change the law came ing cold. Wednesday.
comes days before the 29-year vet- Mugridge
former Toronto after a number of high-profile The number of London Hydro “Bad debts affect all customers
eran of the force is to be sentenced mayor and out- cases, including that of a Waterloo accounts in arrears has skyrock- eventually, and we have to make
in court for fraud. His case is cer- spoken policing critic, of officers Regional police constable who eted to nearly 4,400 from about sure those arrears are eventually
tain to renew calls for Ontario facing serious allegations being sent an email thanking his force 2,000 as of Nov. 20. collected so that we can keep rates
to end its distinction as the only kept on the payroll for years, only “for a dream come true.” Chatham-based Union Gas, the down for all Londoners.”
province where officers facing to quit before they’re disciplined. See fraud | A5 region’s major natural gas distrib- See utilities | A5

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