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CorreCtions: Sarnia, Walkerton and Owen Sound facilities on the chopping block

Green jobs to cost $310 per house: Report
JONATHAN JENKINS QMI Agency TORONTO — Subsidies mean every job created under the Liberals’ Green Energy Act (GEA) will cost $179,000, forcing every Ontario household to pony up an additional $310 a year in electricity costs, the C.D. Howe Institute says. “Ontario’s renewable electricity subsidy is a costly means of reducing domestic (greenhouse gas) emissions and creating jobs,” the report, co-written by former Ontario Power Authority boss Jan Carr, says. “These costs will be borne by Ontario electricity consumers and amount to $310 annually per household, with additional costs due to the intermittency of power from renewables and the transmission infrastructure investment needed.” Compared to building natural gas-fired generation, the report says Ontario will pay $1.5 billion more for subsidized wind, solar and biomass electricity, as the government is offering 20-year contracts paying between 13 and 80 cents a kilowatt hour depending on the type of generation. The province could reduce the total affect of the GEA if it stopped offering those subsidized energy contracts through its Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program. Energy minister officials said the report overstated the FIT contracts’ impact and said renewable energy is projected to make up just 13% of the province’s energy mix over the next 20 years. “We believe we should be building a clean energy econ-

Hydro: Province says subsidies will be reviewed

those subsidies were set to attract investment and build a clean energy economy here in ontario and make ontario the clean energy leader. that’s what they’ve done.”
Energy Minister Brad Duguid

ANTONEllA ArTuSO QMI Agency Provincial correctional officers protest the planned closure of local jails in Owen Sound, Walkerton and Sarnia Tuesday outside the Toronto office of Community Safety and Corrections Minister Jim Bradley. The officers hope their “Save Our Jails” campaign will convince the province to reverse the decision to move inmates to jails outside those communities.

Closing jails ‘a dumb idea,’ MPP says
JONATHAN JENKINS Queen’s Park Bureau The last clang of the jail doors in Sarnia, Walkerton and Owen Sound would be an ominous sound for those communities, protesters at Queen’s Park said Tuesday. “It’s a dumb idea coming out of Toronto,” said Conservative MPP Bill Murdoch, who represents the riding of Bruce-GreyOwen Sound. “They may save $3 million, but it’s going to cost $5 million more in transportation costs.”

the closure of these jails will deprive people of the timely access to treatment and limit their access to the family support that is so critical to recovery.”
Brockton Mayor Dave Inglis

Murdoch joined local mayors, corrections workers and NDP justice critic Peter Kormos at a media conference at Queen’s Park before the group rallied outside Corrections Minister Jim Bradley’s office. Closing the local jails will kill jobs, hurt the economy and affect the most disadvantaged,

the protesters said. “Our task force believes the closure of the jails in Owen Sound and Walkerton will have a ver y negative, long-term impact on one of the most vulnerable segments of our population and on their families,” said Brockton Mayor Dave Inglis, a member of a task force working

on crystal meth use. “The closure of these jails will deprive people of the timely access to treatment and limit their access to the family support that is so critical to recovery.” Bradley said it was a difficult decision, but the jails are old — some were built in the 1800s — and the government is struggling with a $16.7-billion deficit. “We’re trying to modernize the system. We’re trying to effect some efficiencies,” Bradley said. jonathan.jenkins@sunmedia.ca

omy in this province,” Energy Minister Brad Duguid said. “Good energy policy is good economic polic y,” he said. “Obviously, they take a different view.” The subsidies will also be reviewed over this summer with an eye to reducing them, the energy minister said. “There’s always been the expectation — we’ve been very clear on this — that costs would be coming down,” Duguid said. “ T h o s e subsidies Duguid were set to attract investment and build a clean energy economy here in Ontario and make Ontario the clean energy leader,” he said. “That’s what they’ve done.” Duguid said the government estimates 13,000 jobs have been created as of 2011 by the GEA and the province is on track for its prediction of 50,000 jobs by 2012. jonathan.jenkins@sunmedia.ca