February 3 2010 by Ellen Roseman
I’m angry. Believe me, it takes a lot to make me angry. If I flew off the handle all day, I’d never last in this job.
What makes me furious is seeing people pay too much for energy at home and at business because of deceptive marketing. This racket has been allowed to go on for more than a decade.
Ontario has introduced a bill to curb energy sellers last December, which will take many months to pass into law. What about all the victims who are still being roped in?
Today, I got a bunch of new complaints, which I’ll post below.
— One marketer is tricking people to enrol in long-term contracts by sending them cheques in the mail. If they cash them, they’re in.
— One marketer signed up a person who had passed away a few months earlier. His executor had a hard time getting the contract cancelled.
— One marketer signed up a newcomer to Canada to a carbon offset plan, costing about $150 a year and delivering nothing but the dubious benefit of a clear conscience.
Why, oh why, is this allowed to go on? When will it stop?