13 April 2006

British Columbia Wants to Know How Many Kitchen Ranges You Are Using

The power company in British Columbia is being required to turn over unusually high usage numbers to municipalities. However, it's not to find people growing pot in their houses. Nope. Just ask Solicitor General John Les. It's about "consumption data reveal[ing] a homeowner using four kitchen ranges at the same time - not for any illicit purpose, but a safety hazard that was resolved with an electrical upgrade."

Quoth Chilliwack Mayor Clint Hames: "If laws are being broken and communities are being hurt ... we need to think about giving up some civil liberties to ensure safety."

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