TORONTO - That's it. He's off the grid.
Tuesday is the first day of the rest of Russell Irwin's life without access to the Ontario power supply.
He knows that by late Tuesday evening Hydro One will be cutting power to his Orangeville, Ont., home because of his refusal to meet the utility's demand that he accept a smart meter.
So this veteran, who served Canada by driving a tank through some of the most harrowing land battles of the Second World War, is doing what he does best.
Irwin is hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
"My family has helped me buy a generator so I can be self sufficient," Irwin said. "Canadians are an independent people and I think I should be ready when Hydro cuts my power off like they said they would.
"We managed to get the money together somehow for the generator and fuel so I will just have to fight on."
Irwin has plenty of support in his battle.
Son-in-law Dwayne Huxted says he has been inundated with calls from people wanting to know what they could do to help. Many had stories of their own that back the original claim by Irwin that he had no say in a meter being installed by what he called "trespassers" on his property.
They also underwrite the argument that the new Ontario smart meter grid's essential innovation is information. How it will be shared is a common worry for a growing number of consumers.
"People are worried about the unwarranted privacy intrusion smart meter technology enables," Huxted said. "The broader issue here is the 'ownership' it grants utilities over private data of users and their appliances and the lack of informed consent.
"Smart meter data can tell an observer much more about a home than the information from the old analogue technology.
"It gives a snapshot of a residence, its occupants, their habits and the way they live."