Smart meter fire fears reach Ontario

MPP Bob Chiarelli. (QMI Agency file photo)

MPP Bob Chiarelli. (QMI Agency file photo)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

TORONTO - Some Ontario properties may have been outfitted with the smart meters that are being pulled out of Saskatchewan over fire fears.

Alan Findlay, a spokesperson for the Ontario Energy Board, said an investigation into the use of Sensus smart meters in Ontario is still underway.

“What I can say, however, is that the handful of utilities who have reported having some of the same type of Sensus meter have reported no safety issues with the meter,” Findlay said in an e-mail to Sun Media.

The Ontario NDP is calling on the provincial government to investigate the situation and confirm whether any properties in the province were outfitted with the same model of smart meters that are suspected to have caused eight fires in Saskatchewan.

NDP MPP Lisa Gretzky said the energy ministry has had enough time since learning that Saskatchewan is removing the meters to determine if any Ontario homes are at risk, but there has been no public update.

“I think it’s incumbent on the government to investigate fully whether or not we actually have these questionable smart meters installed in our homes and to act quickly,” Gretzky said. “The people of Ontario deserve to know whether or not their safety is at risk.”

Gretzky said she has sent a letter to Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli to ask that he investigate and act quickly if these meters are found in Ontario.

Saskatchewan opted to remove a particular model of the Sensus smart meter after eight unexplained fires.

Hydro One has confirmed that it did not use the suspect meters.


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