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The Blackout – My Story.

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The Blackout - My Story August 14th, 2003 - I woke up to a beautiful clear sky, the sun shining, hot on my skin. After a beautiful breakfast of waffles and fresh strawberries, it was very clear to me that this day was going to be a lazy one. I decided that I was going to get all of my chores done before lunchtime, so I hopped into the boat and went into Port Carling to pick up a few groceries for my mother, then rushed back. When I arrived back at the cottage, I noticed two boats that weren't any of ours, pulled up to the eastern dock, and beside them was my father's seaplane. I immediately knew that something was going to impede on my original plans. As I came up from the boathouse from the western side of the island, I saw both of my parents sitting there with a few of my father's friends. ...read more.


Just my luck, Nobody was home. I arrived back at home around 8:30 PM, after an hour and half of paddling through the choppy water, and let me tell you, my arms were sore. There was a note on the table that said my parents had gone out for dinner to the Muskoka Lakes Golf Club, and that they wouldn't be back until about midnight. It was then that I realized we had no power when I tried to make myself some dinner and the microwave wouldn't turn on. I became very confused, not knowing why the power was out, so I jumped in the boat and went over to Rock haven (our family cottage, where my aunt was staying at the time) to see what was going on. It turns out while I was floating around in the lake, under the beautiful hot sun; the entire world was in chaos. ...read more.


It is obvious that our population is quickly increasing, and with that our basic utilities, such as hydro, should also be increasing, however, companies who supply this basic need have fallen behind. I believe it is the governments responsibility to ensure that these needs are met, meaning they should have either expanded these companies, enabling them to produce more energy, or they should have, at the very least, warned the public of the possibility of over-use. Instead, what they have decided to do is increase the price of hydro, in order to pay for new facilities that can create energy. This is ineffective because in the amount of time they are using to obtain the finances to build such facilities, they are putting off construction of new facilities, endangering both Canadian and American cities, citizens and economies. It is definitely time for the government to invest some time and money into Canada's utilities, if they neglect to do so, there could be even more trouble just around the corner. ...read more.

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