Association urges BC Hydro to compensate businesses

VANCOUVER: BC Hydro has said it won't compensate businesses in Vancouver's downtown core following a three-day blackout in the area.

VANCOUVER: BC Hydro has said it won't compensate businesses in Vancouver's downtown core following a three-day blackout in the area.

But the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is pressuring BC Hydro to consider compensation, by first pushing for an independent review into the reason behind the fire that caused the blackout that started on July 14 as well as its economic impact. BC Hydro has said it would only hold an internal review. BC Hydro could not immediately be reached for comment.

Charles Gauthier, DVBIA's executive director, said the organization has the Vancouver mayor on its side, and are issuing a joint news release with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “With mounting pressure, we may see BC Hydro capitulate to that,” he said.

Gauthier also said “a number of our members felt as major [BC Hydro] customers, it had dropped the ball in communicating the right information at the right time.” He said BC Hydro, for instance, had info on its Web site that was not updated and conflicted with media reports.  He was also critical of why it took three days for BC Hydro president Bob Elton to speak to media.

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