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Old ladies to read porn for Earth Hour?

Kyra Hoggan
By Kyra Hoggan
March 23rd, 2011

Castlegar residents are rallying to see our city bring home a hat-trick win in this year’s Fortis BC Earth Hour competition … and some are really pulling out all the stops.

  The goal is simple – the city with the most people per capita to pledge to reduce their energy consumption for a single hour (between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. this Saturday) wins – both the coveted Earth Hour cup and the associated bragging rights, as well as $5,000 in energy upgrades for Castlegar & District Community Services Society.  City councillor Kevin Chernoff even brought pledge forms to a Rebels game, where he signed up 70 locals, as well as to Mountain FM’s Comedy for Corbin event, signing up another 15 9or so.  He said there’s a huge range of things people say they’ll be doing to reduce their energy consumption.  One woman, who defined her age only as “old”, said she’ll be reading porn by candlelight, while another woman at the other end of the spectrum said she’d, “spend the hour chanting the names of the Lord and counting my blessings”.  A more industrious respondent promised to alphabetize her spices by candlelight, while one pessimistic fellow just said he’ll spend the hour shivering …perhaps with the other gloomy gus who intends to just sit alone in the dark.  One woman said she’s delighted to get the time with her husband – no electricity means no hockey.  Regardless how anyone spends the hour, the more people who pledge, the better Castlegar’s chances of winning for the third consecutive year.  Friday’s the final day to pledge, which you can do by phone or on the Internet (http://www.fortisbc.com/Electricity/PowerSense/InYourCommunity/EarthHour/Pages/Take-the-pledge.aspx or call 1-866-436-7847), or in person at City Hall. By pledging, you’re also entered to win a two night getaway to Manteo Resort in Kelowna.   “Earth Hour is a great opportunity for us all to think about the energy we use and how we use it. Making small lifestyle changes can significantly impact our collective conservation effort,” said Tom Loski, vice president, customer service, FortisBC. “Last year, FortisBC customers from 32 different communities pledged support for Earth Hour and helped saved more than six megawatts (MW) of electricity during Earth Hour – the equivalent of turning off 106,000 lights.”    

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