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FortisBC lockout leaves Kelowna home without power

09/09/2013 01:21 EDT | Updated 11/09/2013 05:12 EST
A Kelowna, B.C., man says an ongoing labour dispute at FortisBC means much of his new home has no electricity.

The energy company locked out more than 200 workers in June, but says it is maintaining essential services to customers.

But Mark Buehler says the lockout means FortisBC won't replace a hydro pole and upgrade the electrical box on a new home his family is moving into in two weeks.

"I haven't heard anything positive from this in terms of anything in the media on when this will be resolved,” he said. “In fact what I have heard it that it is more deeply entrenched that ever.”

Buehler has been forced to hire an electrician to make a temporary solution that gives the home some power.

“We are going to be running around without light, without switches and a bunch of other things — not even certain in some cases if we have adequate power to the furnace,” he said.

"It is very frustrating, obviously. You know, we can only take this so far."

While most residents of B.C. get their electricity from BC Hydro, FortisBC supplies electricity to some communities in the southern Interior.

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