Ottawa gas prices hit record high

Ottawa drivers are paying record prices at some gas stations today, and prices are set to rise even further by the weekend.

Gasoline prices rose four cents a liter Wednesday morning at stations in Ottawa and southern Ontario to an average of 190.9 cents a liter.

Some stations in Ottawa sold gasoline for 191.9 cents a liter.

Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, told CP24 that Imperial Oil had decided to increase its store margin by one cent per liter, pushing prices up to 191.9 cents per liter.

McTeague says prices are expected to fall by one cent per liter on Thursday, before rising a penny on Friday.

“Unless things change drastically, we’re looking at a scenario of 194.9, maybe even 195.9,” McTeague said, as the price could climb to $2 a liter by the May long weekend.

McTeague says the European Union’s decision to ban the purchase of Russian oil by the end of the year and that China eventually lifts the lockdowns will push the oil price by $10 a barrel, pushing up gasoline prices.

According to ottawagasprices.com, the average price of gasoline in Ottawa was $1.24 per liter a year ago and 79 cents per liter on May 4, 2020.

McTeague says there is no relief in sight for motorists.

“This is going to be a lot more painful and it’s going to take a lot longer,” McTeague told CP24.

“There’s really nothing in sight that would bring these prices down.”


On the rise in Ontario gas and dashboard theft

The Ontario Convenience Store Association says the theft of gasoline and dashboards at gas stations has increased as gasoline prices rise.

“Last year there were 21,000 drive-offs in Ontario, with an average loss of $52 per drive-off. This year, we predict nearly 50,000 drive-offs,” Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Store Association during an interview on Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa Now with Kristy Cameron.

“Most police departments have already said it has tripled in Q1 with people desperate to refuel but don’t have the money to pay, so they think they can drive away.”

The Ontario Convenience Store Association expects gas and dash reports to get worse as prices continue to climb.

“It’s a victimless crime, people think. Hardly any charges have been filed over the years, only people say they forgot to pay and go back to pay when challenged by law enforcement,” Bryans said.

The Ontario Convenience Store Association calls on Ontario to support Bill 231 “The Protecting Ontarios By Enhancing Gas Station Safety to Prevent Gas and Dash Act.” According to the bill, drivers must pay in advance before filling the gas tank.


With files from CTV News Toronto’s Pat Foran

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