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As the Sun Sets on our Streetlights…

Posted: March 12, 2019


This month marks six years since the launch of one of our most popular programs to date, and what a six years it has been.  Our LED Streetlight Program has been responsible for installing over 200,000 streetlights in 177 municipalities.  Funding for streetlight retrofits is ending in at the end of 2020, and as a result our program will be winding down this year.

Prudent Investing Intended to Provide a New Source of Revenue

Posted: February 27, 2019
Tagged As: Investments, Legislation & Regulation

In order to protect public funds from losing money, Ontario municipalities have been allowed to invest only in securities defined in the Municipal Act (the Legal List)--mostly government bonds.  Unfortunately, in the current low-interest environment, returns on these bonds have been very low.  High quality corporate bonds and Canadian stocks have been permitted in a controlled way through ONE Investment, although very little has been invested this way. 

AMO-eSCRIBE Partnership: Digitally Transforming the Municipal Meeting Lifecycle

Posted: February 13, 2019
Tagged As: Digital, Government, Livestreaming, Meetings, Technology

If you are an avid reader of the LAS Blog, you know all about AMO’s efforts to help municipal governments implement secure, reliable, and robust digital technologies. You assisted us in identifying your digital transformation challenges and priorities when we wrote #OnMuni Online, which continues to form the foundation of our efforts in researching the most appropriate digital opportunities for the sector.
 

Four ways LAS can support your Energy Plan!

Posted: January 30, 2019
Tagged As: Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, EPT, LAS Programming


Despite the provincial election and repeal of the Green Energy Act in 2018, all public sector organizations are still required to report consumption annually and update energy plans every five years.  In December 2018, legislation was passed to shift the energy reporting function to O.Reg. 507/18 under the Electricity Act.  The next deadline is July 1 2019 which requires an update of the 5-year Corporate Energy Plans. With this in mind, we are doing our best to equip our members with the tools and confidence to update their own plans.  Here are four LAS initiatives that you may want to consider.

Top Five Reasons to Attend ROMA 2019

Posted: January 16, 2019
Tagged As: Events

The 2019 ROMA Conference will be held from January 27-29 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. Registration for ROMA is still open, visit the ROMA Website for more details.
 
LAS/AMO/ONE Investment will be hosting two different workshop sessions, and will also be available at all times at our trade show booth.

Conclusion of the AMO-Notarius Digital Signature Pilot

Posted: January 09, 2019
Tagged As: Digital, Legislation & Regulation, Technology

Last time we discussed AMO’s partnership with Notarius on this blog, two municipalities test piloting digital signature technology presented their experiences at the 2018 AMO Conference in Ottawa.

A Year in Review

Posted: December 19, 2018
Tagged As: About LAS, LAS Programming

As the holidays approach and 2018 draws to a close, it is always a good chance to reflect on the work that organizations have accomplished over the course of a year, and of course the excitement of more to come!
 

Canada’s Federal Carbon Pricing System

Posted: December 10, 2018
Tagged As: Cap and Trade, Climate Change, Energy, GHG Emissions, Legislation & Regulation

With the Ontario PC Party elected this past summer, one of the first orders of business was to cancel the cap and trade program and carbon tax that was introduced back in 2017. On July 3, 2018, Ontario Regulation 386/18 was passed revoking the Cap and Trade Program. On October 23, 2018, the federal government announced that it will impose a carbon tax in Provinces and Territories with no adequate emissions pricing plans of their own in 2019. Similar to the provincial carbon tax that was introduced back in 2017, LAS members can expect this additional charge to appear on their end use natural gas bills starting April 1, 2019.

Electric Trucks - 2018 Update

Posted: November 29, 2018


In February of this year we published an overview of the electric (EV) pickup truck market. Less than a year later, enough has changed to warrant another blog post for an update. Unless otherwise stated, it’s safe to assume all trucks being brought to the market will have four wheel drive options and the ability to supply power for jobsite or other ‘off grid’ use. 
 

Procuring for Energy Efficiency

Posted: November 21, 2018


Energy costs are significant for Ontario municipalities and citizens alike, but finding the most efficient products can be challenging. The Energy Star and EnerGuide programs exist to help consumers make informed decisions when it comes time to replace energy-intensive devices, lowering costs and reducing energy related emissions.  


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