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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.

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.

Quick Rundown of 2018 AMO Conference

Posted: August 15, 2018
Tagged As: About LAS, Asset Management, Digital, Events, Federal Gas Tax, Government, Investments, LAS Programming, Legislation & Regulation, Municipal Infrastructure, Risk Management, Roads Assessment, Waste Management

The 2018 AMO Conference is days away.  Get a sneak peak at all of the AMO, LAS, and MEPCO related sessions over the course of Conference.

Risk Management Considerations for Splash Pads

Posted: July 18, 2018
Tagged As: Legislation & Regulation, Public Health, Risk Management

Splash pads are a fun aquatic addition to any neighbourhood park, and a great way to beat the heat. However, they are not maintenance free.  Learn about best practices related splash pads and how regular inspections and other precautions can minimize illness and injury while cooling off.

5-Year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan Update

Posted: June 13, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, Legislation & Regulation, Natural Gas

Since July 2013, municipalities and other public sector agencies have been reporting their energy consumption for key buildings annually.  July 1, 2019 is the deadline for CDM plans.  Where are you at with your current plan?  What should you consider when updating your plans before the 2019 deadline?

Municipal Act 2001 Amendments and Implications for Closed Meeting Investigations

Posted: January 08, 2018
Tagged As: Closed Meeting Investigations, Legislation & Regulation

January 1st signalled the start of a new calendar year, and with it came some amendments to the Municipal Act 2001 affecting Closed Meeting Investigations.  LAS Program Partner Amberley Gavel Ltd. (AG) cover changes to the definition of a “meeting,” as well as some additions to open meeting exceptions in this post. 

Digitally Transforming #OnMuni

Posted: October 11, 2017
Tagged As: Digital, Government, Legislation & Regulation, Technology

Open data. Social media. Automated vehicles. IoT. Blockchain. AI.  Once thought of as science fiction, these are now very real advancements emerging at a relentless pace.  For municipal governments to succeed in this environment, they must continue to reimagine processes and service delivery, while being responsive and innovative when engaging with citizens.

Program Spotlight: One Investment Program

Posted: August 02, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments, LAS Programming, Legislation & Regulation, Risk Management

The One Investment Program provides consistently strong rates of return across its four portfolios and High Interest Savings Accounts (HISA), while simplifying the process for investors.  From short-term parking of funds to long-term investing for future infrastructure and everything in between, there’s an investment option for every municipal need.

Managing the Risks of Bike Parks

Posted: July 12, 2017
Tagged As: Legislation & Regulation, Municipal Infrastructure, Risk Management

Failing to actively manage the associated risks of municipal facilities built for public use can result in unnecessary and costly liabilities for the municipality.  Frank Cowan Company and Shillingtons LLP have developed this 12-Step guide to help municipalities identify and manage risks with such facilities.

The Cost of Ontario’s Cap-and-Trade Program on Your Energy Bill

Posted: March 14, 2017
Tagged As: Cap and Trade, Climate Change, Electricity, Fossil Fuels, GHG Emissions, Legislation & Regulation, Natural Gas

The cost of business went up for the energy sector on January 1, 2017, and consumers, including municipalities, are going to pay for it.  But where will you see these increases, and how more should you expect to pay?  

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