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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?  

Current Restrictions Vs. Future Discretion of Municipal Investments

Posted: March 07, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments, Legislation & Regulation

Can municipal investment income generated from diversified portfolios provide a new source of funding for Ontario's infrastructure deficit?  Discover how current restrictions limit municipalities from earning greater returns on their investments and how that might change in the near future.