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Managing the Risks of Tobogganing

Posted: November 22, 2017
Tagged As: Risk Management

Winter is upon us, and tobogganing is an activity that many Canadian children look forward to every winter. To make sure you protect riders, and yourself, we’ve put together some simple guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries on municipal hills.


Capital vs Full Life Cycle Costing

Posted: November 15, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Public Procurement, Training

Procurement practices are as wide and varied as the municipalities that follow them.  A number of internal and external factors can affect purchasing decisions, but is one way really better than another?  Discover the difference in two procurement practices at opposite ends of the spectrum, as we explore capital and life cycle costing.

What are Telematics & How Can My Municipality Make Use of Them?

Posted: November 08, 2017
Tagged As: Electric Vehicles, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions, Technology

Telematics are becoming a more important part of municipal fleet management.  But what exactly are telematics, and how can telematics help your municipality operate its fleet more efficiently?

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Sewer and Water Line Warranty Service

Posted: November 01, 2017
Tagged As: LAS Programming, Municipal Infrastructure, Sewer & Water Line Warranty

Homeowners insurance can safeguard a house from theft, fire, and even natural disasters.  But insurance generally only covers the physical structure of the home and the contents inside of it.  What about the underground infrastructure that connects the home to municipal water and sewer lines?  Discover how LAS' Sewer & Water Line Warranty Service can save your residents thousands should these critical lines fail.

LAS Announces Natural Gas Price for Upcoming Program Year

Posted: October 25, 2017
Tagged As: Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Natural Gas

LAS recently notified its Natural Gas Program Members of the upcoming price change effective November 1, 2017.  In addition to providing pricing information for the upcoming program year, the announcement also provided a preliminary estimate for the November 2018 price.  Discover how these rates will affect your municipal budget moving forward.

Recreation Facility LED Light Upgrade: An in-depth look at the City of Peterborough

Posted: October 18, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, LED, Recreational Lighting

The City of Peterborough recently made use of the LAS Recreation Facility Lighting Service “to reduce energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs while increasing the lighting efficiency."  This case study explores two facilities that underwent upgrades and their associated energy and cost savings.

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.

Five Benefits of a Group Benefits Plan

Posted: October 04, 2017
Tagged As: Group Benefits, LAS Programming

A well-designed group benefits plan offers employees the protection they deserve and can make your workplace an attractive and satisfying place to work.  Without one, your organization may be selling itself short.  Discover the benefits of offering a Group Benefits plan to your employees.

Thaw Frozen Water Laterals Quickly with an SLWC Warranty

Posted: September 27, 2017
Tagged As: LAS Programming, Sewer & Water Line Warranty

You'd never know it from the weather, but winter is right around the corner.  Find out how providing your residents with an optional Service Line Warranties of Canada warranty could save them time and money when it comes to thawing frozen water laterals.

A Sit-down with Ontario’s Electricity Rate Regulator

Posted: September 20, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy

Earlier this summer LAS sat down with the Ontario Energy Board to get some answers to common questions about their role in Ontario's energy market, including Hydro One's application for a distribution rate increase.

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