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AMO Conference 2019 – Where will LAS be?

Posted: August 14, 2019


The AMO Conference is coming quickly, and LAS is ready! Team members will be on hand throughout the conference to answer questions, listen to suggestions, and learn about how we can help Ontario municipalities work better.
 

LAS Launching Municipal Group Buying Program at AMO Conference

Posted: July 30, 2019
Tagged As: Group Buying, Public Procurement

You asked and we listened!  We heard that municipalities wanted more choice when it came to everyday products. That’s why LAS is looking forward to launching our newest program, designed to help Ontario municipalities simplify procurement and save time.

AMO-4S Partnership: A Robust and Configurable Occupational Health and Safety Management Program

Posted: July 17, 2019


AMO is partnering with 4S Consulting Services Inc. as our preferred provider of an occupational health and safety (OHS) management program. This partnership will help municipal governments continue to build effective OHS programs to improve productivity, reduce costs, and create a safer workplace.
 

The Municipal Investment Policy Statement

Posted: July 02, 2019


The Municipal Investment Policy Statement (IPS) is the responsibility of Council and is best undertaken with expert advice.  Its objective is to lay down parameters for investing municipal funds and it is intended to be valid for a policy-type timeframe, say five years or more.  Of course, it should be reviewed annually for appropriateness, in accordance with regulations.  The IPS provides direction to internal and external staff investing funds, and focuses specifically on defining municipal risk tolerance. 

Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative

Posted: June 18, 2019


The Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative (CCPI) is a federal program open to Broader Public Sector (BPS) organizations in Ontario and across the country.  This program allows for access to the purchasing arrangements (standing offers and supply arrangements) developed by Public Services & Procurement Canada (PSPC) by Provincial and Territorial governments, as well as municipalities, academic institutions, schools and hospitals (MASH) entities.

What Can Doubling of The Federal Gas Tax Do For My Municipality? It’s Up To You.

Posted: June 04, 2019


The federal government will be providing a one-time doubling of federal Gas Tax funds this year. That means over $800 million more for Ontario municipalities to spend on infrastructure. How will this funding affect your community?
 

LAS Energy Planning Tool: Summer 2019 Upgrade

Posted: May 21, 2019


The LAS Energy Planning Tool (EPT) is a custom energy tracking and planning solution for Ontario’s public sector. New for 2019, we’ll be giving the software a significant overhaul. A key upgrade is the addition of automatic data importation for organizations who use LAS commodity programs to manage their natural gas and electricity. Watch for these changes along with an updated user manual in early summer 2019.
 

Investing for Outcomes

Posted: May 07, 2019


There are different approaches to investing.  For example, municipalities might identify all long-term future cash needs and invest with time horizons that match those needs within the risk tolerance constraints set by Council.  While there is no single right way, at ONE Investment, we advocate the concept of outcome investing where municipalities identify the type of return stream needed and invest according to the risk tolerance

LAS Electricity Program Cost Review for 2018

Posted: April 23, 2019


LAS recently completed the yearly 2018 cost summaries for the Electricity Program, which currently includes 143 enrolled municipalities. This blog post contains the detailed pricing information for that period.

Security in the Digital Age

Posted: April 10, 2019


On average, how many times do you hear the word “cyber” in a day? Once? Twice? Five times? We’d be willing to wager that the number has increased greatly over the years. Add “hacker”, “ransomware”, “phishing”, “malware”, and “virus” to the mix and the probability may just have doubled.

Learn more about how you can protect yourself and your municipality. We invite you to join us this September for our biennial Risk Management Symposium at Casino Rama. Click here to register and book your hotel at a group rate.
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