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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.

LAS Natural Gas Program Update

Posted: March 27, 2019

Natural gas commodity prices averaged $0.082/m3 through the winter (Nov-Mar), which is up compared to last year’s winter average of $0.076/m3. The upward movement in natural gas prices was primarily due to extreme cold weather throughout the majority of Canada, which led to lower Canadian natural gas inventories. In Eastern Canadian markets, natural gas prices have come off significantly from the levels seen at the end of November/beginning of December. Mid-December, prices in the East were trading at levels not seen in several years, mainly due to natural gas storage concerns. A mild December and strong natural US gas production through 2018 and into 2019 have returned natural gas inventories to “adequate” levels; although, still tracking behind last year and the 5-year average, which is impacting pricing in the day markets and short term.

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!
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