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The Impact on Bond Pricing in a Changing Interest Rate Environment

Posted: January 24, 2018
Tagged As: Investments

Interest rate changes can impact the market value of a bond you have invested in.  Learn how these changes affect the market rate of your investment, and when you might consider selling the bond versus holding it to maturity.

Providing Continuity to Surface Discontinuity: Automated Sidewalk Assessments

Posted: January 17, 2018
Tagged As: Asset Management, budgeting, Risk Management, Roads Assessment

Sidewalks are an important part of every municipality’s asset portfolio, and one with a potential for high liability if poorly maintained.  LAS and program partner StreetScan are pleased to introduce automated sidewalk assessments as part of its Roads Assessment Service offering.

Digital Signatures: The Last Mile

Posted: January 10, 2018
Tagged As: Digital, Government

With advances in technology and enhancements to document security, municipal governments and other organizations are closer than ever to the benefits of a paperless world.  AMO is pleased to announce a formal partnership with Montreal-based Notarius to offer AMO members state-of-the-art digital signature and e-signing solutions.

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. 

How to Recycle Energy

Posted: December 13, 2017
Tagged As: Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Energy Planning

Most of us are familiar with recycling paper, plastic, metal and other materials as a means of reducing waste sent to landfills, but did you know you can recycle energy too?  Discover some of the methods in which energy can be recycled, and which municipal facilities might be the best suited to them.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: LAS Natural Gas Program

Posted: December 06, 2017
Tagged As: budgeting, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Natural Gas

Natural Gas prices can change up to four times a year.  Discover how the LAS Natural Gas Program provides stable and predictable pricing for 365 days and how this can make your budgeting process a little easier and less confusing.   

What the Long-Term Energy Plan Means for Your Municipality

Posted: November 29, 2017
Tagged As: Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning

In late October, the Ministry of Energy released the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) titled Delivering Fairness and Choice.  Discover how it will affect your municipality, and what choices it may have in the near future as our electricity grid continues to modernize.

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?

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