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Risk Management Considerations for Splash Pads

Posted: July 18, 2018
Tagged As: Legislation & Regulation, Public Health, Risk Management

Splash pads are a fun aquatic addition to any neighbourhood park, and a great way to beat the heat. However, they are not maintenance free.  Learn about best practices related splash pads and how regular inspections and other precautions can minimize illness and injury while cooling off.

Water & Dock Safety Tips

Posted: July 11, 2018
Tagged As: Home and Auto, Risk Management

The summer of 2018 has already seen its fair share of hot days.  To find relief from the heat, many turn to beaches or cottages offering access to lakes.  To ensure friends and family stay safe while they cool off, follow these water and dock safety tips.

LAS Electricity 10th Anniversary Blog

Posted: July 04, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity

The LAS Electricity Program is celebrating its 10th birthday. Through the years, the program has provided municipalities with an alternative to the default Regulated Price Plan rates, offering stable and predictable commodity costs to assist with municipal budgeting.

The Basics of the LAS Natural Gas Program

Posted: June 27, 2018
Tagged As: Natural Gas

On Tuesday June 19th, LAS hosted a webinar titled the Basics of the LAS Natural Gas Program.  An LAS Client Relations Specialist was joined by Michael Nigro, Director of Gas Services at Edison Energy to provide participants with an overview of the LAS Natural Gas Program.

What Changing Interest Rates Mean for ONE HISA

Posted: June 20, 2018
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments

After three consecutive rate increases to the Bank of Canada’s Prime interest rate, you may have noticed a number banks and other financial institutions offering some aggressive interest rates.  How does the ONE HISA compare to these rates, and how are the offerings different?

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?

Ontario’s Worst Roads & the Value of Data

Posted: June 06, 2018
Tagged As: budgeting, Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment

Did one of your municipal roads make CAA's 2018 'Worst Roads in Ontario' list?  Having difficulty managing the investment gap in road infrastructure?  Don't know where to begin your road network rehabilitation?  The LAS Roads & Sidewalk Assessment service gives you a place to start.

Expansion of LAS Recreational Facility LED Lighting Service

Posted: May 30, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Office Lighting, Recreational Lighting

LAS is expanding its Recreational Facility LED Lighting Service to include additional interior and exterior lighting.  Although the expansion is still under review, we're giving you a sneak peak at what's to come.

Renewable Energy in Ontario Municipalities

Posted: May 23, 2018
Tagged As: Climate Change, Electricity, Energy, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, GHG Emissions, Net-Metering

Estimates suggest that Ontario’s municipal sector consumes between 6,000 - 6,500 GWh of electricity every year.  However, renewable energy gives municipalities the opportunity to produce their own power.  Discover what renewable energy opportunities in Ontario, and who you can contact for assistance.

The Importance of Photometric Design

Posted: May 16, 2018
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, LED, Recreational Lighting

With many municipalities removing ice from arenas over the summer to upgrade their lighting systems, it is important to incorporate proper photometric design into the project.  Steven Duff of Conrad Lighting Solutions provides an excellent overview of photometric design to ensure your new lighting systems shine!

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