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Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Union Gas Limited and Natural Resource Gas Limited have each applied for approval to recover the costs associated with their cap and trade compliance plans. The costs of the proposed plans would raise natural gas rates by $6 to $7 on average per month starting January 1, 2017 for residential customers. The exact amount of the increase will depend on the amount of gas you use and on your gas utility. Other customers, including businesses, may also be affected. Learn more. Have your say. Under the Government of Ontario’s new greenhouse gas emissions regulation each of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Union Gas Limited and Natural Resource Gas Limited are required to develop plans to meet their cap and trade compliance obligations. New costs will be incurred by each of the natural gas utilities to comply with the regulations. The Ontario Energy Board will assess the cost-effectiveness of each of the cap and trade compliance plans filed by the natural gas utilities to determine whether the gas utilities can recover those costs in the rates they charge customers. THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a combined public hearing to consider Enbridge Gas, Union Gas and Natural Resource Gas’ requests. We will question each of the gas utilities on their cap and trade compliance plans and on each of their cases for a rate change to implement those plans. We will also hear questions and arguments from individual customers and from groups that represent Enbridge Gas, Union Gas and Natural Resource Gas’ customers. The OEB will assess whether the compliance plans are cost-effective to determine whether the recovery of the cap and trade costs from customers is reasonable. The OEB is an independent and impartial public agency. We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides you with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost. BE INFORMED AND HAVE YOUR SAY You have the right to information regarding this application and to be involved in the process. • You can review each of Enbridge Gas, Union Gas and Natural Resource Gas ’ applications on the OEB’s website now. • You can file a letter with your comments at any time before the end of the OEB’s hearing, which will be considered during the hearing. • You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by January 9, 2017 or the hearing will go ahead without you and you will not receive any further notice of the proceeding. • At the end of the process, you can review the OEB’s decision and its reasons on our website. LEARN MORE Our file numbers for this case is EB-2016-0300 (Enbridge Gas), EB-2016-0296 (Union Gas) and EB-2016-0330 (Natural Resource Gas). To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file letters or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please enter one of the three file numbers EB-2016-0300 (Enbridge Gas), EB-2016-0296 (Union Gas) and EB-2016-0330 (Natural Resource Gas) on the OEB website: You can also phone our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727 with any questions. ORAL VS. WRITTEN HEARINGS There are two types of OEB hearings – oral and written. The OEB will determine at a later date whether to proceed by way of a written or oral hearing. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by January 9, 2017. PRIVACY If you write a letter of comment, your name and the content of your letter will be put on the public record and the OEB website. However, your personal telephone number, home address and email address will be removed. If you are a business, all your information will remain public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public. This hearing will be combined pursuant to section 21(5) and held under section 36 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, S.O. 1998 c.15 (Schedule B).


Fire station repair contract Alfred-Plantagenet Township council approved a recommendation from its public works department for a $4000 contract, plus taxes, with J & R Renovations of Plantagenet, for water-damage repairs to the Wendover village fire station. The company submitted the lowest of two bids received for the contract. – Gregg Chamberlain Council members and staff also talked about the possibility of creatingmore small “park-and-ride” pickup and dropoff loca- tions, within the city bounds, as another aid to boosting commuter passenger numbers for CRTranspo. Public transit provided some lively dis- cussion during one of the evening budget review sessions for Clarence-Rockland council. The 2017 budget for the City of Clarence- Rockland is due for final acceptance at a special session of council in early December. Meanwhile council and staff spent three late evenings, fromNov. 21 to 23, at the Clarence Creek municipal office, reviewing various portions of the budget with at least onemore review session scheduled for Nov. 29. The funding support situation for CR- Transpo came under review during one of the sessions. Coun. Mario Zanth noted that the city must take care to ensure the local public transit system continues to operate and provide not just convenient public transport between the villages and town, but also commuter access between Clarence-Rockland and Ottawa-Orléans. “If this system goes down,” Zanth said, “that highway that we want to enlarge, it ain’t gonna happen if there’s no (commuter) bus service.” Part of the review discussion concer- ned the amount of funds coming in rider fees. Zanth suggested the city should look into ways to promote CRTranspo more to students graduating high school and looking at pursuing post-secondary studies at one of the colleges or universities in nearby Ottawa. He noted that promoting the public tran- sit system, as a convenient and cheap way to get to college or university, could help boost ridership among local grads.

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