EN BREFS BRIEF NEWS HUNTING SAFETY TIPS Over the winter, conservation officers of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be out talking with hunters about how to stay safe. Top safety tips include: never carry loaded firearms in or on a vehicle, including all-terrain vehicles; never shoot from or across a roadway; handle firearms with care and attention at all times; and never drink alcohol or take impairing drugs while hunting. When hunting on private lands, hunters must make sure they have the landowner’s permission. Those who wish to hunt with dogs must get specific permission for that. Conservation officers may ask to see hunters’ licences and to inspect firearms. Hunters should keep licences with them while hunting. – Francis Racine licensed home child care services may receive a slight rate increase in funding support from the counties this year. Anne Comtois-Lalonde, director for social services for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), will present counties council with a detailed report during its regular meeting later in January for a one dollar increase on the per diem support funding that the UCPR provides the Prescott-Russell Licensed Home Child Care Agency (PRLCCA).– Gregg Chamberlain FESTIVAL DE LA RIVIÈRE Le conseil de Clarence-Rockland a récemment décidé d’octroyer 35 000 $ pour l’organisation du Festival de la rivière des Outaouais et la fête du Canada. Rappelons que le même montant avait été octroyé par le conseil l’an dernier pour les mêmes évènements. La demande a été faite par les Services communautaires. – Francis Racine Eastern Ontario has a new voice to speak for its municipalities during future dealings with the provincial and federal governments. The Eastern Onta- rio Wardens Caucus (EOWC) named Mayor Andy Letham of the City of Kawartha Lakes as its new chairman during the group’s January inaugural session in Kingston. Mayor Jennifer Murphy of Bonnechere Valley Township, and also warden for Renfrew County, is the EOWC’s new vice-chair for 2019. The EOWC is working with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) on a $213-million business case proposal to both senior level governments and also the private sector, for a project to eliminate “dead zones” where mobile phone service is lacking. CHILD CARE FUNDING The agency that helps manage WARDENS CAUCUS NAMES ANDY LETHAM AS NEW CHAIR
ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS OF ENBRIDGE GAS INC. (FORMERLY ENBRIDGE GAS DISTRIBUTION INC. AND UNION GAS LIMITED)
Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to raise its natural gas rates effective January 1, 2019. Learn more. Have your say.
The Ontario Energy Board approved the amalgamation of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited in August 2018. The companies have amalgamated to form Enbridge Gas Inc. Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to the Ontario Energy Board to raise its natural gas rates effective January 1, 2019. If the application is approved as filed, the yearly bill of a typical residential customer within the former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited rate zones will increase by the following amounts: Rate Zones Residential Annual Bill Increase Enbridge Gas $ 5.74 Union South $ 9.98 Union North East $ 4.88 Union North West $ 6.81 The rates are based on a rate-setting framework and other adjustments previously approved by the Ontario Energy Board for the period 2019-2023. The rates are set using a formula that is tied to inflation and other factors intended to promote efficiency. Enbridge Gas Inc. is also asking the Ontario Energy Board to approve its rate design proposal and the costs of certain capital projects that are not part of their regular capital expenditures. Other customers of Enbridge Gas Inc. may be affected. It is important to review the application carefully to determine whether you will be affected by the changes. THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a public hearing to consider the application filed by Enbridge Gas Inc. We will question Enbridge Gas Inc. on the case. We will also hear questions and arguments from individual customers and from groups that represent the customers of Enbridge Gas Inc. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide whether the rate increase requested in the application will be approved. 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 the application filed by Enbridge Gas Inc. on the OEB’s website now. • You can file a letter with your comments, which will be considered during the hearing. • You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by February 5, 2019 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 number for this case is EB-2018-0305. 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 the file number EB-2018-0305 on the OEB website: www.oeb.ca/participate. You can also phone our Consumer Relations Centre at 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 February 5, 2019. 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 e-mail 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 held under section 36 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, S.O. 1998 c.15 (Schedule B). 1-877-632-2727 with any questions. ORAL VS. WRITTEN HEARINGS
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Commission de l’énergie de l’Ontario
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