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ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS OF ENBRIDGE GAS INC.

ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS OF ENBRIDGE GAS INC.
Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to dispose of certain account balances and for approval of the amount of its earnings that it must share with customers.

Learn more. Have your say.

Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for approval to dispose of amounts recorded in certain deferral and variance accounts and for approval of the amount of its 2019 earnings that it is required to share with customers.

If the application is approved as filed, a typical residential customer in the EGD Rate Zone (former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. customers) would pay a one-time charge of $0.74 in January 2021.

A typical residential customer in each of the Union Rate Zones (former Union Gas Limited customers) would see the following impacts:

•    Union South Rate Zone: a total charge of $4.97 collected over three months, from January to March 2021
•    Union North West Rate Zone: a total credit of $61.53 received over three months, from January to March 2021
•    Union North East Rate Zone: a total credit of $5.94 received over three months, from January to March 2021
Other customers, including businesses, may also be affected.

THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a public hearing to consider the application filed by Enbridge Gas. During this hearing, which could be an oral or written hearing, we will question Enbridge Gas on the case. We will also hear questions and arguments from individuals that have registered to participate (called intervenors) in the OEB’s hearing. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide whether the amounts and the charges or credits 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 Enbridge Gas’ application 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 intervenor. As an intervenor you can ask questions about Enbridge Gas’ application and make arguments on whether the OEB should          approve Enbridge Gas’ request. Apply by October 8, 2020 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

The OEB intends to consider cost awards in this proceeding that are in accordance with the Practice Direction on Cost Awards and only in relation to the following:
1) The review of the following deferral and variance accounts:

EGD Rate Zone (former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.) Accounts
•    Storage and Transportation Deferral Account
•    Transactional Services Deferral Account
•    Unaccounted for Gas Variance Account
•    Average Use True-Up Variance Account
•     Deferred Rebate Account
•     Dawn Access Costs Deferral Account
•    Gas Supply Plan Cost Consequences Deferral Account

Union Rate Zones (former Union Gas Limited) Accounts
•    Unabsorbed Demand Costs Variance Account
•    Upstream Transportation Optimization Deferral Account
•    Short-Term Storage and Other Balancing Services Deferral Account
•    Normalized Average Consumption Deferral Account
•    Unaccounted for Gas Volume Variance Account
•    Unaccounted for Gas Price Variance Account
•    Parkway West Project Costs Deferral Account
•    Brantford-Kirkwall / Parkway D Project Costs Deferral Account
•    Parkway Obligation Rate Variance Deferral Account
•    Lobo C Compressor / Hamilton-Milton Pipeline Project Costs Deferral Account
•    Lobo D / Bright C / Dawn H Compressor Project Costs Deferral Account
•    Burlington-Oakville Project Costs Deferral Account
•    Panhandle Reinforcement Project Costs Deferral Account
•    Pension and Other Post-Employment Benefits Variance Account
•    Deferral Clearing Variance Account

Enbridge Gas Inc. Accounts
•    Account Policy Changes Deferral Account
•    Earning Sharing Deferral Account
•    Tax Variance Deferral Account

2) The review of Enbridge Gas Inc.’s 2019 utility results and earnings sharing amounts.

3) The review of the methodology for disposing and allocating the deferral and variance account balances and the 2019 earnings sharing amount, if any.

LEARN MORE
Our file number for this case is EB-2020-0134. To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file a letter with your comments or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please enter the file number EB-2020-0134 on the OEB website: www.oeb.ca/participate. 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. Enbridge Gas has applied for a written hearing. The OEB is considering this request. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by October 8, 2020.

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 rate hearing will be held under section 36 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c.15, Schedule B.

NEWS RELEASE - Ontario Introduces Legislation to Provide Support for More Ontario Veterans and their Families

News Release

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Provide Support for More Ontario Veterans and their Families

September 18, 2020

Proposed measures would expand access to financial assistance for veterans of all ages

AURORA — The Ontario government has introduced legislation to provide financial assistance to more veterans in need. The Soldiers’ Aid Commission Act, 2020, if passed, will ensure veterans of all ages and their families, not just those who served in the Second World War and the Korean War, will be eligible to apply for financial assistance.

“On Military Family Appreciation Day, it’s time to remember the tremendous sacrifices our veterans have made to make our province and country a better place,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “That’s why we’re working hard across government to make sure we are there for them, when they need us. We’re committed to helping more of our heroes in need through the Soldiers’ Aid Commission.”

To support the next generation of service men and women, the government is proposing to increase its investment in the Soldiers’ Aid Commission to more than $1.5 million annually. The funding provided by the commission will continue to support veterans who are unable to pay for health-related items such as hearing aids, wheelchairs and glasses, home-related items such as home accessibility modifications and repair costs, and personal items and support services such as clothing and counselling.

“Regardless of when and where they served, our veterans face many challenges,” said Minister Smith. “This includes everything from post-traumatic stress disorder, physical injury, challenges finding employment and even at times facing homelessness, all while trying to navigate a complex support system.”

“We’re excited about the government’s commitment to support veterans,” said Colin Rowe, Chair of the Soldiers’ Aid Commission. “Our commission has helped thousands of veterans and their families over the years, but their needs are growing and our veterans deserve our help.”

QUICK FACTS

  • The Soldiers’ Aid Commission was created to support veterans coming home from the First World War over 100 years ago. It was later expanded to support those who served in the Second World War and the Korean War.
  • According to statistics from Veterans Affairs Canada, the average age of Second World War veterans is 94 and the average age of Korean War veterans is 87.
  • Currently, about 230,000 veterans live in Ontario. About 93 per cent of those veterans served after the Korean War, meaning those in financial need have not been able to access funding from the commission.
  • On average, 3,850 service members leave the Canadian Armed Forces each year to live or work in Ontario. Their average age upon release from service is 39.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CONTACTS

Palmer Lockridge
Minister’s Office
Palmer.Lockridge@ontario.ca

Kristen Tedesco
Communications Branch
416-803-6153
Kristen.Tedesco@ontario.ca

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
https://www.ontario.ca/mccss

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - ROAD OPERATOR – PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

The Corporation of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is seeking applications for a Road Operator – Public Works.  This position reports to the Manager of Roads and Facilities and in his absence the Working Foreman. 

The preferred applicant must have:

  • Grade 12 education.
  • Valid Driver’s License Class AZ or DZ and clean driving abstract.
  • Successfully Criminal Record Check.
  • Knowledge, ability and physical condition to perform duties required.
  • Excellent work and attendance record.

The following would be considered an asset:

  • Experience operating various types of heavy road machinery, including road graders, tractors, tandem trucks, backhoe loaders, tractor trailers etc.,
  • Experience in the maintenance of the road system, including bridges, culverts, mowing, brush/tree trimming, catch basins, patching, grading, snow plowing, sanding and salting etc.,
  • Experience with Road Patrol Software.
  • Practical experience and/or knowledge of Winter Maintenance Minimum Standards
  • First-aid/CPR-C Certification. 
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Please submit your detailed resume outlining your qualifications and experience to:  Katie Morreau, Human Resources - Municipality of Dutton Dunwich via email:  kmorreau@duttondunwich.on.ca

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS:  October 2nd, 2020 by 4:30pm

All applicants are thanked but only those selected for an interview will receive further notice.

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodations may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.

In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information gathered is collected pursuant to the Municipal Act and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection.

Notice of Water Service Interruption - Wednesday, September 16th

Please note that if you are a customer living on Talbot Line (Hwy #3) between the West edge or Wallacetown and Coyne Road, you may experience an interruption to your drinking water service between 9:00am and 12:00pm. 

The purpose of this interruption is due to repairs needed for a small water leak discovered during annual chamber inspections. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and our water operators will work as quickly and as safe as possible to have water turned back on.

REMINDER - CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK APPLICATIONS MOVED TO ONLINE ONLY

FROM/DE:   Essex County Detachment                                   DATE:  September 9, 2020

(ESSEX CTY, ON) - The Essex County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the public of a new, streamlined process for anyone requesting criminal record checks.

As announced in July, anyone requesting a criminal record check within an OPP jurisdiction will have to complete and submit their application online at www.opp.ca/crc.

Details to Consider:

  •  Payment by credit card is required
  • OPP will no longer be accepting criminal record check applications at their detachment locations
  • The OPP can only accept and process criminal record checks for applicants that reside within OPP jurisdictions
  • Applicants can only apply for criminal record checks with the police service in the jurisdiction where they reside

If you have questions in regards to the process or completing the application form, please contact the OPP specialists at OPP.Police.Record.Check@opp.ca.

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Contact: Provincial Constable Jim Root
Email: jim.root@opp.ca
opp.caTWITTER: @OPP_WR

Dutton Library Expands Service Hours

Please be advised we are expanding our curbside service hours at the John Kenneth Galbraith Reference Library.

Curbside pickup times will be:  Mondays: 11am-3pm and Thursdays: 2-6pm

These expanded hours take effect on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The library will remain closed to the public, including access to public washrooms. In addition to the curbside hours, please note that staff are still on site and available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to assist patrons over the phone.

 

News Release - Ontario Launches Consultations to Strengthen Privacy Protections of Personal Data

August 13, 2020

Province seeking public input on how personal information is collected, used and safeguarded

TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government launched consultations to improve the province's privacy protection laws. People and businesses from a wide range of sectors, including technology, financial and service, and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, will have the opportunity to contribute to strengthening transparency and accountability concerning the collection, use and safeguarding of personal information online.

"Our government continually hears concerns regarding the province's privacy protections," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. "This has only been further highlighted during the COVID-19 outbreak, which has resulted in Ontarians relying more on digital platforms to carry out day-to-day tasks. With the increased reliance on these platforms, there is a strong need to build public and consumer confidence and trust in the digital economy. I encourage all Ontarians to participate in these consultations as privacy is critically important to everyone."

Through an online survey, written submissions and web conferences, the government is collaborating with the people of Ontario to create a legislative framework for privacy in the province's private sector.

The province is seeking advice on ways to:

  • Increase transparency for individuals, providing Ontarians with more detail about how their information is being used by businesses and organizations.
  • Enhance consent provisions allowing individuals to revoke consent at any time, and adopting an "opt-in" model for secondary uses of their information.
  • Introduce a right for individuals to request information related to them be deleted, subject to limitations (this is otherwise known as "right to erasure" or "the right to be forgotten").
  • Introduce a right for individuals to obtain their data in a standard and portable digital format, giving them greater freedom to change service providers without losing their data (this is known as "data portability").
  • Increase enforcement powers for the Information and Privacy Commissioner to ensure businesses comply with the law, including giving the commissioner the ability to impose penalties.
  • Introduce requirements for data that has been de-identified and derived from personal information to provide clarity of applicability of privacy protections.
  • Expand the scope and application of the law to include non-commercial organizations, including not-for-profits, charities, trade unions and political parties.
  • Create a legislative framework to enable the establishment of data trusts for privacy protective data sharing.

"As Ontario transitions to the post-COVID realities, the global data-driven economy continues to march ahead presenting new challenges for policy makers," said Benjamin Bergen, executive director of the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI). "Our members welcome the government's effort to design a new and updated framework that al lows it to govern the economic and non-economic effects of the data-driven world where the collection, use and monetizing of personal data is at the centre of new business models. Privacy protections and industry growth don't need to be at odds and we look forward to the discussions on how best to enhance fundamental personal privacy elements while positioning Ontario to be a leader in the 21st Century innovation economy."

Written submissions from impacted businesses and the general public will be accepted until October 1, 2020. Anyone can participate in the consultation by filling out the online survey.

QUICK FACTS

  • The 2019 Ontario Budget announced a digital plan, including introduction of the Simpler, Faster, Better Services Act, designed to significantly improve how government works and the services it delivers to people and businesses across Ontario.
  • Through the Digital First plan, the government is putting several transactions at ServiceOntario online enabling Ontarians who need to renew their driver’s licence, licence plate sticker or health card the ability to do so conveniently, error-free and with ease.
  • Currently, private sector organizations operating in Ontario must follow the rules set out in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which governs traditional commercial activities.
  • A data trust is a legal mechanism that enables an organization’s data to be governed by a trusted third party, to ensure the transparent and accountable use of that data. They operate under legal agreements that follow existing intellectual property and privacy protection laws. Currently, no jurisdiction in Canada has a legislative framework for data trusts.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CONTACTS

Nicko Vavassis
Minister’s Office
647-283-2978
Nicko.Vavassis@ontario.ca

Harry Malhi
Communications Branch
416-575-0773
Harry.Malhi@ontario.ca

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
http://www.ontario.ca/mgcs

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