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LIEN regional workshop - Ottawa

SAVING ENERGY: A TENANT ACTION WORKSHOP

This free workshop offers great networking opportunities, activities, and an inside peek at how tenants can take the lead to save energy, money, and make their neighbourhoods a better place to live! The workshop is led by Toronto Environmental Alliance, supported by LIEN, and hosted by Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre

What to expect

  • Get inspired by real-life examples of how tenants have successfully run their own energy conservation programs.
  • Learn step-by-step how you could kick-start your own energy conservation program.
  • Collect ideas, advice, tools, and resources to help you along the way.
  • Participate in breakout sessions and activities.
  • Relate what you've been learning to your own   neighbourhood.
  • Network with fellow tenant advocates and activists.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Jim Durrell Complex, 1265 Walkley Road, Ottawa

Register Now!
Option 1: Fill in the online registration form: www.torontoenvironment.org/workshops
Option 2: Email or fax the registration form to the LIEN Coordinator.

Contact information for LIEN Coordinator
Call toll free: 1-866-245-4182 ext. 5167
Email: bhanjiz@lao.on.ca
Fax: 1-416-597-5821

LIEN Annual Conference 2008 - Toronto

"Making Connections: Green Pathways out of Energy Poverty"

Where: Thomas Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University Campus
Date: Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
What: A gathering for anti-poverty, affordable housing and environmental advocates to share experiences and engage in an action agenda on low-income energy issues such as:

• Rising energy prices and the need for a low-income rate affordability program
• The impact of smart sub-metering on low-income tenants
• Addressing energy affordability within the context of Ontario's poverty reduction, long-term affordable housing, and climate change strategies
• Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in low-income energy issues, or who wants to get involved. No special expertise required - bring your questions and your experiences to share with others.

Why you should attend:
It's free! And you will leave the conference with new connections, resources, and knowledge - ready to successfully take on the challenges in your own community.

Who/What is the Low-Income Energy Network?
The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) is a network of community organizations that was formed to raise awareness of implications for low-income households of increases in energy prices and to propose solutions. LIEN aims to ensure universal access to adequate energy as a basic necessity, while minimizing the impacts on health and on the local and global environment of meeting the essential energy and conservation needs of all Ontarians. LIEN promotes programs and policies which tackle the problems of energy poverty and homelessness, reduce Ontario's contribution to smog and climate change, and promote a healthy economy through the more efficient use of energy, a transition to renewable sources of energy, education and consumer protection.

LIEN currently has over 70 member organizations and a steering committee made up of representatives from:
• Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
• Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
• Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
• Share the Warmth (STW)
• Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC)
• Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)

For background information and copies of presentations made at the conference, please refer to the documents posted below.

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Conference kit

Agenda
LIEN 2-pager 
LIEN submission to Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction
Information energy assistance programs
Information on energy efficiency/conservation programs
Energy Poverty Factsheet
Smart sub-meter tenant infomation flyer
Smart sub-meter FAQs
Who does what on energy policy in OntarioAcronyms
Evaluation form

Presentations

Keynote address - A message from Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer
Linking energy poverty to Ontario's poverty reduction and affordable housing strategies - Michael Shapcott
LIEN advocacy activities update - Mary Truemner (ACTO) and Theresa McClenaghan (CELA)
Low-income energy retrofits: The Ontario experience and a national vision - Clifford Maynes and Bruce Pearce (GCC)
Smart sub-metering in the multi-residential rental sector - Mary Todorow (ACTO)
Low-income tenant led energy conservation - the LITES project - Franz Hartmann (TEA)


Directions and Registration

Oakham House is located on the southwest corner of Church Street and Gould Street. It is a 2 minute walk east of Yonge Street, just north of the Dundas subway station.
In keeping with the theme of the conference, if feasible, organizers would encourage the use of public transit or car pooling. There are several paid public parking lots also nearby. Please register by Friday, May 30, 2008.

There is no registration fee for the conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the food.

Click here to view the Registration Form

LIEN Workshop in Toronto

LIEN/TEA regional workshop
"Low-Income Tenants' Step-by-Step Guide to Energy Savings and Neighbourhood Action"

Where: Oakham Lounge, Oakham House, Ryerson University Campus
Date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

What can you expect?
This will be a full-day workshop run by the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), a LIEN steering committee member. The workshop lays out the steps for tenants to start a custom-made energy saving program in their own apartment building.

This is how the day will look:
• To start off, we'll use real-life examples of how tenants have successfully run their own energy conservation programs.
• Then we'll outline how you can do this in your own building or neighbourhood using a number of simple steps.
• You'll be given lots of examples and advice on how to follow each of the steps, including special tools or tactics that can help you along the way.
• Since every neighbourhood and building is different, there will be some time near the end to break out into groups and apply what you've been learning to your own neighbourhood situation.

Who should attend?
• Anyone who lives in Ontario - this is not just for Torontonians!
• Active tenants living in apartment buildings
• Neighbourhood and community groups working with or for tenants
• People looking to find new ways to save energy in their apartment building

Why you should attend?
• It's free and you'll have a chance to talk with other tenant activists
• You'll feel refreshed and motivated to try out some new ways to bring tenants together and take action on an important issue.
• You'll gain an impressive 'tool kit' to kick start energy conservation activities in your neighbourhood
• What you learn at the workshop can be used time and time again to take action on other neighbourhood concerns

WORKSHOP MATERIALS

Presentation


Directions and Registration

Oakham House is located on the southwest corner of Church Street and Gould Street. It is a 2 minute walk east of Yonge Street, just north of the Dundas subway station.
In keeping with the theme of the workshop, if feasible, organizers would encourage the use of public transit or car pooling. There are several paid public parking lots also nearby. Please register by Friday, May 30, 2008.

There is no registration fee for the workshop and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the food.

Click here to view the Registration Form

LIEN Annual Conference 2007 - Hamilton

"Cool Ideas, Hot Solutions: Working Together to End Energy Poverty"

The 2007 Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) Conference

Co-hosted by McQuesten Legal & Community Services,  Hamilton Mountain Legal & Community Services, and Dundurn Community Legal Services

Wednesday, June 20thth, 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
McMaster University Downtown Campus for Continuing Education,
50 Main Street East, 2nd floor
Hamilton

The McMaster Downtown Campus is located two short blocks from the downtown Hamilton GO Station:
www.mcmaster.ca/conted/about/find-cce

In keeping with the theme of the conference, if feasible, organizers would encourage the use of public transit or car pooling.  A GO bus/train schedule is available at www.gotransit.com

There are several paid public parking lots also close by the Downtown Campus.

What:
A gathering for anti-poverty, affordable housing and environmental advocates to share experiences and engage in an action agenda on low-income energy issues such as:
* Rising energy prices and rate affordability
* Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers
* Getting to a comprehensive province-wide low-income energy consumers' strategy
* Getting energy poverty on the public agenda - political and media strategies

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in low-income energy issues, or who wants to get involved. No special expertise required - bring your questions and your experiences to share with others.

Why you should attend:
It's free! And you will leave the conference with new connections, resources, and knowledge - ready to successfully take on the challenges in your own community.

Who/What is the Low-Income Energy Network?
The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) is a network of community organizations that was formed to raise awareness of implications for low-income households of increases in energy prices and to propose solutions. LIEN aims to ensure universal access to adequate energy as a basic necessity, while minimizing the impacts on health and on the local and global environment of meeting the essential energy and conservation needs of all Ontarians. LIEN promotes programs and policies which tackle the problems of energy poverty and homelessness, reduce Ontario's contribution to smog and climate change, and promote a healthy economy through the more efficient use of energy, a transition to renewable sources of energy, education and consumer protection.

LIEN currently has over 60 member organizations and a steering committee made up of representatives from:
*         Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
*         Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
*         Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
*         Share the Warmth (STW)
*         Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC)
*         Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)

Please register by Friday, June 15, 2007. Click on this link for the Registration Form.

There is no registration fee for this conference and lunch will be provided, but we ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can order the food. We regret that LIEN cannot provide travel subsidies.

For background information and copies of presentations made at the conference, please refer to the documents posted below.

CONFERENCE MATERIALS

Conference kit

Agenda
LIEN 2-pager
Lobby kit
List of energy assistance programs
List of energy efficiency/conservation programs
Who does what on energy policy in Ontario
Acronym list
Evaluation form

Presentations

The face of energy poverty in Hamilton - Tom Cooper (McQuesten Legal & Community Services)

Navigating through programs & services for low-income consumers in Ontario: a guided tour through the patchwork - Sarah Blackstock (Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Key actions needed to address energy poverty: energy conservation and rate assistance - Jordan Fysh (Green Venture), and Mary Truemner (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario) & Mary Todorow (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario)

LIEN Annual Conference 2006 - Peterborough

"Heat, Eat AND Pay the Rent: Green Solutions to Energy Poverty in Ontario"

The 2006 Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) & Affordable Housing Action Committee (AHAC) Conference
Co-sponsored by the Peterborough Community Legal Centre (PCLC), Community Counselling & Resource Centre (CCRC)

Friday, May 26, 2006, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Westdale United Church, 1509 Sherbrooke Street, Peterborough

What:
A gathering for anti-poverty, affordable housing and environmental advocates to share experiences and engage in an action agenda on low-income energy issues such as:

  • Rising energy prices and rate affordability
  • Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income consumers (homeowners and renters)
  • Smart Meters, sub-metering, and how the [new] Tenant Protection Act deals with energy issues
  • How local utilities can be involved, and the role of the OPA/Conservation Bureau and the OEB
  • Where should our energy come from?
  • Getting to a comprehensive province-wide low-income energy conservation/assistance strategy
  • A Case Study: Peterborough's experience with energy assistance for low-income households

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in low-income energy issues, or who wants to get involved. No special expertise required - bring your questions and your experiences to share with others.

Who/What is the Low-Income Energy Network?
The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) is a network of community organizations that was formed to raise awareness of implications for low-income households of increases in energy prices and to propose solutions. LIEN aims to ensure universal access to adequate energy as a basic necessity, while minimizing the impacts on health and on the local and global environment of meeting the essential energy and conservation needs of all Ontarians. LIEN promotes programs and policies which tackle the problems of energy poverty and homelessness, reduce Ontario's contribution to smog and climate change, and promote a healthy economy through the more efficient use of energy, a transition to renewable sources of energy, education and consumer protection.

LIEN currently has over 50 member organizations and a steering committee made up of representatives from:

  • Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)
  • Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)
  • Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)
  • Share the Warmth (STW)
  • Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC)
  • Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)
  • Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)

Conference materials:

Registration form

Agenda

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Plan for Canada - Bruce Pearce, Clifford Maynes (Green Communities Canada)

Peterborough programs & services for low-income people - Rosemary O'Donnell (Housing Resource Centre)

Energy Assistance Background Report (Peterborough) - Margaret McCutcheon (Housing Resource Centre)

Low-Income Energy Plan for Peterborough City and County - John Todd (Elenchus Research Associates)

Peterborough's FUSE program & Thermal Storage project - David Whitehouse (Peterborough Utility Services)

LIEN Advocacy Update - Mary Todorow (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario)

Affordable Housing, Electricity and the Conservation Bureau - Julia McNally (Conservation Bureau)

Electricity Conservation, Demand Management Programs and Low-Income Customers - Zora Crnojacki (Ontario Energy Board)

Helping Low-Income Consumers - Sarah Blackstock (Income Security Advocacy Centre)

Low-Income Energy Efficiency: Brantford Power's Conserving Homes program - Edward de Gale (Share the Warmth)

A Lean, Green and Clean Energy Future for Ontario - Keith Stewart (World Wildlife Fund - Canada)

Wrap-up: Working locally to eliminate energy poverty - Michael Shapcott (Toronto Disaster Relief Committee)

LIEN Annual Conference 2005 - Toronto

The Low Income Energy Network was pleased to host the Fighting Poverty and Pollution Conference in Toronto on April 7, 2005. This was a gathering for anti-poverty, affordable housing and environmental advocates in Ontario to share experiences and develop an action agenda on low-income energy issues such as:

  • Rising energy prices and housing affordability;
  • What the new electricity legislation means for the environment and affordability;
  • Reducing bills and pollution through energy conservation programs for low-income housing;
  • Smart meters, sub-metering, and how the new Tenant Protection Act deals with energy issues;
  • How to work with your local utility; and
  • Where should our energy come from in the future?; and
  • What should be the priorities for LIEN's activities in 2005 - 2006?

For background information and copies of presentations made at the conference, please refer to the documents posted below.

Conference materials

Agenda

Discussion paper on a low-income energy efficiency strategy

Background presentation on LIEN

Presentations

TEA -- who does what on energy policy in Ontario

ACTO -- The Tenant Protection Act, energy and sub-metering

Affordable and Efficient: a low-income energy efficiency strategy

Pembina -- Ontario sustainable electricity

CELA -- What's been done so far: LIEN origins, principles and proposals

ACTO -- The low-income energy burden in Ontario

Ontario Energy Board -- Electricity distributors conservation and demand management

Toronto Hydro -- Conservation and demand management: July 2004 to September 2007

Enbridge -- Mass markets low-income program

Share the Warmth - The Provincial Energy Fund

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