"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
The McMaster Downtown Campus is located two short blocks from the downtown Hamilton GO Station:
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.
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.
List of energy assistance programs
List of energy efficiency/conservation programs
Who does what on energy policy in Ontario
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)