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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 kit

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


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

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Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2H7
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