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With the Ontario government’s announcement of over $100 million to support the expansion of natural gas networks, the government determined that it would use taxpayers’ money and give natural gas companies an unfair advantage.

As you are aware, we have been arguing on your behalf that utilities should not be allowed to make existing natural gas customers responsible for costs associated with expanding into new areas. The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) agreed with us, after holding a series of hearings to establish principles to guide costs associated with expanding natural gas services.

In its November 2016 decision, the OEB stated that it would not be appropriate for existing customers to pay for costs associated with expanding natural gas services. Without subsidies, estimated energy savings for customers are reduced and in practice, this should translate into fewer incentives for them to switch to natural gas. Without subsidies, utilities are less inclined to build networks.

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The federal government plans to introduce new legislation and regulations to implement a carbon pollution pricing system – the backstop– to be applied in jurisdictions that do not have carbon pricing systems that align with the benchmark. In its Technical Paper released on May 18, the federal government outlined how the federal carbon tax will be implemented, including how the levy will be applied to fossil fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and propane, starting in 2018. It also set a levy on emissions from industrial facilities that emit more than 50 kilotonnes or more of greenhouse gases per year (output base), which will start Jan. 2, 2019.

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CPA News
The CPA held its 2017 Ontario Seminar & Golf Tournament at the Markham Hilton Conference Centre on May 31 and June 1. Over 150 delegates attended the event, which included a full day of seminar presentations, a supplier exhibition, and a golf tournament at the beautiful Angus Glen Golf Club. A dinner featuring presentations of CPA’s annual awards, meetings for CPA’s Codes & Standards and Transportation Committees, and CPA’s Annual General Meeting, were also conducted as part of the event.

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Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) News
Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) is a not-for-profit corporation created by industry for industry. As a co-operative emergency preparedness and response organization, ERAC is instrumental in assisting hundreds of oil and gas and transportation organizations requiring Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs).

ERAC is currently working on a project to develop more ERAC-owned equipment caches to assist Plan Participants in keeping community and clients safe under any circumstances. The equipment caches will be strategically placed across Canada and could be transported to any incident or training facility when needed.

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