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  • OSEA: Cutting through the fog: Understanding the economics of wind power
    wind power The economics of wind power are surrounded by confusion often nurtured and used by the opponents of wind the better to dismiss it Even the basic economics of energy markets are often misinterpreted by commentators The team at renewables international have published a three part article that examines important concepts like Levelised cost Marginal cost Wholesale electricity market prices Retail prices Externalities Energy policy recommendations may differ considerably

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  • OSEA: Message from On Co-op on the Impacted of Proposed Changes to Ontario's Co-operative Corporations Act
    impact of the changes on a local and regional provincial basis to MoF FSCO and assist in moving this process forward PROPOSED CHANGE 1 Changes to Audit Exemptions BACKGROUND A number of changes are being considered to increase the exemption thresholds before an external audit is conducted These will generally benefit newly formed co operatives and co ops with relatively low annualized levels of capital assets or revenue These recommendations will provide parity with other Ontario legislation such as the new Ontario Non profit Corporations Act and will take into account the eroding effects of inflation on the existing exemption limits RECOMMENDATION Recommendations for the new capital and asset exemption limits for co ops that have never issued securities and the prescribed maximums of capital assets gross revenue or sales for audit exemptions have not been yet determined by the Regulatory Affairs Committee sector input into these levels is required through this submission process INFORMATION REQUESTED MoF is looking for evidence that the current audit exemption limits are causing financial hardship to co operatives or excessively increasing the cost of bookkeeping and annual audits Please consider at a minimum the circumstances of your co operative in these areas What is your burden of complying direct audit costs bookkeeping staffing equipment tracking software etc What percentage of your annual revenue is devoted to an annual audit Does this affect your competitiveness or organizational sustainability What is the potential volume of business lost What are your recommendations for new limits and thresholds Are there other issues or external influences relating to to audit exemptions you wish to bring forward PROPOSED CHANGE 2 Removal of the 50 Provision BACKGROUND The Co operative Corporations Act CCA requires that a co operative conduct 50 percent or more of its business with the members of that co operative As determined by substantial co op sector research in 2010 the sector has determined that overall the 50 Rule is a barrier to co operative incorporation and sustainable growth especially for retail co ops or those who also transact business with non members The 50 percent provision is an arbitrary value that bears no relevance to the co op principles Ontario and Quebec are the only two provinces with this type of limit the other Canadian jurisdictions including federal co operatives generally rely on wording similar to what is already contained in the CCA regarding carrying on business in a co operative manner Compliance is cumbersome to monitor and manage and incurs additional auditing costs for both the government and co operatives RECOMMENDATION To remove this provision entirely from the Co operative Corporations Act If the proposed change was made to the CCA co operatives could then have the option to determine their own percentage of business to members from 0 100 and include that percentage in its by laws or policies INFORMATION REQUESTED MoF is looking for evidence that the 50 rule is causing financial hardship to co operatives or is having a negative impact on business

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  • OSEA: Zata Omm's vox:lumen
    collaborating with scientists artists and engineers to re imagine dance for our technological age William Yong has created more than 60 dance works worldwide and has been nominated for several of Canada s top dance honours including the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Choreography the Young Centre Performing Arts Multidisciplinary Dance Artist Award and the K M Hunter Artist Award He was recently awarded as the winner of Canadian Dance Assembly s I love dance J aime la danse Award for Innovation vox lumen an original full length 60 minutes contemporary dance production which has its world premieres on March 3rd 7th 2015 at Harbourfront Centre s Enwave Theatre in Toronto is certainly ambitious The concept of vox lumen involves creating an entirely self fuelled production powering the whole performance venue including lights audio and projections with kinetic and renewable energy sources The intention is also for the show to be completely self contained and easily packed up for transport anywhere touring opportunities may take us internationally The piece is driven by the need to generate light and therefore energy in the form of electricity Our vision is for all of the energy used to be generated from a combination of the kinetic energy created through the movement of dancers and members of the audience as well as other renewable sources of energy At this stage we are facing our biggest challenge as we integrate renewable forms of energy capture We are looking for partners in renewable energy sectors to donate or provide the system components needed to convert solar wind and kinetic energy into batteries power at our solar fair outside the Enwave Theatre at the beginning at the end of February to support performances in the first week of March The batteries will be transferred to

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  • OSEA: Ontario '10 years behind' in First Nations consultation process
    Horizon Wind expresses frustration over lack of clear rules of engagement CBC News Posted Jul 30 2014 10 59 AM ET Last Updated Jul 30 2014 10 59 AM ET The Norwester Mountains in Thunder Bay Ont are the site of a proposed wind farm project by Horizon Wind Horizon Wind is taking the province to task over its framework for consultation with Aboriginal communities Horizon s vice president of development said other provinces make the consultation process easier and faster We ve done business in other provinces and Ontario in our experience is basically a decade behind in the other provinces and really needs to catch up Nhung Nguyen told CBC News As an example Nguyen said the Saskatchewan government will make a decision in 30 to 90 days on whether First Nations have been properly consulted So far it s taken Ontario three years to do the same thing she said Everybody s frustrated Nguyen noted that in Quebec the government takes the lead in consultation while in Ontario it s up to the companies What we re lacking in Ontario is a clear rules of engagement with processes timelines and expectations for all sides she said She pointed to Cliffs stopping work in the Ring of Fire as another example of the consequences of the issue Everybody s frustrated The chief of Fort William First Nation could not be reached for comment on this story The First Nation s application for an injunction against Horizon s Big Thunder Wind Farm was recently dismissed The First Nation maintained the crown and Horizon failed to adequately consult affected First Nations and didn t sufficiently respond to concerns that were raised The judge dismissed the injunction application on the basis it was premature Horizon is also dealing with news the

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  • OSEA: Carpenters Annual Apprentice Competition Comes to Toronto
    to be held at Roundhouse Park will run from August 21 to 23 and offers a packed schedule The practical part of the exam in which the apprentices will be evaluated on their trade skills should also be the fun part and that will be open to the public photo of a contestant participating in the 2013 Competition image courtesy of National Apprenticeship Competition Comp The competition began in the early 90s as a way of showcasing the good training that the UBC one of North America s largest building trades unions provides its apprentices while unifying their Canadian members through friendly competition The primary goal of the competition however is to expose the public to the work that their members do and to get youth interested in pursuing a trade career The UBC does this by hosting their competitions in a different province each year at a great public venue photo of a contestant participating in the 2013 Competition image courtesy of National Apprenticeship Competiti Each Canadian province and territory sends four apprentices who are typically nearing the end of their training and on their way to becoming joureypeople to represent them at the competition Each apprentice is trained in one UBC trade carpentry drywall floor covering or millwright The apprentices are tested on their knowledge of the trade by taking a written test and a Transit Level and Layout Exam These parts of the competition although important for evaluating the participants will not be open to the public The practical component of the event will be open to the public from 8 AM to 4 PM on the 22nd A group of contestants from the 2013 competion in Newfoundland image courtesy of National Apprenticeship Competition The event is judged by a variety people in the trade industry This

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  • OSEA: Rod slams an act. Find out which one
    the jobs it promised Fremlin said Fremlin said only 10 000 jobs were created in the energy sector as opposed to the 50 000 that were projected by the Liberals saying many of those jobs were temporary jobs involved in the construction of projects such as wind and solar farms High energy prices are driving manufacturers to lower cost jurisdictions Fremlin said adding the Progressive Conservatives would get those rates under control David Orazietti incumbent Liberal MPP said the green energy sector was one that barely existed when the Liberals first came to power in 2003 and estimated 42 000 jobs have been created through Liberal development of the sector Orazietti said green energy is a job creator and job retainer for the Sault saying that steel used in the construction of a wind farm near Windsor was manufactured at Essar Steel Algoma Orazietti defended the Green Energy Act as a responsible shift away from coal fired energy saying coal fired energy cost Ontario s healthcare system 4 4 billion a year for the treatment of respiratory illnesses Celia Ross NDP candidate said she is a personal supporter of solar power in particular but that not everyone can afford to install solar panels on their roofs We need to assist people with retrofit grants and loans those people need help and must be encouraged to take part in this energy revolution Ross said adding that developers need to be encouraged with incentives to build energy efficient buildings High energy costs must be brought down to make sure manufacturing jobs are not lost Ross said The NDP believes power should be bought from Quebec and we should not sell power to the United States for half of what it cost us to produce it Kara Flannigan Green Party candidate was clearly

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  • OSEA: Niagara This Week: Candidates weigh in on energy issues
    the accomplishments of the Liberal Party and its commitment to looking at renewable energy and conservation as they phase out of coal power We re saving the province approximately 4 4 billion a year in avoided health care and environmental costs and about 700 premature deaths we see it as a common sense mix said Bradley noting the province s green energy strategy has attracted 24 billion in investment creating more than 42 000 jobs and allowing Niagara to grow as a green hub We intend to allocate for renewables and provide incentives financially otherwise to assist Siscoe said he is in favour of green energy but admitted it s much more complex of an issue than supporting the sector Green energy needs to be affordable It shouldn t be subsidized to the tune of 46 billion through corporate welfare and while we need to explore alternatives we need to maintain our exploration of other options including nuclear said Siscoe adding green energy needs to be researched fully Siscoe stressed that every industry should be treated fairly and they PCs want an environment where businesses in all sectors can do business The region was hammered by manufacturing job losses he said and more needs to be done to help attract jobs to Ontario Karen Fraser in her first appearance as Green Party candidate less than 24 hours after being nominated committed support for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs It s time to look forward We have nuclear and fossil fuels that are finite and we have to look over and above that said Fraser Our goals and plans need to turn to renewable power such as wind and solar She said the province must keep looking towards innovation and new ways of harnessing renewable energy We need to be open to hearing what s out there and ensuring it s on the radar so we can move forward with technology in Canada Fraser said adding programming must be in place to also help the everyday Ontarians and the costs they face for energy All three candidates acknowledged the sector is important to Niagara Fraser noted the industry relocating to the region is important to providing those who have been forced out of their manufacturing jobs an opportunity to return to the workforce Bradley said he sees the number of jobs in the sector growing even more with the potential for even more economic benefit in Niagara and beyond The grid he said has been upgraded to accommodate that growth Our commitment is long term and we will continue he said We will make no apologies improving our air quality our environment our health and boosting our economy Siscoe meanwhile said the Ontario PCs are committed to more hydro electric projects in Niagara and across Ontario such as the upcoming Shickluna project in St Catharines But brought online in a much more timely fashion through stronger provincial leadership said Siscoe Clean energy alternatives need to be explored as priority options

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  • OSEA: WWEA Small Wind World Report 2012
    Renewable Energy articles publications Sustainable Energy OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates Related News News Updates Related News WWEA Small Wind World Report 2012 World market for small wind turbines sees dynamic growth and total capacity reaches 440 MW More than 330 manufacturers of small wind turbines can be found in 40 countries all over the world More supportive policies

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