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So you think electric vehicles cost more?

Toronto Star / Stephanie Wallcraft / 23 June 2020

Longer-range capabilities and the new federal incentive program, iZEV, are combining to make battery electric vehicles a more appealing and attainable option than ever. But if you’re looking for even more motivation to choose an EV, consider the lower total cost of ownership.

EVs don’t have oil to change or sparkplugs to replace, and that means fewer trips to the shop. According to current estimates, EV owners can expect to spend roughly a third less on maintenance over the life of their vehicles as compared to their internal combustion engine (ICE) equivalents.

Add in the fuel savings and the differences can be stark.

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Ontario reinstates the environmental protections it suspended

Cottage Life / Andrew Cruickshank / 22 June 2020

The Ontario government is revoking a regulation it passed on April 1 that suspended a wide range of environmental protection laws. Citing COVID-19 as the reason, the regulation allowed the government to bypass part two of the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Established in 1993, the EBR was created to allow Ontario residents to participate in environmental decision-making. Bypassing part two “was a green light for going ahead and making decisions on things without the public knowing and being able to comment,” says Rob Wright, a lawyer for Ecojustice, an environmental group.

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Let it bee, Augusta declares

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 17 June 2020

Augusta Township has proclaimed itself to be a bee-friendly community by agreeing to set aside vacant township properties to be used by beekeepers.

In a report to council, planner Myron Belej said the plan would have the dual benefits of helping the struggling bee population and beekeepers as well as assisting farmers in the pollination of their crops.

“It’s a sweet deal that will create a lot of buzz,” Belej told council this week.

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Lanark County goes electric

InsideOttawaValley.com / Ashley Kulp / 10 June 2020

The county is ramping up its climate action plan and purchasing electric vehicles is part of the priorities. Through the Local Municipal Vehicle Program passed by county council May 27, it encourages the purchase of one electric or hybrid vehicle by Dec. 31, 2022 with a grant available through a federal government subsidy.

“The county will match the federal incentive on that vehicle,” noted chief administrative officer Kurt Greaves.

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Gatineau residents flocking to new hobby: backyard chickens

CBC News / Joseph Tunney / 8 June 2020

People in Gatineau, Que., are flocking to a new hobby during the current pandemic: they’re raising chickens in their backyards.

While backyard chicken coops are prohibited in Ottawa, they’re allowed even in dense urban areas across the river in Gatineau.

In fact, by June 1, the city had handed out nearly as many permits for backyard coops as it did in all of 2019.

“I think the go-to question of the year is where to find chickens,” said Vicki Black, who’s helping neighbours start their own coops in Gatineau’s Aylmer sector.

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LGSBEC launches Summer Company 2020

Hometown TV 12 / 4 June 2020

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre proudly launches its annual Summer Company program on June 3rd, 2020. The launch will be virtual this year and be done over Zoom. This is a particularly special year for the small business centre as it celebrates 20 years of delivering the Summer Company program. A Birthday Bash is planned for August 20, 2020.

This year 6 young entrepreneurs in Leeds Grenville will experience being their own boss this summer. The number is slightly less because of the effect of COVID-19. The entrepreneurs will use their creative genius to successfully operate their businesses this summer.

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