Author Archives: Jay Shepherd

About Jay Shepherd

Jay Shepherd is a Toronto lawyer and writer. This site includes a series on energy issues, plus some random non-fiction on matters of interest. More important, it includes the Lives series, which bridge the gap between fiction and non-fiction, and now some short stories. Fiction is where I'm going, but not everything you want to say fits one form. I am not spending any time actively marketing what I write, but by all means feel free to share if you think others would enjoy reading this stuff.

Energy #21 – Guelph Hydro: Fifteen Claims

Since my article on November 5th analysing aspects of the Guelph Hydro Alectra merger, a number of readers in Guelph have asked me to look at the transaction further, particularly in light of the lengthy report tabled December 1st to … Continue reading

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Lives #4 Update – Susan Grows Up

[This is a follow-up to the fourth in my “Lives” series, “Anne’s Secret”, published three years ago.  As with all of this series, the basic story is true.  I’ve changed the names, and some of the details, so that the … Continue reading

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Energy #20 – An Open Letter to Guelph Hydro Customers

Alectra Utilities and Guelph Hydro are discussing a merger, the headlines say. Already there is a flurry of information available to local Guelph residents about those discussions, and the many benefits of joining the Alectra fold.  For the most part, … Continue reading

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The Scalable Universe

And now for something completely different.
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Energy #19 – Regulatory Capture

This article was originally supposed to be about the Fair Hydro plan, and in particular the regulatory failures that led to the political need for it. As so often happens, events overtook my plan.  While I was looking at the … Continue reading

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Small Business Tax Avoidance Proposals

[This is my analysis of current government proposals to change the private corporation tax rules, limiting certain tax planning schemes.  It has also been filed as a submission to the Minister of Finance.] Background and Summary I own a small … Continue reading

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Parenting

WARNING:  This article may contain twists and turns that you were not expecting. I was in a very nice restaurant with three friends, having dinner.  It was about seven o’clock, maybe a little earlier.  Because the place was full, we … Continue reading

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