March 18, 2020
COVID-19
We've assembled information and links to business continuity and risk management resources for municipalities on our website . Appropriate resources will be added as they become available. The content may change as the situation evolves, so please keep checking back for updates and watch our social media accounts for announcements.
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TOOLS AND RESOURCES
Collaboration tools to try, including webinar and conferenc e call resources
With many of our members choosing to work remotely right now, we recognize that alternatives to conventional meetings are necessary. Webinars and conference calls are both ideal tools to adapt to our current circumstances. The following list of resources will allow you to connect from anywhere.

  • For webinars, Readytalk is an easy-to-use communication tool.
  • For online meetings, gotomeeting is user-friendly and setup is simple. The administrator of the meeting can show the agenda package on screen for attendees to view and discuss. This option will allow you to facilitate a meeting quickly and easily.
  • Other meeting options include Convene, Zoom and Pragmatic Conference Phone Lines.
Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP are hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. Intended to assist employers, the webinar will review best practices and provide practical tips for employers in both union and non-union settings. They will address employer’s rights, responsibilities, and risks (both legal and practical), and how those may change over time. Register here
The Conference Board of Canada is hosting a webinar on Thursday, March 19 at noon related to the steps employers need to take stemming from government declarations and the spread of the virus. Register here.
AUMA Employee Benefits is co-hosting a webinar with Sun Life to help explain our disability management programs on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. We will look at best practices to help you navigate the disability system more confidently, and you will also get the opportunity to ask questions. Register here .

Quick Tip - Vacant Buildings
AUMA's Senior Director of Risk & Claims, Will Burtenshaw, reminds you to check on your vacant and closed buildings to ensure that there is heat on where needed. Cold weather can cause water lines to freeze and burst, resulting in water damage. Be sure to turn off the water to vacated buildings if water is not needed. It is also a good idea to check all vacant buildings on a daily basis to ensure no theft or vandalism has occurred.
ADVOCACY UPDATES
The process of conducting research, drafting a clear and concise resolution, and seeking endorsement of both the moving and seconding councils takes time, so get started right away. 
A new study funded by AUMA, the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, and the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) presents a vision for a made-in-Alberta EPR solution that comes with undeniable economic, environmental, and social benefits.
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GOOD TO KNOW
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) offers a variety of free online Asset Management resources. There are several guides and tools to help you learn the basics and how to get your municipality started, along with videos and examples of how asset management is being put into practice in communities throughout Canada.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has available funding and is looking to partner with municipalities on wetland replacement projects. These may include restoration of existing wetland or the construction of new wetland. More information can be found on the online Wetland Replacement Program factsheet. Contact the AEP by March 27 in order to apply for the 2020/2021 program.

The Alberta Water Council (AWC) is calling on members and seeking representatives from municipalities to participate in a drought simulation exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to help the AWC and other groups to understand and plan for drought preparation and response. More information on the simulation is available on the AWC website. Please contact AUMA’s Advocacy staff by March 27 if you are interested in participating. 
Consider collaborating when managing energy use and new program changes for electric vehicles

Register for the Municipal Energy Manager Program webinar on March 23 to learn more about collaboration opportunities, deadlines, and more.

The M.D. of Bonnyville and the Village of Glendon are partnering to hire a Municipal Energy Manager with funding from the Action Centre. Contact the Action Centre staff to learn how you can partner with another municipality.

Apply to the Municipal Energy Manager Program before April 30, 2020 to access two years of funding for the salary of an energy manager. Municipalities can still apply after April 30, but will only be able to access funding for the salary of an energy manager for one year.

Now there are more ways to go electric with the new program changes and resources for the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities Program.
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