September 11, 2019
ADVOCACY UPDATES
Each year at the AUMA’s Annual Convention and AMSC Trade Show , outstanding municipal professionals from across Alberta are awarded for their collaboration, dedication and commitment to excellence.

AUMA’s efforts to get our members’ priorities in front of the provincial government continue. To support our members during Convention, AUMA staff are working on a government engagement toolkit, which will be released on September 18.

An updated version of the 2019 Resolutions Book is now available that includes an extraordinary resolution from the Town of Peace River on Taxation of Intermunicipal Cost-sharing Agreements.

Fayrell Wheeler, Councillor in Drayton Valley and AUMA Director, Towns West, is energized by collaborating with other municipalities and advocating to get towns a voice at the table.

AUMA is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors. Apply by September 19.

Last week, Justice and Solicitor General hosted a webinar to present and gather preliminary feedback on a draft police funding model that would apply to municipalities with populations under 5,000, and municipal districts and counties. 

As we get closer to October 21, AUMA is sharing information from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) outlining their platform planks and key messages members can use to advocate for priorities.

This week's focus is infrastructure:

Canadians count on local governments for good roads and bridges, efficient public transit, reliable water and waste systems, quality recreational facilities and so much more. In fact, municipalities build and maintain 60 percent of the core public infrastructure that supports our economy and quality of life.

In a recent decision, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench considered issues of procedural fairness in the context of a municipality’s adherence to mandatory requirements under a Municipal Development Plan (“MDP”). 

Please note: Casual Legal articles are available to AUMA members only . To access, you must have a subscription to the AUMA website.
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As we approach Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada, which runs from October 6-12, AUMA and our partner Sun Life are pleased to provide our members with a series of information sessions
GOOD TO KNOW
Wildland Fire Canada 2019 is being held in Ottawa, November 19-21. Co-organized by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Natural Resources Canada, it is first national event focused on wildland fire to be held since 2016. It will bring together professionals from all disciplines and all types of stakeholders. Registration is now open. Conference themes and keynote speakers are listed on the website and a full schedule is coming very soon.

The goal of the Natural Resources Summit is to encourage meaningful conversations about Canada’s potential to be a leader in natural resource development AND fight glo bal climate change simultaneously. Join us on October 2, 2019 for a half-day event discussing all aspects of Canada’s natural resource sector, predictions for the future, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

On October 1, join Alberta Council on Aging in recognizing International Day of Older Persons. The United Nations’ chosen theme for this year is The Journey to Age Equality . To celebrate the many ages in your communities and raise awareness of the needs of older people, consider making a declaration .

University of Alberta researchers are conducting a survey of municipal renewable energy projects and motivations.  Complete it for a chance to win $350!





Register Now! Few spots remain for strategic planning and regional collaboration convention courses

The highly-rated Elected Officials Education Program courses on strategic planning and regional collaboration, which are being offered as pre-convention sessions on September 24, are almost sold out!

Don’t miss out on your chance to prepare for your municipality’s upcoming strategic planning and budgeting process, or on an opportunity to work with peers on how to overcome barriers to developing intermunicipal collaboration frameworks. Register today !

Council’s Role in Strategic Planning and Regional Partnerships and Collaboration both take place on Wednesday, September 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Edmonton Conference Centre.
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