June 30, 2021
AUMA/AMSC DIGEST
ADVOCACY UPDATES
  • Order in Council officially issuing a writ for an election under the Alberta Senate Election Act
  • Referendum on Equalization
  • Funding for the Alberta Residential Schools Community Research Grant
The hub provides incumbent and new candidates with useful information on campaigning and election requirements. Check out the series of short videos on must-know topics related to running for office and preparing for your first weeks as an elected official.
If you were unable to tune in to Ryan Jespersen’s podcast on June 25, you missed a masters’ class on municipal finances from AUMA President Barry Morishita, Director Tanya Thorn and Mayor Brian Petersen from the Village of Hythe. Luckily, you can still watch and listen to the entire 45-minute conversation by clicking here.
Munis 101 is developed and delivered with the support of Alberta Municipal Affairs to help municipalities fulfil the Municipal Government Act requirement to provide orientation following the election.
Applications to the new Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) are closing on July 23, 2021. The CCRF will provide $500 million over two years to be delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies.
Don’t miss the opportunity to nominate a municipal leader in your community for a 2021 AUMA Award! Award nominations must be submitted by August 13.
Alberta Health Services is hosting a listening session to hear AUMA members’ concerns with emergency medical services. Learn more about the purpose of the session and register.
Participate in this research on “trust and its impact on collaboration in the Alberta local government context”. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and focuses on what you think about trust and collaboration in local government.

A recent judicial review decision confirms that, in some cases, the sale price will not be the best or only evidence to establish a property’s market value.
BUSINESS SERVICES
When third-party renters use community facilities for special events, sports, and other activities, the facility owner and operator face liability exposure.

We are making it easier to protect both the owner and users of these facilities with a new streamlined platform for Facility User Group Liability.
GOOD TO KNOW
EDA's Economic Development for Elected Officials is now available online. This course covers the principles of economic development, strategies, and business cases relevant to participants.
Go to www.edaalberta.ca for the course schedule.
Two virtual sessions are being offered to summer villages in September, with regional in-person offerings for all municipalities being offered beginning in November:

  • November 4 and 5, Whitecourt
  • November 6 and 7, Grande Prairie
  • November 9 and 10, Bonnyville
  • November 15 and 16, Edmonton (in coordination with AUMA convention)
  • November 22 and 23, Edmonton (in coordination with RMA convention)
  • See all the dates and learn more here.
Energy managers pay off!
Reduce operating costs, energy, and emissions by hiring an energy manager for a full year. It’s an easy way to make every energy dollar count.

“Environmental stewardship is a priority for us at the City of St. Albert, so the Municipal Energy Manager program was a natural fit. The City has actively pursued projects identified in past energy and water audits. However, much of this work has been done off the corner of someone’s desk. By participating in the Municipal Energy Manager program to create my position, the City secured a dedicated staff member to help pursue further cost and GHG savings and make progress on their environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility goals.” – Cassie Kupsch, Municipal Energy Specialist, City of St. Albert

There is funding available for FIVE new energy managers, each for a one-year term. Don’t miss out, apply now and sign a funding agreement by August 3, 2021.
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