April 8, 2021
AUMA/AMSC DIGEST
ADVOCACY UPDATES
Each year, we conduct member surveys on various topics to get meaningful information so we can provide better services, measure member satisfaction, and develop a better understanding of member needs.
We are extremely happy with the results and thank all who took the time to complete the surveys.
After the Feb 17 session, we surveyed attendees about their thoughts on an independent provincial police service. Results indicate a high level of support for retaining the RCMP as Alberta’s provincial police service.

Read more about the results and the upcoming feasibility study.
  • Legislature resumes sitting
  • The Recall Act
  • Keystone XL pipeline

Read the full update here.

The Alberta government launched the Coal Policy Engagement website to gather Albertans’ input on a long-term approach to coal development. Complete an online survey to help guide the discussion and kick-start the engagement. Survey ends April 19.

On April 13, the Recycling Council of Alberta is hosting a webinar on Extended Producer Responsibility impacts and opportunities for Alberta municipalities moderated by City of Calgary Councillor Peter Demong.

Effective diversity and inclusion strategies can help organizations of all sizes advance their goals. Diverse organizations are eight times more likely to achieve better business outcomes. Learn how your organization can commit to workplace diversity by taking the 50-30 Challenge!

Municipalities have employees in a wide variety of positions and roles, from fire fighters to administrative staff. The relatively rigid structure of the Employment Standards Code requirements often do not lend themselves well to the realities of some of these positions.
BUSINESS SERVICES

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has released its preferred rate design for the Bulk and Regional Tariff redesign. This tariff is how the AESO captures fifty per cent of the costs necessary to pay for investments to the electricity transmission system.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA) 2021 virtual conference is open for registrations. Register today to catch the early bird discount that ends April 10. You can register for the conference only, or you can take in pre-conference workshops for just a few dollars more.
The Miistakis Institute is researching how roadside ditches and other marginal lands can be used as pollinator habitats in Alberta. The Institute is surveying municipalities for their feedback to understand better the breadth of the pollinator projects and programs occurring in the province. The survey will take around five minutes to complete.
WCB-Alberta is inviting employers to participate in an online Effective Disability Management Programs course being offered on April 14 and May 12. Whether you’re in the process of setting up a disability management program or want to refine an existing one, this course can help you by providing the foundational skills and knowledge required for a successful program.
This course is available to WCB account holders (Alberta accounts) at a 50% discounted rate of $125. To register, contact Nadia Iwata at 403-205-8051 or nadia.iwata@wcb.ab.ca
Calling all elected officials! Work towards your Municipal Elected Leaders Certificate by registering today for EOEP’s Regional Partnerships and Collaboration course. The course runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 5, 12 and 19. Visit eoep.ca to learn more and register.
Renew your recreation centre with energy efficiency!
Okotoks recently installed two REALice de-aerator systems and upgraded lighting in their recreation facilities. They can expect a reduction of 145 tCO2e emissions annually and save $14,000 in annual energy cost. The best part is, their payback is under two years. The Recreation Energy Conservation Program covered 75% of their costs.

Infrastructure Canada will be providing up to $1.5 billion in federal funding for community buildings that will support retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public buildings and the construction of new public buildings that serve communities across Canada. Municipalities are invited to provide ideas on potential priorities to Infrastructure Canada through the online program development questionnaire.
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