November 28, 2019
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The Government of Alberta recently introduced Bill 25, the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act 2019, which proposes amendments to several acts, including the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
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Share your feedback on the Victims of Crime Financial Benefits Program . The Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General has indicated that the provincial government is interested in moving away from a financial benefits model toward a service-based delivery model for victims of crime. Alberta’s Victims of Crime Fund provides funding for financial benefits paid to eligible victims of crime for physical and/or emotional injuries suffered. The consultation will be open until January 3, 2020. Provide your feedback through an  online survey , as well in writing to JSG.PSDEngagement@gov.ab.ca .

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) tracks changes in Alberta's wildlife and their habitats from border to border, and provides ongoing, relevant, scientifically credible information on Alberta's living resources. They have launched WildTrax , an online platform for storing, managing, processing, and sharing environmental sensor data. Municipalities are welcome to use and contribute to the tool. Want to learn more? Read about WildTrax on our blog, or watch the introductory video. Have questions? Contact Alex MacPhail at info@wildtrax.ca .

Does your municipality have a project related to tourism, investment attraction or innovation? The Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program funds initiatives led by Alberta municipalities, communities and regions that enhance local economic conditions and build capacity for sustainable economic development. CARES is accepting new projects until December 2.
More information and grant details can be found here.

Don’t miss out on the essentials of municipal governance. Munis 101 is taking place next Monday and Tuesday at the Christensen Sports and Wellness Centre in Rocky Mountain House.  Register now !
Municipal Energy Champions Program now accepting applications

Our Municipal Energy Champions Program is now open! This pilot program supports municipalities by providing free person-to-person support for energy champions involved in municipal operations. Express your interest to be one of four municipalities entered into the pilot program by December 20, 2019. Register for the webinar on November 29 to learn more.

There’s one week left to apply to the CaGBC Alberta Leadership and Green Building Excellence Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to advancing the green building industry in Alberta.
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