As part of RMA’s resolution process, municipalities are encouraged to submit resolutions to their districts for discussion and endorsement prior to forwarding them to RMA for inclusion on the resolution agenda at each convention. To assist municipalities in avoiding resolutions that duplicate those endorsed in other districts, RMA will provide the name and sponsoring municipality of resolutions endorsed at district meetings on a weekly basis as district meetings occur.
On July 16, 2018, District 3 (Pembina River) held a district meeting. The following resolutions were endorsed:
Review of Education Funding Formula – Sponsored by Athabasca County
Province to amend An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis to restriction the consumption of cannabis based on regulations for liquor consumption – Sponsored by Thorhild County
To Separate Industrial Hemp from Cannabis Regulations – Sponsored by Brazeau County
Demand Meters and Rate Risers - Sponsored by Brazeau County
Members are also encouraged to search RMA’s Resolutions Database for active resolutions prior to submitting a new resolution.
Submit your application before August 20th if your municipality interested in hosting
While there are a few spaces left for SDAB clerk training, the workshops being offered by AUMA, RMA, and Municipal Affairs for SDAB members over the summer and fall are all full and have long waitlists. There has been overwhelming demand for additional SDAB training, and in attempt to meet some of the demand, AUMA and RMA are open to working with municipalities to host a limited number of further training sessions as scheduling and budgets allow. If your municipality is interested in hosting a one-day session, send an email to Allison Hansen at allison@RMAlberta.com by August 20th with the following information:
Confirmation that the municipality will cover the venue and catering costs (lunch plus two snacks).
Details of the proposed location of the training session, including confirmation that the location can hold 25 to 35 people comfortably with classroom or U-shape seating and the availability of a projector and screen.
Potential dates for the training sessions. Please provide at least three before March 1, 2019.
Names of 25 to 35 SDAB members or clerks who would participate in the training session. Municipalities are encouraged to reach out to neighbouring municipalities to secure a sufficient number of participants.
For your convenience, please submit your information in the attached form. All proposals will be reviewed by RMA and AUMA during the week of the August 20th in accordance with schedules and budgets to determine if additional training sessions can be arranged.
Provide feedback to the Minister of Transportation or through a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) submission.
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act is applicable to any person importing, offering for transport, handling, or transporting certain higher risk dangerous goods in certain quantities or concentrations. The rules surrounding this practice are specified in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulation; it states that one must have an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP). An ERAP describes the actions to be taken in the event of a transportation incident involving certain higher risk dangerous goods. It also ensures that the risks associated with transporting these dangerous goods are well understood and that appropriate measures are in place.
Through the Government of Canada’s legislative process, stakeholders have the opportunity to review the draft regulation and information outlining the policy intent here. The proposed amendments are in response to the Emergency Response Task Force’s final report and recommendations for improving the transportation of dangerous goods in Canada.
FCM is also seeking municipal input to inform their submission. Any comments or concerns with the proposed amendments, or a copy of an entire submission made to the Government of Canada would be helpful to FCM. Input intended for FCM can be submitted to:
Policy Advisor, Policy and Public Affairs
Submit AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Innovators in biotechnology, electricity, and sustainable transportation are being challenged to bring their best technology ideas forward.
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) has announced the BEST (Biotechnology, Electricity and Sustainable Transportation) Challenge, with $70 million in funding. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with other organizations and engage with Alberta’s post-secondary and research institutions. The strategic focus areas of the BEST Challenge account for up to 40 per cent of Alberta’s annual green house gas emissions and underpin all sectors of the province’s economy. Up to $10 million is available per project, and ERA will fund as much as 50 per cent of a project’s eligible expenses. Projects will be selected through a competitive process.
The deadline for applications is September 13, 2018 and more information can be found here.
This is the sixth year that Alberta Open Farm Days has celebrated Alberta’s agriculture and agri-tourism industry.
Farms and those in the agriculture industry will once again be opening their doors for Alberta Open Farm Days on August 18-19, 2018. This province-wide event is designed to showcase Alberta’s agriculture and tourism industry in a manner that is fun and accessible to all Albertans.
This year, over 100 farms and 16 culinary events are scheduled to open their doors so that Albertans from all walks of life can learn about this industry that is so important to Alberta’s economy and food system.
Visit the Alberta Open Farm Days website here to see what events are taking place near you. From there, you can plan your trip and experience true farm life.
The Government of Alberta has announced a continuous intake period for Investing in Canada Plan applications. Originally, the first intake period closed August 1, 2018, with a second intake period to be determined later in 2018. Instead, the Government of Alberta will accept applications continuously, but will continue to evaluate and provide provincial funding for projects as their annual budgeting timelines and processes allow. Further information on eligibility parameters, application procedures, and other key information is available on the Government of Alberta website.
As a reminder, Investing in Canada Plan funding is a federal infrastructure funding program that requires cost-sharing between federal, provincial, and municipal governments. The Investing in Canada Plan is divided into the following components (click on the links for more information, as well as application and reporting instructions for each stream):
Public Transit- $2.1 billion – Reserved for municipalities with existing public transit networks, and distributed based on ridership; no open application process will occur for this stream.
All municipal projects supported by the Investing in Canada plan will be cost shared between federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal levels of government. The federal government has committed to contributing up to 40% of costs for municipal projects under all streams, except for the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure stream, where the federal government will contribute up to 50% of costs, and up to 60% of costs for municipalities with a population below 5,000. Provincial contributions on municipal projects will be at least 33.3% of project costs.
In addition to municipalities, the Government of Alberta, non-profit organizations, Indigenous Ultimate Recipients, and for-profit organizations (when working collaboratively with a municipality, provincial body, or Indigenous Ultimate Recipient) are eligible to apply for funding under most Investing in Canada plan streams.