Alberta Municipal Affairs is currently opening its roster of private sector mediators, arbitrators and med/arb practitioners for its Intermunicipal Relations dispute resolution program.
This dispute resolution program provides opportunities for municipalities to utilize the services of mediators, arbitrators and med/arb practitioners to resolve intermunicipal disputes and those arising from Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs).
The program steering committee, comprised of representatives from Alberta Municipal Affairs, RMA, AUMA, the Local Government Administration Association, the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association, the Association of Summer Villages of Alberta, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta would to invite mediators, arbitrators and med/arb practitioners to submit their application and resume for consideration by November 27, 2018.
Individuals interested in being placed on the roster can obtain more information from:
Manager, Intermunicipal Relations
Alberta Municipal Affairs
17th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4
Phone (780) 415-1197
Please click here for more information, including roster criteria and application form.
Municipal Affairs has provided grant funding to RMA and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) to develop resources and support municipalities through the transition period.
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) provides guidance through legislation on how municipalities operate, and is one of the most significant and far-reaching statutes in Alberta. The MGA affects every Albertan, the private sector, and municipalities. After consultation, the MGA was amended in July of 2018. The resources listed below are made available to you by RMA and AUMA, and are designed to reduce the effort and development required by municipalities to be in compliance with the amended MGA. To ensure your municipality is in alignment with legislation, please click here to review the MGA Legislative Checklist.
The Public Engagement Guide offers a step-by-step look at how to fulfill the requirements of your Public Engagement Policy and make public engagement work for you. It is supplemented by a Public Engagement Workbook that provides easy-to-use templates to help develop an approach, plan, and implement public engagement.
RMA and AUMA are offering a new initiative that will help inform municipal governments on the history and culture of Indigenous peoples as a foundation for building understanding and strengthening relationships. The initiative is an opportunity for municipalities to host an experiential learning session known as a Blanket Exercise in their community. Click here for the guideline and application form.
The Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Workbook is an interactive guide to help municipalities develop both Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICF) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDP). For information on ICF and IDP exemptions and extensions, review the Ministerial Order.
To view the all the tools and other information about MGA change management, click here.
In addition to these resources, RMA and AUMA have supported municipalities through the development and delivery of the Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) Munis 101 course and Corporate Planning and Finance course, as well as Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) training (click here to see full SDAB curriculum). Please stay connected by reading our weekly Contact Newsletter as RMA will be bringing more information and support in the new year.
Alberta Municipal Affairs has also developed a series of resources that are available here including a series of MGA Implementation Fact Sheets available here.
The resolutions that will be presented during the resolutions session at the RMA Fall 2018 Convention are now available. See the attachment to this resolution for the complete resolution package.
A member bulletin was distributed October 24, 2018 advising of the emergent resolution process. If the RMA Resolution Committee deems a resolution to be emergent in nature, it will come to the convention floor through the appropriate process. The member bringing forward the emergent resolution must, at their own expense, provide copies for voting members in attendance (minimum 600). To learn more about the emergent resolution process, the RMA Resolution Process Policy.
Any members who intend to bring forward an emergent resolution for consideration are encouraged to advise a member of the RMA Resolutions Committee or RMA Policy Analyst Wyatt Skovron at email@example.com as soon as possible.
District 4 – Leanne Beaupre, County of Grande Prairie
District 5 – Eric Anderson, County of Minburn
Any members wishing to propose amendments to resolutions included in the attached resolutions package are encouraged to email proposed amendments to RMA Policy Analyst Wyatt Skovron at firstname.lastname@example.org noting the resolution number. Amendments can be proposed from the floor, but sending the amendments in advance supports an efficient resolution session.
The campaign calls for the development of a national broadband strategy and long-term federal investment in broadband infrastructure
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has launched the “Reliable Internet for Everyone Campaign.” The campaign calls on the Government of Canada to take a leadership position in improving access to internet for the two million Canadians currently without reliable fixed or mobile internet access, as well as the many more with poor access at speeds significantly below the 50 Mbps download speeds identified by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in 2016 as Canada’s universal service objective.
The FCM calls on the Government of Canada to dedicate $400 million per year over the next four years to develop a broadband strategy with three pillars:
Clear standards and timelines to achieve the CRTC’s universal service objective, as well as a new target for rural mobile access.
Long-term, predictable funding in rural, remote and northern communities to support local governments in planning for reliable service.
Affordable and accessible internet in rural communities matching that of large cities – guaranteeing access to the hardest-to-serve populations.
FCM is calling on municipalities across Canada to raise local awareness of the campaign. RMA encourages members to utilize FCM resources, such as a one-page issue sheet and the Twitter hashtag #universalbroadband to get the word out about what improved internet access would mean for your community.
RMA continues to be a leader in advocating for improved rural broadband support through the FCM’s Rural Caucus, and we look forward to working with FCM to move the campaign forward.
Possibly in response to the launch of the FCM campaign, the Government of Canada has agreed with provincial and territorial governments to develop a Canada-wide strategy to improve access to high-speed internet service for all Canadians. The development of the strategy will include collaboration with municipalities and other stakeholders. RMA will update members as more information about the strategy becomes available.
The 2017-18 RMA Annual Report and Financials are available for member information.
In adhering to our values of transparency and accountability, the RMA is pleased to share our 2017-18 Annual Report. It was a busy year, highlighted by the rebrand of the organization from the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties to the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. Click here to access the report.
The 2017-18 Annual Report provides an update on RMA’s activities in the last fiscal year, highlighting board activities, advocacy and business services efforts, and the audited financial statements. The RMA 2017-18 financials will be formally presented at the Fall 2018 Convention during the Annual General Meeting on November 21.
Municipalities have a unique exposure to fleet-related claims, as drivers can range from employees who occasionally run errands, to personnel who operate a vehicle all day long. Many think of fleet safety as the prevention of damage to vehicles, but claims can have a devastating impact on so much more. A lack of fleet safety can result in property damage, injury or death, public relations nightmares, and more.
Putting together an effective fleet safety program or reviewing and updating the one already in place, is critical to employee and public safety. Here are some key elements that should be considered:
Management Buy-In: Managers and Supervisors must understand the need for driver control, how fleet safety effects their operations, and the importance of promoting and enforcing the program.
Strong Hiring Practices: Requiring a motor vehicle driver abstract from any new potential employee prior to hiring them gives a snap shot of driving history and can highlight areas that a potential employee can improve before driving your vehicles.
Regular Driver Checks: We always recommend that abstracts be pulled for all employees, regardless of potential amount of driving, once per year. This will allow you to check to see if a license is valid and active and take action if an employee is not allowed to drive, such as reassigning duties. It also allows you to have a discussion with an employee that is showing a poor record about your organization’s expectations when the employee operates your vehicles.
Sufficient Training: Regardless of experience, all drivers are required to operate vehicles in Alberta in many different types of weather and road conditions. We can all use additional training to ensure that our skills are up to date. Training can include online courses or classroom instruction.
When putting together or reviewing your fleet safety program, answer the following questions to provide guidance:
Was the policy established with input from key stakeholders, including employees?
Has the program been communicated to all employees?
Do employees receive regular reminders about safety practices?
Is there buy-in from all management?
Is the policy uniformly enforced?
Is it time for an update?
Lastly, with winter approaching here are some points to help ensure the safe operation of a vehicle:
Clear off the snow and ice before driving. If snow has fallen since your car was parked, take the time to thoroughly brush it off the vehicle--including the roof--and scrape any ice from the windows. "Peephole driving" through a small, cleared spot on your windshield reduces your visibility and is very dangerous.
We always recommend the use of snow tires throughout the Province regardless of geographical location.
In the event of a winter incident on the roadways, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency kit on-hand – these can be purchased from most local hardware stores.
Allow longer braking distances. Plan on starting your braking sooner than you normally would in dry conditions to give yourself extra room and use more gentle pressure on the brake pedal.
Be extra wary of other motorists. They may not be driving as cautiously as you, so leave extra space, avoid distractions, and be predictable. 28% of rear end collisions are due to following too close.
There are plenty of options when it comes to driver safety. Start by assessing your current program and have an idea of what you want to accomplish.
We are always here to help. Please contact our office if you have any questions or need additional information regarding fleet safety.