The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association is excited to announce the opening of this year’s application period
The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) is inviting Albertans to nominate a leader in their community for the Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active Communities Award. This award recognizes the legacy of the Honourable Norman Kwong’s contributions to the Alberta Active Communities initiative.
This province-wide awards program recognizes the achievements of teams and individuals who:
Demonstrate the very best of active community leadership,
Engage citizens in planning,
Use leadership to get people more active more often,
Work to create places, spaces, and opportunities for people to be active and engage in their communities, using recreation as a catalyst.
Any Alberta resident, group, or corporate entity that has contributed to building a more active community is eligible for nomination. The nomination deadline is May 31, 2021.
The Alberta Electric System Operator is hosting an engagement session
TheAlberta 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 percent of the costs necessary to pay for investments to the electricity transmission system. This redesign is needed to address a number of factors identified by the AESO. These include:
The current tariff relies upon 12-CP (peak hour) rate for cost recovery for transmission costs, which has increased substantially.
The increase to the 12-CP rate has caused some customers to avoid paying peak hour charges by changing when they consume power.
Customers that can change when they consume power are not paying for the same sunk transmission costs, resulting in other customers paying greater transmission costs.
The tariff needs to be redesigned so future investments to the transmission system reflect how it is being used and so costs can be recovered accordingly.
The purpose of this session is to engage stakeholders in a discussion of the AESO’s demand opportunity service (DOS) modernization recommendation to allow expanded eligibility (e.g., energy storage). The specific objectives include:
Present additional background on the AESO’s DOS.
Share AESO’s learning on DOS modernization stakeholder feedback.
Present and discuss the AESO’s DOS modernization recommendation for the purpose of seeking stakeholder feedback on the recommendation.
AEP is updating the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities to reflect modern composting standards. It also aims to improve environmental protection through enhancing requirements relating to considerations, such as odour management, water resource protection, and setback distances.
AEP is hosting two engagement webinars for municipalities, municipal organizations, and regional waste commissions which will cover the following:
Alberta’s composting regulatory framework review
Proposed changes to the Code of Practice for Compost Facilities
Code of Practice publication timelines and next steps
The Government of Canada has launched a toolkit to share information about the census
Every five years, the Government of Canada engages in a census of population, with 2021 being a scheduled census year. To support the completion of this census, Statistics Canada has developed a Community Supporter Toolkit. RMA members are encouraged take advantage of this resource to share information about the census and encourage residents to complete the census.
RMA Insurance is frequently asked to review the insurance requirements in contracts that members are about to enter into. These contracts range from large construction contracts to simple rental agreements, but most contain requirements that ask for one party to be added to the other party’s liability policy, either as an additional insured or as an additional named insured. In many instances, we find that a member is being asked to add a vendor (such as a contractor, sub-contractor, lessee etc.) as an additional insured. This bulletin will review the differences between an additional insured (AI) and additional named insured (ANI), and the importance of being added as an additional insured to a vendor’s liability policy.
What is an additional insured?
When one party is added to another party’s liability policy, the intention is that the main policy will defend both parties if a claim be brought for an incident that happened during the time the agreement or project was ongoing. For instance, if a member is entering into a contract with a contractor to perform work for the member for compensation, then the contract should contain a clause that requires the contractor add the member to their liability policy as an additional insured. That way, should an action be brought against the member for negligence on the part of the contractor while performing work on behalf of the member as set out in the contract, it would be the intent that the contractor’s policy would defend both the contractor and the member.
Joint and several liability exists in Alberta to make certain that innocent victims get their full compensation. If a third party suffers a loss, be it property damage or personal injury, they could sue both the contractor and the member as the owner of the project or property. If the member is found even 1% liable, they could under certain circumstances be on the hook for 100% of the loss, at which point the member would then have to go after the contractor for their proportionate share. The mention of the member as an additional insured under the contractor’s policy should avoid this costly and complicated process.
What is an additional named insured?
An additional named insured is a person or organization, other than the first named insured, identified as an insured in the policy declarations or an addendum to the policy declarations. It can also be a person or organization added to a policy after the policy is written with the status of named insured. This entity would have the same rights and responsibilities as an entity named as an insured in the policy declarations, other than those rights and responsibilities reserved to the first named insured.
An example could be when a municipality allows a not-for-profit to insure the not-for-profit’s liability under the municipality’s policy for same limits that the municipality has purchased. This allows the municipality to ensure the not-for-profit has proper liability insurance for their operations, and proper property and contents insurance should the not-for-profit require it.
To be an additional insured or additional named insured under the Genesis Reciprocal Insurance Exchange, a community group or organization must satisfy all of the criteria set forth below:
It is a non-profit organization;
It brings a benefit to the greater good of the community; and
It has a relationship with the Subscriber.
If you have any questions, please contact any of the RMA Insurance staff below.
The RMA is launching a new engagement opportunity to connect and learn from members
As limitations for in-person meetings continue, the RMA will leverage technology to provide the opportunity to connect members with each other and with RMA board and staff. To facilitate this, the RMA is launching new District Virtual Engagement Sessions from May 14 to 17, 2021. These sessions are only available to RMA full member municipalities.
During these virtual sessions, members will engage with the fellow municipal councillors and CAOs in their district and appropriate RMA Directors. The President and Vice-President will be on-hand to facilitate discussion to engage and learn about your issues and priorities. The RMA will leverage what is learned into the associations’ annual planning cycle that commences in June.
The dates for each District Virtual Engagement Session are as follows:
District 1: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 8:30 - 10:00 am
District 2: Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
District 3: Monday, May 17, 2021 at 1:00 – 2:30 pm
District 4: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
District 5: Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8:30 – 10:30 am
To aid in planning, individual councillors and CAOs are requested toregister in advance to attend their district session. If scheduling conflicts limit members from attending their assigned district session, please register for any of the other sessions that will work. The deadline to register is May 7, 2021.
As there will be breakout groups to facilitate issue dialogue and input gathering, each participant will require an individual device.
For information on RMA Districts, please visit the Members Map. Please note, members from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will participate in District 5.
For further information or assistance, please contact Cindy Carstairs atcindy@RMAlberta.comor 780.955.4095.