Watch for additional Munis 101 sessions coming soon
As summer villages hold their elections in the summer, the Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) is hosting virtual offerings ofMunis 101 exclusively for summer villages in September. Registration will open in the coming month at a rate of $275 per person.
The course covers the essential information councillors need to know to be effective municipal leaders and is a necessary step towards receiving aMunicipal Elected Leaders Certificate (MELC).
Munis 101 is developed and delivered with the support of Municipal Affairs to help municipalities fulfill the Municipal Government Act requirement to provide orientation following the election. While the course is oriented for elected officials, CAOs are welcome to take the course so they are aware what is being covered and can provide supplemental orientation on any municipal specific information.
Summer village councillors and CAOs have two options to participate:
The first offering will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 pm on September 14, September 21, September 28, and October 5.
The second offering will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on September 22, September 29, October 6, and October 13.
EOEP appreciates ongoing collaboration with theAssociation of Summer Villages of Alberta (ASVA) to make learning opportunities available for summer village councillors. Additional Munis 101 sessions are being planned for RMA and AUMA members and are expected to be announced soon.
RMA is partnering with Alberta Health to share information with members
RMA has partnered with the Alberta Health Emergency Operations Centre to host a webinar on June 9, 2021 regarding Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
During the session, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Trish Merrithew-Mercredi, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Health and Compliance Division at Alberta Health, will provide an overview of Alberta’s vaccination approach, program goals, and roll out. The aim is to ensure RMA members have the mostup-to-date information and understanding of the overall priorities and processes for vaccination of Albertans.
Our summer months are fast approaching. This means farmers’ markets will be popping up in our communities with residents and others selling their wares. If you are responsible for running a farmers’ market, it’s important to know your risks.
Farmers’ markets are markets that are approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and are issued a Food Handling permit by Alberta Health Services. Markets that have not been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry are considered “public markets”.
Although it is important to understand the different types of markets, it also very important to understand who the vendors are. For some, selling wares at farmers’ markets is their business, while others participate as a hobby.
There are risks associated with farmers’ markets that should be considered. Just a few examples of farmers’ market risks include:
Customer slip and fall injuries. Examples: wet grass, spilled liquids, electrical cords, tent stakes.
Vehicles colliding in the parking lot, including vendors moving vehicles when customers are present.
Contaminated food sold by a vendor, resulting in illness.
Although risk management tools, such as insurance (transfer of risk) and governance, are excellent for resolving problems after they occur, it would be much better if the problems never occurred in the first place. Issues that escalate legally are not only costly but can affect reputations.
How can you reduce your risk?
To reduce the liability exposure associated with farmers’ markets, consideration should be given to transferring the risk. This can be accomplished by requiring vendors to carry commercial general liability coverage with a $2 million limit and have your organization as an additional insured.
In all instances, stall rental agreements should be in place for all vendors, as well as rental agreements that include hold harmless agreements where the vendor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless your organization from any and all claims.
Have market rules and procedures been established?
Safety risks, violating regulations or laws, and risks associated with vendor management can be mitigated with market rules and procedures. The purpose is to reduce the likelihood of personal injury and property damage incidents.
In many instances, the farmers’ market does not own the property where it is being held. More likely, the spaces are rented or leased from a business, individual, or government entity. Although formal written agreements may often exist, others may rely on verbal understandings. With either, disagreements may sometimes occur. Some topics of disagreement may include:
Cleanup, safety, or traffic
The landowner may start construction or allow others the use of the proposed location
When the market can operate, such as the number of days or hours per day
It’s important to know if the market in your area has completed safety checklists concerning the market area, parking areas and roadways, vendor areas, and emergency preparedness.
Of note, as of June 1, 2020 the Food Regulation allowed Albertans ‘to make low-risk foods in their home kitchen for sale to the public, subject to certain restrictions and safe food handling.’
For more information, you can visit the following sites:
The first stage of DRAS will be available for public use on June 21, 2021
Alberta Environment and Parks(AEP) continues to modernize its regulatory system to reduce red tape, create efficiencies, and enhance transparency while still maintaining high environmental standards. One initiative to support modernizing Alberta’s regulatory system is the creation of the Digital Regulatory Assurance System (DRAS), which will become the only system for submitting and trackingWater Actapprovals, applications, amendment applications, and Code of Practice notices. DRAS is designed to provide clear, upfront expectations to applicants and will be used to manage the entire lifecycle of a project, from application to authorization, monitoring and compliance reporting, to remediation and closure.
DRAS will provide applicants:
The ability to track the status of their applications in real time
The ability to apply for one project with multiple activities via an integrated application
AEP has created aninformation page on DRAS that includes links to register for upcoming virtual information and training sessions.
Decommissioning of EAS OneStop
On June 14, 2021, Environmental Approvals System (EAS) OneStop access will be terminated for both applicants and regulators. There will be a seven-day pause to transfer submitted and approved applications as well as data from EAS OneStop to DRAS. At that time, any draft applications that have not been submitted for regulatory review will be permanently deleted.
Effective June 21, 2021, DRAS will be the only system applicants will use to submit Water Act approval applications, amendments, and Codes of Practice notices.
The hub is intended to support both incumbent and new candidates in accessing information on campaigning and election requirements, as well as short videos from RMA and AUMA board members on “need to know” topics related to running for office and preparing for your first weeks as an elected official if your campaign is successful.
The hub provides answers to the following common candidate questions:
What is it like to be a municipal elected official?
What is the process for running a municipal campaign?
Where can I find more info?
RMA members are encouraged to review the hub to ensure they have the most current election-related information, and rural municipalities are encouraged to link to the hub through their local candidate support resources.
RMA has also developed a series ofMunicipal Election Position Statementsthat focus on the unique issues impacting this year’s municipal elections, including recent changes to the Local Authorities Election Act, the introduction of referendums and senate elections into the municipal election process, and the possible impacts of COVID-19 on campaigning and voting.