Attend the Prairie Water Workshop hosted in Calgary
WaterSMART and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD-DEO) are hosting a one-day Prairie Water Workshop in Calgary. The workshop will allow for engagement with partners and stakeholders across the prairies to understand water and land management challenges as well as inform recommendations at a prairie-wide level. The feedback from this workshop will help inform a report that WD-DEO will be sending to the Government of Canada on possible next steps to develop a water and land management strategy for the prairies.
The workshop will:
Introduce the objectives of this work
Provide an overview and solicit feedback on the overall vision for a Prairie Land and Water Strategy and the current picture of the prairie water story
Identify and discuss water management challenges, opportunities, and priorities both prairie-wide and for each prairie province.
The workshop is on January 28 at the Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and is free to attend. Please RSVP to Laura Corbeil at 1.403.708.1950 by January 22, 2020.
If you require a room, WaterSMART has a block of rooms that has been reserved under the following details:
Group Name: Water Smart Solution
Group Reservation Number: 941509
Rooms will be held until January 20, 2020 and please call the Sandman Hotel at 1.403.237.8626.
Provide your input on ways to balance Alberta’s budget
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance is seeking input on how to balance the 2020 provincial budget and create jobs while ensuring Albertans continue to have access to the supports they need. Budget 2019 focused on three key priorities:
Getting Albertans back to work
Making life better for Albertans
Standing up for Alberta
RMA understands the Government of Alberta’s goal to balance the budget, however, this should be done in a manner that minimizes the impact to Albertans and municipalities. RMA suggests member submissions reference:
The importance of sustainable municipal funding for service provision
The important role municipally-managed roads and infrastructure play in providing access to Alberta’s natural resources, and the need for funds to maintain them
Funding for education, healthcare, and community services are vital for maintaining high quality of life in rural Alberta. Funding decreases may lead to a difficulty to attract jobs to rural communities
There are two ways to provide input on Budget 2020:
Telephone Town Halls: Join Finance Minister Toews on a telephone town hall to share your thoughts. Information on how to participate will be announced by the government closer to the event:
Northern Alberta (North of Red Deer) on Monday, January 27 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Southern Alberta (including Red Deer) on Tuesday, January 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Online: The survey will be available until Friday, February 7 at 4:30 pm
Provide input on the status of wolverines in Alberta
The Alberta Conservation Association is developing a State-of-Knowledge Report for the wolverine in Alberta. The purpose of this report is to determine if there is enough information available to update the wolverine’s Alberta Wildlife Status Report assessment. In 2000, the wolverine was assessed as “data deficient” in Alberta.
A data deficient species is one that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as offering insufficient information for a proper assessment of conservation status. Identifying a species’ status supports the development of effective conservation methods and helps in understanding the ecological role they play in the environment.
If you have any data relevant to the status of the wolverine in Alberta and the information is not accessible through the Fisheries and Wildlife Management Information System (FWMIS), please email Robin Gutsell at email@example.com and CC Sue Peters firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2020.
Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta (IAMA) is hosting a workshop in Red Deer on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The workshop will feature presentations on several topics, including an update on IAMA’s role in delivering asset management training under the FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program, bridging the asset funding gap, sidewalk and paved trail assessments, and the role of asset management in addressing climate change impacts. The workshop will also include IAMA’s annual general meeting, where members will have an opportunity to elect the IAMA 2020 Board of Directors. The complete agenda is available here.
IAMA is targeted towards municipal staff and those familiar with or seeking further information on asset management. RMA is a member of the IAMA working group and on the IAMA Board.
RMA Trade and Brandt Tractor are excited to announce the expansion of service as they bring John Deere and Ditch Witch construction equipment into the Capital Purchasing Program, available to all RMA members.
Brandt Tractor is the largest privately held John Deere Construction and Forestry dealership in the world. They are an important partner of the RMA, offering our members some of the best parts, service, and equipment for more than 20 years.
Headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, Brandt has been providing great value to customers and helping them succeed for over 85 years. Their strong, entrepreneurial spirit helped propel them forward into a growing and dynamic group of companies that employ more than 3,400 people across North America while working with clients in over 20 countries.
The RMA Capital Purchasing Program allows members to leverage Sourcewell’s group buying program for the purchase of equipment, products, and services. The program provides transparent and consistent pricing, less administrative hassle, and full compliance with the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).