Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute is seeking input to ensure the Biodiversity Browser better fits wetland stakeholder needs
In 2017, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute(ABMI) released the Biodiversity Browser(BB) as an encyclopedia of life for Alberta plant and wildlife species. The BB has been used to broadly share ABMI data and information on Alberta species to support decision making by land-use managers and policy makers in the province. ABMI, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, is seeking input from stakeholders to help revamp the BB to ensure it better fits wetland stakeholders needs.
Alberta Biz Connect is a helpful hub for both municipalities and local businesses to access information on how to re-open safely
As Alberta continues its gradual relaunch process, information on re-opening for different sectors and business types is available on the Alberta Biz Connect website.
Municipal playgrounds are now permitted to be re-opened (at the discretion of municipalities) and RMA encourages members to access theGuidance for Playgroundsdocument for information on how to mitigate risks of re-opening playgrounds. The Alberta Biz connect website also includes guidance on re-opening other services and sites that may be operated by municipalities, including:
Transport Canada is offering an information session with road authorities
Transport Canada (TC) will be providing additional information sessions in order to share information with road authorities, including municipalities, on some of the key points to consider when applying for funding under the Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP). While the key focus of these sessions will be the RSIP, TC will also touch on points of interest on the requirements of the Rail Safety Grade Crossings Regulations (GCR) that will be required by November 28, 2021.
You are invited to attend one of two teleconference / WebEx information sessions from Transport Canada on the RSIP and the GCR. The two sessions are scheduled as follows:
English session on June 23 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm
French session on June 25 from 8:30 to 10:00 am
Please register for one of the sessions by emailing Parvina.Ramsahok@tc.gc.ca and TC will send you a WebEx confirmation with instructions for that session. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis and with a maximum of 40 participants per session. Reservations are anticipated to fill up quickly.
The FCM MAMP program is now accepting applications for grants of up to $50,000 to support municipalities in building asset management capacity
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipal Asset Management Program(MAMP) is now accepting applications from municipalities for grants to support the development of asset management capacity. This round of funding builds on the last round of MAMP direct grant funding in 2018.
Grants can be used for a wide variety of asset management initiatives to help municipalities make informed decisions about operating, maintaining, and replacing infrastructure such as roads, buildings, water supply, and sanitation systems.
The proposed disturbance standard is intended to improve the regulatory oversight over the use of docks as well as streamline the administrative process for waterfront holders, semi-waterfront holders, and municipal waterfront holders by eliminating the requirement to apply for an authorization.
AEP has provided the following information about the proposed disturbance standard:
AEP is inviting stakeholders to review the information above and attend one of two educational webinars to review the proposed disturbance standard and provide an opportunity to ask any questions based on the documents provided.
The fourth and final webinar in the series, Food Matters! How Municipalities Can Build a Stronger Community Through Healthier Eating Environments, took place on Friday, May 8, with the following speakers:
Kayla Atkey, Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention
Kim Raine, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Pam Boyson, Registered Dietitian, Alberta Health Services