Alberta Municipal Affairs and Elections Alberta have developed a variety of resources in advance of next year’s municipal election and possible senate election process
In advance of next year’s municipal elections (scheduled for October 18, 2021), both Alberta Municipal Affairs and Elections Alberta have developed resources to help prepare municipalities for accommodating the nomination and election process under the updated Local Authority Elections Act (LAEA), as well as a possible senate election vote that is likely to be held in conjunction with municipal elections.
Alberta Municipal Affairs has published six implementation fact sheets on several components of the municipal election process that have been amended through legislative changes earlier this year. Topics covered include:
Accountability and transparency amendments
Campaign finance and contribution disclosure amendments
General clarifying and technical amendments
Third party advertising amendments
Voter accessibility amendments
Frequently asked questions
Senate Election Resources
A senate election is likely to be held in conjunction with next year’s municipal elections. The Alberta Senate Election Act allows the Government of Alberta to hold a senate election in conjunction with local authority elections. Hosting a senate election in conjunction with a municipal election will place increased requirements on municipalities. To assist municipalities in understanding their responsibilities and preparing for a senate election, Elections Alberta has provided an information document for municipalities, which outlines the senate nomination and election process, as well as the role of Elections Alberta, Alberta Municipal Affairs, and individual municipalities. Elections Alberta has also provided a PowerPoint with similar information.
RMA’s resolution deadline for the 2020 Fall Convention was Friday, October 2, 2020. Any resolutions being brought forward after this date are considered emergent.
As per RMA Resolution Process policy, an emergent resolution is defined as a resolution submitted to RMA after the resolution deadline (October 2, 2020 for the 2020 Fall Convention) that addresses a subject or problem that has arisen subsequent to the resolution deadline.
Due to the virtual nature of this year's resolutions session, the deadline for submitting emergent resolutions is 3:00 pm on Friday, October 30. Any emergent resolutions submitted after this deadline will not be considered by the RMA Resolutions Committee.
The RMA Resolutions Committee will meet on Monday, November 2 to review submitted emergent resolutions to determine if they meet the definition of “emergent” as outlined in the RMA Resolution Process policy. RMA staff will inform the sponsoring municipalities of the Committee’s decision and whether the resolution has been added to the order paper on Monday, November 2.
Emergent resolutions should be submitted in Microsoft Word format to RMA Senior Policy Advisor Wyatt Skovron atwyatt@RMAlberta.com.
The resolutions that will be presented during the resolution session at the RMA 2020 Fall Convention are now available. Click here for the complete resolution package.
Any members wishing to propose amendments to resolutions included in the attached resolutions package are encouraged to email proposed amendments to RMA Senior Policy Advisor Wyatt Skovron at wyatt@RMAlberta.com, noting the resolution number.
Due to the virtual delivery of this year's resolutions session, submitting proposed amendments in advance is strongly recommended.
Learn more about FCM’s Toward Parity Initiative through this unique webinar series
Toward Parity in Municipal Politics is an initiative the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) initiated in 2018. In Canada, women occupy 18% of mayor / reeve positions and 28% of councillor seats. The goal of Toward Parity is to shift those numbers upward.
FCM recently releasedRun, Win, and Lead: Toward Parity in Municipal Politics, which provides a sector-wide vision on the challenges and the opportunities that individuals, local governments, communities, stakeholders, and regional bodies can adapt and implement to increase participation of women in municipal politics.
A virtual webinar series focused on Run, Win, and Lead is being offered by FCM. The series will profile a few of the communities from across Canada who implemented demonstration projects to encourage women of all identities and backgrounds to participate in municipal government.
All webinars will take place from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and each will feature different municipalities.
Do More Agriculture Foundation is now accepting applications from groups to host mental health workshops in 2021
Do More Ag is now accepting applicationsfrom groups interested in hosting agriculture mental health workshops in 2021. The workshops are provided free of charge through the Community Fund for Mental Health, which is funded by Farm Credit Canada and other Do More Ag partners.
The application is an opportunity for municipalities to host an in-person session of the same material covered in a webinar RMA shared last week. This free workshop provides information on topics such as:
The signs and symptoms of mental illness, anxiety, depression, stress, and substance use, including the unique factors that the agriculture industry experiences in these areas
How to prepare and have conversations with someone who you identify may be experiencing a mental health challenge
How to support others and yourself, and how to access resources
Self-care and prevention strategies for mental wellness
Learn what municipal roles are in renewable energy
Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy (AIRE) is a two-year project designed to help municipalities reach emission reduction targets by enabling investment in local renewable energy projects. The project will give municipalities information and tools to better assess and communicate renewable energy opportunities and adapt to changes in technology and policy.