RMA is seeking member representation on the Technical Coordinating Committee of the Safety Codes Council (SCC). RMA is seeking up to two nominees that will be forwarded for consideration by the SCC. The SCC is specifically seeking individuals who serve as the CAO, Quality Management Plan Officer, or similar within their municipality, and possess a strong understanding of rural municipalities and the safety codes system.
The Technical Coordinating Committee is comprised of the SCC’s ten sub-council chairs as well as representatives from municipalities, labour, and education institutes. Their role is to encourage stakeholders to participate and contribute in the development of safety codes and standards.
To be considered for a nomination, please forward to RMA a brief profile that lists the background, experience, and contact information of the candidate. Profiles are necessary to ensure that only those with appropriate qualifications, experience, and knowledge are appointed as members of Committee in compliance with the criteria established in the Safety Codes Act, SCC bylaws, and SCC policy.
As these are volunteer positions, members are not paid but the SCC will reimburse its members for all expenses incurred. Per diems are paid for by the nominating municipality if applicable.
The SCC is an equal opportunity organization and values diversity of all kinds.
Comment period open for additions and change of classification of five Alberta migratory bird species
On December 29, 2018, a proposal to amend SARA for five migratory bird species found in Alberta was published in the Canada Gazette.
The proposed changes to SARA would see four bird species found in Alberta added to Schedule 1. These four species are:
Additionally, the proposed changes would see McCown’s Longspur reclassified as “threatened”.
A 45-day public comment period began December 29, 2018, ending Wednesday, February 12, 2019. Click here to submit written comments via email or call 1-800-668-6767.
The federal Minister of the Environment will take into consideration comments and any additional information received following this publication and make a listing recommendation for each species to the Governor in Council.
After species are listed, recovery strategies must be published within one year for endangered species and within two years for extirpated and threatened species.
For more information on the proposed amendments, click here.
Manual provides minimum requirements for working in Alberta highway right-of-ways to accommodate traffic
Alberta Transportation has released an updated Traffic Accommodations in Work Zones manual for contractors, consultants, and all those completing work in an Alberta highway right-of-way (ROW). The manual details how to safely and effectively accommodate traffic through work zones on Alberta highways and includes drawings of minimum temporary signage requirements. The manual was last updated in 2008.
In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the future well-being of rural communities, RMA established the Scholarship Program in 1995. The program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. Through the scholarship program, RMA provides funding assistance to five students each year; one student in each of the five RMA districts will receive $1,000.
RMA is pleased to announce our 2018 scholarship winners:
Recipient: Joshua King, Municipal District of Foothills
Recipient: Eden Szoke, Clearwater County
Recipient: Hayley Wasylycia, Sturgeon County
Recipient: Vaishvi Patel, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Recipient: Danica Gratton, Municipal District of Bonnyville
We encourage all applicants to reapply next year if they are still eligible as we were impressed with the outstanding applications we received, and we wish everyone the best of luck in their post-secondary adventures. For more information on the RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship, click here.
The SSRP, which came into effect in 2014, provides strategic direction for the South Saskatchewan region to achieve long-term economic, environmental, and social goals. As part of the management intent for the South Saskatchewan Region, the Government of Alberta committed to numerous strategies to support biodiversity and ecosystem function, including long-term planning around management and conservation of the grasslands.
To support this work, the Grasslands Tools Project has been developed and the summary report, available here, includes a literature review and jurisdictional scan across Alberta, North America and internationally of existing tools and resources that are currently being used for grasslands conservation. These tools and resources may help maintain, improve, enhance, restore, conserve and secure intact native grasslands landscapes and habitats in Alberta. The summary report is intended as a reference for government, agencies, land trusts, municipalities and landowners to use for their own information and exploration of tools that could work for them.
Advocacy Report Card provides updates and statuses for all active resolutions
RMA is pleased to provide the members with an update on advocacy efforts through the Fall 2018 Advocacy Report Card. The Advocacy Report Card is an important part of RMA’s efforts to be transparent and accountable to members, as it provides an update on RMA’s advocacy efforts and statuses of all active resolutions, including initial statuses and RMA reactions to the spring 2018 resolutions.
Section 1 of the Advocacy Report Card includes the Government of Alberta’s responses to resolutions endorsed at the spring 2018 convention. Section 2 provides an update on all other active resolutions. Section 1 only reflects RMA’s reaction to the initial response received from the Government of Alberta, as further advocacy efforts on all resolutions are in progress.
The RMA Resolutions Database has been updated to reflect the status changes and developments included in the Fall 2018 Advocacy Report Card.
As an advocacy organization, it is important to note that when a resolution has been assigned a status of “Accepted”, it is still reviewed for progress and updates during the bi-yearly Advocacy Report Card process. Following each review, the status may change depending on any developments that have occurred. Further, after resolutions expire, regardless of their status, RMA continues to reference them when related issues arise.
Resolutions form an integral part of RMA’s advocacy efforts. RMA would like to acknowledge the work that the membership undertakes in drafting and debating resolutions that reflect issues of importance to rural municipalities. Endorsed resolutions provide direction for RMA and enable focused advocacy efforts.