To help members prepare for participation in these JSG engagement sessions, the RMA has prepared an engagement guide. This engagement guide will walk members through the key issues identified by the RMA related to the APPS transition study. The guide is structured to follow the format of the engagement sessions, which will be based around five themes. Each of these themes is summarized, including issues of importance for RMA members, priority advocacy items, and key questions members can ask during the sessions.
The RMA is also finalizing a provincial police service transition web hub that will host the engagement guide, APPS reports, and information on engagement sessions. The hub should be available next week, so stay tuned to Contact for more information.
Get your copy of RMA 101 to get up to speed on your municipal association
The RMA has developed a member orientation program to familiarize and orient new RMA members with the association. The program, called RMA 101, includes multiple resources and deliverables, such as an interactive document that features embedded videos, written information, and links to resources to familiarize new rural councillors with the RMA.
In February 2022, RMA staff will host a series of webinars for RMA members focused on specific aspects of the association. Each webinar will cover a different topic and will provide an opportunity for RMA members to ask any questions that may arise after working through RMA 101. The webinars are free to attend, however, it is important to note that only RMA members can register. The following webinars will be offered:
Resolutions Webinar: February 3, 2022 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Member Engagement Webinar: February 7, 2022 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
RMA Priority Issues Webinar: February 18, 2022 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
RMA Business Services Webinar: February 25, 2022 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Visit the RMA 101 page to access the RMA 101 interactive document and sign up for the RMA 101 webinars.
If you have any questions regarding RMA 101 or the webinars, email RMA Policy Advisor Alex Mochid at alex@RMAlberta.com.
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is developing a management plan for the Baird’s Sparrow, a small grassland songbird listed as “Special Concern” under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). In Canada, the Baird’s Sparrow breeds within the mixed-grass prairie region in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
For each species of special concern, ECCC must develop a management plan that provides information on the species and its habitat, establishes a management objective, identifies threats, and recommends broad strategies. It also establishes conservation measures to address those threats and achieve the management objective.
As the habitat of the Baird’s Sparrow includes some rural municipalities, RMA members are encouraged to review the proposed management plan and consider providing input if the plan will have impacts on municipal land use planning or other areas.
Feedback on the management plan may be submitted through the following methods:
Resolutions must be submitted to RMA by February 15, 2022 to be added to the Spring 2022 resolution order paper
With district meetings approaching, RMA is reminding members of the important role resolutions play in guiding the association’s advocacy efforts. To maximize these efforts, having well-written resolutions that are clear, concise, and include pertinent information is essential.
When is the resolution deadline for the 2022 Spring Convention?
The deadline to submit resolutions for the 2022 Spring Convention is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 15, 2022.
All resolutions MUST be emailed in Microsoft Word format to wyatt@RMAlberta.com by this deadline. Each district is responsible for ensuring that the resolutions endorsed at their district meeting are provided to RMA in Microsoft Word format prior to the deadline.
What makes a good RMA resolution?
Resolutions should address issues that are provincial in scope and not focus on local issues.
Resolutions should influence legislative changes that will impact rural municipalities.
The issue identified in a resolution should clearly demonstrate that RMA is the best organization to advocate on moving it forward.
The structure of resolutions is important. They must have a title, preamble, operative clause, and member background.
What tools are available to help members draft good resolutions?
The RMA, Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA), and Alberta Municipalities are teaming up to present an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) workshop for municipalities on January 5, 2022, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. The workshop will include two special guests who will provide further insight into the impacts municipalities can expect to experience following the transition to an EPR model. The special guests are:
Dave Gordon, Senior Advisor of the Waste Division for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
Andrew Doi, Environmental Planner, specializing in EPR programs and policy at Metro Vancouver
In addition, the EPR workshop will be a great opportunity for municipalities to:
Learn more about what residential recycling would look like under an EPR program.
Debrief the Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) EPR engagement sessions.
Learn more about what the impacts may be on the household hazardous waste programs under an EPR program.
Ask any questions on behalf of your municipality.
The EPR workshop is free to attend. Registrationis required through the Alberta Municipalities Eventbrite page.