Alberta Environment and Parks is seeking feedback on the Draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is updating theCode of Practice for Compost Facilities to reflect modern composting standards and improve environmental protection through enhancing requirements related to considerations such as odour management, water resource protections, and setback distances. AEP has developed a draft Code of Practice for Compost Facilities (the Code) and Acceptable Feedstock List for Compost Facilities for stakeholder review and feedback.
The engagement materials for review and feedback include:
The Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) has been working hard to find ways to provide access to programs during the COVID-19 pandemic and has developed an exciting opportunity for RMA and AUMA members to participate in a virtual offering of theRegional Partnerships and Collaboration course. This course will be facilitated by Stephanie Gagnon and Lauren Bartlette, both experienced EOEP facilitators who have previously been involved with revising the content of several EOEP courses.
The course will be offered using a hybrid delivery, requiring some homework reading by participants and four video chat sessions. This will allow participants to review material on their own, participate in group discussions, and ask questions during the video chat sessions. The interactive course will be offered with the following schedule utilizing the Zoom platform:
Session #1: Wednesday, September 30, 1:30 – 3:30 pm (this session is an extra 30 minutes to allow for an introduction to the technology used)
Session #2: Wednesday, October 7, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Session #3: Wednesday, October 14, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Session #4: Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The course will be offered at a reduced rate of $200. Please note that although EOEP encourages as many members of your council to participate as are interested, each participant must have their own device and individual registration to access course materials and video chats.
This course offering comes on the heels of four previous online EOEP courses, all of which sold out in just a few days, so be sure to register early.
The Alberta Land Institute is hosting a webinar to explore the role municipalities play in protecting biodiversity
The Alberta Land Institute is hosting a Municipalities & Biodiversity: Tools & Policies to Measure & Mitigate Biodiversity Loss webinar on September 16 from 12:00 to 1:15 pm to explore the role municipalities play in protecting biodiversity. Participants will be introduced to tools and policies available for municipalities to measure and mitigate biodiversity loss.
The webinar will include three experts who will share their experiences from biological, legal, and municipal perspectives. The webinar will be recorded and shared with registered participants.
Canadian Pacific(CP) has created resources to promote rail safety in your community during Canada’s 18th Rail Safety Week, which runs September 21 - 27, 2020.
Your municipality can participate in the following ways:
Engage your community on social media and encourage families to play the CP RailSensevideo game aimed at teaching young children about rail safety.
Review and promote rail safety using this new toolkitdeveloped specifically for municipalities. In the coming months, it will be updated with animated videos.
Ask your local police service to declare Rail Safety Week over social media and register for the virtual Operation Clear Track program, the single largest rail-safety law enforcement initiative in North America.
Engage with Operation Lifesaver’s #STOPTrackTragedies video campaign reminding Canadians “you can never go back” from taking risks around tracks and trains. The videos tell the personal stories of those affected by railway crossing and trespassing incidents and will feature the voices of friends and family members impacted by rail incidents. Their reflections are important messages of what they would do differently, if given the chance.
Like or retweet Operation Lifesaver’s Look.Listen.Live decal installations occurring in dozens of communities across Canada, which will be unveiled publicly on September 24.
Promote Operation Lifesaver’s “Get on Board with Rail Safety” animation contest on September 23, giving youth an opportunity to showcase their animation talents and learn about rail safety.
Due to high levels of interest, applications for direct funding under the FCM’s MAMP program will be accepted until September 22, 2020
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipal Asset Management Program(MAMP) is currently 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.
When the current round of funding was launched in May, no application deadline was formalized. Due to high levels of interest in the program, FCM has now set a deadline for applications of midnight ET, September 22, 2020. Any municipalities currently developing applications are encouraged tosubmit by the deadline. All applications received before the deadline will be processed in the order of receipt.
A second call for applications will begin on January 19, 2021.
The workshop agenda will feature presentations on several topics, including the role of risk in asset management, open source asset management tools for small municipalities, condition analysis and rehabilitation prioritization, and others.