Events under 'Deadlines'
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Deadline for Applications: Resource Recovery Fund Board

The Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) is seeking a UNSM representative to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors. The current member is Councillor Gail Johnson from the Municipality of Richmond whose term expires on June 24, 2013. Other municipal members on the RRFB Board include Councillor Claire Detheridge, CBRM and Warden Richard Dauphinee, District of West Hants.

The RRFB mission statement is "to work with Nova Scotians to improve our environment, economy and quality of life by reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering resources".

Its mandate is as follows:

•    Fund municipal waste diversion programs across the province
•    Operate a deposit and refund system for beverage containers
•    Develop and implement voluntary industry stewardship agreements
•    Develop education and awareness programs
•    Promote the development of value-added manufacturing.

This particular municipal position will be selected by the RRFB Nominating Committee. This is a three-year term position.

Meetings are held at a minimum quarterly with additional meetings held as required. Meetings are generally held within the Halifax Regional Municipality. The RRFB pays a per diem of $150 plus expenses.

If interested in applying for the RRFB Board position, please submit a resume and cover letter by email, fax or regular mail by May 31, 2013 to:

Jeff MacCallum, CEO
Resource Recovery Fund Board
14 Court Street, Suite 305
Truro, NS B2N 3H7
email:
Fax: 902-897-3256

Your application should outline your relevant skills (such as education, work experience and volunteer experience) and an explanation as to why your participation would benefit the Board.  

For additional information, visit: www.rrfb.com.

Friday, May 31, 2013 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications to the Fire Safety Council

The Province’s Fire Safety Advisory Council requires a UNSM representative.

The role of the Council is the promotion and support of fire safety, the fire suppression service and fire prevention andto receive and hear petitions, briefs, and comments from individuals or groups with respect to the Fire Safety Act.

The Council meets at a minimum quarterly within HRM. Meeting dates are at the discretion of the committee.

Term of appointment is for three years.

Members serve without remuneration, but are reimbursed for expenses incurred in attending meetings of the Council.

Contact the UNSM office for a copy of the Terms of Reference for the committee.

Application Process:

If interested in applying for the one position on the Fire Safety Advisory Council, please submit a letter of interest including a resumé. The letter and resumé should include relevant skills, employment and/or volunteer experience and why your participation would benefit the Committee.

You may submit your application by email, fax or regular mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street Halifax, NS B3J 3K8 Email: Fax: 902-425-5592

Please note all submissions must be received by Friday, June 7.  Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

The UNSM Board of Directors will select the one representative from the applications received at its meeting on June 17. Preference will be given to those currently not participating on UNSM-Provincial Committees.

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Application Deadline: Clean Nova Scotia Foundation

Clean Nova Scotia is seeking a UNSM representative on its Board of Directors. The current UNSM representative is Warden Linda Gregory whose term expires on June 13. Warden Gregory has indicated she will not reoffer.

Clean Nova Scotia is an Environmental Organization that has been operating for 25 years. Its mission is to create a cleaner, healthier environment by informing, enabling and inspiring Nova Scotians to respect and consider the environment in all their choices.

The Board consists of 15 members.  Meetings are held six times per year in Dartmouth on the third Tuesday of every month. Two additional events – an AGM and a Board Retreat are also held.

Each board member serves a term of three years. As per UNSM policy, the UNSM member would be eligible to reapply for one additional term.

Board members will be reimbursed by Clean NS for travel expenses to and from meetings.

Skills Preferred

Prospective Board Members should have a combination of the following skills:

• financial • business • media relations • fund raising • environment • leadership • community connections.

Application Process

If interested in applying for this board position, please submit a cover letter demonstrating your experience with the skills outlined above. You may also include a copy of your resume. 

Please submit your application by email, fax or regular mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street Halifax, NS B3J 3K8 Email: Fax: 425-5592

Please note all submissions must be received by Friday, June 7, 2013. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

The UNSM Board of Directors will select the representative from the applications received at its June 17 meeting.

For further information on Clean NS, visit www.clean.ns.ca.

Friday, June 07, 2013 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications: UNSM Resolutions Committee

The UNSM Board is seeking appointments to its Resolutions Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to review all submitted resolutions prior to the UNSM Fall Conference. The Committee’s role is to support or not support each resolution. Resolutions not supported by the Committee will still be debated and voted on at the Annual Conference.

The UNSM Vice President shall serve as Resolutions Committee Chair. The current AMANS member on the UNSM Board will also serve on the Committee.

The Board will select the remaining members based on the following criteria:

•    A minimum of two from the Town Caucus
•    A minimum of two from the Rural Caucus
•    A minimum of one from HRM
•    A minimum of one from CBRM

If interested in applying to be a member of the Resolutions Committee, please submit an expression of interest indicating how your experience would benefit the Committee.

Please submit your expression of interest via email, fax or snail mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington St.
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
Email:
Fax: 902-425-5592

All submissions must be received by Monday, June 3.

Friday, June 07, 2013 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications: Provincial Aquaculture Advisory Committee

PLEASE NOTE:  Eligibility limited to members from rural municipalities

The Province has requested one UNSM member participate on its Aquaculture Advisory Committee. The Province has indicated it would prefer the UNSM representative have experience in community economic development. Applicants should be located in a municipality that hosts marine aquaculture operations. Meeting expenses will be covered by the Province.

A copy of the terms of reference is attached for your review.

Background: On May 1, the Province announced a plan to develop a new regulatory framework for the aquaculture industry through consultations with Nova Scotians. The work will be led by Dalhousie University law professors and environmental law experts Meinhard Doelle and William Lahey. They will be advised by an advisory committee chosen to represent stakeholders and community interests including the Mi'kmaq, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Salmon Association, Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council, Ecology Action Centre and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

It is anticipated the department will receive recommendations to develop regulations by the end of 2014.

The seven current members of the advisory committee are:

•    Chief Terry Paul, Membertou, Chief of the Membertou First Nation
•    Bruce Hancock, Halifax, executive director, Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia
•    Lisa Fitzgerald, Yarmouth, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
•    Karen Traversy, Clam Bay, Halifax Regional Municipality, Coastal Coalition of Nova Scotia
•    Carl Purcell, Dartmouth, past president, Nova Scotia Salmon Association
•    Mark Butler, Halifax, policy director, Ecology Action Centre.

Application Process:

If interested in applying for the one position on the Provincial Aquaculture Advisory Committee, please submit a letter of interest including relevant skills, employment and/or volunteer experience and why your participation would benefit the Committee.

You may submit your application by email, fax or regular mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
Email:
Fax: 902-425-5592

Please note all submissions must be received by Friday, June 7.  Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

The UNSM Board of Directors will select the one representative from the applications received at its meeting on June 17. Preference will be given to those currently not participating on UNSM-Provincial Committees.

Friday, June 07, 2013 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline FCM Board of Directors' Application

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There is currently a vacancy on the FCM Board of Directors for one additional Nova Scotia member. Eligible elected municipal representatives from Nova Scotia are invited to run for election for this Board position.
 
Per FCM bylaws, to be eligible to run as a member of the FCM Board of Directors you must:

  1. Be an elected official of an FCM member municipality.
  2. Complete the consent form and send it to FCM as indicated on the
  3. Send FCM an official resolution (see this example) endorsed by your member municipality authorizing you to seek a position on FCM’s Board of Directors and approving to incur the costs of your attendance at meetings of FCM’s Board of Directors.

The deadline for sending your consent form and resolution to FCM is June 28, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. AT. The instructions for sending these documents are contained in the consent form.

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Deadline for School Review Process

Municipalities and the community have an opportunity to provide comments and suggestions as to how a review of schools should be undertaken.  I have been asked to participate in the development of a discussion paper that will be released to the public mid fall, 2013.   You are invited to participate now, in an online survey at www.ednet.ns.ca/discussionpaperinput, or to email your comments to .

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Deadline to Receive UNSM Conference Resolutions

The 2013 UNSM Annual Conference will be held at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax, November 5-8.

Resolutions submitted from municipalities, caucuses, the Board of Directors, and possibly the Resolutions Committee will be debated during the Conference.

The UNSM By-Laws state that resolutions must be received by the UNSM office 80 days before the Annual Conference to avoid being classified as a late resolution. That deadline is Saturday, August 17, 2013.

It is strongly encouraged to submit your resolutions by the August 17 deadline so they can be reviewed by the Committee. All resolutions submitted prior to the deadline will be introduced and debated at the Conference.

Please submit your resolutions to Tracy Verbeke via email (), fax (425-5592) or snail mail at:

Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8.

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Deadline on Feedback of Caucus Structure Review

The UNSM Board is requesting that each municipal council provide input into the caucus structure by discussing this issue at a future council meeting. The Board requests one response per municipal council.

Questions to Consider when Discussing Caucus Structure:

The UNSM Board would like each council to consider the following questions when reviewing the caucus structure:

  1. What are the benefits of the caucus structure?
  2. What are the challenges of the caucus structure?
  3. Are there ways to improve the existing caucus structure? If so, please explain.
  4. Would you prefer to eliminate the caucus structure in favour of the previous regional structure? If yes, please explain.
  5. Are there alternative models that the UNSM should consider such as a hybrid model of the caucus and regional structure?
  6. If you are recommending changes to the Caucus structure, what would you propose as the basis for structuring the UNSM Board? Would you vary the term of office to more than one year?

Background:

The UNSM Caucus Structure was introduced in 2004 as a way to bring together common interests of different types of municipal units?towns, rurals and regionals.

UNSM Board composition is based on the Caucus structure, with each Caucus being represented by four members ?a caucus chair and two additional members, and a position as either President, Vice President or Past President. As well, caucuses are used to bring together groups of municipalities. Each caucus meets at least twice per year during the UNSM spring workshop and fall conference. Typically additional meetings are held organized by the caucus chair. Issues unique to each caucus are often brought to the UNSM board for action.

Since its inception, a formal review has not been undertaken to determine the benefits and challenges associated with the caucus structure. In 2011 the membership passed a resolution requesting that the UNSM conduct a complete review of the present caucus structure. At a priority setting exercise held on December 2, 2013, the UNSM Board identified caucus structure review as a top priority.

One of the main issues identified with the caucus structure was the lack of opportunity to bring municipalities together as regions similar to the previous structure. For this reason, UNSM re-introduced annual regional meetings beginning in 2012. These will continue annually with the 2013 regional meetings taking place in September. A copy of the newly formed regions under the current structure is attached for your review.

Response Deadline:

Deadline for each Council to submit feedback on the caucus structure is Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

Please submit your one council response by email, fax, or snail mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
Email:
Fax: (902) 425-5592.

The UNSM Board will discuss the results of the review at its August 9 meeting. For the Board to have a serious discussion on the caucus structure, a majority of responses from municipal units would be required?that minimum number is 28. This deadline was selected in considering the time required to prepare any By-law changes for the November conference.  

This is a very important issue that could have significant impacts on the governance of the organization. The UNSM Board would greatly appreciate each council taking the time to submit a response.

For questions on the review process, please contact UNSM Policy Analyst Lyle Goldberg by phone at 902-423-8673 or via email at .

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Deadline to Receive Nominations for President & Vice-President/Secretary-Receptionist

The Committee's role is to present nominations for the positions of President and Vice-President/Secretary-Treasurer to our November Conference in Halifax. The Past President also serves as an Officer.  In accordance with the UNSM Bylaws, we have put in place a system to accommodate a rotation between each Caucus for the position of President, Vice-President/Secretary-Treasurer and Past-President.
 
For 2013-14, the position of President will be held by a town representative; the position of Vice-President/Secretary-Treasurer will be held by a rural representative. There is no requirement in the bylaws for a candidate to have served as a Board member.
 
I am inviting UNSM members to submit nominations for the two positions. All submissions must be received at the UNSM office by Friday, September 6.
 
Nominations should be submitted to UNSM Policy Analyst Lyle Goldberg through regular mail, e-mail or fax using the following contact information:
 
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
Email:
Fax: 902-425-5592

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Deadline for Receiving Long Service Award Forms

Conference LogoUNSM LONG SERVICE AWARDS--2013 UNSM Annual Conference


The UNSM Long Service Awards Program offers recognition beginning with those who have served on Council for a minimum of 10 years.  The Awards categories are:

10 or more years of service (Bronze)
15 or more years of service (Silver)
20 or more years of service (Gold)
    25 or more years of service. (Platinum)

An Award will only be presented once in each category. 

Eligible individuals should apply for the award which reflects their current years of municipal service. 

All awards will be presented at the Opening Session of the Annual Conference on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013.

If you have eligible elected officials in your
municipality, please complete the form
and return it to our office by September 20th, 2013.
No forms will be accepted after this time.


Have questions/Need a form?
Contact:  Tracy Verbeke, Secretary/Receptionist
(902) 423-8331

Conference LogoUNSM LONG SERVICE AWARDS

 

2013 UNSM Annual Conference

 

 

 

The UNSM Long Service Awards Program offers recognition beginning with those who have served on Council for a minimum of 10 years.  The Awards categories are:

 

10 or more years of service (Bronze)

15 or more years of service (Silver)

20 or more years of service (Gold)

    25 or more years of service. (Platinum)

 

An Award will only be presented once in each category. 

 

Eligible individuals should apply for the award which reflects their current years of municipal service. 

 

All awards will be presented at the Opening Session of the Annual Conference on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013.

 

If you have eligible elected officials in your

municipality, please complete the attached form

and return it to our office by September 20th, 2013.

No forms will be accepted after this time.

 

 

Have questions?

Contact:  Tracy Verbeke, Secretary/Receptionist

(902) 423-8331

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UNSM LONG SERVICE AWARDS FORM

2013 UNSM Annual Conference

 

Please complete this form and forward to the UNSM

office by 4:30 p.m. on September 20th, 2013

No forms will be accepted after this date.

 

 

 

 

 

Elected Official’s Name (as it will appear on the certificate):

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

Municipal Unit:

 

 

 

Years of Service:

 

 

 

Eligible For:

 

 

 

 

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10 or more years

 

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15 or more years

 

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20 or more years

 

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25 or more years

 

 

 

All awards will be presented at the Opening Session of the Annual Conference on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013.  Awards not presented at the Opening Ceremonies can be picked up at the Conference Registration Desk.

 

 

Completed by:

 

           

 

Return to:

Tracy Verbeke, Secretary/Receptionist

UNSM, Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS  B3J 3K8  Fax: (902) 425-5592

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Friday, September 20, 2013 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications: Governance and Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee

The UNSM is putting together a Governance and Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee (GDR) to address a number of recommendations in the Towns Task Force Report.

Tasks for this sub-committee include the following:

Conflict Resolution:

•    Explore approaches that would achieve the goal of less confrontational ways to resolve service issues
•    Develop a municipal mediation and arbitration program
•    Develop a model dispute resolution clause for inclusion in joint municipal agreements

Governance Changes:

•    Examine the current process for governance changes in Nova Scotia, and in other jurisdictions, and determine the role a commissioner would play to facilitate governance changes. This would include the role, powers and duties.
•    Develop a process for the appointment of a commissioner, for cases where municipalities agree a governance change is appropriate, and for where not all parties agree a governance change is appropriate
•    Propose an amendment to the MGA to allow for a commissioner to oversee municipal governance changes
•    Assemble best practices material and create template to facilitate governance changes
•    Examine the merit of providing an easier process for a town to revert to a village status
•    Examine alternative governance forms for local government in other jurisdictions and assess their merits in meeting the needs of Nova Scotians.

This committee which calls for six UNSM members - two from each caucus.  (Terms of Reference are available by contacting the UNSM office.)

If interested in applying, please forward a cover letter outlining why you would be a strong candidate for this committee. You may also include a copy of your resumé. Preference will be given to those demonstrating experience in dispute resolution and/or governance.

Please forward your application vie email, fax or regular mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
email:
fax: 902-425-5592

Application is deadline is Tuesday, September 24. The UNSM Board will select the successful applicants at its meeting on September 27.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Deadline for Applications for Ken Simpson Memorial Award

For more information, visit the UNSM Website.

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Deadline for Receiving Applications to UNSM Climate Change Leader's Award

APPLICATION DEADLINE--September 30, 2013

UNSM invites municipalities to apply for its first annual Climate Change Leader’s Award.  The award will honour a municipality that has demonstrated exemplary leadership in climate change adaption and/or mitigation through the implementation of initiatives and the creation of awareness. The objectives of the award program are to celebrate success, encourage continuous action towards climate change adaptation and mitigation, support the implementation of strategies from the Municipal Climate Change Action Plans, and support collaborative efforts and the sharing of information between municipalities.

If you would like to apply for UNSM’s Climate Change Leaders Award, please complete the attached application and submit it to by September 30, 2013.  

The successful applicant will be announced at UNSM’s fall conference in November 2013.

For more information, please contact Debbie Nielsen, UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Coordinator at 423-8312 or .

Monday, September 30, 2013 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications--Rural Representative to PVSC Board

The Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) requires an elected official from a rural municipality to fill a position on their Board of Directors. The previous rural member was Lloyd Hines who was recently elected as an MLA and is no longer eligible to be a member of the PVSC Board.

This is a three-year position beginning on December 1, 2013.

Meetings are held monthly in HRM. Municipal elected official board members receive $150 per meeting plus expenses based on the UNSM travel claim policy.

The PVSC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of six municipal elected officials (UNSM members) and three municipal administrative officials appointed by the UNSM on the recommendation of the Association of Municipal Administrators. The UNSM Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member. In addition, the PVSC Board of Directors itself may appoint up to two independent members.

The PVSC’s major activities include:

•    Provision of annual assessment roll to 54 municipalities
•    Production of approximately 595,000 notices to property owners
•    Administration of the property assessment appeal process.

Interested candidates should possess the preferred skills, attributes and experience outlined in the attached document. The UNSM Board has also requested candidates demonstrate experience with audit and finance.

If interested in applying for this position, please send a letter of interest including resume by email, fax, or regular mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
ph: 902-423-8673
email:
fax: 902-425-5592.

All applications must be received by Sunday, November 3.

The UNSM Board of Directors will select the successful applicant from submissions received at its meeting on November 5, 2013.

Candidates can contact either PVSC staff member below for further information.

Tracy Williams
Executive Coordinator
Office of the CEO, PVSC
Phone: 902.720.7800

Kim Ashizawa
Organizational Effectiveness Consultant
Corporate Services, PVSC
Phone: 902.720.7811

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Deadline for Applications for UNSM Appointments to Policing Committees

The UNSM, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, has revamped its Police Services Advisory Committee.

Replacing this committee will be two separate committees - Nova Scotia Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee, and Joint Police Services and Community Safety Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the Nova Scotia Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee is to provide a forum for consultation, analysis and communication between municipal government and the Province regarding the management of the agreement under which the RCMP provide local police services in Nova Scotia and to analyze and respond to changes that may be proposed from time to time by the Federal Government and/or the RCMP and recommend changes to the Federal government and/or the RCMP that may be considered necessary or appropriate.

The UNSM is seeking up to three municipal elected officials to serve on this committee, one from each of the three RCMP servicing agreements. For your convenience, a list of RCMP service agreement by municipality is attached.

 

The purpose of the Joint Police Services and Community Safety Advisory Committee is to provide a forum for consultation, analysis, and communication between municipal government, Boards and the NS Department of Justice regarding issues relating to community safety and the delivery of police services in Nova Scotia.

For this committee, the UNSM is seeking up to four municipal elected officials representing each of the four policing service models: RCMP Municipal Police Agreement, RCMP Provincial Policing Agreement, integrated policing services model, and those municipalities who provide their own police force.

Both committees will meet a minimum of two times per year and by teleconference as required. Initial appointments are for a three-year term.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications for UNSM Appointments to E911 Cost Recovery Committee

The Provincial E911 Cost Recovery Fee Committee requires one UNSM member. The current UNSM member is Councillor Clarence Prince from CBRM whose term has expired. Councillor Prince is eligible to reapply. This is a five-year appointment commencing from date of appointment.

The Committee reports on new 911 initiatives, reviews documentation and information received on 911 issues.

The purpose of the committee is:

•    to ensure the collection, application and distribution of the fund proceeds is in accordance with the principles for which the fund was established; and
•    to facilitate long term planning associated with the administration of the fund including the review and recommendation of any appropriate changes to the administration of the fund or the fee.

The Committee meets at least quarterly with expenses covered by the Province.

If interested in applying for this position, please forward a cover letter demonstrating how your employment, municipal and/or volunteer experience make you a strong candidate for this committee. You may also include a copy of your resumé. Please send your application via email, fax or regular mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax NS B3J 3K8
email:
fax: 902-425-5592

Application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2014. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be selected by the UNSM Board at its meeting on February 14.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Deadline for Applications for UNSM Appointment to 211 Information and Referral Services

The 211 Information and Referral Service (211 Nova Scotia) has requested one UNSM member be appointed to its Board of Directors.

211's mission is "to effectively connect people with appropriate information and services, enhance Canada's social infrastructure and enable people to fully engage in their communities." Its vision is to be accessible to everyone, demonstrate standards of excellence, and connect people with their community.

By dialing 211 or visiting the 211 website, users can easily and quickly connect to the community and social services they need, anywhere in the province, regardless of where they're located.

The Board meets four times per year for two hours each time. Three of the meetings typically take place via teleconference with the fourth meeting taking place face-to-face outside of HRM. 211 Nova Scotia will reimburse board members for appropriate travel expenses. Term of office is for three years with eligibility to renew for one additional term.

Abilities and attributes recommended by the Board include:

•    financial management
•    legal experience
•    marketing
•    knowledge of emergency measures, communications technology, board governance and government operations.

Attached are the Director Recruitment Guidelines for your review.

If you feel you would be a suitable candidate for this board position, please prepare a cover letter outlining your relevant experience. You may also wish to submit a resume.

Forward your application via email to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Email:

Application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2014.

The UNSM Board will select the successful candidate at its February 14 meeting.

For more information on 211, visit: http://www.ns.211.ca/microsites/nova_scotia/about_us/mission.

Friday, January 31, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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UNSM Appointment to Building Officials Training and Education Working Group

The NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education has formed a Building Officials' Training and Education Working Group to make recommendations on how the education course should be developed and delivered, and how the qualification of municipal building officials may be appropriately addressed in a sustainable manner.

The formation of the Working Group is in response to the difficulties of educational delivery of those interested in becoming a municipal building official.

The Working Group requires one UNSM official to participate on this committee.

The Working Group shall meet monthly or as required based on a mutually agreeable workplan. Work of this group shall be completed no later than six months from initial meeting.

The UNSM member will be reimbursed by the Province for meeting expenses.

If you feel you would be a suitable candidate for this board position, please prepare a cover letter outlining your relevant experience. You may also wish to submit a resume.

Forward your application via email to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Email:

Application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2014.

The UNSM Board will select the successful candidate at its February 14 meeting.

Friday, January 31, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications for UNSM Appointments to Police Services and Community Safety Advisory Committeeing Committees

The UNSM is still seeking up to four municipal elected officials to sit on the Joint Police Services and Community Safety Advisory Committee.

Members will represent each of the four policing service models: RCMP Municipal Police Agreement, RCMP Provincial Policing Agreement, integrated policing services model, and those municipalities who provide their own police force.

The purpose of the Joint Police Services and Community Safety Advisory Committee is to provide a forum for consultation, analysis, and communication between municipal government, Boards and the NS Department of Justice regarding issues relating to community safety and the delivery of police services in Nova Scotia.

The committee will meet a minimum of two times per year and by teleconference as required. Initial appointments are for a three-year term.

If interested in applying for this committee, please email a cover letter outlining your relevant experience to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Email:

Application deadline is January 31, 2014.

The UNSM Board of Directors will select the successful applicants at its Board meeting on February 14.

Friday, January 31, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Responding to 2014 UNSM Fall Conference Session Topics Request

The 2014 UNSM Fall Conference will take place from November 4-7 at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax.
 
The Committee would appreciate input from the membership in terms of topics you would like to see at the upcoming conference.
 
Please provide up to five topics you would like to see offered at the 2014 Fall Conference.
 
The Committee will review all topics received at its initial meeting.
 
Please provide your topics via email directly to UNSM Policy Analyst Lyle Goldberg at .
 
Response deadline is Monday, February 17, 2014.

Monday, February 17, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Active Transportation Committee's Survey

It can be completed online* by visiting:  https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=21937 

Friday, March 21, 2014 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Deadline for Completing Survey on Review of Municipal Education and Training

Friday, March 28, 2014 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications for Lieutenant Governor's Community Spirit Award

Applications are now being accepted for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award.  This award celebrates the power, strength and diversity of vibrant communities across Nova Scotia. It profiles their achievements and increases their visibility through a formal recognition program.
For more information and to learn how to nominate a community, please visit the Communities, Culture, and Heritage website http://novascotia.ca/cch/investing/community-funding/spirit-award/

Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 am - 1:00 am
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Deadline for Carbon Surcharge Fund Disbursement

The application deadline is April 17, 2014.  For more information about UNSM’s Carbon Surcharge Fund, please contact Debbie Nielsen, Municipal Sustainability Coordinator, at or 423-8312. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Deadline for Applying for Tourism Development Funding Programs

For details on eligibility and how to apply for funding, please review program guidelines at www.novascotiatourismagency.ca/tourism-development-investment-program or contact a tourism development officer:


Nick Fry, 798-6767, 
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley, Yarmouth & Acadian Shores


Erin Hume, 798-6769,
Northumberland Shore, Eastern Shore & Cape Breton


Heather Yule,  798-6768, 
South Shore, Halifax

Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program--Deadline for Applications

FLOOD RISK INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT PROGRAM (ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS)
The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program was developed to encourage municipalities to invest in infrastructure that will reduce flood risks and community vulnerability. The program funds up to 50% of eligible project costs.

This program is available to Nova Scotia municipalities. Investments can be made to non-municipal infrastructure through a partnership with a municipality.

The deadline to submit applications is May 30th, 2014.

For more information, visit:  www.novascotia.ca/snsmr/municipal/funding/infrastructure/flood-risk-infrastructure-investment-program.asp or contact Ahmad Shahwan at Municipal Affairs:  .

Friday, May 30, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Input to Public Education System

Here is the link to their website: http://www.ednet.ns.ca/educationreview/.

The Chair of the Minister’s Panel on Education, The Honourable Myra A. Freeman, is gathering public input on the education system.  Nova Scotians are invited to visit the website and share their views with the panel.

 

Friday, June 13, 2014 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Deadline for Applying to UNSM 2014 Resolutions Committee

RE: APPOINTMENTS TO UNSM 2014 RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE—DEADLINE OF JUNE 17TH

The UNSM Board is seeking appointments to its Resolutions Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to review all submitted resolutions prior to the UNSM Fall Conference and to indicate support or non-support for each. Resolutions not supported by the Committee will still be debated and voted on at the Annual Conference.

The UNSM Vice President shall serve as Resolutions Committee Chair. The current AMANS member on the UNSM Board will also serve on the Committee.

The Board will select the remaining members based on the following criteria:

•    A minimum of two from the Town Caucus
•    A minimum of two from the Rural Caucus
•    A minimum of one from HRM
•    A minimum of one from CBRM.

If interested in applying to be a member of the Resolutions Committee, please submit an expression of interest indicating how your experience would benefit the Committee.

Please submit your expression of interest via email, fax or snail mail to:

Lyle Goldberg, Policy Analyst
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington St.
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
Email:
Fax: 902-425-5592

All submissions must be received no later than Tuesday, June 17.

The UNSM Board will select the successful applicants at its meeting on June 27.

 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Support Sustainable Transportation Initiatives Deadline

NOVA SCOTIA MOVES IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVES
The Department of Energy recently announced that Nova Scotia Moves is now open for grant applications for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  Nova Scotia Moves is a grant program that seeks to support collaborative, innovative, and locally-based solutions to sustainable transportation challenges facing communities across Nova Scotia.

Through Nova Scotia Moves, the Province is offering grants of up to $200,000 to support local initiatives that help Nova Scotians:

  • Drive less distance
  • Move more actively and efficiently
  • Use cleaner energy
  • Access a wider range of sustainable transportation options
  • Engage communities around sustainable transportation issues

Priority in this funding cycle will be given to applications that are action-oriented, build on previous funding and leverage community and/or private funding.

The deadline for applications is June 23. To apply, first submit a one paragraph description of your idea on Department of Energy’s website, and a staff member will follow-up with a full application form.

For more information, visit:  http://novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/nova-scotia-moves.asp or contact Julia Sable at or 902-424-8090.

Monday, June 23, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Flood Assessment Fund--Deadline to Submit Applications

THE FLOOD ASSESSMENT FUND (ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT)
The objective of the Flood Assessment Fund (FAF) is to support municipalities in their efforts to better understand the cause of flooding problems and to generate solutions that help to proactively plan for flooding and the resulting impacts that may occur. Examples of municipal activities/projects that support this objective and that may be considered for funding include:

  • Generating information and maps that identify flood-prone areas and the extent of the potential impacts
  • Identifying potential solutions that can mitigate flood impacts (ex. policy/planning, infrastructure, engagement)
  • Communicating results to individuals and stakeholders through educational materials and tools

The deadline to submit applications is July 1, 2014.

For more information, visit:  www.novascotia.ca/nse/climate-change/nova-scotia-flood-assessment-fund.asp or contact John Cooper, Program Administrator, Department of Environment at or 424-0154.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Nominations for UNSM President and Vice-President/Secretary-Treasurer

As UNSM Immediate Past-President, I am serving as Chair of the 2014-15 Nominating Committee. The Committee's role is to present nominations for the positions of President and Vice-President/Secretary-Treasurer to our November Conference in Halifax. The Past President also serves as an Officer.  In accordance with the UNSM Bylaws, we have put in place a system to accommodate a rotation between each Caucus for the position of President, Vice-President/Secretary-Treasurer and Past-President.
 
For 2014-15, the position of President will be held by a rural representative; the position of Vice-President/Secretary-Treasurer will be held by a regional representative. There is no requirement in the bylaws for a candidate to have served as a Board member.
 
I am inviting UNSM members to submit nominations for the two positions. All submissions must be received at the UNSM office by Friday, August 15.
 
Nominations should be submitted to Tracy Verbeke through regular mail, e-mail or fax using the following contact information:
 
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
Email:
Fax: 902-425-5592

Friday, August 15, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline to Receive Conference 2014 Resolutions

The 2014 UNSM Annual Conference will be held at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax, November 4-7.

Resolutions submitted from municipalities, caucuses, the Board of Directors, and possibly the Resolutions Committee will be debated during the Conference.

The UNSM Bylaws state that resolutions must be received by the UNSM office 80 days before the Annual Conference to avoid being classified as a late resolution. That deadline is Saturday, August 16, 2014.

It is strongly encouraged to submit your resolutions by the August 16 deadline so they can be reviewed by the Committee. All resolutions submitted prior to the deadline will be introduced and debated at the Conference.

Please submit your resolutions to Tracy Verbeke via email (), fax (425-5592) or snail mail at:

Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8.

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Deadline to Confirm One-Room-Per-Unit at the Westin Hotel

 

We have booked one room per municipality at our host hotel, The Westin Nova Scotian. The room is in the name of your Mayor/Warden for the nights of November 4th, 5th and 6th.    You are required to call the Westin Hotel by 4:30 p.m. on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH to confirm this room and provide billing instructions and particulars.  Any rooms that have not been confirmed will be included in the main room block and released for general sale.

 1-877-993-7846 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to confirm this room.

 

Friday, September 12, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline to Submit Comments--UNSM By-Law and Policy Amendments

UNSM is always looking to improve its policies and programs to ensure good value to its members. A recent review of our by-laws against best practices identified areas that could be clarified and streamlined.

The following document represents proposed revisions to the existing UNSM By-laws prepared by the UNSM By-law Review Committee. At its June 27 meeting, the UNSM Board supported the revisions by motion and directed staff to send the proposed revisions out to the membership for comment.

The Committee has prepared five documents for the Membership's consideration including more concise bylaws and four policies - Resolutions, Rules of Order, Elections, and Executive Director. These are all included as a single document available on the front page of our Website, or by clicking the following link: http://www.unsm.ca/doc_download/1263-by-law-amendment-discussion-paper-july-2014.   Also attached are the original UNSM By-laws.

The by-laws have been reduced from 26 pages to 10. Much of the original by-laws have been rewritten as policy. The membership will be asked to vote on the revised by-laws and added policies at the Fall AGM taking place on November 6. If passed by the membership, any future changes to the by-laws would still require membership approval; however, future changes to the policies would only require board approval.

The UNSM Board is asking the membership to provide feedback on the proposed by-law revisions and accompanying policies by Wednesday, September 17. The Board will review and take under advisement all submissions received. From here the final draft will be sent out to the membership to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting.

Any feedback or questions concerning the revised by-laws and added policies can be directed to UNSM Policy Analyst Lyle Goldberg by phone (902-423-8673) or email ().

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Submitting Applications to UNSM Appointment to Farm Practices Board

Friday, September 19, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Submitting Application for Long Service Awards

Monday, September 22, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline to Apply for UNSM's Climate Change Leaders' Award

UNSM invites municipalities to apply for its 2nd annual Climate Change Leader’s Award.  The award will honour a municipality that has demonstrated exemplary leadership in climate change adaption and/or mitigation through the implementation of initiatives and creation of awareness. The objectives of the award program are to celebrate success, encourage continuous action towards climate change adaptation and mitigation, support the implementation of strategies from the Municipal Climate Change Action Plans, and support collaborative efforts and the sharing of information between municipalities.

If you would like to apply for UNSM’s Climate Change Leaders Award, please complete the attached application and submit it to by October 10, 2014.  

The successful applicant will be announced at UNSM’s fall conference in November 2014.

For more information, please contact Debbie Nielsen, UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Coordinator at 423-8312 or .

Friday, October 10, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Feedback for the Green Economy Strategy

Feedback Requested by October 15


The Round Table is conducting a public review of the proposed Green Economy Strategy and is seeking your feedback to help guide and further develop this initiative. You are invited to submit comments on the proposed strategy to the Round Table, c/o by October 15, 2014.  In an effort to collate comments from our membership, we encourage you to copy UNSM’s representative on the Round Table, HRM Councillor Jennifer Watts, on your submission, c/o .

 

For a copy of the Green Economy Strategy, please contact the UNSM Office.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Public Input on the Electricity System Review is December 5

The deadline for providing input on the Electricity System Review is Friday, December 5, 2014.  Please submit your feedback to . Nova Scotians will have another opportunity to provide feedback in February, when the draft Electricity System Review report is released for public comment.

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Deadline for Comments to the Gas Tax Funding Formula Review

In addition to the mentioned project, we would also like to receive input from councils of rural and regional municipalities on the existing formula. Specifically we would like to know:

  • Does your council think the existing formula is fair and equitable? If so, why?
  • If your council is not satisfied with the existing formula, how should it be changed?
  • Does your council feel the existing formula should be changed to include a portion of assets? Why or why not?

Submit comments to Lyle Goldberg, UNSM Policy Analyst,

Friday, January 16, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Deadline for Applications to Ken Simpson Memorial Award

The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Ken Simpson Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service and Leadership in Nova Scotia Municipal Government. This Award honours the memory of Kenneth Robert Bruce Simpson who served as UNSM Executive Director for 19 years, from 1990 to 2009. Ken passed away from cancer on April 17, 2011 at the age of 51.

The award is offered every two years. The inaugural recipient was Robert "Bob" Stead, former Mayor of the Town of Wolfville who was presented with the award at the 2013 UNSM Fall Conference. Tragically, Bob passed away from cancer on January 18, 2014, at the age of 73.

The establishment of the Ken Simpson Memorial Award provides an opportunity for the UNSM to recognize a current or former mayor, warden or councillor whose actions and demeanor demonstrates many of Ken's qualities, including:

  • exceptional community leadership, statesmanship and commitment to good governance
  • efforts that improve the quality of life for residents in the municipality
  • personal qualities of integrity, intelligence and vision
  • respect for others’ views and treatment of municipal colleagues, employees and other stakeholders with courtesy, openness, patience and fairness.

Only current or former Nova Scotia municipal elected officials are eligible for nomination. Nominations may be made by elected officials of the member municipality and/or by municipal staff who have knowledge of the individual’s contributions.An Award Selection Committee is comprised of the UNSM President, Vice President, Immediate Past-President and Executive Director. The Committee shall select the successful applicant based on a scoring system from criteria developed by the Committee. The successful candidate will receive the award at the 2015 UNSM Fall Conference.Nominations must be received at the UNSM office by September 30, 2015.For detailed information on the program including application form, click here, or visit the Ken Simpson Memorial Award Page on the UNSM Website (http://www.unsm.ca/ken-simpson-memorial-award.html).For specific questions on the program, contact UNSM Policy Analyst Lyle Goldberg by phone (902-423-8673) or email ()

Friday, January 16, 2015 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Application Deadline to hire Young Workers

For more information on the program, you can go directly to our Web site at www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca

Please note that the application deadline for the program is February 2, 2015 as stated on our Web site. The online application is now available.

Monday, February 02, 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Deadline for Applications to FCM's Leadership in Asset Management Program

The Leadership in Asset Management Program (LAMP) is an 18?36 month GMF-funded peer learning program set to begin in the fall 2015.  Applications are now available (by contacting FCM’s Project Officer, Isabelle Pitre, at or 613-907-6360) and will be accepted until June 15, 2015.

Monday, June 15, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Deadline for Submitting Stores to UNSM's oneNS WebsiteWeb

Share a Story and Win a Prize--one night at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel


DEADLINE:  June 30th, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Deadline for Submitting UNSM Resolutions

Friday, August 14, 2015 4:30 pm - 4:31 pm
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Deadline for Submitting a Nomination for President and Vice-President

For 2015-16, the position of President will be held by a regional representative; the position of Vice-President will be held by a towns representative. There is no requirement in the By-Laws for a candidate to have served as a Board member.
 
I am inviting UNSM members to submit nominations for the two positions. All submissions must be received at the UNSM office by Friday, August 21.
 
Nominations should be submitted to Tracy Verbeke through regular mail, e-mail or fax using the following contact information:
 
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
Suite 1106, 1809 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3K8
Email:
Fax: 902-425-5592

Friday, August 21, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline to Submit Survey--To Assess the Impact of the Municipal Sustainability Office’s Programs & Resources

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Deadline to respond to Discussion Paper on changes to the Municipal Elections Act

Click here for the Discussion Paper.

Friday, September 04, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Written Submission to Municipal and School Board Elections

Friday, September 11, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline to Apply for UNSM's Climate Change Leaders' Award

UNSM invites municipalities to apply for its 3rd annual Climate Change Leaders Award.  The award honours municipalities that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in climate change adaption and/or mitigation through the implementation of initiatives and creation of awareness.  The objectives of the award program are to celebrate successes, encourage continuous action towards climate change adaptation and mitigation, support the implementation of strategies from Municipal Climate Change Action Plans, and support collaborative efforts and the sharing of information among municipalities.

If you would like to apply for UNSM’s Climate Change Leaders Award, contact the UNSM office for an application and submit it to by September 18, 2015.  The successful applicant will be announced at UNSM’s fall conference in early November.

Friday, September 18, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for 2015 Long Service Awards

Friday, September 18, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applying to UNSM's Carbon Surcharge Fund Disbursement

For more information about UNSM’s Carbon Surcharge Fund, please contact Debbie Nielsen at or 423-8312. 

Monday, September 28, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications to Ken Simpson Memorial Award

For more information, visit the Ken Simpson Memorial Web Page.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications for Asset Management Working Group

Please submit your application to Debbie Nielsen at UNSM by email () or fax (902 425-5592).  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces Grant Fund

Municipalities are eligible to receive funding under the Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces Grant Fund.

Monday, November 09, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline to Respond to Questionnaire: Input on Rural Internet Access

Friday, December 18, 2015 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline for Applications for UNSM's Active Transportation Committee

Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Deadline to Respond to CRTC's Public Consultation on Telecommunications Services

An online survey is available to fill out. It can be found through the following link:

https://97.ca/ekos/cwx.cgi?EN:01616R

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Deadline for Early-Bird Savings for FCM Annual Conference

Click here for more information.

Monday, April 11, 2016 11:00 pm - Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:00 am
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Deadline for Running for Elections to FCM's Board of Directors

Click here for more information

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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