e-News Bulletin - April 2012

President's Message

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Deputy Warden Jimmy MacAlpine

As you are aware, the UNSM Board completed its first series of regional meetings since the new caucus structure was formed. Five meetings in total took place in Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Town of Yarmouth, District of Lunenburg, and Kentville. The majority of meetings were extremely well attended. Excellent feedback was provided by the membership with respect to the Towns Task Force presentation, the UNSM priorities as well as other items from the floor. I want to thank all of the UNSM members who made the effort to attend these important sessions.

The Province on April 26 released its draft regulations for LED Roadway Lighting. Municipalities and the general public have thirty days to respond. The Province has extended the conversion period from five to seven years. This is a compromise as the UNSM had asked for a ten year conversion period to reduce the stranded asset costs associated with changing out the old high pressure sodium lights. With respect to the stranded asset costs, this issue remains unresolved. The stranded asset costs at this point in time remains at $23 million. These are costs that municipalities will have to pay. I am planning to meet with the Minister of Energy to reiterate UNSM's position that the stranded asset costs should be around $12 million as was previously negotiated. I will ask the Minister of Energy for assistance in negotiating this position with Nova Scotia Power.

Province Releases Draft LED Roadway Lighting Regulations for Public Comment Energy

On April 25, the province issued a media release asking for public input into draft regulations on LED lighting for all roads and highways in Nova Scotia.

The draft regulations are now available for a 30-day public comment period.

Statement by FCM President Berry Vrbanovic on the Federal Government's 2012 Budget

The following statement was released on March 30 by FCM President Berry Vrbanovic regarding the federal government's 2012 budget:

"Canada's municipal leaders welcome today's commitment by the federal government to continue working with cities and communities to rebuild the local roads, water systems, community centres and public transit that our families, businesses, and economy depend on.

Province Approves Pugwash Wind Farm Project

The province granted an environmental assessment approval to North Cumberland Wind Power LP. If the project goes ahead, up to 10,000 Nova Scotian homes will have access to the 33 megawatt wind project.

Province Extends Hydraulic Fracturing Review

The Province announced that it is extending the review of hydraulic fracturing to mid-2014 to ensure its review committee has the best information to make informed recommendations.

No hydraulic fracturing will be approved in Nova Scotia during the review.

Statement by FCM President on Proposed Changes to Fisheries Act

The following statement was released by FCM president Berry Vrbanovic on April 25 following the federal government's announcement on proposed changes to the Fisheries Act:

Nova Scotia Renews Partnership with Land Protection Organizations

The Province is renewing its partnership with two organizations to protect thousands of hectares of Nova Scotia land.

The Province announced on April 21 an investment of up to $1.5-million over three years to help protect important lands in Nova Scotia. Through the partnerships with the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, up to $3-million worth of land will be protected.

Age-friendly Grants Available to Help Seniors

Age-friendly Grants Available to Help Seniors


A provincial grant program announced on April 20 is helping make communities more accessible and inclusive to seniors with varying needs and abilities.

The program has two components, strategic planning and development, and projects.

Atlantic Mayors Look for Increased Input and Water Exemption as Trade Agreement Talks Continue

The mayors of Atlantic Canada are concerned that municipalities are excluded from ongoing free-trade negotiations between the federal government and the European Union and want a voice in all future talks.

Province Reviews Delivery of Compressed Natural Gas

Province Reviews Delivery of Compressed Natural Gas

The province is doing a review that could lead to more customers in Nova Scotia having access to the benefits of natural gas, Minister of Energy Charlie Parker announced on April 18.

Canada's Transit Infrastructure Needs Attention: $53 Billion for the Next 5 Years

A new national survey released by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) on April 3 shows that the total value of transit infrastructure plans for the 2012-2016 period amounts to $53.5 billion. Thanks to strong commitments by all orders of government, $40 billion can be drawn from existing funding streams. The remaining $13.5 billion will have to come from new or additional sources.

Stress Busters for a Healthier Heart - Shepell•fgi

Breakfast, traffic jams, overloaded inboxes, meetings, doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, sleep. Sound familiar? Life in the fast lane can be exhausting. It can also be unhealthy, causing high blood pressure, fatigue, headaches and depression. Even more troubling are the effects on your heart.

The Green ToolBox - For Growing Sustainable Municipalities - April 2012

From UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office April 2012

maple leafFor more information about the initiatives included in the Green Toolbox, please contact Debbie Nielsen, Municipal Sustainability Coordinator at 423-8312 or e-mail: .

Green Toolbox Events for April 2012

DOLLARS TO $ENSE ENERGY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS

MAY 8 & 9

HALIFAX

Natural Resources Canada will be hosting the following Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops in Halifax:

Green Toolbox - Funding Opportunities for April 2012

P3 CANADA FUND NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 15

On April 16th, PPP Canada launched Round Four, call for proposals for the P3 Canada Fund, encouraging provinces, territories, First Nations and municipalities to consider the P3 model in delivering their public infrastructure priorities.

Green Toolbox - Announcements - April 2012

CUMBERLAND ENERGY AUTHORITY IS THE FIRST IN NOVA SCOTIA

The Municipality of the County of Cumberland and the Towns of Springhill and Parrsboro recently finalized an historic inter-municipal agreement to create a new entity - the Cumberland Energy Authority.  Keith Hunter, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland, Springhill Mayor Allen Dill and Lois Smith, Mayor of Parrsboro formally signed the agreement at an official signing ceremony held on April 17. The Authority, believed to be the first of its kind in Nova Scotia, will be responsible for attracting and promoting renewable energy development within Cumberland County and will be the single point of contact for developers.

Green Toolbox - Resources - April 2012

THE ATLANTIC CLIMATE ADAPTATION SOLUTIONS (ACAS) PROGRAM RELEASES TWO REPORTS

A KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER STRATEGY for ACAS Products: This report outlines the best approaches to transferring findings to Atlantic Canada stakeholders. The report, conducted by Jean Robinson Dexter of Horizons Community Development Associates, is available for download:  Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Knowledge Transfer Strategy from the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (PDF)