e-News Bulletin - May 2012

President's Message

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Deputy Warden Jimmy MacAlpine

I ask that your mark your calendars for the launch of Municipal Awareness Week which will take place September 24-30, 2012. The purpose of this initiative is to:

  • promote the importance of municipal government in peoples' daily lives including school-aged children;
  • encourage citizens to participate in municipal government−including attending council meetings, public hearings or joining an advisory committee−in a way that is inclusive to all Nova Scotians; and
  • increase voter turnout rates during the October 20, 2012 Municipal Elections.

This project is a three-way partnership between the UNSM, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and the Association of Municipal Administrators.

Property Assessment Appeals Procedure Improved in Nova Scotia

The province is proposing Nova Scotia property owners have access to sales information and an improved property assessment system with amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Assessment Act.

Canada's Cities and Communities at a Tipping Point says new FCM Report

Despite recent gains, Canada's cities and communities are facing growing financial uncertainty according to a new annual report released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) titled The State of Canada's Cities and Communities 2012.

Provincial Parks Consultations Launched

The Government is acting on a goal of the natural resources strategy by launching province-wide consultations with Nova Scotians about provincial parks.

A series of community meetings will be held in locations around the province beginning Thursday, May 31. People can also comment through online and telephone surveys.

Annapolis Royal Hires New CAO

On May 23, the Town of Annapolis Royal announced the appointment of Carol St-Amour as its new Chief Administrative Officer.

Ms. St-Amour comes to Annapolis Royal with nearly twenty-five years' experience working in municipal governments and public administration across Canada. She has a background in finance, administration, and intergovernmental affairs, including a degree in Political Science.

Nova Scotia Releases Plan to Develop Emerging Energy Sector

The province released a plan on May 14, that outlines how it will use local expertise and knowledge to develop the emerging energy sector.

The Marine Renewable Energy Strategy contains broad policy, economic and legal conditions for renewable energy projects and technologies for commercial development in the province.

Nova Scotia Aquaculture Strategy Launched

Nova Scotia has a new strategy for aquaculture development that will help efforts to grow a sustainable industry and create wealth in rural and coastal communities.

The strategy identifies and builds on four key pillars: farming responsibly, aquaculture engagement, regulatory safeguards, and jobs and the economy. Over the years, the government has heard many opinions on aquaculture development. The strategy is a balanced response.

Federal Government Supports Stronger Measures to Prevent the Bulk Removal of Water from Canada

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced the Government of Canada’s support for Bill C-383, which proposes stronger measures to prevent the bulk removal of water from Canada.

The bill was introduced by the Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Larry Miller, on December 13, 2011. Bill C-383 is expected to be debated at second reading in June 2012.

Dalhousie University Graduate Student Projects - Call for Partner Organizations

Every fall Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management offers an innovative graduate class called Management Without Borders (MWB). Each year our students are asked to work on group projects with host organizations from across Nova Scotia. This exercise provides students with the chance to apply the theory / skills they learn in class to real-world challenges. For partner organizations this is an excellent opportunity to have creative, bright and determined graduate students take on a project that would benefit your organization.

The Green ToolBox - For Growing Sustainable Municipalities - May 2012

From UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office May 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Green Toolbox - Events - May 2012

World Environment Day Is June 5

Celebrating World Environment Day is about the inspirational power of individual actions that collectively become an exponential force for positive change.  World Environment Day is celebrated around the world in many ways, including street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more.

The 2012 World Environment Day theme is Green Economy: Does it include you? The green economy touches almost every aspect of our lives and concerns our development. For example, it is about sustainable energy, green jobs, low carbon economies, green policies, green buildings, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, industry, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, sustainable transport, waste management, water efficiency and all other resource efficiency. These are all elements involved in the successful implementation of a green economy.

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For ideas to celebrate World Environment Day or register your event, visit:  United Nations Environment Programme.

Green Toolbox - Resources - May 2012

Active Transportation 101: Bringing At To Your Community & Developing An At Plan

This new toolkit will help municipalities in their efforts to bring active transportation (AT) to their communities!  AT 101 encourages, celebrates, and builds upon what has already been accomplished in Nova Scotia through its examples, ideas, and suggestions. This resource was developed through a partnership with the Ecology Action Centre and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

To download a copy of AT 101, visit: Ecology Action Centre

Green Toolbox - Funding Opportunities - May 2012

P3 Canada Fund 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.

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that investments in public infrastructure contribute to Canada’s long-term economic growth and deliver maximum value for Canadians. As part of this commitment, PPP Canada’s focus in Round Four will be on public infrastructure projects that promote jobs and stimulate economic growth including transportation, water/wastewater, solid waste disposal and brownfield redevelopment related projects.

In order to be considered under Round Four, applicants are required to submit their application no later than June 15, 2012. Applicants will receive written notification of PPP Canada’s screening decision in the fall 2012. All interested applicants are encouraged to contact PPP Canada or their designated contact, identified in the Application Guide, to discuss the viability of their project before submitting an application.

Please visit PPP Canada for more information.