Federal Issues--September-October 2015 (2)

Pre-election Blackout Rules for Signage and Communication Protocols Still in Effect Until Further Notice
Infrastructure Canada has recently advised that the pre-election blackout rules for signage and communication protocols continue to apply until further notice. In other words, the requirement for placing federal signs on GTF projects or any announcements or events for federal or joint funding have been waived for the time being. We will let you know more as soon as we receive direction from the federal government regarding these activities.

If you have any questions, please contact Hardy Stuckless at or 902 424- 2770.

 

E-News Bulletin--September-October 2015-In This Issue

In this issue:

  • President's Activities
  • UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from September 25 meeting
  • Input Welcome
  • Upcoming Workshops/Events/Initiatives
  • Provincial Issues
  • Federal Issues
  • FCM
  • Other Announcements

President's Activities

For a list of the President's activities over the past month, click here.

Input Welcome

MGA Review - In September and October the Province held regional sessions to discuss the upcoming MGA review. The purpose of these sessions was to explain the process being undertaken for the review and to provide ways to identify issues and opportunities for change in the way municipalities operate. You are invited to submit issues you would like explored through the review. As an individual, you are welcome to provide comments through the review website, http://novascotia.ca/dma/mga-review/), until November 9, 2015. Councils are also welcome to submit views, and there will be more opportunities as the work progresses.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Workshop - October 23. The UNSM held an EPR workshop on October 23 with 85 participants in attendance. During the workshop, the Environment Minister announced that if it moves forward on EPR for the collection and processing of paper and packaging, it will be the full model. This means industry will fund 100 per cent of the costs but also maintain control. Workshop presentations including the Minister's remarks may be found here.  You are encouraged to learn as much about this issue as you can - it is an opportunity for municipalities, with industry, to improve the way recyclables are dealt with, and to reduce the costs to the taxpayer. It does shift the cost to industry and consumers, the impacts of which may need to be mitigated. There are still lots of questions and UNSM will continue to post information on our website to help guide you through the possible changes.

UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from September 25 meeting

  • UNSM write the Premier regarding the need to work together on tourism centres
  • UNSM invite elected officials to submit applications for an asset management committee
  • UNSM endorse PVSC’s vision regarding service delivery related to the Land Registry; in particular: PVSC, in partnership with the municipalities, will continue to identify, implement and lead shared services; and explore the delivery of land registry services throughout the Province

Federal Issues--September-October 2015

Pre-election Blackout Rules for Signage and Communication Protocols Still in Effect Until Further Notice
Infrastructure Canada has recently advised that the pre-election blackout rules for signage and communication protocols continue to apply until further notice. In other words, the requirement for placing federal signs on GTF projects or any announcements or events for federal or joint funding have been waived for the time being. We will let you know more as soon as we receive direction from the federal government regarding these activities.

If you have any questions, please contact Hardy Stuckless at or 902 424- 2770.