E-News Bulletin--July-August 2017-In This Issue

In this issue:

  • UNSM Board Report--August 
  • Upcoming Workshops/Events/Initiatives
  • UNSM’s Gas Tax Fund Project Spotlights
  • Provincial Issues: What we Heard--Nova Scotia Cap and Trade Design Options; Department of Municipal Affairs Announces Laucnh of Cycle 4 of Public Safety Canada's National Disaster Mitigation Program; Commission on Effective Electoral Representation of Acadian and African Nova Scotians
  • FCM: GMF Annual Report Highlights Progress on Sustainability
  • Other Announcements

President's Activities

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

 
Update on UNSM Board of Directors
UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from January meeting
Upcoming Workshops/Events/Initiatives
Provincial Issues
Federal Issues
FCM
Other Announcements
 

UNSM Board Report--August 17, 2017

 

 

  1. PVSC Governance Review--The Board agreed to support a resolution on a new PVSC governance structure which would be debated at the 2017 UNSM AGM. The Board agreed to a six-month grace period to fill PVSC board vacancies that resulted from elected officials either being defeated or not reoffering.
  2. Municipal Indicators Committee--The Board agreed to a revised terms of reference for the Municipal Indicator Committee which will include the formation of the following sub-committees – Financial Condition Indicators (FCI), Governance, and Service Performance. One independent member will be appointed to the Municipal Indicator Committee and to each of the sub-committees - FCI, Governance and Service Performance.
  3. Municipal and Provincial Cannabis Working Groups--The Board agreed to support the formation of a municipal and provincial-municipal cannabis working group. The municipal working group will have a purely municipal focus; the intergovernmental working group will discuss issues and concerns of both orders of government. The Board agreed to ensure that at least one member on the municipal working group be part of the provincial-municipal working group to ensure continuity. The Board also wanted the terms of reference amended to include the issue of in-house grow-ops.
  4. Appointments to Municipal Cannabis Working Group--The following UNSM members were appointed to the Municipal Cannabis Working Group: • Councillor Shawn Cleary, Halifax; • Councillor Jim MacLeod, Town of Yarmouth.
  5. Board Evaluation--Based on the results of the board evaluation survey, the board agreed to move forward on a few key issues including a detailed orientation process for the newly elected board and developing a performance evaluation for the Executive Director along with a succession plan for the position. The Board will send a thank you letter to Louis Coutinho for compiling the results and a letter to Windsor Council thanking them for supporting their CAO in undertaking this request.

 

1. FCM/Viet Nam, Cape Breton Community Development Project
 
The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Cape Breton Partnership and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities have agreed to establish a formal relationship to support the implementation of the Partnerships for Municipal Innovation. The Partnerships for Municipal Innovation in Local Economic Development Project (PMI-LED) seeks to increase sustainable economic growth at the local level by strengthening the capacity of municipal governments in Mali, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bolivia, and Nicaragua. The Board approved an MOU between FCM, the Cape Breton Partnership and UNSM to undertake the above project. The first mission to Vietnam will take place during the end of June 2017.  Funding is provided through FCM.  
 
2. Board Evaluation Survey
 
The Board completed a board evaluation survey. Results will be compiled and assessed by Town of Windsor CAO Louis Coutinho. Results will be shared with the Board at their June meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
3. Provincial Election Strategy
 
The Board agreed to send out a media release highlighting UNSM's provincial election strategy including the three candidates presenting at the spring workshop. This was sent out during the UNSM Spring Workshop.
 
4. Regional Meeting Outcomes 
 
Proposed resolutions coming out of the regional meetings were shared with the board. These included:
 
1. REN Improvements - to strengthen and ensure success of RENS in order to improve economic development opportunities in all regions.
2. Better Utilization and Taxation of Agricultural Land
3. Mechanisms to encourage more regional planning
4. Rural High Speed Internet
5. Doctor Shortage and Recruitment
6. Public Transit - making it easier for municipalities to create an inter-municipal public transit system without having to go through the Utility and Review Board
7. Forestry - promoting sustainable management practices
8. Senior Safety Program - establishing guaranteed long-term provincial funding over five years
9. Affordable Housing
10. Tourism strategy for Northumberland Shore - link to Regional Enterprise Networks
11. Rural Roads 
12. Improved Consultation with Municipalities when Designating Protected Areas - both Land and Marine
13. Improved Provincial and Municipal Funding to Support Public Libraries
14. Improved Access to Building Inspectors
 
A series of follow-up regional meetings will be held to prepare the resolutions which will be submitted to the UNSM Executive for consideration.
 
5. Rebranding Exercise
 
It was suggested that the board start focussing on a rebranding exercise as part of its communications/engagement strategy. This would include modernizing the website and conducting a member profile survey.

Upcoming Workshops/ Events/Initiatives--July-August 2017

  • September and October: Meetings to discuss proposed UNSM Resolutions (members can attend any one of the three):
    • September 22 - Queens Place Emera Centre, 50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool (1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
    • October 6 - District of East Hants Municipal Office, Lloyd E Matheson Centre, 15 Commerce Court, Elmsdale, (1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Sept. 18, 2017 – UNSM Rebranding Project Teleconference for Chief Administrative Officers/Clerk-Treasurers to discuss the role UNSM plays for its members (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – must register by September 14 by emailing )
  • Sept. 19, 2017 – UNSM Rebranding Project Teleconference for Mayors, Wardens and Councillors to discuss the role UNSM plays for its members (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. – must register by September 14 by emailing )
  • Sept. 21, 2017 - Supporting Successful Meetings with Eli Mina (preparing minutes, agendas and resolutions; advising on rules of order) For more information and to register on-line visit: http://www.elimina.com/training/training-scheduled-halifax.html.
  • Sept 22, 2017 - "We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This" with Eli Mina (demystifying the rules of order, effective meetings and decision making). For more information and to register on-line visit: http://www.elimina.com/training/training-scheduled-halifax.html
  • September 26 - 29 - AMANS Fall Conference - Truro Holiday Inn, Truro, NS (Click here for more information)
  • October 2, 2017 – Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Best Western Bridgewater, Bridgewater, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 3, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Best Western Bridgewater, Bridgewater, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 5, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 6, 2017 - Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 10, 2017 - Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Best Western Glengarry, Truro, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 11, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Best Western Glengarry, Truro, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 19, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Inverary Resort, Baddeck, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 20, 2017 - Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Inverary Resort, Baddeck, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.
  • October 27 & 29 - Town of Bridgewater’s Energize Nova Scotia Discovery Fair.  Click here for more information.  Here is the link to Energize Bridgewater’s Website.
  • November 7-10 - UNSM Fall Conference - Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax. Click here for more information.  Click here for On-Line Registration.

·         October 2, 2017 – Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Best Western Bridgewater, Bridgewater, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

·         October 3, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Best Western Bridgewater, Bridgewater, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

·         October 5, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

·         October 6, 2017 - Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Old Orchard Inn, Wolfville, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

·         October 10, 2017 - Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Best Western Glengarry, Truro, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

·         October 11, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Best Western Glengarry, Truro, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

·         October 19, 2017 – Getting Started with Asset Management Planning—Workshop for Municipal Staff, Inverary Resort, Baddeck, NS, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

·         October 20, 2017 - Leadership through Asset Management—Workshop for Elected Officials & CAO’s, Inverary Resort, Baddeck, NS, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  For more information, click here.

Provincial Issues--July-August 2017

What We Heard: Nova Scotia Cap and Trade Design Options

In March 2017, Nova Scotia Environment released a Discussion Paper outlining the design options for the cap and trade program. Comments were submitted by businesses, industry, associations, academia, non-governmental organizations, municipalities, and individuals. We heard about the importance of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, while promoting sustainable economic growth as we transition to a lower carbon economy.
Submissions were summarized into a report “What We Heard: Nova Scotia Cap and Trade Design Options”. The report is now available online

The next steps for Nova Scotia’s cap and trade program include introducing enabling legislation and developing regulations needed to implement the program. Further consultations on the regulations are planned, however, we encourage you to share your feedback with us at any time.

Jason Hollett
Nova Scotia Environment
902-229-5494

 

DEPARTMENT OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF CYCLE 4 OF PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA'S NATIONAL DISASTER MITIGATION PROGRAM

The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) is pleased to announce the launch of Cycle 4 (2018-19) of Public Safety Canada’s (PSC) National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).

The deadline to submit your NDMP application to DMA is noon on October 23, 2017.

Municipalities can apply for funding under any of the following four funding streams:

1. Risk assessments;
2. Flood mapping;
3. Mitigation Planning; and
4. Investments in Non-structural and Small Scale Structural Mitigation Projects

The new NDMP application form, reference documents, and information can be found on the PSC website located at the following link:

https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/mrgnc-mngmnt/dsstr-prvntn-mtgtn/ndmp/index-en.aspx

The available funding across Canada is $42.7 million for 2018/19 and $56.9 million for 2019/20.

The completed application form, accompanied by a Resolution of Council supporting the project, should be forwarded to Jason Bell at

Please free to contact Jason (902-424-5655) if you have any questions.


Commission on Effective Electoral Representation of Acadian and African Nova Scotians: From September 11 – October 4, 2017, the Commission will be holding 13 consultation sessions around the province. You can find the schedule of meetings at https://novascotia.ca/representation/ . The Commission has asked UNSM if there are any municipalities who have studied or consulted to enhance effective representation of Acadian, African Nova Scotian, or any other historically marginalized community. If you have, or if you have a dedicated or protected municipal seat for any purpose, please let UNSM know. If you have any ideas of how municipalities can contribute to effective representation of Acadians or African Nova Scotians, also let us know. Thanks!