E-News Bulletin--November-December 2017-In This Issue

In this issue:

  • Rebranding Update
  • UNSM Board Report – November 7 & December 1, 2017
  • Upcoming Workshops/Events/Initiatives
  • Provincial Issues: ●Parental Accommodations for Municipal Elected Officials; ●Cannabis Update; ●Accessiblity Update; ●Doctor Recruitment Update; ●Tourist Accommodations
  • Federal Issues: ●Smart Cities Challange; ●Building Communities Through Arts and Culture
  • FCM:  Submission to Minister Morneau regarding Municipal Costs arising from the Legalization of Cannabis
  • Obituaries

 

REBRANDING UPDATE

We are still the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.   The Board continues to work on the rebranding initiative, including work on the name, logo and website.  When all is ready, there will be a formal launch date.  

 

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
 

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UNSM Board Report--December 1, 2017

 

1.  UNSM Appointments to Committees:

NS RCMP Contract Management Committee:  Jacques Dube, Halifax, and Louis Coutinho, Town of Windsor were appointed.  Councillor Michael Gregory, County of Colchester was previously appointed and will continue to serve on the committee.

Joint Police Services and Community Safety Advisory Committee:  Deputy Mayor Laurie Murley (Windsor) and Councillor Russell Walker (Halifax) were appointed.  Deputy Mayor Emily Lutz (Kings Co) and Mayor Bill MacDonald (Annapolis Royal) were previously appointed and continue to serve. 

NS Joint Fire Services Committee Phase I:  Councillors Jennifer Daniels (West Hants) and Wayne Thorburne (Bridgewater) were appointed.

Provincial/Municipal Accessibility Framework Working Group:  Mayor Jeff Cantwell (Town of Wolfville), Councillor Laurie Cranton (County of Inverness) and Deputy Mayor Waye Mason (Halifax) were appointed.

Municipal Indicators Committee: Councillor Clarence Prince (CBRM) appointed.

  • Financial Condition Index Sub-Committee:  Deputy Mayor Emily Lutz (County of Kings)
  • Governance Sub-Committee:  Mayor Rachel Bailey (Town of Lunenburg); Councillor Fraser Patterson (County of Victoria); Mayor Sandra Snow (Town of Kentville) and Councillor Lennie White (Town of Westville) were appointed.

 

2.  Rebranding Update--The Board agreed to write a letter to the province requesting the name change to the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities.  Work is underway on a logo and related materials.  A launch date will be announced in the new year.  The Board did discuss the letter from the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s and thanks them for the points they put forward.  

3. PVSC--The UNSM Board received an update on PVSC initiatives.

4.  Debrief of Annual Conference and Resolutions Process--Based on feedback received, staff was directed to amend the resolutions process to allow each Caucus to develop their top resolution for submission to the province. The Board discussed better ways to seek priorities from Councils, whether Statements of Interest are meaningful, and the wording of resolutions.  Other amendments will be considered to improve the results. 

5.  FCM Board Meeting--UNSM President Geoff Stewart reported on the FCM Board Meeting in November in Ottawa. The major focus of the meeting was to meet with federal MPs and Senators, focussing on FCM key messages around housing and infrastructure.  Nova Scotia FCM Board members – Warden Timothy Habinski, Councillor Tom Taggart, Councillor Russell Walker, and the UNSM President – met with the following:   Colin Fraser; Darren Fisher; Stephen Greene; Geoff Regan; Sean Fraser; Andy Fillmore; Terry Mercer; Darrell Sampson and Bill Casey.  The Board agreed to write to the Nova Scotia MP Caucus to request a meeting.  

6.  Cannabis--The Board agreed to write a letter to the Province with perspectives on the legalization of cannabis, and raising the need for funding to cover municipal incremental costs.

7.  Physician Recruitment and Retention Advisory Committee--UNSM received a request from the Nova Scotia Health Authority seeking a nominee to the NSHA Physician Recruitment and Retention Advisory Committee.  As the first meeting is scheduled for December 12, the Board will appoint a representative. 

 

REBRANDING UPDATE:

We are still the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.   The Board continues to work on the rebranding initiative, including work on the name, logo and website.  When all is ready, there will be a formal launch date.  

 

 

 

 

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.

UNSM Board Report--November 7, 2017

 

1. UNSM Appointment to Building Advisory Committee--The Board elected Councillor Ivan Doncaster as the UNSM representative on the Provincial Building Advisory Committee.

2. UNSM Initiatives Report to Councils--The Board agreed that staff would prepare an initiatives report to councils following every board meeting encouraging each Council to include the report as an information items on their council agenda.

3. Deer Populations in Urban Areas--The Board agreed to include deer populations in urban areas as a Statement of Interest that will be forwarded to the provincial government.

4. Rebranding Update--The Board agreed to the following regarding the UNSM Rebranding Exercise:

  • Vision Statement: Effective local government and strong, sustainable communities
  • Mission Statement: To enable effective local government for Nova Scotia’s communities by facilitating strategic advocacy, education and collaboration
  • New Name for the Organization: Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities

5. UNSM Employee Benefits Plan-– Market Study Recommendations--The Board passed a motion to support the recommendations of the Employee Benefits Committee which are as follows:

  • Remain with Desjardins Insurance for Life and Disability insurance
  • Remain with Medavie Blue Cross for health and dental
  • Remain with SSQ for Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance.

 

 

 

 

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.