e-News Bulletin Sept-Oct, 2012

President's Message


Councillor Jim Smith

The September UNSM Fall Conference was a great success. A number of interesting and timely sessions were presented including shared service delivery and the Town's Task Force Report. These issues will be very helpful to municipalities in moving forward. A special thank you to the UNSM Conference Planning Committee and UNSM staff on a job well done!

On the subject of the Town's Task Force, the membership at the Fall Conference overwhelmingly supported the report's recommendations. A follow-up implementation working group will be formed to ensure the recommendations become a reality. I want to thank the Task Force members and Working Group for all of their hard work in producing the report. The Task Force made great efforts in seeking input from the membership through a series of regional meetings, spring workshop presentation as well as at caucus meetings. A special thank you to Task Force Chair Mayor David Corkum for his leadership and diplomacy in ensuring the Task Force Report received overall support. For a copy of the Towns Task Force approved recommendations, click here.

Green Toolbox - News & Resources: September-October, 2012



Mayors Megawatt Challenge

In 2011 The Mayors' Megawatt Challenge went national with the Town Hall Challenge, engaging over 60 cities and towns in identifying and recognizing some of the most energy efficient buildings in Canada.  Rothesay, New Brunswick, St. Catharines, Ontario, and Fredericton, New Brunswick were crowned the most energy-efficient Town Halls in Canada.  The Challenge results showed Canada’s leading town and city halls are already performing at 20 ekWh per square foot.   The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) invites you to take the Town Hall 20 by '15 Pledge to achieve this target in your own town or town hall by 2015.  In addition, a new nationwide Community Centre challenge will be launched at the first annual Mayors' Megawatt Challenge Forum to be held on November 19th in Toronto.

TRCA encourages you to attend the forum to:

  • Find out how the top performing town halls operate on so little energy
  • Learn how to assess your own facilities and work towards energy targets based on top-performers
  • Meet other municipalities actively reducing energy  consumption

An agenda along with a description of the Mayors' Megawatt Challenge and the 20 by '15 Pledge can be found by visiting:  http://trca.on.ca/the-living-city/programs-of-the-living-city/mayors-megawatt-challenge/index.dot

Green Toolbox - Events - September - October 2012


NOVEMBER 14, 8:30 AM TO 5 PM

This workshop is designed to provide standard risk assessment methodologies to assess and fully document the vulnerability of infrastructure to the impacts of current and future climate.  It will be of interest to engineers and geoscientists who are involved in the pre-design, design, operation, maintenance and management of infrastructure.  It will also be of relevance to municipal planners, managers and operators of infrastructure to better understand the challenges that civil infrastructures face with current climate and future projections. 

This workshop is presented by: Engineers Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the New Brunswick Climate Change Hub, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.

Workshop fee is $210 and includes lunch/refreshments and materials.

To register, please contact Eddie Oldfield by email () or telephone (506-455-8961 ext 113).

Statement by FCM President on the Federal Government's Proposed Amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act

The following statement was released on October 22 by FCM president Karen Leibovici following the federal government's introduction of amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act:

"The Federation of Canadian Municipalities welcomes the federal government's commitment to make the Navigable Waters Protection Act work better for our communities and make it more affordable to build basic infrastructure.

New National Report Card says Canada's Municipal Infrastructure "at risk"

Canada's municipal infrastructure is at risk, with more than half of municipal roads requiring significant repairs and one in four wastewater plants needing major upgrades. This was the key finding of the first-ever Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, a major study released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and three industry partner organizations on September 12.

The report card, which surveyed more than 120 municipalities representing 60% of the Canadian population, says more than half of municipal roads are falling apart beneath our tires. One in four roads is over capacity, transporting far more people and goods than it was designed to handle. And one in four wastewater treatment plants needs to be upgraded or replaced to meet new federal standards introduced this summer, at a cost of at least $20 billion.

County of Kings Takes Action to Eliminate Racism and Discrimination

The  Municipality of the County of Kings is developing an action plan to eliminate racism and discrimination in Kings County.

The County of King’s Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination Committee (RRADC) has contracted Horizons Community Development Associates  to help develop the action plan. Horizons, with assistance by Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, gathered input by facilitating a community session on September 6.

Minister Appoints Provincial Fire Marshal

The Minister of Labour and Advanced Education appointed Harold Pothier as Provincial Fire Marshal effective September 10.

Mr. Pothier and his staff advise various levels of government, including municipalities, on matters such as fire-protection systems, and provide fire-prevention education. He will also work toward meeting recommendations made by the province's auditor general to improve fire prevention and investigation.

Mr. Pothier has more than 35 years of fire services experience and won a competition for the position.

Canadian Government Moves Forward on Tough Rules for Coal-Fired Electricity Sector

Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, announced final regulations for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal-fired electricity generation on September 6.

The regulations apply a stringent performance standard to new electricity generation units and old units that have reached the end of their economic life. In the first 21 years, the regulations are expected to result in a cumulative reduction in GHG emissions of about 214 megatonnes—equivalent to removing some 2.6 million personal vehicles per year from the road.

Nova Scotia's Coyote Pelt Incentive Extended Three Years

The Province is extending the pelt incentive part of its plan to make families and communities safer from aggressive coyote behaviour.

The pelt incentive program is designed to change aggressive coyote behaviour. The program encourages licensed trappers to harvest coyotes by offering an incentive of $20 per pelt during the regular trapping season, Oct. 15 to March 31. It has been in place since fall 2010 and has been extended by three years.

Province Releases Draft Request for Proposals for Yarmouth Ferry

The province has a plan to attract a qualified ferry operator with a transparent competitive process. A draft request for proposals was issued on October 23, which will be used in discussions with potential ferry operators. Information gathered will be used for revisions to a formal request for proposals.

The province asked an expert panel to review studies on ferry service between Yarmouth and the United States and meet with various interested people to find conditions needed for a viable service.

Green Toolbox - For Growing Sustainable Municipalities - September-October, 2012

mapleleafFrom UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office September-October 2012

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