E-News Bulletin--July-August 2015-In This Issue

New Minister of Municipal Affairs - President Hunter would like to welcome Minister Zach Churchill as the new Minister of Municipal Affairs. Minister Churchill was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Yarmouth in a by-election in 2010 and was re-elected in 2013. In addition to serving as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Emergency Management Office, he is also Minister of Communications Nova Scotia. Prior to his elected position, he was a policy analyst and a student organizer. President Hunter looks forward to working with Minister Churchill on a number of significant files, including the new partnership agreement. The UNSM wishes to thank former Minister Furey for his work with municipalities. Minister Furey was always considerate of UNSM, and worked hard to understand and acknowledge the many issues and challenges facing municipalities. In his time as minister, he met with all municipal councils and attended many UNSM events.

Federal Election -

Help FCM make local issues election issues in 2015 -To help make municipal issues front and centre in the upcoming federal election, FCM has released A Roadmap for Strong Cities and Communities and called for a federal leaders’ debate.  The leaders of the Green Party, the NDP and the Liberals have already agreed to participate in a debate. Discussions are ongoing with the Conservative Party and potential media partners.  A debate would bring unprecedented profile to key issues and ensure that all parties have a plan to work with municipal governments. Please join FCM in calling for a leaders debate about municipal issues. Visit hometownproud.fcm.ca.

In this issue:

•    President's Activities
•    UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from June 26 meeting
•    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.