First Municipal Wastewater Quarterly Reports Due May 15
Municipalities are reminde they must submit their first quarterly report under the new Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations by May 15, 2013. Reporting deadlines are available on the Environment Canada website. All reports should be submitted through the Effluent Regulatory Reporting Information System (ERRIS). Reporting entities must create an account to upload information.
Charlottetown Mayor Recognized with Canadian Sport Tourism Award
City of Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee was recognized by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) as the recipient of its 2013 CSTA President’s Award during its annual Sport Events Congress in held Ottawa. Read further details here.
Statement by FCM president in response to the federal budget
The statement released by FCM President Karen Leibovici in response to the tabling of the federal budget and FCM's budget analysis are available at the following links:
FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall Welcomes participants to the 2nd Municipal Orientation Session
The second of two Municipal Orientation 2013 Sessions was held at the Linkletter Community Centre on Saturday March 2. Despite some inclement weather and tricky travelling conditions, over sixty participants attended the packed full day session.
Summerside Wins Sustainablity Award
The Canadian Federation of Municipalities honoured the City of Summerside on Thursday February 14, for its energy initiatives with a Sustainable Community Award at the 2013 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show held in Windsor, Ontario.
Summerside received the award for its wind farm and Smart Grid Meter Pilot Program.
FCM's 2014 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show will be held in Charlottetown.
Municipal Orientation Sessions Continue
Participants at the first Municipal Orientation 2013 Session held on Feb. 2, 2013 at the North Shore Community Centre.
The first of two Municipal Orientation 2013 Sessions was held on Saturday February 2 at the North Shore Community Centre. Over eighty delegates were registered for this session.
The second of the two sessions is scheduled for Saturday March 2, 2013 at the Linkletter Community Centre. The sessions are jointly hosted by FPEIM and the Municipal Affairs Branch.
FCM Releases New Toolkits for Mentoring Young Women Interested in Municipal Affairs
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Women in Local Government Program has announced the publication of toolkits for the Protégé Program. These guides and templates can now be accessed and used by any municipality wanting to increase women’s participation in municipal government by starting a mentorship program for young women in their communities.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals
On February 6, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of service, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was announced as a way to recognize outstanding Canadians. The medals provided an opportunity to honour exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens, to our communities and to our country.
The Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities was granted the privilege of nominating six recipients of ths unique honour and to recognize outstanding municipal leaders.
On October 30, 2012 the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island presented five of the medals at historic Government House in Charlottetown. The sixth medal was presented by FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall to David Campbell who was unable to attend the ceremony at Government House.
From left: Basil Stewart, Gwen Wyand, Bruce MacDougall, the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Irene Dawson, Stan Campbell (Missing from photo: David Campbell)
From left: David Campbell, Bruce MacDougall
FCM Releases Video - Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has posted a new video about the importance of municipal infrastructure on their Infrastructure Challenge Blog. Take a look at the video, share it with members of your community, and encourage them to use the Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge website to send a message to Members of Parliament. As the blog says, more correspondence about infrastructure that MPs receive from Canadians, the more influence FCM’s campaign will have.
Municipal Leaders Meet With MPs
Federation of PEI Municipalities President, Bruce MacDougall, joined more than 100 other municipal leaders from across the country for meetings with Members of Parliament, to continue the dialogue about a new long-term infrastructure plan. The meetings were part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meetings in Ottawa which ran from November 20 to 23, 2012.
FPEIM asks Federal Government to Take Another Look at EI Reform
FPEIM President Bruce Macdougall issued a press release on November 15, 2012 as part of FPEIM's efforts to convince the Federal Government to reconsider some of the announced reforms to the Employment Insurance Progrm. President MacDougall has written to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development to express the Federation's concerns.
Read the press release here and the letter to the Minister here.
FCM's Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge
Federation of Canadian Municipalities has launched The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge as the next phase of the Federation's efforts to make sure the new long-term infrastructure plan is part of the 2013 federal budget, and that it meets the needs of our cities and communities.
On Wednesday September 26, 2012, the Provincial government announced $5 million in support for the PEI 2014 celebrations. The money in the PEI 2014 Fund will go to community groups and organizations that plan to host events marking the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.
Visit the PEI 2014 website for more information. Criteria and Guidelines for applications are available on the site.
Report card on Municiapl Infrastructure
On September 11, 2012, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities released a report card on the state of Canada's core municipal infrastructure. The report card shows that core infrastructure like roads and water systems are at risk,” The FCM news release reports that without immediate improvement and ongoing maintenance, the cost of fixing or replacing the assets studied will explode over the next decade. Further details and the full report card are available at www.canadainfrastructure.ca .
FPEIM Expresses Concern Over Federal Job Cuts
The Board of Directors of FPEIM has passed a resolution expressing concern that Federal Workforce Reductions will have a disproportianate effect on the Province of PEI. These concerns have been included in a letter to Prime Minister Harper.
New Wastewater Regulations
The federal government has released new regulations for wastewater system effluent. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities estimates the costs for municipalities to adhere to the new regulations will exceed $20 billion. Municipalities have said that the federal government's new long-term infrastructure plan - now in development - must include funding programs to pay for the wastewater system upgrades necessitated by the new regulations.
Minister Sheridan has announced the members of the Land Use Policy Task Force. They are Janice Harper (Charlottetown), Carol Horne (Charlottetown), Paul Gallant (Souris West) and Marvyn Webster (Kelvin Grove). John Handrahan (Tignish) will serve as chair. The Task Force and the Environmental Advisory Council will hold joint consultations on the protection and management of our natural resources. For additional information visit the Land and Local Governance section of the provincial website.
FPEIM Takes Part in Infrastructure Round Table
Bruce MacDougall, President of the Federation of PEI Municipalities took part in discussions held in Charlottetown on July 29, 2012 that were intended to assist in the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities was in Charlottetown to gather input from stakeholders. Minister Lebel was joined by the Honourable Gail Shea, PEI’s representative in the Federal Cabinet and the Honourable Robert Vessey, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Renewal.
FPEIM's Press Release on the meeting can be read here.
FPEIM Emergency Resolution Adopted at FCM Annual Conference
Toolkit for Municipalities, Organizations and Citizens - Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO has made available a new publication entitled "Toolkit for Municipalities, Organizations and Citizens - Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD)" Copies of the Toolkit can be downloaded free of charge at: www.ccmard-ccmcrd.ca
2012 FPEIM President's Report
FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall delivered his report at the 2012 FPEIM Annual Meeting at The King's Playhouse in Georgetown on Monday, April 23, 2012.
Mayor Richard Collins Presented with Bruce H. Yeo Award
Mayor Richard Collins of Montague (left) receives the Bruce H. Yeo Award from FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall
The Federation of PEI Municipalities presented its Bruce H. Yeo Award to Montague Mayor Richard Collins at the Federation's 55th Annual Meeting held in Georgetown on Monday April 23, 2012. The award was established in memory of FPEIM's first president to recognize outstanding contributions to municipal government in Prince Edward Island.
Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities
Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI, August 21- 24, 2012
Atlantic Summer Institute (ASI) presents Inspiration to Action: Leadership for Active Communities - three days focusing on comprehensive training to foster leadership for active communities.
FPEIM Responds to Cut to Municipal Grants
FPEIM issued a press release today in response to Minister Sheridan's announcement on cuts to municipal grants.
Action Plan for a New Local Governance System in New Brunswick
Earlier this week, the Government of New Brunswick released its Action Plan for a new Local Governance System in New Brunswick. The link to the report is: