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Hear the Beep Where You Sleep - Fire Prevention Week 2015

The theme of Fire Prevention Week,  October 4 to 10, 2015 is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep – Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”  Having a working smoke alarm in each bedroom of a home will help save lives in the place where most fire deaths occur.  “Half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep,” Prince Edward Island Fire Marshal Dave Rossiter said. “During Fire Prevention Week Islanders should ensure that they have smoke alarms in each bedroom and level of their home and that they are operating, which reduces the chance of dying in a fire by half.”

There is more information in the PEI Government's press release.

Province to Engage Municipalities on New Revenue Model

The Government of Prince Edward Island has announced its intention to engage municipalities to develop a new provincial revenue model that is predictable and enables the delivery of appropriate local services to Island cities, towns and communities.

“Government is committed to working together with Island municipalities to arrive at a revenue model that is predictable and reflects the levels of service provided to residents,” said Finance Minister Allen Roach. “Greater predictability in the amount of provincial revenue will assist municipalities at budget time to deliver the best services and infrastructure to Islanders in a cost-efficient manner.”

The announcement was made in a press release on September 16, 2015.

FCM Federal Election Policy Tracker

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has developed a Federal Election Policy Tracker to show where the parties stand on hometowns.  Canadians rely on safe, environmentally sustainable, and livable municipalities. Figure out where the parties stand on municipal issues. Compare and contrast who has put forward the best plan for our cities, town and communities.  This tracker is intended to help you make a decision on election day and hold candidates accountable for their commitments after the election.

FCM Federal Election Toolkit

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has produced a toolkit designed to allow you to  find a list of actions you can take to propel municipal issues to the top of the federal election agenda, and materials to support you each step of the way. 

Province Invites Islanders to Participate in Creation of Water Act

The Government of Prince Edward Island has invited the public to contribute to the development of a Water Act. The Environmental Advisory Council will host consultations for the proposed Water Act and report back to the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.

More details are available hereA copy of the press release is available here.

FPEIM is preparring its own submission as part of the consultation process.  If you wish to have input into the FPEIM submission please feel free to contact us.

FPEIM Semi-Annual Meeting - November 14, 2015

The Federation of PEI Municipalities has scheduled its 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting for Saturday November 14, 2015.  The Meeting will be hosted by the community of Tignish and will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 6, 221 Phillip St., Tignish.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The agenda and registration information will be available shortly.

Town of Stratford launches Global Government Project

The Town of Stratford has launched a new initiative to improve governance locally, regionally and globally.  For more information, check out the news release and the website.

The proposal for the project can be found here.

New Report Highlights Water Priorities for Sustainable and Resilient Communities in Canada

The Canadian Water Network's (CWN) has issued a report that leads the national discussion on what municipalities need, want and can address in order to collectively move forward as sustainable water communities.  More information can be found on the CWN website.

FCM calls for a national leaders debate

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is calling for a national leaders debate.  A petition calling for this can be signed here.  More information can be found here.

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Municipalities are eligible to apply for funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.  Information on this can be found here.

New FCM report on the housing crisis

FCM has issued a new report on the growing housing crisis in Canada.  The report is available at the following link:

Built to Last: Strengthening the Foundations of Housing in Canada


The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its 2015 Annual Meeting on Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Linkletter Community Center.  The packed house of delegates heard from Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell.  Other speakers included PC Leader Rob Lantz, FCM President Brad Woodside, Go!PEI's Francois Caron and Dr. Adam Fenech of the UPEI Climate Lab.

Premier Wade MacLauchlan addresses the 2015 FPEIM AGM while Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment and FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall look on.

Read media reports from CBC and The Guardian.


Blueprint for Cities

FCM calls for the federal government to invest in cities.  Visit their new website and endorse the Blueprint for Cities.

FPEIM launches new website -

FPEIM has launched a new website - to build awareness of the need to strengthen municipalities.  The news release can be found here.

FPEIM Provides Information on Municipal Issues to all Provincial Candidates

The Federation of PEI Municipalities has provided information on municipal issues to all candidates standing for election in the May 4, 2015 Provincial Election.  A package highlighting key issues has been sent to each candidate.

FCM responds to Federal Budget 2015

FCM has released this statement and analysis of the federal budget.

FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show

The FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from June 5-8.  This conference is the largest pan-Canadian gathering of elected municipal leaders.

FPEIM Calls on Political Parties To Focus on Strengthening Municipalities

The Federation of PEI Municipalities is calling on all of PEI’s political parties to make the strengthening of Island municipalities a key part of their 2015 election platforms.

FPEIM Executive members meet with Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan (top left); Conservative Leader Rob Lantz (top right); Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker (bottom left); and NDP Leader Mike Redmond (bottom right)  during 2015 Provincial Election campaign. 

A copy of FPEIM's Election 2015 news release is available here.  Diane Griffin, Vice-President of Cities/Towns, FPEIM submitted an opinion letter to The Guardian. 


Change in Date for FPEIM 2015 Annual Meting

With the expectation that the originally scheduled date of April 27, 2015 will fall in the midst of a provincial election campaign, FPEIM's Board of Directors has changed the date to Monday, May 25, 2015.  The location remains the same: the Linkletter Community Center.

A registration form is available here.

Strengthening Canada Through our Hometowns

FCM has delivered recommendations for Budget 2015 to the Federal Minister of Finance in its submission, Strengthening Canada through our Hometowns.

Removing Barriers to Young Women's Participation in Local Governments

In honor of International Women Day, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities launched The Head Start Guide to encourage young women’s participation in local government.
"Women make an invaluable contribution and our communities and our country cannot afford to miss out on the insights and expertise of half its citizens," said Brad Woodside, President of FCM.
Share FCM's guide and toolkit with all the amazing women that are part of your network!

Mayors of Canada's Big Cities call on federal parties to spell out a serious plan for building Canada's future through its cities

The mayors of Canada's biggest cities made a united call today for a new focus from federal political parties on building Canada's future through its cities.  The press release can be found  here.  Check out FCM's website for more information.

Municipal Orientation 2015 a success

The full day session was well attended on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Andre Daigle, Droit Juris Law, Centre for Excellence in Governance spoke about Roles & Responsibilities for the morning.  Delegates heard from Perlene Morrison, Partner, Stewart McKelvey, on Conflict of Interest & Liability in the afternoon.  Rob Philpott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Summerside, made a presentation on Municipal Finance.

Delegates at the Municipal Orientation Session 2015

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