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NSFM Monday Memo

2021 Virtual Spring Conference a Success! 

Thank you to all of the members, presenters, and committee members who helped make the event a success! 

Stay tuned for details on the 2021 Fall Conference, and all of the other Webinars NSFM has in store! 

Department of Municipal Affairs Release Safe Restart Fund Reference Guide

DMA has developed a decision flowchart based on program questions they have received from municipalities. It will assist you with the identification of eligible expenditures under the SRF. Two new SRF accountability schedules will be added to the Financial Information Return in coming weeks. DMA will email them to Directors of Finance in the next two weeks for their information purposes.

View the Reference Guide here

Learn more about the Safe Restart Agreement

NSFM Relaunches Online Asset Management Course with a New Climate Change Chapter 

For a Limited Time, Save $100: The first 10 people to sign-up will receive the course for only $75*
*To receive the discount, online learners must complete a very brief (1-3 minute) course evaluation.

NSFM is very pleased to relaunch its online course, The Basics of Asset Management for Elected Officials, which provides municipal leaders with a simple and clear understanding of asset management and how to use it to inform infrastructure decision-making and improve service delivery. The revised course now includes a new module to enhance local asset management practices by providing a methodology to help ensure municipal infrastructure is more resilient to our changing climate

We are excited to relaunch this online course, as it provides a flexible option for municipal leaders to learn about asset management - at their own pace and from the comfort of their offices, homes, or wherever there is Wi-Fi. NSFM’s online course makes it easy to fit learning into a busy schedule, and there is no dress code, it requires no driving, and there is no final exam - just a few questions throughout the course to enhance learning.

To start your online learning today, please contact Debbie Nielsen

Join NSFM Acting President Amanda McDougall for (digital) coffee this Thursday at 9 a.m.

Acting President McDougall will be hosting the second informal coffee and chat session on Thursday, May 13th @ 9am on zoom.

The session, which is focused on discussing the experiences of women councillors, is open to all members who wish to attend.

Register here!

Save the Date: Bears and Wildlife Management Webinar Information Session

Register now for "Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts in Nova Scotia Municipalities" presented by Department of Lands and Forestry. Bears can quickly become a public safety risk and cause damage and other issues for property owners. Our goal is to work with municipalities to address the root causes of human-wildlife conflict and reduce the number of bear conflicts. We aim to deter bears from depending on humans for food and, at the same time, keep people safe.
The information session is for municipal staff and elected officials. It will cover:
  • Wildlife Management Overview – Glen Parsons, Manager of Sustainable Wildlife Use
  • Bear Biology – Jason Power, Large Mammal Biologist
  • Human-bear Conflicts – Mike Boudreau, Human Wildlife Conflict Biologist
  • Q&A session with staff
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 11 AM – Noon (1 Hour), via Zoom.
Register now: Contact Bronwynne
As we pass the one-year anniversary of beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we reflect on how our lives have changed. Some business and organizations are still struggling to recover and our daily activities haven’t returned to pre-pandemic normal. This is an important time to assess where we are in the economic recovery.
The 2021 Census is also approaching, set to launch in May. Census data is one of the most important sources of information for Canadians. It helps us understand where we came from, where we are, and where we are going. It will also shed further insights into the impact of COVID-19 and various economic supports.
The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), together with Statistics Canada is presenting a virtual event: COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada – One Year Later: A Conversation with Chief Statistician Anil Arora.  
Date:               Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Time:               10:00-11:00 AM AT
Location:         Virtual (via Zoom link)
The event will feature a fireside chat between the Chief Statistician, Anil Arora and President & CEO of APEC, David Chaundy.  The discussion will focus on three themes, all with an Atlantic regional lens:
  • COVID-19 regional impact and economic recovery;
  • How Statistics Canada supported Canada’s pandemic response; and
  • The vital role of the census for data and decision-making.
This event is free, but registration is required. Help us share these valuable insights by forwarding this invitation to your network!

Please note simultaneous French translation and sign language interpretation will be available during the event. 

You will receive a calendar invite with the Zoom link a few days prior to the event.

Have you registered for FORWARD: FCM’s Annual Conference and Trade Show 2021

Sign up before the early bird rate ends on May 14—and you’ll be guaranteed a front-row (online!) seat for our exceptional speaker lineup.

Today—with more to come—we’re pleased to announce two new political speakers: Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

ERIN O’TOOLE is Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition. With a background in the military and corporate law, he has represented Durham, Ontario, in Parliament since 2012. Mr. O’Toole was elected party leader last year, after serving as Minister of Veterans Affairs, and before that as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade. This will be his first official address to FCM’s annual conference.

JAGMEET SINGH has been Leader of Canada's New Democratic Party since 2017, after serving six years in Ontario provincial politics. With a background as a lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Singh is a recognized force for equality—and for an inclusive, green recovery from the pandemic. We look forward to welcoming him back to FCM’s conference stage this year.

Canada’s recovery is a chance to work with federal partners to move our cities and communities forward. Make sure you’re “in the room” when Canada’s political leaders share their visions for working with municipalities to build a stronger post-COVID Canada.

National political leaders, inspiring changemakers, capacity-building workshops, extensive networking opportunities, an unmatched trade show.

After a one-year hiatus, this is a conference you don’t want to miss. Join your peers and register today.

-The FCM Events Team
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