Can I do That?
Understanding a municipal councillor's role, their authority and the limits to that authority are an important part of being a councillor. And it isn't always clear what you can or can't do.
Getting to the Gate: Equal Voice Municipal Campaign School
Equal Voice is NL pleased to partner with Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador in this session of Getting to the Gate with Councillor Sheilagh O'Leary of the City of St. John's (also Equal Voice NL Co-Chair) and Councillor Amy Coady-Davis of the Town of Grand-Falls Winsor.
A woman's opportunity for election hinges on a decision…“to run or not to run.”
The enduring challenge is getting women to the gate. In the last two municipal elections in Newfoundland & Labrador women represented approximately 1/3 of the candidates and 1/3 of those elected.
This session is an opportunity to learn about the organization Equal Voice and its objective to increase the number of women elected at all levels of government.
The audience will hear from two women who currently sit on municipal councils about how they each made the decision to run, the election process and their experiences as councillors.
Harris Centre: Population Project
Recent work on population projections at Memorial will help municipalities see what they will look like in terms of demographics for the next 20 or 30 years, this work will also help municipal councils better understand how to design public services for the population of the future – how many of us will be here, and what will we look like? That's some of what Dr. Keith Storey will discuss today.
KBRS: Mastering Difficult Conversations
Knightsbridge Robertson Surette (KBRS): Mastering Difficult Conversations presented by Heather Peters.
Keynote by Ed Morrison
Horizontal Innovation: A New Approach to Generating Ingenuity
Municipal Planning: Council Obligations
Planning is a critical part of a council's role. Having a municipal plan expands a municipal council's authority and encourages more effective growth. Corrie Davis from Municipal Affairs discusses the importance of doing land use planning properly.
On Wednesday, October 5th Premier Ball will hold the first ever forum with municipal leaders to discuss strategic issues facing us all. The forum is meant to be the beginning of a conversation that will extend to our regional meetings, the Symposium, to next year's Convention and beyond. During this session Andy will present a recap of that session to bring everyone up to speed on what was discussed at the Forum and what the next steps are.
Prepping for Disaster
Lessons learned from Fort McMurray & Need for a National Flood Strategy. By Amanda Dean with the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Respectful Workplaces Panel
Respectful Workplaces: Harassment Policies for Municipalities with panelists:
Twila Reid: Partner, Stewart McKelvey
Linda Ross: President/CEO, PACSW-NL
Cheri Butt: CEO, WRDC
Karen Hurley Power: NL Human Rights Commission
Ricoh: Disaster recovery plan for municipal information
MNL is hearing more and more stories of municipalities losing critical information from their office computers. Recovering this data can be a time consuming and expensive proposition. The challenge is even greater when that data is intentionally highjacked by someone who then demands a ransom from the town to get it back. It's not a movie plot, it has happened already in several communities. Nadine Billard will present one possible solution from Ricoh.
Sustainable Northern and Coastal Communities
Memorial University's Sustainable Northern and Coastal Communities session was presented by Sheila Downer
Terms of Engagement: Building a Social Community
As populations grow and evolve, Towns and cities are struggling to develop new and innovative engagement methods, including those that embrace new technologies and social media, to better bring the public into conversations on the future. Let's face it, not all of our engagement in recent decades has been very engaging!
WaterWerks Communications, Director of Communications Julie Curtis gives an informative and interactive demonstration on the power of an engaged community.
Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony
This was the 20th anniversary of the Tidy Towns competition, an event that inspires a huge amount of voluntary effort in communities across our province. MNL and the Department of Municipal Affairs works in partnership to deliver this program and our goal is to grow voluntary effort and motivate sustainable change across our province, where we can all work together to make our communities the very best it can be.