Resources

ATIPP / Access to Information

This session will walk through some common interactions with the ATIPPA, 2015, focusing on those which are frequently encountered by municipalities. There will be discussion on working with your ATIPP Coordinator; how to conduct a search for records, including what information you must provide to your ATIPP Coordinator; how an access to information request is processed; the use of social media; what is personal information and what you can do with it; and privacy breaches. This presentation will provide you with a well-rounded look into how an access to information request is handled.

Presented by:

Stacey Pratt, Access and Privacy Analyst with the OIPC.

Stacey was born and raised in Mount Pearl. She received a Bachelor of Laws degree with from the University of New Brunswick in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University in 2002. She also has her Certificate in Information Access and Protection of Privacy (IAPP) from the University of Alberta.

Stacey joined the OIPC in 2009 as an Access and Privacy Analyst. In her work at the OIPC she has been involved with file and offense investigations, research, and general guidance to custodians and public bodies. In her current role she also provides education and training in relation to the ATIPPA, 2015 and PHIA.  Prior to her work in access and privacy, Stacey spent 5 years in private practice at an Atlantic Canadian law firm.

Erin Drover, Senior Privacy Analyst, ATIPP 

Erin has been working with the ATIPP Office for three years. She regularly answers questions from municipalities on privacy and access to information and has played a lead role in developing a Guide for Municipalities on Access to Information and Protection of Privacy.

Erin holds a B.A.(hons.) from Memorial University and an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick. In addition to her work with the ATIPP Office, she has worked in private practice as a lawyer, with the Law Society of Scotland and with the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

2017 Conference Event Presentations

BAM - Small Towns

Building Asset Management in Small Towns

Presented by:

Dr. Kathleen Parewick, MNL Community Development Officer

Kathleen has been a community development worker with over twenty-five years of work experience in various local and regional governance roles. She has supported a wide array of professional, civic, environmental, arts and cultural organizations, including as a founding member of the Friends of Victoria Park and lead organizer of their much-loved annual Lantern Festival. By day, she is MNL's Community Collaboration Officer. Her municipal policy and research duties include supporting the activities of each of the Municipal Governance and Environment & Sustainability Committees of the Board. She served as the St. John's Urban Region Convenor for the national Cities for People project throughout 2015 and will be coordinating MNL's regional government pilot initiatives in 2016.

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BAM - UMC

Building Asset Management in urban municipalities.

Presented by:

Dr. Kathleen Parewick

Dr. Kathleen Parewick is a community development worker with over twenty-five years of work experience in various local and regional governance roles. She has supported a wide array of professional, civic, environmental, arts and cultural organizations, including as a founding member of the Friends of Victoria Park and lead organizer of their much-loved annual Lantern Festival. By day, she is MNL's Community Collaboration Officer. Her municipal policy and research duties include supporting the activities of each of the Municipal Governance and Environment & Sustainability Committees of the Board. She served as the St. John's Urban Region Convenor for the national Cities for People project throughout 2015 and will be coordinating MNL's regional government pilot initiatives in 2016.

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Bees in your community

Urban Beekeeping Issues in Newfoundland & Labrador

The challenge before us lies in the fact that Newfoundland and Labrador is the last place on earth that has never experienced the honey bee diseases and colony collapse disorder highlighted in recent years.  Combined with the fact that most arable land and bee pasture in this province are adjacent to populated areas, our beekeepers need to work cooperatively with our Municipalities to promote safe and responsible beekeeping practices.  There is a real and meaningful opportunity for our Municipalities to protect and enhance this last sanctuary of honey bees and enjoy the benefits of local pollination of gardens, orchards and blueberry crops.

To this end the Newfoundland and Labrador Beekeeping Association (NLBKA) offers the following suggestions to Municipalities:

  1. Discourage the use of toxic pesticides and treated seeds containing Neonicotinoids on Municipal lands.
  2. Promote pollinator-friendly plantings on public lands and roadways;  an example being white clover which stabilizes and enriches soil and does not require mowing thereby saving Municipalities money.
  3. Put into place Urban Beekeeping Ordinances to protect beekeepers from random complaints and assure safe and responsible beekeeping practices. The essence of such ordinances is evident in their nationwide application noted in the Review of Legislation, By-laws, Ordinances, Regulations and Guidelines Regarding Urban Beekeeping
  4. The NLBKA recommends that Urban Beekeeping Ordinances contain the following provisions:Establish communication links with the NLBKA and local beekeepers to address any public safety concerns in a timely manner.
    • beehives a minimum of 6 m (20 ft.) from property lines,
    • fenced apiaries or hedges to establish flyways that direct bees away from adjacent properties,
    • local water source for the apiary to prevent bees becoming a nuisance to users of local pools or hot tubs,
    • limiting the number of hives to six colonies, and
    • mandatory use of Langstroth type bee hives in higher density urban areas to limit swarm risk.
  5. A provincial beekeeper registry and licensure program is presently under discussion to assist with the longterm management of urban and rural beekeeping.

We at the NLBKA are committed to preserving the health of our honey bees and native bees as well as expanding provincial honey bee stocks.  It is our goal to work cooperatively with our Provincial and Municipal governments to achieve these aims.

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Community Economic Readiness

Presented by:

Mike Stolte is the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovative & Entrepreneurial Leadership

www.theCIEL.com

Mike is the originator and co-creator of the Business Vitality Initiative, the Community Vitality Initiative, the Communities Matrix, the Community Check-up, and the Green Light Check-Up, all tools and processes to assess and strengthen communities.

Mike has spent many years working in the field of community, economic & business/ entrepreneurial development. He has facilitated several national conferences and think-tanks, and has written many articles and publications in the field.

Over the past few years Mike has made presentations in Australia, the United States, New Zealand and in many parts of Canada. His subject matter most often centres around the need and the method for creating entrepreneurial, vital and sustainable communities. His work has been featured in the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business, Canadian Living &Profit magazines, on CBC radio’s Sounds Like Canada, and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mike is the past president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. He holds degrees from Carleton University (MA in Public Administration) and the University of Western Ontario (Economics).

 

Dr. Katherine Loflin

Dr. Katherine Loflin is an award-winning, internationally-recognized trailblazer in the science of quality of life places and why they matter, earning her the moniker of The City Doctor. She is principal of her own global consulting practice celebrating 10 years in service, two-time TEDx talker, author, public speaking coach, and widely-featured expert in the US and international press.

Dr. Loflin has held leadership and advisory roles in some of the most groundbreaking and innovative place-focused projects in the world.  She was awarded the international Place Marketing Award and was named the Guest of Honor and Master Class Instructor in 2014 by the Place Marketing Forum in France. She is an invited member of the global Placemaking Leadership Council and keynoted its inaugural event and subsequent events in Stockholm, Sweden and Adelaide, Australia.

Dr. Loflin created and hosted the first radio show dedicated to the topic of place, Place Matters with Dr. Katherine Loflin, which was honored by The Atlantic for its innovation and quality. She is also the author of “Place Match: The City Doctor’s Guide to Finding Where You Belong,” available at www.city-doctor.com and Amazon.  She is also an accomplished stage and commercial actress.

Dr. Loflin received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 1993. She went on to receive a Masters in Social Work with concentrations in (1) Families & Children and (2) Management, Planning & Community Practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996.  She also received a Ph.D. in Social Work with a concentration in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003.

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Conducting an Effective Council Meeting

Presented by:

Brian Peckford, President of Professional Municipal Administrators 

Currently, Town Manager of Lewisporte (since November 2011) spent two years previous as Mayor and four years as a councillor. Twenty-five years with Government of NL prior. One term as Central Director, PMA before being elected to the position as Vice-President, now serving as Acting President.

Extensive community involvement including but not limited to: Current - SJA First Aid Instructor, Board Lewisporte and Area Chamber of Commerce, Chair Lewisporte Heritage Society, Chair Lewisporte Community College Inc, Board Lewisporte Marina Administrative Authority, Board Mussel Bed Soiree, Shriners.

Past - RCMP Auxiliary Constable, President Lewisporte Minor Hockey, Notre Dame Figure Skating Club, Chair Lewisporte Academy/Intermediate/ High School Council, Hockey NL, Scouts Canada Leader, Nape Provincial Constitution Committee, Lewisporte Area Consumers Co-op, Central Senior Hockey League, just to name a few.

Extensive experience/education/training in Management/Leadership, labour relations, Emergency Management, as well as Local Government. Brian’s interests are first and foremost family, work, community involvement, hunting, and fishing.

2017 Conference Event Presentations

Dealing with Demographic Decline

Presented by:

Dr. Rob Greenwood, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development.

Rob  has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada.

Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar and an Institute of Social and Economic Research Doctoral Fellow. He was Newfoundland’s representative on the International Advisory Board of the North Atlantic Islands Program and co-edited Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands, published in 1998. He was also co-editor of Remote Control: Lessons in Governance for and from Small, Insular and Remote Regions, published in 2009.

Craig Pollett, CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador

Craig has been the CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) since 2001. Prior to that, he completed his Masters in Development Economics at Dalhousie University in 1996 and spent more than 10 years working in economic development and policy analysis; first with the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Institute at Memorial University and then moving to the Provincial Government as a Senior Policy Analyst.

2017 Conference Event Presentations

Golden Rules for Councillors

The facilitator will pose various questions on what councillors can or cannot do in their roles as elected officials. Attendees will have the opportunity to respond and explain their answers. The facilitator will share the correct answers and explanations, along with “Golden Rules" for councillors.

Presented by:

Arthur Skinner

Arthur is the Regional Manager for both Western and Labrador Regional Offices with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.

The facilitator will pose various questions on what councillors can or cannot do in their roles as elected officials.  Attendees will have the opportunity to respond and explain their answers. The facilitator will share the correct answers and explanations, along with “Golden Rules” for councillors.

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LED Streetlights

Presented by:

Mike Comerford, Manager, Regulatory Affairs at Newfoundland Power

 

2017 Conference Event Presentations

MNL Oview

Learn how to better understand your role as a municipal councillor and how MNL can support you and your municipality.

Presented by:

Karen Oldford, President of MNL

Karen brings a strong history of community involvement and volunteerism. Elected Deputy Mayor of Labrador City in 2009, Karen then assumed the role of Mayor in 2011 and was elected Mayor my acclamation in 2013. As Mayor Oldford as been a member of the Combined Councils of Labrador, and since taking on the role of President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015 she has been an active member of the Atlantic Mayors Congress and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Craig Pollett, CEO of MNL

Craig has been the CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) since 2001. Prior to that, he completed his Masters in Development Economics at Dalhousie University in 1996 and spent more than 10 years working in economic development and policy analysis; first with the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Institute at Memorial University and then moving to the Provincial Government as a Senior Policy Analyst.

2017 Conference Event Presentations

Municipal Assessment Agency

Sean Martin presents the 2017 MAA Operational Report to members.

 

Presented by:

Mayor Dean Ball, President

Dean Ball has been the Mayor of Deer Lake since 2011 and has served on the Town Council for 26 years prior to that. He has witnessed considerable change in municipal governance largely through his active involvement on municipal committees such as Finance, Environment and Housing, Waste Management and Recreation. Dean has been a great supporter of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL), serving on the Urban Municipalities Committee, and in 2015 was elected as the Committee Chair. Dean also serves on the Executive Committee of MNL as the Chair of Finance.

He is also a busy entrepreneur in his area, running businesses in the hardware, self-storage and land development sectors. Dean has been married for 31 years to his beautiful wife Brenda and has two sons. Nowadays he revels in his role as Grand Father to five-year-old, Tiffany.

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Municipal By-Law Enforcement

Presented by:

Major (Ret’d) Jim Lynch, CEO-Commissionaires NL

Commissionaires are the premier Security Services Provider for By Law Enforcement in NL. With over 700 employees, Commissionaires have been protecting the people and property of this province for over sixty years in cooperation with the RNC and RCMP.

Commissionaires are the premier Security Services Provider for By Law Enforcement in NL. With over 700 employees, Commissionaires have been protecting the people and property of this province for over sixty years in cooperation with the RNC and RCMP.

As provinces and municipalities confront the realities of containing law enforcement costs, while meeting their communities' expectations about public safety, they are increasingly seeking ways to more strategically deploy their policing resources. Commissionaires are working with many Canadian municipalities to meet and address these challenges. Our By-Law Enforcement Officers and patrol vehicles provide non-core policing duties that free up front-line officers to focus on core-police services. The key components of our success include first and foremost the commitment and expertise of the military veterans, retired police officers and security experts who form the backbone of our organization, as well as our long track record of, dependable service, and excellent training programs. Our Commissioners have earned praise in the many communities in which they serve and have broad support from the general public, municipal officials, and front-line police officers.

As communities seek ways to address their policing challenges Commissionaires are a proven solution and a trusted partner for Fire and Crime/Accident Scene Security, Home and Business security checks, Surveillance, Prisoner Transport, Oaths And Affidavits, School And Business Traffic Control, Process Serving, and Town By Law Enforcement requirements such as Nuisance or Untidy Property, Building Permits/Zoning Laws and Ticketing where permitted by the Provincial Government.

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Municipal Construction: Does it have to be this hard?

Municipal leaders in our province are all too familiar with the struggles of construction projects in their communities. Traffic issues, detours, change orders, and schedule delays leave municipal leaders like you feeling frustrated and sometimes helpless. This session will explain why these issues happen, how the traditional model of project delivery contributes to them, and what new challenges your community will face when you start your next project. What can the municipal leaders of our province do? Do all construction projects have to be so hard?

Presented by

Terry Hussey, Chief Executive Officer, Vigilant Management

Terry Hussey is the Chief Executive Officer of Vigilant Management, an Owner’s Project Management consulting firm based in Paradise, NL. Terry was listed as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada in 2017 by Atlantic Business Magazine for the second year in row. Vigilant Management received the Entrepreneurial Spirit and Leader in Market Growth awards at the 2016 St. John’s Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards. Vigilant Management is bringing a new approach to construction project delivery that separates the role of Project Management from the Prime Consultant, giving your Municipality a dedicated, independent voice to represent them on all project matters.

 

2017 Conference

Municipal Infrastructure Programs

Presented by:

Heather Tizzard, Assistant Deputy Minister

Heather Tizzard has worked for the Provincial Government for seventeen years. She has been with the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for nearly three years and is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Municipal Infrastructure and Support.

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Municipal Legislation

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment will discuss new changes to the Municipalities Act.

Presented by:

Mary Oley, Director of Local Governance and Planning with the Department of Municipal Affairs & Environment

Mary started in this position in August 2017.

Mary is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick; and has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island; and a Law Degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Mary was in private legal practice for nearly three years. Subsequently, Mary moved to the public sector with the Government of New Brunswick; specifically, with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission as a mediator.

In 2013, Mary transferred to the Department of Environment and Local Government as a policy analyst and project manager. In this role, Mary worked almost exclusively on modernizing New Brunswick’s Municipalities Act and Community Planning Act, in addition to legal/ legislative matters related to local governance and planning. This work culminated in two new Acts, which received Royal Assent in May.

 

2017 Conference Event Presentations

Municipal Safety Requirements & Responsibilities

Per the provisions of the Municipalities Act, a municipal council is viewed as an employer if the municipality has one or more “employees”. A person acting in the capacity of “town manager”, and others who oversee, direct or assign work, would be considered supervisors from an OHS perspective. Know your responsibilities, protect your workers and yourself.

Presented by

Natasha Sharpe, Municipal Safety Advisor

Natasha has been with the Municipal Safety Council NL (MSCNL) since May of 2016. She is a highly-motivated professional who is ready to assist all municipalities to meet or exceed the requirements for current Occupational Health & Safety Legislation. Natasha brings with her many years of experience as a Municipal Health & Safety Officer/Advisor for Central Newfoundland and is also a certified Level II Firefighter and Paramedic. She is fully aware of the challenges facing larger and smaller municipalities throughout our province and is ready to assist in those challenges.

2017 Conference Event Presentations

Newfoundland Power Opening Ceremony Address

Presented by:

Jocelyn Perry, President and CEO of Newfoundland Power

Ms. Jocelyn Perry has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Newfoundland Power Inc since June 1, 2017. She previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Newfoundland Power. Perry began her career with Newfoundland Power in 2005, and has extensive knowledge of the utility and energy sector as an executive over the past decade. Prior to joining Newfoundland Power, she has held several senior management positions, including at Fortis Inc January 31, 2007.

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On the Move

The report, by the Newfoundland and Labrador research component of the On the Move Partnership, a national research project headquartered at Memorial, is the outcome of a forum that explored the housing-related pressures faced by communities in this province in the context of a mobile workforce.

Research in this area is particularly important to residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, a place with a long history of working far from home. The province has experienced unprecedented economic growth in recent years, driven largely by oil and gas, mining and energy projects in remote areas of Newfoundland and Labrador and other parts of Canada, particularly Alberta. Communities across the province benefit from this growth, but also face associated challenges. Some of these challenges include housing, such as housing affordability, sense of place, and community engagement.

“It’s clear that a greater range of housing choices and housing opportunities are needed to address the diverse housing needs of residents,” notes Dr. Kelly Vodden, co-author of the report and associate professor, environmental policy, Grenfell Campus. “This will require appropriate planning and flexibility on behalf of municipal and provincial decision-makers, as well as other housing stakeholders.”

“The relationship between housing and working in one place and living in another is complex,” adds Dr. Sandrine Jean, report co-author and assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Despite the current economic downturn, different types of mobile work will continue to play an important role in the province’s economy in the future, and continued research will enhance our understanding of its impacts and help to inform policies and practices so to ensure housing accessibility and affordability for future generations.”

The full report, Forum on Housing and the Mobile Workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador, is available here.

Presented by:

Dr. Kelly Vodden

Dr. Vodden is Associate Vice-President (Grenfell) Research and Graduate Studies? and an Associate Professor (Research) with the Environmental Policy Institute at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. She also serves as a Research Associate and advisor to Municipalities of Newfoundland and Labrador, a board member with Indian Bay Ecosystem Corporation, and a former  board member with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. Kelly’s research and publications relate to governance and sustainable community and regional development, with a focus on rural, coastal, often natural resource-dependent communities.

2017 Conference Event Presentations

Sharing Solutions: SkyHawk Telematics

How can sharing solutions allow you to benefit from the efficiencies and not the worries of the overhead costs.

 

2017 Conference Event Presentations

Sustainable Fishery/Sustainable Community

Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada produce much more seafood than we can consume, which means we rely on world markets. Those markets want high-quality, sustainable products year-round. Arnold's Cove is a great example of a balanced approach to the fishery, utilizing catches from all fleets to enable a year-round operation. The result is 200 local employees, access to new global markets and higher pricing for harvesters. By focusing on sustainability of the resource and the industry, Icewater Seafoods is contributing to the sustainability of the community and the region. This balanced approach provides opportunities for communities throughout the province to benefit from a stable, long-term fishery.

The Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council, or GEAC, is the Atlantic Canadian organization that represents the year-round groundfish industry. Most of its members are family-owned, vertically integrated companies, so their businesses are embedded in all sectors of the fishery. They hold licenses in the offshore, as well as purchase and process seafood from seasonal and year-round harvesters. They’re also marketing and selling Newfoundland and Labrador seafood in global markets, including premium European and Asian markets.

Presenting at the MNL Conference to talk about the importance of A Balanced and Integrated Fishery for Sustainable Communities, is representatives from two of NL’s key players in the groundfish industry. Alberto Wareham, President & CEO of Icewater Seafoods in Arnold’s Cove and Martin Sullivan, CEO of Ocean Choice International. Two family-owned, 100% local companies with a vision for the future of the fishery, and its communities, in NL.  Both companies are part of the GEAC, which is committed to a balanced and sustainable groundfish industry.

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