Elections, climate change and drinking water on the municipal agenda in Gander

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Gander - Over 300 municipal leaders are in Gander for the next three days to hear from their peers and other experts about the future of their sector at Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador's annual Municipal Symposium.  Over twenty-two sessions with thirty-five speakers will address issues as diverse as rural drinking water systems, rural transportation challenges, retaining municipal staff, workplace safety, benchmarking municipal effectiveness, and building municipal infrastructure for new climate realities.

A major session with the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Honourable Kevin O'Brien, will focus on the upcoming municipal elections and the new "Make Your Mark" campaign, a partnership between the Department of Municipal Affairs, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Professional Municipal Administrators.

Minister Tom Hedderson will launch a new online tool to help municipalities monitor their carbon footprint as well as a toolkit for managing sustainable development in the face of the impacts of climate change.

Delegates will also get their first update on the proposed province-wide 9-1-1 system since the recent announcement of that initiative.

MNL President Churence Rogers and Minister Kevin O'Brien will also launch Municipal Awareness Week 2013 which is scheduled for May 27-31.

Organizations: Department of Municipal Affairs, Professional Municipal Administrators.Minister Tom Hedderson

Geographic location: Gander

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  • Al Borey
    May 11, 2013 - 10:31

    You can’t have a little tiny catastrophic climate crisis outside of Harry Potter movies. Former believers are former believers because they know that the agreeing scientists only agree that it “could” be a real crisis yet they still believe it is; “real and is happening” but not as real they will like to say comet hits and asteroid hits are. In other words; in 28 years they have never said climate change “will” be a crisis nor be as real as an eventual comet hit is. Not one single IPCC warning isn’t swimming in “maybes”. If science just said yes or no we could end this costly debate and delay of possibly needed climate action, whatever the heck that is. I think they mean “control” the climate. What century is this?