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.