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2011 CAMA E-Brief Partner: November 22, 2011            

Presenting CAMA Link – CAMA’s Social Media Community

Launching in December, CAMA Link will connect CAMA members, partners, sponsors, and supporters through a multi-tool social media community, including:

  • Twitter –Follow us @camalink
  • Facebook – “Like” us by searching Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators
  • Blog – COMING SOON! Members will be invited to join our secure blog for all of the latest CAMA news, interesting articles and reports, and a discussion forum

We hope that the social media community will better connect our membership, and keep everyone ‘in the know’ about our events, important news, Conference, and the latest discussion topics in the municipal administration sector.  The social media strategy will be rolled out over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned! You should be receiving more information by email soon.  In the interim, if you have questions, ideas or feedback, please email camalink@camacam.ca.

 Webinars: Not just for the CAO!

Just a quick reminder that the LGMA/CAMA Webinars are open to all staff members of a registered CAMA member.  Here is a list of upcoming Webinars:

  • Making the Most of Your Communication with Others, November 29 & 30
  • Six Simple Steps to Spread the Word: Communication Planning Made Easy, Effective & Affordable, December 6 & 7 

Cost:  The two-day webinar sessions are $150 plus 12% HST per person. All fees must be paid at the time of registration by credit cards and are non-refundable.  Transfers to another registrant are permitted.

Visit http://www.camacam.ca/en/programs/Webinars.asp for further information.

Halton Region Named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2012

Congratulations to Halton Region who have once again been rated as one of the best employers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), according to Mediacorp Canada Inc. The annual Greater Toronto's Top Employers competition recognizes GTA employers that lead their sectors in areas such as health, financial & family benefits; performance management; training & skills development; and community involvement.

“Halton Region provides the residents and businesses of Halton with excellent programs and services and that is a direct result of the high calibre of our employees,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “By ensuring that we provide Halton staff with a safe, challenging and rewarding workplace, we can continue to attract and retain the very best talent available. I am very proud of this recognition, and I would like to thank all Halton Regional staff for the great work that they do each and every day.”  For the past three years, Halton has also been identified as one of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians based on its commitment to programs and initiatives that help recent immigrants integrate into Halton’s workforce.
 

Free Webinar: Catalyzing Change: Leading Practices in Municipal Sustainability Planning

Stratos Inc. is inviting all CAMA members to register for their free webinar: "Catalyzing Change: Leading Practices in Municipal Sustainability Planning".  The webinar is being coordinated in partnership with the FCM, AUMA and UNSM.  It will include a panel of municipal senior staff and elected officials who will comment on their experiences with developing and implementing municipal sustainability plans (MSPs). Confirmed panel members include representatives from Calgary, AB; Vancouver, BC; Ottawa, ON; Morinville, AB; and Shelburne, NS.  

DATE:  December 1, 2011, from 12-1pm EST

REGISTRATION:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/212615478  

SESSION OVERVIEW:  This session will be of interest to municipal staff and elected officials who are involved in developing or implementing an MSP. The webinar will present leading practices and a framework that municipalities can use to assess and benchmark their MSPs, guide implementation planning and inform the process, structure and content of related municipal plans.

For more inforamtion, contact Chris Lindberg, Senior Consultant, Stratos Inc. at (613)241-1001 x238 or by email clindberg@stratos-sts.com.

CAMA Awards of Excellence:Certificate of Merit: Environment Award for a Municipality With a Population Between 20,001 and 100,000

David Gourlay, Public Sector Head - Global Transaction Services, Citibank Canada, Councillor Paula Tessier, City of Mount Pearl,  Michele Peach, CAO, City of Mount Pearl, and Jacques Des Ormeaux, CAMA Past President  

City of Mount Pearl - Glacier Arena Expansion – Eco Chill System

An arena expansion, using state-of-the-art energy efficient and innovative technologies, will help Mount Pearl reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yield savings to taxpayers and provide a healthier indoor environment for staff and visitors.

The City of Mount Pearl, NL is committed to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.  In its recently adopted integrated community sustainability plan, the City vowed to protect the environment by reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The municipality has been actively minimizing its ecological footprint for many years.  When it came to building a new arena, it made sense for the city to attach the new 85’ X 200’ ice surface to its existing Glacier Arena.  As part of this project, a number of initiatives were incorporated to provide long lasting, positive and measurable results in support of the environment.

Some of the key features of the project included a refrigeration plant called the Eco Chill System that uses an ammonia-based refrigeration system with all of the rejected heat being recycled back into both arena facilities.  Wastewater is re-used wherever possible and fixtures and plumbing have been designed to reduce potable water consumption.

The project accommodates alternate modes of transportation by building bicycle storage and hybrid fuelling parking spaces right into the project.  Lights automatically shut off and there are dimming sensors in larger spaces.  The municipality is also using a public awareness / interactive educational science tool in the facility called Windows on the World (WOW), which helps promote energy conservation to others. 

The building was built to achieve Silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Congratulations to the City of Mount Pearl on this outstanding achievement!
 

Call for Trade Show Exhibitors

Thank you to the CAMA delegates who gave us feedback on the types of organizations you would like to see at the Conference Trade Show.  My goal is to keep the Trade Show dynamic and introduce new and innovative products and services that will benefit all municipalities. Please let me know if there is a specific company or service that you would like to see at the 2012 Trade Show. Do you have a supplier that has a unique product or service that you think other members would want to know about?  Drop me a line and let me know (rose.fernandes@camacam.ca). I look forward to receiving your emails!   Rose


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