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Manitoba communities say any new funding program that involves the federal government will feature more red tape and fewer repaired roads.

Road Rage: RMs call foul on infrastructure program end

The Municipal Road and Bridge Program will be sorely missed by local governments

Municipal leaders are up in arms over unexpected provincial cuts to a crucial program that helps pay for road and bridge repairs. A record number of councils backed a resolution condemning the end of the Municipal Road and Bridge Program at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention last week. The often-spirited discussion could have

RMs near halfway mark on hog barn rule revisit

RMs near halfway mark on hog barn rule revisit

The clock is ticking for municipalities to set their own size limits when it comes to conditional use for hog barns

Municipalities have a little over half a year left to review their policy on how big a new hog barn has to be before it sparks a conditional use hearing. The province rolled back its own conditional use requirements in June, part of a list of changes made to the Planning Act around large-scale livestock


Many communities say transitioning to the federal government’s ’Investing in Canada’ infrastructure plan will feature more red tape and fewer road repairs.

Rural municipalities decry infrastructure program end

The Municipal Road and Bridge Program will be sorely missed by local governments

Municipal leaders are up in arms over unexpected provincial cuts to a crucial program that helps pay for road and bridge repairs. A record number of councils backed a resolution condemning the end of the Municipal Road and Bridge Program at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention last week. The often-spirited discussion could have

The U.S. Midwest has been fighting emerald ash borer for years. Seen here is a residential street in Toledo, Ohio. Both photos were taken in the summer. The first is from 2006 when emerald ash borer was first discovered, the second shows the near-total devastation the pest caused by 2009.

LAID WASTE: emerald ash borer a looming threat

A concerted effort will be necessary to preserve ash trees that shelter homes and fields

A village council in Manitoba’s Interlake thinks it’s a good idea to prevent an invasive insect from destroying local trees. Dunnottar just doesn’t know what it would do if emerald ash borer (EAB) chews its way into town. “We’ve sort of been aware of it,” said Village of Dunnottar Mayor Rick Gamble. “But we’re not

Michael Legary gives an update on cannabis policy on behalf of the province during an Association of Manitoba Municipalities seminar in Brandon.

Piercing the haze around local cannabis retail in Manitoba

Municipalities are sweating the details 
as cannabis legalization looms and information 
continues to trickle in from the province

Municipalities are getting some guidance on legal cannabis. Both the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Manitoba Municipal Relations have released guides on zoning, bylaws, and other details in the hopes of easing the transition when cannabis becomes legal this July. Municipalities are still working on the new slate of regulations, while also waiting for


The new committee will talk with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities to find out where issues may intersect with one another.

KAP forms rural policy committee

Farm group raising numerous rural issues that need specific focus, says KAP president

Keystone Agricultural Producers’ rural policy committee has met for the first time this month. This is a new committee and a new direction being taken by KAP, to look at issues and form policy around matters that aren’t directly related to farming but nonetheless impact the farm community, said KAP president Dan Mazier. “They impact

AMM president Chris Goerzen (left) and Manitoba Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton (third from right) present one of four Emergency Preparedness awards to the Southern Emergency Response Committee. Outgoing emergency co-ordinator Chris Kalansky (back row from left), Morden Mayor Ken Wiebe, RM of Stanley Reeve Morris Olafson, Winkler Mayor Martin Harder and incoming emergency co-ordinator Darren Driedger accept the award.

Planning for the worst

Three municipalities and one regional committee have all earned provincial recognition for emergency preparedness

The province is encouraging municipalities to plan for the worst. Four regions, the municipalities of Cartier, Hanover, Louise and the Southern Emergency Response Committee, were all recognized for their emergency programs during this year’s Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Awards. Awards were presented during the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) seminar April 11-12 in Brandon. The

University of Manitoba associate professor Richard Milgrom spoke on aging in rural Manitoba during a Centre on Aging seminar.

Rural Manitoba is both good and bad for aging seniors

The people make it work, but the places can be hostile environments, says a Centre on Aging speaker

Small towns can be great places to retire and live out one’s golden years — or not. A community with nearby family and lifelong friends is what draws or keeps people there. It’s more difficult to live there when appropriate and well-located housing, good sidewalks, and alternative modes of travel for non-drivers aren’t. Richard Milgrom,


Proposed changes would give municipalities more say over development decisions.

Province proposes changes to approval process for livestock operations

Bill 19 is ‘a balanced approach’ that will reduce red tape for municipalities, 
says Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton

A bill introduced in the Manitoba legislature March 19 will make it easier for livestock producers to rebuild or renovate existing barns. Bill 19, The Planning Amendment Act (Improving Efficiency in Planning) proposes changes to how livestock operations are approved by municipalities, and other matters related to zoning bylaws and appeals. Under the bill, owners

Funding freeze for municipalities worrisome, AMM president says

Operating grants frozen at 2016 levels in 
this year’s provincial budget

Municipalities face more fiscal challenges ahead with operating grants frozen at 2016 levels in last week’s provincial budget, the head of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) says. That freeze is worrisome as it doesn’t take the cost of inflation into account, said Chris Goertzen, AMM president. “We do know that this will pose some