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No bullies allowed on municipal councils: AMM

AMM offers ongoing training for elected officials in handling conflict and working with difficult people, executive director says

There is no place for bullying around any municipal council table. That’s the message the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) hopes is heard after bitter acrimony led to the recent dissolution of what was left of the RM of Ritchot’s council earlier this month. On May 10 Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke appointed

Local government wants greater share of tax dollar

Municipalities say the money is needed to sustain key infrastructure

Most Manitobans agree local councils should get a fairer share of infrastructure tax dollars and have greater say in how they’re spent. That’s according to a recent poll conducted for the Association of Manitoba Municipalities which showed 85 per cent of those surveyed by NPG Research in January think local government should have access to

Federation of Canadian Municipalities ‘road map’ identifies needs

Infrastructure, housing, safety, and environment highlighted

Canadian municipal leaders want the next federal government to commit resources that directly benefit communities, and are tracking the commitments party candidates make on that front. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) rolled out its wish list last spring, titled A Roadmap for Strong Cities and Communities, which identified the key needs and issues facing

People want to genuinely love the place they live, a Calgary marketing strategist tells Manitoba municipal leaders.

How to kill your community

A marketing strategist warns local leaders 
of what comes from rejecting change and 
acting ‘dumb’ so less is expected of them

Revised, Dec. 13, 2013 — All small-town coffee shops should have a designated ‘be happy’ section, says Chris Fields. Coffee shop critics with all their “nattering and chittering” are part of what’s killing rural communities, says Fields, a senior marketing strategist with the Alberta-based Twist Marketing Firm. “Coffee shops are horrible places for that. They’re

Municipalities need 3,000 people to prosper

Municipalities need at least 3,000 residents and a hefty tax base in order to prosper, according to a new study by Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute. The study used census data from Manitoba to look at factors such as population gain, an expanding tax base, favourable demographics (such as a rising percentage of females aged

Merger saved money, sped up decision-making, says mayor

The voluntary merger that created the Municipality of Shoal Lake 
saves taxpayers $60,000 annually and improved local government efficiency

Don Yanick is getting a lot of calls from municipal officials across the province these days about the hot-button issue of amalgamation. And when asked if it was worth it, the mayor of the Municipality of Shoal Lake points to $60,000 in annual savings and a much more efficient local government. “Right off the top,

Province expands subsidies to prevent basement flooding

Municipalities are offering up to $3,000 for homeowners to install sump pumps, pits and in-line backwater valves

The province is strongly encouraging homeowners across Manitoba to take advantage of the current subsidy program offered by 22 municipalities to help reduce the risk of basement flooding, Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux said in an April 15 release. “The threat of flooding has become an all-too-frequent reality facing Manitoba families and municipalities. That’s why

Municipal leaders protest forced amalgamation

Municipal leaders say most Manitobans don’t realize what’s at stake as the province pushes municipalities with fewer than 1,000 residents to amalgamate. “It’s like Bipole III,” said Doug Dobrowolski, president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. “If you ask the average person on the street, ‘What is that?’ they can’t tell you. It’s the same

Municipalities object to amalgamation decree

Association of Manitoba Municipalities head says amalgamation is a complex process that can’t be rushed

The province has told municipalities to get on with amalgamation, rejecting their plea for more time for orderly planning. “It’s an expedited process,” said Doug Dobrowolski, president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. “We’re very concerned that the public is not going to have an opportunity to voice their concern here.” But that argument didn’t

Province wants municipalities to amalgamate

Fewer and larger rural municipalities are on the horizon with last week’s throne speech calling for mandatory amalgamation of the province’s smallest local governments. Ninety-two of Manitoba’s 197 municipalities no longer meet the Municipal Act’s population threshold of 1,000. Many of these now have fewer than 500 constituents and some even less than 200. Yet,