Legislature voted to pass Bill 21, the Modernized Municipal Government Act.

A message from Hon. Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs, to share the latest information on the MGA Review.
December 6th, 2016

We have reached a major milestone in the MGA Review. This morning the Legislature voted to pass Bill 21, the Modernized Municipal Government Act. I was proud to support the many amendments you made stronger and more effective with your input. By approving these changes, we have taken a big step forward in our work to produce an effective and forward-looking Municipal Government Act that will serve Alberta communities well into the future. Here are more details about what was passed by the Legislature today:

I am very pleased by how comprehensive, transparent, accessible, and robust the consultation on the MGA has been so far, and will continue to be as we continue the conversation on the discussion paper and regulations. The more we hear from you, the better we can make this legislation.

Give your feedback on the discussion paper before January 31, 2017. Check out the discussion paper on further topics related to the MGA and give your feedback by completing this survey. The discussion paper includes new policy ideas that came out of the summer consultation tour, including parental leave for councillors, collaboration with school boards and indigenous communities, and environmental stewardship.

The consultation on the MGA regulations is coming soon. The government is updating, creating, or combining more than 45 regulations as part of the MGA review. Drafts of these regulations will be shared online with all Albertans for review and feedback in early 2017. We look forwarding to discussing them with you.

We will work with you to implement the new MGA policies. All of the changes made to the MGA will be proclaimed before the municipal elections in fall 2017. We are committed to working closely with municipalities and stakeholders to support the new policies as they come into effect over the next few years.

Thank you for participating in the MGA Review. Your input is key to making sure the modernized MGA supports strong communities across our province. Thank you to our municipal partners and the many Albertans who continue to participate in the MGA Review. Thanks to your contributions, we have reached this important milestone.

Honourable Danielle Larivee
Minister of Municipal Affairs

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Municipal Government Act (MGA) Review – Feedback Survey

Please provide your feedback on Bill 21 – Modernized Municipal Government Act, by completing the on-line questionnaire. The updated bill will be introduced in the Fall of 2016

What is the Municipal Government Act (MGA)?  

Alberta is made up of cities, towns, villages, hamlets, summer villages, municipal districts and specialized municipalities, all of which are considered municipalities under the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The MGA touches the daily lives of all Albertans, no matter which type of municipality they reside in. This legislation helps to define how our municipalities function, develop land, raise funds for things like services, and more. In other words, it is the guide to how Alberta municipalities operate.

The above information and further details can be  found on  http://mgareview.alberta.ca/
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Get Off My Back!

The municipal election has come and gone and by now we are all aware that 3 out of 7 Councilor positions have been replaced here in our County. Best wishes to the new ones – may you never forget why you chose to run and why you were supported in your endeavor.

Prior to the municipal elections in Alberta this 2013 I came across an article in BEEF illustrated, written by BJ Smith, which absolutely hits the mark. With the kind permission of both Garth McClintock, publisher/editor of BEEF illustrated and BJ Smith, we pass on the article to you.

GET OFF MY BACK! by BJ Smith

Leo Tolstoy said it best: “I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means — except by getting off his back.” We’re about to face a local election and I sincerely hope that my friends (& foes), neighbors and acquaintances remember what has occurred since the last election. Particular attention should be paid to the decisions made “in camera”. That term, in itself, is an oxymoron. If a council is held in camera, trot out the pictures and give us the information. Justification of this closed door process is insulting. The powers that shut the door on their electorate claim they have to protect us from the media or from knowing about who they’re hiring or firing. Come on! If the matters are so terribly delicate, that’s all the more reason to bring them out into the open and let them air out. Every year, without exception, our taxes have gone up and we have a legitimate right to know who we’re carrying and why.
If history remains consistent, our citizens will stay away from the ballot box in droves. This illustrates the frustration felt when we have little or no influence in the decisions required to fulfill an objective. Those who make and debate critical decisions have been transformed, since taking office, into superior beings, who are in a better position to regulate our lives and commerce. It doesn’t seem to matter whether this power trip manifests itself in a community, a county, a province or a country. Feeling victimized by our elected representatives is so common place that too many of us accept it as a matter of course. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ve never sat in your local coffee shop and heard the “wise men” discuss wonderful road repair and building, health service, bureaucrat efficiency and service, access to problem solving and generally feeling they’re getting their money’s worth out of their taxes. No way! The talk swirls around wasted projects, endless trips, long waits for services, expenditures beyond all common sense and lack of respect for the politicians. In our immediate area we had a blue ribbon panel discuss closing our two rural schools. We could have kept our schools another year without this foolishness, but no we lost them. Now, we’re funding a $250,000 study an whether to amalgamate the county and the town. Another huge blow for the rural electorate, who’s fewer numbers will have even less impact on our council and expenditures. I’ve no doubt our frustration is mirrored throughout the rural communities.
Optimism is an essential part of a stockman’s DNA. Were it not, we couldn’t face the hardships of our chosen vocation. There is always hope that stalwart and honest people will come forward and shore up our political institutions. Unfortunately, most of us are carrying such heavy loads that adding public service is beyond our capabilities. However, turning our backs and neglecting to vote, allowing misuse of public funds without howling in protest, re-electing the same tired hacks or worse allowing them to retain their power through acclimation is NOT an option. To use an analogy: if every Jew in Nazi Germany had answered the terrible knock on the door with a loaded gun and used it, history might have recorded a few less Jewish deaths and definitely would have eliminated a few SS bullies. If every politician knew that his voting record, his use of public funds and his personal ethics would never be a secret, history might record a few less politicians lying and conniving and definitely would eliminate bullying their constituents.