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7/16/2015 - "Holistic Infrastructure Management A Key Issue for CPWA" - Daily Commercial News

CPWA President Kealy Dedman recently spoke with the Daily Commercial News regarding election/policy issues of importance to public works and infrastructure: asset management and sustainability.

Read more in the linked article from the Daily Commercial News:

- Daily Commercial News   ( http://dailycommercialnews.com/Infrastructure/News/2015/7/Holistic-infrastructure-management-a-key-issue-for-CPWA-1008913W/ )
6/17/2015 - TAC Task Force to present "Building a Road Safety Action Plan ..."

Building a Road Safety Action Plan in Your Municipality Using the 3 E’s, coordinated by the TAC Small Municipalities Task Force, will occur this Fall in Charlottetown, PEI on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 as a part of the 2015 TAC conference.

This full-day workshop, coordinated by the Small Municipalities Task Force and the Road Safety Standing Committee, will consist of a series of presentations, panel discussions and hands-on exercises intended for members of municipalities - large and small - to learn from their counterparts about how to develop a road safety action plan using the 3 E’s (Engineering, Education and Enforcement).

This year's TAC Conference will be very focused on road safety with the theme being Getting You There Safely. This lines up with the goals of the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety

Link to the conference:

- http://tac-atc.ca/en/conference   ( http://tac-atc.ca/en/conference )
6/10/2015 - Canadian Public Works Association Calls for Debate on Infrastructure

The Canadian Public Works Association joins the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Big City Mayors in calling for leaders of Canada’s federal parties to participate in a pre-election debate on municipal issues as such debate will inform all Canadians on important municipal, transportation, and infrastructure issues.

Canadians Can Join the Call for Canada’s Aspiring Leaders to Debate by Signing the Linked FCM Petition:

- FCM Petition for Debate   ( http://www.citiescan.ca/our_choice )
6/3/2015 - CWWA Report on Changing Attitudes on Value of Water

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association and Water Canada in association with Actual Media have issued a new report entitled "Changing Public Attitudes on the Value of Canada's Water System Infrastructure (June 2015)." As described on the CWWA website:

"This report is about how we get water and wastewater infrastructure seen as priorities in communities so they might receive an appropriate share of government funding."

This Report may be reached at the CWWA website as below:

- Website: Canadian Water and Wastewater Association   ( http://www.cwwa.ca/CWWApub_e.asp )
5/27/2015 - Brag A Little! Enter CPWA's National Public Works Week Awards Contest!

Did your community celebrate National Public Works Week?

If so, we'd like to hear about your activities and enter your community in our CPWA National Public Works Week Awards Contest!

Dear National Public Works Week Celebrants:

This year was the 55th year of celebration for National Public Works Week in North America. Since its beginning in 1960, agencies, municipalities, and regions have used this week to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of their community life. Equally important are promoting the choice of public works as a career choice for the working force of the future and recognizing those whose who currently serve in these crucial public roles.

Many Canadian communities celebrated NPWW with activities, festivities, and learning opportunities for the public. Let us know how you celebrated! Enter our CPWA NPWW Awards program using the attached criteria as your guide and submitting in one of the following categories:

First Time Entry: Any community submitting for the first time.

Small Centres: Populations: 75,000 and Under

Medium Centres: Populations: 75,001 - 250,000

Large Centres/ Metro Centres: Populations: 250,001 and over

CPWA feels that very municipality celebrating National Public Works Week is a winner! Public works awareness is an awfully good thing to spread among our citizens, legislators, and especially our young people who will be the engineers, public works managers, specialists and workers of tomorrow.

But, in the spirit of good old competition ... we offer you the opportunity to brag on your own community's NPWW program.

We invite and encourage your agency and community to join in the celebration and to join the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program.

Entries are due on June 20, 2015 and winners are announced at the CPWA Luncheon at the APWA Congress. A presentation in the winning community is also scheduled. Criteria and application:

- NPWW Criteria and Application - CPWA   ( National Public Works Week 2015 Awards Criteria and Application.docx )
5/21/2015 - My Heros Wear Dirt (Public Works Association of BC)

Public Works Association British Columbia Executive Director Jeannette Austin speaks for us all when describing her heros in this National Public Works Week Message:

2015 Public Works Week: My Heroes Wear Dirt

Friday, May 15, 2015 By Jeannette Austin, Executive Director of PWABC

Today I want to share something that is very near and dear to my heart: My Heroes Wear Dirt.

My heroes don't wear uniforms with shiny buttons or capes, nor do they have super powers. They do however help protect us every day, and without them there would be no showers, or drinking water and the streets would be overrun by garbage or large potholes. You will recognize my heroes as the men and women who are often covered head to toe with dirt, working throughout the community. They are the water and wastewater operators who treat my water and wastewater, the skilled transportation and operations workers who make sure the roads are drivable, and the refuse collection drivers who pick up my trash.

To their friends they are better known as the Public Works Department. They sweep and clean the streets, clear the snow, pick up fallen trees after a storm, and are often the first at the scene during emergency weather and disaster events. They work long hours, in all weather conditions, to repair water breaks so their communities can turn on the tap.

Public works is the heart of every community. They are the quiet, unassuming heroes who go about their jobs with little to no public recognition. I feel it’s time we call attention to the public works employees in our communities for the everyday services they provide that we take for granted. Recognize your Public Works Department! Let them know you appreciate everything they do!

National Public Works Week is May 17 – 23 this year and the theme is “Community Begins Here”. There would be no community without the quality of life public works provides. There would be no community to police and protect, no public to lead or represent. Public works allows the world as we know it to be. This year's theme "Community Begins Here" speaks to the essential nature of Public Works services in support of everyday quality of life. (The American Public Works Association website)

My heroes wear dirt every day and they are the public works employees in every municipality in every province of our great country. Thank you for all you do. Happy Public Works Week!>br>

5/14/2015 - Saskatchewan and SK Municipalities Proclaim National Public Works Week

As organizers and proponents of National Public Works Week in in Saskatchewan, CPWA’s Saskatchewan Chapter broke the record this year by delivering not only a Provincial Proclamation but also Proclamations from the following SK cities:

• City of Meadowlake
• City of Moose Jaw
• City of Prince Albert
• City of Melfort
• City of North Battleford
• City of Regina
• City of Saskatoon
• City of Marman

The Province of Saskatchewan was also joined by the western provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba in proclaiming the week of May 17-23, 2015 as National Public Works Week.

CPWA and the American Public Works Association join together to celebrate National Public Works Week in Canada and the United States. Proclamations from Canada and the US can be viewed here on the NPWW website:

- National Public Works Week   ( http://www.apwa.net/discover/National-Public-Works-Week/NPWW-proclamations )
5/14/2015 - Manitoba Proclaims National Public Works Week
Premier of Manitoba Greg Selinger has proclaimed the week of May 17-23 as National Public Works Week in the Province. Noting that public works infrastructure, facilities and services are of vital importance to the health, safety, and well-being of Manitobans, the Premier issued the Proclamation and commended is observance throughout the Province. CPWA's Manitoba Chapter promotes National Public Works Week throughout Manitoba.

5/14/2015 - Newfoundland & Labrador Proclaim National Public Works Week

The Honourable David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, has signed a Provincial Proclamation for Newfoundland & Labrador celebrating the week of May 17-23, 2015 as "National Public Works Week" with the theme "Community Begins Here."

CPWA's Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter will be promoting NPWW throughout the Province throughout the week and worked with the Premier's Office to secure the Proclamation. National Public Works Week is celebrated throughout North America in both Canadian and US municipalities and honors the profession and the services that public works brings to our communities with roads, water, bridges, sewer, parks, snow services, emergency management and facilities.

A copy of the Proclamation is available at the below link:

- Newfoundland & Labrador NPWW Proclamation   ( Proclamation Newfoundland & Labrador.pdf )
5/12/2015 - CPWA Promotes Asset Management and Sustainability on Parliament Hill

CPWA President Kealy Dedman appeared today before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities at a hearing/study focused on “Updating Infrastructure in Canada: An examination of needs and investments.”

Her opening remarks and formal statement noted that CPWA believes that investments in infrastructure are better planned and provide more return on investment when municipalities practice asset management and when projects are planned with the use of a sustainability rating tool, such as the Envision® sustainability rating tool.

In response to a Committee member's question, she noted the current Gas Tax Fund allows for spending on capacity building, but does not dedicate funds solely for that purpose. The result is that when the municipality allocates its funds, asset management is often overlooked as it competes with roads, bridges and other high priority projects. CPWA would like to see the Federal Government devote funds solely to assisting municipalities in implementing better municipal asset management.

Other witnesses invited and participating at the hearing included Federation of Canadian Municipalities CEO Brock Carlton and PPP Canada President Mark Romoff.

An audio of the Committee hearing is available on Parliament's website ParVue.

A copy of CPWA’s formal submission is linked below:

- May 12 2015 CPWA Appearance at House TIC Committee   ( Remarkks and Submission to House Transport Cttee re Investments in Infrastructure 05-07-15.pdf )