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12/28/2010 - National Infrastructure Summit – Regina, SK – January 26-28, 2010


CPWA President Darwin K. Durnie will be among the attendees at the National Infrastructure Summit being held in Regina, SK on January 26 – 28, 2010.

Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco says “The Summit is the first organized event of its kind in which all orders of government, political leaders, administrators, and members of the public and private sector are invited and encouraged to attend to engage in discussions and workshops from leaders and experts in various fields on global best practices and new approaches to planning, building and maintaining infrastructure.”

The Summit will host notable international speakers, workshops, and the involvement of other city Mayors around the key themes including: financing opportunities, program models/governance, citizen engagement, innovation, and defining the need.

A link to the Summit website is provided below:


- National Infrastructure Summit website   ( http://www.nisummit2011.ca/ )
12/2/2010 - Government extends Canada's Economic Action Plan


Prime Minister extends the Deadline to October 31, 2011 on Economic Action Plan – Including Infrastructure Stimulus Fund

By special invitation, CPWA Board Member Linda Petelka represented CPWA at a special press conference today in Mississauga, ON as the Prime Minister announced an extension until October 31, 2011 of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. This announcement would include projects funded under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF).

CPWA has been supportive of the Government in the speed and efficiency with which the ISF was implemented. In making the announcement, the Prime Minister said he expected that over 90% of projects would be completed by the original deadline of March 31, 2011. While CPWA has consistently encouraged our members to complete their projects prior to the March 31, 2011 deadline, we applaud the Government in granting this flexibility to assure that these projects can be completed in their entirety.

12/2/2010 - CPWA Applauds Extension of Economic Action Plan


Federal Government Decision to Extend Stimulus Deadline is Good News for Canadian Communities

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) is applauding today’s decision by the Government of Canada to extend the completion deadline for infrastructure projects funded under the Economic Action Plan by one full construction season.

As public works professionals, CPWA's 2000 members across Canada play an integral role in providing the vital services, and developing and maintaining the infrastructure that makes our communities healthy places in which to live, work, play, and invest.

"Since the Economic Action Plan was first announced in Budget 2009, the Government of Canada has consistently listened to the public works community and sought the input of thousands of Canadians to ensure a successful roll-out of infrastructure stimulus spending,” says Darwin Durnie, President of the Canadian Public Works Association.

“In the spirit of goodwill and cooperation that has characterized all phases of its Economic Action Plan, Canada’s Government has taken the last bold steps to ensure an orderly conclusion to stimulus spending and a smooth transition to the post-Action Plan economy. By extending the completion date for infrastructure projects to October 31, 2011, Canadians will reap the full benefit of the billions of dollars that have been invested by the Government of Canada to protect jobs, generate employment, improve essential assets and create generational infrastructure legacies,” says President Durnie.

Under the terms of the December 2, 2010 announcement, all projects funded under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Building Canada Fund Communities Component Top-Up, the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program, and the Knowledge Infrastructure Program will be granted a one-time extension to October 31, 2011. Previously, the deadline for substantial completion of projects was March 31, 2011.

"Public works professionals are still working hard and diligently across the country to complete projects as quickly and safely as possible. In the vast majority of cases, we will be living up to the spirit of the original funding agreement, however, in rare cases delays have occurred due to circumstances beyond the control of our members and partners. By moving the finish line to October 31, the Government of Canada has demonstrated flexibility and shown itself to be a fair dealer. On behalf of CPWA, we commend the federal government and we look forward to working in partnership to develop the next generation of infrastructure programming in Canada,” concludes Durnie.

10/27/2010 - Public Works Professionals Respond Positively to Auditor General's Report


The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) commented today on the release of the Auditor General's report on the design and implementation of Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP). In the report the Auditor General offered high marks for the Government of Canada after conducting an audit of several of the infrastructure stimulus programs within the EAP.

CPWA President Darwin Durnie commented "Our members, along with our federal and provincial partners should be very proud for pulling off an incredible challenge by not only cooperating to cut the red tape but also completing the vast majority of the projects on time and on budget—an unprecedented success in our times."

The Press Release is attached:


- CPWA Press Release - October 27, 2010   ( N-CPWA Statement--Auditor General report _FINAL_.pdf )
9/29/2010 - CPWA Supports Economic Action Plan


The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) commented today on the recent release of the Government of Canada's Sixth Report on the progress of its Economic Action Plan. As public works professionals across Canada, CPWA's 2000 members play an integral role in providing vital public services, and developing and maintaining the infrastructure that makes our communities healthy places in which to live, work, play, and invest.

"In just over 18 months, the Government of Canada, in partnership and cooperation with provinces, territories and municipalities, has exceeded the expectations of Canada's public works community in successfully rolling-out billions of dollars in stimulus spending under its Economic Action Plan," said CPWA President Darwin Durnie. "Conceived in response to the chaos of the global economic recession, the Economic Action Plan has saved jobs and generated economic activity in the short term. In giving Canadians access to new and refurbished infrastructure assets, our communities are in a better position to attract new jobs, generate business opportunities, improve our overall ability to compete, and enhance quality of life throughout the country,” he said.

CPWA polled its membership to measure their perceptions, attitudes and beliefs concerning the first phase of the stimulus roll-out. While some initial challenges in communication between government and municipalities were mentioned, members also commented on the Action Plan's accomplishments; framework agreements were struck in record time, the federal government was deemed responsive to the concerns of communities as seen in the elimination of the clawback provision, application processes were simplified without sacrificing due diligence, and money flowed to projects efficiently and in a timely manner.

To read the entire statement see the attached CPWA Press Release of September 29.

- CPWA Press Release of September 29, 2010   ( CPWA Supports Economic Action Plan - Press Release - September 29, 2010.pdf )
9/23/2010 - National Infrastructure Summit - January 2011

The City of Regina, Saskatchewan is hosting a National Infrastructure Summit 2011 January 26-28,2011 in which the Mayors of Regina, Vancouver, Mississauga, St. John's and Montreal will also play a role.

Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco speaks to the purpose of the Summit as follows:

"The goal of the Summit is to move away from a "blame and shame" agenda and move forward to one of joint partnership. During the coming months, while current economic stimulus dollars are being delivered, the Summit offers a forum to work towards and establish common objectives, goals, resolutions and infrastructure solutions to unify and strengthen relationships. It is this cohesive approach that will lead to innovative approaches that will ultimately better position municipalities to deal with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century."

In addition to keynote speakers, the Summit will be divided into five major themes:

1.Financing opportunities; 2.Program models / governance; 3.Citizen engagement; 4.Innovation; and 5.Defining the need.

Each theme will offer interactive sessions, with keynote speakers consisting of a mix of academia and practical leaders, who will both inform and challenge participants. To add a political dimension, the theme workshops will be facilitated by the Mayors of Regina, Vancouver, Mississauga, St. John's and Montreal.

Learn more about the Summit and register with a reduced early bird rate by linking to the National Infrastructure Summit website:


- National Infrastructure Summit   ( http://www.nisummit2011.ca/mayors-message/ )
9/21/2010 - CPWA Public Works Week Award Presentation to York Region on Sept. 23


The Regional Municipality of York will be receiving a prestigious award this week from the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) for their 2010 National Public Works Week (NPWW) celebration.

The award will be presented to The Regional Municipality of York by CPWA Director Linda Petelka, BSC, Regional Municipality of Peel, during the Regional Council meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2010 located at 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, ON.

Please read the attached Press Release for further information on the award presentation.


- CPWA Press Release - Sept 2010 - York Region   ( York Region Press Release-National Public Works Week - September 2010.pdf )
9/20/2010 - Côte Saint-Luc Wins Third Consecutive Award for Public Works Week

For the third consecutive year, the City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec has been selected for a prestigious award from the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) for their National Public Works Week public awareness campaign and celebration of May, 2010. The award will be presented to Côte Saint-Luc by CPWA Board of Directors Representative Janick Lemay, Chargé de Projets, BPR-Infrastructure of Quebec, during the City Council meeting at 8 p.m. on September 20, 2010 at 5801 Cavendish Boulevard, Côte Saint-Luc.

During National Public Works Week, the City of Côte Saint-Luc reached out to a variety of audiences with targeted efforts, including a series of events to educate the public. “It is amazing for a city the size of Côte Saint-Luc to produce such a comprehensive program of public awareness events, and to continue to add to these events each year,” CPWA President Darwin K. Durnie, Principal, Stantec Consulting Ltd, Alberta, said. “This year, Côte Saint-Luc also designed and distributed a full size color annual calendar titled ’Getting to Know Public Works,’ which featured public works staff. This calendar serves as a well-illustrated reminder of the services that public works provides in their community,” remarked Durnie.

Read more about the award in the attached CPWA Press Release:

- CPWA Press Release for Côte Saint-Luc - Sept 2010   ( Cote Saint-Luc NPWWaward2010 pressrel.pdf )
8/27/2010 - Darwin K. Durnie of Alberta Elected CPWA President


Darwin Durnie of Alberta Elected President of Canadian Public Works Association

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) announced today that Darwin Durnie, Principal of Stantec Consulting in Red Deer, Alberta, has been elected to a two year term as President. Durnie will lead the organization whose mission is to be the "Voice of Public Works in Canada.” Key issues for CPWA include asset management and sustainability, emergency management, infrastructure policy, water and wastewater management, and transportation.

A CPWA member since its inception in 1986, Durnie has also served as President of the Alberta Public Works Association, and was a member of the inaugural American Public Works Association (APWA) Certification Commission for a two year term. He has been a Director on the CPWA Board of Directors for two years.

Durnie has a diverse background in the public works arena in the public and private sectors, having started with a consulting firm in 1981, and moving to municipal government in the mid-1980’s as Director of Infrastructure in the Town of Drumheller, Alberta. He has experience in the delivery of training for communities in topics ranging from asset management, to the film industry and crisis communications. He has also managed the response to major emergencies such as floods and water contamination events, served as Remote Sites Manager for the 2002 G8 World Leaders summit, and most recently completed an assignment as the Associate Director of Facilities and Sites Preparation for the G8 and G20 World Leaders Summit hosted by Canada in Ontario this year.

The Red Deer Stantec offices covers the North and Central Regions of Alberta where Durnie, as Managing Leader of the Architecture and Buildings Engineering group, is involved in a broad range of projects including buildings, engineering and architecture, water, wastewater, municipal service delivery and asset management.

For more CPWA information or media queries, please contact Laura Bynum at lbynum@apwa.net, or call 202.218.6736.


- CPWA Press Release on Darwin K. Durnie   ( CPWA Announce Durnie President Press Release FINAL.pdf )
8/19/2010 - CPWA Announces National Public Works Week Awards


During the Annual CPWA Luncheon held in conjunction with the APWA Congress and Exhibition, CPWA National Public Works Week Chairman Randy Borsa announced the winners for the 2010 National Public Works Week Awards program.

NPWW Chairman Randy Borsa has announced the winners in four categories:

The City of Richmond, British Columbia excelled in the category for first time entries (any municipality submitting to the awards program for the first time).

Other first time submissions were received from:
1. Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta
2. City of Port Moody, British Columbia
3. City of Burlington, Ontario
4. City of Selkirk, Manitoba
5. City of Kitchener, Ontario

The City of Cote Saint-Luc, Quebec took the top award in the category for small centres (Populations 75,000 and under).

Other small centre submissions were received from:
1. City of Port Moody, British Columbia
2. City of Selkirk, Manitoba
3. Town of Ladysmith, British Columbia
4. City of Moncton, New Brunswick
5. City of Dieppe, New Brunswick

The City of Richmond, British Columbia was named the winner in the medium centre category (Populations 75,001 - 250,000).

Other medium centre submissions were received from:
1. Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta
2. City of Burlington, Ontario
3. City of Victoria, British Columbia
4. City of Richmond, British Columbia
5. City of Kitchener, Ontario

The City of Brampton, Ontario took the top award for the large centre category (Populations 250,001-650,000).

Other large centre submissions were received from:
1. City of Vaughan, Ontario

York Region was named the winner fFor the metro centres: (Populations 650,001 and larger)

Other metro centre submissions were received from:
1. City of Mississauga, Ontario

CPWA's National Public Works Week awards program is an annual event. The criteria for judging the entries included events held, public outreach, creativity, education, staff involvement and recognition, and charity. Chairman Randy Borsa noted that the judging was very difficult, due to the level of effort and creativity shown in the events and public outreach. "Every municipality who celebrated National Public Works Week is a winner!" said Mr. Borsa.

7/20/2010 - Underinvestment in Infrastructure: The Risk to Canada's Economic Growth


The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario has released a report entitled “Public Infrastructure Underinvestment: The Risk to Canada’s Economic Growth.” The study provides an in depth look at the costs of delayed investment in infrastructure to the Canadian economy.

“This study aims to emphasize the importance of long-term public capital management in terms with which stakeholders can readily identify, leading to an understanding of the risks associated with infrastructure policies. For long-term prosperity, there is a need for an appropriate balance between investment in new infrastructure and the maintenance of existing infrastructure. Following this line of inquiry, the study considers the sensitivity of future wages, corporate profits, and GDP to total infrastructure investment and this balance between new investment and maintenance.”

With the permission of RCCAO, we are providing the following link to this important research:


- http://www.rccao.com/news/files/RCCAO_Report_JULY2010_LOWRES.pdf   ( http://www.rccao.com/news/files/RCCAO_Report_JULY2010_LOWRES.pdf )
5/25/2010 - City of Ottawa Wins APWA Public Project of the Year Award


The American Public Works Association (APWA) awarded the City with the Public Works Project of the Year Award for effectively managing localized flooding by using a combination of underground and surface storage within Sandy Hill Park.

The $15 million project was launched in the summer of 2007 to improve drainage and protect property and public health. Using both surface and underground storage, the project provides unprecedented flood protection for area residents. A massive storage tank was built under the central portion of the Sandy Hill Park. The tank temporarily stores excess stormwater runoff and later releases it at a controlled rate into the sewer system. The tank provides approximately 12500m3 of combined sewage and 4000m3 of runoff storage, enough to fill over six and a half Olympic-size swimming pools.

Sandy Hill, one of Ottawa’s most established neighbourhoods, has had storm and wastewater flooding problems in the past due to its low-lying area near the Rideau River. Not only was the project completed ahead of schedule and within budget, it also brought Sandy Hill Park back to life. What was once a soggy, unusable plot of land is now turning it into a lush, green spot for residents to bring their kids, walk their dog or even have a picnic.

The City of Ottawa ensured that the public was involved at the very onset of the project by enlisting the help of the Sandy Hill Community Association, also named Action Sandy Hill. Together, The City worked closely with ASH to ensure good community relations and together they were able to make several other park improvements, including adding new play structures, permanent lights, a hockey rink, change rooms and a wading pool.

The APWA Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects. The project’s design has garnered several other accolades, such as the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Citation Award, the Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year Award in the Environment and the Consulting Engineers of Ontario 2010 Award.

Source: City of Ottawa media alert (permission granted to post this item)

5/20/2010 - Call for Submissions - 2010 CPWA National Public Works Week Awards


2010 CPWA National Public Works Week Award

Prix de las semaine nationale des travaux publics 2010 de ACTP

The Canadian Public Works Association announces the Call for Submissions for the 2010 CPWA National Public Works Week Award.

This award is for Canadian municipalities, agencies, or organizations who celebrated the recent May 16-22, 2010 National Public Works Week by hosting events that highlighted public works.

The 2010 NPWW Awards will be made in the following five categories: first-time entry, small centre, medium centre, large centre, and metropolitan centre. Population guidelines for these categories are noted on the linked general information and criteria for judging below. First-time entries should be noted as such and will be entered in the first-time entry category and the appropriate size category.

If your agency, jurisdiction or city celebrated NPWW this year, we encourage you to submit an application.

The criteria for judging submissions for the award are available in English and French and are linked below.

Deadlines for submission are: July 1st, 2010.

To enter, please submit your event summary in quadruplicate (4 copies) and include the attached submission form:

Please mail so to be received by July 1st, 2010 to:

Gail Ann Clark
Canadian Public Works Association
1275 K Street, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005
USA


- CPWA National Public Works Week Submission Form   ( 2010 CPWA National Public Works Week Entry Submission.doc )
- Criteria for Judging National Public Works Week   ( http://marcom.apwa.net/t/148851/14813366/1416/0/ )
5/20/2010 - Province of Saskatchewan designates Public Works Week


Minister of Government Services Christine Tell in the Province of Saskatchewan recently designated the week of May 16-22, 2010 as Public Works Week in the Province of Saskatchewan.

In so doing, Saskatchewan joined many of the other Provinces in officially recognizing "Public Works Week" in honor of the public agencies, engineers and public works staff, who design, build, operate and maintain the transportation, water supply, refuse and sewage disposal systems, as well as buildings and other facilities that are essential to serve the citizens of Canada in their everyday life.

National Public Works Week is promoted by the Canadian Public Works Association. CPWA Chapters play an important role as they approach their provincial leaders to ask for this special recognition. Saskatchewan Chapter President Van Simonson worked with the Premier's office to promote this Proclamation.

A copy of the provincial recognition is provided:

- Saskatchewan Proclamation for Public Works Week   ( NPWW Saskatchewan Proclamation 2010.pdf )
5/19/2010 - National Public Works Week Highlights Public Works Career Opportunities


When municipalities and public works agencies celebrate the 50th National Public Works Week (NPWW) this year, they won’t confine their activities to honoring the public works managers, engineers, administrators, and staff who operate and improve the aspects of our everyday life. They will also be informing and recruiting a new generation for the future.

As an example of a city that recognized education as a priority, in 2009 the City of Brampton, Ontario held a public works poster design contest for elementary students, a bridge building contest for middle school students, and a public works career day for high school students. The impact was positive reinforcement for students who may not have thought about a career in civil engineering, public works management, or the many specialty areas that are associated with public works.

To read more about CPWA's National Public Works Week promoting careers in public works, please see the attached press release of May 14th.


- CPWA Press Release on National Public Works Week   ( CPWA National Public Works Week 2010 Highlights Career Opportunities in Public Works.pdf )
5/6/2010 - Premier of Manitoba Proclaims National Public Works Week in May


Premier Greg Selinger has proclaimed the week of May 16-22. 2010 as National Public Works Week throughout the Province of Manitoba.

In so doing, the Premier has joined other provincial and territorial leaders in observing the the 50th Anniversary of National Public Works Week as a tribute to the public works engineers, administrators, and agencies who are responsible for the design, building, maintenance and operations of the infrastructure that supports the communities of Canada.

A copy of the Proclamation is attached.


- Manitoba Proclaims National Public Works Week   ( Manitoba NPWW Proclamation 2010.pdf )
4/20/2010 - Yukon Territory Observes National Public Works Week


Yukon Territory Commissioner Geraldine Van Bibber has issued a Proclamation which designates the week of May 16-22, 2010 to be observed as National Public Works Week in the Yukon Territory.

In the Proclamation, Commissioner Van Bibber noted the sustantial contributions that public works make to the national health and welfare.

A copy of the Proclamation is attached.


- Yukon Territory NPWW Proclamation 2010   ( Yukon Territory Proclamation for NPWW 2010.pdf )
4/19/2010 - Nova Scotia Proclaims National Public Works Week


Nova Scotia has proclaimed the week of May 16-22, 2010 as National Public Works Week in the Province. In so doing, Nova Scotia joins other Provinces and Territories in Canada and many States in the US in marking the 50th Anniversary of National Public Works Week in North America.

Darrell E. Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, signed the Proclamation in Halifax noting "public works infrastructure, facilities and services are of vital importance to the health, safety and well-being of the people of this nation;"

A copy of the Proclamation is available below:


- 2010 National Public Works Week - Nova Scotia   ( NPWW Proclamaton 2010 - Nova Scotia.pdf )
4/14/2010 - Prime Minister Harper sends his Greetings for National Public Works Week


The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, has recognized National Public Works Week with a letter conveying "warmest greetings to everyone marking National Public Works Week, which this year marks its 50th anniversary."

A copy of the Prime Minister's letter is attached.

The 50th Anniversary of National Public Works Week will be celebrated during the week of May 16-22, 2010 throughout North America with events that highlight public works' contribution to the communities Canadians enjoy. The events will also recognize staff contributions and highlight public works as a career.

In recognizing National Public Works Week, Prime Minister Harper noted "The theme of this year’s event, Public Works: Above, Below & All Around You, is a fitting reminder that the infrastructure and services provided by public works professionals —from our water supply to our transportation systems— have a direct impact on the daily lives of all Canadians. These professionals play a vital role in maintaining and improving our communities with essential projects that help build a stronger economy and a cleaner environment."

National Public Works Week began in 1960 and the first US President to recognize the week with a Proclamation was John F. Kennedy. Over the years since, cities and agencies and APWA and CPWA Chapters have sought Proclamations from their Mayors, City Councils, State Governors, and Provincial Premiers and have celebrated with events to recognize National Public Works Week.


- Message from the Prime Minister of Canada   ( Message from the Prime Minister - National Public Works Week 2010 (2).pdf )
4/9/2010 - Comment Period is Open for new Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations


The Government of Canada published proposed wastewater regulations in the Canada Gazette Part 1 on Friday, March 19, 2010. The “gazetting” or publication of notice of the regulations formally opens the public comment period of 60 days.

According to a press release issued by Environment Canada on March 19, 2010, “The Government of Canada is taking the lead in proposing regulations for municipal, community, federal and other wastewater systems, which include standards for national wastewater effluent quality and provide regulatory clarity for rules on reporting for more than 3,700 Canadian facilities. For those not already meeting the effluent quality standards, there is a proposed phase-in approach. For higher-risk wastewater effluent discharges, facilities will have up until 2020 to upgrade, whereas others would have until 2030 or 2040 depending on level of risk associated with existing effluent quality and environmental considerations.”

Interested persons may “make representations with respect to the proposed Regulations, within 60 days after the date of publication of notice.”

CPWA encourages all members with interest to submit their comments to the Government before May 19, 2010.

Canadians can now access the proposed regulations on the Environment Canada website and as below.

- Canada Gazette   ( http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2010/2010-03-20/html/reg1-eng.html#reg )
3/29/2010 - Prince Edward Island Designates May 16 - 22, 2010 as National Public Works Week


The Honourable Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island, has issued a Declaration designating May 16 - 22, 2010 as National Public Works Week for Prince Edward Island.

In so doing, Premier Ghiz urged "all our people to join with representatives of government agencies in activities and ceremonies designed to pay tribute to our public works engineers and administrators and to recognize the substantial contributions they have made to our national health and welfare."

Premier Ghiz joins with other provincial and territorial leaders whose provinces are recognizing National Public Works Week as it marks its 50th year of celebration in North America.

A copy of the Declaration is attached below:

- Prince Edward Island Declaration 2010   ( NPWW Declaration - Prince Edward Island - 2010.pdf )
3/21/2010 - Province of New Brunswick Proclaims National Public Works Week during May


The week of May 16-22, 2010 has been officially named as National Public Works Week in New Brunswick.

In making the announcement, the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, noted "it is in the public interest for the citizens and civic leaders of this country to gain knowledge of and to maintain a progressive interest in the public works needs and programs of their respective communities.

The Declaration is available in both English and French below:

- Declaration National Public Works Week - NB - 2010   ( NPWW Proclamation - New Brunswick 2010.pdf )
3/1/2010 - CPWA Announces 50th Anniversary of National Public Works Week


National Public Works Week
May 16-22, 2010
Public Works: Above, Below, & All Around You


CPWA is pleased to announce the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program for 2010.

This is the 50th 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.

The theme for the 2010 campaign recognizes the pervasive and all encompassing role that public works plays in our lives: Public Works: Above, Below, & All Around You. We invite your agency and community to join in the celebration and to share your events with the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program.

You will find more information about submission categories and awards program judging criteria in the attached document. Questions may be addressed to Gail Clark at gclark@apwa.net or by phoning Gail at 202-218-6732.

Additional information regarding submission format will be forthcoming. In order to announce winners at the 2010 APWA Congress and Exhibition, entries will be due no later than July 1, 2010.

Randy Borsa
Director of Operations
City of Selkirk, MB
Chair, 2010 CPWA National Public Works Week


- 2010 CPWA Awards Categories and Criteria   ( National Public Works Week Criteria - 2010.pdf )
2/25/2010 - Government is firm on March 31, 2011 Deadline

CPWA Board of Directors Update:

Government is firm on March 31, 2011 Deadline for Completion of Projects Supported by the Stimulus Funding!

In late January, the CPWA Board of Directors met in Ottawa for their annual winter board meeting. One ongoing issue for CPWA and members is stimulus funding, the timeliness of decisions by some provincial governments on specific local projects, and the March 31, 2011 deadline for approved projects to be completed.

During our meetings with Infrastructure Canada and others in Ottawa, the Government’s position on the March 31, 2011 completion for projects funded under the stimulus funding was strongly reiterated. It is clear that the Government has not wavered from the March 31, 2011 deadline, and has made it clear to provinces and municipalities that, generally speaking, any portion of an approved project remaining uncompleted by March 31, 2011 will become the fiscal responsibility of the municipality/province. Also, given that March 31, 2011 coincides with the close of the fiscal year, it is even more unlikely that an extension to funding projects under the existing stimulus program will be considered or approved.

Moreover, in February, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) issued an update to elected municipal officials stating “the priority for all orders of government is to create as many jobs and complete as many projects as possible during the next 13 months. With that goal in mind, and in the spirit of intergovernmental cooperation, FCM is not requesting an extension of the stimulus deadline at this time. FCM has been actively monitoring the rollout of stimulus funding and is in ongoing dialogue with the federal government.” We met with FCM while in Ottawa and offered CPWA assistance and support, and will remain in contact to coordinate our efforts.

Given these forewarnings, CPWA urges all municipalities with projects approved under the stimulus funding to continue to make progress to complete their projects to take full advantage of the funding provided under the stimulus.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Peter King at pking@apwa.net or Gail Clark at gclark@apwa.net.

W. Gary Losier, P Eng
President
Canadian Public Works Association

1/20/2010 - CPWA – Haitian Infrastructure Emergency -- Volunteers


CPWA members interested in volunteering their expertise for a coordinated response on rebuilding Haiti’s devastated infrastructure can register their interest and areas of expertise with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities by going to the FCM website link listed below.

FCM reports that in order to help restore the basic local services that have been destroyed by the earthquake, expertise will be required in such areas as planning, waste management, water and sanitation, public works, and housing. FCM is prepared to send a special municipal assessment team to Haiti to evaluate needs and propose a municipal response toward the reconstruction efforts.

Currently, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities is working on coordinating plans for a broad-based national municipal reconstruction effort for Haiti. FCM has offered to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canadian municipal assistance for the reconstruction of Haiti once the emergency response phase is over.

FCM has opened the special section of its recruitment website for municipalities and consultants who wish to offer technical assistance toward the rebuilding of Haiti. CPWA members interested in participating are encouraged to register with FCM.

Previously, FCM has managed two large post-tsunami reconstruction programs in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, following the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. The programs, funded by CIDA, involved the in-kind contribution of their Canadian municipal members.

The FCM Website at www.fcm.ca posts two recent advisories about Haiti as well as a link to apply to the FCM database. FCM plans to continue to update information and advisories as the situation continues to unfold.

Peter B. King, Executive Director, Canadian Public Works Association/ American Public Works Association


- Participation Link - FCM Website   ( http://http://www.fcm.ca/participation/english/CFEI.asp?formAction=Apply&CallID=262 )