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FPEIM Newsletter September 2018

President's Report
At times its hard to believe that almost four years has passed since the last municipal elections, but when I take the time to reflect on all the great work that has been done in municipalities across the province and at the Federation, the election seems so long ago.  Many of you will put your name forward again and I wish you a successful election.  To those who are not running in the November 5th election, all the best in your future endeavors. On behalf of the federation, I want to thank all of you.  The hard work we do, individually and together, is making a difference.
I was very pleased by the Province’s decision this week to approve restructuring proposals to create the new municipalities of Three Rivers, North Shore and Central Prince.  These new municipalities will be stronger and better positioned to serve residents.  We can stand by and watch as change occurs or we can look to the future and take action that better positions our communities and our province.  I know from personal experience that Summerside is much better off today because of the restructuring that took place in 1995.  I applaud those involved for their courage and vision.
 
It has been more that a decade since FPEIM began advocating for province wide municipal incorporation.  This position came about in response to strong feedback from municipal leaders across the province.  We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but progress is being made.
On September 20, FPEIM held its annual board meeting with the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.  A big thank you goes to Honourable Richard Brown for continuing this longstanding tradition.  It was a productive meeting, with discussion on several items, including access to information and protection and privacy, province-wide municipal incorporation, sharing cannabis excise tax revenue, building and development, and infrastructure. 
Municipal restructuring approved for Three Rivers, North Shore and Central Prince
This week, the Province announced the creation of three new municipalities on PEI.  Three Rivers, North Shore and Central Prince are the result of hard work and cooperation between the former municipalities to create stronger, viable municipalities. These positive changes will provide lasting benefits in the communities that make up these new municipalities.  Read FPEIM's statement on the restructuring.
 
Municipalities Build Communities!
City of Charlottetown Affordable Housing Incentive Program
Availability and affordability of housing is a growing challenge in Prince Edward Island.  In July, the provincial government released its Housing Action Plan for Prince Edward Island.  The report includes several action items that identify municipalities as potential partners.

The City of Charlottetown has been working hard to identify ways to address this important issue. To learn more, read their recently adopted Affordable Housing Incentive Program
Exercising your emergency plan
Exercising your plan can be as important as writing it.  Exercises can range from tabletop exercises (fan-out drill or scenario with discussion), to a full-scale field exercise.

An exercise is not meant to test your team, rather it serves as a learning tool for all involved.  It provides an opportunity for everyone to review and test their roles and responsibilities and to consider components and issues that could unexpectedly arise during an emergency.

Conclude the exercise with a debriefing session with all participants.  This is an opportunity for participants to provide their perspective on the exercise with both positive and negative feedback. 

EMO staff are available to help you develop your exercise, assist you in facilitating, attend as an observer or act as an evaluator.
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