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Municipal Matters: Elected Officials’ Education Series

Join us for a series of virtual education sessions developed to help elected officials gain a better understanding of the complex issues that municipalities face on a day-to-day basis and the important role Councillors play in their community.

Special Events and User Groups: Occupier’s Liability, Contractual Risk Transfer and Creating a Best Practices for Municipal Spaces

Making a difference in your community is likely one of the reasons you chose to become a municipal leader.  Offering unique experiences within your community is an excellent way to serve your neighbours, local businesses and the region-at-large. From parades and beer gardens, to outdoor patios and festivals, municipalities bring people together to celebrate, connect and build a sense of community, but these “offerings” are not without risk. 

IPE’s Risk Assessment & Solutions Manager Tracy Eso will walk you through:

  • Factors that impact special events.
  • Ways a municipality is responsible for special events. 
  • Transferring risk effectively to event organizers and sponsors.
  • Adopting a best practice for special events. 

Date: Thursday, May 4th, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

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Minimum Maintenance Standards: A Councillor’s Guide to the Importance of MMS Compliance

Compliance with standards is an important component in all aspects of managing a municipality. The Minimum Maintenance Standards (MMS) is a regulation under The Municipal Act which provides a baseline to which road maintenance activities are compared. As an elected official, you may feel the MMS does not have a significant impact on your day-to-day responsibilities but understanding MMS compliance is a fundamental responsibility to all council members.

IPE’s Road Specialist Brian Anderson will provide important insight on:

  • Why the MMS should matter to you as an elected official.
  • Why the evidence of compliance when demonstrated to a court is an effective tool in the defence of an action.

Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
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Climate Emergencies: Creating Resilience in Our Communities and Dealing with Emergencies When They Occur

How is your community reacting to and addressing climate change? Is your municipality prepared to deliver, in some cases, life-saving services to members of your community in the event of an emergency? We know that climate emergencies are becoming rapid-fire events that can be debilitating on municipal infrastructure and drastically affect those that live in and visit our communities. Being resilient in the face of catastrophic events takes planning and forethought. 

IPE’s Risk Assessment & Solutions Manager Tracy Eso will discuss:

  • How to assess climate hazards within your community.
  • Thinking about climate emergencies in your region.
  • The important role elected officials play when a disaster strikes.
  • Communicating in an emergency: what not to say and why.

Date: Thursday, June 1st, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
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Each registrant will receive a reference binder that shares informative resource articles relevant to each session. When you register, please indicate whether you would like to receive a hard copy or
digital version.