Trudeau urges municipal leaders to see infrastructure bank as voluntary
The Globe and Mail
Friday, June 2, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed a massive gathering of municipal leaders Friday, urging them to view the proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank as a positive, voluntary option that’s in addition to the billions in traditional grants Ottawa is promising for cities.
Mr. Trudeau spoke to the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa, where more than 3,400 people were registered to attend.
Cities ask feds to move money faster to address social-housing backlog
Globe & Mail
Thu June 1, 2017
Municipal leaders want the federal government to speed up its vaunted infrastructure plan so cities don’t have to wait 10 years for badly needed housing cash.
The Liberal budget this year set aside $11.2-billion to tackle a growing need for affordable housing in Canada’s cities, with most of the money set to flow after 2022.
Winnipeg councillor named FCM president
June 4, 2017
A Winnipeg city councillor assuming the presidency of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) expects Winnipeg will benefit from that organization's efforts as she steers them over the next year.
Coun. Jenny Gerbasi, who was acclaimed as president during the FCM’s annual general meeting, Sunday, said “the strength of the FCM” is that big, small, rural, urban, northern and remote communities “are speaking with one voice” in united lobbying efforts.
Frizzell Elected FCM 3rd vice-president
My Prince George Now
June 5, 2017
Garth Frizzell is now the Third Vice-President for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The vote took place during last week’s FCM convention in Ottawa.
The advocacy group — which has representatives from 90% of the nation’s townships, cities, and counties — communicates ideas from the municipal level to the Canadian government. Recently, this included a new poverty-reduction plan and a trip to Ottawa to discuss infrastructure needs.
FCM A Success
CKPG News (*video)
June 06, 2017
At more than 2,000 delegates, this year’s Federation of Canadian Municipalities convention is being hailed a success. And this community was front and centre for more than one reason. On Friday, Mayor Lyn Hall addressed a packed house to talk forestry.
“This is my second opportunity in the last three weeks to be able to talk with the Forest Products Association of Canada,” says Hall. “At the end of the day, it’s about how strong the forest industry has become through its diversification.”
Also, Councillor Garth Frizzell has been elected 3rd Vice President for the FCM.