For the past few days, I along with a number of members of Council have been attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference in Regina. This 5 day conference (the first in person conference in 2 years) is an important opportunity for municipal leaders to not only attend presentations and workshops on policies and initiatives that will impact our communities but also provides the opportunity to meet with leaders from all levels of government; to discuss issues that matter to our community.
With workshops ranging in topics such as “Local solutions in the face of climate change”, “How municipalities are driving the market housing solutions, “Building an equitable and inclusive municipality” – as we recover from the pandemic, we recognize that municipalities across the nation are facing the same issues and that we need to all work together to find the best solutions.
As I have at other conferences, I took the opportunity at FCM to meet with fellow Mayors, and elected officials from across this country – from the Mayor of Regina, discussing what they are doing to revitalize their downtown to the Mayor of Kelowna and how his community dealt with the pandemic and the economic recovery to help his local businesses. That is what makes this conference important as we learn from each other for the betterment of our communities and our residents
Unfortunately those of us attending FCM were unable to attend the Platinum Jubilee celebration or the Street Festival but I hope both events are fantastic!! Here’s hoping for good weather and a great way for our community to gather!
It has been an interesting and informative few days and I look forward to bringing back lessons learned to Aurora. #WorkingTogether #GettingThingsDone