A fire restriction is in effect for Alberta's Forest Protection Area, as continued warm and dry weather has pushed the wildfire hazard to very high and extreme, across much of the province. The fire restriction prohibits all open fires, including campfires on private land, backcountry and random camping areas. All fire permits are suspended or cancelled and no new fire permits will be issued.
The applies to most of the Big Lakes County area as it lies within the Alberta Forest Protection Area. See Alberta Fire Bans for more details.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK
Emergency Preparedness Week is May 1st to May 7th 2016. This is a time for families and communities to think about being prepared for those emergencies that will have an impact on our lives. Below is a series of short information guides that will provide some thoughtful reminders of emergency preparedness as well as some steps on how to build a 72 hour kit.
Who Depends on You in 72? Kids
Who Depends on You in 72? Animals
Who Depends on You in 72? Community
Who Depends on You in 72? Work
Who Depends on You in 72? Individual
You can find additional information on 72 hour preparedness at: http://www.aema.alberta.ca/emergency-preparedness-week
MAY IS HEARING & SPEECH MONTH
The month of May is Hearing & Speech month. Learn about eary detection and intervention in the treatment of communication disorders. Be an advocate for hearing and communication health!
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUMMER TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (STEP)
The Government of Alberta is bringing back the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) to assist "approximately 3,000 students improve their job prospects". The "program will support employers that hire students by providing a wage subsidy of $7 per hour for work opportunities between four and 16 weeks". Applications are available online at AlbertaCanada.com.
MEMBER AT-LARGE APPOINTMENTS
Annually the Council for Big Lakes County seeks interest from individuals to be part of various boards and committees to serve our public. Currently, Big Lakes County Council is seeking individuals with interest and expertise in the following areas to serve as committee members: Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. See for more information.
Municipal Development Plan & Land-Use Bylaw Review
Big Lakes County is conducting a review the MDP and the LUB. These documents are essential for land-use management within our region.
We need Plans and YOU play a role. See more information.
Canada 150 Grant Funding
Recently the Government of Canada announced the Canada 150 Fund in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The theme of the program is Strong, Proud, and Free - aiming to promote Canadian values, culture and history, generate national pride and bring citizens together to celebrate. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, Canadian business corporations, schools and municipal governments. There is no application deadline; funding is granted on a case-by-case basis.