2022 RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship

The 2022 application term is now open and closes August 31, 2022 In recognition of the importance of an educated population to the  future well-being of rural communities, the
RMA established the RMA Post-Secondary Scholarship Program in 1995. The program is designed to encourage rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these rural residents to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the RMA’s five districts annually.

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Wild Boar

So, you’ve heard about the wild boar bounty program. Here’s what you need to know:

First and foremost, the M.D. of Wainwright is not participating in this initiative at this time. There are currently only three Municipalities signed up in Alberta to partake in this one-year pilot running from April 1st, 2022 until March 31st, 2023.

Why? There are several factors at play, including:

– There are active “whole sounder” trapping programs being run by both the Alberta Government and Alberta Pork. Any Municipality with active sounder trapping is not eligible to participate in the bounty program, and vise versa if you are participating in the bounty program you are not eligible to partake in these trapping programs. In the M.D. of Wainwright, we are not currently aware of any resident wild boar populations. Should we become aware of boar within our borders the plan of action is to engage professional trappers to remove the population in its entirety.

– Hunting efficacy. It has been proven that the recreational hunting of wild boar is not an effective control option, let alone a viable way to eradicate them. Boar are highly intelligent and adaptable and will become increasingly elusive when exposed to hunting pressures.

If you spot wild boar or signs of their presence you are encouraged to ‘Squeal on Pigs’ by emailing AF.wildboar@gov.ab.ca, calling 310-FARM, or by contacting the M.D. Agricultural Services Department.

Resources:

Squeal on Pigs!

https://www.alberta.ca/wild-boar-control-program.aspx

Video resources:

Wild boar, when at large, are a declared pest in Alberta. This means landowners have the right to hunt them at any time on their own property.

Strychnine

A friendly reminder that the M.D. of Wainwright does not have any Strychnine available, and cannot procure more.

Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada has cancelled the registration of strychnine, and all associated end-use products, used to control Richardson’s ground squirrels for sale and use in Canada.

March 4th, 2022 marked the final day strychnine was able to be sold by retailers.

March 4th, 2023 will be the final day of permitted use of strychnine for the control Richardson’s ground squirrels.

Contact your local retailer to learn what products they are currently carrying.

Safety Codes Services

The Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 seeks proposals from interested parties for Safety Codes Services for the Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61. The M.D. of Wainwright will select a roster of up to 2 successful proponents. Interested contractors are invited to review the detailed project package for additional information.  The package may be obtained at www.purchasingconnection.ca or at the M.D. office, 717 – 14th Avenue, Wainwright, Alberta during regular business hours.

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Public Consultation from Health Canada

Health Canada currently has a 60-day public consultation (open March 21, 2022 to May 20th, 2022) on Further Strengthening Protection of Health and the Environment: Targeted Review of the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) (DIS2022-01). This consultation will no doubt generate significant input from activist groups who oppose the use of modern pest control products like pesticides. It is critical that the sector has a strong response to the consultation in support of science-based pesticide regulation to ensure that Canadian farmers and other sectors continue to have timely access to the innovative tools they need to sustainably grow food for Canada and the world for generations to come.

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2022 Property Inspections

NOTICE TO

MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF

WAINWRIGHT NO. 61 RATEPAYERS

2022 PROPERTY INSPECTIONS

     This notice is to inform M.D. of Wainwright ratepayers in the Wainwright area, ranges 3 and 4, that a Re-Inspection of properties for assessment purposes in these areas will commence the week of April 11th, 2022.

In addition, any other properties requiring review throughout the M.D. of Wainwright will also be Re-Inspected during this time period.

This process is being done by the Wainwright Assessment Group and will be completed by the end of December 2022.

A property tax assessor may be on site to review your property assessment.  In order to achieve uniform and equitable assessment, additional information about your property may be requested.

Waste Collection Price Increase Reminder

The M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 wishes to advise Municipal Ratepayers that as per the current, 3-year Waste Collection Contract with Waste Management of Canada Corporation, the final increase, as per the below schedule, will be effective January 1, 2022.

As per the current contract, the first year term was a 0% price change from the previous contract rate and a total of 5% increase for the remaining 2 years. 3% increase effective January 1, 2021 and 2% increase effective January 1, 2022.  This price structure, illustrated below, is applicable to all lines of business being residential, commercial and roll-off collection.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 office at (780)842-4454.

January 1-December 31, 2020 – 0% price firm
January 1-December 31, 2021 – 3% price firm
January 1-December 31, 2022 – 2% price firm
Bin
Size
Previous
Contract Price
Jan 1/17-Dec 31/19
Current Contract Price
Jan 1/20 to Dec 31/20
0% INCR
Current Contract Price
Jan 1/21 to Dec 31/21
3% INCR
Current Contract Price
Jan 1/22 to Dec 31/22
2% INCR
3 yd $35.95/month + GST $35.95/month + GST $37.03 + GST $37.77 + GST
4 yd $38.26/month + GST $38.26/month + GST $39.41 + GST $40.20 + GST
6 yd $40.59/month + GST $40.59/month + GST $41.81 + GST $42.65 + GST
8 yd $42.90/month + GST $42.90/month + GST $44.19 + GST $45.07 + GST