South Peace News
Big Lakes County council appears to be split on the issue of climate change.
At its regular meeting Aug. 30, council marginally accepted an opportunity to have a one-day workshop to study climate change. It is funded under a major grant from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre.
“Whether we believe in climate change or not, it’s not all bad,” Reeve Ken Matthews says.
“Climate has changed for centuries; climate change is ongoing.”
One councillor says the grant is a good opportunity.
“If we don’t get on board, we’ll be left behind,” says Prairie Echo – Salt Prairie Councillor Dave Marx.
“It would be good to tap into.”
A grant of $17,000 from the MCCAC has been approved for the county, which is required to provide $2,000 for the workshop.
Big Lakes administration was recently presented with a limited-time opportunity to access a new stream of grant funding. So they promptly completed an application, reports Heather Nanninga, director of corporate services.
The workshop will be used to create a related action plan for the county, she says.
“Through a council resolution approving a workshop, or simply showing commitment to improve efficiency and manage risks associated with climate change, Big Lakes County can take its first step towards accessing several avenues of potential funding,” Nan- ninga says.
The MCCAC was established through collaboration of the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.
Joussard Councillor Ed Podollan, Kinuso Councillor Ken Killeen and South Sunset House – Gilwood Councillor Ann Stewart opposed the motion.
Faust Councillor Robert Nygaard moved the motion that was supported by Matthews, Marx, Enilda – Big Meadow Councillor Ron Matula and Grouard Councillor Frank Sutherland.
High Prairie East – Banana Belt Councillor Don Charrois was absent.
“It’s just a waste of money,” Podollan says.
“It’s a big agenda for globalization; the propaganda is working.”
Another councillor says not much can be done to reverse climate change.
“If we can’t control it, we can’t do anything about it,” says Kinuso Councillor Ken Killeen.
Due to the short timeline, county administration could not approach council before sending an application, Nanninga says.
The deadline for application was Aug. 11.