Issue 20, September 2013
Since May, Alec, Carrie and I have logged over 10,000 km and met with staff from dozens of programs from Renfrew to Cochrane through to Essex Windsor and more. Certainly the discussions have been flavoured by the release of Bill 91, and questions about its implications and possible impacts on CIF funding applications and programs abound. Despite the uncertainty, the Bill is generating constructive dialogue about how municipalities can work with their neighbours to create functional 'waste sheds' and cooperatives and we'll share some of those successes at the fall ORW along with our insights on the Bill.
On the REOI front, those who have been through the CIF application process know it takes time to flesh out the details and refine project deliverables to ensure an application's best chances of approval. We are closing in on October approvals for project applications under the 2013 REOI (with details below). Please don't hesitate to call your project manager for an update on your project's status.
CIF staff members are also working with municipalities to complete outstanding projects, release the findings and invoice the CIF for their efforts. With only a handful of 2009 projects left, we're already chasing the outstanding 2010 projects for results. If you have an outstanding project and haven't heard from one of us...you will soon! We encourage you to check out new project reports posted on the CIF website and to read through the CIF 2008 to 2013 Review a new document that summarizes the impact of this work over the past five years.
Looking ahead, planning is well underway for next month’s Ontario Recycler Workshop (ORW) and the Blue Box training session that will take place in Barrie on October 8 and 9 respectively. Details about both events follow toward the end of this issue of Connections.
Last but not least, budget season is next up on our radar, with plans to present the proposed 2014 budget to the CIF Committee in early November. Over the past year, many of you have given Alec, Carrie and I excellent ideas for future initiatives and fundable projects. We've discussed funding more audits, developing multi-language P&E and working on standards and best practices for drop off and depot operations - just to name a few. If you have ideas for next year, now is the time to put them in front of us so we can include them in the 2014 budget.
As always, I welcome your comments, questions and concerns. And…I’ll look forward to seeing you at the ORW if not before.
Mike Birett, CIF Director
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