A presentation was made to Edmonton City Council, along with some fact sheets that promote why it’s important to place public notices in newspapers.
As of this posting, the City of Edmonton enacted an advertising bylaw recently that allows them to put their public notices on edmonton.ca. Zoning notices will still be placed in newspapers and they claim that they will use one other medium besides the city website, but that will likely be notices delivered door to door.
We’d like our membership to be aware that this may be on the radar of their local councils, so it may be best for them to stay ahead of this. We believe that some municipalities may attempt to pass similar bylaws, not fully understanding the fact that the Municipal Government Act (MGA) states that the advertising of public notices must reach ‘substantially all’ of the residents in a municipality. This means it would be difficult for many of your councils to shift these notices onto their websites and claim that they were reaching substantially all of the residents.
The fact sheets and presentation text below may be helpful when talking with your councils. Please let us know if you plan to meet with your local CAO or Mayor/councilors on this subject. The committee would be pleased to help you out in any way it can. Members of the committee include Tim Shearlaw of the Three Hills Capital (also Mayor of Three Hills), Lisa Sygutek of the Crowsnest Pass Herald (also serves on the Crowsnest Pass council) and Glen Mazza, of the Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer.