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City of Saint John - Resilient Community Workshop

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ACAP Saint John

139 Prince Edward Street

Saint John, NB E2L 3S3

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We invite you to register now for the City of Saint John Resilient Community Workshop.

The City of Saint John, along with 5 other municipalities across Canada, is participating in a project focused on helping municipalities adapt to the impacts of climate change and plan for community resiliency, with a added focus on energy reliability.

As an important stakeholder in our community, we invite you to participate in our first Community Resiliency Workshop, being held on Thursday, September 13th at ACAP Saint John (139 Prince Edward Street). The Workshop is intended is to gather local knowledge to conduct an assessment on our community’s strengths and weaknesses. QUEST (www.questcanada.org) will be facilitating discussion and conduct a map based tabletop exercise that enables our municipality and stakeholders to work together in identifying local risks/vulnerabilities. The results from the exercise and participant feedback will be compiled to help inform the assessment and development of risk reduction/adaptation measures as part of a resiliency strategy to be adopted locally.


Preliminary Agenda - 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Welcome / Introductions, QUEST + Mayor or Council

9:15 a.m. Overview Presentation – Municipalities & Utilities Partnering for Resilience, QUEST

9:35 a.m. Future Climate Projections, Department of Environment

9:55 a.m. Results of Pre-Survey for Town, QUEST

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Topic (TBD), Emergency Measures Organization

11:00 a.m. Guest Panel & Q&A - Municipality, Utility, Government (Environment, Energy, and/or EMO), IBC, Red Cross

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Exercise 1: 10 Essentials

1:15 p.m. Exercise 2: Tabletop Map

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Exercise 3: Action Planning Round

3:30 p.m. Conclusion


Why this initiative?

An increasing​ ​number​ ​of​ ​municipalities​ ​across​ ​Canada​ ​are​ ​faced​ ​with​ ​ ​climate​ ​change impacts,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​flooding and​ ​extreme​ ​weather,​ ​and​ are working to ​reduce​ the ​risks​ ​from​ short and prolonged ​loss​ ​of​ ​power. Whether urban,​ ​rural,​ ​remote,​ ​coastal​ ​or​ ​an​ ​interior​ ​community,​ ​more​ ​people,​ ​property,​ ​and​ ​infrastructure are​ ​at​ ​risk,​ ​especially​ ​water​ ​and​ ​wastewater​ ​systems,​ ​transportation​ ​systems,​ ​energy​ ​systems, health​ ​care​ ​systems​ ​and​ ​emergency​ ​response​ ​capability.

Almost​ ​90​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​Canadian natural​ ​gas,​ ​thermal​ ​and​ ​electric​ ​utility​ ​distributors​ ​have​ ​been​ ​significantly​ ​impacted​ ​by​ ​a weather​ ​event​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past​ ​decade.​ ​Despite​ ​concerns​ ​that​ ​climate-related​ ​events​ ​ threatening​ ​the​ ​reliability​ ​and​ ​resiliency​ ​of​ ​Canadian​ ​energy​ ​distribution​ ​services,​ ​there​ ​remains limited​ ​tools​ ​and​ ​assessment​ ​processes​ ​to​ ​help​ ​local​ ​governments​ ​and​ ​utilities​ ​effectively​ ​plan together​ ​to reduce risk​ ​and​ ​reduce​ ​overall​ ​costs​ ​to residents​ ​and​ ​businesses. Electricity, natural gas and thermal energy distributors are required by law to develop Emergency Response Plans, which must meet criteria set out in provincial legislation. Electricity, natural gas and thermal energy distributors can voluntarily develop climate adaptation plans or conduct risk assessments to identify what infrastructure is most at-risk to extreme weather events.

Municipalities are responsible for managing the systems that communities depend on, including roads, bridges, water and waste management, and are dependent on reliable delivery and distribution of energy for the functioning of a community. These systems, both municipal and energy distribution systems, are essential, interconnected and must work together to maintain the resilience of a community. Municipalities can develop climate adaptation plans, which can include measures to reduce potential interruptions to energy supply and its impact on essential services. Municipalities are advancing climate adaptation plans with support of Provincial and FCM programs. Through QUEST’s initiative, funded by FCM Municipal Climate Innovation Program, Climate Adaptation Partner Grant, participating municipalities and utilities (gas, electric, thermal, and water) have begun to explore how to align and integrate their respective processes for adaptation and resilience planning.

QUEST (www.questcanada.org) is best known for its work to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada, which not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) but also help improve resilience at a local level. Smart Energy Communities, for example, plan energy services and infrastructure in a way that mitigates risk (of failure) from flood events, ice storms, etc., while providing ancillary power and heat in communities during prolonged power outages, which could help prevent outages altogether.

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Saint John, NB E2L 3S3

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