Webinar: Remembering and Never Forgetting the Walkerton E. coli Tragedy

Remembering and Never Forgetting the Walkerton E. coli Tragedy”

You are invited to attend a complimentary webinar workshop, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA).

WHEN: Thursday, May 28th, 202011:00 AM

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Everyone involved in the water industry. We must never forget the Walkerton outbreak and pay homage to those who suffered and to those who started us on the path to recovery. Whether you are a new recruit or have years of dedicated service, this is a must-attend webinar. A reflection on past and present.

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Overview

Today the news is consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is vitally important that we never forget past tragedies such as the Walkerton E. coli 0157 because they help prevent other similar reoccurrences.

In May of 2000, Southern Ontario experienced several days of heavy rain. Weeks later, the Town of Walkerton had changed forever. Seven people died and 2,300 others suffered life-long health implications after E. coli had entered Walkerton’s drinking water supply. A provincial inquiry followed and determined that it was a combination of factors that lead to the town’s water supply being contaminated. This tragedy changed Ontario’s water industry landscape for ever and has shaped the values and processes that we have today. But as we pass the 20th anniversary of Walkerton, it is not only a time to reflect on the lessons learned from the tragedy, but also a time to remember , and perhaps more importantly, a time to recommit as an industry, to ensuring that Ontario will continue to have the safest drinking water in the world. We owe it to those who lost their lives, and whose lives were changed forever in May of 2000.

Join us on Thursday, May 28th and hear from key figures involved with putting our water industry on the path to recovery and those who wish to keep the Walkerton teachings in the forefront. This is your opportunity to ask your questions about what actually happened in Walkerton or the systems put in place immediately following or its legacy, the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.

Presenters: 

  • The Honourable Dennis O’Connor, formerly the Associate Chief Justice of Ontario and was appointed to oversee the inquiry into the Walkerton tragedy
  • James Smith, was Ontario’s First Chief Drinking Water Inspector, and as Assistant Deputy Minister, established the Drinking Water Management Division with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
  • Carl Kuhnke, was appointed the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre in 2017
  • Ed Houghton, Executive Director of the Ontario Municipal Water Association

Registration:

Please register for this workshop using the following ZOOM link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X5DSiatwQ0S6lXATUau4iw

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 12 hours containing instructions for how to join the webinar.

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Free webinar: Management System Changes Anticipated Resulting from COVID-19

Management System Changes Anticipated Resulting from COVID-19

You are invited to attend a free webinar workshop, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA).

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 11:00 A.M.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This free webinar workshop is intended for management system representatives, compliance coordinators, members of top management, leadership team members, utility operators, and technical staff.

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Free webinar: COVID-19: Strategies for Managing Stress

COVID-19: Strategies for Managing Stress

You are invited to attend a free webinar workshop, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA).

WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2020 – 11:00 A.M.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This free webinar workshop is intended for everyone who is dealing with the emotional stress of this coronavirus pandemic.

Downloads have been removed. If you were a participant and were unable to download them before the event, please contact us.

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In collaboration with Homewood Health, the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA) is offering this free one-hour webinar “COVID-19: Strategies for Managing Stress.”

Overview

The challenges and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming with social isolation, worry over family and friends, concern for our own wellbeing, and changes to work and home routines. But there are effective techniques that can help to bring us back to equilibrium. This session will explore all aspects of the stress response, focusing on practical tips and tools to bring us to optimal stress levels, thereby helping us to maximize our energy and performance in the face of COVID-19.

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Webinar: Navigating Through the Financial Impact of Covid-19

You are invited to attend a free webinar, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA):

Navigating Through the Financial Impact of Covid-19

WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2020 – 11:00 A.M.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS FREE WEBINAR:  This webinar will be of significant interest to council members, CAOs, treasurers and senior water and wastewater managers of municipalities/utilities who have seen a significant drop in their water and wastewater revenues and have concerns about the financial challenges associated with the COVID -19 emergency. This is an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of the Managing Partner of one of Canada’s leading economic consulting firms.

Please register in advance for this webinar via the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rKaVL50GRoavaD0bBx8p1A

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 12 hours containing instructions on how to join the webinar.

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COVID -19 and its associated control measures are having a significant impact on Ontario’s people, businesses, and institutions.  Municipalities are no exception. All orders of government are being asked to demonstrate leadership and provide relief and stability to citizens while continuing to provide vital services.  Many municipalities are looking at options to provide ratepayers with financial relief through billing deferrals, suspension of interest and penalties on overdue receivables, delays or reductions of development charge payments, etc. All of these actions, come with potential future financial implications and decisions.

The OMWA is hosting this informative webinar to provide helpful guidance on some options for expenditure and revenue management along with a discussion of the short/medium term impacts that these options may have on the water/wastewater utility.

Topic areas include:

  • expenditure policy options
  • rethinking your reserve funds
  • short-term/long-term debt considerations
  • rate reductions
  • financial implications, and more.

Gary Scandlan is the Managing Partner and Director of Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. Gary has over 40 years of experience with capital and operating budgeting, water/wastewater/stormwater rate setting, development charges, and long-range financial planning. Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. Is one of Canada’s leading economic consulting firms. Established in 1982, they offer a comprehensive range of financial planning and policy services to clients in government throughout Ontario and other provinces of Canada.

Once again, participation in this webinar is free, but space is limited.  Register as soon as possible. If you have questions, feel free to ask and provide those in writing to us prior to Wednesday, May 6, at 4:00 p.m.

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Webinar Host – Michael Mortimer (President, OMWA)

Webinar Speaker – Gary Scandlan, Managing Partner and Director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

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