Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the City of Morden has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Ormond Beach, FL-based Emergency Communications Network.
The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the City’s emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and City personnel by using the system capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media in an effort to effectively inform residents to protect life and property. CodeRED, among other notification systems available, was selected for its unrivaled reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s global use.
“CodeRED’s system will provide city officials with a reliable and easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to Morden’s citizens during emergencies. We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans, and we encourage people to sign up with whatever format they choose to make sure they receive this crucial information,” said Fire Chief Andy Thiessen. The City anticipates using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of fires, floods, drinking water emergencies and missing children notices.
The City has been provided an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers, however all residents living within Morden city limits are encouraged to visit the CodeRED page
for information on how to enroll additional contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. Residents register with this CodeRED direct link
, or download the free app for their smartphone.
Public safety officials across the North America have credited CodeRED notifications for many successful events including locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations.
Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the City of Morden has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Ormond Beach, FL-based Emergency Communications Network. The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the City’s emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and City personnel […]
The City of Morden has signed the True Sport pledge, to become the 3361st community in Canada to establish a commitment to delivering programs founded in the values of ‘good sport’.
The Morden Area Foundation partnered with The True Sport Foundation to grant the City of Morden in the amount of $32,000 to be used toward sporting needs identified by the community. In a community focus group the projects selected for funding included: baseball diamond repairs or upgrades, mobile tennis and pickleball nets, as well as official and coaches clinics for a variety of sports.
"Partnering and working together with organizations is at the very core of the Morden Area Foundation. By leveraging MAF funds with True Sport funds, the MAF was able to grant with greater impact to the City of Morden. Now that’s exciting! The MAF looks forward to working on more projects like this to help build Morden and area into an even greater place to live and visit. City of Morden, you’re simply the best," said Lynda MacLean, Executive Director for the Morden Area Foundation.
“The City of Morden would like to thank the Morden Area Foundation for partnering with The True Sport Foundation to help bring this program to our community,” said Mayor Ken Wiebe. “Sport is a huge part of our community in Morden, and the City of Morden is committed to help sport live up to its full potential to strengthen connections, while inspiring people to adopt an active lifestyle.”
“As we continue to increase the quality and quantity of sport and recreation opportunities in Morden, I think it’s important to recognize the principles of True Sport. By promoting ‘good sport’ in our community we are providing a place for people to create stories, good memories and a healthy positive lifestyle,” said City of Morden Community Services Director, Clare Agnew.
The City of Morden mayor and Morden Area Foundation hosted a short presentation and public signing of the pledge at the Morden Civic Centre on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers.
ABOUT MORDEN AREA FOUNDATION:
Morden Area Foundation is a charitable organization that manages and invests gifts from individuals, families, and other organizations. The interest earned on these gifts is returned to our community, supporting local charities through financial grants. The Foundation enables donors big and small to help improve Morden and the surrounding area through charitable giving. Learn more at mordenfoundation.ca
ABOUT TRUE SPORT FOUNDATION:
True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles. Through public consultation, Canadians have told us that they want their sport experience to be based on the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun
. Learn more at truesport.ca
The City of Morden has signed the True Sport pledge, to become the 3361st community in Canada to establish a commitment to delivering programs founded in the values of ‘good sport’. The Morden Area Foundation partnered with The True Sport Foundation to grant the City of Morden in the amount of $32,000 to be used toward […]
The first official rain garden is being installed in Morden, thanks to funding from the RBC Blue Water Project and a partnership between Pembina Valley Conservation District (PVCD) and the City of Morden.
Rain gardens are an attractive and efficient way to sustainably utilize rainwater runoff and reduce surface water contamination. The concept has become more popular in recent years thanks to water conservation initiatives such as the RBC Blue Water Project.
“Morden is a green place and the people here are progressive and interested in sustainable environmentally friendly activities and systems. We are thrilled to partner with the City and the RBC Blue Water Project to create this demonstration project that shows the sustainable use of water and techniques urban areas can employ to positively impact their environment,” said PVCD Manager, Cliff Greenfield.
“This rain capture and rain garden project is something we are already doing in rural areas with small to medium sized dams that hold water back and reduce downstream flooding, and improve water quality downstream as well. Our grandparents understood the value of water and trying to use what resources we have to the utmost and best use--that’s why they had cisterns to capture rainwater to use,” said PVCD Chairman and Darlingford area farmer, Murray Seymour.
The rain garden will be installed at the Access Event Centre and will utilize rooftop rainwater runoff, channeled toward the garden as well as a small reservoir for Parks staff to use for watering. Using captured rainwater for watering City plants instead of expensive treated water is another great water conservation practice.
“The Community Services department is always seeking innovative ways to green our city while being aware of the investment required for many of these initiatives. The rain garden and reservoir takes an old concept and applies it in an innovative way to an urban setting,” said City of Morden Community Services Director, Clare Agnew. “We are extremely grateful to the assistance that Pembina Valley Conservation District and RBC Blue Water Project have provided for this project. The partnership on the project with our Parks Department has provided an interesting opportunity for the City.”
“The City of Morden prides itself on providing a vibrant community with an extraordinary quality of life. As a Council, we truly believe that Morden is the best in country living, and that’s why we have made environmental management a key project in our Corporate Plan. We are proud to see the rain garden move ahead in delivering a part of that project,” said Mayor Ken Wiebe.
A public planting event will take place: Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m.
at the Access Event Centre.
ABOUT PEMBINA VALLEY CONSERVATION DISTRICT
: The Pembina Valley Conservation District is a not for profit grassroots organization that promotes sustainable use of our natural resources for current and future generations. Our motto is “local people managing local resources”.
ABOUT RBC BLUE WATER PROJECT:
The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging program dedicated to protecting the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. We support initiatives that help protect water in our growing towns and cities. We also promote responsible water use with our employees and clients, are committed to reducing the intensity of our own water footprint and encourage the growth of water businesses.
The first official rain garden is being installed in Morden, thanks to funding from the RBC Blue Water Project and a partnership between Pembina Valley Conservation District (PVCD) and the City of Morden. Rain gardens are an attractive and efficient way to sustainably utilize rainwater runoff and reduce surface water contamination. The concept has […]
The City of Morden was excited to host a representative from Hockey Canada on Friday, May 8th
at the Access Event Centre, following a bid application by the City of Morden and the Pembina Valley Hockey Association to host the Esso Cup National Female Midget Hockey Championship in 2017.
“Having Hockey Canada come to Morden on a site tour was a great opportunity to showcase the excitement and community passion for hockey in Morden that can be difficult to accurately portray on paper, “ said Community Services director, Clare Agnew. “They were able to gain a valuable understanding of how the Access Event Centre would be a great location to host the Esso Cup in 2017. They were impressed with the venue and options for marketing, meeting room space and promotions. We are excited for the possibility, and we look forward to hearing their decision soon.”
It is a standard practice for event representatives to tour the facilities of potentially successful applicants, prior to an awarded contract. The City of Morden was not informed which other Canadian communities would receive a site tour. It is suggested that a final 2017 hosting decision from Hockey Canada will be made by the end of May 2015, with an official announcement following in June.
ABOUT THE ESSO CUP: Established in 2009, the Esso Cup brings together five regional champions from across the country and a host team to compete for Canada's National Female Midget Championship, another step is the development of the women's game.
The City of Morden was excited to host a representative from Hockey Canada on Friday, May 8th at the Access Event Centre, following a bid application by the City of Morden and the Pembina Valley Hockey Association to host the Esso Cup National Female Midget Hockey Championship in 2017. “Having Hockey Canada come to Morden […]