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City backs Burcher federation bid

City council has endorsed a bid by Coun. Lise Burcher to stand for re-election next June to the board of directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Burcher, whose attendance at council and committee meetings is affected by her federation work, told council Monday that she works about 30 days a year on FCM business.
This includes attending three-day FCM board meetings in various parts of the country three times a year, as well as an annual federation meeting each November. The 30 days also includes her work with FCM’s Green Municipal Fund, which manages federal funding for municipal projects related to sustainability.
Burcher has served as a director on FCM’s board since 2007. Since 2011, she has also been the chair of FCM International, which runs programs in 35 countries related to developing municipal capacity and sharing of knowledge.
Her participation on the FCM board “has been very beneficial to the governance and leadership of the City of Guelph, providing many opportunities to bring back to the community knowledge of innovative initiatives in both practice and governance,” says a city staff report.
FCM is seen as an influential advocate at the federal government level for issues impacting on municipalities. It represents more than 90 per cent of Canada’s communities.
The city pays Burcher’s expenses for attending FCM board meetings and its annual general meeting. These expenses, which include the costs of travel, accommodation and AGM registration, range from $3,000 to $5,000 annually, the report says.

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