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  • Building Act Update for Local Governments

    August 24, 2016

    In June, the Office of Housing & Construction Standards released the document Changes for Local Governments Under Section 5 of the Building Act, which includes an explanation of restricted and unrestricted matters under the Act.

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  • Asset Management Workshops

    August 24, 2016

    A number of asset management workshops for local governments and First Nations are available throughout British Columbia from September through November of this year.

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  • Road Safety Survey Report Released

    August 24, 2016

    The results of the 2015 BC Communities Road Safety Survey are now available online. The survey is considered a first step in the BC Road Safety Strategy, which seeks to promote road safety, increase efficiencies and enable the improvement of information and tools to support road safety.

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  • CAPP Oil Sands Tour

    August 24, 2016

    The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is conducting an all-day tour of Fort McMurray's oil sands operations on Sunday, September 25. The tour will focus on the procedures and practices of extracting, processing and shipping the resource. This complimentary tour for elected officials is being planned and provided by CAPP.

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  • Funding for Local Emergency Preparedness

    August 17, 2016

    Disability Alliance BC has received funding from Emergency Management BC to work with local authorities to meet the objectives of the Province’s Accessibility 2024 initiative. DABC will be working with local authorities to ensure the needs of people with disabilities are met during emergencies and disasters.

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  • And the Nominations Are In!

    August 17, 2016

    A Call for Nominations by UBCM’s Nominating Committee has resulted in a full slate of candidates running for the 13 elected positions on the UBCM Executive. Profiles of the candidate can be found in the Nominating Committee report, which will also be mailed out to members before the end of August.

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  • Interested in Community Energy Management?

    August 17, 2016

    The Community Energy Association (CEA) has partnered with BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) to deliver six online courses that qualify students to write CEA’s Community Energy Management certification exam.

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  • New Factsheet on Burning

    August 17, 2016

    The Ministry of Environment has developed a factsheet that outlines the environmental laws that apply to burning in BC. This factsheet may be useful to local government and fire department staff, in responding to the public on this topic.

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  • UBCM Releases Divestment Primer

    August 10, 2016

    A paper that considers divestment strategies in relation to the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) has been released by Union of BC Municipalities. The study was prepared in response to a 2015 Convention resolution that was referred to Executive. The resolution (B120) sought information on fossil fuel related investments held by the MPP and the implications of divesting from these holdings.

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  • MMIWG Inquiry Terms and Commissioners Announced

    August 10, 2016

    On August 3, the Government of Canada officially launched the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, naming a five-member commission led by the Honourable Marion Buller, BC's first female First Nations judge.

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