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  • Wildfire Prevention Planning Funds Available

    December 17, 2014

    Funding is available for local governments and First Nations to prepare Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) and CWPP Updates under the 2015 Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative.

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  • 2015 Age-friendly Grants Announced

    December 17, 2014

    Twenty-eight local governments will receive a portion of $.5 million in 2015 Age-friendly funding to assist seniors and prepare their communities for an aging population. Grants of up to $20,000 will enable planning initiatives and projects that help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy.

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  • Sharing Campaigns: Celebrating the Holiday Season

    December 17, 2014

    Canada’s National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) is launching a web-based platform for sharing proven, replicable waste reduction campaigns.

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  • Appointments to RCMP Contract Management Committee

    December 17, 2014

    UBCM is currently looking to appoint local government representatives from RCMP policed areas to the British Columbia Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC).  A total of nine local government representatives are required for the Committee. Nominations are due by January 23, 2015.

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  • Update on National RCMP Contract Management Committee

    December 17, 2014

    The second of the bi-annual meetings for the Contract Management Committee (CMC) was held the week of November 24th, 2014 in Ottawa. The Committee discussed a range of issues of interest to local government, such as pension costs, severance pay, cost saving measures and the cost of national RCMP programs.

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  • Applications Invited to Federal Gas Tax Fund

    December 10, 2014

    An intake for the Federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) is now open. The SPF is an application-based program that provides funding for strategic investments in capital infrastructure and capacity-building projects. All local governments outside of Metro Vancouver are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015.

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  • Asset Management Planning Grant Program Launched

    December 10, 2014

    A new planning grant program has been launched to assist local governments deliver sustainable services by extending and deepening asset management practices within their organizations. The Asset Management Planning Program is supported by a $1.5 million contribution from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

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  • Deer Management Workshop

    December 10, 2014

    In response to ongoing concerns around urban deer conflict, the Province of BC and UBCM will be jointly holding a two-day workshop on urban deer management January 12-13, 2015 in Richmond. Registration is open to local government officials and staff.

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  • Highlights of the November Executive Meeting

    December 10, 2014

    UBCM Executive members held their first, quarterly board meeting on November 27-28, 2014. Seven committees met to set their priorities and work plans for the coming year; Executive members adopted their goals and priorities; held an orientation session and confirmed direction with respect to filling vacancies on the Executive as a result of the 2014 local government elections.

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  • Former Terrace Mayor Passes Away

    December 10, 2014

    Jack Talstra, who served as Mayor of Terrace for 23 years, died last Friday at the age of 68. Mr. Talstra served as a Councillor prior to being elected Mayor in 1985. Mr. Talstra received UBCM's Long Service Award and was one of just four Terrace residents who have been declared a Freeman of the City.

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