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  • Health Canada Consultation on Cannabis Regulation

    November 22, 2017

    Health Canada has released a consultation paper on the proposed approach to non-medical cannabis regulation. This follows the April 2017 introduction of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. Stakeholders, including local governments, are encouraged to provide feedback to the consultation paper by January 20, 2018.

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  • Asbestos Consultation Underway

    November 22, 2017

    Asbestos is the number-one killer of workers in B.C. and the rate of asbestos-related disease is on the rise. The B.C. government is leading a working group to consult and examine what additional actions can be taken to ensure that British Columbians and the environment are adequately protected from the dangers of asbestos. The working group is seeking feedback, formal or informal, from local governments and other affected parties.

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  • West Vancouver Student Video Contest Recognized

    November 22, 2017

    A student video contest initiated by the District of West Vancouver was one of this year’s winners of a Community Excellence Award. The District challenged students from kindergarten to grade 12 to create a brief video on a topic provided by the municipality for a chance to win up to $750.

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  • Stream Us and Them for National Housing Day

    November 22, 2017

    To mark November 22 as National Housing Day, Us and Them, a documentary on homelessness and addiction, will be available for streaming for 48 hours. Filmmaker Krista Loughton is providing this opportunity in hope that more elected officials and decision makers will be inspired by the film.

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  • 2018 LGLA Leadership Forum Registration

    November 15, 2017

    The Local Government Leadership Academy’s 2018 Leadership Forum will be held January 31-February 2 in Richmond. The theme is Leading to the Finish: Reflections on a Term in Office. Delegates will reflect on the first 4-year electoral term, and consider challenges overcome, successes achieved, and the path forward.

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  • Excellence Awards Profile: Excellence in Action

    November 15, 2017

    The Community Excellence Awards are designed to profile excellence in local government and to inspire other communities to take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, and pioneer new customer service practices. Over the coming months, profiles of the 2017 winning projects will be shared.

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  • Status of Asset Management in BC

    November 8, 2017

    In May 2016, UBCM launched the Phase 1 Asset Management Assessment Form - Baseline Survey, and collected asset management data from all 189 local governments in BC. A report describing the cumulative data is now available: The Status of Asset Management in British Columbia: Results from the 2016 Gas Tax Fund Asset Management Baseline Survey.

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  • MMIWG Inquiry Releases Interim Report

    November 8, 2017

    The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released their Interim Report on November 1. Recommendations include calls for the federal government to create a national police task force to reopen cases or review investigations, and to fully comply with a 2016 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that found that Canada was racially discriminating against First Nations children.

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  • Excellence in Action

    November 8, 2017

    The Community Excellence Awards are designed to profile excellence in local government and to inspire other communities to take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, and pioneer new customer service practices. Over the coming months, profiles of the 2017 winning projects will be shared.

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  • Local Elections Campaign Finance Amendments

    November 1, 2017

    Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson has introduced legislative amendments to the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. The legislation would ban corporate and union donations, put limits on individual contributions and ban out-of-province donations at the local level.

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