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  • Throne Speech Emphasizes Economic Diversification

    February 10, 2016

    On February 9th, the Honourable Judith Guichon opened the current Parliament of the Province of British Columbia by delivering a Throne Speech that highlighted the continuing work of the Government to strengthen the economy amidst global economic uncertainty.

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  • UBCM, Anton Discuss Approach to Inquiry

    February 10, 2016

    On February 3, 2016, UBCM President Al Richmond, and First Nations Relations Committee Chair, Councillor Murry Krause, met with Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and provide local government perspectives to inform the Province’s submission to the federal government on pre-inquiry design.

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  • Minister Morris Responds to UBCM Regarding DNA Costs

    February 10, 2016

    Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris has written to UBCM regarding the issue of DNA costs. Since first receiving invoices in November 2015, local governments have shown concern regarding the provincial decision to transfer DNA analysis services costs to municipalities with populations greater than 5,000.

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  • Tsunami Debris Funding Available

    February 10, 2016

    The provincial government is currently accepting applications from local governments to support tsunami debris clean up activities. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2016.

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  • Deadline Extended for Liquor Policy Feedback

    February 10, 2016

    The Province has extended its deadline to receive local government feedback on three liquor policy issues: changes to the manufacturer’s endorsements; the parallel process for liquor primary and similar applications; and, policy related to liquor primary clubs. The final deadline for feedback is Friday, February 19.

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  • BC Communities Tackle Radon Issue

    February 10, 2016

    This past fall, a dozen BC communities, including the City of Prince George, took action to raise awareness of radon and encouraged residents to test their homes.

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  • Highlights of the January 21-22 Executive Meeting

    February 3, 2016

    UBCM Executive members gathered on January 21-22 for their quarterly meeting. Eight committees met; and Executive members convened to discuss a variety of matters including agri-tourism in the Agricultural Land Reserve, DNA costs, and several resolutions referred from the 2015 Convention. A delegation was received from the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    February 3, 2016

    Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs or resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

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  • Province Launches Next Round of Consultation on the Climate Leadership Plan

    February 3, 2016

    The Province has launched the second round of public consultation on the development of BC’s new Climate Leadership Plan. Consultation on a new consultation guide began on January 25th and will last for sixty (60) days.

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  • Federal Consultation on Telecommunications Continues

    February 3, 2016

    With over 25,000 comments received as part of its first phase review of basic telecommunications, the CRTC has issued a news release seeking further feedback from Canadians as part of its phase two consultation.

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