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  • Executive Meeting Highlights

    April 16, 2014

    With over 20 provincial government meetings, UBCM Executive members were kept busy over April 2-4 in Victoria. The spring meeting provided an excellent opportunity to undertake extensive government outreach on UBCM's policy priority - the Strong Fiscal Futures report that was adopted at the 2013 Convention.

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  • Feedback Sought on Carbon Capture and Storage

    April 16, 2014

    The Ministry of Natural Gas Development is working to develop a regulatory policy framework for Carbon Capture Storage (CCS). CCS is a greenhouse gas emissions mitigation method that involves the capture, transportation and storage of industrial sourced carbon dioxide in the pore space of rock formations deep underground. A discussion paper on the proposed framework has been developed and the Ministry is seeking comment.

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  • Liability for Contaminated Sites

    April 16, 2014

    All public sector entities, local governments included, will be required to report liability for remediation of contaminated sites for fiscal years beginning on or after April 1, 2014. The requirement is for contaminated sites that the public sector entity has responsibility for and that have contamination that exceeds environmental standards.

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  • Local Government Feedback Invited on Sewerage Manual

    April 16, 2014

    The Ministry of Health is soliciting feedback on a Version 3 Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual (SPM) consultation draft for wastewater practitioners. The SPM is the primary source of reference for BC wastewater practitioners responsible for designing, installing and maintaining onsite sewage systems, pursuant to the Sewerage System Regulation and Public Health Act.

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  • Rail Safety Week

    April 16, 2014

    From April 28 to May 4, 2014, Canada will celebrate Rail Safety Week under the theme See Tracks? Think Train! During the week, the B.C. Provincial Committee on Rail Safety Public Outreach will host two key events to promote the upward trend in rail safety awareness.

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  • Gas Tax Fund Delivering Outcomes

    April 9, 2014

    Projects funded through the federal Gas Tax Fund in B.C. from 2009-2012 will provide 89 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually - just one of the findings from the newly released Gas Tax Agreement Outcomes Report.

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  • UBCM Joining Environment and Economy Roundtable

    April 9, 2014

    UBCM has accepted an invitation from Environment Minister Mary Polak to participate in the provincial Roundtable on the Environment and Economy. The Roundtable will be chaired by MLA Mike Bernier, and has been given the mandate to seek the right balance between economic development and environmental protection.

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  • BC Appoints Canada's First Seniors Advocate

    April 9, 2014

    Isobel Mackenzie has been appointed as BC's Seniors Advocate, the first in Canada. The Office of the Seniors Advocate will monitor seniors' services, promote awareness and work collaboratively with seniors, families, policy makers, service providers and others to identify solutions to systemic issues and make recommendations on ways to improve care for BC's aging population.

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  • Health and the Built Environment Webinar

    April 9, 2014

    Community Health Networking-Works is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit. This resource is designed to assist planners, health care professionals and local governments to include 'health' as part of the discussion in land use decisions.

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  • Elections Legislation Introduced

    April 2, 2014

    UBCM President Rhona Martin joined Minister Coralee Oakes last week to announce the introduction of two bills that will implement recommendations from the 2010 Local Government Elections Task Force.

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