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  • Hearings Announced on Setting Local Election Expense Limits

    March 25, 2015

    Members of the Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits will be hosting public hearings in eight communities to seek feedback on setting expense limits for local election candidates as well as third party advertisers. UBCM will be preparing a submission on behalf of the membership in the coming weeks.

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  • Additional Wildfire Prevention Funding Announced

    March 25, 2015

    The B.C. government will provide an additional $5 million to the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative, Forests Minister Steve Thomson announced last week. The funding will support First Nations and local governments undertake forest fuel management prescriptions and treatment projects. Reducing fuel loads in interface areas, where urban developments border forests and grasslands, is a proven method of lowering the threat of damaging wildfires.

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  • Deadline Approaching for Urban Deer Recommendations

    March 25, 2015

    Draft urban deer recommendations were circulated to the affected communities in early March. Communities are invited to provide feedback to UBCM by April 5. If other members wish to receive and comment on the draft recommendations, please contact UBCM at 604 270 8226.

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  • Joint Inauguration for Creston, Lower Kootenay Band

    March 25, 2015

    A joint inauguration for the Town of Creston and the Lower Kootenay Band is the latest milestone in a series of successful relationship building efforts supported by UBCM’s Community to Community (C2C) Forum program.

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  • New Infrastructure Program Launched

    March 25, 2015

    Federal transport minister Lisa Raitt announced a call for proposals for BC infrastructure projects under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund (APGCTIF). Local governments, as well as provincial, not-for-profit and for-profit private sector organizations are encouraged to make application by the April 30, 2015 deadline.

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  • Rural Advisory Council Announced

    March 18, 2015

    Fourteen individuals from across the province have been appointed to the Province’s new Rural Advisory Council. Four of the representatives are local elected officials: Director Grace McGregor, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary; Mayor Gerry Thiessen, Vanderhoof; Councillor Sylvia Pranger, Kent; and Mayor Chris Pieper, Armstrong.

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  • Newly Elected Group Insurance

    March 18, 2015

    The deadline is drawing near for enrolling newly elected officials in UBCM’s Group Benefits Plan. Details outlining the advantageous features associated with our benefits program have been distributed to all local governments. The closing date for enrollments is March 31st, 2015.

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  • Change Day BC

    March 18, 2015

    On October 15, 2015 (15.10.15), the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council invites individuals and organizations involved in health and social care to participate in Change Day BC by committing to making a change or trying something new to make things better for your community, family, colleagues or yourself.

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  • Former Merritt Councillor, Mayor Passes Away

    March 4, 2015

    Harry Kroeker, who held public office with the City of Merritt for 21 years, passed away last weekend. Mr. Kroeker served as Alderman, Councillor and Mayor during his years of elected service. Kroeker also was a elected President of the Southern Interior Local Government Association and served on UBCM’s Executive for two terms.

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  • Elections Expense Limits, Compensation Highlight Executive Meeting

    March 4, 2015

    UBCM Executive held its quarterly meeting February 12-13, 2015 in Richmond. The Executive provided direction on a variety of policy matters, including the need for a submission by UBCM to the Special Committee on Local Elections Expense limits; a commitment to work with the province on the issue of local government compensation; and a decision to maintain UBCM’s current Convention resolutions process.

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