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  • Enviroment Committee Policy Update

    February 25, 2015

    UBCM’s Environment Committee monitors and advocates for changes in environmental policy of interest to local governments. Two of the key issues the committee is engaged with concern land based spill preparedness and urban deer management.

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  • SCIF Payments, Public Sector Compensation Feature in Budget

    February 18, 2015

    On Tuesday, Finance Minister Mike de Jong tabled Budget 2015, announcing a budget surplus of $879 million in 2014-15. The budget also outlines accelerated payments of $40 million under the Strategic Community Investment Funds (SCIF) program in 2014/15 without reducing overall funding for SCIF over the three-year plan.

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  • Building Act Introduced

    February 18, 2015

    The Province of B.C. has introduced new legislation to streamline building requirements and establish mandatory qualifications for local building officials. The legislative changes will remove the “concurrent authority” powers under the Community Charter with respect to the BC Building Code and will remove the references to the Code under the Local Government Act.

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  • RCMP Contract Oversight Committee Appointed

    February 18, 2015

    A new Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) has been appointed from RCMP policed communities. The Committee provides a forum for consultation, analysis and communication between local government and the Province on RCMP contract management issues.

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  • Firefighter Training Linked To Service Level

    February 18, 2015

    Under new Provincial policy, local governments that are responsible for a fire department, volunteer or full-time, will be expected to establish the service level for the fire department. The level of service will determine the training requirements that the firefighters will need to meet.

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  • Wildfire Preparation Campaign Focuses on Community

    February 18, 2015

    National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, is a chance to organize friends, neighbours or a community group to participate in a project that reduces the risk of wildfire damage to homes and neighbourhoods.

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  • Throne Speech Emphasizes Continuity

    February 11, 2015

    Yesterday 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 and control spending.

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  • Upcoming Local FireSmart Representative Workshops

    February 11, 2015

    Do you want to help your community be better prepared for and prevent damaging wildfires? Two more Local Fire FireSmart Representative Workshops have been announced for Prince George on April 15 & 16, and Kamloops on May 2 & 3, 2015.

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  • Call for Applications: Urban Partnerships Program

    February 4, 2015

    Local governments are invited to apply for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres’ 2015/16 Urban Partnerships (UP) Program. Up to $85,000 is available for projects that increase the participation of urban Aboriginal people in the economy. Interested organizations have until March 2, 2015 to apply under one of three funding streams: Social Enterprise, Innovation or Youth.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    February 4, 2015

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

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