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  • Conflict of Interest Exceptions Regulations

    May 4, 2016

    The Province has approved regulations that will allow elected local government officials to be appointed by their local government to serve on certain society or corporate boards, without risk of disqualification based on financial conflict of interest. The regulations respond to the 2013 BC Court of Appeal Schlenker vs Torgrimson decision and its impact on local government decision making; as well as addressing UBCM’s resolution asking for a remedy to that conflict of interest situation.

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  • Community Paramedicine Expands in BC

    May 4, 2016

    Health Minister Terry Lake has announced the initial 73 rural and remote BC communities that will welcome community paramedicine, a program offering residents enhanced health services and paramedics more opportunities to provide patient care.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    May 4, 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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  • Advocacy for Infrastructure & Community Safety Costs

    April 27, 2016

    UBCM’s Executive was in Victoria last week to raise awareness of key policy priorities with Members of the Legislative Assembly. Over two days, Executive members met with 32 MLAs from all parties, including 14 ministers, the leader of the official opposition, and both caucus chairs. Meetings focused on strategic investments in infrastructure and community safety costs.

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  • Highlights of the April 13-15 Executive Meeting

    April 27, 2016

    UBCM Executive members gathered in Victoria on April 13-15 for the spring quarterly meeting. In addition to regular Committee and Executive meetings, extensive provincial government outreach was undertaken on the following UBCM priorities: infrastructure investment, DNA analysis services costs and arbitrated settlements.

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  • Dog & Cat Breeding: New Regulation, Consultation

    April 27, 2016

    The provincial government has announced the creation of a new regulation to recognize a Code of Practice for kennel and cattery operations in BC. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture has initiated consultations regarding a potential licensing and/or registration system, and monitoring and enforcement process, for commercial cat and dog breeding operations.

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  • 2016 Community Excellence Awards

    April 27, 2016

    Submissions to the 2016 Community Excellence Awards program are now being accepted. BC local governments are invited to share their successes in Best Practices, Leadership, Innovation and Partnerships. The deadline for submissions is June 17, 2016.

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  • 2016 CEO Forum – Request for Topic Suggestions

    April 27, 2016

    Preparations are underway or the Local Government Leadership Academy’s 7th Chief Elected Officials (CEO) Forum, November 3 & 4, 2016 in Vancouver. In order to meet your mid-term leadership needs, Facilitator Gordon McIntosh and the LGLA are inviting Mayors and Chairs to provide input to inform the agenda this year.

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  • Seminar on New Regulations for Railway Crossings

    April 27, 2016

    The Canadian Public Works Association, in partnership with FCM, is hosting a series of one-day workshops across Canada on the new requirements from Transport Canada for rail crossings. The BC seminar will be held on May 19th in New Westminster.

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  • Province Considers Police Funding Review

    April 20, 2016

    UBCM President Al Richmond has written to Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris regarding the issue of equitable funding between municipal and provincial policing jurisdictions in British Columbia.

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