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  • Register Now for the 2014 UBCM Convention

    July 2, 2014

    2014 UBCM Convention registration is now open online. Be sure to register prior to August 8th to take advantage of the early bird registration rates.

    In addition, this will be the second year that UBCM will post registration information to the convention tab of ubcm.ca, rather than producing a printed registration guide. This approach is consistent with UBCM’s efforts to reduce paper output, and allows for information to be updated as Convention draws near.

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  • Liquor Policy Changes Underway

    July 2, 2014

    Modernization of provincial liquor laws is currently underway. The Provincial government has begun implementation of the 73 recommendations outlined in the Liquor Policy Review (LPR) released in January. The Province has indicated that it will continue to work with the Local Government Working Group on Liquor Policy in the development of future liquor policy, and will ensure that the views of local government are taken into consideration.

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  • Child Death Review Panel Recommends Increased Water Safety

    July 2, 2014

    A review by the BC Coroners Service Child Death Review Panel into the drowning deaths of 35 children and youth between 2007 and 2013 has identified the need for more effective water safety measures. The panel’s report recommends that local governments consider establishing a bylaw that requires barrier fencing to limit child access to backyard pools.

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  • Walk and Roll: Successful Project Applicants Announced under CRD’s Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan

    July 2, 2014

    The Capital Regional District (CRD) has directed $473,650 from the federal Gas Tax Fund to projects that will increase safety and improve access for pedestrians and cyclists across the region.

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  • Medical Marijuana Facilities Excluded from Farm Classification

    June 25, 2014

    The Government of British Columbia is excluding federally-licensed medical marijuana production from the list of agricultural uses that qualify for farm classification for assessment and property tax purposes. The classification of medical marijuana facilities as farms was the subject of several resolutions endorsed at UBCM Area Association meetings earlier this year. The province issued an information bulletin outlining the change yesterday.

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  • Initiative Seeks 100 Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops

    June 25, 2014

    During the 2013 UBCM Convention, the assembly endorsed a resolution calling for a Year of Reconciliation with First Nations across British Columbia. To demonstrate reconciliation in action, UBCM is pleased to be partnering with Reconciliation Canada on the delivery of 100 Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops in communities throughout BC.

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  • Anti-Spam Legislation and The Compass

    June 25, 2014

    The Government of Canada’s new anti-spam legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2014. The intent of the legislation is to ensure that commercial electronic messages are distributed with the consent of recipients, clearly identify the sender and provide an unsubscribe feature.

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  • Climate and Energy Action Awards Deadline Approaching

    June 25, 2014

    Applications for the 2014 Climate & Energy Action Awards are due on Monday July 21. These awards are offered annually to a local government implementing a project or program best integrating energy / climate planning with community planning and development, corporate operations and collaboration with provincial public sector organizations.

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  • Deadline Extended for Comments on Land Based Spills Plan

    June 25, 2014

    The deadline has been extended for comments on the Ministry of Environment’s 2nd intentions paper to address Land Based Spill Preparedness and Response. Due to requests from respondents, the deadline has been extended to Friday, July 25, 2014.

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  • Update on National RCMP Contract Committee

    June 18, 2014

    A meeting of the National Contract Management Committee (NCMC) was held the week of May 6, 2014 in Ottawa. The Committee looked at a range of issues around the RCMP contract of interest to local government, such as pension costs, cost saving measures that have been implemented, and the workings of the Pay Council that set RCMP pay, benefits and working conditions.

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