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  • NAFTA Renegotiations

    September 13, 2017

    The US, Canada, and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Although the federal governments of the three countries are conducting the negotiations, the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology is leading the Province’s involvement, and has a representative at the negotiating rounds to advocate for BC’s interests. The Ministry welcomes hearing from local governments on any interests or issues they believe should be considered in the negotiations.

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  • Emergency Preparedness Funding

    September 13, 2017

    Local governments and Treaty First Nations in BC will be eligible to apply under the new Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) to build emergency response capacity and mitigate future flooding events. Program information is available now, and applications will open in October.

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  • Province Commits to UN Declaration

    September 13, 2017

    Premier Horgan announced on September 6 that the Province was committed to adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and to accept and implement the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) final report.

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  • 2017 Budget Update Highlights

    September 11, 2017

    Earlier today, Finance Minister Carole James tabled an update to Budget 2017. The update projects modest surpluses over the next three years and includes provincial commitments that address several UBCM advocacy priorities, including housing affordability and additional supports for mental health.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    September 6, 2017

    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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  • Monaghan Awarded FCM Roll of Honour

    September 6, 2017

    UBCM past president Joanne Monaghan (1994-1996) is the most recent recipient of FCM’s Roll of Honour Award, where she served as President from 2000-2001. The Award honours leaders in local government, recognizing their outstanding contribution to FCM and to municipal government in Canada.

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  • Cannabis Legalization Update

    September 6, 2017

    On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled cannabis legalization and enforcement legislation (Bill C-45 and Bill C-46), with the intention of legalizing cannabis by July 2018. Since that time, UBCM has worked to engage its membership, the provincial government, and other key stakeholders, regarding a cannabis legalization framework and important issues and implications.

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  • Community Energy Planning

    August 30, 2017

    Interested in learning more about community energy and emissions planning? BC Institute of Technology is again offering Introduction to Community Energy & Emissions Planning in September 2017.

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  • LGLA 2016/17 Annual Report Released

    August 30, 2017

    The Local Government Leadership Academy has released its 2016/17 Annual Report. Included is a full accounting of the organization’s activities and events over the past year.

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  • Connecting Cultural Workers with Vacant Spaces

    August 30, 2017

    An online tool is helping to connect creative and cultural renters with vacant spaces. With BC touting the highest percentage of working artists in the country, thousands of arts and culture workers are seeking of adaptive, affordable space options.

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