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  • BC MLAs Bring Local Government Experience

    May 17, 2017

    Over one-third of the members of the next Legislative Assembly in British Columbia will draw upon prior experience as local elected officials. The preliminary voting results from the 2017 provincial general election show that 31 out of 85 of the current MLAs have served at least one term as a local elected leader. The final election count will be undertaken May 22-24, and will include recounts in the electoral districts of Courtenay-Comox and Vancouver-False Creek.

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  • Tanker Ban Legislation Introduced

    May 17, 2017

    The federal government introduced a bill to ban oil tankers along British Columbia’s northern coast on Friday, May 12. Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, will apply to tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude or other persistent oils, banning them from stopping, loading or unloading within a zone extending from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the BC-Alaska border.

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  • 2017 UBCM Member Visits

    May 9, 2017

    Each spring, UBCM staff travel the province to meet with colleagues in approximately a quarter of the local governments in British Columbia. The meetings provide an opportunity for local governments to highlight matters of local interest and for UBCM staff to provide an update on our current priorities.

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  • Seismic Safety Council Seeks Representative

    May 9, 2017

    UBCM is seeking a local government staff representative, who possesses a high level of knowledge related to seismic safety and emergency preparedness, to join the British Columbia Seismic Safety Council (SSC).

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  • Initiative to Prevent Distracted Driving

    May 9, 2017

    Distracted driving has become the primary cause of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in British Columbia. The BC Coalition to End Distracted Driving has launched Distracted Driving Kills, encouraging British Columbians to act responsibly when driving by putting their phones away, keeping their hands on the steering wheel, and being “present” while driving.

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  • 2017 Provincial Election Platform Commitments

    May 3, 2017

    UBCM has been monitoring party platforms and announcements throughout the 2017 provincial election campaign and have developed a comparison chart based on the five planks in our election platform. We have also identified some additional commitments that address UBCM resolutions or broadly impact the membership.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    May 3, 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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  • Province Wide Community to Community Forum: Update

    May 3, 2017

    A draft agenda is now available for the sixth Province Wide Community to Community Forum (PC2C). Register now for the event, which is just one month away: June 6 at the Musqueam Community Centre, 6777 Salish Drive, Vancouver. There is no registration fee to attend.

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  • 2017 Community Excellence Awards

    May 3, 2017

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Community Excellence Awards. The Awards showcase municipalities and regional districts that take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, and pioneer new customer service practices. The application deadline is June 23, 2017.

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  • Executive Meeting Highlights

    May 3, 2017

    Executive members convened on April 20-21 in Richmond to hold their quarterly spring quarterly board meeting. In addition to the full Executive meeting, seven committees also met. A presentation on the status of the softwood lumber agreement highlighted the Executive meeting agenda.

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