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  • Feedback Requested on First Nation Tax Report

    October 22, 2014

    For the next 4 weeks, local governments will have an opportunity to provide feedback on a report that explores First Nation taxation, the development of local government service agreements, and related legislative developments. The report was prepared by Professor Robert Bish and Fiscal Realities Economists, and jointly released for discussion by the First Nations Tax Commission and UBCM. Member feedback is requested by November 19, 2014.

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  • FireSmart Representative Workshop in Nanaimo

    October 22, 2014

    A free, two-day workshop on becoming a Local FireSmart Representative is being offered in Nanaimo on December 2 & 3, 2014. Local government and First Nations’ fire and emergency preparedness staff and elected officials are encouraged to attend.

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  • Local Elections Expense Limits Committee Appointed

    October 15, 2014

    The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has appointed an all-party Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits.

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  • Partnership Agreement Targets Reconciliation Initiatives

    October 15, 2014

    UBCM has signed a Partnership Agreement with Reconciliation Canada that will allow the parties to work together in an on-going, collaborative manner to initiate, foster, and support reconciliation initiatives and activities to benefit British Columbians, including the delivery of 100 Reconciliation Dialogue workshops to local communities.

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  • Consultation on Beer Container Stewardship Program

    October 15, 2014

    Brewers Distributors Ltd, which operates the stewardship program for refillable glass beer and cider bottles and all beverage alcohol sold in cans, is in the process of renewing its stewardship plan for the period 2015 – 2019.

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  • StewardChoice Submits Modified Plan

    October 15, 2014

    Stewardchoice Enterprises has submitted a modified stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper recycling services to the Ministry of Environment.

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  • Gas Tax Fund Annual Report Now Online

    October 8, 2014

    The 2013 Annual Expenditure Report is now available. The report is produced by UBCM for the Government of Canada and the Province of BC based on the annual financial reporting of local governments. The report is accompanied by a complete list of the 676 projects that received funding through the Federal Gas Tax Fund in 2013.

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  • LNG Focus of Throne Speech

    October 8, 2014

    The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governnor of British Columbia, read the Speech from the Throne to open the third session of the fortieth parliament on Monday. The Speech focused on the importance of the liquid natural gas industry to the provincial economy.

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  • Feedback Requested on Land Claims Policy

    October 8, 2014

    Local governments have an opportunity to provide feedback on the interim Federal Comprehensive Land Claims Policy, the document that guides the government in its treaty negotiations with Aboriginal groups and provincial or territorial governments. UBCM is requesting a copy of any member feedback by October 17, 2014, in order to present a consolidated member response.

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  • Vancouver Sun’s Election Survey Now Open

    October 8, 2014

    As it has in the past two local government elections, the Vancouver Sun is once again running an online survey for all Metro Vancouver candidates to give voters a sense of who the candidates are and where they stand on major local government issues.

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