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  • Throne Speech Highlights

    February 15, 2017

    The Hon. Judith Guichon opened the sixth session of the Fortieth Parliament of British Columbia by delivering the Speech from the Throne yesterday. In a speech that primarily looked back over the recent achievements of the Government, reference was made to several new initiatives of interest to local government.

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  • Mayors' Caucus February 22-24

    February 15, 2017

    The next meeting of the Mayors' Caucus will be held in Victoria February 22-24. The biannual meeting provides a retreat opportunity for BC mayors to identify common priorities and network with colleagues. For this meeting the Mayors' Caucus will also join with UBCM Executive in an evening reception with Members of the Legislative Assembly.

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  • SpaceFinder: A Creative Economy Tool

    February 8, 2017

    The newest project capitalizing on the BC Creative Economy Strategy is SpaceFinder BC, a free networking tool designed to help communities leverage talent, access new markets, maximize local investment and enrich communities through the rental market of local creative spaces.

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  • Land-Based Spill Response Policy Update

    February 1, 2017

    The BC Ministry of Environment has released a Policy Update on the land-based spill response and preparedness regime. This update outlines the first phase of regulations due to be introduced later this spring. It addresses four elements: definitions for regulated and responsible persons; new requirements for preparedness; new spill reporting requirements; and, new requirements for recovery plans.

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  • New Reconciliation Resources on UBCM.ca

    February 1, 2017

    A new reconciliation section of ubcm.ca has been created with resources for local governments interested in moving towards reconciliation. The new content also includes background information on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), with links to the TRC Summary report and its ‘Calls to Action’.

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  • Funding and Resources Update February 2017

    February 1, 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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  • Energy Star Builder Workshops

    February 1, 2017

    Is your community interested in reducing energy consumption and emissions from the built environment? The Community Energy Association is offering a series of workshops across BC to support homebuilders to become certified to build to ENERGY STAR new homes.

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  • New Liquor Act Comes Into Force

    January 25, 2017

    The new Liquor Control and Licensing Act came into force on Monday, January 23, 2017. The Act incorporates legislative changes necessary to implement some of the 73 recommendations made as part of the Province’s 2013 Liquor Policy Review. Using a gradual implementation process that began in 2014, the Province has now implemented 64 of the 73 recommendations.

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  • Connect to Innovate

    January 25, 2017

    Launched on December 15, 2016 the federal government’s Connect to Innovate program will invest up to $500 million by 2021 to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities in Canada.

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  • Changes to Provincial Private Moorage Program

    January 25, 2017

    UBCM has received notification from the Province that as a result of amendments to the Private Moorage Program, more residential docks will be eligible to be authorized under a “General Permission” rather than an application-driven Crown land tenure.

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