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  • Budget 2018

    February 21, 2018

    The Honourable Carol James, Minister of Finance, introduced a balanced budget Tuesday that focused on addressing the housing crisis and improving childcare in BC. The budget projects surpluses over the next three years. The Province introduced a comprehensive 30-point plan for housing affordability which reflects numerous recommendations within UBCM’s housing report, A Home For Everyone: A Housing Strategy for British Columbians.

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  • Local Elections Campaign Financing Guide

    February 21, 2018

    The Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Candidates and their Financial Agents is now available on the Elections BC website. The Guide reflects recent legislative amendments regarding campaign contributions; discusses expenses and expense limits and other campaign finance matters related to the upcoming 2018 General Local Elections.

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  • Best Practices for Resolutions

    February 21, 2018

    Local governments are urged to submit resolutions for consideration at upcoming Area Association annual meetings. Submitting resolutions to Area Associations prior to UBCM results in better quality resolutions. Deadlines for each annual meeting are fast approaching. Please contact your Area Association for the details of their procedures for submitting resolutions.

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  • In Memoriam: Jude Schooner

    February 21, 2018

    Tahsis Mayor Jude Schooner died suddenly due to a cardiac arrest on February 16. First elected as a Tahsis Councilor in 2008, Ms. Schooner served two terms as Mayor and served on Strathcona Regional District since 2011. Schooner leaves a legacy of building relationships with the Mowachaht - Muchalaht First Nation, forest companies, the province, other local governments and stakeholders.

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  • Scope Expanded for C2C Program

    February 21, 2018

    The 2018/19 Regional Community to Community Forum program has been enhanced to increase focus on reconciliation, support coordinated approaches to emergency prevention, response and recovery, and to allow elected officials or senior staff to be eligible participants. Applications are now being accepted.

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  • Update on National Contract Management Committee

    February 21, 2018

    The second of the bi-annual RCMP National Contract Management Committee (CMC) meetings was held on December 5-6, 2017 in Ottawa. The BC Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) was represented at these meetings, where a number of policing issues of interest to local governments were discussed.

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  • CivX 2018: Smart Communities, Smart Region

    February 21, 2018

    The Lower Mainland Local Government Association and CivicInfo BC are pleased to host CivX 2018: Smart Communities, Smart Region, an exciting one-day symposium on April 12, 2018, at the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver.

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  • Focus on Affordability in Throne Speech

    February 14, 2018

    The Province of British Columbia opened a new session of parliament by highlighting commitments to address affordability through its housing strategy and new investments in childcare. The Honourable Judith Guichon read the Speech from the Throne yesterday.

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  • Changes Proposed for Major Projects Reviews

    February 14, 2018

    The federal government has announced its intention to streamline the review process for major natural resource projects. The proposed changes would see the replacement of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act with the Impact Assessment Act and the National Energy Board with the Canadian Energy Regulator.

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  • Changes Proposed to Fisheries Act

    February 14, 2018

    On February 6, the federal government announced amendments to the Fisheries Act that would restore protections for fish and fish habitats that were removed in 2012.

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