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  • Police Resources Impacted by Wildfire Situation

    July 19, 2017

    UBCM has received correspondence from the Province regarding the July 7, 2017 declaration of a provincial state of emergency under the Emergency Program Act, and impacts to local police resources resulting from the wildfire situation. As part of the Province’s efforts to manage this situation, resources within the Provincial Police Service and extra-provincial RCMP resources have been deployed or are under deployment authorization.

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  • Funding for Asset Management

    July 19, 2017

    Local governments in BC can now apply for funding for asset management projects through both UBCM and FCM.

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  • Abandoned Boats Funding Information Session

    July 19, 2017

    On July 6, nineteen local governments attended a Transport Canada information session on the new Federal Abandoned Boats Funding Program. This article provides Transport Canada’s presentation and contact information, as well as a link to the applicant’s guide for requesting funding and authorization to take possession, remove, and dispose of an abandoned or wrecked small boat.

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  • Rail Safety Improvement Program Funding

    July 19, 2017

    Last year, the Minister of Transport Canada announced the Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP), an investment of more than $55 million over a period of 3 years to improve rail safety across Canada. ‎The program provides federal funding, in the form of grants and contributions, to improve rail safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to rail transportation.

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  • Deadline Approaching for Executive Nominations – July 31st

    July 19, 2017

    Interested in running for a position on the UBCM Executive? Elected officials are reminded that Monday July 31st is the deadline for advance nominations. All complete nominations received by July 31st will be included in the Nominating Committee report to be distributed to all members by mid-August.

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  • RCMP Contract Management Committee Update

    July 19, 2017

    On April 27, 2017, the Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) met with provincial and RCMP representatives to discuss issues related to the RCMP contract and policing in British Columbia. This article highlights key issues discussed at the meeting.

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  • Federal Flood Ready Initiative

    July 12, 2017

    The Government of Canada has launched Flood Ready, a public awareness campaign that seeks to encourage Canadians to better understand flood risks and adopt measures to mitigate flooding. Flooding is currently one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters, and one that can severely disrupt the safety and economic stability of Canadian communities.

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  • National Disaster Mitigation Program Funding

    July 12, 2017

    Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is accepting proposals from local governments for the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). Interested parties have until 4:00 p.m. on August 25, 2017 to submit proposals and supporting documentation to EMBC.

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  • Chief Elected Officials Forum

    July 12, 2017

    Save the date for the LGLA’s 8th Annual Chief Elected Officials Forum, to be held December 7-8, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond. Finish Strong: Making the Most of Year 4, hosted by the Local Government Leadership Academy with facilitators Tracey Lorenson and Gordon McIntosh, will provide a customized program to respond to Mayor, Chief and Chairperson leadership needs for focused strategic efforts, Council/Board alignment, and positive CAO relations.

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  • Liquor Policy Working Group Update

    July 12, 2017

    On June 26, 2017, the Local Government Working Group on Liquor Policy, co-chaired by UBCM and the Province, met to discuss recent changes in provincial liquor policy, including updates and feedback from local governments regarding recent policy changes made as part of the Liquor Policy Review (LPR).

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