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  • Special Committee Reports Out on Expense Limits

    January 21, 2015

    Fairness, neutrality, transparency, and accountability were identified by the all-party Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits as the key principles to guide development of expense limits. The Phase I report has also recommended that third party advertising be included in the local elections expense limit framework.

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  • Deadline Nearing for Site Remediation Consultation

    January 21, 2015

    Consultation on the site remediation legislative and regulatory review will be closing on Monday, February 2nd. Local governments are reminded to provide their feedback by this date.

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  • Report Supports Local Government Crime Prevention Measures

    January 21, 2015

    The report by the provincial Blue Ribbon Panel on Crime Reduction supports crime prevention measures requested by local government. The recommendations in the report mirror a number of issues identified by UBCM during its meeting with the Panel, including increased use of restorative justice measures; expansion of mental health and addiction services; expansion of the prolific offender program; and the need for sustainable funding to implement crime prevention initiatives.

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  • Fire Safety Review of Residential Care Facilities Released

    January 21, 2015

    The Ministry of Health has released the final report into the fire safety of residential care facilities in British Columbia. The report includes a nine point action plan that included the following measures: establishment of appropriate fire safety plans; installing or repairing fire-rated doors; providing additional smoke detectors and visual alarms; replacing outdated or aging fire safety equipment; and reviewing night staffing levels in residential care.

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  • Elected Official Sought for MMBC Advisory Committee

    January 21, 2015

    UBCM is calling for expressions of interest from local government representatives who wish to sit on Multi-Materials BC’s Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee serves as a forum for stakeholders impacted by the provincial packaging and printed paper stewardship program to be kept informed of program developments and to provide feedback on core program elements.

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  • Province Invites Best Practice Accessibility Strategies

    January 21, 2015

    The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is looking for recent best practice examples from local governments across B.C. that have included strategies, goals, or policies in their Official Community Plans (OCPs) aimed at improving accessibility for seniors and persons with disabilities.

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  • Local Government Representation on PRIMECorp Board

    January 14, 2015

    UBCM is currently looking to nominate a local government representative as a Director to the PRIMECorp Board. The Director may be an elected official or local government staff and should have one or more of the following qualifications: strong financial expertise, government expertise, board experience and a community profile.

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  • Updated Local Government Fact Sheets Available

    January 14, 2015

    UBCM’s publication, Local Government Fact Sheets: A Reference Guide to Local Government Planning and Operations, has recently been updated.

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  • RCMP Available to Attend Local Government Meetings

    January 14, 2015

    The RCMP has indicated that it is willing to attend council/board meetings to discuss the delivery and financing of police services. Presentations on the RCMP policing contract, the structure of provincial policing in BC, financial information on the costs of policing in your area or other contract related topics of interest are available.

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  • Final Opportunity for Feedback on First Nation Tax Report

    January 14, 2015

    Local governments have one more opportunity to provide feedback on a report that explores current dynamics related to First Nation taxation. Member feedback is requested on First Nation Property Tax, Services and Economic Development in British Columbia, prepared by Professor Robert Bish and Fiscal Realities Economists, by February 27, 2015.

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