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  • Forest Enhancement Project Process

    July 20, 2016

    The Forest Enhancement Society of BC has issued a document describing its Project Planning Process and Selection Criteria for 2016 and 2017. The Society was created with an initial provincial contribution of $85 million to advance a suite of forest health and safety objectives, including wildfire prevention and mitigation. Eligible applicants should contact their local Forest District office as soon as possible to discuss proposals.

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  • UBCM Executive Nominations

    July 20, 2016

    Interested in running for a position on the UBCM Executive? Elected officials are reminded that Friday, July 29, 2016 is the deadline for advance nominations. All complete nominations received by July 29 will be included in the Nominating Committee report for distribution to all UBCM members. Distribution will take place mid-August.

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  • Local Government Bylaw Adjudication Survey

    July 20, 2016

    The Province, in consultation with UBCM, has released a survey to obtain local government feedback on the current bylaw adjudication system in British Columbia. Interested parties are requested to complete the survey by August 5, 2016.

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  • New Guidelines on Public Health for Major Events

    July 20, 2016

    Drawing on input from a survey posted in the January 27 Compass, the Health Protection Branch at the Ministry of Health has now released a report entitled Public Health Guidelines: Major Planned Events.

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  • Enhanced Wildfire Prevention Planning in 2017

    July 13, 2016

    Applications for Community Wildfire Protection Plans and updates are not being accepted, as of July 6, 2016. A revised CWPP program will be launched later this year and applications under this Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative program stream will resume at that time.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    July 6, 2016

    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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  • Special Occasion Liquor Licence Changes

    July 6, 2016

    As part of the June 23, 2016 Liquor Policy Working Group Meeting, members discussed potential Special Occasion Licence policy changes that would permit businesses to obtain licences and reduce red-tape for non-profit organizations. The Province is inviting local governments to provide feedback by July 15, 2016 on a short discussion paper outlining potential changes and policy options.

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  • 7th Chief Elected Officials Forum – Seeking Alignment: Mid-term Check-in

    July 6, 2016

    Save the date! The Local Government Leadership Academy’s 7th Chief Elected Officials Forum will be held December 6-7 in Metro Vancouver.

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  • Provincial Drought Webinar

    July 6, 2016

    With the objective of improving local awareness and preparation for drought in 2016 and beyond, the Province will be holding an interactive Drought Webinar on July 12, 2016 from 1 – 2 p.m.

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  • Liquor Policy Working Group Update

    June 29, 2016

    On June 23, 2016, the Local Government Working Group on Liquor Policy, co-chaired by UBCM and the Province, met to discuss recent changes in provincial liquor policy, the provincial timeline for implementation of all Liquor Policy Review (LPR) recommendations, and upcoming opportunities for local government input.

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