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  • For Councils and Boards: President Martin Responds to Compensation Review

    September 16, 2014

    A report commissioned by the provincial government comparing levels of public sector compensation was leaked to the media yesterday. The report was undertaken by Ernst & Young and is now available on the Province of British Columbia’s Core Review website. I encourage local governments that have not yet reviewed the report to do so. I also want to share the perspective of UBCM’s Executive on the approach and content of the report.

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  • Calling all 2014 Local Elections Participants

    September 16, 2014

    All disclosure statement forms for local elections candidates, elector organizations, campaign organizers and third party sponsors are now available from Elections BC.

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  • Problem Vessels & Structures Manuals Available

    September 16, 2014

    A final version of the Province of BC’s ‘derelict vessels’ manual is now complete.

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  • Project Progress Reaches out to Young Women

    September 16, 2014

    FCM’s Head Start For Young Women in Grand Forks extends an invitation to women in local government to attend Project Progress, a conference offering young women and politicians an opportunity to build skills, strategic relationships and increase youth participation.

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  • Save the Dates - 2015 Elected Officials Seminars

    September 16, 2014

    The Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) will be holding Elected Officials Seminars (EOS) around the province in January and February 2015 for newly elected and returning elected mayors, chairs, councillors and directors. There will be seminars targeted to small and large communities, electoral areas, and in every region of the province.

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  • Policy Paper on Socioeconomic Impacts of Ferry Fare Increases

    September 10, 2014

    A series of ferry fare increases has resulted in a $2.3 billion reduction in British Columbia’s GDP over a ten year period. This finding is just one of many in a policy paper that examines the socioeconomic impact of BC Ferries’ fare increases from 2003 to 2013. The analysis included in the policy was commissioned by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC).

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  • Guest Column: First Nations Land Use and Resource Permitting

    September 10, 2014

    With 202 First Nation governments in BC, their decisions regarding land use and resource extraction have a significant impact on local and regional economies. To better understand the land use decision-making process and the implications of the recent First Nations Lands Management Act, UBCM has invited Ken Cossey, Songhees First Nation Director of Local Government Services, to share some observations.

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  • MMBC To Hold Meetings At Convention

    September 10, 2014

    As part of Multi-Material British Columbia's (MMBC) ongoing engagement with local governments, MMBC will be holding meetings with interested local governments at the 2014 UBCM Convention.

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  • UBCM Session Examines Historic Land Title Decision

    September 3, 2014

    The Tsilhqot’in land title decision, and its impacts on local governments, will be explored as part of a UBCM Convention Plenary Session that features Chief Roger William along with legal and government representatives.

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  • Forest Practices Board Assessing Fuel Management Projects

    September 3, 2014

    The Forest Practices Board, BC’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices in British Columbia, is investigating the progress made in reducing the threat from wildfires in urban interface areas since its last report, Managing Forest Fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface, published in 2010.

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