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  • 2015 Elected Officials Seminars Registration Open

    November 19, 2014

    Registration for the 2015 Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) Elected Officials Seminars (EOS) for newly elected and returning elected officials is now open. Eight seminars will be held in January and February 2015 – for small and large communities, electoral areas and in each of the five main regions of the province.

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  • 2014 Vote Brings New Voices to Local Leadership

    November 19, 2014

    Each local government general election brings considerable change to the composition of Councils and Boards. The 2014 local government general election was notable, though, for a significant increase in the percentage of elected Mayors, Councillors and Directors with no prior experience in government.

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  • Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Consultation

    November 19, 2014

    Transport Canada is considering changes to the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals regulations in an effort to update requirements to reflect new international standards; respond to technical issues raised by stakeholders; and to make minor adjustments to the regulation.

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  • Oil Spill Council Seeks New Members

    November 19, 2014

    Interested UBCM members are invited to apply for a seat on Transport Canada’s Pacific Regional Advisory Council (PRAC) on Oil Spill Preparedness and Response.

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  • Webinar: Engaging Neighbourhoods on Affordable Market Housing

    November 19, 2014

    Communities throughout B.C. experiencing population growth are increasingly seeking to reinvest in existing neighbourhoods and infrastructure.  Learn how an innovative online tool, PlaceSpeak, offers new options for building trust and transparency through public engagement, and how a developer works to balance the creation of affordable housing while respecting community interests.

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  • Transport Minister Announces New Rail Safety Measures

    November 12, 2014

    On October 29th, federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced new safety measures in response to the Transportation Safety Board’s final report into the Lac Megantic tragedy.

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  • UBCM Responds to Expense Limits Committee

    November 12, 2014

    On October 15th UBCM advised that the Legislative Assembly appointed an all-party Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits. Phase 1 deliberations are underway regarding the principles for establishing the relationship between elector organizations and their candidates with respect to expense limits and principles for establishing expense limits for third-party advertisers participating in local elections.

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  • Off Road Vehicle Registration System Launched

    November 12, 2014

    A new registration system for Off Road Vehicle (ORV) owners will commence on November 17th, 2014. The announcement fulfills one of UBCM’s longstanding policy requests to the Province to establish a system of ORV licensing and registration.

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  • Community to Community Funding Announced

    November 5, 2014

    The intake for the 2014/15 Regional Community to Community (C2C) Forum is now open. Under the program, up to $5,000 in matching funds are available to allow First Nation and local government elected officials to meet to discuss common goals and pursue opportunities for joint action.

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  • UBCM Discusses Land Claims Policy with Federal Representatives

    November 5, 2014

    On Friday, October 24, 2014, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Ministerial Special Representative Douglas Eyford met with representatives from UBCM’s Executive and staff to discuss Canada’s interim Comprehensive Land Claims Policy, the document that guides the federal government in its negotiation of treaties or comprehensive land claims.

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