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  • Provincial Budget Highlights

    February 19, 2019

    Finance Minister Carole James introduced the 2019 Budget and Fiscal Plan in the legislature today. New spending commitments by the Government feature the B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit (to be introduced in 2020), reconciliation with First Nations and the implementation of CleanBC, the province’s climate change strategy.

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  • Province Will Retain AGLG Office

    February 13, 2019

    Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has announced that the province will retain the office of the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) following the completion of a five-year review. The review found that a significant number of respondents had made changes to local practices based on the outputs of the AGLG. The report also flagged the high average cost of performance audits, with a cost per audit of $500,000.

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  • Throne Speech Highlights

    February 13, 2019

    The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor, delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the fourth session of the forty-first parliament of British Columbia yesterday. The Government’s Throne Speech commits the government to continue advancing its policies with regard to housing, childcare, climate action and reconciliation with First Nations.

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  • C2C Forum Status Report

    February 13, 2019

    For nearly two decades, the Regional Community to Community Forum program has been a driving force in efforts to build, mend and transform relationships among neighbouring First Nations and local governments in BC. A status report outlining the outcomes of the program’s past ten years is now available.

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  • Toward Parity

    February 13, 2019

    The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is partnering with local government associations and women’s organizations to develop an action plan to address barriers to women’s participation in local government – the Toward Parity initiative.

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  • New Round of C2C Funding

    February 6, 2019

    The Regional Community to Community Forum (C2C) program provides modest grants for local government and First Nation neighbours to build and deepen local relationships. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019/20 C2C program.

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  • In Memoriam: Bill Goodacre

    February 6, 2019

    Bill Goodacre, a former Town of Smithers Councilor over a period of 19 years and the MLA for Bulkley Valley-Stikine for six, passed away last week at the age of 67. Upon his retirement from public office in 2018, Goodacre received the Freedom of the Municipality, the Town’s highest honour.

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  • Former Port McNeill Mayor Passes

    February 6, 2019

    Gerry Furney, the former Port McNeill Mayor, passed away earlier this week at the age of 85. With over 46 years of service on the Town’s Council, Furney was one of BC’s longest serving mayors.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    February 6, 2019

    Each month we provide an update on UBCM funding programs and information on other programs, events and resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

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  • BC Mayors’ Caucus in Prince George

    January 30, 2019

    Prince George is planning a caucus meeting from March 31 to April 2 that will provide unique perspectives on how BC municipalities can adapt to policy priorities of the BC Government, and even use these policy directions to advance local social conditions and economic development.

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