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  • Local Government Awareness Week: May 16-22

    May 12, 2021

    As municipalities and regional districts prepare for this year’s Local Government Awareness Week, UBCM is encouraging the membership to share social media content from their events with the hashtag #LGAW2021. This year, Wednesday May 19 has been designated as special day to highlight Asset Management in BC (#AMDay2021). And if you have a story to share about a campaign or open house in your community, please contact Jamee Justason, UBCM Resolutions & Policy Analyst.

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  • First FireSmart BC Symposium

    May 12, 2021

    The FireSmart BC Symposium: Our Shared Responsibility is only two weeks away and there are still registration spaces available. This inaugural event will feature a curated panel of FireSmart leaders speaking on a variety of topics from the world of wildfire prevention and mitigation.

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  • Internet speed questionnaire & performance data

    May 12, 2021

    Indigenous and local governments wishing to participate in the Internet speed study are encouraged to complete an online questionnaire, providing contextual and background information about Internet speeds experienced in their community. For the purpose of this study, local and Indigenous governments can improve the accuracy and depth of the Internet speed data for their area, by having their residents, businesses, and other community stakeholders complete the CIRA Internet speed test.

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  • Funding & Resources update

    May 5, 2021

    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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  • Internet speed study underway

    May 5, 2021

    The Internet speed study, announced in March and launched in April, is officially underway. Starting this month, TANEx Engineering will focus on assessing the broadband Internet speed discrepancies in BC by analyzing numerous sources of related information, in parallel with outreach to self-identified communities.

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  • Updated Resolutions Process for 2021 Convention

    April 28, 2021

    The UBCM Executive is pleased to offer two three-hour virtual sessions for resolutions in 2021, doubling the time offered in 2020. Conference Rules and Procedures for Handling Resolutions have been updated for 2021 based on member feedback and what was learned at the first virtual convention.

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  • Rail Proximity Initiative

    April 28, 2021

    Canada’s railways have played a fundamental role in communities across Canada for more than a century. From coast to coast, towns have been built around rail tracks and Canadians have relied on railways to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods and people.

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  • Railway Association Outreach Session

    April 28, 2021

    The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) is coordinating a one-hour webinar for government officials and stakeholders in BC. This session will highlight the importance of rail safety and sustainability in the rail sector. Speakers from CN, CP, and Southern Railway of British Columbia will share their work towards ensuring that Canada’s railways are safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly.

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  • RCMP Contract Management Committee Update

    April 28, 2021

    On February 16, 2021, the Local Government Contract Management Committee met with provincial and RCMP representatives to discuss issues related to the RCMP contract and policing in British Columbia. Key issues discussed at the meeting are summarized in this article.

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  • Gas Tax Fund annual expenditure reporting

    April 21, 2021

    Annual Expenditure Reporting for the 2020 calendar year will be open from April 14, 2021 to June 1, 2021. Local governments may submit reports through the Program Information Management System (PIMS) link provided on UBCM’s federal Gas Tax Fund program section on our website.

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