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  • Traffic Fine Changes Reflect UBCM Input

    December 11, 2019

    The Province intends to introduce amendments to the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Agreement (TFRSA) consistent with recommendations made by UBCM. Changes are expected to generate additional net income for local governments, while allowing the Province to recover costs associated with new traffic enforcement programs.

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  • Appointments to Local Government Finance Committee

    December 11, 2019

    In September UBCM announced the re-establishment of a Select Committee on Local Government Finance to undertake a comprehensive review of the 2013 Strong Fiscal Futures Report. After consultation, the Presidents’ Committee has appointed representatives to the Select Committee, with the first meeting set for December 17th.

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  • Strengthening Responsible Conduct

    December 11, 2019

    Over the past year, the Working Group on Responsible Conduct (WGRC) has explored ways in which the responsible conduct of local elected officials might be strengthened through potential legislative changes and new educational tools. This communique provides an update on the WGRC’s work through this period.

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  • Climate Action, Reconciliation Featured in Throne Speech

    December 11, 2019

    The Honourable Governor General Julie Payette delivered the federal Throne Speech on December 5th, which highlights the federal government’s priorities as Parliament prepares to resume following the October election. The Speech focuses largely on climate action and reconciliation.

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  • ICBC Policy for Fleet Vehicle Drivers

    December 11, 2019

    Local governments may be aware that as of September 1, 2019, the Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) moved to a more driver-based model for vehicle insurance. This means that an individual’s driving experience and crash history will play a bigger role in determining the cost of insurance premiums. ICBC has now reviewed and clarified their vehicle insurance policies in the context of local government fleet operations, as indicated in the following statement.

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  • Topics for Discussion at EA Directors Forum

    December 11, 2019

    For UBCM members interested in attending the Electoral Area Director’s Forum on February 4 and 5, 2020, registration is open and room reservations are available under the UBCM/LGLA block. Staff continue to work on the agenda but would like to share the confirmed topics and speakers for the Forum.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    December 11, 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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  • Development Near Railway Operations

    December 11, 2019

    UBCM would like to know which BC local governments or First Nations have adopted the FCM-RAC Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations (Proximity Guidelines), and whether they have adopted the guidelines in whole, in part, or made amendments.

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  • Reminder: Commercial Vehicle Program Ending

    December 4, 2019

    The Commercial Vehicle Licensing (CVL) program will end as of December 31, 2019. This program was established by the provincial government in 1906 to provide a source of revenue for municipalities to offset the costs related to the use of local roads by commercial vehicles.

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  • UBCM Executive Meeting Highlights

    December 4, 2019

    The UBCM Executive held its first, quarterly board meeting on November 21-22, 2019. The Executive’s sub-committees also met to set priorities and work plans for the coming year. Executive members adopted goals and priorities, and received delegations from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and from the Convention Finance and Sponsorship Review Panel.

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