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  • B.C. considering auxiliary policing options

    July 8, 2020

    Following the recent decision by RCMP National Headquarters to terminate its previous Auxiliary Program on April 1, 2020, B.C. is evaluating options for the continued delivery of auxiliary policing services across the province. Options under consideration are consistent with a recent motion made by the UBCM Executive.

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  • Funding & resources update

    July 8, 2020

    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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  • Call for climate action project ideas

    July 8, 2020

    The BC Climate-Aligned Stimulus Working Group is seeking project ideas from BC communities that would contribute to post-COVID economic recovery and stimulus, while advancing local and provincial climate mitigation and adaptation goals. The deadline for submitting project ideas is July 12.

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  • 2020 UBCM convention registration

    June 30, 2020

    The 2020 Annual Convention will be held virtually September 22–24. Registration will open Monday July 6. Early Bird Member Registration has been reduced to $350 and Non Member Registration remains unchanged at $1,000.

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  • Resolutions process for 2020 convention

    June 30, 2020

    With the 2020 UBCM Convention moving to a virtual format, UBCM has adapted this year’s resolutions process. The following article outlines important resolutions information for 2020.

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  • Call for nominations: UBCM Executive

    June 30, 2020

    A Call for Nominations has been issued to local elected officials wishing to serve on the 2020-2021 UBCM Executive. Please note the significant changes for the 2020 Nominations and Elections, including that nominations will not be accepted off the floor at the virtual Convention. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, July 31, 2020.

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  • Provincial actions on strata insurance

    June 30, 2020

    The Province has introduced legislation as “first steps” to address rising strata insurance costs after the release of an interim report by the BC Financial Services Authority that detailed issues underlying the rising costs. The BCFSA will be releasing a final report in the fall of 2020, and further regulatory changes may occur following stakeholder consultation.

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  • Financial advocacy & provincial relief framework

    June 24, 2020

    In late April, UBCM reached out to the membership to gauge the impact of the Province’s financial relief framework on local governments, and to identify a stimulus approach that would assist a post-pandemic recovery. In early May, UBCM provided the Province with an assessment of the provincial relief framework, as well as recommendations for addressing funding shortfalls, mitigating the risk of tax delinquencies, and facilitating a revival of local economies.

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  • UBCM hosts public transit forum

    June 24, 2020

    Over 90 local government officials met on June 16th to discuss the costs and challenges of providing public transit during a pandemic. TransLink and BC Transit officials presented on the state of public transit and participants considered a set of draft principles and recommendations to support the recovery and rebuild of public transit in BC.

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  • New funding intakes & application deadlines

    June 24, 2020

    Due to COVID-19, the application deadlines for some funding programs administered by UBCM were postponed this spring. New deadlines have now been established and other additional intakes are being announced.

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