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  • Survey on Legalized Cannabis Costs

    April 17, 2019

    UBCM, in collaboration with GFOABC, is preparing a survey on the costs to local government as a result of cannabis legalization. The data from this survey will inform ongoing discussions with the province and UBCM on the appropriate sharing of the cannabis excise tax so that the one time and ongoing local government costs are not funded through the property tax.

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  • Caribou Consultation Extended, Liaison Appointed

    April 17, 2019

    Due to concerns raised by communities and other stakeholders on the draft caribou recovery agreements, the provincial government has extended the engagement period to May 31, 2019. The Province has also appointed Blair Lekstrom as community liaison to engage residents in the Peace River region.

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  • Housing Needs Funding

    April 17, 2019

    A new funding program is receiving applications from local governments to support the development of housing needs reports. Local governments can apply for grants ranging from $15,000-$70,000 depending on the population of the planning area(s) included in their application.

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  • Coast Forest Sector Revitalization

    April 17, 2019

    Working with UBCM, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) is hosting a series of webinars on the Province’s Coast Forest Sector Revitalization initiative. FLNRORD has also launched a new web page and booklet describing the elements of policy reform that were shared in an earlier webinar series in January 2019.

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  • Advisor Appointed for Marine Debris

    April 17, 2019

    MLA Sheila Malcolmson has been appointed as special advisor to Minister Heyman on marine debris protection. Her responsibilities include making recommendations for a provincial action plan to eliminate environmental threats caused by derelict vessels.

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  • Input Sought on Fisheries Act Regulations

    April 17, 2019

    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is seeking input on proposed modifications to the Fisheries Act Regulations, which will affect fish and fish habitat protections. Comments are requested by May 3, 2019.

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  • In Memoriam: Former Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen

    April 10, 2019

    Former Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen has died as a result of cancer. Mr. Jensen was elected to Oak Bay Council over 15 years, including two terms as Mayor. He also served as Chair of the Capital Regional District, chaired its regional water supply commission and was a member of UBCM’s Executive. He was 69.

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  • Sponsors for the 2019 Convention

    April 10, 2019

    UBCM is pleased to announce its confirmed sponsors for the 2019 UBCM Convention in Vancouver. Our longstanding approach has been to deliver the annual meeting on a cost recovery basis. As a result, sponsorships provide a significant reduction in registration fees for delegates by covering close to twenty five per cent of the total cost for the event.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    April 10, 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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  • Land Owner Transparency Act Introduced

    April 3, 2019

    The Province has introduced the Land Owner Transparency Act to establish a public beneficial ownership registry for property in B.C. The aim of the registry is to prevent hidden ownership and complement other initiatives to prevent tax evasion. The registry will be public and is intended to be operational in 2020.

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