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  • Local Government Awareness Week

    May 15, 2019

    UBCM, in partnership with CivicInfo BC and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, is pleased to support the 2019 Local Government Awareness Week, May 19-25. This annual initiative is aimed at building public awareness of local government roles and responsibilities and encouraging participation in local government processes.

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  • Volunteer Fire Department Funding

    May 15, 2019

    The Province of British Columbia is providing $5 million in funding to support volunteer and composite fire departments with grants for equipment and training. Local governments and all First Nations in BC will be eligible to apply for up to $25,000 towards the purchase of fire department and interface firefighting equipment (i.e. hoses, bladders, personal protection equipment) and firefighting and mental wellbeing training.

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  • Remuneration of Local Elected Officials

    May 8, 2019

    UBCM is developing a resource to support local government decision-making with regard to remuneration policies for elected officials. This undertaking follows upon a resolution to the 2018 Convention that tasked UBCM with examining the issue of remuneration and developing a process that would assist local governments in establishing fair and equitable remuneration for elected officials.

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  • Deadline Approaching for Code of Conduct Survey

    May 8, 2019

    The Working Group on Responsible Conduct (Working Group) is seeking feedback to guide the development of a code of conduct framework for local elected officials, including processes for establishing, adopting, maintaining and enforcing a code of conduct. The survey is open to individual local government elected officials along with CAOs and CCOs. CAOs are asked to convey the survey link to Council and Board members. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

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  • RCMP Contract Committee Seeks Input

    May 1, 2019

    The RCMP Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) will be meeting on May 23, 2019 to discuss policing issues of relevance. Local governments wishing to suggest discussion items related to the agreement under which the RCMP provides local police services to BC are asked to submit input to Bhar Sihota, UBCM Policy Analyst, prior to May 8.

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  • For CFOs: Cannabis Costs Survey

    May 1, 2019

    UBCM, in collaboration with GFOABC, has released a survey seeking to examine local government costs related to cannabis legalization. The data collected will support UBCM’s discussions with the Province regarding cannabis excise tax revenue sharing, so that local government implementation costs are not funded through the property tax.

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  • Amendments Enable Broadband Service

    May 1, 2019

    An update to the Local Government Act (LGA) will provide regional districts with an additional tool to expand high-speed Internet to under-served areas. The changes enable regional districts to provide financing for capital costs to Internet service providers where it may not otherwise make sense from a business perspective.

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  • Toward Parity Survey – Response Requested

    May 1, 2019

    Did you miss the UBCM-FCM Toward Parity webinar? You can still contribute your feedback by completing a survey. Responses will help FCM to develop a national action plan addressing some of the potential barriers that exist for women (of all identities) entering into, being elected to, or remaining in local elected office.

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  • Funding & Resources Update

    May 1, 2019

    Each month the Compass provides an update on UBCM funding programs as well as information on other programs, events and resources that may be of interest to local governments and First Nations.

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  • Input Sought on Code of Conduct for Local Governments

    April 24, 2019

    The Working Group on Responsible Conduct (Working Group) is seeking feedback on local government experiences with codes of conduct. The Working Group also invites input to guide the development of a code of conduct framework for B.C.’s local government system, including processes for establishing, adopting, maintaining and enforcing a code of conduct.

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