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The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has established the Local Government Policing Modernization Roundtable (LGPMR) to consider a set of provincially identified priorities. The province is inviting local government input to this process through the appointment of…
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Electoral Area Directors, Regional District Chairs and staff are invited to submit topics for the Electoral Area Directors’ Forum in 2022. The deadline for topic submissions is December 1. Forum registration is open now.    UBCM’s Electoral Area Directors’ Forum returns in 2022…
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The provincially funded Community Emergency Preparedness Fund has opened two new funding intakes for Emergency Support Services (ESS) and Emergency Operations Centres and Training (EOC). All local governments and all First Nations (bands and Treaty First Nations) in BC are…
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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries has released guidance to provide information about the changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulation in order to assist local governments in understanding and implementing residential flexibility. In July 2021, the…
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Municipalities can access funding, talent, and solutions to challenges through Mitacs, a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada. Through Mitacs’s internship programs, local governments can access a range of research expertise and specialized…
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The Honourable Governor General Mary Simon delivered the federal Throne Speech on November 23rd, which highlights the federal government’s priorities as Parliament prepares to resume.  The Speech highlights efforts to address the pandemic and measures to support an economic…
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BC Alliance for Healthy Living invites local governments to register for a workshop on active transportation in small communities. This free event will be held virtually on November 30 from 9 to 11:30 am and features local leaders in active transport as well as staff from the…
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UBCM has written to David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, to seek clarity on a comment made by the Minister which indicated funding could be withheld from a local government if it “refuses to work on the supply challenge.” The letter from Councillor…
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  The torrential rainfall over the weekend – just four months after the unprecedented heat dome - provides another indication of the growing impact of climate change on the lives of British Columbians. The pattern of sudden, extreme weather events, resulting in evacuations,…
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On November 2 the provincial government announced that it would be working in partnership with First Nations to defer the harvest of 2.6 million hectares of BC’s most at-risk old growth forests. Logging deferrals are viewed as a temporary measure – as recommended in the 2020 Old…