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In April, the BC government provided responses to some resolutions from the 2020 UBCM Convention. They have now provided an additional package of responses. UBCM will send letters to local governments that sponsored resolutions in 2020 to share the relevant provincial response…
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The provincial government has extended the timeline for introducing new emergency management legislation to Fall 2022. This comes after a summer of extreme weather, devastating wildfires, and increased drought conditions, requiring considerable attention and response efforts.…
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The BC FireSmart Committee is holding a Collaboration and Community Conference in Kamloops on May 11 and 12, 2022. The conference will focus on community-led initiatives, wildfire management, prevention, ecology, and wildfire resiliency research in British Columbia. The…
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Funding is available to help identify physical routes to safely and successfully evacuate communities in the event of emergencies. A new intake for the Evacuation Route Planning grant stream is now open with an application deadline of November 19, 2021. BC local governments and…
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The Province recently declared September 30th as Truth and Reconciliation Day to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools. This article presents some considerations and resources for local governments working towards marking the day and supporting…
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Delegates who complete the Convention Evaluation Survey by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 24 will be entered into a draw for a Premium Emergency Survival Kit. Feedback helps improve future UBCM Conventions and other virtual events. Tell us what sessions you liked, what areas need…
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Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the UBCM Convention in Vancouver last week. Five local governments were presented with 2021 Community Recognition Awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC. The…
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Thursday’s workshop on Modernizing Forest Policy in BC provided an extensive update on current Ministry of Forests activities retooling the framework for forestry as it is practiced in the province to align with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and other…
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A provincial approach to support regional growth planning is focused on expanding affordable housing and green transportation while renewing and expanding health care buildings and educational facilities. A panel of Ministers described the essential role of local government in…
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Premier John Horgan has committed the provincial government to work with UBCM to establish an MOU to review the local government finance system in British Columbia. Horgan indicated that he has asked Josie Osborne, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Selina Robinson, Minister…