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  1. UBCM Delegates Endorse Call to Strengthen Financial Resiliency
    The entrenched problem of local government finance has only increased since the release of UBCM’s 2013 advocacy paper "Strong Fiscal Futures", which was a blueprint for change. The UBCM Select Committee on Local Government Finance has prepared policy paper expanding on the previous work, focusing on three major cost drivers: housing, community safety and climate change.

    September 17, 2021
  2. Communities to Receive New Cycling and Walking Pathways, Connections
    Thirty-three Indigenous and local governments will receive funding for projects that align with provincial priorities to increase the number of people walking and cycling, as well as improving the safety and health of vulnerable road users, community connectivity, accessibility, tourism and climate change mitigation.

    September 17, 2021
  3. Port Coquitlam Formalizes Outdoor Space Program
    Port Coquitlam City Council has directed staff to formalize the temporary outdoor spaces initiative the City launched in May 2020, and later extended to October 2021, that allows businesses to use public rights-of-way such as streets, sidewalks, lanes and parking lots for commercial activities such as patios and product displays.

    September 17, 2021
  4. New Supply Agreements and Projects Open the Door for New Fortis BC Subscribers
    FortisBC Energy Inc. is pleased to reopen its Renewable Natural Gas program to its natural gas customers on October 15, 2021. Over the past two years, FortisBC has been able to secure new RNG supply in order to provide natural gas customers with a carbon-neutral energy option, and is forecasting to have tripled its 2020 annual supply by the end of this year.

    September 16, 2021
  5. B.C., UBCM Reaffirm Reconciliation Efforts with Updated MOU
    The Province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities have renewed their commitment to work together to advance lasting and meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. An updated MOU highlights reconciliation as a shared, cross-government responsibility.

    September 15, 2021
  6. Province Taking Action to Recycle More Products
    Electric-vehicle batteries, mattresses, single-use fuel canisters and fire extinguishers are among the products that will be eligible for province-wide recycling as part of a five-year plan to advance recycling in British Columbia. Other items to be added to British Columbia’s Recycling Regulation and the Extended Producer Responsibility strategy include more electronic products such as solar panels, more types of lithium-ion batteries, electric-vehicle chargers and e-cigarettes.

    September 13, 2021
  7. Electric Fence Initiative Available for Bella Coola Valley Residents
    In an effort to prevent and reduce bear / human conflicts and improve safety within local communities, Bella Coola Valley Tourism recently received a grant from The Grizzly Bear Foundation for the purchase of five thousand dollars worth electric fence components for the purpose of providing an incentive of 50% off system costs for residents.

    September 13, 2021
  8. City of Rossland to be a Climate Action Game-Changer
    The City of Rossland continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation on its 100% renewable journey. The City will be working to implement a Home Energy Leadership Program with support from the Community Energy Association’s Game-Changer program.

    September 10, 2021
  9. Housing Tops BC Urban Mayors’ Calls to Action in Federal Election Blueprint
    On September 8, the BC Urban Mayors Caucus is releasing its 2021 Blueprint for BC’s Urban Future. The Blueprint calls on the next federal government to take action on key issues facing cities across British Columbia including mental health and substance use, affordable housing, public transit, and the long-neglected local government finance system.

    September 9, 2021
  10. City of Surrey Leading on Accessibility
    The City of Surrey is the first city in Canada to commit to building all future civic facilities to Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified Gold.

    September 8, 2021
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