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Special Committee on Climate Action Update
 
The UBCM Special Committee on Climate Action held its third meeting on November 13th, which focussed on mitigation efforts at the local level. BC Hydro presented on the BC Energy Step Code, and the lessons learned on the role that local governments could take in tackling the remaining 25% of BC emissions not addressed through CleanBC.   Read more 
Convention Finance & Sponsorship Final Report
 
The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) appointed an independent panel in July 2019 to conduct a review of the financing and sponsorship of its annual Convention. The Review Panel has delivered its final report, along with a set of guiding principles. UBCM's Executive has adopted the report, along with the guiding principles, including the banning of sponsorships by foreign governments.   Read more
Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
 
Provincial funding is available to provide emergency management personnel with cultural safety and cultural humility training in order to effectively partner with and provide safe and respectful assistance to Indigenous communities during times of emergency. The deadline for applications is Friday December 13th, 2019.  Read more

Building Code Updates
 
The Province has updated the B.C. Building Code to enable construction of 12-storey wood buildings and to allow secondary suites in side-by-side multi-family buildings. The Building Code updates also include additional safety requirements and new Energy Step Code requirements.  Read more
Winter Driving and Railway Crossings
 
Safety at rail crossings is a responsibility shared between the railway, the road authority, and individuals. Local governments that serve as the road authority have a responsibility to ensure snow removal operations are performed safely around railway crossings. Proper snow removal procedures and safety guidelines have been shared with all BC local governments in which CN operates.   Read more
Gender Equity in Sport
 
Local governments are eligible to apply for the Gender Equity in Recreational Sport: Community Grants InitiativeThis funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association in an effort to increase the participation and retention of girls and women in recreational sport.  The application deadline is December 15, 2019.
November 27, 2019
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