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UNDRIP Legislation
The Province has introduced legislation establishing a process to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Bill 41, Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, was developed in collaboration with the First Nations Leadership Council. Read more
Cannabis Edibles Now Legal
Following a series of consultations and the release of draft regulations earlier this year, the federal government has officially legalized cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals. Health Canada began accepting new product applications on October 17.  These products will begin to be available for distribution following the completion of the 60-day notification period required by Health Canada. Read more
Emergency Program Act Discussion Paper
As part of its effort to improve emergency management throughout BC, the Province is seeking stakeholder input regarding the Emergency Program Act. Local governments have until January 31, 2020 to provide feedback to the provincial discussion paper, Modernizing BC's Emergency Management Legislation. Input will be considered as the Province works to draft new legislation by Fall 2020.  Read more
Electoral Area Directors' Forum
The next Electoral Area Directors' (EAD) Forum will be held on February 4 and 5, 2020 at the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. Hotel reservations are now available via phone (604-279-8384) or email under the UBCM/LGLA block until January 6, 2020.  Read more
Old Growth Strategic Review Underway
The Province announced that an independent panel will review old growth management with communities, First Nations, stakeholders and industry. The Panel is beginning its consultations and will report back to government in Spring 2020 with recommendations that are expected to inform a new approach to old-growth management in BC.  Read more
Partnership: Okanagan Indian Band & Vernon 
New Pathways to Collaboration case study: the City of Vernon and Okanagan Indian Band multi-year First Nation-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI) to improve economic prosperity  for both communities through joint economic development and land use planning. Read more
October 30, 2019
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