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October 10, 2012
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Neskonlith Decision Provides Clarity for 
Local Governments


A significant decision for all BC local governments came down on September 24, 2012, as the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed the Neskonlith Indian Band's legal appeal. The appeal arose from the April 4, 2012 verdict in the Neskonlith Indian Band v. City of Salmon Arm case, which essentially concluded that local governments do not have a constitutional obligation to consult with First Nations with respect to the issuance of development permits.  READ MORE

Resolutions Results from 2012 Convention

The results of policy debate from the 2012 UBCM Convention are now available. A total of 222 resolutions, including late resolutions, were submitted for consideration by the UBCM membership. Of these, 174 resolutions were admitted for debate, as well as three policy papers. View the summary online, or download a more detailed list to view the full text of amendments. MORE INFO

New UBCM Executive Installed


Mayor Mary Sjostrom from Quesnel was installed as the UBCM President 2012-2013 on September 28th. President Sjostrom, who has sat on the Executive for the past eight years, leads a team of 21 dedicated elected officials from all over the province. The first meeting of the new Executive will be held on November 29-30 in Richmond, BC. MORE INFO 

2013 Age-friendly Grants Available
Grants of up to $20,000 are now available for community planning initiatives and projects focused on age-friendly communities and helping seniors to age in place and live active, socially-engaged, independent lives. READ MORE
Packaging & Printed Paper Program:
Policy Paper Endorsed

The UBCM membership has endorsed a new policy paper on the much-anticipated packaging and printed-paper product stewardship program. Program scope and design, environmental considerations, the role of government, and service levels are just a few of the recommendations being made to producers. READ MORE
Obituary - Chair Glenn Wong

UBCM was deeply saddened to hear the news that Glenn Wong, Chair of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) passed away on Friday, September 28th. Chair Wong had been in attendance at the UBCM Convention, and was a member of a panel regarding First Nations participation and collaboration as members of regional districts. UBCM extends its condolences to the regional district and Glenn's loved ones.


A memorial was held on Friday, October 5th in Port Alberni. Additional information is available on the ACRD website.

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November 20 - 23
Ottawa, ON

UBCM Executive 
November 29 - 30
Richmond, BC

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