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November 14, 2012
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Delivery of Fire Services a Local Government Decision 

 

Local governments should decide what delivery model and fire service types are offered in their communities. This was finding of the recent report issued by the Province titled, "Improving Fire Services: The Office of the Fire Commissioner's Response to the FSLG Report".

 

The need to collaborate and strengthen the partnership between local government and the Province was also emphasized in the report.  To further this goal, a Fire Service Advisory Committee will be established to provide advice and develop guidelines and best practices, and a voluntary fire department registry will be created.

 

The Province's report is in response to the 2010 report from the Fire Services Liaison Group (FSLG), which listed 14 recommendations for improving fire and rescue in BC. Read More

Cohen Commission Reports Out 

 

After nearly three years of deliberations, the Cohen Commission reported out on its investigation into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River in 2009. Made public on October 31, 2012, the extensive report and recommendations concluded that it is improbable that there is one single cause that can explain the two-decade decline in productivity.  Instead, Cohen concludes that after extensive investigation and research, the evidence appears to indicate that stressors specific to the Fraser River, and region-wide influences, may have contributed to the long-term decline in productivity.

 
Commissioner Cohen put forward 75 recommendations to improve the future sustainability of the fishery.Read More 

Location Announcement: EA Director's Forum  

 

The 2013 Electoral Area Director's Forum scheduled for February 19 - 20 will be held in Richmond at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel. The special room rate and booking information will be released in the New Year. If booking your travel to Richmond in advance, please note that the forum begins at approximately 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 19th and will adjourn by noon on February 20th. The Local Government Leadership Academy will commence their workshop series on the afternoon of February 20th in the same location.

 

  

 

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