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Friday June 22, 2018

Press Releases & News Clippings

District of Squamish Economic Development Office Receives Marketing Innovation Award
The District of Squamish Economic Development Office has been recognized by the B.C. Economic Development Association with a Marketing Innovation Award for its newly launched micro-site.
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 – 12:15:00 PM.
Two High-Profile Vancouver Public Plazas Given Indigenous Names
Indigenous names have been given to the Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza and to the space formerly known as the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 9:20:00 AM.
Saanich Moves Forward with Active Transportation Plan
The plan will guide the District’s investments in active transportation over the next 30 years, including improvements to pedestrian, cycling and trail networks.
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 8:26:00 AM.
Surrey Arts Centre First in BC to Receive Gold Designation from Rick Hansen Foundation
The RHF rating system, which was designed to bring a national accessibility standard to Canada, is used to determine the accessibility of commercial, institutional and multi-family residential buildings.
Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 8:26:00 AM.
Prince George Pilot Project Helping to Improve Downtown Safety, Cleanliness
Last month, two new City employees began working downtown to assist with public safety, cleanliness, and security in the area. The Bylaw Compliance Assistants are responsible for proactively monitoring and responding to concerns of downtown safety and cleanliness, such as homeless camps.
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 – 9:17:00 AM.
Five Capital Region Municipalities Unanimous on Plan for West Shore Parks & Recreation
The plan stems from a thorough and ongoing review of the Society’s facilities, operations, and programs, which Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin and View Royal Councils have unanimously agreed to undertake.
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 – 9:06:00 AM.
City of Merritt and Surrounding Bands Striving to Strengthen their Connections
For the first time, the surrounding bands met with the City Council of Merritt for a community to community feast and roundtable. With a primary goal of strengthening the connections with one another, this historical moment was shared with good conversation, good laughs and of course good food.
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 – 9:04:00 AM.

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Lifelong friends Marvin Polis, Pat Gau, Claudette Larocque, Karen Eastland and Pascal Albisser have seen a lot of business problems in their long careers working for huge corporations and small businesses. So they decided to get together and brainstorm how they can help businesses, local governments and non-profits solve those conundrums through the power of crowdsourcing.

They came up with some “pretty good” ideas brainstorming in their favourite coffee shops in Sicamous, BC and St. Albert, Alberta. Then they found the kicker: “Let’s solve problems in a way that also promotes local economic development.”

Their blinding flash of the obvious was recently launched as Shout My Problem. Local governments in BC have already started using Shout My Problem to crowdsource solutions for their problems. The service is being featured on the CivicInfo BC and Alberta Smart City Alliance web sites.

You can get more information and sign up for their newsletter at


Emotive is excited to announce the Community Outreach Incentive Program! The new program offers support to organizations and local governments in British Columbia to deliver Emotive electric vehicle (EV) outreach. The program is designed to empower individuals, communities, and organizations to deliver activities and events that raise awareness about EVs throughout BC.

The incentive program offers the provision of Emotive event materials and/or funding up to $15,000!

Bring an Emotive EV Event or Activity to your community!

Anyone can bring Emotive to their community. Hosting an Emotive EV activity is a fun way to engage communities in raising the awareness and the profile of EVs. A successful Emotive activity could include: an Emotive info booth or table, EV test drive, or an EV 101 presentation. Get creative and let us know how you can promote EVs in your community.

To learn more and to apply, visit

Applications close June 24, 2018. Email for more information.

Emotive is a BC wide campaign to raise public awareness about electric vehicles. The campaign is funded in part by the Province of British Columbia and is currently administered by Plug In BC.

Plug In BC lays the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in British Columbia. Keep current on vehicle deployment, charging infrastructure, policy development, research, and outreach.
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Six local government employees have been recognized for their education and work experience while working  in the local government field in BC, and are being awarded a Certificate or Certificates by the Board of Examiners.

Certificate in Local Government Service Delivery 
Jeffrey Long, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Manager of Planning and Development Services, Regional District of Mount Waddington
Nikki Watson, Development Services Clerk, City of Castlegar

Certificate in Local Government Administration 
Scott Beeching, Director of Planning and Development Services, District of Elkford
Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Services, District of Sparwood
Scott Sommerville, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Kimberley

Certificate in Local Government Statutory Administration 

Karen Cote, Director of Finance, District of Invermere
Michelle Martineau, Director of Corporate Services, District of Sparwood
Scott Sommerville, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Kimberley


In municipalities across Canada, infrastructure is aging, capital and operating costs are rising, and service delivery is strained by growing populations and shifting conditions.  Solutions may be all around us: there is growing evidence that natural assets provide, or could be restored to provide, services just like engineered assets, and often at lower costs.

However, most local governments lack policies and methods to measure the services provided by natural assets or the risks to services if the natural assets become degraded.

The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) offers a methodology and support for local governments to integrate natural assets into core asset management and financialprocesses using the same systems as for engineered assets.

MNAI is now offering a watershed-level program in BC focussed on the needs and capacities of smaller / rural local governments, in a single geographic region.

Additional details and the Request for Expressions of Interest (due date: August 17), to be submitted by a group of local governments, is available at this link.

Visit this link for more information and to read the Request for Expressions of Interest. 

Applications from groups of local governments in a single region or watershed are due by August 17th. 

Please contact info.mnai@gmail.comfor additional information and questions.

Is your community implementing actions related to active transportation, public transit, electric vehicles, building energy retrofits, energy efficient new buildings, organics recycling, or renewable or district energy? Receive recognition for your work by applying for a Climate & Energy Action Award. Awards are offered in 3 categories: community planning and development, corporate operations, and collaboration with provincial public sector organizations. The awards will be presented at the UBCM Convention this September and winners will be featured in the December issue of Municipal World
magazine.For further information and to apply for an award, visit CEA’s website. The application deadline is 5:00 pm on June 29, 2018.

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