April 13, 2016

Township of Langley Arenas brought back in-house

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY- CUPE 403 is proud to announce that after nearly 20 years two arenas in the Township of Langley will once again be operated in-house. The George Preston Recreation Centre and the Aldergrove Community Arena will both be staffed by CUPE 403 members starting July 1, 2016.

April 8, 2016

Sooke Wastewater Services to be delivered in-house

SOOKE – The District of Sooke has voted unanimously to end their contract with for-profit contractor EPCOR and bring wastewater services in-house. Sooke staff estimate that the District can save approximately $225,000 annually by operating and maintaining the system themselves.

There will be a six month transition period and the District will officially take over as of October 1, 2016.

October 8, 2015

White Rock funnels water in-house

WHITE ROCK - The City of White Rock now owns its own water utility and will be holding a community forum on the subject next week. The City recently voted unanimously to expropriate the system from Edmonton-based EPCOR and operate it in-house using CUPE workers.

July 3, 2015

White Rock airs private plans for garbage collection

WHITE ROCK – City Council’s soliciting for private solid waste collection has local CUPE municipal workers and residents concerned.  Among the options being touted by Council are moving the collection for single-family dwellings from the current public service to private for-profit collection.

May 5, 2015

New Eastside sewage treatment consultations in the CRD

VICTORIA - Following a successful kickoff event held on April 29 at the Royal BC Museum, the Eastside Select Committee has announced three additional community dialogues. CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.

May 09, 11am-1pm
Saanich, Cedar Hill Rec Centre

May 09, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Oak Bay, Windsor Pavilion Sports Room

May 13, 10am-12pm
Victoria, Crystal Pool

April 28, 2015

Sewage treatment consultations happening in the CRD

VICTORIA - New public consultations for the development of sewage treatment are underway in the Capital Regional District (CRD). Select Committees for the Eastside and Westside of the CRD’s Core Area are conducting separate consultation processes and inviting public participation. At the end of consultations, the two committees will come together to discuss solutions that could work across the entire Core Area.

CUPE members and others who support publicly owned and operated sewage treatment have a number of options to get involved and be part of discussions.

September 19, 2013

Local governments call for review of recycling regulation changes

VANCOUVER – Local government officials are calling for the Provincial government to step in and re-examine Multi-Materials British Columbia’s (MMBC) recycling plan for the province.

In addition to asking the Province to reconsider MMBC’s stewardship plan, local governments are also asking for 90 additional days to clarify and further consider the three options they were given by MMBC in regards to their recycling programs.

June 4, 2013

White Rock Residents Excited by Opportunities for Accountable Public Drinking Water

WHITE ROCK – More than 100 local residents crowded First United Church in White Rock the evening of Monday June 3rd to hear about the opportunity for increased public accountability of their drinking water systems.

Speakers at the event included Professor Dr. Mildred Warner of Cornell University’s Department of Regional Planning, Ava Waxman of the Council of Canadians, and community representative Phil LeGood. Attendees at the event were welcomed by Chief Joanne Charles of the Semiahmoo First Nation.

May 29, 2013

White Rock Residents to Review Opportunities for Accountable Public Water

WHITE ROCK – Who should be accountable for our water? A public forum beginning 7PM, Monday, June 3rd at White Rock’s First United Church will provide some answers as the City of White Rock explores opportunities for public operation of its drinking water systems, currently owned by the Edmonton based utility corporation EPCOR.

January 14, 2013

CUPE BC President to discuss Core Service Review

PRINCE GEORGE—CUPE BC President Barry O’Neill will be in Prince George discussing the negative impact Core Service Reviews have on communities this Wednesday, Jan.16.

The public event “City Services under Attack” aims to bring awareness to the flaws of these types of biased reviews says O’Neill.