Thursday, May 5, 2016

Municipal and Regional officials gather in Dawson Creek for NCLGA conference

It's convention season for British Columbia politicians, with Dawson Creek the destination for this weeks North Central Local Government Association meetings which started yesterday and continues through to Saturday.

The annual gathering provides an opportunity for municipal and regional government officials and staff members to exchange ideas, vote on a range of resolutions, take in a number of information sessions and explore the newest items to be found at the trade show.

The City of Prince Rupert has sent a delegation to the four day event in the Peace River region, led by Mayor Lee Brain who took to his Civic Facebook page on Wednesday along with Councillor Wade Niesh as they toured a nearby Wind Farm Development in Dawson Creek, part of a day long Energy Tour put on by convention organizers.

Mayor Brain included a video of their tour of the wind farm to his Facebook entry noting the City's 2030 Sustainable city committee planning and perhaps setting the stage for a further discussion in Prince Rupert about the prospects of wind energy in the community in the years to come.

There was no roll call listed on the Mayor's Facebook portal when it comes to Prince Rupert participation, so residents will have to wait for the return of the travelling party to learn which other Council members or city staffers were along for the annual gathering.

As for the work ahead at the convention, the Opening ceremonies and Opening address launches the heart of the convention today, with a number of speakers and information sessions to follow through the day and again on Friday.

A look at the full itinerary can be found here.

The Port of Prince Rupert is involved with one of the convention information sessions, as Ken Veldman from the Port takes part in the Future of Agriculture Panel Session on Friday morning.

As with any convention there will be a range of resolutions for delegates to consider and vote on during discussion sessions, the majority of them provided by the member municipalities of the NCLGA.

A quick scan of the resolution listings indicates that Prince Rupert has provided for no resolutions to consider at this years convention, with the only item from the North Coast on the notice paper coming from the District of Port Edward

The District's resolution is related to CN Railway crossings, with the District seeking the approval of the group to direct the NCLGA and UBCM request the federal government to provide funding opportunities that will allow communities to upgrade the crossing to meet their new, required standards.

Other Northwest communities with resolutions to be considered include:

Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako

Landfill Guidelines
Emergency Program Act
BC Fire Service Minimum Training Standards: Structure Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook
Unconditional Local Government Grants

Town of Smithers

RCMP Based Victim Services
Unconditional Local Government Grants

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

Support for the Northwest BC Resources Benefits Alliance

District of Kitimat

Implementation of a Graduated licencing program for Motorcylces with power restrictions/mandatory training

District of Stewart  

Obtaining land from province below market value

City of Terrace

Taxation of Brownfields
Analysis of Rural Policing Requirements

The full overview of the resolutions can be found from the information package from the NCLGA starting on page 46

As part of the convention proceedings, the NCLGA has already announced the appointments for 2016-17 Regional representation, with Port Edward Mayor Dave MacDonald named as the Skeena-Queen Charlotte representative for the year ahead.

One even that has been cancelled was an opportunity for convention delegates to take a fly in tour of the Alberta Oil Sands in the Fort McMurray area, the cancellation the result of the horrific wildfire situation in that community that has resulted in devastation for many of that city's neighbourhoods.

Following the Mayor's travels in the Peace Country through his social media platform may offer up some background as to the work this week for the Prince Rupert delegation, with the first opportunity for a more wide ranging report from the participants coming up at the next City Council session on May 9th.

Some media notes on convention week can be found below, updates to come as the convention continues through to Saturday.

Resolutions up for debate at local government meeting
NCLGA oilsands tour cancelled due to Fort McMurray wildfires
Fossil protections, school bus funding on agenda at NCLGA meeting
Time change Debate is Back
NCLGA calls meeting in Dawson Creek 'power event of the year'
Northern Leaders meeting in Dawson Creek (audio)

For more items related to Prince Rupert City Council see our archive page here.

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