Thursday, August 16, 2018

UBCM Resolutions book ready for municipal review as September convention draws closer

Municipal government leaders, their senior staff and officials from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities all will be gathering in Whistler next month, with the annual convention of municipal government scheduled for the mountains north of Vancouver from September.

In preparation for the annual event which brings municipal, provincial and federal officials together, the UBCM has delivered the first look at this years lengthy list of resolutions to be considered.

In total, there are 208 resolutions listed from municipalities, regional districts and government associations across the province, covering every imaginable topic and seeking some form of agreement with federal or provincial governments in many cases.

Considering the range of topics that have made for discussion points at City Council over the last year, it's somewhat surprising to see that Prince Rupert will have but one resolution considered at this years convention.

That a call for action on the British Columbia Fishery.  The introduction for the resolution features one of the longest preambles offered up for consideration and can be examined from page 185 of the Resolutions Guide.

The City of Prince Rupert's resolution for UBCM
putting the focus on issues related to
the fishery on the west coast

click to enlarge)

The Resolutions committee takes note of the range of actions requested and traces some of the past history of the UBCM on similar themes, the committee offered no recommendation on the City of Prince Rupert resolution.

The UBCM Resolution committee review
of the Prince Rupert resolution
(click to enlarge)

We provided our first look at the City of Prince Rupert's plans back on June 28th when  Councillor Joy Thorkelson introduced the motion to add the Fishery issue as the city's contribution to the UBCM convention program.

A number of other communities across the Northwest have twenty two resolutions up for further study in September, with the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District and City of Terrace leading the way

From across the Northwest, the Resolution topics include:

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District 

B6 -- Search and Rescue Funding
B13 -- CN Rail Emergency Response Capacity
B43 -- Expansion of Community Forest Program
C1 -- Road Rescue Funding

Burns Lake

B24 -- Underfunding of Public Libraries
B107 -- Downloading of Wildfire Mitigation Costs and Responsibility

Kitimat-Stikine Regional District

B50 -- Regional Hospital District Capital Funding Formula
B69 -- Residential Recycling Services in Small Communities (with New Hazelton)


B76 -- Electricity Affordability Program
B83 -- Elected Official Disqualification 
C20 -- Cannabis Tax Revenue Sharing with Local governments


B94 -- Priority Funding of Flood Prevention Capital Projects


B110 -- Municipal Uplift Grant Program

Port Clements

B57 -- Cellular Coverage for Rural Communities

Central Coast Regional District

B150 -- Financing Reconciliation: Solutions for Local Government

All of the communities of the Northwest and Haida Gwaii are members of the North Central Locagl Government Association and the political body has delivered seven resolutions for consideration at the convention.

North Central Local Government

B28 -- EPR for Agriculture Plastics
B53 -- Senior Funding
B62 -- Creating a Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Rural places, small municipalities and Remote Communities
B64 -- Gas Tax Funding for Volunteer Fire Departments
B75 -- Meat Processing Review
B99 -- Wildfire Firefighting Inventory
C30 -- MLA Attendance at Area Association Meetings

You can review all of the resolution themes in more detail from the UBCM Resolution Guide starting at page 81 of the document.

As we get closer to the September convention period we will launch our annual archive of UBCM notes and results, you can review last years collection of work here.

Prince Rupert City Council members and senior city staff will join other municipal leaders at the Whistler Conference Centre from September 10 through 14.

More background on the convention can be found from the UBCM website.

For now, you can review some of Prince Rupert's past discussion themes at City Council from our archive page here.

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