In the lead up to this years convention, Northwest and Northern BC communities brought a wide range of issues to the call for resolutions and from the convention wrap up review, we can now see what success that they had when it came to their suggested discussion points for the Whistler gathering.
As we noted on Friday, Prince Rupert had submitted one resolution for UBCM this year, which put the focus on the state of the province's fishery and the need for municipal support to raise the issues with provincial and federal officials.
The resolution which was first proposed by Councillor Joy Thorkelson to Prince Rupert Council earlier this year, was endorsed during the resolution process at the convention, with delegates offering a slight amendment to the language.
|Prince Rupert's resolution on the Commercial Fishery|
found success at this years UBCM gathering
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When it comes to the review of the volume of resolutions from around the Northwest, for the most part communities found much success with their discussion themes, with the scorecard for 2018 looking as follows:
Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
B6 -- Search and Rescue Funding -- Endorsed
B13 -- CN Rail Emergency Response Capacity -- Endorsed
B43 -- Expansion of Community Forest Program -- Endorsed
C1 -- Road Rescue Funding -- Not Admitted for Debate
B24 -- Underfunding of Public Libraries -- Endorsed with an amendment
(Be it further resolved that the Province of British Columbia commit to form a Task Force to work with the Public Library Associations to ensure funding sustainability)
B107 -- Downloading of Wildfire Mitigation Costs and Responsibility -- Endorsed
Kitimat-Stikine Regional District
B50 -- Regional Hospital District Capital Funding Formula -- Endorsed
B69 -- Residential Recycling Services in Small Communities (with New Hazelton) -- Endorsed
B76 -- Electricity Affordability Program -- Endorsed
B83 -- Elected Official Disqualification -- Endorsed with an amendment
(Therefore be it resolved that UBCM lobby the provincial government to implement legislation to require that an elected local government official be disqualified from office upon conviction of a serious criminal offense, not including convictions related to non- violent acts of civil disobedience;
And be it further resolved that an elected local government official be required to take a paid leave of absence from office upon Crown approval of charges until the court process is complete. )
C20 -- Cannabis Tax Revenue Sharing with Local governments -- Not Admitted for Debate
B94 -- Priority Funding of Flood Prevention Capital Projects
B110 -- Municipal Uplift Grant Program -- Endorsed
B57 -- Cellular Coverage for Rural Communities -- Endorsed
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.
The full overview of all of the Resolutions introduced at the UBCM in Whistler can be reviewed here.
More notes related to convention week can be reviewed from our archive page
North Central Local Government
B28 -- EPR for Agriculture Plastics -- Endorsed
B53 -- Senior Funding -- Endorsed
B62 -- Creating a Comprehensive Transportation Plan for Rural places, small municipalities and Remote Communities -- Endorsed
B64 -- Gas Tax Funding for Volunteer Fire Departments -- Endorsed
B75 -- Meat Processing Review -- Endorsed
B99 -- Wildfire Firefighting Inventory -- Endorsed
C30 -- MLA Attendance at Area Association Meetings -- Not Admitted for Debate