Friday, August 13, 2021

UBCM Talking Points 2021

September makes for convention season for BC municipal leaders as the province's elected officials and their senior staff members, along with a string of BC government and opposition members prepare to take part in the UBCM convention, which as it was at last year this years gathering is once again to be a virtual event.

The theme for this years convention is Obstacles to Opportunities and much of the focus will be related to how local government can adapt to change and uncertain times.

Like all things, Convention will look different this year. But the work and intent of Convention remains unchanged. We will generate dialogue about the hurdles we face. We will reconnect to pursue priorities and build policy. We will hear from leaders and innovators. All of the learnings, none of the buffet line-ups.--UBCM's focus for this years convention

The introduction to this years convention outlines where delegates will be directing much of their attention. 

We are a responsive order of government, capable of pivoting to face a future filled with unique obstacles and unmatched opportunities. 

These attributes will serve us well in this next phase, as we juggle economic recovery and reopening with the ongoing work of local government. And of course, the pressing issues that ran parallel to this pandemic—climate, infrastructure, housing— remain priorities. 

The work ahead is multi-faceted and will require considerable balance. Luckily, we’ve become masters of balance. Grocery orders between Zoom calls, reviewing reports and homeschool assignments, connecting with our communities and managing spotty wi-fi. 

We have built our multi-task toolkit and are ready for the work ahead.

As we head towards convention week, we will offer up items of interest below culled from developments that come out of the virtual gathering set to take place  from September 13 to 17.

Items from the blog focused on the North Coast and related to the convention can be found in this archive listed in their own section and, highlighted in red,  our blog contributions to the theme will be marked by our blue NCR icon, allowing you to find them with a quick scan.

Notes on the convention that are related to the North Coast and Northwest involvement from other media sources will listed below in green typeface.

Notes of interest from other communities will be highlighted in orange .

A look at the Program for the Vancouver event can be found here.  

As well you can also explore  the UBCM Book of Resolutions  that will be considered during the course of the five day convention.

Readers of the blog can also find updates on information from UBCM by way of their website and through twitter a wider look at the thoughts of convention delegates can be explored from the  #UBCM2021 hashtag

North Coast Review notes 2021

August 13 -- Northwest Communities to bring range of resolutions to UBCM convention for 2021 NCR

Other Prince Rupert related notes  on UBCM 2019



From elsewhere in the Northwest

September 13 -- CRD Tables two motions ahead of UBCM convention
September 10 -- UBCM to review report recommending a Fairer property tax system  


From Around British Columbia

September 18 -- Awarded for wood design
September 9 -- Whistler officials target transit, housing, tourism funding at UBCM
September 4 -- UBCM Executive expresses support for PHO
September 3 -- PG sends five resolutions to UBCM

August 28 -- Pemberton, SLRD identify priorities ahead of UBCM convention

The UBCM home page for Convention 2021 can be found here.

Other items related to UBCM, as well as the work of provincial and municipal officials can be reviewed on our political Portal D'Arcy McGee.

You can access this archive from our Extra Editions link found as part of our right hand column

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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