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The UBCM Executive met on May 17-18, 2018 in Richmond to hold their quarterly Committee and board meetings. Executive members met with the Honourable Selina Robinson as part of their board meeting.

Highlights of the May 18th Executive meeting include:

  • Received a report on the President’s activities since the last meeting.
  • Approved the following appointments: Mayor Chris Pieper, Armstrong to the Local Government Contract Management Committee and Director Mike McNabb, RD of North Okanagan to the BC Road Safety Committee.
  • Approved an Extraordinary Resolution to the 2018 UBCM Convention that will seek to amend the UBCM Bylaws to set a designated time for consideration of  “off the floor” resolutions instead of permitting them to be considered immediately upon consent of members to admit the resolution for debate. The resolution, if passed, would take effect for the 2019 Convention.
  • Received an update on the following policy files: Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations; Problem Vessels; New RCMP Labour Relations Regime; Legalization of Cannabis; Electronic Roadside Ticketing; Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Program; Auditor General for Local Government;  The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act; Care Home Sprinkler Safety; Farm Assessment – Medical Cannabis Grow Operations; Federal Additions to Reserve Policy; Federal Comprehensive Land Claims Policy; Emergency Program Act Review; BC Ferries; National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls; Licensing of Commercial Dog & Cat Breeding; Auxiliary Program; 911 Call Answer Levy; Assessment Appeals: special use properties; Off Road Vehicle Management Framework; Natural Resource Roads Act.
  • Received an update on housing and reviewed recent provincial initiatives and corresponding UBCM advocacy and engagement with the Province.
  • Received an update on the activities and work undertaken by the Working Group for Responsible Conduct.
  • Received a copy of UBCM’s submission to the Coastal Ferries Review.
  • Reviewed results of Executive survey/feedback on the 2018 Advocacy Days program.
  • Received a report on the survey undertaken by UBCM to determine the impact of Employer Health Tax.
  • Received a report on UBCM’s plans to host a delegation from Cambodia through FCM International Programs.
  • Received an update on the legalization of non-medical cannabis; including a summary of the work undertaken by the Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation.
  • Received a report on the five-year review of the Auditor General for Local Government.
  • Received a copy of UBCM’s submission to the Minister’s Advisory Committee on the revitalization of the Agricultural Land Commission and the Agricultural Land Reserve.  Subsequent to that report adopted a motion to urge a moratorium on further use of ALR lands to grow recreational cannabis until the Province undertakes a comprehensive review and broad consultation with local governments on the use of the ALR for the production of recreational cannabis.
  • Received a report on the provincial government responses for 2017 UBCM resolutions. Analysis of their responses and specific recommendations for further action was presented and will be incorporated into the UBCM workplan for the coming year.
  • Received a report on the Province’s intention to amend the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing agreement and advised that staff are continuing to work with provincial staff to determine what potential changes are being contemplated.
  • Received a report from the Ad-Hoc Committee on Alternate “unelected” Electoral Area Directors and approved their recommendations for legislative amendments and best practices to address member concerns.
  • Received a report on UBCM spring conferences – Electoral Area Directors Forum and RD CEO/CAO Forum; as well as an update on the Local Government Leadership activities in preparation for newly elected official seminars in 2019.
  • Received a report outlining UBCM’s process for engaging members to obtain feedback to contribute to the Province’s review of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act.
  • Received correspondence from the Municipal Pension Board of Trustees related to Governance Committee membership and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities requesting UBCM to immediately engage with the Province in the new Employer Health Tax.
  • Received the financial report for the period ending April 30, 2018.
  • Received a staff report on recent activities and updates for the Local Government Program Services and the Gas Tax Fund.
  • Received a delegation from the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and discussed: housing; the new Employer Heath Tax; Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Agreement; Phase 2 Infrastructure Program; Committee to Review Development Processing Guidelines; Responsible Conduct Working Group; Cannabis Legalization; Climate Action and Terms of Reference pertaining to the AGLG five year review.

Highlights of the May 17th Committee meetings:

Presidents Committee

Presidents Committee members provided direction on the Excellence Awards judging and awards at the 2018 Convention; development and implementation of a UBCM conference code of conduct; discussed next steps in a review of the Commercial Vehicle Licencing Program; and discussed latest developments regarding the Employer Health Tax and the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Agreement. Committee members also received reports on staffing; quarterly financial statements, member services and group benefits; Advocacy Days evaluation; federal infrastructure program funding; and received a presentation on the Municipal Pension Plan.

Convention Committee

The Committee received updates on Convention program details, catering, entertainment, sponsorship, and child minding services. The Committee provided recommendations on the budget, child minding, and catering that were brought forward for Executive approval.

Environment Committee

The Committee received a delegation addressing the Invasive Species White Paper and a second delegation on the environmental assessment revitalization process. Members also discussed contaminated sites, species at risk, and spill preparedness and response.

Community Economic Development Committee

The Committee received two delegations. The first delegation was held in conjunction with the Environment Committee to discuss the environmental assessment (EA) revitalization process. The second delegation was held with the Chief Forester, Diane Nichols and Sarah Fraser, both of Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to discuss re-organization in the Ministry and updates on a variety of forestry and rural development policy files.

Committee members also provided direction to follow-up with the Province on their response to resolution 2017-B66 regarding establishing a panel on management and preservation of old growth; agreed to partner with the Province in a local economic development survey and will prepare a response to the forthcoming discussion paper on a revitalized EA process.

Healthy Communities Committee

The Committee received an update on provincial and federal initiatives with respect to child care, and discuss the joint UBCM/Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC project on child care in rural and remote communities in BC. An update was received on the BC Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Committee discussed potential Convention sessions.

Community Safety Committee

Members considered reports regarding RCMP labour relations; the Auxiliary Program; liquor policy changes (including the ongoing industry liquor policy review); emergency communications; the BC Community Road Safety Toolkit; and recent policing issues relevant to BC local governments (e.g. G7 Leaders’ Summit).

Indigenous Relations Committee

The Committee received a delegation on provincial work addressing the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Committee was also updated on work towards renewing a Memorandum of Understanding with the province regarding engagement on Indigenous initiatives. In addition, information was received on the Federal Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework.

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