Decisions from the 2nd Resolutions Session

The following is a summary of the resolutions and positions adopted during the September 18 policy session at the 2013 Convention. The full and exact wording of all amendments will appear in the Convention Minutes.

SPECIAL RESOLUTION

SR1 Packaging & Printed Paper Product Stewardship.
Endorsed as Amended

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial government and MMBC provide an additional 90 days for local governments to properly clarify and consider the MMBC offer prior to the implementation of the MMBC PPP Stewardship Plan in May 2014;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the provincial government review the MMBC PPP Stewardship Plan, and require that the plan be revised to:

· address local governments' concerns with the implementation of the plan;
· ensure local governments' control of recycling programs in their communities;
· ensure producers take full financial responsibility for the collection and recycling of their waste;
· create meaningful market signals that encourage the reduction of packaging and innovation of better more recyclable packaging; and
· address the issue of continuity of service;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that UBCM appoint a representative committee to negotiate with MMBC and the provincial government.

SECTION B1

B19 Infrastructure Grants for Small Municipalities
Endorsed as Amended

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial and federal governments implement infrastructure grant programs that recognize the limited capacity of small and rural local governments, and that facilitate efficient and fair access to infrastructure funding for all BC local governments, and further that grants not be conditional on ‘P3' funding.

B35 Agricultural Land Commission Land Determination
Not Endorsed

B44 Air Ambulance Services
Endorsed

B49 Evaluation of Resolution Effectiveness
Endorsed

SECTION B2-a

The recommendations of the Resolutions Committee for the Section B – Part 2-a resolutions were introduced as a block. This includes resolutions B62 to B85.

A motion, duly moved and seconded, to remove the following resolutions from the Section B – Part 2-a block and admit them for individual debate, was endorsed.

B62 Trapping of Animals
B72 Genetically Engineered Plants & Animals

The Resolutions Committee recommendations on the remaining Section B2-a resolutions were endorsed. This means that the following Section B2-a resolutions were amended as proposed. Please refer to the 2013 Resolutions Book for the full text of the amendments.

B85 Tiered Electricity Rates

Following consideration of the Section B – Part 2-a block, the assembly began consideration of the resolutions that had been removed from the block for individual debate.

B62 Trapping of Animals
Endorsed

B72 Genetically Engineered Plants & Animals
Endorsed

SECTION B2-b

B86 Personal Information of Elected Officials
Endorsed

B87 Workplace Bullying & Harassment
Endorsed

B88 Shadow Populations
Endorsed

B89 Two-tiered Police Force
Endorsed

B90 Emergency Social Services & Temporary Disaster Assistance for Second Home Owners & Temporary Residents
Endorsed

B91 Photo Radar in School Zones
Endorsed as Amended

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM request the provincial government to change its legislation to permit the use of speed cameras in school and playground traffic zones;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that fine revenue be shared on a negotiated basis between local governments.

B92 Requirement for Working Smoke Alarms
Referred to UBCM Executive

B93 Other Voting
Not Endorsed

B94 Civic Election Term Length in BC
Endorsed as Amended

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM ask the provincial government to increase the interval between civic elections from three years to four years, and that legislation be passed to do so in time for the 2014 election.

B95 Local Government Election Campaign Finance Rules
Endorsed

RESOLUTION OFF THE FLOOR

OF1 Martin Mars Water Bomber
Sponsor: Port Alberni
Endorsed

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of British Columbia be urged to renew the contract with Coulson Group and retain the Martin Mars water bomber as part of its fire suppression program in the interests of its effectiveness in direct attacks, delivery cost, its long-term utility and its ability to create safe zones through strategic drops.

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