Decisions Arising from the September 23, 2015 Resolutions Session

The following is a summary of the resolutions and positions adopted during the Wednesday policy session at the 2015 Convention. The full and exact wording of any amendments will appear in the Convention Minutes.

Section A

A1       Allocation of New Building Canada Fund
Endorsed as Amended

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM call on the Province to allocate a minimum of 60% of the Building Canada Fund directly to local government.

A2       Mental Health and Addiction Services and Resources
Endorsed with Amendment as Proposed

Therefore be it resolved that the provincial government be called upon to develop a long-term, multi-faceted strategy to help people suffering from mental health and addiction issues including integrated health and psychiatric care, criminal justice reform, and access to affordable housing, as a matter of priority within the BC health care system;

And be it further resolved that UBCM call on the provincial government to ensure that the level of resourcing and facilities for providing mental health and addiction services are increased throughout the province to allow for improved access and treatment for those suffering from mental health issues, including addictions.

A3       Provincial Responsibility for Fire Services Act and Regulations
Endorsed

A4       Resourcing Local Governments for Oil and Hazardous and Noxious Substances Emergency Planning Response
Endorsed with Amendment as Proposed

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM call on the provincial and federal governments to expand the scope of oil and hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) risk assessment and response planning to include all impacts and consequences on local communities and governments, and introduce additional funding for the resources and locally-specific capacity building required to ensure that local governments are in the best possible position to plan for and protect communities and the environment in the event of fires, explosions, spills and related incidents as a result of increasing transportation of oil and HNS;

And be it further resolved that UBCM and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities call upon the federal government to develop a comprehensive emergency response plan and procedure for hazardous and noxious substance spill related emergencies that includes due recognition of and compensation for the role of local government emergency response services.

A5       Environmental Bill of Rights
Endorsed

Section B1

The recommendations of the Resolutions Committee for the Section B – Part 1 resolutions were introduced as a block. This includes resolutions B1 to B51.

A motion, duly moved and seconded, to remove the following resolutions from the Section B – Part 1 block and admit them for individual debate, was endorsed.

B6        Sustainable Dredging of Secondary Channels of the Lower Fraser River
B8        Local Government Elections – Internet Voting
B18      Electricity Costs of Recreational Facilities
B34      Ministry of Energy and Mines Permitting

The Resolutions Committee recommendations on the remaining Section B – Part 1 resolutions were endorsed as a block. This means that the remaining Section B – Part 1 resolutions were endorsed.

Following consideration of the Section B – Part 1 block, the assembly began consideration of the resolutions that had been removed from the block for individual debate.

B6        Sustainable Dredging of Secondary Channels of the Lower Fraser River
Endorsed

B8        Local Government Elections – Internet Voting
Endorsed

The remaining resolutions removed from the block for individual debate will be considered during the policy session on Thursday, September 24 beginning at 8:55 am.

Meta Navigation