Endorsed Resolutions

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

Section B1

The assembly continued with consideration of the remaining resolutions removed from the Section B1 block for individual debate.

B18      Electricity Costs of Recreational Facilities
Endorsed

B34      Ministry of Energy and Mines Permitting
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 B52 to B73.

A motion, duly moved and seconded, to add resolution B123 to the Section B - Part 2-a block, was endorsed.

The resolution as added to Section B - Part 2-a read:

B123      Canada Post      Quesnel

Whereas Canada Post Corporation is in the process of eliminating door-to-door mail delivery as part of their ongoing program to increase postal rates and reduce postal services including the closure and downsizing of post offices, and reduction of post office hours;

And whereas door-to-door mail delivery is an essential utility service that positively contributes to the liveability and safety of Canadian neighbourhoods, especially for increasing populations of seniors, shut-ins and persons with mobility and accessibility challenges;

And whereas Canada Post's "super mail box" alternative to door-to-door mail delivery appears to be plagued with problems relating to criminal vandalism, theft, and general public safety:

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM petition the Government of Canada to reverse the decision to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and to properly consult with local governments and citizens in general relative to the continuation of door-to-door mail delivery and other levels of postal service that are expected and required in Canada.

The recommendation of the UBCM Resolutions Committee was to endorse resolution B123.

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.

B53      Human Trafficking
B62      Compliance Under the BC Recycling Regulation
B73      Workers Compensation Act Presumptive Clause for First Responders

The Resolutions Committee recommendations on the remaining Section B – Part 2-a resolutions were endorsed as a block. This means that the remaining Section B – Part 2-a resolutions were endorsed, including resolution B123, and that the following resolutions were endorsed with amendment as proposed:

B52      Re-Establish Provincial Government as Diking Authority
B60      Quagga and Zebra Mussels

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.

B53      Human Trafficking
Endorsed as Amended

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM call on the RCMP, local police forces, and local governments to continue to work collaboratively in order to implement the recommendations found within the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada’s recent report (“NO MORE” Ending Sex-Trafficking in Canada) as well as the Province of British Columbia’s Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

B62      Compliance Under the BC Recycling Regulation
Endorsed

B73      Workers Compensation Act Presumptive Clause for First Responders
Endorsed

Section B2-b

The following resolutions from Section B – Part 2-b were debated individually.

B74      Funding for Road Maintenance
Endorsed

B75      Highway Maintenance
Endorsed

B76      Routine Highway Maintenance Over Pipelines
Endorsed

B77      Development of an Emergency Response Seismic Mitigation Fund
Endorsed

B78      Disaster Relief
Endorsed

B79      WorkSafe BC Confined Space Regulations
Not Endorsed

B80      Rape Culture in Canada
Endorsed as Amended

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM advocate for an intergovernmental task force to be convened to determine the steps needed to erase the “rape culture” that is pervasive in schools, universities, workplaces and elsewhere across Canada;

And be it further resolved that the task force be mandated to elicit testimony from victims in order to determine the steps needed to improve the reporting, arrest and conviction rates across Canada;

And be it further resolved that the task force be mandated to determine the steps needed to improve the reporting, arrest and conviction rates across Canada.

B81      BC Emergency Response Management System
Endorsed

B82      Increasing Corporate Income Tax Rates
Endorsed

B83      Carbon Tax
Not Endorsed

B84      Business Class Exemption
Not Endorsed

B85      Office of Auditor General for Local Government
Endorsed

The Report on Resolutions Received After the Deadline will be considered during the policy session on Friday, September 25 beginning at 8:00 am. Following consideration of the Report, the membership will continue with consideration of the remaining Section B resolutions.

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