September 25 Resolutions Debate

The following is a summary of the resolutions and positions adopted during the September 25 policy session at the 2015 Convention. The full and exact wording of any amendments will appear in the Convention Minutes.

Report on Resolutions Received After the Deadline

On motion, duly moved and seconded, delegates endorsed the recommendations of the Resolutions Committee in the Report on Resolutions Received After the Deadline. This means that resolutions LR1, LR2 and LR3 were admitted for debate, while the remaining late resolutions were not admitted for debate.

LR1     Assistance to Refugees
Endorsed

LR2     Appurtenance Provisions in the Forest Act
Endorsed

LR3     Federal Port Operations on Agricultural Land
Endorsed

Following consideration of the Report on Resolutions Received After the Deadline, the membership continued with consideration of the remaining Section B resolutions.

Section B2-b

B86     Land Title Fees
Endorsed

B87     Funding Allocation to Small Communities
Endorsed

B88     Change the Requirements for Public Notification
Endorsed

B89     Setting of Local Government Fees
Endorsed

B90     Change the Position Title of Electoral Area Director
Referred to UBCM Executive

B91     Candidates for Local Government Elections to Run in One Jurisdiction Only
Endorsed

B92     Withdrawal, Death or Incapacity of an Election Candidate
Endorsed

B93     Recall of Local Government Elected Officials
Endorsed as Amended

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM request that the Province of British Columbia amend BC’s Community Charter to include a mechanism enabling voters to recall their local government elected officials, whereby the signatures of more than 50% of registered municipal or ward voters would be required, with the petition being initiated no less than 18 months after the date the local government elected official was sworn in to office, following the same recall timeline currently being used by Elections BC for the recall of Members of the Legislative Assembly.

B94     Campaign Contribution Legislation
Endorsed

B95     Aversive Conditioning of Urban Ungulates
Not Endorsed

B96     Geographic Scope of Environmental Impact Assessments
Endorsed

B97     Waiving Royalties for Gravel Extraction in Flood Hazard Areas
Endorsed as Amended

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM request the provincial government to waive royalties for all gravel that is extracted by local governments and leaseholders from riverbeds adjacent to flood hazard areas, where qualified professionals confirm that gravel extraction will reduce flooding risk.

B98     Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulation
Endorsed

B99     Removal of Lands from Agricultural Land Reserve
Endorsed

B100   Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles
Not Endorsed

B101   Support for Prioritizing of Resolutions
Not Endorsed

B102   Include Marijuana Derivatives and Review Access
Endorsed

Section B3-a

The recommendations of the Resolutions Committee for the Section B – Part 3-a resolutions were introduced as a block. This includes resolutions B103 to B110.

The Resolutions Committee recommendations on the Section B – Part 3-a resolutions were endorsed as a block. This means that the resolutions in Section B – Part 3-a were endorsed, with resolution B108 being endorsed with amendment as proposed.

B108   Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Endorsed with Amendment as Proposed

Therefore be it resolved that the Union of BC Municipalities urge the federal government to:

  • Update the Homelessness Partnering Strategy “Designated Communities” eligibility list to reflect significant homelessness challenges faced by many communities not previously identified as having serious homelessness challenges; and
  • Amend the funding criteria to consider a broad range of factors including community capacity and the specific needs of individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;

And be it further resolved that federal government funding of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy be increased to take into account new communities added to the program.

Section B3-b

B111   National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
Endorsed

B112   Warning Labels for all Fossil Based Liquid Fuels
Endorsed as Amended

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM support, and that member local governments will implement where possible, legislation to require retailers of petroleum products to provide plastic sleeves (nozzle toppers) with warning labels on pump handles for all fossil based liquid fuels.

On motion, duly moved and seconded, the recommendations of the Resolutions Committee for the remaining Section B – Part 3 resolutions were introduced as a block. This includes resolutions B113 to B122.

The Resolutions Committee recommendations on the remaining Section B – Part 3 resolutions were endorsed as a block. This means that resolution B121 was not endorsed, and that the UBCM Executive will consider the remaining Section B – Part 3 resolutions at their meeting in November 2015.

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