Highlights of the July 2017 Executive Meeting

The UBCM Executive convened over July 12-14 for Committee and Executive meetings. The July meeting agenda provides closure on a number of year-end matters such as audited financial statements but also establishes direction for the year ahead through the proposed annual work plan. Executive members also reviewed 150 resolutions submitted for consideration at the 2017 Convention, and reflected on UBCM priorities in anticipation of a newly installed provincial government.

Highlights of the July 14th Executive meeting include:

  • Received a report on the President’s activities and actions since the last meeting in April.
  • Received a report from the 2017 Nominating Committee advising that the nominations process for Executive positions was underway, and that the appointment of Chief and Deputy Chief Scrutineer had been completed.
  • Received reports on the annual review of MOU and Agreements; Financial Statements for the month and year ending May 31, 2017; annual statutory compliance report; a year end status report of the 2016-2017 annual work program; and the proposed work plan for 2017-2018.
  • Approved the Preliminary Budget for 2017-2018.
  • Received an update on the work undertaken to advance local governments’ interests related to housing including: the establishment of a Special Committee; adoption of a Terms of Reference and scope of work to be undertaken; and the addition of representation from smaller communities.
  • Received a report providing an analysis of the three provincial party platforms in comparison to the UBCM’s Election Advocacy Plan to determine policy alignments.
  • Received a status report on UBCM’s legal assistance fund.
  • Approved the annual allocation of $7,500 to the Board of Examiners in support of the Jeff McKelvey scholarship fund.
  • Received a financial statement on the UBCM-FCM Small Communities Travel Fund.
  • Received a report from the Ad hoc Committee on Alternate “Unelected” Electoral Area Directors, and provided direction on the scope of work and options to be reviewed, noting that a paper would be prepared and considered at the February 2018 Electoral Area Directors Forum as well as at the CEO/CAO Forum.
  • Approved tentative dates for 2017-2018 Executive meetings, subject to approval by the incoming Executive in September.
  • Approved consideration of SR1- Local Government Role in BC Framework for Cannabis by delegates at the 2017 Convention.
  • Received a report from the Working Group on Responsible Conduct, and approved the draft policy paper for finalization and consideration by delegates at the 2017 annual Convention.
  • Received an update on UBCM’s activities in FCM’s international programs, and directed that an MOU be entered into with respect to involvement in the Partners for Municipal Innovation in Local Economic Development Program in Cambodia.
  • Received a report confirming UBCM appointments to a Ministry of Education – Transportation Advisory Committee.
  • Received a report on feedback from the spring 2017 Area Association conferences, Electoral Area Directors Forum, Local Government Leadership Academy Forum, and the Chairs/CAO Forum.
  • Received a report regarding the provincial responses to resolutions endorsed at the 2016 UBCM Convention. The provincial responses have been posted to the UBCM website and distributed to individual sponsors of resolutions. Executive members reviewed an assessment of provincial actions and provided recommendations for prioritization and further action.
  • Received a report on Phase 2 federal infrastructure funding and confirmed support for a 40/40/20 cost-share formula.
  • Received confirmation that Mayor Wayne Baldwin, City of White Rock, will continue to serve as the Metro / GVRD appointment to the UBCM Executive for the 2017-2018 Executive term.
  • Received a status and action report on a variety of policy areas that continue to be monitored by UBCM including: Natural Resource Roads Act; Problem Vessels; New RCMP Labour Relations Regime; Legalization of Cannabis; Electronic Roadside Ticketing; Farm Assessment Report; Auditor General for Local Government; The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act; Care Home Sprinkler Safety; Farm Assessment – Medical Marijuana Grow Operations; Federal Additions to Reserve Policy; Federal Comprehensive Land Claims Policy; Mental Health and Policing Costs, Emergency Program Act Review; BC Ferries; National Enquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; Licensing of Commercial Dog and Cat Breeding; Auxiliary Constable Program Review; 911 Call Answer Levy; Assessment Appeals:  Special Use Properties; and the Off Road Vehicle Management Framework.
  • Received reports on the status of Local Government Program Services (funding programs) and a status report on the federal Gas Tax Program.
  • Received a report on staff activities since the April meeting.

Highlights of the July 12-13th Committee meetings include:

Presidents

The Committee received reports on:  financial statements; staffing; member services and group benefits programs; member visits; 2017 annual report; the 2017 Excellence Awards program; and outreach to provincial parties following the election to advance the UBCM advocacy agenda.

Direction was provided on:  the development of a conference code of conduct in keeping with the endorsement of resolution 2016-B103; appointments to the BC Seismic Safety Council and amendments to the Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee Terms of Reference; UBCM reserve funds; development of a UBCM investment policy; phase 2 of the federal infrastructure fund; and appointments to the newly established Special Committee on Housing.

A delegation was received from the Municipal Pension Plan Trustees and from KPMG (UBCM’s auditors) who discussed the Audit Findings Report. The financial statements for year-end were also reviewed along with the 2017-2018 preliminary budget.

Resolutions

Director Wendy Booth, Chair of the Resolutions Committee, presented the Committee’s comments and recommendations on 150 member resolutions received by the June 30 deadline. The Executive discussed the Committee’s report, and approved comments and recommendations on the resolutions for consideration at the 2017 Convention. These resolutions will now be published in the 2017 Annual Report and Resolutions Book. UBCM will mail a hard copy of the Annual Report and Resolutions Book to each local government elected official and CAO in late August. The Resolutions Book will also be posted to the UBCM website at that time.

Director Booth also noted that Ian Izard, Q.C., the parliamentarian for the Annual Convention, provided training for the members of the Resolutions Committee. Mr. Izard reviewed the Convention Rules and Procedures for Handling Resolutions with the Committee members, and discussed techniques for supporting the flow of debate while remaining responsive to the assembly.

Convention

The Committee received updates on Convention program details, catering, sponsorship and child minding services. The Committee provided comments and recommendations on the session proposals that had been submitted and brought forward for Executive approval.

Community Safety

The Committee received a delegation from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General regarding the Province’s Road Safety Initiative (RSI), which includes the introduction of electronic ticketing. The delegation provided an update on phase 1, while also outlining the next phase of the RSI.

The Committee discussed an update on the process to legalize cannabis, including recently tabled legislation (Bill C-45 & Bill C-46) and potential impacts on local governments. Also examined were reports outlining the results of UBCM’s recent cannabis legalization survey; RCMP labour relations; negotiation of RCMP severance payments; other policing issues; a campaign to end distracted driving; liquor policy changes; and the Committee’s contribution to the 2017 Annual Report.

Healthy Communities Committee

The Committee discussed a report from the FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) with recommendations on the opioid crisis, and agreed to support the report by sharing the document with UBCM members, and by writing letters to the federal Minister and the BCMC. The Committee also reviewed reports on cannabis legalization and the UBCM survey on cannabis, and agreed on next steps.

Committee members also discussed:  a report on referred resolution 2016-B119 requesting UBCM work with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation to improve access to income assistance service; a request to participate on the BC Real Estate Drug Industry working group; information on the Emergency Medical Assistants Education Fund; information on the Healthy Families BC Communities project; and the 2017 Committee Annual Report.

Community Economic Development Committee

The Committee received a report on the importance of agriculture to the provincial economy noting the provincial government’s strategy to continue to grow the agri-food and seafood sectors. As a result the Committee will be seeking meetings with the new Minister of Agriculture and the Agricultural Land Commission to discuss ALC and provincial policies that impact farmers.

Committee members also received reports on the creative economy; approved their submission to the annual report; received an update on the activities undertaken to continue to advance advocacy efforts around enhancing forest policy consultations and engagement, and will be responding to the federal government’s Environmental and Regulatory Reviews in follow up to the Expert Panel on National Energy Board Modernization consultation process.

The Committee also received a delegation from the Tourism Industry Association of BC. The delegation discussed short-term accommodation rentals and their impact on communities referencing reduced long-term affordable housing; tax implications; and the unequal playing field with other hotels and accommodation providers.

Environment Committee

The Committee received a delegation from Mindy Richter and Cole Winegarden from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to discuss trapping challenges and solutions in both rural and urban communities.

The Committee also discussed the Final Report from the National Energy Board’s Expert Panel that was released in May, and noted that the report did not address the concerns identified by UBCM. Updates were received on the federal ban on oil tankers on BC’s northern coast, contaminated sites, and climate action. The 2017 Committee Annual Report was reviewed and approved.

Indigenous Relations

The Committee received a delegation from the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation regarding improved communications with local governments, opportunities for local government involvement in Strategic Engagement Agreements, and the Provincial Community to Community Forum.

The Committee discussed the implementation of the Additions to Reserve Policy Directive, possible future directions for the Off Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan, and recent federal initiatives. The Committee also received updates on the recent Province Wide Community to Community Forum and on a planned half-day session on Indigenous Relations at Convention.

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