Highlights of the November Executive Meeting

UBCM Executive members met for their quarterly board and committee meetings on November 16-17, 2017. Seven committees met to confirm work plans; Executive members adopted their goals and priorities; an orientation session was held and a delegation was received from the Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The following matters were discussed with Minister Robinson: Phase 2 Infrastructure Funding, Affordable Housing, Responsible Conduct of Elected Officials Project, Cannabis Legalization and Elections Financing Reform Legislation.

Highlights of the November 17 Executive meeting

  • announced and approved UBCM Committee and external committee appointments. A full list of UBCM Committees can be found on the UBCM website;
  • approved conveyance of endorsed 2017 resolutions to the provincial and federal governments, FCM, and other organizations;
  • referred 10 resolutions to specific Committees as part of their advocacy efforts;
  • reviewed announcements by the Premier and Minister Robinson made at Convention including:
  • $332 million, over three years, for the Innovation Fund
  • provincial funding for 2000 modular units of affordable housing
  • creation of a comprehensive housing strategy
  • signalled intent to address campaign finance reforms in advance of 2018 local elections
  • signalled support for the Mayors’ Council 10 year vision for transit and a commitment to fund 40% of the capital costs of the plan
  • approved plans to hold the next Executive meeting in Victoria on February 21-23, 2018 in order to undertake provincial government outreach and share UBCM’s advocacy strategy;
  • received a status and action report on policy areas that continue to be monitored by UBCM,  including problem vessels and the   new RCMP labour relations regime.
  • directed the reconvening of the Ad-Hoc Committee on ‘unelected’ Electoral Area Directors as soon as possible following Presidents Committee appointment of a CAO to fill a vacancy on the Committee;
  • received a report from the Special Committee on Housing, updating Executive on the work of the Special Committee. Executive granted a request to extend the term of the Committee to January 31, 2018;
  • received a report on provincial legislation of interest to local governments including:
  • Bill 3 – Election Amendment Act
  • Bill 6 – Electoral Reform Referendum 2018 Act
  • Bill 15 – Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act
  • Bill 16 – Tenancy Statutes Amendment Act
  • received the financial report for the period ending September 30, 2017;
  • received reports on the status of Local Government Program Services (funding programs) and the federal Gas Tax Program;
  • received a report on infrastructure funding and UBCM’s advocacy for a minimum 40% contribution from the Province on all eligible local government programs; UBCM participating in the development and administration of local government programs, and maximizing allocation of Phase 2 funding towards local government projects.
  • received a report on UBCM’s involvement in FCM’s International program activities;
  • received a report on staff activities including numerous post-Convention responsibilities; and
  • confirmed upcoming conference dates in 2018:
  • Electoral Area Directors Forum – January 30-31
  • LGLA Leadership Forum – January 31-February 2
  • CAO-CEO Forum – March 20-21

Highlights of the November 16 Committee meetings

Presidents Committee

Presidents Committee members confirmed their terms of reference and appointed Third VP, Mayor Sharon Gaetz to the Financial Management portfolio. Direction was provided on the format for 2018 Advocacy Days with identified priorities of affordable housing, mental health and opioid crisis, and infrastructure investments. Following a review of the 2017 Community Excellence Awards program, direction was provided to bring back a report to the February meeting with suggested program changes. The Committee also received reports on staffing, member services and group benefits program, financials, audit services and discussed development of a UBCM investment policy.

Community Economic Development Committee

The Community Economic Development Committee reviewed and approved its work plan and terms of reference for the year ahead. A report was received on forest policy which provided an update on UBCM’s work to better engage and extend outreach to the Province and industry on forestry issues of interest to communities. Mandate letters for specific Cabinet minsters were reviewed to determine policy alignments for the Committee and potential minister meeting opportunities. A delegation was received from Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology staff to discuss how the Province can better support tech and innovation opportunities across the province within all regions.

Community Safety Committee

The Community Safety Committee reviewed its priorities for the upcoming year, including advocacy opportunities. Members received two reports regarding the legalization of cannabis, the first of which provided an update on proposed federal legislation (Bills C-45 and C-46). The second report provided an overview of the Joint Provincial-Local Government Committee on Cannabis Regulation. The Committee also discussed reports on the new RCMP labour relations regime; electronic roadside ticketing; relevant policing issues; liquor policy developments; recent meetings with Emergency Management BC; and community safety grants programs administered by UBCM.

Healthy Communities Committee

The Healthy Communities Committee approved its Terms of Reference and work plan for the coming year. The Committee’s priorities include proactively seeking and participating in projects and policy development to assist local governments in creating healthy communities; monitoring the Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction’s initiatives to improve mental health and address the opioid crisis; seeking opportunities to contribute to the development of the Poverty Reduction Strategy; and monitoring the implementation of the $10/day child care plan. The Committee also received a delegation from Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. Minister Simpson advised that consultations on the Poverty Reduction Strategy will take place in BC communities between January and March 2018, with the Strategy scheduled for completion by September 2018. The Minister also noted that he is working with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on a homelessness action plan.

Environment Committee

The Environment Committee reviewed and approved its Terms of Reference, work plan and priorities for 2017/2018 which include monitoring and advising on the implementation of the packaging and paper product stewardship program; informing the development of the provincial approach to the ‘clean economy’, reviewing and providing feedback into the modernization of the National Energy Board; and enhancing water governance and management through the development of regulations for the Water Sustainability Act. The Committee will also liaise with local government representatives on the provincial Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council, and convey UBCM climate action positions.

Indigenous Relations Committee

The Indigenous Relations Committee established its work plan and priorities for the coming year. The Committee will continue to focus on reconciliation and relationship-building activities; track provincial work towards implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action; and monitor ongoing policy files such as the federal Additions to Reserve policy, and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Committee also received a delegation regarding the Off-Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan, to discuss possible involvement in an urban Aboriginal initiative.

Convention Committee

The Committee received reports regarding several aspects of the 2017 Convention and also reviewed the 2017 Delegate Evaluation ratings and comments. Some details of the 2017 Convention Review:

  • the 2017 Convention was attended by 2,242 people, compared to 2,080 last year in Victoria;
  • media coverage of the 2017 Convention was strong and included over 1,200 broadcast, online and print news stories; and
  • child-minding services were offered to attendees for the first time.

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