BC Ferries Report, Tsilhqot’in Decision Highlight Tuesday Sessions

Tuesday’s agenda will see the first opportunity for convention delegates to engage with the much-discussed UBCM paper on ferry fare increases.    The policy session will hear from Peter Larose, the authour of the report, who will speak to its methodology and findings.  Councillor Claire Moglove and Mayor Larry Cross, from the Special Committee that oversaw the drafting of the report, will join Mr. Larose.

The convention plenary precedes the ferry fares session and will focus on the Tsilhqot’in land title decision, and its impacts on local governments. Councillor Murry Krause, Chair of the UBCM First Nations Relations Committee, will moderate the panel discussion. Chief Roger William, Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, and a Director with Cariboo Regional District will provide an overview of the decision from the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s point of view. Chief William will be joined by Chief Percy Guichon from Alexis Creek First Nation.  Gregg Cockrill from Young Anderson will speak to the legal implications of the decision.  

The Tuesday forums will also include several speakers that have not been noted in the convention program. Andrew Ramlo, a prominent demographer, urbanist, and planning consultant from Urban Futures will address the Large Urban Forum on the theme of “Changing Places, Changing People”.

The Mid-Sized Communities forum will hear from a panel on the theme of attracting and retaining foreign investment.  Christian Saint Cyr, Publisher and Editor of the BC Labour Market Report will join John McDonald, Executive Director from Strategic Investments and Key Accounts Branch, Ministry of International Trade.

The electoral area directors forum will include presentations on product stewardship from Gwenda Laughland and Meegan Armstrong from the Ministry of Environment.

The Small Talk session will address a wide range of topics including eco-sensitive wastewater management and waste wood heating programs.

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