Union of B.C. Municipalities delegates considered more than 50 resolutions on a variety of topics on Friday, the last day of their annual conference.

• The first, a late resolution, came from the District of Houston and asked the UBCM to lobby the federal government and the province to have military personnel trained in wildfire suppression so they can help in wildfire events across Canada, and that wildfire suppression become part of all basic training. The resolution was endorsed.

“We need all kinds of help when we’re fighting these fires and it would be great to have the military involved as well,” said Houston Coun. John Siebenga.

• The City of Vancouver put forward a resolution asking the province to develop a single-use item reduction strategy, which could cover items such as plastic and paper shopping bags, foam cups and containers, straws and utensils. It would exclude single-use items needed for medical purposes or by people with disabilities.

The resolution was passed, with an amendment to have the province engage the packaging industry in any effort to develop a strategy.

• Another resolution from Vancouver called on the province to urge the federal government to support a “comprehensive and culturally safe” public health approach to the ongoing opioid crisis, including low-barrier opioid distribution programs for those most at risk of overdose death. It was endorsed with no debate.

• A resolution from the City of Coquitlam on the topic of remuneration for elected officials asked the UBCM to look at the issue and establish an independent process to help local governments set fair and equitable remuneration for local officials was endorsed with no discussion.

• The perennial resolution lobbying the provincial government to get rid of daylight savings time was narrowly endorsed, with 52.3 per cent in favour, with an additional request for a single time zone …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Politics


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