NCLGA Huddling in Terrace
Prince George, B.C.- The annual meeting and conference of the North Central Local Government Association is being held in Terrace this week under a theme of “Stronger Together”.
While several delegates from the City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser Fort George have already made their way to the Annual General Meeting, the work of electing a new executive and Directors at Large and voting on resolutions isn’t slated to take place until tomorrow. In the meantime, delegates are taking tours of some of the major projects in the region and attending a variety of workshops and sessions dealing with everything from moving energy across the region, to hearing from the Independent Investigations Office.
There are 25 resolutions to be dealt with tomorrow, including one to address a problem that has surfaced in many rural communities, helicopter emergency medical service.
The resolution, put forth by the City of Terrace, it points to the recent report from the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman’s report on Helicopter Emergency Medical Services. That report concluded rural communities are “negatively affected by an inadequate emergency transportation system.”
The resolution calls for the NCLGA to lobby the Provincial Government to ” adopt the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman recommendations on “Helicopter Emergency Medical Services” including mandating a legislated one-hour timeline for every resident of the Province to have access to Trauma 3 Level of care.”
There are a couple of other issues that will be presented which have been previously raised as a concern in Prince George. One of them, is illegal dumping.
Presented by the Peace River District , the resolution details that illegal dumping of waste on private and crown land continues to be an issue across the Province “resulting in unsightly, unsanitary and potentially dangerous refuse deposits in natural rural areas that should be protected and preserved for public enjoyment in ‘supernatural British Columbia’” The resolution notes that because the issue crosses the jurisdiction of a number of Provincial Ministries, that the Provincial government be lobbied to designate a single Ministry to deal with the issue and that there be enough staffing to address the issue throughout B.C.
Resolutions which may be endorsed during the NCLGA conference will then be forwarded to the Union of B.C. Municipalities for possible endorsement by that group before being presented to the Provincial Government.