UBCM Convention Starts Today
Prince George, B.C. – The Union of B.C. Municipalities annual convention and connection with the Provincial Government, kicks off today in Vancouver.
This is the 114th UBCM convention, and approximately 2,000 delegates are expected to attend .
From today, through Friday, delegates will attend a number of workshops on current issues, starting with one this morning on the legalization of marijuana. Local governments have expressed a number of concerns about the pending legalization, and will hear from representatives from all levels of government .
That session will provide a back drop to the first resolution to be considered at the convention which calls for :
- fulsome and meaningful provincial consultation with local governments;
- provision of adequate provincial funding to cover any responsibilities and increase in administrative burden of any provincial framework that requires local government participation;
- equitable sharing of tax revenues from cannabis between all orders of government; and
- respect for local choice, jurisdiction and authority, including but not limited to land use and zoning decisions.
Prince George has submitted a late resolution calling for action on the proposed Greyhound service cuts.
- Vanderhoof has five resolutions to be considered. Two have to do with rail transportation , as one calls for Transport Canada to require rail companies to provide communities with up to the minute details of hazardous goods travelling through those communities, and the other calls for an end to the use of train whistles. Vanderhoof is also calling for major upgrades to highway 16.
- The Regional District of Fraser Fort George has submitted a resolution calling for design and maintenance of decommissioned roads in the back country which are used for recreation purposes.
- Quesnel is calling for Family Day in B.C. to be moved from the current second Monday in February to the third Monday.
- Williams Lake has submitted a resolution calling for action to improve forest health by treating diseased trees within parks and designated areas.
All three party leaders will be addressing the convention delegates with the Green Party Leader, Andrew Weaver set to speak on Wednesday, interim Liberal Leader Rich Coleman addressing the gathering on Thursday, and Premier John Horgan delivering an address on Friday, the final day.