Council to Ponder Resolutions on Poverty, Pot and Potatoes
Prince George, B.C.- Council for the City of Prince George will be asked to endorse three resolutions for submission to the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
One calls on the Province to develop a poverty reduction strategy. The resolution notes the poverty rate in BC is among the highest in Canada “yet BC is the last province in Canada to have a commitment to a poverty reduction plan” and that poverty has an impact on local residents who carry the burden through a number of things, such as higher crime, increased health care costs and a higher demand for social services.
The resolution calls for a “comprehensive and accountable provincial poverty reduction strategy” that sets concrete targets and timelines.
The second resolution deals with a call for a piece of any marijuana tax which may be imposed by the Federal Government. The resolution calls for the UBCM to “urge the Government of BC to request the Federal Government include local government as part of the marijuana taxation equation through the establishment of a Federal Marijuana Tax that would provide revenue that would be shared with municipalities across the province.”
The third resolution calls for the Province to provide support throughout BC for those who would like to be farmers.
Also on the agenda, Council will hear and debate the notice of motion from Councillor Brian Skakun. He would like to see if a bylaw could be drafted that would be aimed at recovering costs for repeated response by RCMP and bylaw officers to attend properties for nuisance calls.
Council will be asked by the World Baseball Challenge to donate about $20 thousand dollars for bleacher rentals for the August event and will hear an update from the Heritage Commission on Heritage properties in the City.