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Aug. 12, 2020
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UBCM Executive meeting highlights
Executive members met on July 15-17 for their quarterly Committee and board meetings. The July meeting provides closure on a number of year-end matters but also establishes direction for the year ahead. In addition to advancing virtual Convention planning and programming, Executive members discussed the 2020 resolutions process, and received a delegation from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Honourable Selina Robinson.
Highlights of the July 17th Executive meeting include:
Highlights of the July 15 & 16th Committee meetings
Presidents Committee members approved the establishment of a Special Committee on Economic Recovery, comprising members of the Presidents Committee; and directed that UBCM prepare a submission to the Province as part of its Pandemic Recovery consultation. The Committee also approved the following appointments to the Cannabis Policy Technical Working Group (noting there are still vacancies):
• Kevin Cormack, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Nelson;
• Peter Monteith, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Chilliwack;
• Chris Coates, City Clerk, City of Victoria; and,
• Adam Goodwin, Social Development Specialist, City of Penticton.
Committee members also received the financial statements; reports on staffing; UBCM Reserves; 2020 Annual Report; member services; and discussed a number of year end matters such as the preliminary budget for 2020-2021. Delegations were received from KPMG (UBCM auditors) who discussed the Audit Findings Report; PionMatifat representatives shared an update on UBCM’s Investments, and the Committee received and update from the Trustees to the Municipal Pension Plan and Plan Partner Working Group.
The Convention Committee received a report on the program details and planning timeline. The draft long program was approved and continues to be updated as planning progresses. The Committee reviewed the speaker gift report and selected three charities to support with this year’s speaker gifts. The Committee also received a report for information on the Internet Connectivity of UBCM Members as well as an update on sponsorship for the 2020 Convention.
The Committee received a report on an engagement strategy for the draft recommendations of the Special Climate Action Committee. It was noted that three (3) webinars for local governments would be held on the recommendations and that the recommendations would also be distributed to the membership via the Compass. The Committee also reviewed a draft report of the Committee’s activities for inclusion in the annual report.
Community Economic Development Committee
Committee members discussed the impact of COVID-19 on their communities, their challenges and how they were doing in response to the Province’s restart plan. Members received updates on a variety of files including forestry, connectivity, ATV/ORV trail networks as a local economic development opportunity, update on BC Utilities Commission Inquiry into Municipal Utilities and approved the Committee’s contribution to the UBCM’s 2020 Annual Report.
Committee members also confirmed their support for the newly established UBCM Special Committee on Economic Recovery and noted it would assist by sharing and distributing resources, tools and best practices to local governments needing help with their own recovery efforts.
Health and Social Development Committee
The Committee reviewed a request from the BC Alliance of Healthy Living for a financial contribution towards their advocacy efforts for 2020-2021; considered the draft Annual Report; and received updates on the Local Government Child Care Resource Guide, the Vancouver Coastal Health vaping guide, the BC Alliance for Healthy Living’s Small Town Leaders in Active Transportation project and the Public Health Association of BC’s Community Food Development project.
Correspondence was received from the City of Vancouver, which requested an update on UBCM’s advocacy on a Universal Healthy School Food Program; the City of Parksville regarding their needle distribution bylaw; and the Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC regarding their work on pre-hospital emergency care.
Community Safety Committee
The Community Safety Committee discussed the upcoming provincial Police Act review, including UBCM’s request to be included as part of the review committee. Also considered was an update on the status of RCMP collective bargaining. Members received additional reports regarding RCMP outstanding issues; auxiliary policing; changes to provincial liquor policy; emergency management, including the ongoing Emergency Program Act review; court system modernization; and the 2020 Annual Report.
Indigenous Relations Committee
The Indigenous Relations Committee discussed the status of implementation of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice, and potential advocacy on systemic racism. It also received updates on Federal Government and First Nation responses to COVID-19.
The Resolutions Committee met to adapt the resolutions process to work in a three-hour time block at the virtual 2020 Convention. Highlights of the new process include:
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