… What workshops did they attend? … Who did they meet with?
The annual UBCM conference started today in Vancouver and runs from September 16 – 20 2013.
There are 155 resolutions on the table with an additional few late additions. See here for the resolutions to be considered as well as the guidelines for handling those resolutions.
A few weeks ago, I contacted the mayor and council to give them a heads-up about an upcoming post – asking some questions (as I did last year) about their participation at the 2013 UBCM conference
My impetus for asking for this basic information? I’ve been long interested in a number of aspects about what sessions/workshops our local politicos attended, which provincial ministers they met with as well as how they voted on the mountain of resolutions before them … as our local government representatives. Individual votes are not recorded at the UBCM conference. It usually is a show of hands with little information as to the stances our local politicos are taking at the provincial gathering. I’d like to know how my representatives voted on these matters … and no one has really ever asked them that before as far as I can tell.
So here are the five questions submitted to the mayor and council for posting on Aim High after the conference is over.
- Did you attend the conference?
- Which workshops did you attend ?
- Who did you meet with (provincial ministries)?
- Which specific motions (# – title) did you vote on and how did you vote? * The key ones for you!
- Your overall Take-Aways?
Three of the politicos from council responded last year with interesting perspectives that were read by many. I’ll post the 2013 responses as they come in.
… and for the record, I have no gripe about the conference or council members attending this important event. I would just like to know how our politicos voted and what they attended as our (the city’s) reps.
I’m looking forward to their take-aways and stances from the gathering. It’s also an opportunity for our local politicos to communicate through social media as a complement to their more traditional media approaches.
Of particular interest for me is a key resolution right at the top of the agenda:
A1 on Flood Management as co-sponsored by the CSRD.
A1 FLOOD MANAGEMENT Columbia Shuswap RD North Okanagan RD
WHEREAS the Province of British Columbia assumes incident command and provides on-site response for wildland interface ﬁres;
AND WHEREAS within the province of British Columbia there are a large number of waterways subject to periodic, sudden and extensive ﬂooding;
AND WHEREAS overland ﬂooding has potentially profound adverse consequences in terms of life
safety, private and public property interests, economic prosperity and public infrastructure;
AND WHEREAS the Province of British Columbia is the steward of the water resources within the province;
AND WHEREAS local authorities lack the mandate, statutory jurisdiction, ﬁnancial and technical resources, equipment and staff necessary to provide emergency site response, mitigation and ﬂood remediation works:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of British Columbia take immediate and direct responsibility for ﬂood management including but not limited to:
- identiﬁcation of ﬂood related hazards;
- remediation of stream channels so as to mitigate future ﬂooding;
- monitoring of stream ﬂows and levels in waterways posing a risk to life, safety or property;
- responding to sudden cessation of stream ﬂows or reports of debris dams;
- executing tactical evacuations when warranted; and
- communicating with the Emergency Operations Centre.
ENDORSED BY THE SOUTHERN INTERIOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
UBCM RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Endorse
UBCM RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE COMMENTS:
The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions regarding the need for increased funding to deal with emergency preparedness, such as ﬂood protection measures …
More to come …