There are over 166 resolutions before us (plus a few late additions). Most of them will be dealt with in batches but the principal ones are debated individually. The overall list is here.
The key ones are interesting and I want to focus on one in particular. It’s A5 ENVIRONMENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS
WHEREAS municipalities and regional districts are the government nearest to people and the natural environment, and therefore share a deep concern for the welfare of the natural environment and understand that a healthy environment is inextricably linked to the health of individuals, families, future generations and communities;
AND WHEREAS fostering the environmental well being of the community is a municipal purpose under section 7(d) of the Community Charter and regional district purpose under section 2(d) of the Local Government Act:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM request that the Province of British Columbia enact a provincial environmental bill of rights that:
- • recognizes the right of every resident to live in a healthy environment, including the right to clean air, clean water, clean food and vibrant ecosystems;
- • provides for public participation in decision-making respecting the environment and access to environmental information;
- • provides access to justice when environmental rights are infringed; and
- • has whistle-blower protection
This resolution is very similar to the bluedot campaign and I’ll be supporting A5 at the policy session.
If it passes, it’s solely a position of the UBCM and not officially a position of individual local governments. That’ll be a topic of discussion for another day. I’ll update as to the outcome of Wednesday’s vote.