1999 Resolutions

Year: 1999     Category:  Legislation    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Mobile Home ‘Tax Sale’

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Municipal Act  be amended to treat mobile homes in the same way as is provided in Section 403, 407 and 408 of the Municipal Act.
Year: 1999     Category:  Legislation    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Amendments to the Pesticide Control Act

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities petition the provincial government to amend the Pesticide Control Act regulations to include the following requirements;

1.    that local governments be notified in writing of all Applications for Use Permits on rail lines, highway and right-of-ways;

2.    that such applications require signs to be erected, that are suitably sized, legible from a distance, and prominently displayed so that they will be easily noticed.  The signs must be installed at the application stage and remain for not less than 30 days in the areas where pesticide applications are proposed and must clearly advise residents of their rights of intervention and opportunities to appeal the application;

3.    that such applications be advertised in a minimum of two consecutive issues of newspapers circulated in the places where the sites of the proposed application of pesticides is located and that the advertisements be suitably sized and prominently displayed so they will be easily identified;

4.    that the paragraph to be included in the Application for Use Permit be re-written to provide understandable information advising residents of their rights of intervention and appeal opportunities;

5.    that local government input be required.

Year: 1999     Category:  Legislation    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Municipal Regulatory Compliance – Colleges

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that colleges and university colleges be subject to the same requirements as universities with respect to complying with municipal regulations.

Year: 1999     Category:  Legislation    Status: REFERRED
Resolution:  Community Borrowing Charges Levied on Land and Improvements

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities be urged to encourage the Union of B.C. Municipalities to circulate a petition to its member municipalities urging the B.C. government to amend the Municipal Act to allow persons subject to special charges based on the assessed value of land and/or improvements to commute for payment in cash, as permitted for charges based on parcel or frontage.

Endorsed and Referred To Municipal Act Review Process

Year: 1999     Category:  Legislation    Status: Referred
Resolution:  Mines Act Amendment

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AVIM make a request to the province for legislative change to include a requirement for consideration of the adopted planning policies of the local government jurisdiction.

Endorsed and Referred to UBCM Executive to review in relation to the Guide to the Development and Soil Removal Bylaws

Year: 1999     Category:  Legislation    Status: Referred
Resolution:  Review of Section 210 of the Municipal Act

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities encourage the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to review Section 210 of the Municipal Act and consider amendments which would allow an acclaimed person, in the event of a by-election to take the oath of office within a more reasonable time period.

Endorsed and Referred to Municipal Act Review Process

Year: 1999     Category:  Legislation    Status: Referred
Resolution:  Condominium Act – Bare Land Strata Approval

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AVIM request that the UBCM petition the Provincial Government to work with UBCM to address these and other problems with the Condominium Act.

Endorsed and Referred to the UBCM Executive and Ministry of Finance and Corporate Relations immediately

Year: 1999     Category:  Taxation    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Interest Rate on Taxes in Arrears or Delinquent

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities support a proposal to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities that the interest rate on taxes in arrears or delinquent be set at a rate to reflect market conditions.

Year: 1999     Category:  Communities and Resources    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Assured Supply of Economical Clean Water to
ALR Farm Properties

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities request that the provincial government provide local governments with special infrastructure grants from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food to assist in providing an assured supply of economical, clean water to ALR farm properties as an integral part of its commitment to preserve farm land for future generations of British Columbians.

Year: 1999     Category:  Communities and Resources    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Allocation Priority for Onshore Processors

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities endorse the present Department of Fisheries and Oceans allocation priority for the onshore processors and that this should only be strengthened to ensure the continued existence of onshore processors and only after their needs are met should additional quotas be given to off-shore factory vessels.

Year: 1999     Category:  Communities and Resources    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Opposition to Sale of Public Land Forest Tenures

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities petition the Provincial Government expressing opposition to the sale or trade of Crown Land without adequate local government and public involvement.

Year: 1999     Category:  Health    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Communications Between the Provincial Ambulance Service
and Health Clinics in Rural Communities

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Health be requested to develop and institute policy and practices for after hours communication between the provincial ambulance service and on call medical and nursing staff in rural communities served by health clinics.

Year: 1999     Category:  Transportation    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Controlled Highway Access

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that municipalities be given the same power as previously held by the Minister of Transportation and Highways to prohibit access to highways within their jurisdiction.

Year: 1999     Category:  Transportation    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  BC Ferries As Essential Service

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities lobby the British Columbia Ferry Corporation and the government of the Province of British Columbia to recognize that the ferries to the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, Powell River, Queen Charlottes, North and Central Coast are essential services, and recognize that they are part of the highway system of British Columbia, and that they will  be funded as such.

Year: 1999     Category:  Finance    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Regional Districts – Grants-In-Lieu Funding Formula

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities immediately support consultation and negotiation with the Minister responsible for the Crown Corporations Secretariat, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations for regional districts to be included under the current funding formula.

Year: 1999     Category:  Finance    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Fees for Fire Inspections

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities requests the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to petition the Minister of Municipal Affairs to enact legislation to permit municipalities to charge a fee for regular fire inspections.

Year: 1999     Category:  Finance    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Canada/BC Infrastructure Works Extension

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Union of British Columbia Municipalities be urged to petition the Provincial Government to continue with the funding of the program and implement Phase III of the Canada/BC Infrastructure Works program, with particular emphasis on sewer and water systems.

Year: 1999     Category:  Finance    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Federal Transfer Payments

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the federal government be requested to restore the transfer of funds for health care, education and other programs to the provinces.

Year: 1999     Category:  Justice and Protective Services    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Auxiliary Constable Program

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities make strong representation through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to the Attorney General to reinstate full provincial funding for the Auxiliary Constable Program with retroactive effect to the first of January, 1999.

Year: 1999     Category:  Justice and Protective Services    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  WCB Regulations – Firefighter Seating and Transport

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Union of British Columbia Municipalities petition the Province of British Columbia for a longer transition period for local governments to comply with Parts 31.27 and 31.29 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations of the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia;

Year: 1999     Category:  Justice and Protective Services    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Funding for Street Level Drug Units

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that since the Federal Government has seen fit not to fund street level drug units to conduct investigation of illicit drug trafficking at the street level, that the Province of British Columbia be requested to fund street level drug units throughout the Province to conduct street level investigations in assistance to small detachments that are, at this point, unable to do so for themselves.

Year: 1999     Category:  Environment    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Plastics Recycling

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal and Provincial Governments be encouraged to enact packaging legislation to standardize packaging materials and encourage technological advancements to assist in developing ways to provide for more plastics to be recyclable.

Year: 1999     Category:  Environment    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Source Control

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that all communities be encouraged to consider and adopt consistent Source Control programs, bylaws and enforcement practices.

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Public Inquiry into Employment Insurance Benefit Program

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Government be urged to administer employment insurance benefits separate and apart from the Federal Budget, per se and that all moneys collected for employment insurance be used for that purpose.

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: REFERRED
Resolution:  Memoranda of Understanding

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UBCM Executive consider any proposals for Memoranda of Understanding with care and caution;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM Executive utilize a process of consultation with its member governments during the drafting phase for proposed Memoranda of Understanding.

Endorsed and Referred to UBCM Executive

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Electoral Boundaries Commission Changes

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Cabinet be requested to take into consideration the unique geography, history and community interests, together with the existing traditional social, political and economic linkages of the electoral districts rather than basing its decision based solely on the current under population of an electoral district.

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: REFERRED
Resolution:  Cultural Task Force on the Arts and Culture

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AVIM Task Force on the Arts and Cultural Tourism now become the AVIM Standing Committee on the Arts and Cultural Tourism, whose mandate will include but not be limited to:

  • continuing the process of self-education in the current and future opportunities presented in arts and culture and the dissemination of such knowledge with local Boards, Councils and citizens;
  • sharing information on the arts and culture (inventories, events, future plans, etc.) among AVIM members so as to encourage longer tourist visits through local government cooperation;
  • ensuring those agencies on whom local governments depend for marketing the arts and culture (i.e. Chambers of Commerce, regional tourist associations, Tourism Vancouver Island et al.) understand the full range of artistic products available to tourists and promote the arts and culture as an important component in their marketing strategies;
  • exploring partnerships which will result in a more comprehensive and better organized effort to fully maximize the social and commercial benefits of the arts and culture including those with the provincial and federal governments;
  • reaching out to First Nation neighbours to fully explore any and all opportunities which may promote improved cultural understanding and mutual benefit.

Endorsed in Principle and Referred to the incoming Executive pending receipt of a final report from the Present Task Force

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities and the Union of BC Municipalities petition the provincial government to reduce FAS and partial FAS through a province-wide education and awareness campaign to include:

a)     Warning labels on all beverage alcohol containers that clearly inform purchasers and
consumers of alcohol that:

  • there is no recommended safe levels of alcohol consumption during pregnancy; and
  • drinking during pregnancy can cause alcohol-related birth defects including FAS and partial FAS;

b)     A multimedia advertising campaign capable of reaching communities of all sizes and locations that includes:

  • TV, radio and newspaper advertising comparable to the anti-smoking and AIDs awareness campaigns;
  • warning signs in places where beverage alcohol is purchased (bars, restaurants and liquor stores);

c)     The inclusion of a module on FAS in alcohol and drug prevention programs and family life curricula in all elementary and secondary schools, in all professional education programs.

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Hi-Tech Industry

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities petition the province to provide research grants for hi-tech industry in British Columbia and that the 7% sales tax be waived for the purchase of hi-tech equipment, as there are no research grants or tax credits offered to hi-tech industries to encourage development in this area.

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  RCMP Staffing Shortages

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities make strong representation to the provincial and federal authorities to immediately fill staff positions agreed to in existing contracts.

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Motion of Condolence

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities unanimously express condolences to the family of honoured Elder, Gabriel Bartleman, and to the Saanich First Nations people with heartfelt appreciation and respect for the work that Gabriel Bartleman has accomplished and for the direction that he has set.

Year: 1999     Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVIM
Resolution:  Natural Gas Pipeline

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Association of Vancouver Island Municipalities demand that the B.C. Government rescind the Vancouver Island Natural Gas Pipeline Act and immediately end this geographical discriminatory legislation that only applies to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.