2001 Resolutions

Year: 2001    Category:  Legislative    Status: Endorsed by AVICC

Resolution:  Public and Non-Public Water Systems
In British Columbia

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks legislate standards for the operation and maintenance of public and non-public water utilities and further that they legislate mandatory educational requirements for operators of public and non-public water utilities in the Province of British Columbia.

Year: 2001    Category:  Legislative    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Aerial Spraying of BTK for Gypsy Moth

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities lobby the provincial government for changes to the Local Government Act to grant municipalities the power to make decisions about aerial pesticide spraying within their boundaries.

Year: 2001    Category:  Legislative    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Community Airport Tax Exemption

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities requests the Union of BC Municipalities to petition the Provincial Government to add “community airports owned and operated by non-profit societies on behalf of local governments” to the list of eligible exemptions permitted under Section 346 of the Local Government Act.

Year: 2001    Category:  Legislative    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Interpretation Act, Section 14(2)

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities seek the repeal of section 14(2) of the Interpretation Act.

Year: 2001    Category:  Legislative    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Municipal Superannuation Fund

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities seek the approval of the Municipal Pension Board and relative legislation to permit elected local government officials to contribute to the Municipal Superannuation Fund based upon the taxable remuneration received from their elected position.

Year: 2001    Category:  Legislative    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Director Benefits

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Local Government Act be amended by deleting section 789(3) in order to provide clarification with regard to the provision of benefits for directors and to ensure consistency between the provision of benefits for municipal council members and for regional district directors.

Year: 2001    Category:  Communities and Resource    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Pacific Hake – A Community Policy Document

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities recommends the following:

  • that the Government of Canada re-open the three-year agreement concerning the selling of the hake resource to offshore vessels within our two hundred mile limit, which agreement expires in 2002;
  • and that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans adopt and implement the recommendations put forward in the position paper on Pacific Hake Processing authored by the Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot, namely:

–    redefine the term “shore-first priority” for fish deliveries to make it a true shore-first priority;
–    permit shore-based plants to buy American Hake when necessary.

  • incorporate representation from communities of Alberni-Clayoquot in the decision making process associated with the hake resource;
  • that this issue be addressed within the independent review of fisheries consultative processes established by the federal government;
  • and that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities support and recommend the adoption of the policy position put forth in the Pacific Hake Processing position paper.

Year: 2001    Category:  Communities and Resources    Status: Referred
Resolution:  Trees as a Crop

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities encourage the Provincial Government to investigate private land forestry and agroforestry through the development of a program of “Trees as a Crop” for consultation and consideration.

Referred Back To Sponsor

Year: 2001    Category:  Communities and Resources    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Support to the Agricultural Sector
On Vancouver and Gulf Islands

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AVICC urges all members to review policies and regulations attracting agriculture in their communities, with a view to reinforcing opportunities for farming to contribute to the local economy, specifically to promote greater consumer reliance on Island produced farm goods:

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the AVICC undertake a review of a possible role for the Association in support of Island agriculture for presentation at the next AVICC Annual General Meeting.

Year: 2001    Category:  Transportation    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Highway Informational Signs

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities immediately request the Ministry of Transportation and Highways to reconvene the Stakeholders Advisory Committee and respond to its recommendation and to allow specific, appropriate signage on highways by-passing existing communities which will show community population and identify, by name or logo, certain businesses providing camping, accommodation, food or fuel and the distance to those services.

Year: 2001    Category:  Transportation    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Federal Funding for Docks

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal government be pressed to fulfill its mandate by providing annual funding to ensure essential dock facilities in BC are maintained to standards which allow safe and on-going public access and the transportation of goods and services.

Year: 2001    Category:  Transportation    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Rural Road Maintenance

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Government be requested to allocate more financial resources to facilitate the improvement of rural roads and arteries to provide safe unencumbered freedom of movement therein.

Year: 2001    Category:  Transportation    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Ferries are an Extension of the Highway Network

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Government of British Columbia deem that all ferry systems throughout the Province are an extension of the highways systems and should be funded, administered and managed as such.

Year: 2001    Category:  Transportation    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Funding for the BC Ferry Corporation

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the interior ferry service institute a user pay toll system similar to that of the coastal fleet and the net proceeds be applied to the cost of operations of the ferry system.

On Motion, Was Postponed Indefinitely

Year: 2001    Category:  Finance    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Payment of Utility Levy by Satellite TV Companies

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Local Government Act be amended to include satellite TV companies as utilities that must pay the utility taxes to municipalities.

Year: 2001    Category:  Finance    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Incentives for Municipal Incorporation

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities urge the government of the province of British Columbia to again, provide assistance to the extent that it did in the past;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the AVICC and the UBCM urge that:

  • incentives applied to per capita grants be at a maximum;
  • structuring proposals contain firm infrastructure offers; and
  • improvements to road (upgrades) prior to incorporation are again forthcoming.

Year: 2001    Category:  Finance    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Funding of Senior Government Library

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities petition the provincial government to double its per capita funding:

  • from $1.90 to $3.80 per person for any municipality with a population over 40,000.
  • from $2.40 to $4.80 per person for any municipality with a population between 12,000 – 40,000.
  • from $2.90 to $5.80 per person for any municipality with a population of less than 12,000.
  • from $3.80 to $7.60 per person for the rural portions of a regional library system;

with these rates also being adjusted annually on the basis of changes in the Consumer Price Index.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities petition the Federal government to start funding public libraries at a rate of $2.00 per capita, to be adjusted annually on the basis of changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Year: 2001    Category:  Finance    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Infrastructure Grants

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM request the Provincial Government to authorize access of improvement districts to infrastructure capital grants.

Year: 2001    Category:  Assessment    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Review of Structure of BC Assessment
Authorities Residential Property Classification

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities petition the Minister of Municipal Affairs to review the structure of BC Assessment Authority’s current residential property classification, with consideration given to the creation of separate property classes for primary residences (i.e.: in particular those receiving the Homeowners Grant) and secondary residences, in order that primary residential assessments are not unduly affected by the existence of secondary residences used for recreation or vacation purposes.

Year: 2001    Category:  Justice and Protective Services    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Funding for Fire Fighter Training in Remote Communities

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Governments be requested to negotiate an agreement with the Justice Institute of BC to renew its former practice of sending instructors into remote communities to provide fire fighter training, rather than fire departments and local governments having to incur the high costs of sending their fire fighters elsewhere for training.

Year: 2001    Category:  Justice and Protective Services    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  First Responder Program

THEREORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Government be urged to compensate fire departments for the full cost of their services provided under the First Responder Program.

Year: 2001    Category:  Land Use    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:     Compensation to Farmers and LandownersFor Value of Land Lost from Agricultural Production as a Result of Arrangements for the Construction and Maintenance of Streams, Ditches and Waterways

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a government program be established that will compensate farmers and landowners for the value of their land which is lost from agricultural production as a result of arrangements for the construction and maintenance of streams, ditches and waterways.

Year: 2001    Category:  Land Use    Status: Referred
Resolution:  On-Site Sewage Systems Authority

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Health, in the development of the Sewage Regulations, provide municipalities and regional districts with the authority to manage on-site sewage systems for individual properties.

Referred Back To Sponsor

Year: 2001    Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  Community Health Board Members

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the process be amended to ensure that all Community Health Board members as well as the CHSS Boards be democratically elected.

Year: 2001    Category:  Selected Issues    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Elk Causing Damage to Golf Courses

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities call on senior government to deal with the elk problem immediately.

Year: 2001    Category:  Selected Issues    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  Improvement Districts

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities request the Provincial Government to consider the formation of new water improvement districts.

Year: 2001    Category:  Selected Issues    Status: Endorsed by AVICC
Resolution:  BC Health Authorities Review

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities request the Province of British Columbia to review the governance structure of BC Regional and Community Health Authorities in order to increase efficiencies and eliminate duplications.

Year: 2001    Category:  Selected Issues    Status: NOT Endorsed
Resolution:  911 Emergency Response

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the government passes legislation that the use of 911 for other than emergencies will be punishable by a fine.