2002 Resolutions

Year: 2002 Category: Extraordinary Resolutions Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Term of Office

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that AVICC Constitution be amended to add Section 5(g) that states that the term of the President shall not exceed two consecutive terms effective immediately.

Year: 2002 Category: Extraordinary Resolutions Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Date of Annual Meeting

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the AVICC Constitution Section 8(a) be amended to read: “The annual general meeting shall be held during the month of April on dates established by the Executive”;

Year: 2002 Category: Extraordinary Resolutions Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Days of Annual Meeting

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the AVICC Constitution be amended to read: “The annual general meeting shall be held on Friday and Saturday.”

Year: 2002 Category: Referred Resolution Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Consideration of Cooperation Agreements

RR1 CONSIDERATION OF COOPERATION AGREEMENTS

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities recommend to UBCM that the Protocol be approved.

Year: 2002 Category: Health Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Health Care Services Within BC

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Minister of Health and the Province of British Columbia make an immediate, public commitment to continue to fund these services at their former 2001 levels.

Year: 2002 Category: Health Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Principles of Medicare

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities support the five principles of Medicare and ask the B.C. Government to honor these principles in the reform and renewal process of our health system.

Year: 2002 Category: Health Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: New Priorities for Health Funding

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities urge the B.C. Government to establish new priorities for health funding that reflects the real determinants of health and give greater emphasis to health promotion and wellness at the community level.

Year: 2002 Category: Health Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Reduction in Health Ministers

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities recommend to the B.C. Government that a reduction in the number of health Ministers be seriously considered as a cost cutting measure before important health services at the community level are eliminated.

Year: 2002 Category: Health Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Local Government Consultation on Health Issues

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities remind the B.C. Government of its commitments to full consultation with local governments before making major changes to our health system that could result in reduced and unequal services to the all areas of the AVICC and downloading of services onto local governments;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that AVICC ask the Union of B.C. Municipalities to also remind the B.C. Government of its protocol agreement regarding full consultation with UBCM on major issues impacting local government in B.C.

Year: 2002 Category: Legislative Issues Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Voting Rights for Corporations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities petition the Provincial Government to amend Section 49 of the Local Government Act to allow a corporation to be registered as an elector to have a vote in location elections.

Year: 2002 Category: Finance Issues Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Local Government Royalty on Non-Renewable Resources

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Community Charter grant local governments (municipalities and regional districts) the authority to collect a royalty for non-renewable resources extracted from within their boundaries to provide long-term benefits to local communities.

Year: 2002 Category: Energy Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Vancouver Island Electricity Generation Project

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the membership of Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities supports the Vancouver Island Electricity Generation Project and its essential components of a new natural gas power generation plant and the Georgia Strait Crossing Pipeline Project needed to supply the new generating plant, and that the resolution be submitted to the National Energy Board Review Panel.

Year: 2002 Category: Finance Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Compensation for Crown Land

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities strongly recommend to the Community Charter Council and the Government of British Columbia that all Crown land be included in measures implementing financial compensation to the host municipalities.

Year: 2002 Category: Finance Issues Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Municipal Superannuation Formula- Full Pensionable Service Requirements

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities request the Provincial Government to amend the Municipal Superannuation Plan “Rule of 90″ to reduce the years of service and age requirements to “85″.

Year: 2002 Category: Finance Issues Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Vancouver Island Regional Library Library Contribution Formula

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities request that the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board proceed with the development of a new funding formula that provides a more equitable fee to the constituents contained with their participating area and that service levels be factored into that formula.

Year: 2002 Category: Finance Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Gas Franchise Fees

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities strongly request the provincial government restore equal rights on this matter immediately, and that the AVICC and the UBCM proceed immediately to convince the provincial government of this specific need for fair and equal treatment for all municipal taxpayers in all of British Columbia.

Year: 2002 Category: Finance Issues Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Retroactive Provision of Grants

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Canada/BC Infrastructure program be amended to provide grants retroactively for those projects that have been initiated or completed prior to completion of the grant approval process.

Year: 2002 Category: Justice and Protective Services Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Side Arms for Auxiliary Police

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the side arms issue be revisited in order to re-institute side arms to Auxiliaries and find other methods of resolving management’s concerns.

Year: 2002 Category: Justice and Protective Services Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Policing in Rural Areas and Small Communities

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Government honour their commitment to discontinue any offloading of provincial government costs onto local property owners and taxpayers without mutual agreement between the Province and Local Government.

Year: 2002 Category: Justice and Protective Services Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Earthquake Proofing Public Buildings

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province immediately initiate a public building assessment of earthquake vulnerability as the first step to rehabilitation or replacement on a priority basis both as a record of the extent of the problem and as the basis to request special federal infrastructure funding.

Year: 2002 Category: Taxation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Forest Farming on Agricultural Land Reserve

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities request the BC government to recognize forest farming as a viable and realistic agricultural enterprise for taxation purposes on all ALR lands;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that forest farming on ALR lands be granted the same taxation status consideration as other agricultural initiatives.

Year: 2002 Category: Environment Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Building Code Amendment: Toilets

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC Building Code 1998 be amended to replace the requirement for 13.25 litre toilets with a requirement for 6.0 litre capacity toilets or dual flush technology toilets (3.0 litre and 6.0 litre).

Year: 2002 Category: Environment Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Security of Drinking Water

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that as a part of the process to ensure safe drinking water that testing at the user taps be mandated and that such testing be performed at Provincial labs to Provincial standards, with the cost of such testing to be free of charge or at the actual cost of such testing.

Year: 2002 Category: Environment Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Water Conservation Initiatives

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial government encourage and support water conservation initiatives throughout the province and establish best practices for water conservation for all water service providers.

Year: 2002 Category: Environment Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Reinstatement of Trophy Hunting Ban on Grizzly Bears

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities request the British Columbia Government to reinstate the trophy hunting ban on grizzly bears.

Year: 2002 Category: Environment Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Community Planning Initiatives

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Islands Trust request the assistance of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities to pursue new/revised tools through legislative amendments coincident with the Community Charter legislation review to ensure local government has the ability to effect through community planning initiatives, an enhanced degree of environmental and ecological protection for significant properties on the landscape.

Year: 2002 Category: Communities and Resources Status: NOT Endorsed Resolution: Mining and Quarry Operations

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a new review be initiated to reduce or eliminate mining, quarrying, sand and gravel extraction and processing from all municipalities, except for certain circumstances, and then only by referendum, the costs of which would be borne by the proponent.

Year: 2002 Category: Communities and Resources Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Rockfish Management Plan

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities request the Minister to delay implementation of the rockfish management plan until there has been extensive consultation with local and regional governments and stakeholders.

Year: 2002 Category: Communities and Resources Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Softwood and Communities

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities send a directive to the UBCM, Ministry of Forests and the provincial government softwood negotiators requesting their support for a solution to the softwood lumber agreement that will:

1. Support community economic diversification. 2. Ensure that the citizens of British Columbia get full market value for our timber resource. 3. Resist call for compensation. 4. Strengthen raw log export ban. 5. Maintains environmental values.

Year: 2002 Category: Transportation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Transport Canada Security Fee

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Government be asked to rescind the $24.00 return security fee on local flights and regional flights that do not use the national airport system.

Year: 2002 Category: Transportation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: BC Ferry Corporation- Route 40

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities call upon the government of British Columbia to reject BC Ferry Corporation’s plans for discontinuation and confirm the long term operation of the entire Route 40 service so that tourism and related economic development and investment can occur.

Year: 2002 Category: Transportation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: BC Ferries Service

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that BC Ferries be instructed to actively pursue other options, starting with an up-to-date Strategic Plan which could include, but not be constrained to, such examples as: 1. Regionalization of the managerial structure and accountability for decision making; 2. Reorganization of the labour force; 3. Greater efficiency in scheduling and dispatch; 4. Regain the right to manage what has been abrogated by labour contracts; and 5. Improved sales and marketing strategies, etc.

Year: 2002 Category: Transportation Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Small Craft Harbours Facilities

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities respectfully requests that the Small Craft Harbours Branch revise their policy to include more broad commercial uses that are indicative of coastal communities of British Columbia.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Affordable Housing

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver and Coastal Communities and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities strongly urge the Government of British Columbia to maintain its commitment to the development of new social housing through appropriate funding of housing programs.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Withdrawn Resolution: Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of BC Municipalities support Bill C-287 in principle and indicate such support by letter to the Minister of Agriculture, the Prime Minister’s Office and the House of Commons.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Provincial Off-Loading

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities request the Provincial Government acknowledge the above noted principles and thereby consult with affected local governments regarding the impact of Provincial Government funding cuts, and where such are implemented, identifying the accompanying financial resources available;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that AVICC and UBCM voice concern to the Provincial Government for this form of “soft off-loading”.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Provincial Downloading

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial government ensure that changes brought about by the Core Review not result in local governments being forced to choose between providing the service formally provided by the province or seeing the service disappear.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Reduction of Provincial Government Services

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the District of Campbell River request the Provincial Government to ensure full community consultation on program reviews and funding reductions;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Provincial Government not off-load current provincial program responsibilities onto communities and families without ensuring program integrity and adequate funding;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any transitions in program funding or delivery be done a schedule that is respectful to the service recipients, program providers and local economies:

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution be submitted to the Union of BC Municipalities, the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities and Rod Visser, area MLA.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Provincial Government Restructuring

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) take up the matter of provincial restructuring with the Province in concert with the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), with a view to determining if off-loading is indeed occurring and if the Province will be compensating municipalities for the lost revenue involved if that is indeed the case.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Community Consultation on Funding Reductions

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution be submitted to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) and to the area MLA’s.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Full Community Consulation

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona call on the Provincial Government to ensure full community consultation on program reviews and funding reductions;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial Government not off-load current Provincial program responsibilities onto communities and families without ensuring program integrity and adequate funding:

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that any transitions in program funding or delivery be done on a schedule that is helpful to the service recipients, program providers and local economies.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: Transportation of Hazardous Materials

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities lobby the provincial government to provide: 1. More frequent and more stringent commercial vehicle inspection and testing for vehicles travelling Vancouver Island Highways and specifically those vehicles carrying hazardous (HazMat) material. 2. Funding and support for a HazMat Response Team m, to be located on Vancouver Island, central to the identified highway corridors, on a 24/7/365 basis, or: 3. A demand that an industry HazMat Response Team be located on Vancouver Island and supported by the Industry transporting HazMat product on Vancouver Island. 4. Funding for fire departments, which respond to highway related HazMat incidents, to address equipment and training. 5. Support for local governments to recover costs associated with response to HazMat incidents on Vancouver Island, especially for those incidents that occur outside of municipal boundaries.

Year: 2002 Category: Selected Issues Status: Endorsed by AVICC Resolution: BC Energy Sector

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the AVICC make urgent and strong representation to the provincial government to exclude the sale of BC Hydro assets from any government measures to balance the budget, to prevent the deregulation of pricing and supply of energy, to recognize the importance BC citizens attach to the legacy of ownership and 4entitlement in this core infrastructure asset, and to adopt reasonable and predictable policies that will ensure continuing responsible management of this vital public utility on behalf of BC citizens;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Union of BC Municipalities also make a similar representation to the provincial government.