2010 Resolution Responses

Part 1 – UBCM 2010 DISPOSITION OF RESOLUTIONS SPONSORED BY AVICC MEMBERS

All endorsed resolutions have been conveyed to the relevant provincial and federal government department, or other organizations as appropriate. Responses have not been received at the time of printing this report.  Sponsors will be notified of responses as they are received, and responses will be posted on www.ubcm.ca.

Section B1– Contains resolutions that have been previously considered and endorsed; or are in keeping with UBCM General Policy or other major previously approved policy documents.

B2            SUPPORT FOR THE COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROGRAM – District of Sechelt

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B26         RIPARIAN AREA PROTECTION ON PRIVATE FOREST LANDS – Parksville

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B30         DERELICT & ABANDONED VESSELS, BARGES & DOCKS – AVICC Executive

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B36         PARKLAND DEDICATION  – Metchosin

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B37         TREATY SETTLEMENT COSTS  – Colwood

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B39         MEAT REGULATIONS – North Saanich

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B42         SUPPORT FOR PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS – Sechelt

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B48         ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING  –  Powell River RD and Powell River City

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

Section B2 – Resolutions that address topics not previously considered; were previously considered but not endorsed; involve topics of local or regional significance; involve topics of national significance and recommended as appropriate, for consideration by FCM.

B70         PHYSICAL ACCESS FOR DISABLE PASSENGERS – AVICC Executive

Convention Decision:  Endorsed and Referred to FCM

Federal Response to AVICCMinistry Of Transport, Infrastructure And Communities

In Canada, the federal government has established accessibility standards for all modes of transportation under federal jurisdiction.  This is accomplished through the use of a variety of policy instruments, including regulations, codes of practice and guidelines.

An active monitoring and compliance program supports the implementation of Canada’s regulations, codes and guidelines.  This ongoing monitoring of the transportation system, along with the results of the last independent review of the Canada Transportation Act in 2001, indicates that significant progress has been made in removing undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities, and that, while some accessibility issues remain, this policy approach is proving to be successful.

With respect to the accessibility of passenger rail cars, the Passenger Rail Car Accessibility Code of Practice provisions came into effect on April 1, 2001, and state as follows:

Eventually, every passenger train that provides sleeping car facilities should have at least one sleeping car that has at least one wheelchair-accessible room.  Until such time as this goal is reached, any newly manufactured sleeping car ordered, purchased or leased by a rail carrier to be used on or after April 1, 2001, or any existing sleeping car undergoing major refurbishment to be used on or after that same date, should satisfy the accessibility criteria.

I should note that passenger rail cars used in western transcontinental rail service are currently undergoing major refurbishment and will re-enter service in compliance with the Code.  The Renaissance rail passenger cars, which are employed in the Toronto-Halifax corridor, are also now undergoing modification so that they too will be in full compliance with the Code when they return to service.

Provincial Response to AVICC:  Ministry Of Transportation And Infrastructure

All transit users in British Columbia now have access to low floor buses that can easily accommodate passengers travelling with wheelchairs and scooters, and design guidelines have been adopted to ensure that mobility impaired persons can be accommodated at bus stops.  HandyDART, Taxi Saver and Taxi Supplement programs are also available for persons unable to use the regular bus system.

British Columbia’s taxpayers contribute $20 million a year to help keep ferry rates affordable for the disabled, eligible seniors, students and those travelling for medical reasons.  Where possible, BC Ferries provides mobility-impaired persons with preferred special vehicle loading, elevator service, specially equipped washrooms and preferred parking.

The Passenger Transportation Board, an independent tribunal, makes decisions on applications for taxis, limousines and inter-city bus licences.  The Board has established a policy to encourage the increased number and availability of accessible taxis in urban communities.

B74         EXPANSION OF INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAMS TO INCLUDE MAJOR  LOCAL GOVERNMENT FACILITIES  – Central Saanich

Convention Decision:  Endorsed and Referred to FCM

B79         SOUTHERN STRAIT OF GEORGIA NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION  AREA RESERVE  – Islands Trust

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B110      BC FERRIES SUBSIDY – Metchosin

Convention Decision:  Endorsed

B131      INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND – Sunshine Coast RD

Convention Decision:  Withdrawn

Section C2 – Resolutions that were referred to other resolutions that were considered for debate.

C2            PRIME BC – North Cowichan

Convention Decision:  Not Admitted for Debate

C5            EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TRAINING – Sunshine Coast RD

Convention Decision:  Not Admitted for Debate

C6            RELEASE OF LICENSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA SITES INFORMATION – Sooke

Convention Decision:  Not Admitted for Debate

C15         CANADA GOOSE POPULATION – North Saanich

Convention Decision:  Not Admitted for Debate

Part 2 – RESOLUTIONS REFERRED TO AVICC EXECUTIVE FOR ACTION BECAUSE OF THEIR REGIONAL NATURE

LR12      RAIL TERMINUS IN NANAIMO – AVICC Executive

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT AVICC support the establishment of the main rail terminus in Nanaimo and the proposed two train early morning southbound schedule as a first step in providing improved rail service on Vancouver Island, and encourages VIARail to increase the operating subsidy necessary for this to occur.

AVICC Convention Decision:  Endorsed.

Response:  Awaiting response from ViaRail.

LR13      COASTAL DOUGLAS FIR MOIST MARITIME LAND USE – AVICC Executive

WHEREAS a logging application has been submitted to Calvin Ross at South Island Forest District in Port Alberni to log the Nanoose Wetland Forest (DL33).

WHEREAS even small parcels like DL33 make important contributions to conservation of coastal Douglas Fir and contains the only remaining intact watershed of any tributary supplying Nanoose Creek, a wild salmon stream.

WHEREAS BC Environment Ministry confirm that nearly every type of Old Growth Douglas Fir Forest on BC dry coastal plain is now rare or endangered.

WHEREAS the coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem that once dominated the Georgia Basin now teetered at the brink of extinction and most of what does remain is the responsibility of British Columbians.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT AVICC request that the Ministry of Environment to allow for the Coastal Douglas Fir Moist Maritime land use order to follow its proper public consultation and ministerial development course and process.

AVICC Convention Decision:  Endorsed.

Response:  Ministry Of Forests

The province is well aware of the concerns related to the Coastal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic Zone and government has taken significant steps to ensure protection of this and other important ecosystems.  In December, the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) advertised a draft land use order to protect up to 1,600 hectares of the Coastal Douglas Fir ecosystem on southern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.  The public review and comment period on the land use order closed on February 15, 2010.  I understand that many local residents have asked that DL33 be included in the proposal Coastal Douglas Fir land use order.  ILMB are currently reviewing all submissions received and will incorporate, where appropriate, suggested change to the land-use objectives.  We expect a decision on the land use order in the near future.  Once the final decision is made it will be publicly communicated.