2019 Powell River April 12-14




qathet Regional District and the City of Powell River are joint hosts for 2019. Convention information will be updated as available.

Category: 2013-2014 Priorities

In follow-up to the AVICC Policy Paper#1: Report on Socio-Economic Impacts of BC Ferries Service Reductions – April, 2014 which was endorsed April 12, 2014 at the AVICC Convention April 12, 2014 in Qualicum Beach, a follow-up study and policy paper is being considered at the 2014 UBCM Convention.

Download a copy of UBCM Policy Paper #1:  Boatswains to the Bollards:  A Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of BC Ferries (PDF).

See the September 10, 2014  UBCM Compass article which preceded the distribution of the Policy Paper to members and highlights the key findings.



The Special Committee on BC Ferries was established February 7, 2014 as a result of a desire by both AVICC and UBCM to respond to the direction taken by the Province with respect to BC Ferries.

Policy Paper #1:  Report on Socio-Economic Impacts of BC Ferries Service Reductions, April 2014 was prepared for the Special Committee.  It was submitted for consideration by AVICC delegates April 12, 2014 at the 2014 AVICC Convention in Qualicum Beach.

Download the endorsed Policy Paper #1:  Report on Socio-Economic Impacts of BC Ferries Service Reductions, April 2014 (PDF).

AVICC has actively supported the work being undertaken by the Island Corridor Foundation over the years. To encourage VIA Rail to work with the Island Corridor Foundation and its rail operator Southern Railway of BC to come to an agreement to offer efficient passenger service on the island, President Cross wrote Marc Laliberte, VIA Rail’s President and CEO August 14, 2013 Request to Via Rail [PDF].

Derelict Vessels – This issue continues to be on the forefront of AVICC priorities. Executive wrote Minister Thomson on June 26, 2013 Letter re Derelict Vessels [PDF] expressing concern that little progress has been made to date, that proposal for a UBCM clinic on the topic, and advising that we would be seeking a meeting with him during the UBCM Convention through one of our members. Click here for the Minister Thomson’s Response [PDF]. Islands Trust who has provided significant leadership on this file has arranged for a meeting with Minister Thomson during the UBCM Convention. 27 representatives from 17 local governments will be in attendance.

Effects of Schlenker v. Torgrimson Conflict of Interest Ruling – Executive has been in communication with the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development in regard to this issue. Minister Bennett has advised that “the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development staff are actively monitoring the situation, gathering information and assessing the variety of legal views, reactions and practical effects in order to develop an appropriate provincial response.” In order to provide the Province with examples of how the decision has been affecting our members, members were requested to forward specific examples of issues that have arisen and the impact it has had on your local government including a name and contact information should additional information be requested. These examples were provided to Michelle Dann, Advisory Services on July 19 with a copy to UBCM. UBCM and LGMA cooperatively distributed a guidance document in late August. For more information on resources available from UBCM, click on Conflict of Interest Background.

Follow-up – Contaminated Soil Facility – Threat to Drinking Water Watershed in Shawnigan Lake Resolution – UBCM will be seeking an amendment to the resolution to remove the first enactment clause due to its regional in nature.  Anticipating this and because of the time sensitivities in relation to the specific Waste Discharge Permit Application referenced in the resolution, the resolution has been already been communicated to the Minister of Environment.  Click here for Minister Polak’s Response [PDF].

Nominations to Serve on DFO Aquaculture Management Advisory Committees (AMACs) – Nine members responded to the invitation to serve on either the Finfish or Shellfish AMAC. Executive recommended one nominee and one alternate for each committee to UBCM. The recommendations were:

  • Finfish AMAC Nominee: Strathcona EA Director and Vice-Chair Jim Abram
  • Shellfish AMAC Nominee: Nanaimo EA Director Bill Veenhof
  • Finfish AMAC Alternate: Port Hardy Mayor Bev Parnham
  • Shellfish AMAC Alternate: Tofino Councillor Dorothy Baert