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Resolutions

What is a Council Resolution?

Local governments make decisions by bylaw or resolution. A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will or intent. Resolutions are adopted for a number of decisions such as providing staff direction to review the establishment of a new bylaw or authorizing the District to enter into an agreement. 

Resolutions are also an important policymaking tool and are annually presented to regional, provincial and federal local government associations who then lobby the provincial and federal governments to enact change. 

Each year, Council submits resolutions to the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) for consideration at its Annual Convention. If endorsed, the resolutions are submitted to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) which are then presented to its membership at the Annual Convention. Council may also submit resolutions to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), which focuses on local government issues that are national in scope.

Resolutions provide local governments the opportunity to express their concerns, share their experiences and take a united position.

NR71 Paid Protestors

Whereas the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that every person in Canada has the right to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly as part of a democratic nation;

And whereas lawful protests provide citizens the opportunity to express views and grievances for government to respond to;

And whereas individuals that are recruited and paid by organizations to protest on their behalf create a false perception of public opinion on matters of community interest:

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM ask the provincial government to investigate and lobby for the prohibition of organizations paying individuals to protest on their behalf.

Endorsed by the Southern Interior Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities.

EB26 Protection of Waterways from Aquatic Invasive Species

Whereas Canada is home to 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, and the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) poses irreparable environmental, social and economic threats that will cost Canadian taxpayers billions of dollars in lost tourism and economic opportunities, and other unknown costs;

And whereas the spread of AIS is largely connected to human activity, including the unsafe transport of watercraft and floatplanes between bodies of water;

And whereas current government efforts through fines for failing to stop at a BC watercraft inspection station, there is a lack of specific provincial or federal regulation and enforcement that is directed at watercraft owners who fail to prevent the spread of AIS by cleaning, draining, and drying their watercraft before transport;

Therefore be it resolved that the provincial and federal governments adopt increased and stricter enforcement measures for watercraft and floatplane owners including the introduction of a significant fine for watercraft and floatplane owners that fail to clean, drain and dry their watercraft or floatplane before transporting it to another body of water and an increase in the fine issued to motorists who fail to stop and a watercraft inspection station.

Endorsed by the Southern Interior Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities.

EB27 Invasive Asian Clams

Whereas invasive Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) are known to threaten the natural biodiversity of lakes by competing with native species for sustenance and space, cause biofouling to water treatments systems, alter water chemistry, and potentially reduce the quality of drinking water;

And whereas the spread of Asian clams will have significant environmental, social, and economic consequences for our waterways, wildlife and communities;

And whereas the Controlled Alien Species Regulation exists under the Wildlife Act to enforce controls for species that pose a risk to people, property, wildlife, and wildlife habitat:

Therefore be it resolved that UBCM ask the Province of British Columbia to designate invasive Asian clams (Corbicula fluminea) as a Prohibited Aquatic Invasive Species under the Controlled Alien Species Regulation under the Wildlife Act.

Endorsed by the Southern Interior Local Government Association and Union of BC Municipalities.

NR42 Protection for Established Snowmobile Recreation Sites or Trails

Whereas many local governments and communities rely on the $299 million dollars the snowmobile industry provides to rural communities in British Columbia for economic stability and development;

And whereas, communities and snowmobile clubs care about maintaining existing meaningful Recreation Sites and Trails Partnership Agreements with the Province for respectful stewardship of the lands, and in particular BC Snowmobile Federation member Snowmobile Clubs are the largest partner of established Recreation Sites and Trails in BC;

And whereas, site level objectives under Section 56 of Forest Range Practices Act (FRPA) have not been established for snowmobile trails in B.C., resulting in a lack of communication or need to include consideration in Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP);

And whereas, only a BC government authorized designated decision maker can set Individual Recreation Objectives for an established recreation trail (site);

Therefore, be it resolved that UBCM ask the B.C. government to allocate the necessary resources to establish the following site level objectives on all new and existing established snowmobile sites under Section 56 of FRPA.

Endorsed by the Union of BC Municipalities.

Southern Interior Local Government Association

The Southern Interior Local Government Association is comprised of elected officials from 37 cities, towns, villages, districts and regional districts in South Central British Columbia. The Annual Convention is held in April each year. In 2023, it will be held April 25-28 in Vernon. 

Union of BC Municipalities

The UBCM was formed to provide a common voice for local government. Convention continues to be the main forum for UBCM policymaking. The Annual UBCM Convention is held in September each year. In 2023, it will be held September 18-22 in Vancouver.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities 

FCM is the national voice of municipal governments. Its membership includes 2,000 municipalities. Each year, municipal leaders from across Canada gather to set FCM policy on key issues. The 2023 Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held May 25-28 in Toronto, Ontario. 

RESOLUTIONS RELEASED FROM IN-CAMERA

In accordance with section 90 of the Community Charter, municipal councils may close a meeting to the public for specific circumstances. As an example, Council may close a meeting to discuss a human resources matter. 

In certain circumstances, Council may decide to release a resolution from in-camera. Resolutions released from in-camera will be included on the next Regular Council Meeting Agenda to ensure transparency.

Released at the October 12, 2022 Regular Council Meeting:

Resolution # IC 22-308

THAT Council appoint Colleen Dales, Jeremy Fehr, Mike Helfrick and Todd Kyllo to the District of Sicamous Development Corporation Board of Directors for a two-year term;

AND THAT Council appoint Wally Ferris, Dave Hamilton and Allan Wageler to the District of Sicamous Development Corporation Board of Directors for a one-year term;

AND FURTHER THAT the resolution be released from in-camera.

 

Carried

Resolution # IC 22-316

THAT Council not enforce the $23,000 in fines issued under the Good Neighbour Bylaw No. 1005 for failure to maintain building components, related to 1133 Paradise Avenue until the earlier of:

a) December 31, 2022; or,

b) The final inspection report of the demolition of the building located on 1133 Paradise Avenue.

AND FURTHER THAT the resolution be released from in-camera.

 

Carried