The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (
Councillor Ebony Logins recorded and posted the following video, marking an historical moment in municipal politics, protecting basic human rights. The following was posted on Councillor Logins’ Facebook page:
History in the Making! AVICC unanimously passes the Parental Rights for Elected Officials resolution. #BecauseIts2016
“Whereas the BC Employment Standards Act guarantees the rights of parents to maternity and parental leave;
And whereas the Local Government Act and Community Charter fail to protect parental rights of local government elected officials, requiring council or regional district board approval of leave for elected officials who become parents;
Therefore be it resolved that AVICC and UBCM request that the provincial government amend the Local Government Act and the Community Charter to guarantee maternity and parental leave for elected officials to be consistent with the Employment Standards Act provisions following the birth or adoption of a child;
And be it further resolved that the legislation be amended to permit the elected official to return to work on the same terms that were in place at the start of their leave, and that any changes in the elected official’s appointments to committee, boards, or commissions will not be made as a result of the maternity or parental leave”
In her Comments, Logins adds: “Big thanks to Oak Bay Councillor Michelle Kirby for spearheading this resolution.”
In other words, no longer will a politician be required to ask for permission for a leave of absence from Council for a parental or maternity leave, and the job which she (or he) left is to be the same on their return. This includes all appointments, like, say, as a Director with the CRD.
Let’s hope that this last-century chapter is now behind us. Onwards and upwards! There’s a few hot ticket agenda items for Monday’s meeting we need to focus on, including how the public access our politicians. Let the real work of moving begin!
Next Council meeting is on Monday, April 11, with the Committee of the Whole starting at 6pm and the Council Meeting starting at 7pm. The public are encouraged to attend, to hold our politicians to account, to bear witness, and (in this instance) to welcome back our elected mayor.