The Sooke-initiated UBCM tanker-traffic resolution was passed today. The super-short version? The UBCM will lobby provincial and federal governments to smarten up on issues concerning the environment. Sooke council’s specific contribution was to include a resolution to stop the expansion of tanker traffic in coastal waters.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]So, let’s break that down that sentence into understandable chunks so that us non-government types (like me) can understand it.
- The UBCM stands for the Union of BC Municipalities
- The UBCM has an annual convention
- At this convention, BC municipalities considers a number of resolutions
- These resolutions are proposed by the municipalities on behalf of their residents, culled by a UBCM committee, presented at the convention, and voted on
- If a resolution is passed, the UBCM then “advocate(s) for local government in British Columbia” to provincial and federal governments.
- This year, their annual convention is in Vancouver, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. UNCONFIRMED but to the best of my knowledge, representing Sooke were Ebony Logins, Rick Kasper, and Brenda Parkinson.
So, back to the news story, the District of Sooke submitted a resolution to stop the expansion of oil tanker traffic through British Columbia’s coastal waters. That resolution was endorsed by the UBCM Resolutions Committee. Which means that this resolution was put forward at this years conference, and then voted upon by ALL attending municipalities.
According to an email from Councillor Ebony Logins, that resolution was passed. “FYI – Sooke’s resolution was passed (in block) at UBCM. Yay!”
For those who wish to read the block, keep reading.
- B24: COASTAL DOUGLAS-FIR AND ASSOCIATED ECOSYSTEMS CONSERVATION PARTNERSHIP FUNDING Be it resolved that (hereinafter shortened to “…”) “UBCM request the provincial government to provide core, multiyear funding to the Partnership to assist its members to implement the conservation strategy with the Province, First Nations, local governments, the federal government, stakeholders, and the general public.”
- B25: MANAGEMENT OF UNGULATE POPULATIONS, … “the Province of British Columbia provide resources, including conservation officers and urban wildlife biologists, and build the necessary partnerships with Health Canada and local governments to address deer over population.”
- B26: BC CONSERVATION SERVICE CAPACITY … “the provincial government be requested to provide adequate funding and staffing in order for the BC Conservation Service to be more active and proactive in effectively managing wildlife-human conflicts.”
- B27: RESIDENTIAL RENEWABLE ENERGY REBATE PROGRAM, … “UBCM call on BC Hydro and the Province of BC to work together to develop a framework that would provide incentives to residential customers to install gridinteractive renewable generation systems.”
- B28: INDEPENDENT BC REVIEW OF TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PROJECT, … “in response to 2014 UBCM resolution LR2, the Province of British Columbia withdraw from the 2010 Equivalency Agreement with the National Energy Board and undertake its own environmental assessment process of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, with meaningful participation by First Nations, local governments and all interested British Columbians.”
- B29, in full:
B29 EXPANSION OF OIL TANKER TRAFFIC IN COASTAL BC WATERS Sooke
WHEREAS the result of the District of Sooke assent voting opportunity (community opinion) on November 15, 2014 was in the affirmative that the District of Sooke should join other municipalities in renewing and restating its opposition to the expansion of oil tanker traffic through British Columbia’s coastal waters:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that UBCM and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities continue to petition the provincial and federal governments to stop the expansion of oil tanker traffic through British Columbia’s coastal waters.
ENDORSED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF VANCOUVER ISLAND AND COASTAL COMMUNITIES
UBCM RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Endorse
UBCM RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE COMMENTS:
The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions opposing expansion of oil tanker traffic on the BC coast (2012-A8, 2010-B139, 2010-B140, 2008- B143). In response to resolution 2012-A8 the provincial government referenced its technical analysis “Requirements for British Columbia to Consider Support for Heavy Oil Pipelines,” the “key condition” of “world leading marine spill preparedness and response systems,” and 11 recommendations for BC to achieve that standard.
- B30: OIL SPILL PREPAREDNESS, … “UBCM request that the Province of British Columbia order an independent audit of the current state of oil spill preparedness in BC.”
- B31: OILED WILDLIFE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE, … “the Province of BC urge the federal government to establish adequate oiled wildlife response capacity and capability for marine spills;” and “the federal government and the Province of BC, in consultation with local governments, enact a mandated and coordinated regime that requires that wildlife response be included in oil spill response preparedness, that wildlife response and recovery, and remediation be part of standard response activities for marine and land-based oil spills and that funds to undertake these activities be collected from industry in accordance with the polluter pay principle.”
- B32 WATERSHED PROTECTION, … “UBCM request that the Ministry of Environment proceed with the necessary steps to create regulations that will establish an increased local role in key decision making in matters affecting the health and protection of watersheds, including the right for local watershed authorities to be the agencies responsible for approvals and controls of activities in watersheds.”
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