Three northeast B.C. resolutions up for debate at Union of B.C. Municipalities convention

The Peace River Regional District has created two resolutions, while the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has prepared one. 

Especially relevant with the proposed Site C dam, the PRRD proposes that UBCM ask the provincial government to change regulations and legislation so that all dam permit holders would have to prepare “all-encompassing” emergency management plans. They would be required to conduct public education, develop comprehensive public notification procedures and assist in the coordination of emergency response and recovery efforts to ensure the safety of the public. 

The Regional District’s second resolution would have UBCM ask the Province to continue to look at how Norway manages its natural resources, in the hopes of adopting a similar approach in B.C. It’s argued that Norway has comparable population size and resources to the province, and has managed its resources so well that it is the second wealthiest country in the world. 

Lastly, the NRRM maintains that air ambulance services are insufficient in the province’s north, and proposes UBCM ask the B.C. government to further support the development of a reliable air ambulance service. 

Two representatives from the Peace Region are also up for nomination at this year’s meeting, including current Director at Large Jerrilyn Schembri from the PRRD, who is looking to serve for another year, and Dawson Creek City Councillor Cheryl Shuman, who is also looking to be a Director at Large.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.