UBCM delegates approve resolutions for Peace Region communities

Mayor Lori Ackerman has confirmed that the City of Fort St John won UBCM delegate approval of its resolution calling on the Province for a penalty review leading to increased fines for those who fail to stop for a school bus.

It was passed in a block of resolutions and the Mayor notes, the ones that ‘just make sense’ can be passed that way.

“I can tell you that the city of Fort St. John will keep an eye on this,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman.

“We honestly feel that if people can have their vehicle seized as a result of street racing, then there’s absolutely no reason why the fines for not stopping for a school bus cannot be adjusted to be appropriate and adequate for the offence.”

Meantime, the District of Hudson’s Hope went three for three at the Vancouver convention last week, and two resolutions were passed in the same block.

One requested the Province establish a fund to allow local governments to identify the source of water contamination and devise and implement a remediation plan.

The other went to residential renewable energy, and called on BC Hydro and the Province to work together to develop a framework, which would provide incentives to residential customers to install grid-interactive generations systems.

As reported earlier, the convention delegates also endorsed a block of resolutions, which were all in opposition to Site C construction – and one of those came from Hudson’s Hope.

It called for the province to be asked to follow the recommendations of its own Joint Review Panel, and refer the project to the BC Utilities Commission for a review of the cost of, and need for, the third dam on Peace River.

“There is considerable concern out there about lack of due process, I know they’re down there knocking down trees and doing things,” said Mayor of Hudson’s Hope Gwen Johansson. “But there’s still a lot of questions out there and they’ve only had one independent agency look at it, and that was the Environmental Assessment process.

After that report was done, the chair of the panel came out and was very critical of it, and that’s unprecedented.”

In total, 166 resolutions were submitted to this year’s convention – slightly more than last year, but not a record number.

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