Six out of seven councillors headed to UBCM Conference next week

VICTORIA, B.C. – Most members of the Fort St. John city council will be in Victoria next week for the annual Union of BC Municipalities Conference next week.

The conference runs from September 26th through to the 30th at the Victoria Conference Centre. The city’s Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers says that the 8-person delegation will consist of Mayor Lori Ackerman, and councillors Dan Davies, Byron Stewart, Larry Evans, Gord Klassen. In addition, city manager Dianne Hunter and General Manager of Integrated Services Victor Shopland will also be participating in the week-long conference.

Rogers says that the team will be meeting with officals from several provincial ministries, including:

  • The Ministry of Justice and Attorney General
  • The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
  • The Ministry of Natural Gas Development
  • The Ministry of Environment
  • The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour

The group will also be holding meetings with Northern Health to discuss physician recruitment and their plans for the old hospital site.

Mayor Ackerman will also be representing the Energetic City as a member of the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition. The coalition includes the mayors and senior municipal staff from Fort St. John, Taylor, Fort Nelson, as well as local industry consultants. They have meetings scheduled with Premier Christy Clark; as well as Natural Gas Development and Housing Minister Rich Coleman; and Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training Minister Shirley Bond.

The conference will focus on several key issues facing municipal governments across the province. Monday will focus on homelessness and community gang violence, with other topics throughout the week.