We're pleased to share the September 2016 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Update, summarizing the highlights from the SLRD Board and Committee meetings of September 2016. (Meeting agendas and minutes of the various meetings summarized here are available here).
Note from Chair Crompton: Roads are a really big deal! Thanks to all the people working on the Ten Mile Slide - all of you who are impacted are in our thoughts. On that note, your SLRD board just got back from a very fruitful Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention. We spoke to the Premier and some ministers about the importance of roads to the SLRD's economic and community development. If you have questions or comments about the SLRD or this update please don't hesitate to contact me at 1-604-902-8747. Help us represent you better!
- The SLRD resolved to be a Regional District of Reconciliation and to continue working towards turning these words into actions (Read the news release). In conjunction with this, the SLRD Board endorsed in principle the concept in Call to Action #43 of the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (“TRC Report”), whereby governments utilize the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the framework for reconciliation. Further, the Board adopted several additional calls to action (#47, 57, 75, and 77) from the TRC Report, supported the short term recommended actions set out in the related staff report, and directed staff to bring back additional information concerning the medium to long term recommended actions set out in the staff report for the Board’s consideration. The staff report, including copies of the UNDRIP and the TRC Calls to Action, is available on the Sept. 22 Committee of the Whole agenda. The entire TRC Report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, is available at www.trc.ca. More details regarding the SLRD’s reconciliation initiatives will be available on the SLRD website as the process unfolds.
- Tipping fee changes will be implemented at the Pemberton Transfer Station, and mattresses and drywall will no longer be accepted at the Pemberton Transfer Station (Read the news release).
- The SLRD will apply for funds in the amount of $100,000 from the 2016 BC Rural Dividend Fund for the development of the Friendship Trail portion, in Pemberton and area, of the Sea to Sky Trail.
- An application will also be made to the 2016 Rural Dividend Fund Program for $10,000, on behalf of Electoral Areas A and B, to organize a meeting between the SLRD, the District of Lillooet, and interested St’át’imc communities, to support the next step efforts following the Community and Regional Economic Action - Together for Everyone (CREATE) Forum scheduled for October 14, 2016.
- The Board endorsed staff comments and recommendations from the Sunshine Coast Regional District Board regarding the BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project - Environmental Assessment in the McNab Valley. The SLRD will be strongly encouraging the Province to obtain more information on cumulative impacts before projects like the BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project (BURNCO) move forward and to complete the Cumulative Effects Assessment of Howe Sound so that itis available to local governments to help inform their decision making when assessing projects such as BURNCO.
- $6,000.00 was allocated from Area C Amenity Funds to replace the seven (7) wooden fire hose boxes and install 4 new weather & rodent proof metal cabinets for fire hose storage in Devine.
- $789.86 was granted to the Friends of the Pemberton Library from the Pemberton Recreation Commission funds to cover the cost of using the Great Hall, kitchen and staffing at the Pemberton and District Community Centre for their 24th Annual Wine and Cheese fundraising event on November 25, 2016.
A directory of previous Regional District Updates is available here.
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