The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) met with good success on the resolutions floor at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) held this last week in Victoria.
“It was a productive conference for the Cariboo Chilcotin. With an array of excellent speakers and professional development opportunities, we are able to bring back information and key learning to continue building communities together,” stated CRD Chair Al Richmond.
“I would like to commend the board and staff for taking concepts and issues raised by our residents and turning them into successful and meaningful resolutions such as the rural tourism assessments,” Richmond said.
The CRD had submitted a total of 10 resolutions to be discussed and voted on the resolutions floor; nine were endorsed by the UBCM membership.
The successful resolutions included:
• Strategic Engagement Agreements
• Community Access Program Funding
• Protection of Potable Water
• Fencing Adjacent to Highways
• Fencing of Agricultural Interface
The CRD resolution which was not endorsed by the membership dealt with noxious weeds and range lands.
During the convention, the CRD, along with the mayors of 100 Mile House, Quesnel, and Williams Lake had the opportunity to meet with Premier Christy Clark and Pat Bell, minister of jobs, tourism and skills training and the minister responsible for labour.
During this session, the CRD discussed its Strong Regions report and the need for increased alternative revenue streams for local governments.
The province has committed to working with the CRD to potentially act upon some of the recommendations laid out in the report.
CRD elected officials and staff also met with the Steve Thomson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations, to discuss the Cedar Dam on Nina Lake.
Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD) Chair, John Massier and staff had the opportunity to meet with the new Minister of Health, Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid.
Chair Massier, expressed the CCRHD’s concern in ensuring the Cariboo Memorial Hospital Master Plan be given priority.
A full listing of the CRD resolutions and minister meeting backgrounders are available online at cariboord.bc.ca.