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Another year another AVICC conference!
This one is shaping up to be very busy again. I will semi-live blog it throughout the weekend. Which means posting updates here throughout the next three days.
Just yesterday given development in the news I asked that we bring forward a late motion to the floor on Sunday morning titled:
“WEST COAST MARINE SPILL RESPONSE GUARANTEE”
Here is the full text that we will be handing out:
Check out the poll on the side of this page to register your opinion on this question!
Aside from that, there is the usual wide array of conference sessions and materials to consider. Things are already getting underway this morning but I am at VIU until at least 1PM this afternoon before I’ll be driving down with Councillor Minions. I believe Councillor Sauvé and Washington are already there, Councillor Paulson is coming today and Mayor Ruttan is attending Saturday/Sunday.
Here is the Convention Program, we hope to be there by 4PM for Premier Horgan’s address this afternoon at 4PM.
You can see all of the materials from the conference including the resolutions being considered here.
I haven’t gone through them all yet. Will have to do that later this evening. The next update will likely come Saturday morning as we start into sessions and the business of the Convention. See you soon! Also watch out for live video feeds. Depending on WIFI performance and battery life on my phone. 🙂
Update Saturday Noon
Lots has happened since I arrived here around 2PM on Friday.
Councillor Minions and I carpooled down Friday afternoon. We arrived in time to catch some of the afternoon sessions as well as the address by the Premier.
As we arrived, the Keynote from Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City was just wrapping up. From the wikipage:
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design is a 2013 book written by the Canadian author Charles Montgomery. Gathering insights from the disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, urban planning and Montgomery’s own social experiments, the book makes the case that the manner in which we build our cities alters the way in which we feel, think, and behave as individuals and as a society. Montgomery argues that the happy city, the green city, and the low-carbon city are the same place, and we can all help build it.[7
There were great questions from the floor, this is something that needs to be on our collective reading lists.
Next was Premier Horgan’s adress. I live streamed it on Facebook, you can view it here, no login required.
Housing Session 4:45PM — This session was an update from BC Housing
$7B over 10 years in 2018 budget is the most in one province ever. Federal bilateral agreement coming soon. The stars are aligned. Must create housing that matches need on the ground. In past has not matched.
This is one of the biggest issues in our province and country and the revenues are now being directed for a huge push.
To Zone for Rental. Property tax exemptions. – Revitalization tax bylaw required first. The housing continuum… far left gets most press. Also working on far right important for fental and home ownership.
Need to get in on Housing Hub for Port Alberni. BC Housing is hiring additional staff for the staff to meet need. Tiny homes are not a panacea… they take a lot of land.
BC Housing can’t mortgage them when they come in on wheels. Working on a Homeless Action Plan – from a prevention program perspective. Housing Agreements : Peer to Peer program will be created to help Local Government work with tools like housing agreements.
7AM Saturday Morning – Social Procurement
Town of QB Social Procurement Policy 6000-3. Using the polivy to re work their Memorial Drive with a pedestrian and cycling separate path and realign dangerous intersection.