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Vancouver Island politicians to gather in Victoria for annual convention

Municipal representatives will vote to endorse 57 resolutions
The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention will take place in Victoria from April 12 to 14. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Representatives for municipalities across Vancouver Island are gearing up for an annual convention in which they will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and vote on a number of resolutions to be submitted the province.

From Friday, April 12 to 14, Island-based politicians will gather in Victoria for the annual Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention.

Over the course of the weekend, participants will participate in multiple workshops about topics like housing and reconciliation; they will hear updates from the Island Corridor Foundation, the Community Energy Association and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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On top of the workshops and networking opportunities, mayors, council members, board chairs, and First Nation representatives will get the chance to vote on 57 resolutions, put forward by individual municipalities, spanning a multitude of subjects including healthcare, community safety, environment, transportation and land use.

Among the resolutions, the City of Langford is urging for legal action against the province for failing to meet its “constitutional responsibilities” for essential services, including healthcare, administration of justice, and criminal rehabilitation.

The District of North Saanich requested that participants vote for the province to not proceed with the expansion of the Bamberton Quarry until a full environmental review is conducted.

The Town of View Royal and the District of Saanich put forward a resolution to ban rodent glue traps, as they fail to address the root causes of infestation, and they cause “fear, pain and distress” for captured animals according to the convention package.

If the resolutions are endorsed, they will be forwarded to the Union of B.C. Municipalities for consideration at their annual convention.

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