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Resolution process seen ineffective by some local government associations

The North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) and the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) are meeting with three remaining local government area association, as well as the Union of British Columbian Municipalities (UBCM), in order to discuss their finding and search for solutions.

“Over the past ten years, we’ve done a mini-audit through the North Central Local Government Association, and out of just over 400 resolutions, only about seven had reach fruition over the past ten years,” Communication Officer of NCLGA, Madison Mitchell said. “What we’re looking to do through our new strategic plan, is make that a little more effective in taking those resolutions and actually producing action on them.”

Resolutions are a necessary tool for any local government, as they’re used to propose policy reforms that gain the support of other local governments in order to affect change, according to NCLGA.

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Mitchell says another problem the NCLGA is confronted with when trying to pass resolutions is the unique set of issues the north encounters when compared with the rest of the province.

“At our meeting this morning, we had talked extensively about ambulance services in northern B.C.,” Madison went on to say. “I know specific communities such as Stewart and Hudson’s Hope have had resolutions that they’ve brought forward for a number of years, and just because of the lack of resources given to the provincial government, we’ve had to be put aside for a couple of years.”

Mitchell says when looking into the near future, the NCLGA is considering a priority list for proposed resolutions in an attempt to ensure at least some are being passed.

“If we pick between five to ten resolutions each year that serves each community in a separate capacity, then we’ll be making sure that at least some things come into fruition each year,” Mitchell concluded.

The NCLGA is a coalition of local governments that advocate for a prosperous and sustainable north central B.C.

Its jurisdiction covers 70 per cent of BC’s landmass and includes nearly 60 per cent of the province’s Aboriginal population.

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