Resolutions Made in the Cariboo Region Gain Support at North Central Local Government Association Convention

The Regional District of Cariboo and the Town of Williams Lake were both perfect for two when it came to resolutions at this year’s North Central Local Government Association convention.

They were voted on in person in Fort St. John on Thursday. (May 5)

CRD President Margo Wagner said one of theirs was stable funding for the Forest Enhancement Society.

“The Forest Enhancement Society does tremendous work supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gases, protect communities from wildfires, improve wildfire habitat, they create jobs. They don’t have long-term sustainable funding. Every year they go hand in hand across the province in search of money.

Wagner says the second CRD resolution to pass was parental leave for elected officials.

“Currently, with the rules of the Community Charter and the Local Government Act, directors who are absent for 60 consecutive days or 4 consecutive regular board meetings may be disqualified. We can basically call a by-election unless they get an exemption due to illness or injury sustained for a long period of time.

Wagner says the idea behind it is to try to get young people to consider running for public office, something they are currently struggling with.

She says two Williams Lake resolutions also passed unanimously, including one on rural locum funding.

“There is a shortage of doctors, maybe not in Quesnel but in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. So we have difficulty bringing in replacements. We need replacements so we can not only replace the doctors we have here so they can take time off and go on vacation, but we also need them because we can’t get regular full-time doctors.

Wagner says there is currently a program that is funded, but it is for very small communities that have less than 7 doctors.

The other City of Williams Lake resolution that got the go-ahead called for increased support and funding for mental health.

Wagner says people struggling with opioid addiction, homelessness and serious mental health issues in rural areas are often sent to larger treatment centers, but that doesn’t help them when they return to their homes. communities.

“When they are sent back, they go back to the same system that caused the problem in the first place. Many people fall through the cracks and go straight back into the same situation. You need support for their return.

The resolutions will now go to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention for approval in September.