Victoria, BC–- Capital Regional District (CRD) Board Chair Barbara Desjardins led a group of committee chairs in meetings with provincial cabinet ministers at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Vancouver this week on issues of significance to regional residents. The following are highlights of the CRD requests and discussions in those sessions.
Meeting with the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Honourable Claire Trevena
Discussion focused on how the Province might play a role in facilitating a governance review that could assist in securing consistent funding for regional transportation initiatives and taking on a fractured governance planning and delivery model.
Meeting with the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General (Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness, Jennifer Rice)
Discussion focused on confirmation of continued support of the Regional Emergency Management Partnership (REMP) including project funding to support coordination initiatives and recognition that collaborative initiatives within the region consistent with the BC Emergency Management System (BCEMS) are held as an example of multi-jurisdictional collaboration for other local authorities.
Meeting with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Honourable George Heyman
Discussion focused on the request that the Province implement regulatory, policy and data changes; as well as enhance funding to better support local and regional governments and First Nations with achieving climate action objectives. The discussion focused further on the CRD’s leadership role on advancing progress on Integrated Resource Management (IRM).
Meeting with the Minister of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources, Honourable Michelle Mungall
Discussion focused on continuation of support for local government Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter; partnering with local governments to coordinate the development and implementation of zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) charging and refuelling infrastructure; and implementing a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate to improve future access for local governments and BC residents. The discussion focused further on providing funding for innovative IRM technologies that reduce GHG emissions and minimize downstream environmental impacts of waste.
Meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Honourable Lana Popham
Discussion focused on leadership and financial support from the Province to reduce wildlife-human conflict in agriculture areas and offset financial impacts to farmers associated with wildlife conflict. It also focused on policy development to support agri-tourism, establishment of additional incentives and new policies to promote and encourage farming in the region, funding of an extension officer and working with partners to find a solution to a lack of an abattoir and other related farming infrastructure in the region.
Quote: CRD Board Chair Barbara Desjardins
“I thank the provincial ministers for their time and the Board looks forward to working with the new government on our shared priorities.”
A full list of the CRD’s formal requests on each issue is in the Backgrounder (attached).
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Requests for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
E & N Rail Trail
- We continue to seek additional funding to enhance the long term beneficial non-motorized transportation and recreation use of the E&N corridor.
- We would like to be invited to participate in any discussions or consultations regarding next steps toward rail or other commuter use of the E&N corridor
- Support for enhancing regional transportation governance, including a greater regional role for planning, prioritizing, funding and delivering transportation infrastructure and programs serving regional needs.
- Provide long-term stable funding increase to transit services.
Water-based Passenger Service for the Southern Gulf Islands and Salt Spring Island
- We seek funding to implement a small passenger-only ferry service project between Salt Spring Island, Pender Island and the Town of Sidney. We would appreciate the Minister facilitating a discussion between the CRD and BC Ferries on integrating BC Ferries service and a passenger-only service for the Islands.
Requests for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- Confirmation of continued support of the Regional Emergency Management Partnership (REMP) including possible project funding to support coordination initiatives.
- Recognition of the collaborative initiatives within the CRD consistent with the BC Emergency Management System (BCEMS) that may be held as an example of multi-jurisdictional collaboration for other local authorities.
Requests for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Climate Action Strategy
- That the Province implement regulatory, policy, data changes and enhance funding to better support local and regional governments and First Nations with achieving climate action objectives.
- That the Province continue and enhance support of climate mitigation programming.
Integrated Resource Management
- Confirming local governments’ authority under the Environmental Management Act to manage all municipal solid waste and recyclable materials, including the ability to make bylaws to regulate the flow of materials as part of an approved solid waste management plan.
- Reviewing the policy of requiring a 70% reduction target from reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives in solid waste management plans to reflect the changes in diversion measurement from diversion rates to per capita disposal rates.
- Providing funding for innovative IRM technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize downstream environmental impacts of waste.
- Continued support and collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy through the issuance of approvals, permits, and authorizations, as needed to advance the project.
- Continued cooperation and support regarding regulatory matters.
Requests for the Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Hydrogen Vehicles/Fuelling Stations
- Continue to support local government GHG emissions reduction commitments under the BC Climate Action Charter through sustained and enhanced investment in low emissions vehicle technology, infrastructure, regulation, education and outreach through the Clean Energy Vehicle Program.
- Partner with local governments to coordinate the development and implementation of zero emissions vehicle charging and refuelling infrastructure.
- Improve and ensure future access to zero emissions vehicle supply (including fuel cell electric vehicles), to local governments and BC residents, through implementing a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate.
- Leadership and financial support from the Ministry of Agriculture to: reduce wildlife-human conflict in agricultural areas and offset financial impacts to farmers associated wildlife conflict.
Agri-tourism Policies and Incentives for Farming, Farm Infrastructure
- Development of policies to support agri-tourism, establishment of additional incentives and new policies to promote and encourage farming in the region and working with partners to find a solution to lack of abattoir and other related farming infrastructure in the region or on the Island.
Support for an Extension Officer
- Provincial funding of an extension officer.
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