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Collecting bylaw fines, medical marijuana sites, government cuts and more at this year’s UBCM

September 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Every year, the mayors, councillors and administrators of B.C.’s 170-odd cities and towns gather to talk about municipal issues, a convention that provinicial politicians pay close attention to. It’s like getting a poll on what people all over the province are worried about.

(It’s also heavily covered by media, since the provincial government just LOVES to make announcements there. In fact, in a recent interview with Vancouver city manager Penny Ballem, she said that UBCM was considered one of the key anxiety times for bureaucrats, since they were never quite sure what their ministers might go out and announce.)

We’ll have to see what the premier and his cabinet have to say, though they’ve already removed one source of potential municipal revolt by exempting cities from the new HST, but the UBCM’s resolutions book is always a fascinating glimpse into their preoccupations. My story in the Globe on same is here. Kelly Sinoski over at the Sun reported on this resolution in particular.

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  • Darcy McGee

    Wasn’t it last year at the UBCM even that Gordon Campbell announced the surprise end of tolls on the Coquihalla highway?

    Wasn’t it last year that the slavishly non-critical media bought that line hook line and sinker, with nary a mention of the fact that the new Port Mann bridge will have a toll, effectively meaning that Campbell’s announcement meant a temporary reprieve while the toll was shifted closer to Vancouver?

    I’m not complaining about the toll: I like toll bridges. I just wish the news media in general would think things through longer than it takes to come up with a snappy headline.

    (Present company excepted, along with a few other select members of the profession still deserving respect.)