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UBCM kicks off today, municipal officials attending

The mayor of Nanaimo says he really values the networking opportunities the weeklong UBCM conference offers.
It starts today (Mon) in Vancouver.
Bill McKay says there’s a packed agenda…..
The City has a number of resolutions going to the floor.
Mckay says there’s one about creating a fair market rate for marina leases, asking the province to roll back the terms of office from 4 years to 3 and another involving banning the use of leghold traps…..
McKay says, although it will be a good opportunity to meet with new ministers, those meetings are normally reserved for representatives from municipalities that are farther from Victoria.
He says he really values the networking opportunities the week long conference offers.
The Mayor of Sechelt says their council is looking forward to meeting the ministers at UBCM this year.

Bruce Milne says some of the concerns they’ll be highlighting this year is around affordable housing and long term health care.

As far as the homeless shelter goes, Milne notes BC Housing, Raincity Housing and the District received some opposition after their last public meeting and they want to meet up and assess how to move forward.

Garry Nohr, Chair of the Sunshine Coast Regional District Board says there are a few important local issues the regional district will be emphasizing at the event.

Nohr says this year’s event is especially important because it offers a chance to get to know the members of the new government and to make sure they understand local issues.

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