May 17, 2006
Royal Oak Facility

Present:

Clarence Diebold, (Chair), Ed Warkentin, Ted Howard, Murray Sharp, Ray Bremner, Yvonne Jack

Regrets:

Christine Barnard, Alan Barnard, Karl Boerner, Ted Scratchley. Ian Dean, Derek Knox

Guest:

Mark Angelo


1. Call To Order:

  • The meeting was called to order at 10:00.

2. Approval Of The Agenda:

  • The motion to approve the agenda as submitted was seconded and carried.

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION

  • Clarence, who attended a recent COSCO meeting, brought to the attention of the meeting the fast-tracking of legislation designed to take away the environmental rights of local government. As this is particularly important with regard to waterways, Clarence invited Mark Angelo to address the committee.
  • Mark explained that Section 56 of Bill 30 which is being fast-tracked through government will have a detrimental effect on the safeguarding of the waterways of British Columbia. By taking the backward step of stripping the power of local governments to veto projects, the provincial government will remove the important second lens of local government who are in touch with how changes will impact other values in their communities. It is important to keep local governments in the planning process as historically they have taken a sound, strategic planning approach whereas provincial environmental reviews are not extensive. More than 60 independent power proposals for small hydro-electric projects are currently in the pipe-line and once foreign interests are involved, it is difficult to reverse or rectify problems that arise.

Mark raised the following points:

  • The Provincial Government is adopting a "Big Brother" approach;
  • Considerable rights are being given to the private sector;
  • The impact on rivers will not be adequately reviewed without local government input;
  • Eradicates second lens of local government who is aware of community issues and broader values. Local government privy to whether or not a proposal will benefit the community as a whole;
  • If this legislation passes, no veto will be available.

After discussion, it was proposed, seconded and carried that:

  • an email would be sent immediately to the premier and all Provincial MLA's expressing our serious concerns and asking government to hold back on this particular section of the Act, and
  • a letter from BCITRA would also be sent out as a follow-up.
  • Clarence and Ed undertook to do this on behalf of BCITRA. Thanks were proffered to Mark for agreeing at short notice to bring us up to speed on this important matter.

3. Adoption Of The Minutes Of The Meeting Held On April 19, 2006.

  • Minutes of April 19, 2006 were approved.

4. Business Arising From The Minutes.

  • Ed reported that his meeting with Ann Piternic of UBC with respect to retiree residences was unproductive. UBC does not want BCIT to join them on this venture. Their 5-year plan is underway and involves the erection of a 6-storey building on land contributed by UBC.
  • Ed would like to see a retirement building on BCIT property and hopes to have a proposal ready for the next meeting. He was thanked for his considerable research and ongoing gathering of information.

5. New Business.

A. Correspondence.

  • None.

B. Reports

  • 1. Financial, Membership, Web Page and Travel Reports
  • Not available as committee members were on vacation.
  • 2. Benefits and Liaison, COSCO
  • Clarence circulated COSCO's requirements for a successful Medicare Campaign. He felt that the requirements are good but has reservations about every aspect of Medicare being public. He feels there is room for private entrepreneurial enterprises.
  • In reply to a question about Elder Abuse, Clarence said that a conference on this subject was being held on June 15 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. Registration contact person is Sheila Gerr - telephone 604-594-5023. Cost is approximately $20.00.
  • Much discussion ensued regarding the "claw back" of medical coverage under the Public Service Plan. Ted H. asked Clarence to follow up with COSCO re their letter sent out on the subject of medical cutbacks on seniors' pension plans.
  • 3. Fellowship and Communication
  • Ted and Margo were thanked for the excellent annual newsletter sent out to the membership.

Reports as submitted were approved

6. OTHER BUSINESS

  • None.

7. Next Meeting:

  • June 21st at 10am at Royal Oak Facility. Regrets for next meeting: Yvonne Jack.

8. Adjournment.

  • There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:15.