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September 13, 2021 Council Meeting Highlights

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For City of Langley Regular Council meeting of September 13, 2021. Please note these are not the official minutes. Council Meeting Highlights are an informal summary. 

Downtown Langley Business Association - Discover Langley City Fee for Services Agreement

Council awarded the Tourism Marketing Fee for Services Agreement to the Downtown Langley Business Association (DLBA) for a five-year term. The DLBA oversees Discover Langley City operations and represents accommodation service providers and other tourism businesses in Langley City.

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future

Council passed the following resolution:

WHEREAS the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s summary report, “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future,” was released to the public on June 2nd, 2015;

WHEREAS as directed by the commission report; calls for federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People as the framework for reconciliation;

WHEREAS the City of Langley is a colonial institution;

WHEREAS the work of reconciliation must start within colonial institutions;

WHEREAS the City of Langley owns the act of reconciliation;

WHEREAS local governments must begin the journey with Indigenous Nations by learning the truth of Canada’s cultural genocide of Indigenous People before reconciliation can be achieved;

WHEREAS City of Langley Council has the opportunity to move the City in a good way by gaining perspectives and understanding of Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers of ethics, concepts, and practices of reconciliation;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Langley create a Request for Proposal for developing an educational program about Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous Cultural Protocols, Knowledge Systems, and Empathy and Safety work by qualified Indigenous Cultural presenters, practitioners or educators;

THAT the City of Langley submit a successful Request for Proposal for Council to tender;

THAT Council consider funding the tender as part of the 2022 budget process;

THAT the educational program be delivered to Council and Senior Staff as soon as possible;

THAT the educational program be delivered to Council and Senior Staff within six months of any Council inauguration;

THAT the City of Langley take immediate action by acknowledging Orange Shirt Day by placing an orange banner with the text Every Child Matters across the two Fraser Highway gateways to the Downtown for the week of September 27th, 2021;

THAT up to $2500 be allocated from the Enterprise Fund for purchase of the Every Child Matters banner; and,

THAT the Every Child Matters banner be stored by the City for future use as directed by Council.

Appointment of Directors to Regional District Board

Council passed the following resolution:

WHEREAS the Local Government Act sets out the procedure for the appointment of directors to the regional district board;

WHEREAS section 198 of the Local Government Act states: After the first appointment under section41 (2) (e) [first board for regional district], each municipal director is to be appointed at pleasure by the council from among its members and that the Local Government Act does not stipulate any criteria in making those appointment decisions;

WHEREAS the appointment of directors to the regional district board under the Municipal Act (now Local Government Act) was changed after 2000 to “at the pleasure of Council” and that there have been no criteria constraining municipal council’s appointment decision since 1965;

WHEREAS the governance structure of Regional Districts has been lauded as a model structure that provides for “a regional federation of autonomous partners, representing both municipal and non-municipal territory and allows each Regional District to tailor most of its individual functions, both regionally and sub-regionally, to its own evolving needs. The Regional District legislation was designed to promote inter-municipal cooperation, to provide services to non-municipal urban fringe or rural communities, and to stimulate consensus-based planning and co-ordination across regions;”1

WHEREAS Regional Districts are “part of the municipal system not separate from it. The regional district does not sit over the municipalities with the municipal units serving the region. Rather it is the reverse: the regional district exists to further the interests of its municipal members;”2

WHEREAS the current section 198 of the Local Government Act provides ability, accountability, autonomy, and a democratic process for each municipal council to appoint the director to the Regional Board that best represents the views of majority of council on regional-scale services matters;

WHEREAS the Metro Vancouver Regional District is a federation of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services;

WHEREAS the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board, at its July 30, 2021 meeting, passed a resolution to request the Ministry of Municipal Affairs to amend the Local Government Act in section 198 [appointment and term of office for municipal directors], as necessary to require municipal councils to appoint the Mayor, or the Mayor’s designate, as the municipal director to the regional district board;

WHEREAS Metro Vancouver Regional District Board has not outlined the impetus and rationale for the proposed amendment to section 198 of the Local Government Act;

WHEREAS the proposed resolution passed by the Metro Vancouver Regional Board to amend the Local Government Act to require municipal councils to appoint the Mayor, or the Mayor’s designate, as the municipal director to the regional district board would affect all regional district boards in BC and that a broad consultation with all local governments in BC is necessary and required to consider this amendment;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOVED THAT the Ministry of Municipal Affairs conduct a broad consultative process in partnership with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, Lower Mainland Local Government Association and all local governments in BC to solicit feedback with tangible and objective rationale to support the amendment to section 19 of the Local Government Act to require municipal councils to appoint the Mayor, or the Mayor’s designate, as the municipal director to the regional district board; and that this motion be forward to Minister Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs and all municipal councils in BC.

Footnotes in Resolution:

1 - 40 Years: A Regional District Retrospective Summary of Proceedings, Local Government Knowledge 
Partnership, Ministry of Community & Rural Development, Local Government Management Association of 
British Columbia, 2009, 
https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/publicadmin/assets/docs/LGI/RetrospectiveMar200…. pdf

2 - A Primer on Regional Districts in British Columbia, Ministry of Community Services, 2006,
https://www.regionaldistrict.com/media/28095/Primer_on_Regional_Distric…;