REGIONAL DISTRICT BOARD


Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Strathcona Regional District held on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at the Strathcona Regional District offices located at 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, B.C.

A quorum having been confirmed, the Chair called the meeting to order at 12:31 p.m. with the following members physically in attendance or participating electronically:
 
MINUTES
     
Chair:M. BakerVillage of Sayward
Directors:D. ChapmanCity of Campbell River
 J. ColborneVillage of Zeballos
 K. DahlCity of Campbell River
 K. JulesKa:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nations
 R. KerrCity of Campbell River
 M. LottVillage of Gold River
 R. MawhinneyDiscovery Islands-Mainland Inlets (Electoral Area C)
 J. RiceOyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Electoral Area D)
 S. SinnottCity of Campbell River
 M. VoneschCortes Island (Electoral Area B)
 G. WhalleyKyuquot/Nootka-Sayward (Electoral Area A)


          
 
 
FIRST NATIONS TERRITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The Chair acknowledged that we are located on the traditional territory of the Laichwiltach people.
 
ADOPTION OF PUBLIC AGENDA
Whalley/Colborne: SRD 213/33

THAT the agenda for March 15, 2023 regular meeting of the Board be adopted as presented.
 CARRIED
 
PETITIONS AND DELEGATIONS
BC Salmon Farmers Association
 
The Chair welcomed Brian Kingzett, Executive Director and Michelle Franze, Manager of Communications, Partnerships and Community of the BC Salmon Farmers Association who made a presentation regarding the salmon farming industry.
 
Alternate Director Fowler arrived at the meeting.
 
The presentation continued.
 
The Chair thanked the presenters.
 
Colborne/Lott: SRD 214/23

THAT the presentation be received.
 CARRIED
 
ADOPTION OF MINUTES
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 215/23

THAT the minutes of the regular meeting of the Regional Board held on February 22, 2023 be adopted.
 CARRIED
 
 
 
 
CHAIRS REPORT
Media and Social Media Training
 
The Chair advised that a media and social media training session will take place in the SRD boardroom on Wednesday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Chair encouraged all directors to attend and to RSVP with staff.
 
Colborne/Chapman: SRD 216/23

THAT the verbal report be received.
 CARRIED
 
North Island Natural Resources
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 217/23

THAT the report from the Chair be received.
 CARRIED Director Mawhinney and Alternate Director Fowler opposed
 
Dahl/Kerr: SRD 218/23

THAT the Board support the creation of a Natural Resource Committee as a standing committee with First Nation representation, and

THAT the Regional District of Mount Waddington be invited to appoint an equal number of its directors to the Committee.
 CARRIED Directors Colborne, Mawhinney, Vonesch, and Alternate Director Fowler opposed
 
 
COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS
First Nations Relations Committee
 
Whalley/Vonesch: SRD 219/23

THAT the draft minutes of the regular meeting of the First Nations Relations Committee held on February 22, 2023 be received.
 CARRIED
 
 
STAFF REPORTS
First Nations Territorial Acknowledgement
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 220/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Colborne/Mawhinney: SRD 221/23

THAT the following territorial acknowledgement be recommended to the Board for use on formal documents, written and online communication.

The Strathcona Regional District respectfully acknowledges that our corporate office and the Strathcona Garden Recreational Complex are located on the traditional unceded territory of the Ligwidaw people. We also recognize that we operate within the traditional, treaty and unceded territories of the Ehattesaht, Homalco, Ka:'yu:'k't'h' I Che: k't1es7et'h Klahoose, K'omoks, Mowachaht Muchalaht, Nuchatlaht, Tiowitsis, We Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum First Nations, and


THAT Corporate Policy CP-031 be amended accordingly.
 CARRIED
 
Last Mile Broadband Infrastructure - Subsidiary Board Appointments
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 222/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Kerr/Whalley: SRD 223/23

THAT Director Chapman and Director Colborne be appointed to the CityWest subsidiary corporation board as representatives for the two SRD last mile partnerships.
 CARRIED
 
Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility - Grant Award
 
Whalley/Chapman: SRD 224/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Colborne/Lott: SRD 225/23

THAT the 2023-2027 Financial Plan be amended to incorporate $254,710 in revenue from the UBCM Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility grant for approved projects
 CARRIED
 
Grant Opportunity: Island Health Community Wellness
 
Colborne/Mawhinney: SRD 226/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Colborne/Vonesch: SRD 227/23

THAT an application in the 2023 Island Health Community Wellness grant program to support the activities identified in the March 10, 2023 report from the Chief Administrative Officer be approved, and

THAT the Regional District commit to overall management of the grant if the application is successful.
 CARRIED
 
Net Pen Transition Process - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 228/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
BYLAWS
Bylaw No. 480 - Duncan Bay Area Fire Protection Service
 
Whalley/Colborne: SRD 229/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Fowler: SRD 230/23

THAT Bylaw No. 480 be returned to the Board for consideration of adoption following approval by the Inspector of Municipalities.
 CARRIED
 
Bylaw No. 485 - Financial Plan & Capital Expenditure Program for 2023 to 2027
 
Colborne/Mawhinney: SRD 231/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 232/23

THAT the following written submission from the public in respect of Bylaw No. 458 be received at this time;

- David and Joy Shipway regarding tax increases for Cortes Island.
 CARRIED
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 233/23

THAT members of the public wishing to address the Board regarding Bylaw No. 480 be permitted to do so.
 CARRIED
 
The Chief Administrative Officer advised that there were no members of the public in attendance to speak to the budget.
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 234/23

THAT Bylaw No. 485 be given third reading.
 CARRIED
 
Colborne/Chapman: SRD 235/23

THAT Bylaw No. 485, being 2023 to 2027 Financial Plan and Capital Expenditure Program Bylaw, be reconsidered, finally passed and adopted.
 CARRIED
 
Bylaw No. 487 - Electoral Area C Wharves Service
 
Colborne/Vonesch: SRD 236/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Mawhinney/Whalley: SRD 237/23

THAT Bylaw No. 487, being a bylaw to establish a wharves service within Electoral Area C (Discovery Islands-Mainland Inlets), be now introduced and read a first time.
 CARRIED
 
Director Colborne left the meeting chambers.
 
Mawhinney/Whalley: SRD 238/23

THAT the rules be suspended and Bylaw No. 487 be given second and third readings.
 CARRIED
 
Chapman/Mawhinney: SRD 239/23

THAT approval of the electors for Bylaw No. 487 be authorized to be obtained using an alternative approval process.
 
 
Director Colborne returned to the meeting chambers.
 
A vote was held on the motion and it was
 CARRIED
 
Mawhinney/Lott: SRD 240/23

THAT the Strathcona Regional District send a letter to the Director General of Marine Safety and Security with Transport Canada explaining the downloading of costs from this federal agency to sparsely-populated remote areas through divestiture of wharves is creating financial challenges; and

THAT the letter request consideration of additional financial support for Electoral Areas and communities which have accepted the responsibility and mounting financial burden of providing safe wharves accessible to all Canadians; and

THAT copies of the letter be sent to our MP and MLA.
 CARRIED
 
Bylaws No. 488 and 489 - Director Compensation for Public Hearings
 
Whalley/Colborne: SRD 241/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Colborne: SRD 242/23

THAT Bylaw No. 488, being a bylaw to amend the compensation provisions for directors on the Regional Board, be now introduced and read a first time.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Fowler: SRD 243/23

THAT the rules be suspended and Bylaw No. 488 be given second and third readings.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Fowler: SRD 244/23

THAT Bylaw No. 488, being Director Compensation Bylaw 2013, Amendment No.11, be reconsidered, finally passed and adopted.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Mawhinney: SRD 245/23

THAT Bylaw No. 489, being a bylaw to amend the supplemental compensation paid to electoral area directors for performing their duties of office, be now introduced and read a first time.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Vonesch: SRD 246/23

THAT the rules be suspended and Bylaw No. 489 be given second and third readings.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Vonesch: SRD 247/23

THAT Bylaw No. 489, being Electoral Area Director Supplemental Compensation Bylaw 2019, Amendment No.3, be reconsidered, finally passed and adopted.
 CARRIED
 
Bylaws No. 490 and 491 - Parcel Tax for Commuted Properties
 
Colborne/Mawhinney: SRD 248/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Rice/Mawhinney: SRD 249/23

THAT Bylaw No. 490, being a bylaw to clarify the circumstances under which parcel taxes may be adusted for properties within the Craig Road water system, be now introduced and read a first time.
 CARRIED
 
Colborne/Vonesch: SRD 250/23

THAT the rules be suspended and Bylaw No. 490 be given second and third readings.
 CARRIED
 
Lott/Mawhinney: SRD 251/23

THAT Bylaw No. 490, being Craig Road Water Service Parcel Tax Bylaw 2015, Amendment No.1, be reconsidered, finally passed and adopted.
 CARRIED
 
Mawhinney/Vonesch: SRD 252/23

THAT Bylaw No. 491, being a bylaw to clarify the circumstances under which parcel taxes may be adusted for properties within the Quathiaski Cove sewer system, be now introduced and read a first time.
 CARRIED
 
Mawhinney/Colborne: SRD 253/23

THAT the rules be suspended and Bylaw No. 491 be given second and third readings.
 CARRIED
 
Mawhinney/Chapman: SRD 254/23

THAT Bylaw No. 491, being Quathiaski Cove Sewer Service Extension (No.1) Parcel Tax Bylaw 2020, Amendment No.1, be reconsidered, finally passed and adopted.
 CARRIED
 
CORRESPONDENCE
Whalley/Colborne: SRD 255/23

THAT the following items be received:
 
 
FireSmart Funding Payment
 
- February 21, 2023 correspondence from the Union of BC Municipalities regarding payment for FireSmart activities be received.
 
Island Wide Transportation System
 
- Feburary 23, 2023 correspondence from the Alberni Valley Transition Town Society regarding an Island wide transportation system be received.
 
Destination BC Multi-Year Tourism Strategy
 
-February 23, 2023 newsletter from Destination BC regarding its New Multi-year Strategy be received.
 
Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery Society - Grant Award
 
- February 28, 2023 correspondence from the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery Society regarding a recent grant award to the Society be received.
 
Sunshine Coast Timber Supply Review
 
- March 1, 2023 correspondence from the Ministry of Forests regarding the Timber Supply Analysis for the Sunshine Coast Timber Supply Area be received.
 
SPCA - Animal Welfare Support
 
- March 2, 2023 correspondence from the BC Society for the Preventation of Cruelty to Animals regarding support for animal welfare be received.
 
Vital Signs Sponsorship
 
- March 3, 2023 correspondence from the Campbell River Community Foundation regarding the Regional District's sponsorship of the Vital Signs event be received.
 
Provincial Budget Consultation
 
- March 7, 2023 correspondence from the Province of BC regarding the 2024 Provincial budget consultation process be received.
 
Elected Officials Guide to the RCMP
 
- March 8, 2023 updated guide to the RCMP for elected officials be received.
 
Campbell River Citizens on Patrol
 
- March 3, 2023 correspondence from the Campbell River Citizens on Patrol regarding financial assistance funding be received.
 
Growing Communities Fund
 
- March 6, 2023 news release from the Province of BC regarding the Growing Communities Fund be received.
 CARRIED
 
Canada Day Celebration Grant Request
 
Colborne/Dahl: SRD 256/23

THAT the February 8, 2023 correspondence from Campbell River Canada Day regarding a grant request for Canada Day celebrations be received.
 CARRIED
 
Dahl/Kerr: SRD 257/23

THAT a grant in aid of $15,000 be paid to Campbell River Canada Day to assist with the cost of fireworks to be paid from the Regional grant in aid budget.
 CARRIED Director Whalley opposed
 
Nuchatlaht Emergency Program Coordinator
 
Colborne/Vonesch: SRD 258/23

THAT the February 14, 2023 correspondence from the Nuchatlaht First Nation regarding an Emergency Program Coordinator position be received.
 CARRIED
 
Mawhinney/Colborne: SRD 259/23

THAT a letter of support be provided to the Nuchatlaht First Nation regarding their application to the First Nation Emergency Services Society Community Capacity Emergency Management grant to fund a full time Emergency Program Coordinator.
 CARRIED
 
Fire Department Grants
 
Fowler/Vonesch: SRD 260/23

THAT the February 16, 2023 news release from the Province of BC regarding funding for fire department equipment and training be received.
 CARRIED
 
Strathcona Wilderness Institute Grant Request
 
Whalley/Mawhinney: SRD 261/23

THAT the February 27, 2023 correspondence from the Strathcona Wilderness Institute regarding a grant request to support activities at Buttle Lake be received.
 CARRIED
 
Mawhinney/Fowler: SRD 262/23

THAT a grant in aid of $3,000 be paid to the Strathcona Wilderness Institute to assist with the cost of activities at Buttle Lake to be paid from the Regional grant in aid budget.
 CARRIED
 
Provincial Response to 2022 Resolutions
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 263/23

THAT the March 6, 2023 correspondence from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities regarding the Province's response to the 2022 UBCM resolution for highway rest stop amenities be received.
 CARRIED
 
MEMBERS' REPORTS
Municipal Transportation Models
 
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 264/23

THAT the March 7, 2023 report from Director Whalley regarding municipal transportation models be received.
 CARRIED Alternate Director Fowler opposed
 
 
NEW BUSINESS
Cortes Island Firefighters Association
 
Dahl/Kerr: SRD 265/23

THAT a letter be written to the CIFFA President Sadhu Johnston instructing him that all communication between the CIFFA and the SRD in regards to operations, governance and contract renewal be done through the SRD CAO.
 CARRIED Director Whalley and Alternate Director Fowler opposed
 
 
CLOSED SESSION
Colborne/Whalley: SRD 266/23

THAT the report from the Chief Administrative Officer be received.
 CARRIED
 
Whalley/Colborne: SRD 267/23

THAT a closed session be held following the public session to consider matters deemed to fall within the parameters of subsections 90(1)(a), (f), (g), (i), (k), (n), and (o) of the Community Charter.
 CARRIED
 
TERMINATION
Colborne/Vonesch: SRD 274/23

THAT the March 15, 2023 regular meeting of the Regional Board be terminated.
 CARRIED
 
Time: 2:28 p.m.

Certified Correct:



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Chair


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Corporate Officer