The annual convention of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities begins Monday and more than 2,000 delegates are expected.
A number of hot topics are on the agenda, including the opioid crisis, wildfires, housing and health service issues.
The convention provides a space for community leaders to discuss issues and potential solutions. It is also an opportunity for leaders to put pressure on the government through political discussions.
The convention comes at a difficult time, when many municipalities are facing serious issues related to climate change weather events, health care services, and the housing and opioid crises.
The topic of affordability is also a major talking point, as many British Columbians feel the pressure to spend.
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Added to this are ongoing issues of homelessness, drug addiction and mental health, as well as other calls for drug decriminalization legislation.
“We heard the other day that a few more exemption spots have been added, but we are renewing our call for better support and demanding better treatment for addicts who have mental health issues,” said Jen Ford, of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. president.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will discuss drug decriminalization and public drug use during the conference’s opening session.
The conference will last until Friday and be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with some events at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and the Pan Pacific Hotel.
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