Council waits to take action

Council delayed making a decision on whether or not to send a letter opposing changes to the federal Fisheries Act.

  • Sep. 11, 2012 3:00 p.m.

Mayor Rob MacDougall suggested council delay making a decision on whether or not to send a letter opposing changes to the federal Fisheries Act.

A letter sent to mayor and council from the Burnaby mayor and council asking the municipality to join with them in sending letters opposing changes in Bill C-38 to the Fisheries Act prompted council to direct district staff to research those changes.

Kevin Crook, Chief Administrative Officer, then produced over 12 pages of information on the proposed changes, their possible implications and a letter from the District of North Vancouver, which also supported the District of Burnaby’s opposition to the changes.

After his extensive research, Crook presented the information with the recommendation the mayor and council send a letter opposing the changes to the

Act contained in the Omnibus Budget Bill C-38.

MacDougall, then recommended Crook instead attend meetings on the topic at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference Sept. 24-28 in Victoria.

The rest of council (Councillor Joan Burdeniuk was absent) then voted in support of the mayor’s suggestion.