Thursday, June 21, 2018

Federal Cannabis Legislation Bill C-045

BILL C-45
 http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-45/third-reading
An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts
AS PASSED
BY THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
NOVEMBER 27, 2017

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pot Legal prior to B.C. Municipal election.

https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/229336/Legal-weed-as-of-Oct-17
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada as of Oct. 17. Trudeau made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons, which is expected to rise for the summer break after today. He says the government has delayed the legalization schedule in order to give the provinces and territories more time to implement their regimes.
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Raises Proposed for Mayor & Councillors In Coldstream

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 Beach Radio Vernon Tom Mark June 20, 2018 09:55 am
Raises could be in store for the mayor and councillors in Coldstream for the next council. A motion going to council next week proposes raises of 11 per cent for councillors and 13 per cent for the Mayor to make up for a tax free allowance being taken away next year under the federal budget. Mayor Jim Garlick says careful thought was given to this. “We didn’t want to be seen by the public as oh you’re just taking advantage of this and bumping the amount up considerably because of the uh, once our tax being removed.”
Garlick says that essentially is downloading from the federal government. “What they’re going to be doing is taking those taxes from what’s paid to the local politicians and use at the federal level rather than them being kept at the local level because then you wouldn’t pay that out to the politicians.”

Currently, one third of their salary is tax free. “That was seen to cover expenses at local government levels as far as driving, like day-to-day expenses, not going to conventions and that, but day-to-day expenses. If you had to go out and meet with people, if you had to buy somebody lunch.” The proposal would see the Mayor’s salary rise from 30 thousand dollars a year to 34 thousand, while councillor’s salaries would increase to 15 thousand from thirteen and a half thousand dollars. This would go into effect January 1st of 2019.
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Staff Recommendation from COW Meeting:

http://vernonblog.blogspot.com/2018/06/coldstream-council-remuneration.html
Current Council direction is to amend the Council Remuneration Bylaw to increase the Mayor
compensation to $30,000 and the Councillor remuneration to $13,500, both effective January 1, 2019. These amendments were determined after the compensation review completed in 2016. Should Council wish to adjust the compensation for Council members to account for the nonaccountable allowance being eliminated, then the Mayor remuneration would be set at $31,200 and the Councillor remuneration $13,740 both effective January 1, 2019.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Coldstream Council Remuneration adjustment on the Table on Monday

District of Coldstream Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda for June 18, 2018
Municipal Hall, 9901 Kalamalka Road, Coldstream, BC 6:00 PM
3.b. Mayor/Council Remuneration 2019 Adjustment

 Report from the Director of Financial Administration dated June 5, 2018
Council Remuneration Adjustment

Recommendation

THAT the Committee of the Whole recommends to Council, that staff be directed to amend the Council Remuneration Bylaw by increasing the Mayor's remuneration to $31,200 effective January 1, 2019;
AND THAT the Committee of the Whole recommends to Council that staff be directed to amend the Council Remuneration Bylaw by increasing Council remuneration to $13,740 effective January 1, 2019.
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The elimination of the Municipal Officers' Allowance in 2019 will decrease the net pay received by the Mayor and Councillors, as tax and source deductions will be applied to their full remuneration.
Increasing the annual remuneration levels starting in 2019 for the Mayor and Councillors (approx. $1,200 annually for the Mayor; $240 annually for each Councillor that contributes to CPP), would compensate for the income tax effect of the elimination of the one-third non-accountable Municipal Officers' Allowance. The increase would result in approximately the same net pay all members of Council would have received if the allowance was still applicable. The increase was calculated using 2018 Canada Pension Plan and income tax rates and takes into consideration District income only. The increase does not consider other sources of income that Mayor and Council may receive, which may change the level of taxes payable.

Current Council direction is to amend the Council Remuneration Bylaw to increase the Mayor
compensation to $30,000 and the Councillor remuneration to $13,500, both effective January 1, 2019. These amendments were determined after the compensation review completed in 2016. Should Council wish to adjust the compensation for Council members to account for the nonaccountable allowance being eliminated, then the Mayor remuneration would be set at $31,200  and the Councillor remuneration $13,740 both effective January 1, 2019.
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https://coldstream.civicweb.net/document/1963/1640%20Council%20Remuneration.pdf?handle=3710208BC41C4DA395D4172A2E89BB57

2017 Casino Data Fiscal 2017

http://corporate.bclc.com/content/dam/bclc/corporate/documents/corporate-reports/bclc-2016-2017-cir.pdf


Friday, June 15, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Vernon Backs AAP For Search & Rescue Building

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 Beach Radio Vernon Pete McIntyre June 12, 2018 06:36 am
The biggest partner in the Regional District of North Okanagan has given its support to using an alternative approval process on the Vernon Search and Rescue borrowing question. Vernon council says it will support that process, as long as all the other RDNO partners do as well. “It’s happened in the past where the City of Vernon will support something and sometimes our partners don’t come on board. And when they don’t come on board, we get left holding the tab, as Vernon residents. So we want to make sure everybody is going to be on board,” Mund tells Beach Radio News. Councillor Juliette Cunningham says they have to take a stance. “We find ourselves being in part of functions that others aren’t, and all that means is it it costs our residents more.We’re just trying to make sure that everybody’s contributing to a service that is probably benefiting everybody,” says Cunningham. Mund feels there is a very good chance the measure will pass. “I don’t think there is an argument there (against the borrowing). You’ve got volunteers going out and rescuing people. That’s a pretty simple formula for people to support,” says Mund. The A-A-P — which still needs RDNO board approval — will determine if 3.5 million dollars is borrowed for land and a new building for the busy search group. Opponents of the plan would have to go to the RDNO office — or another location — during the process, and sign a form, saying they are opposed, with 10 percent of resident electors needed to derail the borrowing bylaw.
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2018 budget for Search and Rescue:

Friday, June 08, 2018

2017 Annual Report draft

https://www.vernon.ca/sites/default/files/docs/financial/annual_reports/2017_annual_report_draft.pdf
At Monday's council meeting the draft annual report will be approved:
THAT Council receive and approve the 2017 Annual Report for the City of Vernon as attached to the Internal Memorandum of the same title, dated May 31, 2018 and respectfully submitted by the Director of Financial Services; AND FURTHER, that Council scheduled a Public Meeting to receive submissions and questions from the public concerning the 2017 Annual Report on Monday, June 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Council Chambers.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Mortar Found in Park Detonated

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 Beach Radio Vernon Pete McIntyre June 05, 2018 05:00 pm
Pictured: File photo of mortar
found near Predator Ridge
several years ago
A recent discovery in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is another reminder of one of the former uses of the popular recreation area. A mortar was discovered in an unspecified part of the park last month. Lieutenant Mike St-Pierre, an explosive ordnance explosives technician from the Department of National Defence, says the site was used for military training during the second world war. “Even to this day, we are facing the legacy of that era, and on occasion, these things will come up in various places in Canada, and in the local community here,” St-Pierre tells Beach Radio News. St-Pierre says the mortar was collected from the park by a specialized technician, taken to a safe disposal area, and detonated. “So all of the explosive hazard is gone, and the situation has been returned to normal.” St-Pierre has this advice should you see something unusual in the park, or another area. “If you do suspect it’s an ordnance, don’t touch it, don’t engage with it, and notify local authorities who will provide a better assessment of the situation,” says St-Pierre.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

RDNO SOFI to be approved Wednesday May 6

https://rdno.civicweb.net/document/92721/180606_RPT_BoD_SOFI_Memo_FULL.pdf?handle=E674720681344F64BD6152DC86468A2C



































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GVAC Political Salaries 2017:


Vernon Mayor Suggests Pay Hike For Council

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 Beach Radio Vernon Pete McIntyre May 31, 2018 06:23 am
If you ask the mayor, he says yes. Akbal Mund was responding to concerns from cities like Kelowna, about Ottawa ending the one-third tax exemption that civic politicians get in January. Mund if you want quality people to run for council, you have to pay them adequately. “You’re going to have a tough time attracting people in a few years here, because everything is changing, and people are going to start going, ‘Why would I do that (run for/be on council)?” Mund told Beach Radio News. To make up for the tax change, Kelowna council has increased its councillor’s pay by three thousand dollars, and the mayor’s by over 11-thousand. Vernon councillors have a base pay around 24-thousand dollars a year, while the mayor was paid 72-thousand dollars last year. “People sometimes have it in their mind that we get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe because (they compare it to what they are paid) in bigger communities like Vancouver,” says Mund. A committee — which includes former mayor Rob Sawatzky — is looking into council’s remuneration, and will report back to the city later this year.
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Beach Radio Poll results as at 6:30 AM:
Do you think Vernon council members should be paid more in order to attract more candidates?
Voting ends: Jun. 1, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
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