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Saanich: Shared Municipal Services Supported

Dec 13, 2017 Editor

by Roger Stonebanks, citizen reporter

Saanich council’s Governance Task Force Standing Committee is recommending to council, without qualification, “That Saanich will continue to work towards shared services.”

The Standing Committee is also recommending, again without qualification, “That Saanich will continue to work towards shared and joint services and support neighbouring communities with Saanich provided services by agreement.”

As to the Saanich Governance Review report that earlier recommended BC establish and fund a Citizens Assembly on Amalgamation with interested municipalities, the Standing Committee recommended that council “consider advocating for this topic with the Province” but then added these words – “at its discretion.”

As to creation of a regional police force, the Standing Committee recommended referring this to the Saanich Police Board “for its consideration at its discretion.”

The Standing Committee’s seven-page summary and recommendations from the earlier Saanich Governance Review report will be considered at committee of the whole this Monday (Dec. 18). The Standing Committee consisted of Mayor Richard Atwell and Couns. Judy Brownoff, Susan Brice, Karen Harper and Fred Haynes along with non-voting members John Schmuck and Brian Wilkes.

Among other matters, as to establishing a two-term limit for serving on council, the Standing Committee recommended council “utilize its discretion on advocating this suggestion to the Union of BC Municipalities/Province.”

The Standing Committee acknowledged that “Saanich is fully committed to its participation and role in the Capital Regional District.” As to a change of BC legislation to provide that the Chair of regional districts and up to 40 per cent of directors be elected at large, the Standing Committee “recommends to Council that it consider advocating for this recommendation to the Province/UBCM at its discretion.”

HERE is the link to the Standing Committee’s recommendations.

Link to Oct 18, 2017’s SVO article:
Citizens’ Assembly on Amalgamation? Saanich Governance Report is in – Complete with Recommendations.