Talking pot, homelessness

Nearly 2,000 municipal politicians, civic staff and other community leaders are preparing for a five-day Union of B.C. Municipalities convention beginning Monday in Victoria.

Representatives of 189 local governments from all corners of B.C. can take part in opening day panels on tent cities, homelessness, gang violence, climate action and forest policy.

Almost 200 resolutions will also be debated during the 113th annual gathering being held at the Victoria Convention Centre.

Premier Christy Clark is scheduled to address delegates on Wednesday, NDP Leader John Horgan will do the same on Thursday, and the convention will hear from Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, next Friday before the gathering wraps up.

Election of a new president and executive team is slated for Thursday, as Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond ends his term leading the UBCM.

He says the issue of marijuana regulation and tax sharing is expected to raise strong interest among delegates but housing affordability in urban and rural centres is also high on the agenda. (The Canadian Press, CKAY)

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