ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of September 6, 2006
Celina Manson, campaign chair for the Central Okanagan United Way, gave a short overview of the benefits of United Way contributions, stressing that donations made locally stay in the community; donations offer a hand up not a handout; and the work done by United Way agencies make the entire community healthier.
Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd gave a recap of her first nine months in office, which included the controversial decision to approve the St. Paul Street rehabilitation housing; creating youth, disabled and women's task forces; transit expansion (She said approval of the $50 UPass fee by higher education students is needed to fund more improvements); and the new 50-metre pool (now in the alternate approval process).
She promises to pass information about no-sweat policies to her colleagues on council and to tell them she attended a meeting where there's a high interest in the topic, as the first step in raising this issue within city hall. Eventually, a letter and resolution from the labour council would be helpful in starting the process of trying to get a no-sweat policy in Kelowna.
Shepherd will be going to Portland, Ore., "where they do many things right" for a conference Thankgiving weekend, and she's requested meetings with seven cabinet ministers at the Union of BC Municipalities meeting.
The city has set up a new page on its website. "Eagle Eye" is where you can report anything, including street lights not working, potholes etc., and a response in 24 houses is promised.
ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of June 7, 2006
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTVerbal reports by LorrieLee Miller, Faye Saxon and Gord Larkin. LorrieLee attended the Vernon NDP Labour Day picnic on our behalf and handed out information about the Sept. 15-16 Public Policy and the Environment forum. Gord noted the anti-scab vote is slated for Oct. 18 in the House of Commons and urged delegates to fax, phone or e-mail Kelowna MP Ron Cannan, urging him to vote for the bill, which he has promised to do.
a) Public Policy and the Environment forum. Volunteers and delegates still needed for the PP&E forum the NOLC and Columbia Institute are putting on Oct. 15-16 at the Coast Capri Hotel. We're not far from the break-even point.
M/S/C to advertise the forum in The Daily Courier and Capital News, as outlined by Brad Dunlop. (Ads to appear in the Okanagan Sunday and Monday Courier, Sunday Cap News and OK Business Journal). Most of that money is going to the unionized Courier, Brad said.
NEW BUSINESS a) United Way (various items):
b) Regional NDP meeting, Merritt, October 20-22. We'd like to send some delegates. No nominations at this meeting, but we will reopen nominations at our October meeting in Vernon.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
GOOD AND WELFARE
A thank you card was received and read out from Geordie Loverin, one of the winners of our summer camp draws in June.
Pat Munro mentioned the car-free day Sept. 23 at Knowles Park (corner of Ethel and Bernard) in Kelowna.
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.