Metro Vancouver's Attempt to Start Dialogue on Local Governance

Starting in September 2011, Metro Vancouver sought to initiate a dialogue on local governance for the UBC campus and the University Endowment Lands. While the attempt did not succeed, material written in connection with this attempt may be of interest and so is made available from this page.

This is not the first time that the issue of governance has been raised. As described on the Local Governance page, the implementation of a traditional form of local government for all or part of this area — either by the formation of a municipality or by inclusion in Vancouver — has been considered and rejected in the past. Also, in late 2006 or early 2007, Metro Vancouver and UBC jointly requested the province to initiate a dialogue with stakeholders on an alternate governance system. That dialogue did not happen.

The table below lists and briefly describes non-confidential letters, reports, articles and other items written between September 6, 2011 and June 23, 2012 in connection with Metro Vancouver's attempt to restart governance discussions. It also provides links to this material.

The offices held on the relevant dates by the individuals referred to in the table were as follows:

Ida Chong Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Maria Harris Electoral Area A Director, Metro Vancouver
Lois Jackson Chair, Metro Vancouver Board
Delia Laglagaron (before February 15, 2012) Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Metro Vancouver
(after February 14, 2012) Interim Commissioner/Chief Administrative Officer, Metro Vancouver
Aprodicio Laquian President and Chair, University Neighbourhoods Association
Greg Moore Chair, Metro Vancouver Board
Stephen Owen VP External, Legal and Community Relations, UBC
John Tompkins Editor, The Campus Resident newspaper (published by the UNA)

The following abbreviations are used in the table:

IGA Committee Intergovernmental and Administration Committee of the Metro Vancouver Board
UEL CAC University Endowment Lands Community Advisory Council
UNA University Neighbourhoods Association

All documents are in PDF format, except where "link" is indicated. The links are to webpages.

Date Item Description and Comments Document
06 Sep 2011 Letter from Lois Jackson to Ida Chong Includes a request for an update on the provincial review of local self-government at UBC. Letter
15 Nov 2011 Reply from Ida Chong to Lois Jackson States that there is no consensus to change the current governance model at this time. Letter
08 Feb 2012 Report from Delia Laglagaron to the IGA Committee Proposes a response to the letter from Ida Chong. Report
22 Feb 2012 Minutes of IGA Committee meeting Includes resolution to "refer to staff, to report back to the Committee with recommendations regarding researching the engagement of the UBC community regarding governance and related land use planning at UBC, including how this may effectively be carried out". Minutes (extract)
24 Feb 2012 Vancouver Sun article Reports on IGA Committee meeting of February 22. Contains several errors. Article (link)
29 Feb 2012 Email from Maria Harris to UNA Board and UEL CAC Reports on the IGA Committee meeting of February 22. Similar emails were sent to UBC and to the AMS. Email
02 Mar 2012 Letter from UNA Chair and former chairs to Greg Moore, Ida Chong and others Criticizes Metro Vancouver for proposing to take up governance issue. Relies on Vancouver Sun article for information. Letter
08 Mar 2012 Report from Maria Harris to UNA Board Provides background and describes what was decided by the IGA Committee on February 22. Report
13 Mar 2012 Letter from Aprodicio Laquian to Maria Harris Asserts that Metro Vancouver has no role in relation to local governance. Letter
14 Mar 2012 Memorandum from Delia Laglagaron to the IGA Committee Proposes actions to continue a dialogue on UBC governance issues, and provides background information. Memorandum (with attachments)
21 Mar 2012 IGA Committee Recommendation to Metro Vancouver Board Proposes actions to be taken by the Board to continue a dialogue on UBC governance issues. Memorandum (with attachments)
30 Mar 2012 Metro Vancouver Board resolution Adopts the IGA Committee's recommendation. Minutes (extract)
30 Mar 2012 Statement by Stephen Owen Comments on Metro Vancouver's interest in governance. Statement (link)
04 Apr 2012 Report from Maria Harris to UNA Board Discusses the recommendation adopted on March 30 by the Metro Vancouver Board. Report
16 Apr 2012 Article by Maria Harris in Campus Resident Explains why she voted against the March 30 Metro Vancouver recommendation. Article
16 Apr 2012 Article by John Tompkins in Campus Resident Reports on Stephen Owen's response to the recommendation adopted by the Metro Vancouver Board on March 30. Article
16 Apr 2012 Article by John Tompkins in Campus Resident Reports on the March 30 meeting of the Metro Vancouver Board. Article
25 Apr 2012 Letter from Greg Moore to Ida Chong Follows from March 30 meeting of Metro Vancouver Board. Letter
27 Apr 2012 Letter from Greg Moore to Aprodicio Laquian Follows from March 30 meeting of Metro Vancouver Board. Letter