About two-thousand municipal politicians from across B-C have gathered in Vancouver for the annual Union of B-C Municipalities convention.
The week-long gathering begins today and runs through Friday.
Nearly 50 workshops, clinics, forums and plenary sessions are scheduled, dealing with issues ranging from the opioid crisis to money laundering and emergency management.
This year will also see delegates consider 215 resolutions on topics ranging from vaping regulations to plastic bag bans and expanding the vacant home tax.
“Local communities are at the forefront of many of the concurrent crises, whether it be climate change, the housing crisis, the overdose epidemic,” said Victoria councillor Sarah Potts.
“Any effort that we can do to support the good work of the province and to those who bring greater awareness to these issues, I think is really needed.”
Speakers include B-C Green party Leader Andrew Weaver on Wednesday, Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson on Thursday and Premier John Horgan providing the wrap-up address on the final day of the convention.
with files from Canadian Press and CBC