Cumberland council opposes federal trade legislation

Cumberland council approved a motion to write to express opposition to a trade agreement tabled in the House of Commons.

Cumberland council approved a motion from Gwyn Sproule to write Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan to express opposition to a trade agreement tabled in the House of Commons.

Council feels the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement could limit local decision-making.

“It’s one more situation where local government could be hampered in its decision-making,” Sproule said at Monday’s meeting.

The letter will be copied to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities.

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Council approved a staff recommendation to relocate council chambers to the old pre-school next door at 2675 Dunsmuir Ave. It also approved a $12,500 allocation to upgrade the Cumberland Community Building, and to create space in the chambers currently used by council.

Municipal offices have reached capacity for office and filing space, says a staff report.

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Council referred a skatepark proposal from Cam Matthews to staff. The 37-year-old mechanical engineer recommends constructing a 55×120-foot park at the Village Park basketball courts beside the tennis courts.

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A Village Hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.

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The Cumberland Halloween Parade will start at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the CRI, where it will finish.

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