Crime, housing and the environment are some of the issues on the table as civic leaders from across the province gather in Vancouver today to take part in the annual Union of B.C.

Municipalities convention.

More than 1,500 local politicians, representing 189 municipalities and regional districts, will debate and vote on policy during the five-day convention.

Today, delegates will review the five-page discussion paper on B.C.’s proposed Indigenous Recognition and Reconciliation Act. Others will look at best practices and policies for addressing climate change.

In the afternoon, Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts will outline Surrey’s crime-reduction strategy and will launch a set of guidebooks to help communities deal with marijuana grow-ops.