Mayor and Council with staff and children from YMCA

Events decisions and reports at Council this week

May 15 2019 –

This week has been a busy one at Council with Regular Council, a Public Hearing and a Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting all taking place ahead of Victoria Day long weekend.

Tuesday, May 14

Council were joined by young children and staff from the YMCA of Greater Vancouver to help them proclaim that May is Childcare and Early Learning Month in Vancouver.

Following the proclamation, staff presented to Council  (8 MB) regarding the progress Vancouver has made towards its childcare targets. Between 2015 and 2018, the City added 1,144 childcare spaces and there are additional centres set to open in 2019 and 2020.

Council discussed two motions which had been referred from the April 23 meeting. On the motion to Review SNC-Lavalin’s relationship with the City  (22 KB), Council voted in favour of sections A, B and C. Council also voted in favour of an amended version of Safer Slower Streets: 30km/h residential street pilot.  (21 KB)

All of the administrative reports on the agenda were approved, including:

The policy reports in front of Council were referred to public hearing, these included:

Council then voted to amend and enact the eight by-laws that were on the agenda, as well as approving the five administrative motions which included approval of Form of Development for 1128 West Georgia Street and approval of several tax levies:

Council approved motions Supporting the Ban on Shark Fin Importation  (17 KB) and Dealing with Doggie Doo Doo in Support of Vancouver’s Zero Waste Goals and Cleaner Parks and Streets  (48 KB) but referred others to the following day’s meeting so they could hear from speakers.

At the Public Hearing, Council approved all of the agenda items which included heritage designations and revitalizations, as well as rezonings. Item two, the heritage designation of 2525 Carolina Street, was approved with amendments.

Wednesday, May 15

The Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting got underway when Mayor and Council adopted on consent the staff presentation and policy report  (3 MB) on regulation redesign, the staff report on Iona Wastewater Treatment Plant  (2.4 MB) and the proposed Council liaison appointments to advisory committees  (49 KB).

Staff presented the 2018 Municipal Election Review  (6 MB) which, following questions, Council approved.

Following the conclusion of the agenda items for the Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting, Council moved onto the Unfinished Business from the previous day’s meeting.

Council approved an amended version of the motion Recovering Outstanding City of Vancouver Related Costs from 4/20 Vancouver 2019, held in Sunset Beach Park and Affirm Support for the Mandatory Event Permit Process for Large Events and Festivals in the City of Vancouver.  (53 KB)

After hearing from speakers to the motions, both Formalize the False Creek to the Fraser River Blueways  (154 KB) and Considering Animal Welfare in Vancouver s Procurement Policies  (21 KB) were approved, as was the motion for Recognition and Action on the International Year of Indigenous Languages  (58 KB).

Council referred the motion, Supporting the Call for Changing the Cheque Day Paradigm  (19 KB) to the Standing Committee on June 12.

The next Council meeting will be today’s Public Hearing which begins at 6pm and will be streamed online and live tweeted.