M  I  N  U  T  E  S 

 

of the Red Deer City Council Regular Meeting

held on, Monday, August 21, 2017

commenced at 2:31 P.M.

 

PRESENT:    Mayor Tara Veer

                        Councillor Buck Buchanan

                        Councillor Tanya Handley

                        Councillor Paul Harris

                        Councillor Ken Johnston                   

Councillor Lawrence Lee

Councillor Lynne Mulder      

                        Councillor Frank Wong

                        Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

                       

                        City Manager, Craig Curtis    

                        Director of Communications & Strategic Planning, Julia Harvie-Shemko

                        Acting Director of Community Services, Shelley Gagnon

                        Director of Corporate Services, Lisa Perkins

                        Director of Development Services, Kelly Kloss

                        Director of Human Resources, Kristy Svoboda

                        Director of Planning Services, Tara Lodewyk

                        Director of Protective Services, Paul Goranson                                                       

                        City Clerk, Frieda McDougall

                        Deputy City Clerk, Samantha Rodwell

                        Corporate Meeting Administrator, Amber Senuk

                        Council Meeting Support, Kaitlin Bishop

                        Planning Services Manager, Emily Damberger

                        Senior Planner, David Girardin

                        Planner, Kimberly Fils-Aime


 

1.

IN CAMERA

 

1.1.

Motion to In Camera - Financial Matter, Legal Matter and Land Matter (FOIP 24(1)(a))

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to enter into an In-Camera meeting of Council on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:32 p.m. and hereby agrees to exclude the following:

 

•           All members of the media; and

•           All members of the public.

 

to discuss a Financial Matter, Legal Matter and Land Matter as protected under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act, Section 24(1)(a).

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

1.2.

Motion to Revert to Open Meeting

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to enter into an open meeting of Council on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

2.

MINUTES

 

2.1.

Confirmation of the Minutes of the July 24, 2017 Council Meeting

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby approves the Minutes of the July 24, 2017 Council Meeting as transcribed.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

3.

REPORTS

 

3.1.

Community Housing Advisory Board: Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)  - Recommendations for Funding Allocations

 

Yvonne Peebles, Chair of the Community Housing Advisory Board spoke to this item.

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Social Planning dated August 14, 2017 re: Community Housing Advisory Board:  Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) Recommendations for Funding Allocations hereby endorses the recommendations of the Community Housing Advisory Board as follows:

 

HPS Priority

Proponent/Project

Amendment

Previously allocated

Total value of agreement for 2018/2019

Housing First

Central Alberta Women’s Outreach

Red Deer Housing Team

$55,434

$90,431

$145,865

Prevention

Bredin Centre for Learning

PATH Program

$83,150

$135,647

$218,797

Administration Fee (7.5%)

City of Red Deer

$11,204

$22,498

$33,702

Total

$149,788

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

4.

ADD TO THE AGENDA

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby adds consideration of an item as presented In Camera to the Monday, August 21, 2017 City Council Agenda.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report re: Land Matter hereby endorses the recommendation as submitted to the In-Camera meeting on Monday, August 21, 2017 and agrees that the contents of the report will remain confidential as protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Section 24(1)(a).

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

5.

BYLAWS

 

5.1.

Canada Winter Games Loan Bylaw

Bylaw 3593/2017

 

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Paul Harris

 

 

SECOND READING:  That Bylaw 3593/2017 (a Bylaw to authorize the loan of $4,607,027 to the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society to be repaid to The City on or before April 1, 2019 at a zero percent interest rate) be read a second time.

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Paul Harris

 

THIRD READING:     That Bylaw 3593/2017 be read a third time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

6.

NOTICES OF MOTION

 

6.1.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Buck Buchanan
Re: Early Childhood Education Training Opportunities in Alberta

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Whereas in the early years (prenatal to age 5 years or the first 2000 days of life) children develop the social, emotional and physical abilities that will enable their success in school, work and relationships throughout their lifetime.

 

Whereas the work of the Red Deer Early Years Coalition is in alignment with the City of Red Deer’s Social Policy Framework on the following community goals; Community Cohesion and Engagement, Educational Opportunity and Attainment, Equitable Services and Access, Health and Basic needs, Poverty Prevention and Reduction.

Whereas understanding that the City of Red Deer plays a complimentary role in supporting young children as described within the Social Policy Framework.

 

Whereas in some Red Deer neighborhoods over 30% of children are struggling in one or more developmental area by the time they reach kindergarten age. Understanding the challenges facing families with young children in these neighbourhoods and working intentionally to build social connections will improve outcomes for young children.

 

Whereas all children have healthy, supportive, nurturing environments regardless of socio- economic status, disabilities, family circumstances, cultural backgrounds or geographic location in the City of Red Deer. It is critical to ensure all families in Red Deer are able to meet their basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs which will lead to improved outcomes for young children.

 

Whereas over 24% of children in Red Deer, compared to 29% of children in Alberta, are struggling in one or more developmental areas by the time they reach kindergarten age. Ensuring all children have access to affordable, quality and culturally responsive early childhood education and early learning opportunities is essential.

 

Whereas 15% of families (16,550 families) in Red Deer are living in poverty creating a lack of opportunity. Further changing the face of poverty is the current rate of unemployment (8-10%) in Red Deer. It is critical to ensure all families in Red Deer are able to meet their basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs which will lead to improved outcomes for young children.

Research shows that the greatest number of children who are experiencing development difficulties come from middle –class homes (due to the sheer size of the middle class in Canada).

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer is a partner of the multi-municipal  Red Deer and District Family

& Community Support Services (FCSS). The FCSS Act requires social initiatives to be preventive. The social well-being of individuals and families must be enhanced through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.

 

Therefore it resolved, that the City of Red Deer continues to support the Red Deer Early Years Coalition in the promotion and advocacy of the importance of the first 2000 days in the life of a child.

 

Be further resolved, that Red Deer Early Years Coalition will present the newest Early Developmental Inventory (EDI) data to the City of Red Deer council in early 2018.

 

 

References:

 

Early Child Development Mapping Project. Red Deer and Area ECD Community Information . Fall 2014

 

Let’s Talk About the Early Years. Early Childhood Development. Report by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Government of Alberta, Alberta Health and Wellness  June 2011

 

Our Brains: Understanding Children’s Development: Apple Magazine . Fall 2012 Issue 8. Alberta Health Services. City of Red Deer Social Policy Framework

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

6.2.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

Re:  Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer is a founding member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) formed in 1998 under the leadership of former Mayor Surkan, who brought together Central Alberta communities, including The City of Red Deer for the purpose of maximizing resources to promote the City along with the region and its business and industry to achieve sustainable economic prosperity; and

 

Whereas we recognize CAEP’s role to strategically engage and participate with regional partners to enhance the capacity of municipal members to effect economic progress and quality of life and to attract and retain business, not only with The City of Red Deer but throughout the Central Alberta region; and

 

Whereas we not only measure The City's individual role, initiatives and benefits through The City's Land & Economic Development department for internal economic development, but recognize the value of conversations, cohesion, and partnerships with neighbour municipalities in Central Alberta for our City business community to grow and succeed, together and with the region; and

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer Council decision during the 2017 January Operating Budget Meeting determined to give one year's notice to CAEP thereby initiating the withdrawal process for The City of Red Deer to no longer be a member of CAEP commencing in 2018; and

 

Whereas without The City of Red Deer's full participation and involvement with CAEP, our leadership, influence and image is affected as a regional collaborator and there is greater value with membership, rather than selected conversations or selected case by case basis interaction; and

 

Whereas advocacy with CAEP members, influence and relationships should extend beyond the Central Alberta region's Mayor's caucus and along with economic development collaboration, there is recognition of joint regional advocacy to orders of Government with the Central Alberta region as a whole, such as initiatives of the Court House/Justice Centre, the recently opened Central Alberta Incubator program, and new advocacy issues such as expanding health care services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, recognizing that CAEP relationships support advocacy; and

 

Whereas the Province of Alberta recognizes Regional Economic Development Alliances (REDAs) as a best practice in economic development and has signed a five year funding agreement ending March 31, 2020 with CAEP and ten other REDAs in Alberta and our local REDA supports advocacy and long term efforts to continue to grow the City of Red Deer as the Regional Hub; and

 

Whereas the Federation of Canadian Municipalities at the 2017 conference, championed the focus of building urban and rural relationships that recognizes increased competition of competitiveness can no longer be pursued separately, and that collaborative relationships and absence of jurisdictional boundaries along with regional integration promotes successful local economic development; and

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer can focus on both The City's economic and growth strategies and to improve infrastructure and services to business and at the same time recognize there is value in working through and with CAEP to work on regional economic alliances, business retention, expansion and attracting new investment;

 

Therefore Be It Resolved that the City of Red Deer reconsider the decision to give notice to CAEP and continue our membership in this regional alliance; and

 

Further Be It Resolved that The City of Red Deer as a CAEP member appoint two voting members to the CAEP Board of Directors; one being an elected official representing the City and the other being a business representative representing the Red Deer business community; and

 

Further Be It Resolved that The City of Red Deer work with the CAEP executive and membership to continue our partnership and work together as we strategize and pursue both local Red Deer business investment and attraction and foster knowledge sharing with the City and regional business investment and attraction.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

OPPOSED:              Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong

 

 

MOTION DEFEATED

 

The following resolution was then introduced:

 

Moved by Councillor Lynne Mulder, seconded by Councillor Paul Harris

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer is a founding member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) formed in 1998 under the leadership of former Mayor Surkan, who brought together Central Alberta communities, including The City of Red Deer for the purpose of maximizing resources to promote the City along with the region and its business and industry to achieve sustainable economic prosperity; and

 

Whereas we recognize CAEP’s role to strategically engage and participate with regional partners to enhance the capacity of municipal members to effect economic progress and quality of life and to attract and retain business, not only with The City of Red Deer but throughout the Central Alberta region; and

 

Whereas we not only measure The City's individual role, initiatives and benefits through The City's Land & Economic Development department for internal economic development, but recognize the value of conversations, cohesion, and partnerships with neighbour municipalities in Central Alberta for our City business community to grow and succeed, together and with the region; and

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer Council decision during the 2017 January Operating Budget Meeting determined to give one year's notice to CAEP thereby initiating the withdrawal process for The City of Red Deer to no longer be a member of CAEP commencing in 2018; and

 

Whereas without The City of Red Deer's full participation and involvement with CAEP, our leadership, influence and image is affected as a regional collaborator and there is greater value with membership, rather than selected conversations or selected case by case basis interaction; and

 

Whereas advocacy with CAEP members, influence and relationships should extend beyond the Central Alberta region's Mayor's caucus and along with economic development collaboration, there is recognition of joint regional advocacy to orders of Government with the Central Alberta region as a whole, such as initiatives of the Court House/Justice Centre, the recently opened Central Alberta Incubator program, and new advocacy issues such as expanding health care services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, recognizing that CAEP relationships support advocacy; and

 

Whereas the Province of Alberta recognizes Regional Economic Development Alliances (REDAs) as a best practice in economic development and has signed a five year funding agreement ending March 31, 2020 with CAEP and ten other REDAs in Alberta and our local REDA supports advocacy and long term efforts to continue to grow the City of Red Deer as the Regional Hub; and

 

Whereas the Federation of Canadian Municipalities at the 2017 conference, championed the focus of building urban and rural relationships that recognizes increased competition of competitiveness can no longer be pursued separately, and that collaborative relationships and absence of jurisdictional boundaries along with regional integration promotes successful local economic development; and

 

Whereas The City of Red Deer can focus on both The City's economic and growth strategies and to improve infrastructure and services to business and at the same time recognize there is value in working through and with CAEP to work on regional economic alliances, business retention, expansion and attracting new investment;

 

Therefore Be It Resolved that the City of Red Deer extend the notice period for an additional year pending discussions on economic development and tourism with the new Council.

 

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

6.3.

Notice of Motion Submitted by Councillor Paul Harris

Re:  Downtown Utility Connection Charges

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from Legislative Services dated August 8, 2017 re: Notice of Motion – Downtown Utility Connection Charges hereby agrees to table this item to the October 2, 2017 meeting of City Council to allow administration time to prepare the analysis required.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO TABLE CARRIED

 

Council recessed at 5:09 p.m. and reconvened at 6:01 p.m.

 

7.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

7.1.

North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan – Hazlett Lake Environmental Reserve Amendment

Bylaw 3554/A-2017

 

Mayor Tara Veer declared open the Public Hearing for Bylaw 3554/A-2017, an amendment to the North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan to incorporate the Hazlett Lake Management Recommendations and establish minimum Environmental Reserve requirements to protect the lake from pollution.  Mr. Tony Blake, Ms. Judy Boyd and Mr. Rod Trentham spoke to this item.  As no one else was present to speak to this bylaw, Mayor Tara Veer declared the Public Hearing closed.

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

SECOND READING:   That Bylaw 3554/A-2017 (an amendment to the North of 11A Major Area Structure Plan to incorporate the Hazlett Lake Management Recommendations and establish minimum Environmental Reserve requirements to protect the lake from pollution) be read a second time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

THIRD READING:    That Bylaw 3554/A-2017 be read a third time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

7.2.

Bylaw 3357/V-2017 Omnibus

 

Mayor Tara Veer declared open the Public Hearing for Bylaw 3357/V-2017, a Land Use Bylaw Amendment to provide City staff and the public with clearer interpretation and implementation of the Land Use Bylaw.  As no one was present to speak to the bylaw, Mayor Tara Veer declared the Public Hearing closed.

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

SECOND READING: That Bylaw 3357/V-2017 (a Land Use Bylaw Amendment to provide City staff and the public with clearer interpretation and implementation of the Land Use Bylaw) be read a second time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Tanya Handley

 

THIRD READING:     That Bylaw 3357/V-2017 be read a third time.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

8.

REPORTS - continued

 

8.1.

Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby adopts the advocacy positions as outlined in Appendix B of the report and directs Administration to:

-           Continue discussions with Federal and Provincial government regarding the municipal response to federal cannabis legalisation proposed for July 2018; and

-           To report back with recommendations on the necessary amendments to City of Red Deer bylaws and policy changes required to implement the federal legalization and provincial legislation of cannabis

 

Prior to voting on the original motion, a series of motions to amend were introduced:

             

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 1, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-           Support establishing strong criminal penalties

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 1,Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-          Advocate for Federal standardized limits of THC potency

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 4, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-           Allocate tax revenues to priorities such as treatment, crime prevention, enforcement and other priorities identified by the municipality

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Paul Harris

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 4, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-           Advocate that pricing of cannabis does not encourage people to purchase in the illegitimate market

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Paul Harris

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 6, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by replacing the first point with:

-           Support public or privatized retail cannabis sales similar to the existing retail alcohol store model, contingent upon the sharing of tax revenues to compensate for the increased costs to The City.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

OPPOSED:            Councillor Tanya Handley

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Lawrence Lee

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 6, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-           Advocate for limiting private retail of cannabis to dispensaries in initial phases.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 6, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-           Advocate for full disclosure packaging and labelling on cannabis food and consumables.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Tanya Handley, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 7, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by removing the Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale and replacing it with:

-          Advocate that smoking cannabis is prohibited in public areas (indoor and outdoor).

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Lawrence Lee, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 8 Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by replacing point 1 with the following:

-           Advocate the legal age for recreation cannabis consumption in Alberta be 21 years to ensure healthy brain development.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

OPPOSED:            Councillor Tanya Handley

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 8, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by replacing point 2 with the following:

-           Advocate that the federal government restrict youth (12-21) from being in possession of recreational cannabis.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Lawrence Lee

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 9, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by deleting:

-           the original theme of “Protecting Roads and Workplaces” and replacing it with “Safety”.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Buck Buchanan, seconded by Councillor Lynne Mulder

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 9, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding the words:

-           “and other enforcement officers” after the word “RCMP”

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Paul Harris

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 9, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-           Advocate the federal government regulate pesticides, fungicides, and additives to ensure the health and safety of users.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

OPPOSED:            Councillor Tanya Handley

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

Moved by Councillor Paul Harris, seconded by Councillor Ken Johnston

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer having considered the report from the Planning Services Division, dated August 14, 2017 re: Cannabis Legalization Advocacy Positions hereby amends Appendix B, Theme 9, Proposed Advocacy Positions and Rationale by adding:

-          Create crime prevention strategies to resolve the unintended consequences of legalisation.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED

 

The original motion as amended was then on the floor:

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

9.

NOTICE OF MOTION

 

 The following Notice of Motion was introduced by Councillor Buck Buchanan

 

Whereas a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, known as the Jordan decision, places new limits on how long accused people must wait for their matters to go to trial; and

 

Whereas Court of Queen's Bench case trials must now be concluded within 30 months, and provincial court matters within 18 months, with an extension to 30 months if the case includes a preliminary inquiry; and

 

Whereas since October 2016, Alberta lawyers have filed 67 Jordan applications. Of those, 14 applications are pending, 18 have been dismissed and six have been granted; the remaining applications were abandoned by the defense (14), stayed by the Crown (6), or resolved (9); one application has been appealed by the Crown; and

 

Whereas crimes against property are the fastest growing category of crime but will fall in priority to more serious and violent crimes in accordance with the above noted protocol and will result in less prosecutions and more property crimes being dismissed resulting in there being no actual deterrent against property crimes; and

 

Whereas there are currently specific court remedies to respond to specific offenses such as Traffic Courts, Disclosure & Early Resolution Courts, Domestic Violence Courts, etc. and this may be an option for dealing with property crimes;

 

Therefore be it resolved that The City of Red Deer advocate to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General and K Division to engage with other policing stakeholders to explore alternate solutions to property crimes, such as dedicated courts, so that enforcement is not impeded by systems and processes that apply priority based on the type of crime; and

 

Further be it Resolved that The City of Red Deer request that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities accept this as an advocacy priority on behalf of municipalities across the country.

References:

[1] https://www.justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/criminal_pros/Pages/Triage.aspx

 

This Notice of Motion will be considered at the Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

 

The following Notice of Motion was introduced by Councillor Paul Harris

 

Whereas on June 26, 2017 Council of The City of Red Deer, held a public hearing for Bylaw 3357/U-2017 (an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw for a site exception for 5334 – 54 Avenue in the Woodlea Neighbourhood); and

 

Whereas during the Public Hearing Council was presented with additional submissions made by interested parties; and

 

Whereas much of the material presented was irrelevant to planning principles and the application for Council’s consideration, and

 

Whereas Council takes its governance role, as outlined in the Municipal Governance Act, very seriously, and may have given some material presented inappropriate consideration; and

 

Whereas Council did not have enough time to fully review and consider the new information presented, or its relevance; and

 

Whereas subsequent to the Public Hearing Council defeated second reading of Bylaw 3357/U-2017;

 

Therefore Be It Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer consider the preceding as extenuating circumstances that justify the reconsideration of the June 26, 2017 decision to defeat second reading of Bylaw 3357/U-2017 and require the scheduling and re-advertising of a new Public Hearing to be held in this regard.

 

This Notice of Motion will be considered at the Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

 

The following Notice of Motion was introduced by Councillor Paul Harris

 

Whereas the Municipal Government Act states that one of the purposes of a municipality is “to develop and maintain safe and viable communities” (s.3(c)) and a Councillor has a duty “to consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to council’s attention anything that would promote the welfare and interests of the municipality” (s.153(a)); and

 

Whereas vacant and derelict properties have negative influences on neighbourhoods as they become rundown, create health hazards, attract crime and trespassers and decrease the viability of the neighbourhood development and redevelopment ; and

 

Whereas, the field of criminology links derelict properties and incivility within a community to subsequent serious crime; and

 

Whereas, Red Deer City Council is actively exploring ways to decrease crime in the downtown; and

 

Whereas vacant and derelict properties have both a the short term and long term financial implications which not only affect neighbourhood development but also  the city’s operating budget, tax rate, and civic financial sustainability; and

 

Whereas the neighbours, the community and The City have few mechanisms to deal with vacant and derelict properties effectively, as the Municipal Government Act (MGA) only allows for such properties to be boarded but does not enable demolition until the structure becomes a safety issue; and

 

Whereas having appropriate methods to handle vacant and derelict properties will improve economic development by attracting residents, business and developers; and

 

Whereas a property that is vacant or derelict is not the highest or best use of the property;

 

Therefore be it Resolved that administration be directed to explore all options, including changes to our community standards bylaw and enforcement practices, that will allow The City to use mechanisms such as condemning, expropriating or removing vacant and derelict properties; and

 

Further be it resolved that Council request the Ministers of Municipal Affairs and Economic Development to revise legislation such as the Municipal Government Act to enable municipalities to deal with vacant and derelict properties.

 

 

References

 

1.City of Toronto (2015) Staff Report Action Required: Resolving Vacant-Derelict Properties – Framework and Consultation Plan

 

This Notice of Motion will be considered at the Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

 

11.

ADJOURNMENT

 

Moved by Councillor Ken Johnston, seconded by Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

Resolved that Council of The City of Red Deer hereby agrees to adjourn the Monday, August 21, 2017 Regular Council Meeting of Red Deer City Council at 7:53 p.m.

 

IN FAVOUR:           Mayor Tara Veer, Councillor Buck Buchanan, Councillor Tanya Handley, Councillor Paul Harris, Councillor Ken Johnston, Councillor Lawrence Lee, Councillor Lynne Mulder, Councillor Frank Wong, Councillor Dianne Wyntjes

 

 

MOTION CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

“Mayor Tara Veer”

 

“Frieda McDougall”

MAYOR

 

CITY CLERK