June 17, 2021
Council Highlights provide a snapshot of the progress made on City programs, initiatives and on Council decision-making. For more information on each initiative, please visit the accompanying link where noted. The items are selected highlights from the June 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.
Council Member Motion - Release and Monitoring of Repeat Offenders Living in the Community While Awaiting Disposition of Charges
Mayor Helps, on behalf of Council, willwrite to David Eby (Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing), Josie Osborne (Minister of Municipal Affairs), Mike Farnworth (Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General) and Capital Region District municipal Councils, to express the City of Victoria’s concern that those charged with violent or serious offences are being released on a “promise to appear” or released from the court prematurely. The letter will further ask the provincial government to find ways to keep such individuals in custody until charge disposition or until an informed determination of their potential risk to public safety can be made, and/or to provide sufficient funds for policing, for community safety and social support to assist with and support these individuals while they are living in the community while awaiting disposition.
Council Member Motion - Beacon Hill Park Sheltering
Council has directed staff tobring forward amendments to the Parks Regulation Bylaw to add Beacon Hill Park to the list of parks prohibited for overnight sheltering for a two year period from the date of bylaw adoption. Staff will report back to Council with any additional considerations to those outlined in this report with respect to the condition of Beacon Hill Park and plans for remediation, and with any additional advice or recommendations staff have with respect to overnight sheltering in City parks, and report back to Council in May 2023 with an update on the progress of park remediation so that Council can determine whether to extend the prohibition on sheltering in Beacon Hill Park beyond the initial two-year period.
Victoria Housing Reserve Fund - 1419 Mallek Crescent (Kiwanis Village Society of Victoria)
Council has approved a grant from theVictoria Housing Reserve Fund to the Kiwanis Village Society of Victoria in the amount of $305,000 to assist in the construction of a four-storey 78-unit housing project at 1419 Mallek Crescent. The housing units will be rentals for a period of 60 years for seniors (55+) with median income, with 36 studio units, 40 one-bedroom units, and 2 two-bedroom units.
Council Member Motion: Union of BC Municipalities Resolution - Provincial Support for TRC, MMIWG2S and UNDRIP Recommendations
Council has endorsed a resolution that will be forwarded to the UBCM and member local governments requesting theUBCM call on the Province of British Columbia to provide support and equitable access to funding for trauma-informed, Indigenous-led education, training, and policy guidance for local governments and associated law enforcement and emergency services to implement municipal-specific recommendations from the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission), MMIWG2S (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; and Missing and Murdered Women, Girls and 2-Spirit People), and UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People).
Council Member Motion: UBCM Resolution – Inclusion of Allied Health Workers
Council endorsed a resolution and will forward copies to the UBCM and member local governments requestingthat the Province expand access to and funding for allied health professionals, particularly mental health counselling specialties, and physical/ occupational therapy related specialties, through expansion of team-based care through not-for-profit delivery including community health centres, available to all BC residents regardless of their immigration status and income, throughout the province, and that the Province increase support and funding for Peer Navigators as part of the BC Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.