September 2, 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 September 2021 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Council Member Motion: Bank Street School
The Mayor, on behalf of Council, has asked School District 61 to meet with the South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Board to discuss the future of, and answer questions regarding, Bank School.

Interim Equity Decision-Making Tool
Council has endorsed the Interim Equity Decision-Making Tool for use by Council and staff to assess equity impacts on decisions, subject to comment by the Accessibility Advisory Committee. Staff will bring forward a revised Equity Decision-Making Tool as part of the Equity Framework in the fall of 2021, and provide recommendations on how to integrate the decision making tool into the staff reports going forward.

AAA Priority Cycling Network: Remaining Projects & Network Completion
Council has approved:

  • designs for Superior Street and Montreal Street as part of the priority AAA cycling network and directed staff to incorporate detailed design and construction costs into the 2022 Financial Plan.
  • designs for Government Street South as part of the priority AAA cycling network and directed staff to incorporate detailed design and construction costs into the 2022 Financial Plan. Staff will continue to work with agency partners and community stakeholders on establishing an implementation strategy for achieving ultimate streetscape and public space designs in conjunction with future works in the Inner Harbour District.
  • Gorge Road project and directed staff to complete detailed design and construction, with costs incorporated into the 2022 Financial Plan
  • staff to undertake public engagement on the design of the Pandora East Project in 2022 and incorporate construction costs into the 2023 Financial Plan.

Staff will reportback to Council by the end of Q2 2022 with a progress update on planning for future enhancements to the cycling network.

Topaz Park Improvement Plan: Phase 1 Concept Design Proposals
Council has approved the following two concept designs for Phase 1 improvements to Topaz Park;

  1. Skate and Bike Parks Project, with consideration given to maintaining connectivity of the Garry Oak ecosystem and providing opportunities for passive enjoyment of that area by the public. 
  2. Artificial Turf Sport Field Replacement Project, subject to a staff review of the replacement lighting to minimize light pollution to nearby households to the greatest extent possible.

Staff will report by Q3, 2022 on the next phase of implementation of the Topaz Park improvement plan.

Staff will include in the accessibility washroom:

  • An adult change table complete with a lift and sling with a 600lb capacity that allows ability to move around the room.
  • Contrasting floor tiles to help those with visibility impairments 
  • Grab bars attached to the walls

Staff will engage the Accessibility Advisory Committee on potential additional accessibility provisions for this washroom.