May 7, 2020

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 May 7 and 14 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed,click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

 

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Please note: Council meetings are webcast live and archived. Based on recommendations by public health officials, as of March 19: 

  • Council has suspended the holding of Public Hearings in accordance with the Class Order on COVID-19 from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer until further notice.
  • Council has also suspended the question period sections of Council meeting agendas for in-person participation.
  • Requests to address Council will be limited to six delegations through either telephone participation, where possible, and the reading out of submissions and/or broadcasting of recorded submissions, if necessary.

MAY 7:

Council Member Motion - Ensuring Housing Options with Supports for Everyone

Mayor Helps, on behalf of Council, will write to the Premier of British Columbia, the Solicitor General and the Ministers of Housing, Health, and Mental Health and Addictions, copying Members of the Legislative Assembly representing constituencies in the Capital Region and the executive leadership of BC Housing and Island Health, as follows:

  1. Thanking the provincial government for their decisive action to provide indoor sheltering with support services for people currently sheltering at Topaz Park and Pandora Green.
  2. Requesting that the provincial government offer the provision of temporary housing options with supports of all unhoused people in the Capital Region, with no one to be evicted back to the street, as a step towards ending chronic homelessness and providing safe, secure, adequate, and affordable homes for all, while ensuring that there is an equitable distribution of housing across the region and equitably across neighbourhoods.
  3. Requesting that safer supply services be instituted without delay including ensuring appropriate staffing levels, 24-hour supports and that support services staff are trained in the provision of harm reduction. Further, requesting that BC Housing and other agencies utilize the expertise of local peer-run and peer-informed harm reduction services while providing supports.

 

Council Member Motion: Request for Clarity on Rent Relief Measures and Businesses Falling Through the Cracks

Mayor Helps, on behalf of Council, will write to the federal government to request clarity on a priority basis on details as to how the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will work, so that tenants and landlords can work together to make plans to take advantage of this important program.

The Mayor will also write to the federal government to request consideration of financial relief for small businesses who are unable to reach agreement with their landlord or are ineligible for CECRA and for small businesses in the hospitality sector – such as event and wedding planners – who have fallen through the cracks of existing programs and whose services will be required once larger gatherings are permitted in the future.