November 5, 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 October 22 and November 5, 2020 Council Meetings. To review all the topics discussed, click here to see the full agenda and webcast.

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Initiating a City of Victoria Governance Review
Council has directed staff to report back with a proposed work plan, budget estimate and engagement strategy that includes a Council workshop,  a separate workshop for staff,  and a workshop for residents and stakeholders to provide input to further inform the scope and priorities of a Governance Review, including best practices regarding embedding equity and an anti-racism mandate into the review. Up to three Councillors will be appointed to a sub-committee to guide the Governance Review process.

By-Election Ministerial Order
Council has authorized provisions of a Ministerial Order applicable to the December 12, 2020 by-election including:

  • permit voting by all eligible electors by mail ballot and permit elector registration to be done in conjunction with this voting
  • permit a secrecy sleeve to be used instead of a secrecy envelope
  • permit the Chief Election Officer to establish time limits in relation to voting by mail ballot at their sole discretion
  • permit the Chief Election Officer to establish procedures for voting, processing and securing mail ballots at their sole discretion including, but not limited to, establishing times for opening certification envelopes, placing mail ballots in the vote tabulating machine, and securing the memory card of the vote tabulating machine
  • permit the Chief Election Officer to establish special voting opportunities or to determine that no special voting opportunities will be held at their sole discretion

Council Member Motion: Parks Sheltering Update
Council has directed staff to work with community organizations to find a location outside but adjacent to Beacon Hill Park for a Community Care Tent, and report to Council if there are challenges with the operations of the tent.