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Community and Protective Services Services Committee Oct. 3, 2018

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The Oct. 3, 2018, Community and Protective Services Committee meeting included:

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service

Committee received a report from Administration on enabling the implementation of the Accessible Taxi Incentive Program Framework. This program is aimed at incenting Accessible Taxi Plate Licence holders and accessible taxi drivers to improve wheelchair accessible taxi service delivery and customer safety while reducing the higher costs associated with operating a wheelchair accessible taxi compared to other taxi vehicles. Committee approved Administration's recommendations and will recommend that Council:

  1. Give three readings to a proposed bylaw to amend the Livery Transport Bylaw;
  2. Direct Administration to monitor the effectiveness of the Accessible Taxi Incentive Program and report back to Council through the SPC on Community and Protective Services, no later than 2021 Q1;
  3. Endorse the pilot of a third party accessible taxi centralized dispatch; and
  4. Direct that the one-time funding request of $350K in 2019 and $350K in 2020 to support a two-year Centralized Dispatch pilot project be referred to the One Calgary budget deliberations in November 2018.

Emotional Support Animals within the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

Committee received a presentation on Emotional Support Animals based on the direction from Council earlier this year to work with Alberta Health Services to determine a mutually agreeable solution for the categorization and/or certification of emotional support animals, including provisions for appropriate care for such animals in urban settings. Administration worked with Alberta Health Services and consulted with several key stakeholders to develop a Livestock as Emotional Support Animals program. This will go forward to Council with the recommendation that Council give three readings to the proposed bylaw amendment to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw.

Revised Prevention Investment Framework with Mental Health & Addictions Lens

Council has earmarked up to $25M from the Fiscal Stability Reserve for crime prevention and a new mental health and addiction strategy. Committee received a report on the revised Prevention Investment Framework, with the addition of a mental health and addictions lens. The revised Framework strategically integrates a wide range of prevention strategies and approaches, and has been adapted to inform a holistic, community-wide funding program that complements the existing funding landscape in the areas of mental health, addiction and crime prevention. It will also act as a foundational step in the development of the Council-directed mental health and addiction strategy. These Terms of Reference were approved by committee to go forward to Council for approval.

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