The July 25, 2016, Regular Meeting of Council included:
Sliding Scale Implementation
Council unanimously approved a refined sliding scale approach for the Calgary Transit Low Income Monthly Pass. This new sliding scale will provide deepened discounts to customers whose income is below 100 per cent of the Low Income Cut Off (LICO) and maximizes the funding available from the province by investing in subsidies that see the most money in pockets of eligible Calgarians. It is estimated that introducing the new sliding scale will take approximately six months. This recommendation represents continued leadership by The City of Calgary in alignment with Enough for All, Calgary’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Calgary Police Service Budget Changes
Council unanimously approved a Calgary Police Service (CPS) request for a $7.5 million budget increase that will be used to create 50 new positions. Additional officers and efficiencies allow for more effective policing, increasing public safety for citizens and businesses. It will reduce the citizens-to-police ratio to one officer for every 613 Calgarians. The budget increase will be funded through an increase in revenues due a provincial increase in court fines.
Secondary Suite Notices of Motion: Secondary Suite Plebiscite and Reforming the Secondary Suite Process
Council rejected a notice of motion for secondary suite plebiscite. Council also rejected a notice of motion to reform the secondary suite process. The current management and regulation of secondary suites involves multiple processes and may require an application for a land use redesignation. Currently all amendments to the land use bylaw require approval from Council.
Gender-Neutral Washrooms in City Building and Facilities
Council approved the Councillor Notice of Motion for the provision of gender-neutral washrooms in City of Calgary buildings and facilities. Council directed Administration to work with the appropriate stakeholders to re-sign all single occupancy washroom facilities in City of Calgary buildings to ensure gender neutrality. Council further directed Administration to develop policies to address gender-neutral washrooms in City of Calgary buildings and facilities and City of Calgary buildings being built or renovated in the future.
Integrity Commissioner’s Report
Council received for information the Integrity Commissioner’s report to Council concerning Mayor Nenshi’s recorded comments in Boston. The City of Calgary is the first municipality in western Canada to create an independent Integrity Commissioner. Within the newly-created Integrity and Ethics Office, the Integrity Commissioner is responsible for investigating and adjudicating potential ethics matters related to Council.
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