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Combined Meeting of Council Feb. 4, 2019

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The Feb. 4, 2019, Combined Meeting of Council included:

Civic Census Program

Council received a report from Administration recommending a review of the value and benefits of conducting an annual census program and examining potential legislative changes that impact the conduct of the 2019 Civic Census.  The City has conducted an annual Civic Census since 1958 with data available within two months of completion. In 1984, 1994 and 2005 extensive reviews of the Civic Census were undertaken. In all three cases, Council confirmed to continue with an annual census as laid out in the Civic Census Policy CC005. An extensive review of the Civic Census has not been conducted since 2005 and this report supports the importance of conducting this type of review. Council directed Administration to: (1) Conduct a review of the value and benefits of conducting an annual municipal census program and report back in Q4 2019; and (2) Review and provide recommendations to amend the Civic Census Policy CC005 in Q4 2019.

Notice of Motion: Responding to Public Safety Issues at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre’s SCS Facility​

This notice of motion was brought forward to Council relating to public safety issues at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre’s Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) Facility. The motion recommended that City Council formally request that the Calgary Police Commission ask the Calgary Police Service to: (1) Attend the 2019 February 13 Community and Protective Services committee meeting to provide information and answer questions on their continuing strategy to address social disorder, crime and violence near the SCS Facility and Centre City; (2) Provide a report during the public portion of the Calgary Police Commission’s 2019 February 19 meeting on the continuing strategy to address social disorder, crime and violence near the SCS Facility and Centre City.  Council approved these recommendations and directed Administration to work with Alberta Health Services, the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department, and key stakeholders to develop a set of immediate actions for consideration listed in the notice of motion. 

Notice of Motion: Reviving Calgary’s Real Estate and Construction Industries

This Notice of Motion recommends that Council requests the following: (1) The Mayor write a letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance advocating that the Government of Canada: (a) Review the effects of the B20 - Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures stress test on regional markets; (b) Eliminate or tailor regional-based policies, including but not limited to, stress tests to reflect the needs of local economic and market conditions. (2) The Mayor write a letter to the Premier and the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance advocating that Alberta Credit Unions and ATB Financial consider the adoption of Alberta-based mortgage approval requirements and make any necessary changes (policy or otherwise) to implement this request; (3) Council directs Administration to prepare resolutions for Council’s consideration for The City’s representatives to introduce at the 2019 meetings of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to gain broader support for advocacy on regional-based mortgage financing stress tests.  All recommendations in the Notice of Motion were approved by Council.​

Notice of Motion: Extended Producer Responsibility

A notice of motion was presented to Council relating to extended producer responsibility (EPR) - a policy approach that places the financial and/or physical responsibility for end of life management of products with the companies that produce those products, and would remove the financial burden for recycling programs from taxpayers. This notice of motion recommended that Council allocate funding from the Fiscal Stability Reserve (FSR), not to exceed $50,000, to contribute to the work described which will require additional funding partners to carry out; and Direct Administration to: (1) Cooperate with other Alberta municipalities, AUMA, producers and recyclers of packaging and paper products, and the Province of Alberta to develop a baseline that can inform the design of a provincial EPR program by researching: The benefits, challenges, and risks of an EPR program in Alberta for these groups and their constituents; and the current recycling systems and supply chains across the province, and potential impacts of an EPR program in Alberta; and (2) Report back through the SPC on Utilities and Corporate Services no later than 2019 October. All recommendations in the Notice of Motion were approved by Council.

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