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Combined Meeting of Council Mar. 18, 2019

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The Mar. 18, 2019, Combined Meeting of Council included:

Notice of Motion: City-Wide Environmental Strategy and Action Plan

Council was presented with a Notice of Motion related to a City-wide Environmental Strategy and Action Plan with the goal of establishing a long-term vision for the environment in Calgary. Recommendations included assessing current and future environmental risks, providing citizens with a higher quality products and services, and ensuring Calgary remains an economically competitive and attractive Smart City.  It stated a strategy like this will provide the direction necessary to achieve the Council Priority of A Healthy and Green City, aligning to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and The City’s Environmental Policy, while guiding other existing key environmental plans and policies within one overarching framework. Council approved the recommendations of directing Administration to: (1) Develop a City-wide Environmental Strategy and Action Plan; and (2) Report back through the SPC on Utilities and Corporate Services no later than December 2020.

Notice of Motion: Joining The Resource Communities of Canada Coalition 

Council was presented with this Notice of Motion promoting that responsible resource development is essential for the future of Canadian municipalities.  The Notice of Motion highlighted the need to coordinate the Canadian municipal voice to: (1) Advocate for a responsible resource industry; (2) Ensure municipal perspectives are being heard on issues impacting resource development; (3) Share factual information regarding resource development interests. The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and other municipal associations across Western Canada have created a Resource Communities of Canada Coalition to facilitate a coordinated approach to represent municipal resource development interests across the country and are asking municipalities to support the Coalition. Council approved The City of Calgary’s support for the Resource Communities of Canada Coalition.

Notice of Motion: Support for Intermunicipal Opioid Response ACP Grant Application

This Notice of Motion highlighted the opioid crisis affecting municipalities of all sizes and types in Alberta.  It stated that there is a lack of a coordinated, formalized approach to transferring knowledge between municipalities gained from their communities tackling the issue and related municipal impacts. The City of Grande Prairie is submitting an Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) grant application for funds to enable the development of a coordinated Intermunicipal Opioid Response to address the gap. The program is expected to be funded by the ACP grant with in-kind operational support provided by the City of Grande Prairie. Council approved endorsing the City of Grande Prairie’s application for an Alberta Community Partnership grant for the development of an Alberta Intermunicipal Opioid Response.

Corporate Public Art Program Review Update

Council received a report on Administration’s work responding to Council direction to examine current practices of the Public Art Program. The report outlined a new strategic direction for The City of Calgary responding to gaps and barriers identified by Council, key stakeholders and the community-at-large, for delivering public art in Calgary. The new strategic direction will shift to a public art delivery model based in community priorities as opposed to infrastructure priorities, which will be supported by a flexible, pooled funding model.  Council (1) Directed Administration to complete the transfer of previously-approved budgets to a Corporate Public Art program: capital activity 446510; and (2) Administration report back to Council through the Community and Protective Services Committee no later than Q1 2020 on a public art work plan and strategy for 2020 – 2022, and review the suspension of the Public Art Policy at that time.

Parks and Pathways Bylaw Review 

Council received a report from Administration on the Parks and Pathways Bylaw, which was last enacted in 2003. Since 2003, a number of innovations have occurred that influence how we use parks, such as the use of drones in parks or electric bikes and scooters on pathways. The proposed Parks and Pathways Bylaw will allow more flexibility with these types of initiatives and be less proscriptive with acceptable uses in parks. The proposed changes to the Bylaw are coming forward following a comprehensive engagement process with an aim to better reflect Calgarians’ desires as well as current operations.  Council gave three readings to the proposed Parks and Pathways Bylaw 11M2019. ​

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