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Combined Meeting of Council Jun. 17, 2019

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The June 17, 2019, Combined Meeting of Council included: 

2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Project - Final Report

Council received a final report from Administration on the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Project for information.  The report presented was in response to Council’s November 19, 2018 direction to disband the City Secretariat, wind up the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC) and Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation (Calgary 2026) and provide a report outlining detailed costs, the value derived from the work undertaken, and providing recommendations in regard to which reports made to Council Committees and/or Council that were previously directed by the Committee or Council to remain confidential should be publicly released.  The total amount invested by The City was $6,994,566. Council approved the appropriation of $107,832 from the commitment identified for the City Secretariat in the Fiscal Stability Reserve (FSR) and released the balance of the remaining commitment of $645,168 back to the FSR as uncommitted; and released to the public Attachment 7 and the documents referred to in it (previously held confidential). 

Notice of Motion – City of Calgary becoming a Bee City: Adopting a Bee City Canada Designation

This notice of motion was related to The City of Calgary’s adoption of the Biodiversity Policy as well as the endangered gypsy cuckoo bumblebee that was discovered at the Canyon Meadows Drive restoration site. This is a species which this year was only otherwise spotted in northern Alberta and in a small area in the Yukon.  The presence of an identified endangered species in Calgary provides both a unique challenge and opportunity for Calgary to be a national leader in conservation and executing on the value proposition of biodiversity. Bee City Canada is a designation that promotes healthy and sustainable habitats and communities for pollinators. Through becoming a Bee City, The City of Calgary can highlight initiatives already in place, such as Our BiodiverCity’s commitment to restore open space, with the aim to increase biodiversity and promote a healthier life for Calgary’s communities; Council directed City Administration to submit a Bee City Canada Application to designate The City of Calgary as a Bee City no later than Q4 2019.

Notice of Motion - Richmond Green Golf Course Closure

This notice of motion was related to the Richmond Green Golf Course, in the Southwest quadrant of the city, which has the lowest attendance and revenue of all City courses with attendance continuing to decline.  The notice of motion suggests that The City has other golf facilities in the immediate area that can provide alternate golf opportunities for citizens. Council directed Administration, as part of its Golf Course Sustainability Strategy, to proceed to close the Richmond Green Golf Course after the end of the 2019 golf season and directed Administration to return to Priorities and Finance Committee (PFC) in October 2019 with: (a) An interim update on the Golf Course Sustainability Strategy, and (b) An interim update on the Golf Course Real Estate and Development Assessment; (c) Options for future uses of the Richmond Green land, considering the utilities and road requirements as well as the Currie Barracks master plan.

Notice of Motion - Keeping Tabs On City Council

This notice of motion was based on increasing the accessibility of Council proceedings, discussions and voting outcomes, with the intention of providing citizens additional tools to monitor the effectiveness of their elected representatives. The notice of motion also referenced City technology and infrastructure now able to provide significant opportunities for the public to better track the substance of what is being discussed by City Council, both in public session and behind closed doors. Council referred the notice of motion to the next meeting of the Priorities and Finance Committee for discussion, debate, and direction, including, but not limited to: (a) A financial analysis on the direct and indirect costs of undertaking the work requested; b) Work already underway by City Clerks with regard to Council voting practices, transcripts and publication to avoid duplication and redundancy in the spending of taxpayer dollars.

Notice of Motion - Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the Village of Rouleauville and Recognizing Calgary’s Historic French Roots

This notice of motion referred to the 120th anniversary of the Village of Rouleauville – incorporated into today’s mission district in Calgary on November 2, 1889 with street names at that time in both French and English. The notice of motion suggests that the installation of Stop/Arrêt Bilingual Stop Signs in the community of Mission (at no cost to The City) would be a fitting way to celebrate the anniversary and recognize Calgary’s historic French roots. Council approved the installation of Stop/Arrêt Bilingual Stop Signs, at appropriate locations originally bearing the names of French and French-Canadian settlers in historic Rouleauville; and directed Administration to collaborate with community volunteers to facilitate such installations where possible, consistent with existing City policies and transportation best practices.

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