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Community and Protective Services Committee June 12, 2019

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The June 12, 2019, Community and Protective Services Committee meeting included: 

2018 Calgary Combative Sports Commission Annual Report

Administration presented an overview of safety enhancements undertaken in 2018 and a review of the current operating and financial model, responding to Council previous direction that the Calgary Combative Sports Commission (CCSC) provide annual reports in accordance with the corporate governance framework. The report also recommended adjusting the Combative Sports Commission Bylaw to accommodate the unique nature of this industry. The proposed amendment would allow contestant, judge or referee an option to obtain a single day licence rather than an annual licence. The CCSC has been able to quickly adjust to the rapidly changing combative sports industry by reducing costs while improving regulations. CCSC has the mandate to protect The City's reputation by ensuring combative sports events are conducted in a safe environment.  This will go forward to Council with recommendations that Council: (1) Give three readings to the proposed amendment to the Combative Sports Commission Bylaw 53M2006 to facilitate a reduced fee for one day licence, decreasing the overall cost for hosting a combative sports event.

Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Framework

Administration presented this report to Committee providing an update on Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction (C2018-1443) including Public Safety near Supervised Consumption Services (C2019-0256). Since the Strategic Meeting of Council on 2018 December 19, Administration has conducted stakeholder engagement, undertaken a scan of approaches taken by other jurisdictions, participated with other key stakeholders in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative's Cross-Boundary Collaboration program, and engaged members of Council on the development of a Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Framework. This will go forward to Council with the Committees recommendations that: (1) Council request that the Mayor's Office coordinate a meeting between the Alberta Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and the Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction Panel to outline the approach Calgary has created and encourage the Associate Minister to lead a province-wide plan with attention to the work Calgary has done to date; (2) Administration report back to this Committee after the meeting with the Associate Minister has taken place, no later than Q42019; (3) Council authorize Administration to allocate up to $3 million of the previously earmarked funds for 2020, to maintain current programs funded through the Prevention Investment Framework with Mental Health and Addiction Lens that are demonstrating positive results.

Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

The Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy presents new and enhanced strategic actions that build on the work The City of Calgary is currently undertaking related to diversity and inclusion. The primary focus of the Strategy is ensuring gender equity considerations in planning and decision-making with respect to City service delivery, Council Boards, Commissions and Committees, and The City's workforce. The Strategy is comprised of four areas of focus, which are evidence-based and informed by the leading practices of municipal, provincial and federal governments and corporate sector organizations. The four areas of focus are: (1) Leadership accountability; (2) Data-informed decision making; (3) Education and awareness; and (4) Addressing barriers to participation. The Strategy is a mechanism to advance The City of Calgary vision, Calgary: a great place to make a living, a great place to make a life; our Corporate values; and our common purpose of Making life better every day.  This will go forward to Council with the recommendations that Council: (1) Approve the Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and direct Administration to implement the actions outlined; (2) Accept this report as the report back on the Gender Equity and Diversity Baseline Assessment Council Innovation Fund application; and (3) Direct Administration to develop a measurement plan and report back to Council on progress of implementation through the SPC on CPS no later than Q4 2020.

Multilingual Communications and Engagement Policy Report

Implementation of the Multicultural Strategy for Communications and Engagement has been underway since 2017, and has resulted in improvements to the way The City communicates and engages with Calgary's multicultural population. The ongoing need for this strategy is evident in the fact that immigrant communities totaled almost 30 per cent of Calgary's population in 2016 and are projected to be the main driver of population growth within Calgary until at least 2036.  Administration continues to advance the strategy by integrating its recommendations into communications and engagement projects, and by developing numerous supporting initiatives. Many of these initiatives have been completed or are underway and include: an interactive map identifying the language needs of Calgary's wards and communities, an inclusive engagement guide, qualitative research with cultural leaders and first and second-generation immigrants, ongoing staff training, and a bank of translated statements and multicultural photographs. This will go forward to Council with Committee recommending that Council: (1) Direct Administration to continue to develop standards of service for equitable communications and engagement, including multilingual considerations, as guided by the Social Wellbeing Policy, and not proceed with a stand-alone new policy for Multilingual Communications and Engagement; (2) Directs Administration to develop measures of success related to the delivery of equitable communication and engagement services in alignment with the Social Wellbeing Principles; and (3) Directs Administration to report back to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services by Q2 2020.

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