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Regular Meeting of Council Oct. 15, 2018

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The Oct. 15, 2018, Regular Meeting of Council included:

Multilingual Communications and Engagement Policy Report to Council

Council received a report and presentation from Administration on The City’s Multilingual Communications and Engagement Policy that responded to the first Council direction from the notice of motion passed in April 2018. The report included research that has been conducted on the needs of Calgary’s multicultural community with the intention of developing strategies and implementation plans that will allow The City to deliver inclusive and equitable engagement and communication. Council approved the short-term communications and engagement approach for translation and increasing access for multicultural communities.

Emotional Support Animals within the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

Earlier this year, Council directed Administration to work with Alberta Health Services to determine a mutually agreeable solution for the categorization and/or certification of emotional support animals, including provisions for appropriate care for such animals in urban settings. Administration worked with Alberta Health Services and consulted with several key stakeholders to develop a Livestock as Emotional Support Animals (LESAs) program. The report presented the proposed bylaw amendment which provides the legal mechanism for Administration to grant LESA permits. This program provides a process and parameters to grant a LESA permit to a qualifying individual, maintain that permit, and revoke the permit should it become necessary. Council gave three readings to the proposed bylaw amendment to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw 23M2006, and this item was approved.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service

Council received a report from Administration on enabling the implementation of the Accessible Taxi Incentive Program Framework. This program is aimed at incenting Accessible Taxi Plate Licence holders and accessible taxi drivers to improve wheelchair accessible taxi service delivery and customer safety while reducing the higher costs associated with operating a wheelchair accessible taxi compared to other taxi vehicles. Council:

  1. Approved the proposed bylaw to amend the Livery Transport Bylaw 6M2007;
  2. Directed Administration to monitor the effectiveness of the Accessible Taxi Incentive Program and report back to Council through the SPC on Community and Protective Services, no later than 2021 Q1;
  3. Endorsed the option to pilot a third party accessible taxi centralized dispatch; and
  4. Directed that the one-time funding request of $350K in 2019 and $350K in 2020 to support a two-year Centralized Dispatch pilot project be referred to the One Calgary budget deliberations in 2018 November.

Notice of Motion: Pathway Closure and Detour Improvements

Council approved this notice of motion and directed Administration to develop a consistent inter-departmental strategy to better-manage pathway closures and detours.

Notice of Motion: Reforming Council’s Closed Door Meetings

Council referred this notice of motion to come back to them by the end of this year, along with the report and recommendations from a previously related notice of motion (Ensuring Efficiency, Transparency and the Appropriate Use of Closed Meetings for Council Business, C2018-0405) brought forward on April 5, 2018.

Notice of Motion: Business Advisory Committee

Council approved this notice of motion to support the creation of the Business Advisory Committee. This Business Advisory Committee is to report back to the Priorities and Finance Committee semi-annually; and bring back a proposed terms of reference no later than December 2018.

Notice of Motion: Genesis Centre Outdoor Artificial Turf Community Field

Council approved this notice of motion (with amendments) relating to investment for an outdoor artificial turf community field next to the Genesis Centre.

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