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July 12 Council Meeting Highlights

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For City of Langley Regular Council meeting of July 12, 2021.
Please note these are not the official minutes. Council Meeting Highlights are an informal summary. Council Meeting agenda is available here:  https://langleycity.ca/cityhall/city-council/council-meetings. For more information, please contact kkenney@langleycity.ca or pkusack@langleycity.ca

Explanatory Report: Public Hearing Input on OCP Bylaw No. 3200 and Proposed Bylaw Updates

After considering public input at the Public Hearing on June 28, 2021, Council approved a motion to direct staff to prepare the amendments outlined in Table 2 of the subject report to Bylaw 3200, Official Community Plan, prior to presenting the bylaw for 3rd reading at a future council meeting. Table 2 amendments can be viewed here

June 2021 Community Grant Report

Council adopted the June 2021 Community Grant Report which awarded community grants totaling $8,400.00 to the following organizations;
Archway Community Services – Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity - $1,000.00
Boys and Girls Club of Langley - $2,000.00
Ecowaves Community Volunteer Club - $500.00
Langley Arts Council -  $2,500.00
Langley Ukulele Association - $1,650.00
Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society - $750.00

Local Government Development Approvals Program Grant Application - Resubmission

Council adopted the report to support a grant application for funding the City’s Major Storm Overland Flow Path Development.

City Park Infrastructure Grant Application

Council adopted the report to support a grant application for funding for upgrades to playfields at City Park.

BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Program Grant Application – 208 Street Cycling Project

Council adopted the report to support a grant application for funding the 208 St Cycling Improvements Project.

Request to Federal Government for Support to Investigate Residential School Sites - Mayor van den Broek

Council passed the following resolution:

WHEREAS the recent discovery of the remains of 215 aboriginal children at the site of a former Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓ pemc First Nation territory has once again brought to light the dark past of the Residential School system;

AND WHEREAS there may be other sites in this country where similar conditions exist;

AND WHEREAS some First Nations, Métis groups, or Inuit Councils may be interested in pursuing further investigation of these sites;

AND WHEREAS the Federal Government announced on June 9, 2021, a commitment to earmark $27M specifically toward assisting Indigenous communities in locating and memorializing children who died at residential schools;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council authorize the Mayor to write to the Prime Minister and other federal and provincial officials, as appropriate, to request that the Federal Government commit to providing adequate resourcing to any First Nation, Métis governanced organization, or Inuit Council in Canada that requests, by way of a Band Council Resolution or other appropriate communication from a legitimately representative body of the organization, a desire to investigate, with ground penetrating radar or by other means, the possibility that remains of Residential School residents may be interred on the grounds of those former schools or elsewhere within their traditional territories; and

FURTHER THAT this resourcing also include funds to scientifically ascertain the identities of any found remains; and

FURTHER THAT this resourcing also include funds to repatriate any found remains to their families, clans, or nations of origin; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the letter include a request that the government implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Notice of Motion: Improvement to Pre-Hospital Care System  - Councillor Martin

The following Notice of Motion was presented for consideration at the July 26, Regular Council Meeting:

WHEREAS local governments have been raising concerns of long delays with ambulance response time and First Responders responding to increasing number of Medical Emergency Service Alarm (MESA) calls due to lack of inadequate number of ambulances being available.

WHEREAS the recent heat wave exacerbated the shortcoming of the pre-hospital care system which created unacceptable delays in ambulance response time.

WHEREAS First Responders had to respond to extraordinary number of Medical Emergency Service Alarm (MESA) calls during the recent heat wave and endured unreasonable delays in response time by the ambulance to release them from the calls. 

WHEREAS First Responders play an essential role in the pre-hospital care system and in supporting BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) with the delivery of the quickest possible response to patients requiring time-critical care.

WHEREAS the Auditor General of British Columbia’s report, published in February 2019, on Access to Emergency Health Services provided recommendations to make transformational changes to the pre-hospital care system.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of BC and BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) immediately implement the recommendations from the Auditor General report including, but not limited to, to increase the number of paramedics and ambulances, as well as the plan to introduce a new dispatch approach to shorten response times for patients who need the care most, and improve coordination with fire departments to support consistent application of medical standards, information sharing, an integrated dispatch system, and improvements to patient care.
 

For City of Langley Special Council meeting of July 12, 2021:

2022 RCMP Approval in Principle

Council adopted the report to authorize a letter of approval in principle be sent to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to maintain the detachment strength at 51.35 members and increase the 100% RCMP budget by $260,434 for a RCMP total budget cap of $11,586,126.