Council Agenda for May 30th, 2016

Living Wage Employer: I’ve submitted a motion to Monday’s meeting for the City of Regina to explore the cost and logistics of becoming a Living Wage Employer. You can view the motion here.     

Last month I did a walk-a-long with one of Regina’s Parking enforcement officers. It’s a challenging job with a lot of turnover and these front-line workers do not earn a living wage. You can read more about that experience here. I also had the opportunity to attend Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson’s ‘Cities Reducing Poverty when Mayor’s Lead’ conference in Edmonton.

Both experiences were inspiring and got me thinking about the City of Regina becoming a Living Wage Employer.

The principle of a Living Wage is this:

‘A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must pay. The living wage sets a higher test - a living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community. The living wage is a call to private and public sector employers to pay wages to both direct and contract employees that are sufficient to provide the basics to families with children.’ (from www.livingwagecanada.ca)

In Regina, a living wage is currently calculated at $16.46 an hour.

Most, if not all, of the City of Regina’s direct staff already make a living wage. The actual change this would mean is ensuring our sub-contractors pay their employees a living wage when they bid on/renew service contracts. For most of these contracts this would mean no change, but for some it would. The intent of my motion is to find out what the actual cost and logistics of implementing such a phased-in policy would be, and to have that information forwarded for next year’s budget deliberations.    

Heritage Property Designations: In 2015 Regina City Council increased the tax exemption for Heritage Properties from 5 years to 10 years. Since that time we have seen an influx of application and this month 4 significant properties are up for designation. They are:

-Frontenac Apartments, 2202 Lorne St (Just south of the Balfour on Victoria Ave)

-Old #1 Fire Hall, 1654 11th Ave. (Across the street from the Artful Dodge)

-The Somerset Block, 1806 Smith St. (Just West of Norwood in 11th Ave)

-Weston’s Bakery, 1377 Hamilton St. (in the Warehouse District, East of the Exchange).

This is great.

Regina’s Cultural Plan: A report from Community and Protective Services recommends approval of Regina’s Cultural Plan. The plan is the result of an extensive research and community engagement process and has been developed to clarify the City’s role in supporting the development of the arts, cultural heritage, cultural industries, and inter-culturalism. The focus of the plan is to achieve three goals: To Embrace Cultural Diversity, Strengthen the Artistic and Cultural Community, and to Commemorate and Celebrate Regina’s Cultural Heritage.    

In my opinion the plan is great. The challenge, as with any plan, will be in implementing it. 

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Notice of Motion: Living Wage

NOTICE OF MOTION

Chief Legislative Officer & City Clerk

City Hall

Regina, Saskatchewan

Dear Sir:

Please be advised that I will submit the following MOTION at the meeting of City Council on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Re:  Living Wage Employer

WHEREAS the City of Regina’s Vision is to be Canada’s most vibrant, inclusive, attractive, sustainable community, where people live in harmony and thrive in opportunity; and

WHEREAS part of the City of Regina’s means to follow this vision is as one of Regina’s largest employers; and

WHEREAS a living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must pay, and a living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community; and

WHEREAS the living wage is calculated as the hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers have been added to the family's income and deductions have been subtracted; and 

WHEREAS a living wage policy ensures that wages to both direct and contract employees are sufficient to provide the basics to families with children; and

WHEREAS being a Living Wage Employer creates a more level playing field for sub-contractors of City-services that wish to, or already pay their employees a living wage; and

WHEREAS the cities of Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver are taking steps towards becoming a living wage employer; and

WHEREAS the city of New Westminster has a Living Wage Policy that requires all firms that are contracted directly or subcontracted by the City to provide services on City Premises to pay their employees who perform the services the areas calculated living wage;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Regina City Council direct City Administration to research the cost, logistics, and impact of adopting a Living Wage Policy for the City of Regina as an employer or contractor and how this policy would relate to other community programs and support systems.

Be it further resolved that the results of this research be forwarded for consideration in the City Regina’s 2017 budgeting process.

Respectfully submitted,

Shawn Fraser

Councillor Ward 3

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A Day In The Life Of A Regina Parking Enforcement Officer

While it takes literally thousands of hard-working people to make the City of Regina run, there is one civic job that has always struck me as particularly hard and thankless:

Parking Enforcement.

With that in mind, I got in touch with Linda Brailean, the head of Regina’s Parking Services, to arrange a walk along and try to learn more about what being a Parking Enforcement Officer is like.

Parking Services is on the 13th floor of City Hall.

I arrived on a Monday morning and the boardroom table was covered in Tim Horton’s cups and radios.

“Welcome!” said Linda, shaking my hand.

“Do any of you know who this is?” she asked, turning to crew in florescent vests sitting around the table.

13 legitimately stumped faces stared back at me. No one raised a hand. 

“Well, this is Councillor Fraser. He’s here today to do a walk along and learn more about Parking Services.”

Awkward silence.

“Like Undercover Boss?” asked one of the Enforcers, whose name I eventually learned was Mark.

They were in the middle of a daily meeting. It was part motivational speech, part parking bylaw lesson. Some Enforcers had questions. Others had experiences to share.

All and all the mood was upbeat and the meeting ended with Linda saying, ‘Alright, you guys go out and make some friends.’

I was partnered with Ric Monohan. Ric has been with Parking Enforcement for 17 years.

We went to the main floor, did up our coats, and headed South from City Hall.

The second car we came across had parked pretty far from the meter. We walked right by.

‘Aren’t you going to ticket that?’ I ask Ric.

“It’s allowed to be 2 m from the parking meter. That one’s maybe only 4 ft.’

Parking too far from a meter has always seemed to me like a petty thing for the City to ticket for, but I realized 6 ft is actually a long ways. You’d have to pretty distracted to park farther than the height of Kevin Bacon from a meter.

We move along.

It’s about 15 minutes into our walk before we come across the first infraction. We are on 14th Avenue, just behind First Presbyterian Church. A blue Hyundai is parked too close to the alley. The bylaw states that you have to leave 2 m, enough room for cars coming out of the alley to see what is about to hit them. The rear fender of the Hyundai in question is -1.5 ft into the alley. This car would definitely make it hard for someone to safely turn.

Ric writes the ticket and I wait for the car’s owner, presumably some fuming-mad, muscle-man to come charging out of one of the neighbouring apartments.

But no one comes and we move on.

‘So what happens when someone comes up just as you are writing a ticket?’ I ask.

‘If we can get cooperation, get them to move, then we have accomplished our job. But once a ticket is written, it’s in the system and there is nothing the Enforcement Officer can do.’

We come up to the corner of Rae and 12th Ave. A van is about to park right on the corner, completely blocking the well-marked wheel chair ramp. A man opens the door, steps out, sees us, and in one motion steps back in the van and starts it up.

‘Hi men. Can’t park there I guess hey?’

No, I guess you can’t park there.

He’s off down the street and everybody stays cool.

‘We try to talk to as many as possible,’ Ric says. ‘Most cooperate.’

Ric tells me that Parking Enforcement has pretty high turn over. No surprise considering the job pays significantly less than the $16.46/hr that is considered a living wage in Regina (www.Livingwagecanada.ca). The job has benefits but no pension plan.

I asked Ric if he ever has to deal with grouchy people.

He says absolutely but that the attitude is improving.

‘When I started people threw stuff at us.” But things have changed over the years. He figures only about 1% of people are disrespectful. Most people realize that Parking Enforcers are just doing their job.

We wonder down 11th Ave. Past the new heated bus shelters, past the new parking meters that accept credit cards.

We walk into Heritage, past the LB, up Halifax Street, barely make it around a Huuuge mud puddle covering the sidewalk across from the Marian Centre, then head back down 11th.

We are just in front of Flip on Hamilton when we run into Mark, the enforcer who thinks I’m playing Undercover Boss. Today Mark’s a Parking Ambassador. Instead of ticketing, he walks around downtown and hands out pamphlets to people on Regina’s parking rules.

Parking Ambassadors is a program that Regina started last summer. On days he is a Parking Ambassador Mark interacts with dozens of people. He says that many of them first presume the ‘Understanding Parking’ pamphlet he is handing them is actually a ticket, but are grateful once they understand what he is doing.

While ticketing itself can curb behavior, Mark points out that it can be hard for people to learn when they are angry or defensive because they’ve just gotten a ticket. 

And the approach seems to be working. Regina has seen a marked decrease in repeat offenders since the launch of the program.

Ric and I head back to City Hall. It’s been a nice morning.  The weather was beautiful, no one was rude to us, and we were able to help more people than we ticketed.

It turns out that, despite the pay, being a Parking Enforcer isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

If you’d like to know Regina’s Parking rules there is an easy to follow pamphlet. It is available at the Heritage Community Centre, the Cathedral Community Centre, main floor of City Hall, or by visiting clicking here.

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Council Agenda for April 25th, 2016

54 items on the agenda for Regina’s City Council meeting of Monday, April 25h, 2016. 

Here are some of the highlights.

P3 School Default– Prior to 2013, the Province purchased school sites directly from developers at fair market value. In 2013, as part of the Provincial Government’s plan to build 9 P3 schools across Saskatchewan, the City was informed that the Province can ‘no longer afford’ to continue this practice and that, if the City wanted 3 new schools, we would have to dedicate Municipal Reserve space for school sites, land that would otherwise be mandated for municipal amenities such as parks.

In November 2014 City Council approved 3 school sites. The Province agreed to pay the City $3.045 million dollars for the land, a fraction of what they would have had to pay had they bought the land from a developer, and an additional $3 million to go towards servicing these sites. 

While two of the sites have been serviced, the developer for the school site in Rosewood has been served a notice of default as the City has lost confidence that they can fulfill the terms of the contract. Supposing the work isn’t completed by the end of October, the Province or their P3 contractors could sue the City.

The gap in funding to actually service three new school sites needs to come from somewhere.

Possible options include:

1)   The developer has until Friday to come up with a new plan to make this work, though ultimately this scenario would have those who will eventually live in the Rosewood subsidizing the school servicing costs. Keep in mind that this is a neighbourhood that was approved by Council against the advice of administration. Part of the reason it was approved was because it was pitched as an affordable place to live for people.

2)   You, as a City taxpayer covers the tab if option #1 doesn’t work out. This is what the report recommends, with the hope of recovering the money from later phases of the development. 

3)   The Province just coughs up the money to cover the real cost of servicing these new schools. Saskatchewan needs new schools. Education is very clearly the Province’s mandate, and these are real costs. This is the option I would prefer.

13 Leopold Crescent – In February City Council denied the owners’ of 13 Leopold Crescent request to have the house removed from the Heritage Holding Bylaw and then passed a motion for this property to be considered for Heritage designation.

The owners have appealed that decision, and now Council with two options: the matter can be referred to the Saskatchewan Heritage Property Review Board for a hearing and report, or the proposed bylaw can be withdrawn so that the owners can obtain a demolition permit.

About 230 of Regina's 60,000 + addresses are on the Heritage Holdings list. If Regina is to have a more rich stock of heritage buildings, it is important to make sure that all options to restore prospective heritage properties are explored before they are potentially demolished.

Alley Clean Up Contract - The Atoskata Youth Restitution Program works with young offenders to remove large items from the Regina’s alleyways. Payments for the service go towards restitution of victims of the young offender’s crime. A report from Community and Protective Services recommends that the City renew its contract with the Atoskata Youth Restitution Program for the next two years.

To report oversized garbage in a back alley contact 777-7000.

Residential Rental Licensing – A report from Executive Committee recommends against the creation of a rental-licensing program for Regina. The report’s main arguments against creating a license are cost (an average of $317 per unit annually) and the fact that many other jurisdictions that have a license experience a lack of uptake from those properties that need it the most. 

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Council Agenda for March 29th, 2016

A busy agenda for Regina’s City Council meeting of March 29th 2016.

Here are some of the highlights.

Bus Stop Change and Pedestrian Safety: Community and Protective Services recently moved a bus stop from the parking lot of Walmart on Rochdale to the adjacent street. While the stop was well used, buses were sometime delayed from leaving the parking lot by up to half an hour due to heavy traffic.

The problem is that there is currently no pedestrian crossing for bus riders to make it safely from Walmart to the new location of one of the bus stops. I’ve put a motion forward to make sure that there is a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street before the shelter is moved.

One challenge most Regina pedestrians can attest to is that traffic lights in our city are programmed to maximize vehicle traffic flow. In some instances (like this one) there isn’t any convenient and safe way for pedestrians to cross a street at all. Ultimately if we want Regina to be more walkable city, we have to start taking a multi-model approach to how we plan, design, and time intersections, even in Big Box store areas.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action – A motion from the Mayor recommends that City Administration report to Executive Committee later this year on how Regina can support the work and findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action. Here is a link to the Call to Action: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

Planning Ahead for Transit Expansion – Last week the Federal Government announced funding for a new transit maintenance barn in Regina. This is excellent news as our current transit maintenance facility is at capacity and represents a major bottleneck to Regina expanding it’s transit fleet in any significant way. A report from Finance and Administration recommends that City Council authorize funding to commence the architectural design of the new building.

Off Leash Dog Parks –A report from Community and Protective Services Committee recommends the creation of three additional fenced off-leash dog parks in new neighbourhoods (South, East and North West areas of the City). The report also recommends the administration develop a plan in conjunction with the Regina Humane Society and local dog owners to pilot two or three unfenced off-leashed areas in existing neighbourhoods for 2017.

Tax Exemption for Saskatchewan Multicultural Centre Association: A report from Finance and Administration Committee recommends a 3 year tax exemption for the SMCA. The request was triggered, in part, by a loss of funding from the Province.

RBID Expansion-The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District (RDBID) is an organization that provides a range of business and community services to promote and enhance Downtown’s unique assets, to improve conditions for businesses operating in the district, and to improve the quality of life for those who shop, work, live and play Downtown.’ (www.reginadowntown.ca)

Currently RBID represents and collects a tax levy from businesses in the immediate downtown (From Albert St. to Board St., and Sask Drive to Victoria Ave.)   

RBID is requesting to expand their boundaries to include:

            -Businesses along 13th Ave between Albert St. and Broad St.

            -Either side of Broad St. from 13th Ave to College Ave.

            -Osler St. from Sask Drive to 13th Ave.

Changes to the Municipal Election Bylaw: A report from Executive Committee recommends a few changes to the Regina’s Municipal Election Bylaw including that spending limits for Mayoral and Council candidates increase with CPI (Mayoral campaign spending limits would increase from $62,635 to $67,050, and Council campaign limits would increase from $10,439 to $11,175).

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Council Agenda for February 29th, 2016

Here are some of my notes on the Regina City Council meeting agenda of February 29th, 2016

Proposed Service Agreement Fee Exemption: The City of Regina owned baseball facility, Pacer’s Park, had to be moved when the Government of Saskatchewan expropriated the land it was on for the Bypass. The Government of Saskatchewan has indicated that they will not pay for Service Agreement Fees associated with the new site.

A report from Planning Commission recommends that, because the Province refuses to pay, the City waive the Service Agreement Fees (over 6 million dollars) that would otherwise be collected for the new build.

Just last year this Council City increased Regina’s Service Agreement Fees to reflect the real costs of new developments and to stop subsidizing sprawl. In my opinion any developer, including the Provincial and Municipal Government, should have to pay the real costs of green field development.

Child Daycare Centres: A report from Regina’s Planning Commission recommends that we align the City’s definitions of Child Daycare Centres with that of the Province. Right now you are allowed to have up to 12 children in a Daycare Centre facility that is not a residence and up to 8 children in a Daycare Centre Facility where someone lives.  This change would allow eligible home-run daycares to look after 12 children instead of 8.

13 Leopold Cres: 13 Leopold Cres is the house on the South West corner of Collage Ave. and Albert St. The owners have requested to have the house removed from the Heritage Holding Bylaw to knock it down and build a new one.

Known has the ‘Watchler Residence’, 13 Leopold Crescent was constructed in 1944-45 by the Waterman-Waterbury Company and first inhabited be Franklin E. Watchler.

While most of the Crescents were built out before World War 1, a piece of land had been left vacant along Albert St. to leave room for Grant Trunk Pacific Railway Station. Things changed and this land was parceled off into residential lots in the early 1940s.

The house was a very bold style for the time, and while a few similar houses were built around Regina, this is probably the best remaining example of its particular Modern and Spanish Revival design elements in our City.

In 1989 the City added this house to the Heritage Holding Bylaw, a list of buildings that have been identified as having heritage value. City Council approval is required to remove any property from the list.

City Manager: A report from the Mayor recommends the appointment of Chris Holden as City Manager. Chris has been an employee of the City for 38 years. He has held various positions across the organization, with most of his work having been in the Community Services Department. He will be the third person to hold the position in the past 30 years. 

I sat on the hiring committee for this position. It was a long and thorough process and I’m excited to see what Chris can bring to the job.

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Ward 3 Welcomes Regina Restaurant Week 2016!

Deep Fried Apple Dessert Things from Beer Brothers 

Downtown Regina Restaurant Showcase Runs until Feb 10

Downtown Regina has become a culinary destination. There are so many great places to eat and drink that are all only a short walk from each other.  Whether it’s the former Loggie’s shoe building that’s now converted to a hip Capitol Jazz Club, or the former Canada Life Assurance Building that’s now home to the stunning and gourmet Malt City restaurant, there is no shortage of cool new places to support. If you’ve been meaning to try out some of these places or just to get back to one of your favourites now is the perfect opportunity.

The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District has partnered with 13 bars and restaurants to put on Regina Restaurant Week, a special showcase that runs until February 10th.

The restaurants have put together special food/drink menus featuring an appetizer, a main course and a dessert all for around $35. Check out the full menu selections at http://reginadowntown.ca/events/regina-restaurant-week.

Cheers!

Shawn Fraser City Councillor for Regina Ward 3.

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Council Agenda for January 25th, 2016

Happy 2016.

Here are some of my notes for the January 25th, 2016 meeting of Regina’s City Council.

The David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Campaign: At Monday’s meeting I’ll be bringing forward a motion in support of the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Campaign. Blue Dot is a national movement to encourage Canadian Municipalities to reflect on their own environmental policies and practices, and to call on the Federal Government to add the right to a clean environment into the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Over 1400 citizens of Regina have endorsed a petition supporting the declaration. Currently, 107 Canadian municipal governments have developed similar declarations. More than 10 million people across Canada now live in communities that have affirmed their right to clean air, safe water and food, a stable climate and a say in decisions that affect their well-being.

A copy of the motion may be viewed here:

Regina Civic Election: Regina’s next civic election is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th 2016.  A report from Exec Council lays out the terms, conditions, and budget for the election.

The total 2016 Municipal Election budget is $867,454.20 as compared to $558,000 in 2012. According to the report, ‘the increase will enable the City to upgrade vote counting equipment, implement election management software to streamline election production processes, and enhance communication strategies. ‘

Laneway Suite Pilot Projects: Over the past couple of years the City has sanctioned two laneway suite pilot projects in green field neighbourhoods. A report from the Regina Planning Commission recommends the City now proceed with a laneway suite pilot project in existing neighbourhoods. The pilot project would allow for 10-20 laneway suites to be built across the City.

The report also includes 13 laneway suite design guidelines that were developed through extensive community consultations in 2015. If you are interested in taking part in the pilot project, contact your City Councillor, or the City of Regina at 306-777-7000.

Renewal of Animal Spay and Neuter Program: A report from Community and Protective Services Committee recommends the City of Regina renew its Animal Service Agreement with the Regina Humane Society. This agreement includes funding for the low income Spay/Neuter Program. Since this program began in 2010, the RHS has seen an 8.4 percent decrease in animals entering the shelter and a 23 percent increase in animal adoptions. The total cost of the proposed agreement is $162.030 for 2016.

Leibel Field: Regina Minor Football is looking to invest roughly $3,000,000 in a new facility at Leibel Field. Once the facility is built it would be the City of Regina’s responsibility to operate and maintain it.

There are few outdoor amenities in Regina that are as well used as Leibel Field. In 2015 1,830 youth were registered in Regina Minor Football and between RMF, and other rec sports, the field was used around 180 days of the year. I think this facility, which would include locker rooms and public washrooms would be a great addition to the area.

Questions or comments? I can be reached at 306-551-5030, or sfraser@regina.ca

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Notice of Motion: Right to a Clean Environment

Below is a motion that I’ve submitted for the Regina City Council meeting of January 25th, 2015.

It’s in regard to the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Campaign.

As mentioned in the preamble, the ultimate goal of this campaign is for Canadian Municipalities to reflect on their own environmental policies and practices, and to call on the Federal Government to consider adding the right to a clean environment to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

At the time of submission 107 Canadian Municipalities have already endorsed similar declarations and, over the past few months, a local group of volunteers have gathered around 1,400 signatures in support of Regina doing the same.

I’ve been working with the local Blue Dot organizers to craft a declaration that, while aspirational and non-binding, is also realistic and fits with the goals of the OCP. I think the spirit and intent of this declaration is positive thing for our City and our Country.

-Shawn 

NOTICE OF MOTION

________________________________________

Chief Legislative Officer & City Clerk

City Hall

Regina, Saskatchewan

Dear Sir:

Please be advised that I will submit the following MOTION at the meeting of City Council on Monday, __January 25th, 2016__.

PREAMBLE

"The City of Regina Declaration", proposed by the Regina Blue Dot Movement, is a document that aspires to publically recognize all citizens inherent right live in a healthy environment. Although the declaration would be non-binding, it would assist Council in its assessment of the potential impacts of development activities on our community. Over 1400 citizens of Regina have endorsed a petition supporting the declaration.

Currently, 107 Canadian municipal governments have developed similar declarations. More than 10 million people across Canada now live in communities that have affirmed their right to clean air, safe water and food, a stable climate and a say in decisions that affect their well-being. Other Provincial or Territorial capital cities like Victoria, St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Toronto now have declarations.

Having the City of Regina support this declaration could work in conjunction with our support of the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Big City Mayors' Climate Change Action plan, Partners for Climate Protection.

Regina can show its support for the Blue Dot Movement and demonstrate its leadership in environmental sustainability by adopting its own declaration recognizing the right to a healthy environment. This is a public pronouncement that the City of Regina cares about the environment and the health of its residents, affirming our commitment to building a healthy and sustainable city.

MOTION

Re:  The Right to a Healthy Environment 

WHEREAS the City of Regina understands that people are part of the environment, and that a healthy environment in inextricably linked to the well-being of our community, and

WHEREAS all people should have the right to live in a healthy environment, including:

            The right to breath clean air,

            The right to drink clean water,

            The right to consume safe food,

            The right to access nature,

            The right to know about pollutants and contaminants released into the local environment,   and

            The right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment, and

WHEREAS the City of Regina has a responsibility, within its jurisdiction, to respect, protect, fulfill and promote these rights, and

WHEREAS when threats of serious or irreversible damage to human health or the environment exist, the City of Regina shall take cost effective measures to prevent the degradation of the environment and protect the health of its citizens.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Regina shall specify objectives, targets, timelines, and actions that it will take within its jurisdiction to fulfill residents’ rights to a healthy environment, including priority actions to:

  • Ensure infrastructure and development projects protect the environment;
  • Document, protect, and prioritize green infrastructure, such as city trees;
  • Document current greenhouse gas emission estimates and identify areas where emissions can potentially be reduced;
  • Responsibly increase density;
  • Prioritize walking, cycling and public transit as preferred modes of transportation;
  • Ensure adequate infrastructure for the provision of safe and accessible drinking water;
  • Reduce solid waste and promote recycling and composting;
  • Establish and maintain quality accessible green spaces in all residential neighbourhoods.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Regina will consult with residents as part of this process.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Regina shall review these objectives, targets, timelines and actions every five (5) years, and evaluate progress towards fulfilling this declaration.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Regina, recognizing the critical role that other levels of government play in providing a healthy environment, send letters of support to the provincial government and to the federal government encouraging them to develop provincial and federal legislation that supports all peoples' rights to live in a healthy environment.

Respectfully submitted,

Shawn Fraser

Councillor Ward 3

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Council Agenda for December 21st, 2015

2015 has been a very busy year at Regina City Hall. From pension plans to strip clubs, from a universal bus pass to laneway housing, there have been many different conversations happening in our fair City.

December 21st is scheduled to be the last meeting of Regina City Council until 2016.

Here are some of my notes.

Changes to Regina’s Service Agreement Fees – At Monday’s meeting there will be the 3rd reading of an amendment to Regina’s Development Levy bylaw that will increase Regina Service Agreement Fees over the next 3 years.

Service Agreement Fees are the funds collected by the City to offset broader infrastructure costs associated with green field development.

The spirit of the changes is to make growth pay for growth. While there will always be costs and benefits associated with growth, the proposed changes are a huge step in the right direction and will have implication on how Regina and surrounding area grows for decades to come.

Here is a history of Regina Service Agreement Fees including the proposed increases that will be voted on Monday.

($/Hectare),

2007 - $87,453

2008 - $172,447

2009 - $183,405

2010 - $212,134

2011 - $227,289

2012 - $232,165

2013 - $241,948

2104 - $264,273 - $345,278

2015 - $304,960 - $359,089

2016 - $346,000 - $380,000

2017 - $394,000 - $414,000

2018 - $451,000

Changes to Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Governance: A report from Executive Committee recommends that Regina and Moose Jaw’s water treatment plant incorporate as a non-profit corporation.

This is a very significant change and I think it is the right decision for Regina.

If this is of interest to you, the terms of the corporate structure are well laid out in report CR15-141 that can be found HERE.

Council Committees: Every year Council elects representatives to Regina’s various boards and committees. In 2016 I’ll be sitting on the following:

-Community and Protective Services Committee

-Finance and Administration Committee

-Executive Committee

-City Council

Many committees also have citizen representatives on them. If you are interested in being on a committee, you can find information as it becomes available: HERE.

Refugee Resettlement Update: The City of Regina, in partnership with the Open Door Society, Regina branch of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, Canadian Red Cross, and the Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership, has created a Core Planning Team to coordinate and support citywide refugee resettlement initiatives. The team’s efforts will focus on Housing, Donation Management, Volunteer Management, Information Translation, and Public Communication.  

City Council receives regular updates from this team and one such update is on the agenda for Monday. Regina has a long history of welcoming newcomers and is well prepared for the arrival of several hundred Syrian refugees over the coming months. 

Regina and Regional Opportunities Commission – A report from Executive Committee recommends that the Regina and Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC) become a municipal corporation owned by the City of Regina.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

-Shawn 

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