Meeting #:
CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave, Courtenay

We respectfully acknowledge that the land we gather on is on the Unceded
territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land.

Presentation to Council to request project development funding for Gukws sa Wagalus-Rainbow House plus the exemption from municipal taxes should Dawn to Dawn purchase a home in the Courtenay area from:

  • Lee Everson - Project Manager Gukws sa Wagalus, and
  • Ray Windsor, Dawn to Dawn President

Presentation to Council to provide a refresher on basic assessment 101 and market activity from:

  • Maurice Primeau, Deputy Assessor

Presentation to Council to provide a program overview of the Snow and Ice Control Program on City of Courtenay roads from:

  • Michael Wright, Manager of Transportation Services 

WHEREAS Grace Mukadzambo, a local resident who arrived in Canada four years ago from Zimbabwe claiming refugee status, has been ordered to be deported; and
WHEREAS Grace fears for her well-being and that of her family, and is awaiting a decision on her application for permanent residency; and
WHEREAS Grace has positively contributed to the Comox Valley, working in local organizations that support our most vulnerable citizens and that are experiencing staffing shortages;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that council immediately contact the federal minister of immigration with an urgent request to recommend a stay of deportation for Grace Mukadzambo.     

WHEREAS the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) represents the interests of member municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction; and
WHEREAS FCM’s Board of Directors is comprised of elected municipal officials from all regions and sizes of communities to form a broad base of support and provide FCM with the united voice required to carry the municipal message to the federal government; 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council of the City of Courtenay endorse Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton to stand for election on FCM’s Board of Directors for the period starting in January 2023 and ending May 31, 2023; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council assume all costs associated with Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton attending FCM’s Board of Directors meetings.

WHEREAS the City of Courtenay provides outdoor courts for use by tennis and pickleball players, and

WHEREAS the City wishes to ensure that these courts are allocated to ensure the maximum benefit to residents;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report assessing current usage, and outlining options which would make optimal use of our outdoor courts.

WHEREAS the City of Courtenay, in recognition of the high cost of living and the need for employees to earn a sufficient wage, is considering a Purchasing Authority Bylaw that, among other factors, favours businesses that pay their employees a living wage for the Comox Valley as identified by the website, and 

WHEREAS the City employs seasonal staff and retains contract personnel at an hourly wage which is lower than the living wage (which in 2022 was $20.26/hour);

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report outlining the steps required, and costs involved, in becoming a living wage employer.

THAT Council close the meeting to the public pursuant to the following subsections of the Community Charter:

90   (1) (e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;

(g) litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality;

(i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.