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CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave, Courtenay

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

Regarding the City of Courtenay's request for Homeless Encampment Action Response Team (HEART) and Homeless Encampment Action Response Temporary Housing (HEARTH) programs.

Regarding the City of Courtenay's request for federal aid in infrastructure funding and municipal financing.

THAT Council receive the report dated May 8, 2024 and direct staff to execute a Section 219 covenant for 1915 Cumberland to meet the conditions of the Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3044 that include: sewer main, Larsen Road turnaroud, amenity contributions and through traffic restrictions; and

THAT Council rise and report this resolution at the May 22, 2024 Council meeting.

WHEREAS the numbers of people in our community who are unsheltered have increased dramatically, and there are inadequate washroom facilities for those who are unsheltered; and

WHEREAS we are seeing evidence of an increase of public defecation and urination, potentially posing a public health risk to humans, animals, and the environment; and

WHEREAS due to the significant compromised health conditions of those who are unsheltered, and for safety and security reasons, public washrooms require enhanced maintenance and supervision; and

WHEREAS according to the Canadian National Housing Strategy Act of 2019, every person has a fundamental human right to housing; and

WHEREAS basic housing includes provision of heat, washroom facilities, and clean water; and

WHEREAS the responsibility for public health lies with provincial and federal governments and health authorities such as Island Health;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Council direct staff to request a meeting with Island Health’s Medical Health Officer and appropriate Island Health staff to discuss the health impacts of the lack of adequate daytime and no after-hours washroom facilities for those without shelter; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor, on behalf of Council, send a letter to Island Health requesting the urgent provision of capital and operational funding to support downtown 24-hour washroom facilities; and

BE IT RESOLVED that Island Health be requested to appear as a delegation at Council to respond to the City’s requests regarding provision of and support for downtown 24-hour washroom facilities.

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