Meeting #:
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.

Presentation to update Council on 2023 projects and provide an overview of member input regarding Courtenay's Cycling Network Plan:

  • Mike Keohane, President, CVCCo

Presentation to Council on the topic of Menstrual Equity to illustrate the impact that lack of access to menstrual products has on community members by NIC Students' Union representatives:

  • Carissa Wilson, and
  • Rebecca Lennox 

WHEREAS the DCBIA have raised a variety of safety concerns; and,

WHEREAS the RCMP community police model has been implemented in other municipalities to the benefit of the community.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council direct staff to work with the RCMP and the DCBIA to explore the option of a Downtown Community Safety Office, for the use of community partners including the RCMP and City of Courtenay Bylaw division, and report back to Council.

Council received a presentation at the March 22, 2022 Council meeting from Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue (CVGSAR) treasurer, Bronwen Beedle. Council was requested to acknowledge CVGSAR as first responders and to consider donating land to them so they could build a permanent facility. CVGSAR are seeking an acre of land with access to local rivers, urban areas, the Courtenay Air Park and surrounding highways, as well as internet, radio and parking.

WHEREAS the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) represents the interests of member municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction; 

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; 

WHEREAS FCM’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Trade Show, May 25 to 28, 2023, followed by the election of FCM’s Board of Directors; and

WHEREAS the UBCM-FCM Small Communities Travel fund covers airfare, hotel accommodation and ground transportation expenses related to attending FCM Board and Standing Committee meetings;

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 May 2023 and ending June 2024; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City assume all costs associated with Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton attending FCM’s Board of Directors meetings that are not covered by the UBCM-FCM Small Communities travel fund.

WHEREAS the Government of Canada has made the decision in Budget 2023 to make municipalities responsible for all retroactive costs stemming from the latest RCMP collective bargaining agreement; and

WHEREAS these extraordinary one-time costs, which in some jurisdictions amount to millions of dollars, will cause significant hardship for communities and residents across the country, and were negotiated without meaningful consultation or a seat at the table for the municipalities responsible for paying the bill; and

WHEREAS municipal governments are already paying a growing share of policing costs, but unlike other orders of government, cannot run deficits to spread out the impact of these extraordinary one-time sums, and have limited revenue tools; and

WHEREAS local governments will now be forced to make difficult decisions that will impact residents, such as cutting essential services, reducing policing levels, raising property taxes significantly, and/or cancelling work on local infrastructure, at a time when Canadians' concerns about community safety and the cost of living are already rising; and

WHEREAS going forward, it is critical that municipalities be proactively engaged in any forthcoming processes related to contract policing to prevent this occurring again; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Courtenay joins the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in calling on the federal government to commit to ensuring that local governments are meaningfully consulted, fully informed, and at the table on issues related to policing costs given the municipal role in keeping our communities safe; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the City of Courtenay convey this support in writing to our Member of Parliament, Gord Johns, the Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendocino, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.