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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.

Presentation by:

  • Jennifer Casey, Executive Director for Comox Valley Arts
  • Twila Skinner, General Manager for Comox Valley Farmers Market

WHEREAS Council’s strategic priorities, values, anti-discrimination policy statements, and guiding principles recognize the importance of upholding the community values of respect, equality, and diversity;
AND WHEREAS, the City recognizes and respects the rights of individuals and groups to freedom of expression, it is imperative to balance these rights with the responsibility to ensure the safety and the protection and well-being of all residents;
AND WHEREAS, this resolution serves as a proactive measure to maintain a safe and inclusive environment within City-owned facilities and reinforces our dedication to promoting diversity, fostering understanding, and rejecting acts of discrimination or hate;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report outlining options to keep City facilities free of hate and inclusive of all people.

THAT based on the delegation by Comox Valley Nature in regards to Vanier Nature Park and the Garry Oak grove located in the park, Council direct staff to report back to Council on options for working with Comox Valley Nature and other partners to support the restoration of the Garry Oak grove in Vanier Nature Park. 

WHEREAS Downtown Courtenay is a commercial, cultural, social, artistic, and culinary hub of the Comox Valley;
WHEREAS the City of Courtenay Downtown Playbook 2016 identifies the following goals to support the revitalize dowtown more people downtown, a connected downtown, special events, learning, playing, living and shopping downtown;
WHEREAS the Playbook’s prioritizes “Create the Heart - Duncan Commons/Mews” where special events can occur and people can gather truly anchoring downtown for social & cultural events;
WHEREAS the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association, Comox Valley Arts Council, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Comox Valley Farmer’s Market, Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce have been working towards supporting the temporary summer closure of Duncan Street from 5th to 6th street;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff bring forward a report on the Duncan Street Summer Pilot project outlining considerations and financial implications for implementation in 2024;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council direct staff to collaborate with the Duncan Street working group  to review options for the design, implementation and evaluation of the pilot and include in the report back to Council.

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

90   (1) (a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality;

(c) labour relations or other employee relations;

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

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