Coming up at council: Oct. 24-28, 2022

Coming up at council: Oct. 24-28, 2022

· The Pulse

This week, urban planning committee will meet on Tuesday morning, community and public services committee will meet on Tuesday afternoon (with a continuation scheduled for Friday), and executive committee will meet on Wednesday.

Key agenda items include the following:

  • There is currently no municipal census planned, and conducting another one would cost $4.7 million. Administration recommends that the census policy be repealed, which means the city would rely on provincial data and the federal census. The last municipal census was conducted in 2019.
  • Approximately 18,000 Edmontonians purchased Ride Transit passes in July 2022 and as of September 2022, the Leisure Access Program had about 70,000 members. Both programs offer subsidized passes for low-income individuals. Opportunities to expand both programs will be considered.
  • An amendment to Traffic Bylaw 5590 would increase the fine for parking bans from $100 to $250. Administration says the change brings the fine "into alignment with most bylaw infractions."

Here are some of the other new agenda items:

Several other postponed items are scheduled for this week:

  • A motion from Coun. Ashley Salvador to seek a report on options to redevelop surface parking lots in the city centre will be considered.
  • Amendments to the Ward Boundaries and Council Composition Bylaw will be considered.
  • A motion on the floor from Coun. Erin Rutherford would result in the city adopting the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace as a benchmark, if approved.

Meetings are streamed live on YouTube on the Chamber channel and River Valley Room channel.

Photo: The Leisure Access Program allows eligible low-income Edmontonians to access participating City of Edmonton recreation facilities through an annual pass or a subsidized monthly pass. (Mack Male/Flickr)