Key Council Motions – July 19th and July 20th



Vancouver City Council meets every second week. The clerk’s office shares upcoming agenda items and motions before these meetings, which can be accessed on this website.


When agenda items are released the week before council, a Watch Council member will go through and highlight and recommend any notable motions to be discussed with other Watch Council members.


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Here are the motions that are on our radar, as City Council gets closer to the summer break. We encourage everyone to check out some of the other motions, reports, and bylaws that we have not included in this list by looking at the City Council Agenda here.


Reports


MMIWG2S Response Report: Response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice and Red Women Rising Report Recommendations


About the Report City staff are tabling a response report developed by the MMIWG2S1 Advisory Committee and Urban Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee (UIPAC), updating and providing recommendations to the council on the City's ongoing work to act on the calls to action outlined in the MMIWG Calls for Justice and Red Women Rising Report. If it is approved, the council will call on staff to implement a cross-departmental plan to advance the directions outlined in the report.

Our Position

These recommendations have been developed by an Indigenous Planner, based on calls to action developed by Indigenous Women in Vancouver and across Canada. We encourage the council to consider the recommendations around the city administrative processes as a barrier to engagement. It is City Council's responsibility to ensure that this receives ongoing and stable funding.


Motions


Asking Staff to Put Money for a Seniors’ Planner in the 2023 budget


About the Motion

  • The Seniors Advisory Committee, as well as 35 seniors supporting organizations, have called on the city to allocate money in the 2023 operational budget for a social seniors planner

  • As outlined in the motion, the Committee conducted a jurisdictional scan and has found strong and efficient seniors strategies in municipalities that had a dedicated senior planner, such as Richmond

  • The motion calls on city staff to work with other advisory committees to help build this role


Our Position

Hiring a dedicated planner for seniors in the city will not only enrich policies aimed at seniors, but will also allocate more time to specifically plan for the priorities of low-income, racialized, women, disabled, and queer seniors across city work. WTC is looking forward to supporting the work of the future seniors’ planner.



Advocating for the Requirement of Side Guards on Heavy Trucks in Urban Areas


About the Motion

  • Following the tragic collision of a cyclist under a semi-truck in downtown Vancouver, this motion looks towards implementing side guards on trucks to prevent side impact injuries and fatalities

  • It calls on all City of Vancouver trucks and contracted trucks to install side guards

  • It also calls on the Mayor to formally call on the province and Transport Canada to mandate side guards across the country


Our Position

Our cities must do everything to protect cyclists and pedestrians. We hope to see this motion pass, while also looking to see how the city continues to adopt transformative solutions such as safer and accessible public infrastructure, and further reallocation of road space (currently, the city has committed to reallocating 11% of roads for public spaces), and other initiatives that would bolster transportation safety, especially as part of larger projects such as the Vancouver Plan.


Commemorating Muslim Holidays (pushed back from earlier council meeting)


About the Motion

It calls on the city to:

  • Formally recognize Muslim holidays including Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha

  • Co-host annual iftar dinner during Ramadan in collaboration with Vancouver’s Muslim community

  • Celebrate Muslim charities and the community during the month of Ramadan


Our Position

We look forward to seeing this motion that was drafted with representatives of the Muslim community passed, increasing belonging and inclusion for the Muslim community living in Vancouver.