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April 25, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Apr 26, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rail Safety Week

From April 25 through May 1, the Corporation of Delta, alongside the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, will be emphasizing the importance of rail safety through an awareness campaign. Every year, many Canadians are affected through dangerous interactions with Canada’s railways, often resulting in trespassing incidents, highway/railway collisions, serious injury, or even death. For more information about Public Rail Safety Week, please visit OperationLifesaver.ca.   

Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair

On Thursday, April 28, the Corporation of Delta is hosting the annual Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair at Sungod Recreation Centre. Since 2013, the Career Fair has inspired and encouraged people to turn their passions into their careers. This year, over 90 exhibits will be packed into and around Sungod Arena, with crowds expected to surpass last year’s numbers. In addition to the exhibits, there will also be live demonstrations taking place on the Show Stage throughout the day. The Delta Trades and Technical Career Fair is a free event that is open to everyone from 9 am until 8 pm. Go to Delta.ca/CareerFair for more information.

Sustainable Gardening Workshop

Delta’s Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops are in full swing this spring. On April 27, the North Delta Recreation Centre hosts a workshop on WaterWise Gardening, with an emphasis on water conservation through proper watering techniques, mulching and composting. The following weekend, on May 7, you’re invited to Harris Barn to learn about Bird Friendly Gardening to attract birds and butterflies to your garden by providing a safe stopover area for them. For more information about these, or any other upcoming free Sustainable Gardening Workshops, please visit Delta.ca/SustainableWorkshop.

PRESENTATIONS

Earth Week Photo Contest

The Corporation of Delta held the 8th annual Earth Week Photo Contest, in celebration of Earth Day. During last night’s council meeting, Mayor Lois E. Jackson presented awards to the winners of the Fan Favourite, Youth, Teen, Adult, and Grand Prize categories, as selected from over 150 submissions. This year’s winners are: 

  • Fan Favourite – Joyce Harris

  • Youth Category – Maya Sirton

  • Teen Category – Troy Dy

  • Adult Category – Jessica Van Ryk

  • Grand Prize – Robert Sieben

Day of Mourning

A delegation from New Westminster & District Labour Council gave a presentation regarding National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job. Council observed one minute of silence in recognition of the day. Presented by Cupe 454, The National Day of Mourning will take place on April 28, with a ceremony at Rotary Park at the Delta Municipal Hall at 10:45 am. View the background on the National Day of Mourning. 

Emergency Preparedness Week

Last night during the Council Meeting, Fire Chief Dan Copeland and Deputy Chief Michel Latendresse gave a presentation on next week’s Emergency Preparedness Week. From May 1 until May 7, Delta will be encouraging residents to re-evaluate their family’s level of preparedness through an awareness campaign that promotes three key elements: knowing the risks, making a plan, and getting an emergency kit. Part of the festivities includes the appearance of the Shake Zone at the Firehall Centre for the Arts on May 6. From noon until 6 pm, families are invited to experience the feeling of a large earthquake in a controlled setting. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Annacis Island Traffic Monitoring

Council received an update regarding the mitigation measures taken to address the traffic congestion on Annacis Island during the afternoon peak period. In February, Council endorsed a strategy to address the traffic concerns, which included: increased police presence, amendments to Delta’s Highway Bylaw, and restriction of overnight parking of commercial vehicles. Based on feedback from business owners and employees on Annacis Island, the strategy has addressed some of the concerns arising from the traffic congestion. Staff will continue to monitor the traffic conditions and report back upon completion of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s study on the matter. View the staff report. 

Port of Vancouver Noise Monitoring Program

Council received information about Port of Vancouver’s noise monitoring program for the Roberts Bank Terminal. In 2014, Port of Vancouver installed a noise monitoring station at Fred Gingell Park, eventually adding two more stations, one at the Tsawwassen First Nation office and at the Deltaport Tug Basin. In March 2016, these monitoring stations started using the Bruel & Kjaer Noise Sentinel application to help identify noise sources, trends and patterns in frequency and duration. This will help in resolving noise complaints, which make up the majority of complaints to Port of Vancouver. The monitoring program for the Roberts Bank terminal is now functional, with data available online. View the staff report.   

Access to Sports and Recreation

Council approved the proposal to require community organizations receiving municipal assistance through subsidy of municipal facilities to provide programs and policy to support individuals who are economically disadvantaged. The purpose is to reduce barriers for children and youth in disadvantaged circumstances and provide them the opportunity to participate in sport, recreation, and cultural activities within Delta. While Delta currently has a number of existing initiatives for reducing economic barriers, community organizations seeking municipal resources will be asked to further assist Delta in making these opportunities even more available to children and youth. View the staff report. 

View the Council report and complete agenda from the April 25, 2016 Regular Meeting.

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor’s Office at 604-946-3210 or email mayor@delta.ca.