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December 5, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Dec 06, 2016

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – December 6, 2016 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Snow Angel Program

The Corporation of Delta is pleased to bring back one of its annual winter initiatives – the Snow Angel program. This program invites volunteers to help local seniors by clearing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. If you, or someone you know would like the services of a Snow Angel, please call Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre at 604-594-2717 or McKee Seniors Recreation Centre at 604-946-1411. For more information, go to Delta.ca/SnowAngels

North Delta Tree Lighting

On Sunday, December 11, the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society will be hosting a Tree Lighting Ceremony, located on the pathway adjacent to George Mackie Library in North Delta. The tree will be decorated with LED Christmas lights that will be illuminated December 11 through 31. From 6:30 pm until 8 pm on December 11, your family is invited to drink hot chocolate and send letters to Santa, then enjoy the lighting ceremony at 7:15 pm. All funds raised from the sponsored strands of light are donated to Christmas programs administered by Deltassist, including their annual toy drive and Christmas hampers for families in need. For more information, visit Delta.ca

Dog Licence

It’s time to renew your dog licences! Dog licences help protect your dog by providing an easy-to-identify tag and registration with the Delta Community Animal Shelter. Dog licences can be purchased at Delta Municipal Hall, North Delta Recreation Centre, Delta Community Animal Shelter, and various veterinary hospitals and pet stores throughout Delta. Licences are due by January 1, 2017, and are valid for the calendar year. For more information, visit Delta.ca/DogLicences

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

John Evelyn, Canadian Blood Services

Mayor Lois E. Jackson gave a special presentation and certificate to recognize John Evelyn for his contributions to Canadian Blood Services. John was honoured at the Canadian Blood Services 17th Annual “Honouring Our Lifeblood” event in Ottawa for his generous donations of blood over the years. Inspired by his father, a medic during World War II, he started giving blood at the age of 17,  and sees blood donation as the “ultimate random act of kindness”. In 2013, John donated his blood for the 500th time.

DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS 

United Way Campaign Wrap Up

Council received a presentation from Paula Kolisnek and Jana Anderson, United Way Campaign Co-Chairs, regarding the results of the 2016 United Way Campaign. This year’s campaign focused on All That Kids Can Be, supporting the Community School Program. The Workplace Campaign featured a variety of events, including a pumpkin carving contest, airplane toss, silent auction, and a variety of food events, including the annual Chili Cook-Off. In addition, twenty-five percent of Delta employees made a payroll pledge this year. In total, the Corporation of Delta raised $57,000 for United Way of the Lower Mainland. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

World Conference on Cities and Ports, Rotterdam

Council received information regarding the 15th World Conference on Cities and Ports in Rotterdam, which was attended by a delegation of Mayor Lois E. Jackson; George V. Harvie, Chief Administrative Officer; Neil Dubord, Delta Police Chief; and Steven Lan, Director of Engineering. The conference provided a unique opportunity to gain insight into the development and operations of two of the most successful port operations in Europe: Rotterdam and Antwerp. Considering Delta hosts the largest container terminal in Canada and the largest coal port on the west coast of North America, the visit provided a unique opportunity for the delegation to see how ports are managing growth in ways that are environmentally sustainable and supported by their local communities. View the staff report.

Richardson Elementary School

Council approved the installation of a new playground for students at Richardson Elementary School as part of the Community Initiated Cost Sharing Project fund. The playground will include climbing, strength and balance elements, and a swing set. The Richardson Parent Advisory Committee  has set aside its portion of the playground costs and the Delta School District committed to contributing in-kind services for civil services related to preparing the site for the expansion of the playground structures. The new playground will provide a long term benefit to the residents of Delta. View the staff report. 

South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy Update

Council received an update regarding the South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy, particularly as it relates to buying local in Delta. Based on the South Delta Sustainability action plan and following the leadership of the Invest in Delta Mayor’s Standing Committee, staff are actively engaged in a multi-faceted ‘Buy Local in Delta’ campaign. The campaign includes several initiatives, including Mayor Jackson’s ‘Buy Local in Delta’ holiday letter, ‘Buy Local in Delta’ ads and social media messaging, ‘Buy Local in Delta’ signage, funding support for the Ladner Business Association’s #DiscoverLadner initiative, and potential future funding support for other local business areas. View the staff report. 

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