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January 30, 2017 Council Meeting Highlights

Jan 31, 2017

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – January 31, 2017

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

BC Hockey Hall of Fame

Acting Mayor, Councillor Jeannie Kanakos congratulated Vancouver Giants’ president and majority owner Ron Toigo and long-time NHL linesman Brad Lazarowich for their induction into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame. Mr. Toigo has been involved with the successful execution of the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup, and will once again have the opportunity to organize the World Junior Championship in 2019. Mr. Lazarowich has officiated over 2,000 games in the NHL, including three Stanley Cup Finals, two World Cup of Hockey tournaments, the 2014 Heritage Classic at BC Place, on top of working in the WHL and AHL. Both inductees have been prominent figures in Delta’s hockey community.

Franklin Exploration Exhibit

From February 1 to 4, Delta residents are invited to explore the fascinating story of the 1845 Franklin Arctic expedition at the Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office in Trenant Park Square in Ladner. Through the use of modern technology, Inuit knowledge, and oral testimony, the wrecks of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were discovered in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Learn more at PortVancouver.com/Delta.

Teens 4 Jeans

This year, over 13,000 schools across Canada collected gently used jeans to help the 1 in 5 people experiencing homelessness that are under the age of 25. Inspired by the work of Delta resident Katrina Guenther, the Corporation of Delta will be collecting jeans at Delta’s five major recreation centres, as well as the Municipal Hall. So far, Katrina has collected 98 pairs of jeans. 

PRESENTATIONS

2016 Heritage Banner Design Contest Winners

Councillor Kanakos announced the winners of Delta’s 2016 Heritage Banner Design Contest. Three winners were selected by judges from the Heritage Advisory Commission, Watershed Artworks, and the South Delta Artists’ Guild. In the Child/Youth Category, Sena Kholmatov won for her piece The Beauty of our Heritage, which depicted the importance of farming, fishing/dependence on the water, and the First Nations community. Cathey Tyler’s piece Three Grande Ladies won the North Delta Category, which depicted three important houses in Delta’s architectural heritage.And finally, the South Delta and Grand Prize winner was Victoria Heryet with her piece, Sentinels, which portrays the noble bald eagles that hunt and feed along the Fraser Delta. Victoria’s banner will be on display throughout our community from now through May. To view the banners, visit Delta.ca

Lifesaving Awards

Councillor Kanakos and Fire Chief Dan Copeland presented the Lifesaving Award to those who assisted Rosie Schubert after she experienced a medical emergency on July 13, 2016. The Awards were given to Talvir Nijjer, Engineering Department, The Corporation of Delta; Batallion Chief Mark Creer, Delta Fire and Emergency Services; and civilian Loryn LeGear, who had witnessed Rosie’s emergency. The timely and exemplary actions of these individuals were critical in saving Rosie’s life and allowing her to recover. Councillor Kanakos and Chief Copeland thanked them for their efforts in serving their community. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Municipal Reclassification Request: Designating Delta as a City

Council endorsed a staff report to initiate the legislative process to change Delta’s classification from a District Municipality to a City. This initiative is intended to help clarify Delta’s role and identify as a local government. Often, Delta is incorrectly identified as a private business due to “the Corporation” being included in its name. To seek a change in municipal classification, Council has initiated the Alternative Approval Process as a method to receive approval from Delta electors. Delta is focused on minimizing costs and the timeframe associated with this initiative; a process estimated to cost Delta a total of $5,000. View Delta’s Reclassification project webpage. View the staff report.

Winskill Park Master Plan

Council approved the Winskill Park Master Plan. The Master Plan is a guiding document for future development of the Park and associated amenities over a period of several decades. The Master Plan has undertaken a thorough development process, including numerous community consultation opportunities. The Plan will act as a guiding document for future development of the Park and associated amenities over a period of several decades. View the staff report. 

Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Sunday Car Lot Sale

Council approved the rental contract between the Corporation of Delta and the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club for use of the South Delta Recreation Centre north parking lot, in order to operate a Sunday Car Lot Sale. The Sunday Car Lot Sale is a key fundraiser for the Club, which has been a weekly activity for the past 40 years, operating out of the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall for the past 15 years. The Club is a community based not-for-profit society that provides a valuable service to Delta. 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.