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May 15, 2017 Council Meetings Highlights

May 16, 2017

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – May 16, 2017 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Delta Farmers Market

The annual Tsawwassen and North Delta Farmers Markets have returned for another season, running now until October. Shop for fresh local produce, artisanal foods, baking, handcrafted artwork, jewelry and gifts, while enjoying a variety of delicious food trucks and live entertainment. The Tsawwassen Farmers Market takes place every Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm at 5360 12 Avenue, whereas the North Delta Farmers Market takes place at the North Delta Recreation Centre plaza at 11415 84 Avenue, every Sunday, between 10 am and 2 pm.

Police Day/Week

This week marks National Police Week, celebrating the work of the Delta Police Department, while also remembering the fallen and honouring those who serve. This is also a great opportunity for Delta Police to connect with residents and raise awareness about the services they provide for the community. On Thursday, May 18, the North Delta Recreation Centre will host Police Day from 10 am until 6 pm. This free event will feature demonstrations from the Integrated K9 Unit and the Academy of Martial Arts, as well as the ICBC Driving Simulator, a performance from the Delta Police Pipe Band, and many other activities for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more at Delta.ca

Ladner May Days

The Ladner Pioneer May Day Fair returns to Memorial Park from May 26 to May 28 and features a wide range of food vendors, Men’s Fastball Tournament, paddle boats, petting zoo, face painting, live music, and of course, the annual May Days Parade. The Parade will take place on Sunday, May 28 at 12 pm, and will travel from Trenant Street and Delta Street, all the way through Ladner Village and down to Memorial Park. Learn more at LadnerMayDays.com.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

World Youth Championships in Lawn Bowling

Mayor Lois E. Jackson offered congratulations to Delta resident Pricilla Westlake for winning gold at the 2017 World Youth Championships in Lawn Bowling, Women’s Singles division, in Australia. Pricilla’s victory, and her third time at the World Championships, marks the first time a Canadian has ever won a medal at this event. Last year, Pricilla won a Gold Medal at the 2016 Canadian Indoor Singles Championship, earning her a placement at the 2017 World Cup, where she finished 7th. Pricilla’s many titles and honours have already earned her a place in the Delta Sports Hall of Fame, to which she was inducted in 2016. Congratulations Pricilla on all of your amazing accomplishments and for making Delta proud. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

2016 Climate Action Report

Council received and endorsed a presentation from the Manager of Climate Action & Environment. The presentation summarized Delta’s 2016 climate action progress, including sustaining the 21 % reduction in emissions from 2007, despite the new and expanded buildings added to Delta’s inventory. As a result of Delta’s efforts to reduce emissions, the combined annual savings at Sungod Recreation Centre and Ladner Leisure Centre in 2016 were $190,000, compared to energy costs in 2007. Delta also has enough credits from the household organic waste collection program and the Vancouver Landfill Gas Capture Optimization Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Project to continue the trend of carbon neutrality for 2016, an achievement made in every year since 2012. The presentation also outlined highlights from the 2016 community climate action, as part of the Climate Change Initiative and Community Energy and Emissions Plan. View the staff report.

Meetings with Federal Officials in Ottawa

Council received a summary of the recent Delta delegation to Ottawa to meet with federal government officials. From April 10 to 12, 2017, a delegation made up of Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie, Fire Chief Dan Copeland, Chief Constable Neil Dubord, and Executive Assistant to the Mayor Dona Packer, met with key federal government ministers. The delegation was successful in raising the profile of many important issues, including the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, the legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada, a sustainable 10-year dredging plan for Delta, federal grant opportunities, the Oceans Protection Plan, the Department of National Defence building and electrical substation at Boundary Bay Airport, and Burns Bog litigation. 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.