Regular Meeting of Council- April 23, 2018
In March 2018, The City of Calgary received confirmation from the provincial and federal governments that they would commit funding to the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (OPWG) Bid Corporation (BidCo). The funding from the provincial government is contingent upon several conditions including that The City holds a plebiscite at a time when there is enough information for Calgarians to make an informed decision on the costs and benefits of hosting the 2026 OPWG.
At the Priorities and Finance Committee meeting on April 10, 2018, the Committee recommended that Council approve a public engagement approach (including a plebiscite). During that meeting, a motion was passed that required Council to, “reaffirm its support for the investigation of a bid by Calgary for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games”. Council directed Administration to draft the terms of reference for a new subcommittee to help better manage Olympics engagement related matters until BidCo is operational.
On April 23, having voted to continue exploring the opportunity for a bid, Council approved the Olympic Bid Proposed Public Engagement Approach. Administration presented terms of reference for the Olympics Engagement subcommittee; they were accepted by Council. Council elected that Councillors Colley-Urquhart, Demong, Jones and Woolley and Mayor Nenshi will sit on the newly formed committee. With respect to the plebiscite, Council voted in favour of a plebiscite, which was clarified by The City’s Legal team to be non-binding; they directed Administration to return in June 2018 with key details related the timing, funding and proposed wording for the plebiscite question. The motion to explore the possibility of allowing all citizens over the age of 14 to vote was not passed.
Administration engaged with the member nations of Treaty 7, the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 and the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) to determine which flags would be appropriate to display in the Chamber. During this engagement, Administration received feedback from all nations, and continues to work to refine a strategy and proposal for the display of these flags. Council directed Administration to continue their work, which furthers The City’s efforts on the journey towards reconciliation. They also directed Administration to provide a formal presentation update to CAUAC.
The City of Calgary’s Annual Report for 2017, titled Delivering Value for Citizens, contains audited, consolidated financial statements of the corporation. These statements are prepared in accordance with principles and standards established by Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS) of Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, as required by the Alberta Municipal Government Act. The 2017 financial statements for The City’s Annual Report have be audited by Deloitte LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants. Administration recommended that Council approve the Annual Report and the External Auditor’s Year-End Report.
Council priorities identify the need to include opportunities for all Calgarians to participate in civic life to help create a prosperous city. Calgary has a large and growing immigrant community, representing almost 30% of the city’s population. Additionally, almost 30% of Calgary’s population does not identify English or French as their first language. The motion for a multilingual communications & engagement policy recommended that Council direct Administration to develop and report back:
- No later than Q3 2018 on a short term communications and engagement approach for translation and increasing access for ethno-cultural communities;
- On recommendations for a policy, strategies and implementation plan that includes standards of service for translation and interpretation (including timelines, resources and budgets) that incorporate the work done on the Channel Strategy for ethno-Cultural communities, and;
- No later than Q4 2018 on the resourcing needs of the Office of the Councillors and the Office of the Mayor as they relate to communications and engagement with ethnically diverse communities in Calgary.
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