Finance and Economic Development Committee
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Notes: 1. Please note that these Minutes are to be considered DRAFT until confirmed by Committee.
2. Underlining indicates a new or amended recommendation approved by Committee.
3. Except where otherwise indicated, reports requiring Council consideration will be presented to Council on 14 December 2016 in Finance and Economic Development Committee Report 20.
No declarations of interest were filed.
Isabelle Jasmin, Deputy City Treasurer, Corporate Finance, Corporate Services Department, spoke to a PowerPoint slide presentation overview of the report. A copy of this presentation is held on file with the City Clerk. Marian Simulik, General Manager of Corporate Services and City Treasurer was present to respond to questions from Committee. Councillors S. Qadri, M. Wilkinson, J. Cloutier, J. Leiper and M. Fleury were also in attendance.
The Committee then heard from the following public delegations:
• *Brian Wade, Chair, Accessibility Advisory Committee supports the overall budget, noting the Committee is pleased with the continued funding towards the buildings retrofit program and the introduction of the Equi-Pass for persons with low income. He noted concerns regarding the perceived reduction in the Diversity and Inclusion Branch and how it may impact the inclusive hiring program. He concluded that the City should do more promoting and celebrating the progress of creating an accessible city for all.
• *Johanne Leroux, Chair, French Language Services Advisory Committee spoke in support of the 2017 budget, noting the continued commitment in regard to the delivery of French language services.
• Lenore Fahrig requested that the City consider discontinuing its investments in the endowment funds in large oil, gas and coal companies.
• *Monique Moreau, Director of National Affairs and Emilie Potvin, Policy Analyst, Canadian Federation of Independent Business spoke to a PowerPoint presentation and touched on impacts to businesses as a result of the construction of the LRT and Canada 2017 projects and helping businesses innovate in Ottawa.
• *Mark Nesbitt, Chair, Board of Directors, West Ottawa Board of Trade spoke in support of the proposed budget adding that the priorities in the business community are:
□ Transportation Strategy
□ Economic Impacts and redevelopment regarding the eventual move of the Senators
□ Business Growth
• Peter Ferguson, Lowertown Community Association (LCA) spoke on behalf of Liz Berstein, President of the LCA highlighting the following points:
□ Transportation (city to commit funding for the King Edward tunnel environmental assessment study)
□ Active transportation: LCA is pleased to see improvements such as the O’Connor bike lane and encourage the City to rapidly finalize the Complete Streets project
□ ByWard Market Revitalization: LCA is pleased that the plan was adopted by City Council but encourages that additional funding be added to the ByWard Market infrastructure
□ Safety and Security: recommends an increase in resources to the Ottawa Police Services
[ * Individuals / groups marked with an asterisk above either provided comments in writing or by e-mail; all submissions are held on file with the City Clerk. ]
Vice-Chair El-Chantiry introduced the following motions:
Following questions, Ms. Simulik offered to update pages 116 and 117 of the Finance and Economic Development Committee Budget book regarding Confederation Line in the Capital Works-in-Progress Section.
Discussions having concluded, the report recommendation was put before Committee and was CARRIED, as amended by Motion No. 23/1 and Motion No. 23/2.
CARRIED as amended by the following motions:
Rick O’Connor, City Clerk and Solicitor introduced Tyler Cox, Manager of Legislative Services and Milan Stevanovic, Program Manager, Elections, who spoke to a PowerPoint presentation. A copy of the presentation is held on file with the City Clerk. Councillors T. Nussbaum, J. Leiper, J. Cloutier and T. Tierney were also in attendance.
Colum Grove-White and Farnaz Behrooz, Ottawa 123 spoke in favour of ranked ballots and suggested the City use a Citizens Reference Panel, which has been used in municipalities across Ontario.
Fatima Barron, City for All Women Initiative, had registered to speak in advance of the meeting, however advised that she was unable to attend. She submitted her comments which are held on file with the City Clerk and Solicitor.
Presenting staff responded to questions from Committee as well as other members of Council.
After discussion, the Committee RECEIVED this item as presented.
John Smit, Director of Economic Development introduced Krista Kreling, Officer, Economic Development, who spoke to a PowerPoint presentation and responded to questions. A copy of the presentation is held on file with the City Clerk and Solicitor. Councillors M. Fleury, J. Mitic, J. Leiper, J. Cloutier, C. McKenney and T. Tierney were in attendance for this portion of the meeting.
The Committee heard from the following public delegations:
• Cyril Leeder, President of the Ottawa Senators and Co-Chair of the Ottawa 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid Committee
• Sue Holloway, Co-Chair of the Ottawa 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid Committee
• David Gourlay, President of the Ottawa Champions
• Ed Kane, Carleton University
After discussion, the Committee CARRIED the report recommendations as presented.
The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.
Committee Coordinator Chair