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The Council of
The Regional Municipality of York
Revised Agenda


February 18, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Council Chambers
York Region Administrative Centre
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario
Quorum: 11

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A. Disclosures of Interest


B. Minutes of Council


B.1 Council Meeting held on January 21, 2016


C. Presentations




D. Deputation


(Subject to Council granting deputant status.)


D.1 Election - Regional Chair


D.1.1 Karen Rea, Ward 4 Councillor, City of Markham


(Refer to Item H.1)


E. Communications


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E.1 Zika Virus Infection


Dr. Karim Kurji, Medical Officer of Health dated February 18, 2016


E.2 AMO/LAS - Municipal Investment Powers


E.2.1 Jason Hagan, Program Manager, Association of Municipalities of Ontario, dated February 9, 2016


E.2.2 Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance dated February 18, 2016


E.3 Election - Regional Chair


(Refer to Item H.1)


E.3.1 Fernando Lamanna, Municipal Clerk, Town of  East Gwillimbury dated January 21, 2016


E.3.2 Lisa Lyons, Deputy Clerk, Town of Newmarket dated February 9, 2016


F. Consideration and Adoption of Reports


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F.1 Report No. 2 of Committee of the Whole - February 4, 2016


F.2 Report No. 3 of Committee of the Whole - February 11, 2016


F.3 Report No. 1 of the Audit Committee - February 3, 2016


F.4 Report No. 1 of the Chief Administrative Officer


Region-wide Election of the Regional Chair in Other Jurisdictions

(Refer to Item H.1)


F.5 Report No. 2 of the Chief Administrative Officer


Terms of Reference for a Review of Regional Governance


G. Introduction and Consideration of Bylaws


G.1 Bylaw No. 2016-8


A bylaw to establish tax ratios and to specify the percentage by which Tax rates are to be reduced for prescribed property subclasses for 2016


G.2 Bylaw No. 2016-9


A bylaw to establish charges for the uniform water service rate


G.3 Bylaw No. 2016-10


A bylaw to establish charges for the uniform wastewater service rate


G.4 Bylaw No. 2016-11


A bylaw to authorize the borrowing upon amortizing debentures in the principal amount of $3,267,700.00 towards the cost of the LED Streetlight Conversion capital work of The Corporation of the Town of Aurora


G.5 Bylaw No. 2016-12


A bylaw to establish a public highway - Yonge Street, Richmond Hill


G.6 Bylaw No. 2016-13


A bylaw to add certain lands to the Regional Road System in the Town of Richmond Hill


G.7 Bylaw No. 2016-15


A bylaw to abandon certain lands for or in connection with the widening and reconstruction of Highway 7 (YR 7), City of Markham


H. Motions


H.1 Election - Regional Chair


(Referred from the Regional Council meeting of November 19, 2015 - see Item F.4)


It was moved by Regional Councillor Joe Li, seconded by Mayor Altmann:


Whereas the Regional Municipality of York ("York Region”) was established in 1971;

And Whereas the head of the council of York Region (the “Regional Chair”) has always been appointed by the members of council, pursuant to the applicable legislation;

And Whereas in 2003, a second option was introduced under subsection 218(1) of the Municipal Act, 2001 (the “Act”), which permits the head of council of an upper-tier municipality, to be “elected by general vote”, in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as an alternative to appointment by Regional Council, subject to the process set out in the Act;

And Whereas subsection 219(2) of the Act sets out a cumbersome process to change from appointment to direct election of the Regional Chair, referred to as the “triple majority”;

And Whereas the following Regional Municipalities now elect their Regional Chair by general vote under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996:

Regional Municipality of Halton

Regional Municipality of Durham

Regional Municipality of Waterloo

And Whereas Private Member’s Bill 42, the Municipal Amendment Act (Election of Chair of York Region), 2014, was tabled in the Ontario Legislature on November 14, 2014 by the MPP for Newmarket-Aurora, Chris Ballard (the “Bill”), and has been given second reading and referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly;

And Whereas the Bill proposes revisions to subsection 218(1) of the Municipal Act, 2001 that require the Regional Chair to be elected by a general vote in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996;

And Whereas on June 28, 2012, York Region Council resolved not to support Bill 60, a predecessor of Bill 42, and to retain the status quo regarding the election of the Regional Chair;

And Whereas the present process of York Region Council appointing their own Regional Chair deprives the residents of a democratic process for a senior member of Regional government.

Now Therefore Be It Resolved That:

1. The Regional Municipality of York express its support for Bill 42, and request the Province of Ontario to pass Bill 42 and require the head of Council of The Regional Municipality of York to be elected by general vote in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, beginning in the next municipal election; and,

2. This Motion be sent to The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, The Honourable Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Patrick Brown, Leader of the Official Opposition (Progressive Conservative Party), Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party, all MPPs in York Region, including Chris Ballard, and the Councils of all municipalities within York Region.


I. Notice of Motion


J. Other Business


K. Private Session


Motion to resolve into Private Session to consider the following:


K.1 Durham York Energy Centre Update - Solicitor-Client Privilege


K.2 Court Services Capacity and Program Pressures - Solicitor-Client Privilege


K.3 Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension - Solicitor-Client Privilege and Potential Litigation


K.4 Buttonville Airport Redevelopment - Litigation


L. Public Session


Motion to reconvene in Public Session

Adoption of recommendations from Private Session


M. Confirmatory Bylaw


Introduction of Bylaw 2016-14 to confirm the proceedings of Council at this meeting


N. Adjournment





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