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The Council of The Regional Municipality of York

Minutes of the
Meeting Held on June 29, 2017


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Contact: Regional Clerk’s Office, regional.clerk@york.ca, 18774649675 extension 71320]


Regional Council met at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, with Regional Chair Emmerson presiding.


The following were also in attendance:

Mayors:

J. Altmann, D. Barrow, M. Bevilacqua, V. Hackson,
S. Pellegrini, M. Quirk, T. Van Bynen

Regional Councillors:

N. Armstrong, N. Davison, M. Ferri, J. Heath, B. Hogg,
J. Jones, J. Li, G. Rosati, S. Singh, V. Spatafora, J. Taylor

Staff:

D. Basso, K. Chislett, J. Hulton, P. Jankowski, K. Kurji, B. Macgregor, W. Marshall, V. Shuttleworth, D. Szeptycki, M.F. Turner



Opening Remarks from Regional Chairman


87 Regional Chair Emmerson made the following remarks:

 

I would like to begin today’s meeting by acknowledging that York Region extends over lands originally used and occupied by Indigenous Peoples, and on behalf of York Region, I would like to thank First Nations and the Métis for sharing this land.

I would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our closest First Nation community.

 

Appointment to Regional Council

 

88 Sunder Singh appointed as Regional Councillor

 

Christopher Raynor, Regional Clerk, acknowledged receipt of correspondence from Barbara McEwan, City Clerk, City of Vaughan dated June 28, 2017, certifying the appointment of Sunder Singh to fill the vacant position of Regional Councillor for the City of Vaughan.
Sunder Singh then orally recited her signed Declaration of Office.

On behalf of Regional Council, Regional Chair Emmerson welcomed Regional Councillor Singh.

 

Minutes

 

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89 Minutes of the Council Meeting held on May 25, 2017

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Hogg, seconded by Regional Councillor Rosati that Council confirm the Minutes of the Council meeting held on May 25, 2017 in the form supplied to the Members.

Carried

 

Presentation

 

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90 York Region Rapid Transit Corporation 2016 Annual Report 

 

It was moved by Mayor Van Bynen, seconded by Mayor Bevilacqua that Council receive the presentation from Mary-Frances Turner, President, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation regarding the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation 2016 Annual Report.

Carried

(See Minute No. 92)

 

Deputation

 

Council heard the following deputation:

 

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91 Retail Business Holiday Act – Loblaws/Fortinos Supermarkets – City of Vaughan 

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Mayor Hackson that Council receive the deputation from David Neligan, Lawyer, Aird & Berlis LLP on behalf of Loblaws/Fortinos Supermarkets and refer it for consideration in conjunction with Clause 3 in Committee of the Whole Report No. 11.

Carried

 

Communications

 

Council considered the following communications:


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92 York Region Rapid Transit Corporation 2016 Annual Report

 

It was moved by Mayor Bevilacqua, seconded by Mayor Barrow that Council receive the communication from Mary-Frances Turner, President, York Region Transit Corporation dated June 21, 2017.

Carried

 

93 Local and Regional Councillor Vacancy - City of Vaughan

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Ferri, seconded by Councillor Rosati that Council receive the communication from Barbara McEwan, City Clerk, City of Vaughan dated June 6, 2017.

Carried

 

94 Regional Governance Update [4 MB]

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Jones that Council receive the communication from Bruce Macgregor, Chief Administrative Officer dated June 22, 2017.

Carried

 

95 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Canadian Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAnFR Program) and Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award Program (PAFR Program)

 

It was moved by Mayor Pellegrini, seconded by Councillor Hogg that Council receive the communication from Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance dated June 29, 2017.

Carried

 

96 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – September 

 

It was moved by Mayor Altmann, seconded by Regional Councillor Singh that Council receive the communication from Hope Russell Pottage dated May 10, 2017 and recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Carried

 

97 2017 Provincial Budget

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Pellegrini that Council receive the communication from Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance dated June 29, 2017.

Carried

 

98 2017 Federal Budget

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Mayor Pellegrini that Council receive the communication from Bill Hughes, Commissioner of Finance dated June 29, 2017.

Carried

 

99 Referral Request to the Ontario Municipal Board, Town of East Gwillimbury 

 

It was moved by Mayor Quirk, seconded by Regional Councillor Davison that Council receive the communication from Michael Melling dated June 27, 2017.

(See Minute No. 101 and Clause 4 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 11)

Carried

 

Consideration and Adoption of Reports

 

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100 Report No. 10 of  Committee of the Whole – June 15, 2017

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Armstrong that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 10 of Committee of the Whole.

Carried

 

101 Report No. 11 of  Committee of the Whole – June 22, 2017

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Heath, seconded by Regional Councillor Taylor that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 11 of Committee of the Whole with the following amendment as noted:

 

Retail Business Holidays Act Applications (RBHA) (Clause 3)

3.1 Staff consult with local municipalities and other stakeholders and report back to Council in October 2017 with options to govern retail business openings on statutory holidays.

Carried

 

102 Report No. 2 of  Audit Committee – June 7, 2017

 

It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Regional Councillor Hogg that Council adopt the recommendations in Report No. 2 of Audit Committee.

Carried

 

103 Report No. 1 of  Debenture Committee – June 7, 2017

 

It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Regional Councillor Hogg that Council receive Report No. 1 of Debenture Committee.

Carried

 

104 Report No. 1 of the Chief Administrative Officer [4.2 MB]

 

It was moved by Mayor Quirk, seconded by Regional Councillor Li that Council adopt the following recommendation in Report No. 1 of the Chief Administrative Officer regarding the 2015 to 2019 Strategic Plan Year 2 (2016) Progress Report:

1. This report be received for information.

Carried

 

105 Report No. 1 of the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief  Planner [2.4 MB]

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Davison, seconded by Regional Councillor Armstrong that Council adopt the following recommendations in Report No. 1 of the Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Planner regarding the Court Application to Permit Appeal of the Town of Georgina Official Plan 2016 (OPA 129):

1. Council receive written submissions from Mr. Mark F. Flowers, Davies Howe Partners LLP, dated April 19, 2016 and April 26, 2016, related to the Town of Georgina Official Plan 2016.

2. Council maintain its decision of October 20, 2016 regarding Amendment No. 129 to the Town of Georgina Official Plan. 

3. The Director of Community Planning and Development Services be authorized to provide notice of Council’s decision on Amendment No. 129 to the Town of Georgina Official Plan to only 1965870 Ontario Inc., their legal counsel, and the Town of Georgina legal counsel and Director, Development Services Department.

Carried

 

Introduction and Approval of Bylaws

 

106 Bylaws

 

It was moved by Mayor Altmann, seconded by Regional Councillor Taylor that Council approve and enact the following bylaws in the form as noted on the Revised Agenda.

 

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Bylaw No. 2017-37


A by-law to regulate parking and stopping on Regional roads

 

Bylaw No. 2017-38


A bylaw to stop up and close a portion of Davis Drive  (YR 31) in the Town of Newmarket

 

Bylaw No. 2017-39


To acquire certain lands for or in connection with the widening and reconstruction of Major Mackenzie Dr. W. (YR 25), City of Vaughan

 

Bylaw No. 2017-40


A bylaw to authorize the execution of a Transfer Payment Agreement for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

 

Bylaw No. 2017-32


A bylaw to remove a part of Woodbine Avenue (YR8) in the City of Markham from the Regional Road system

 

Bylaw No. 2017-42


A bylaw to establish public highways (Bathurst Street YR 38, Town of Richmond Hill)

 

Bylaw No. 2017-43


A bylaw to establish a public highway (Major Mackenzie Drive West YR 25, City of Vaughan)

Carried

 

107 Notice of Motion

 

Councillor Heath gave notice of his intention to bring forward the following motion pertaining to Clause 3 of Committee of the Whole Report No. 11 (Retail Business Holidays Act).  In accordance with Section 18.4 of the Procedural By-law, the motion shall be considered when staff report back on this matter at Committee of the Whole in October 2017.

 

The Notice of Motion is as follows:


“WHEREAS on December 30, 2016 the Province proclaimed into force Section 1.2 of the Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA) allowing municipalities to choose to be exempt from the application of the RBHA; and,

WHEREAS Council may exempt The Regional Municipality of York (the Region) from the requirements of the RBHA by implementing the provisions of Section 1.2 by bylaw; and,

WHEREAS Section 1.2 of the RBHA requires that Council must first enact a bylaw under Section 148(3) of the Municipal Act, 2001 establishing its own criteria governing retail business closings on statutory holidays including the designation of specific closure dates; and,

WHEREAS implementation of the provisions of Section 1.2 of the RBHA would allow Council to establish common criteria, beyond tourism, to govern retail business closing on statutory holidays; and,

WHEREAS Council has approved 31 exemptions under the RBHA for a variety of holidays which has created inconsistency in retail business openings in the Region; and,

WHEREAS three lower-tier municipalities in the Region have exemptions covering their entire municipalities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a bylaw be enacted pursuant to section 1.2 of the RBHA to exempt the Region from the RBHA; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a bylaw be enacted pursuant to section 148(3) of the Municipal Act, 2001 to establish requirements for retail holiday closings in the Region; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the bylaw provide that all businesses in the Region, for which closing under the RBHA is applicable, be required to close on Christmas and Easter Sunday only.”

 

Other Business

 

108 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule – September 2017

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Regional Councillor Heath that Council amend the 2017 Council and Committee meeting schedule to be as follows:

 

September 7, 2017  9 a.m.

Combined meeting of Committee of the Whole Week 1 and Week 2

(previously September 7 and 14)


September 7, 2017  1 p.m.

Housing York Inc. Board meeting 

(previously immediately following Committee of the Whole)


September 21, 2017 11 a.m.

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation Board meeting

(previously immediately following Committee of the Whole on September 14)


October 5, 2017 1 p.m.

Housing York Inc. Board meeting

(previously immediately following Committee of the Whole)


October 12, 2017 1 p.m.

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation Board meeting

(previously immediately following Committee of the Whole)


November 2, 2017 1 p.m.

Housing York Inc. Board meeting

(previously immediately following Committee of the Whole)


November 9, 2017 1 p.m.

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation Board meeting

(previously immediately following Committee of the Whole)

Carried

 

109 Canada 150 Celebration

 

Regional Chair Emmerson recognized Canada’s 150 year anniversary of Confederation and acknowledged York Region’s Built to Last Project, which includes displays in the Great Hall, Administrative Centre, and an online component showing heritage properties from the time of Confederation that are still standing today. 

Dino Basso, Commissioner of Corporate Services, gave an overview of the archival material being showcased, and Christopher Raynor, Regional Clerk, gave an online demonstration of the Region’s Built to Last Project website (www.york.ca/Canada150).  It was moved by Mayor Hackson, seconded by Regional Council Ferri that Council receive the overview of the Built to Last Project. 

Carried

 

110 Appointments

 

Regional Chair Emmerson advised Council of the following appointments;

 

1. Regional Councillor Hogg was appointed as York Region’s representative on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

2. Regional Councillor Li was appointed Chair and Mayor Dawe was appointed Vice-Chair of the Planning and Economic Development section of the Committee of the Whole.

3. Regional Councillor Davison was appointed to replace Mayor Pellegrini on the Audit Committee.

 

111 Communications Staff – Awards Recognition

 

Regional Chair Emmerson recognized York Region Communications staff for receiving ten awards at the International Association of Business Communicators Annual Award Gala.  He noted that for the second consecutive year, they received the Communications Team of the Year award. 

 

112 York Region Mobile App

 

Regional Chair Emmerson acknowledged the recent launch of the York Region Mobile app, which helps residents stay connected to regional services, alerts and information.

 

113 York Region Matters

 

Regional Chair Emmerson advised that the summer edition of York Region Matters will be distributed to every household in York Region beginning next week.  The publication highlights some of the programs and services York Region offers to residents and businesses. 

 

114 2016 Community Report

 

Regional Chair Emmerson thanked York Region staff for their support in completing the 2016 Community Report, which provides an update on activities being undertaken in York Region’s 2015 to 2019 Strategic Plan.  It also provides an overview of York Region’s financial management policies, multi-year budgeting and the Regional Fiscal Strategy. 

 

115 Perspective

 

Regional Chair Emmerson recognized York Region’s newspaper “Perspective” which was recently distributed in the Globe and Mail and includes articles showcasing York Region.

 

116 Lois Brown – Retirement

 

Regional Chair Emmerson and Dino Basso, Commissioner of Corporate Services, recognized Lois Brown, Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Regional Clerk for her twenty-nine years of service with York Region and wished her well in her retirement.

 

Consideration and Adoption of Private Items

 

117 Private Session

 

It was moved by Regional Councillor Jones, seconded by Regional Councillor Singh that Council convene in Private Session for the purpose of considering the following:

1. Casertano Development Corporation and Sandra Mammone – Litigation

Carried

 

Council met in Private Session at 11:07 a.m. and reconvened in public at 11:09 a.m.


It was moved by Regional Councillor Spatafora, seconded by Regional Councillor Rosati that Council rise and report from Private Session.

Carried

 

118 Casertano Development Corporation and Sandra Mammone

 

It was moved by Mayor Van Bynen, seconded by Regional Councillor Rosati that Council adopt the following recommendations in the confidential report from the Commissioner of Corporate Services, Regional Solicitor and Chief Planner dated June 9, 2017:

1. Council approve the settlement as outlined in this report and agreed upon by landowners Casertano Development Corporation and Sandra Mammone, York Region and the City of Vaughan at the Ontario Municipal Board, with respect to the landowners’ development proposals.

2. The Regional Solicitor or designate be authorized to execute Minutes of Settlement to secure and implement a settlement on behalf of the Region.

3. Regional staff be authorized to appear before the Ontario Municipal Board in support of the proposed settlement as outlined in this report. 

Carried

 

Confirmatory Bylaw

 

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119 Bylaw No. 2017-41

 

It was moved by Mayor Barrow, seconded by Regional Councillor Li that Council enact Bylaw No. 2017-41 to confirm the proceedings of this meeting of Council held on June 29, 2017.

 

The Council meeting adjourned at 11:13 a.m.

Regional Clerk

 

Minutes confirmed and adopted at the meeting of Regional Council held on September 21, 2017.

Regional Chair

 

 


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