A few things caught my eye on this week’s agenda. See the agenda items that follow for more information:

9.5.2 – Establishment of Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee.
10.3.2 – Rail Safety Improvement Program Agreement

Abridged Agenda

Closed Session
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (CUPE Collective Agreement Negotiations);
k) a position, plan, procedure, criteria or instruction to be applied to any negotiations carried on or to be carried on by or on behalf of the municipality or local board, (municipal shared services);

Public Meeting
2.1 – Zoning Bylaw Amendment Z/21-03 William St (Robert L. Tudhope KL&K Inv Ltd.)
Council will hold a public meeting to consider a proposed Zoning By-law amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act. The purpose of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment is to change the zoning of the property from Residential Medium Density (R2) to General Commercial (C1).

4.1 – Municipality of McDougall
Official Plan Review Notice.

4.2 – Township of Joly
Vaccine allocation Prioritization.

4.3 – Jane Hinchliffe
Concerns with condition of 40 Waubeek St. lot post- construction work.

4.4 – Jim MacCoubrey, Flora & V. Borecky
Support for Town’s position to deny building of a vehicular bridge over the Fitness Trail.

4.5 – Varqa Kanani
Housing crisis.

5.1 – Staff Sgt. Jeremy McDonald, OPP


5.2 – Chair Jay Aspin, Vice-Chair John Cochrane, Director Craig Myles, Acting Superintendent Gay Smylie, Near North District School Board
Parry Sound High School Reconstruction.

5.3 – Chair Aleesha Clarke, Absolutely Georgian Bay
Co-op membership and 2021 budget request.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Integrity Commissioner Report, 2020.

That Council accepts the Integrity Commissioner Report for 2020 as follows:
1 dated complaint which was dismissed 2 requests for advice.

9.4.1 – Consent Application B/17/2021 – Hall.
Resolution 2021
That Council of the Town of Parry Sound recommends approval of B17/2021(PS) – Hall (Halls Quarry Road).

9.4.2 – Consent Application – B 20/2021 (PS) (Jackson).

That the Council of the Town of Parry Sound recommends approval of a decision on Consent Application No. B 20/2021 (PS) Jackson (53 Isabella Street) be approved subject to:
That the resultant lot layout ensures all Zoning By-law requirements are satisfied, or relief from the Zoning By-law be obtained.

9.4.3 – Di Salvo’s Curbside Cucina (Food Truck) Mobile Food Service.

That Council of the Town of Parry Sound authorize the issuance of a business license to Di Salvo’s Curbside Cucina (Food Truck) for the operation of Mobile Food Service on the leased Federal property at the Town Dock.

9.5.1 – National Suicide Helpline.

WHEREAS the Federal government has passed a motion to adopt 9-8-8, a National three-digit suicide and crisis hotline; and
WHEREAS the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for suicide prevention services by 200%; and
WHEREAS existing suicide prevention hotlines require the user to remember a 10-digit number and go through directories or be placed on hold; and
WHEREAS in 2022 the United States will have in place a national 9-8-8 crisis hotline; and
WHEREAS the Town of Parry Sound recognizes that it is a significant and important initiative to ensure critical barriers are removed to those in a crisis and seeking help;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound endorses this 9-8-8 crisis line initiative; and
THAT Staff be directed to send a letter indicating such support to our local Member of Parliament, Member(s) of the Legislative Assembly, Federal Minister of Health, the CRTC and local area municipalities to indicate our support.

9.5.2 – Establishment of Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee.

Whereas the Town is located in the heart of the Georgian Bay Biosphere; and
Whereas the Georgian Bay Biosphere is a region of global ecological significance that has an ongoing commitment to the United Nations and sustainability; and
Whereas environmental stewardship and protection are strategic priorities for the Town; and
Whereas access to and the use of the waterfront is integral to the Town’s identity; and
Whereas the Town has a diverse and active waterfront user and business community;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT staff be directed to prepare a report and recommendation on the value of an Ad hoc Waterfront Advisory Committee to advise on matters relating to environmental stewardship, beautification and creating a people gathering place; and
FURTHER That subject to a recommended establishment of such a committee, staff prepare recommended Terms of Reference, including committee composition, recruitment, the area to be defined as waterfront and other details as deemed appropriate.

9.5.3 – Local Long-Term Care Initiatives.
WHEREAS Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission’s final report has now been delivered and health system leaders in West Parry Sound want to be prepared for the changes that are expected to come; and
WHEREAS health authorities of the West Parry Sound District are working together, including the Boards of the West Parry Sound Health Centre, Lakeland Long Term Care and Belvedere Heights Long Term Care, with a vision to provide the best possible solution to Long Term Care and health care for the seniors in our community; and
WHEREAS among considerations being proposed is a new model of health Care, “a Campus of Care”, which essentially provides a continuum of care for the elderly to age in place including, where appropriate, their own apartments, other independent or assisted living arrangements as well as Long Term Care, all affiliated with and in proximity to local primary health care and wellness services; and
WHEREAS it is also proposed that the community of seniors continuing to live at home be supported by our vision of virtual care which would include professional home-based health and wellness care supported by high speed internet services;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Town of Parry Sound supports these initiatives and the collaborative efforts between the Province of Ontario and the local stakeholders to develop innovative and improved care for the seniors in our community.

9.5.4 – Letter of Support for Park 2 Park Trail Association Grant Application.

That in response to Park 2 Park Trail Association’s request, Council of the Town of Parry Sound does hereby authorize the drafting of a letter of support for Park to Park Trail Association’s grant application.

10.3.1 – Partnership with Science North to Deliver Youth Camp Programs at the Bobby Orr Community Centre.

By-law 2021 – 7137
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with Science North for the delivery of education-based youth camp programming.

10.3.2 – Rail Safety Improvement Program Agreement.
By-law 2021 – 7138
Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with the Minister of Transport regarding a Rail Safety Improvement Program
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has applied and been successful in obtaining funding support from the Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement Program in the amount of up to $480,000 of the estimated project expenditures, and
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound has committed to an estimated contribution of $270,000 as its portion of the estimated expenditures, and
Whereas the Community desires to encourage safe and active transportation and physical activities by all including the residents of new and previous residential
development and the anticipated increase in student traffic related to the proposed “Mega School” at the corner of Isabella and Joseph Streets, and
Whereas both CN and CP Railways traverse the Municipality creating challenges for road users and pedestrians to access various parts of the Town including the area of the Salt Dock and the nearby Rugged Trail and Fitness Trail to the waterfront, and
Whereas the grade elevation of both tracks contributes significantly to the costs associated with attempts to increase crossing safety including installation of sidewalks and pedestrian access in addition to making improvements to the road approaches;
Therefore, be it resolved that Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby requests that both CN and CP Rail contribute financially to the Rail Safety Improvements at the double crossing at Isabella St.

10.4.1 – Zoning By-law Amendment – Z/21/04 – 9 & 11 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov).
By-Law 2021 – 7139
Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 9 and 11 Church Street (Matt Ryan for Oleg Gromov)
Resolution 2021
That the increase in residential units as noted in the Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting for Z/21/4 does not require any additional circulation in accordance with Section 34(17) of the Planning Act.