Council Agenda Preview – January 21, 2020

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I’d like to send this song (link) out to Dan as he resigns once again from the DBA (Item 8.4). How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but the lightbulb has to want to change.

Item 10.3.2 is interesting and another parking issue (it’s a bit long and nuanced). This item underlines the slippery slope you put yourself on when you exempt one ‘property’ from the parking regulations for questionable reasons and then try to enforce these rules on another ‘property’. Staff can only tell Council what the current regulations specify and then do as they are told. You don’t argue with Town Hall. Council decides what is ‘right’. I think that downtown parking, whether metered or property based, has been the biggest failing of Council in the past decade. It all started with residents and business owners showing up at a council meeting with metaphorical ‘pitchforks’ to oppose the proposed installation of meters on Bay Street. The Town has since lost significant revenue, downtown workers are taking prime parking spots (“it’s too far to walk from the Bobby Orr Community Centre”), and retail customers/visitors complain about getting tickets when there is enforcement. I don’t think it ‘rehabilited’ the downtown. The only positive take is that at least they didn’t screw up anything that would have been more costly. I can recall the wide-eyed look on the face of the Mayor at the Bay Street meter meeting where he quickly reversed Council’s direction on the meters and offered to look at removing all metered parking in Town.

This week’s meeting is remarkable in that there are no Resolutions and Direction to Staff except those arising from the by-laws.

Closed Session
b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (Director of Finance 6 Month Review; Director of Public Works Employment Agreement)
d) labour relations or employee negotiations; (Director of Public Works Employment Agreement)

Correspondence
4.1-
West Parry Sound Health Centre Auxiliary Request for Tag Day – July 10, 2020.

4.2 – Lynne Atkinson. Request for Proclamation Feb 6 Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

4.3 – Susan Hrycyna, Executive Director, PS Downtown Business Association. Resignation of Board member Amy Black.

4.4 – Lori West, Clerk, Township of McDougall. Resolution rejecting Parry Sound District-wide Ontario Health Team.

4.5 – Karen Gerard, Deputy Clerk, Township of McKellar. Copy of letter to DSSAB rejecting Parry Sound District-wide Ontario Health Team.

4.6 – Erica Kellogg, Secretary, Almaguin Highlands Health Centre Committee. Res. 2020-03 requesting more information of DSSAB re: District-wide Ontario Health Team.

4.7 – Rita Orr, CEO; Tom Lundy, Chair, Parry Sound Public Library. 2020 Budget Request.

Deputations
5.1 –
Rita Orr, CEO, Parry Sound Public Library. 2019 Annual Report and 2020 Funding request.
5.2 – Bill Mardimae, Gardens Retirement Developments Inc. Gardens Retirement proposed development.
5.3 – Keith Smith. Handicapped parking spaces at The Gardens proposed new building.

Consent Agenda
8.1 –
West Parry Sound Health Centre Auxiliary Tag Day. Resolution. THAT Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound authorizes the West Parry Sound Health Centre Auxiliary to hold a tag day on July 10, 2020 for the purposes of fundraising.

8.2 – International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation – Feb 6. Resolution. Whereas International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is observed around the world and provides an opportunity to honour those women, girls, boys and men who are actively and courageously working towards an end to this harmful practice.
Whereas this day invites us to reflect on the fact that 3.9 million girls are still at risk of mutilation each year, including girls in Canada.
Whereas on this day, we acknowledge that female genital mutilation is an issue on every continent except Antarctica, and that there are 200 million FGM survivors in the world, including thousands in Canada.
Whereas we acknowledge that FGM has no basis in any religious text and is recognized by the United Nations and other world bodies as child abuse and an abuse of a girl’s fundamental human rights.
Whereas we acknowledge that FGM has no benefits and causes only harm, including death, difficulties with urination, menstruation, sexual intimacy, post-traumatic stress disorder and increased maternal and child mortality.
Whereas on this International Day of Zero Tolerance For FGM, we acknowledge and celebrate all national and international efforts being made, especially at the grass roots level, to achieve United Nations Sustainable Millennium Development Goal #5, which calls for the elimination of FGM and other harmful traditional practices by 2030.
Whereas on this Day of Zero Tolerance, we call for increased, concerted global and Canadian action to end female genital mutilation, and ask all governments-international, national, and local- to fully uphold the human rights of women and girls so they can live a life free from the violence that is female genital mutilation.
NOW THEREFORE the Town of Parry Sound Council does hereby proclaim February 6, 2020, as International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM in the Town of Parry Sound.

8.3 – Declaration of Snowfest as event of Municipal Significance. Resolution. THAT for purposes of obtaining a Special Occasions Permit, Council declares that the day-long Parry Sound Snowfest 2020 event scheduled on Sunday, February 16th, at 9 Bay Street Parry Sound is an Event of Municipal Significance.

8.4 – Accept Resignations from DBA and Amend Appointing Resolution. That Council accepts the resignations from the Parry Sound Downtown Business Association Board of Dan DiNicolo (September 13, 2019) and Amy Black (January 13, 2020), and amends Resolution 2019 – 012 by removing their appointments to the Board.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
None

By-laws
10.1.1 –
Tax Policies – Capping and New to Class/New Construction.
By-law 2020 – 7003. Being a bylaw to specify Tax Policies including: claw back percentage; capping threshold parameters; minimum tax level for new-to-class / new construction and to exclude certain properties from the capping program for the year 2020.

10.1.2 – Tax Ratios for 2020.
By-Law 2020 – 7004. Being a by-law to set Tax Ratios for Municipal purposes for the year 2020.

10.1.3 – Temporary Borrowing Authorization.
By-law 2020 – 7005. Being a by-law to authorize temporary borrowing to meet the current expenditures of the Town of Parry Sound until taxes are collected and other revenues are received.

10.2.1 – Adopt Memorandum of Understanding for the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plan (ICECAP) collaborative.
Bylaw 2020 – 7006. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with area municipalities and First Nations located in the Georgian Bay Biosphere region for the purpose of a collaborative, more cost-effective approach to energy management and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Resolution. THAT Council for the Town of Parry Sound appoints ______ to participate in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities / ICLEI – Partners for Climate Protection program as well as the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans (ICECAP) partnership.

10.3.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/14 – College Drive (M2 Developments Inc.).
By-Law 2019 – 6999. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc./Gardens of Parry Sound)

10.3.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/12 – 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Brian Moore).
Resolution. That the owner of 11 Miller Street be advised that cash-in-lieu of parking shall be required for the additional unit at a 2020 rate of $5,551 (per space) and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute any necessary cash-in-lieu of parking agreement for the subject property.
By-Law 2020 – 7008. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 11 Miller Street (John Jackson Planner Inc. on behalf of Brian Moore).

10.3.3 – Pre-Consultation By-law for Planning Applications – Require applicants to discuss proposal with staff prior to an application.
By-Law 2020 – 7009. Being a By-law to require Pre-Consultation for certain Planning Applications and to delegate authority to determine certain application procedures.

10.3.4 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/16 – Macklaim and Dennis Avenue (Town of Parry Sound).
By-Law 2020 – 7010. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Macklaim Drive and Dennis Drive (Town of Parry Sound).

10.4.1 – Appointment of Deputy Clerk Clayton Harris.
By-law 2020 – 7007. Being a By-law to appoint Clayton Harris as Deputy Clerk in addition to his appointment as the Chief Administrative Officer and the Alternate Head under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound.

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – December 17, 2019

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These minutes showed up in my mailbox earlier this week, so I take some responsibility for posting them here a bit late. The council meeting agenda for the January 21st meeting will follow this weekend.

The only thing really worth noting in these minutes is Council’s input to the Strategic Plan (10.5.1). I’m sure that they are offering their best input based on personal experience and discussions with the public. I do object to their decision to direct Redbrick Communications to take the various inputs and create the Strategic Plan for their approval at the next council meeting. It may be a question of semantics, but the Strategic Plan is one of the few direct deliverables that Council has. Perhaps it would have been better stated that ‘Redbrick is directed to produce a draft Strategic plan for Council review and, as appropriate revision, and finalization’. I hope this is the case. Council needs to ‘own’ the Strategic Plan, not delegate it to consultants.

Closed Session

b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (Director of Public Works Selection and Employment Agreement);

c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes, (Wellness Centre & Pool Cost Sharing Negotiations);

d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (Director of Public Works Selection and Employment Agreement);

n) 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, (Wellness Centre & Pool Cost Sharing Negotiations).

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry regarding traffic signal work being done at the Isabella and Joseph/Church Street intersection, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that electronic infrastructure is being replaced, and that there was enough money in the budget to install an audible traffic signal. Mr. Brown said that the signal is being tested now and hopefully by the end of the year will be up and running similar to that installed at the intersection of James and Seguin Streets.

3.2.2 – Councillor Keith recommended that the public go up to the Museum and view the outdoor decorations and Christmas light installation there.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor McCann’s suggestion that signage indicating “please watch, our children are at play” might be preferable to speed limit signs on Riverdale Road, Mr. Brown cautioned that many municipalities are getting rid of those types of signs since it implies that children are allowed to play on the street and this may create a liability for the municipality. Mr. Brown recommended instead the purchase of a solar powered speed limit flashing sign in the 2020 budget which can be moved to different locations. Mr. Brown also reported that the Town’s traffic counter identifies the speed of vehicles and this information is immediately sent to the OPP.
Upon receiving this information, the following motion was made:
That staff be directed to include for consideration in the 2020 budget, purchase of a solar powered speed limit flashing sign. Carried

3.2.4 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding Kinsmen Park and BOCC public skating through the upcoming holiday season, Manager of Parks & Recreation April McNamara reported that more cold days are necessary in order to make ice at the outdoor rink and when the rink is ready, notice will be posted on the Town website. Ms. McNamara reported that a full schedule of public skating at the BOCC sponsored by Tim Horton’s and the Town is posted on the Town website.

3.2.5 – In response to Mayor McGarvey’s inquiry as to whether staff is looking at lowering the speed limit in any other area of Town, including Waubeek Street which was the subject of a previous deputation, Mr. Brown reported that the 50 km speed limit signs have been re-installed on Waubeek Street after being taken down during road construction.
That staff be directed to include for consideration in the 2020 budget, review of Waubeek and Riverdale Streets for purposes of considering speed reduction. Carried

Correspondence
4.1 –
Linda Taylor, Program Director, West Parry Sound Community Support Services. 2020 Funding Request. Circulated to Mayor, Council and Director of Finance for consideration in 2020 budget.

4.2 – Nadine Hammond, Curator/Manager, West Parry Sound District Museum. Update and 2020 Funding Request. Circulated to Mayor, Council and Director of Finance for consideration in 2020 budget.

4.3 – Reeve Bert Liverance, Township of the Archipelago. Copy of letter and resolution to Minister of Long-Term Care, Merrilee Fullerton, re support for an Ontario Health Team to cover Parry Sound District. Circulated to Mayor and Council.

Deputations
5.1 –
Bill Mardimae, Gardens Retirement Developments Inc.- withdrawn. Gardens Retirement proposed development.

5.2 – Keith Smith – withdrawn. Handicapped parking spaces at The Gardens proposed new building.

5.3 – Chris Pettinger, Chair of 2019-2020 Parry Sound Area Founders Circle; & Dan DiNicolo, Chair of Marketing Committee of the Founders Circle. Parry Sound Area Founders Circle. Chris Pettinger and Dan DiNicolo addressed Council with an overview of the Parry Sound Area Founders Circle noting that it was established in October 2019 by a group of business and community leaders “who share the belief that entrepreneurism and innovation are essential to meaningful local growth and sustainable development; they move that belief into action by providing up-and-coming ventures with direct financial support through a competitive award program, and opportunities to network with established mentors.” Each Founder contributes $1000 to the Circle and funds are used to provide no-strings-attached prizes to start-ups and existing businesses selected by the Founders according to criteria that they establish.
Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network (in turn supported by FedNor) supports the meetings of the Founders and covers costs of an annual gala event known as the Impact Awards, at which the entrepreneurship prizes are announced. Membership is open to all individuals and businesses living and/or operating in the Parry Sound Area.
Mr. Pettinger listed the 32 current Founders including: the Town of Parry Sound, RBC Foundation, Paul Schoefield, Lakeland Holdings, Ritchie Insurance, Parry Sound Insurance, Trestle Brewing Company, 18 James Street, Claudette Boyd, Scotia Bank Parry Sound, Boston Pizza Parry Sound, Parry Sound Area Community Business Development Centre, Rotary Club of Parry Sound, InXpress Canada, Parry Sound Fuels, Crofters Foods Ltd., Orr’s Fine Meats, William Beatty Company, Tamarack North, Torrance Funeral Homes, Georgian Bay Whole Foods, Oldham Law Firm, Ted Scott, Bayshore Financial, Air Rider Hovercraft International, Hall Construction, Adams Bros. Construction, Connor Industries, CIBC Parry Sound, Peter Istvan Photography.
Mr. DiNicolo reported that applications will be open January 1 to March 1, 2020 and winners will be decided upon after the application deadline and awarded at the April 23, 2020 Impact Awards at the JW Marriott. Awards will include: 1) a Parry Sound High School Award sponsored by RBC Financial (amount not yet confirmed); 2) $5,000 second place prize and 3) $10,000 grand prize, with the remainder of the money held in reserve for the next year. Mr. Pettinger reported that the Circle is still accepting Founders until December 31st this year, with the hope that existing founders will continue to participate in subsequent years.
Mr. Pettinger requested that the Town support the project by posting relevant information on the Town website and otherwise broadcasting and promoting the program.
In response to an inquiry as to the geographic catchment area of Founders and eligible applicants, Mr. Pettinger noted that it is not entirely firmed as the Founders want to tend to the inclusive as opposed to exclusive. There are members from the east side of the District, but most are concentrated in the West Parry Sound Area.
Council members congratulated and thanked the deputation for their achievement in getting the Founders Circle started.

5.4 – Ron Jenkins. Sidewalks – repairs and accessibility. Mr. Jenkin inquired as to whether there was any action on the development of a committee to address the accessible sidewalk issue that he raised in a previous deputation.
At the invitation by Mayor McGarvey to respond, CAO Clayton Harris reported that there have been discussions at the staff level with the Human Resources Coordinator taking the lead, currently researching Terms of Reference for such a Committee, with a recommendation scheduled to come back to Council in early 2020.
Mr. Jenkins inquired as to when the sidewalks would be fixed and noted that he recently broke a wheel on his wheelchair.
Mayor McGarvey responded that sidewalk construction, repair, etc. would be considered within the 2020 budget deliberations.
Mr. Jenkins reported that two years ago he fell down stairs located at 49-51 William Street, and that the Director of Public Works was called and viewed the situation. Mr. Jenkins said that nothing has been done. Mayor McGarvey responded that his concerns have now been noted.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Low Pressure Forcemain Parry Sound Drive. Resolution. That the report updating Council on the low pressure forcemain on Parry Sound Drive and concerns raised by Bayside Family Church be received for information purposes. Carried

9.3.1 – BOCC: Emergency Floor Scrubber Replacement. Resolution. That Council authorize the emergency purchase of a new mechanical floor scrubber for the Bobby Orr Community Centre at a cost not to exceed $10,000 including HST; and
That the mechanical floor scrubber be funded with the reallocation of unspent capital funds as follows: $5,000 from the BOCC LED Light conversion project and $5,000 from the BOCC Olympia Laser Level. Carried

9.4.1 – General Insurance Renewal. Resolution. That Council hereby approves the renewal of the Corporation’s general insurance policy with BFL Canada at the premium of $350,914 plus tax for the one-year period ending December 15, 2020. Carried

By-laws

10.2.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/14 – College Drive (M2 Developments Inc.). By-Law 2019 – 6999. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc./Gardens of Parry Sound). At the request of the developer who was not able to be in attendance, Council agreed to postpone the by-law to the January 21, 2020 meeting.

10.4.1 – 2020 Interim Tax Levy. By-law 2019 – 7001. Being a By-Law to provide for an interim tax levy, for the payment of taxes, and for penalty and interest at 1 1/4 percent per month for the 2020 taxation year. Passed, Signed and Sealed.

10.5.1 – Strategic Plan Public Consultation Feedback; Council Input/Workshop Presenter/Facilitator: Andrea Montgomery, Redbrick Communications
Agenda for Strategic Plan – Council Input/Workshop attached:
CAO Clayton Harris introduced the evening’s Strategic Plan (SP) exercise identifying the SP purpose as helping to guide the Town’s decision making well into the future. Mr. Harris reported that Redbrick Communications was hired to do community consultation done through on-line survey, focus groups – including with high school students, and open house forums. Mr. Harris introduced Ms. Andrea Montgomery and Mr. Steph Loch to provide the results of the community consultation and lead the exercise in soliciting Council’s feedback prior to a proposed final report back to Council in January, 2020.
Ms. Montgomery addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation circulated with the meeting agenda. Ms. Montgomery suggested that the Strategic Plan Focus for 2020-2022 was to set a common vision for the future, set a framework for decision making and to support a more efficient organization. The consultation process included meetings with senior leaders, on-line survey, focus groups, youth session, open house and now this evening’s Council session. If captured in the feedback forum, Ms. Montgomery provided a breakdown of participants/respondents by municipal residence, age, time lived in Parry Sound, education, income, and employment. Ms. Montgomery identified the key themes and highest priorities for each feedback forum and put together reported that the following three priority areas emerged: Growth, Development and Housing; Partnerships and Quality of Life; and Organizational Excellence.
Ms. Montgomery set members of Council into two pairs and a triad to review in small groups and provide their feedback on the three priority areas keeping in mind the following: setting priorities that are fiscally sustainable; thinking long-term – beyond 3 years; determining where it is possible to align with public feedback; and considering promises kept and reported back on. After approximately 30 minutes involved in this exercise, Ms. Montgomery took feedback from each small group in turn.

Table 1 – Mayor McGarvey, Councillors Borneman and McCann
Table 2 – Councillors Burden and Horne
Table 3 – Councillors Backman and Keith

Growth, Development and Housing

Table 1
– Recreational Complex – partnerships with Area Municipalities, First Nations, Provincial and Federal governments; opportunity for private sector investment; extends recreational opportunities for all ages; provides incentives for new growth and housing, i.e. people (employers, employees) want to locate here because of amenities.
– Housing – support housing across the housing spectrum; the working population whether rental, attainable rental, attainable home ownership – lobby province to support attainable housing.
– Waterfront – support development of brownfields property; redevelopment of MNR/OPP property; make sure Official Plan and zoning flexibility; upgrades to infrastructure or new development takes into account climate change.
– Facilitate business retention strategies.
Table 2
– Be development ready with infrastructure; reduce red tape; reduce duplicated services i.e. with Area Planning Board, slows down processes and doesn’t necessarily attract development;
– infrastructure services; i.e. swing bridge as an economic driver
– development and utilization of Town owned industrial park, and EDO working on that piece of land.
Table 3
– advocate for a financial sustainability plan with respect to economic development in order to know how Parry Sound can economically grow, with objectives which can be measured on an annual basis; useful for budgeting and as information to the public.
– Infrastructure development – targeted investments in specific technology, revitalization and waterfront plans all built into the Strategic Plan, in order that one can look at the Plan and see progress on the various plan initiatives.
– Recommend longer term Strategic Plan, such as at least 10 years.
– Variety of housing options and look at what can be done with zoning by-law changes to accommodate a mix of population in neighbourhoods.
-Town act as broker for development; facilitate development; Town facilitate connection and realignment of business with economic development organizations in increasing business retention and expansion strategies.

Partnerships and Quality of Life

Table 2
– Maintain and improve ongoing partnerships that exist with service clubs, business community, environmental groups, non-profit agencies; e.g. current municipal and First Nations commitment towards pool & rec centre as well as a number of economic development partnerships which enhance quality of life and increase employment opportunities; look for shared services opportunities which save money for all municipalities.
Table 3
– Need for Recreation Plan and a Mobility Plan, (which takes into account infrastructure, accessibility) and which considers seniors and youth who want to be involved in activities.
Table 1
– Events such as winter light up the Town (bigger than light up park); support private sector events; e.g. women’s weekend; downtown events. As Town can’t afford to do and run every event, there are ways we can support other events. E.g. used to support dragon boat event, now because Rotary supports Rach, we can support event in a particular way that makes it easier for service organizations to run the events.
– Partnership with Lakeland Power re: the Net Zero Community, i.e. a system being designed through the Town to use solar and water generating stations to produce enough power with battery back-up that outside power isn’t needed. This will green up the community, make the community locally sustainable and save money. This project the first in Canada, to be realized within 5 years.
– Opportunities with other municipalities to purchase supplies and equipment.
– Opportunities with area municipalities and other organizations for marketing, tourism opportunities and recreation.

Organizational Excellence
Table 3
– Clear communication to public regarding sustainability and how we are meeting goals. – Interconnection and increased efficiency in administration and shared services.
– Better recognition (i.e. showcasing) of employees’ attributes (e.g. someone who is really good at volunteering), and goals at all levels of organization as it results in increased morale, more employee pride in the organization and community, and good marketing for the Town and community as a good place to work and live.

Table 2
– Defined by employee engagement and the value they see in working for the Town of Parry Sound; this comes with training and educational opportunities, leadership development.
– Value of why we’re here; i.e. for residents and taxpayers of the Town of Parry Sound what is the value of the services that are rendered.
– Defined succession planning for employees.

Table 1
– Look at all aspects of communication with the public; and determine what is working and what is not; consider getting one person to pull all this information together and communicate with the public;
– Fiscal responsibility
– Design of future infrastructure to consider Town’s population; i.e. prepare for growth, physical abilities, age.
– Staff training and employee pride

Ms. Montgomery reported pursuant to direction approved by Council this evening, that all this feedback would be taken into account within the three identified priorities and reported back to Council.

Direction for follow-up
That upon receipt of feedback from the public consultation process and with the input provided by Council at its December 17th meeting, that Redbrick Communications be directed to produce the Strategic Plan 2020-2022 for the January 21st, 2020 Council Meeting for approval. Carried

Lotions, Potions and Placebos

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Lotions, Potions and Placebos

I have been active in the pharmaceutical sector for more than 40 years now. Following a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Chemistry from Carleton University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, my professional career has been spent at the interface of research, development, and commercialization. This has provided me the opportunity to observe and understand the dynamics of ‘drugs’ medically, pharmacologically, commercially, and sociologically, be they pharmaceuticals, botanicals, or street drugs, in general all things people medicate with, licit, illicit and counterfeit.

One of the more interesting classes of ‘drugs’ I have looked into are placebos. These are commonly thought of as little white sugar pills. They contain no active pharmaceutical ingredient, at least not active in the common understanding of the word. Actually, placebos come in many more dosage forms than just pills. The medical profession prescribes them in all sorts of dosage forms; pills, capsules, ointments, creams, drops, suppositories, liquids, injectables and more. In a clinical research setting they are used to measure the relative activity, and safety, of what is suspected to be an active pharmaceutical. Often, researchers are surprised to discover that what was hoped to be an active drug is no more effective than the placebo. Well, that makes sense, if the hoped-for drug is not active then why would it be more effective than the placebo? The surprising finding is that while a potential drug is no more effective than the placebo, both the placebo and the inactive drug still show surprising effectiveness in a number of patients.

There have been a large number of scientific studies looking at placebos; how they work, why they work and when they work. Placebos show no effectiveness in treating patients with serious infectious diseases little Hepatitis C, HIV or Pneumonia. Placebos do however show significant effectiveness in treating diseases like depression, pain, and anxiety. Surprisingly, placebos can also cause side effects. There are also ‘nocebos’, the evil twin of placebos. These are products that contain no active but because of expectations actually cause a reduced response to validated treatments and/or significant side effects.

In general, patients who think they are getting a newer more expensive drug, in this case a placebo, have a better clinical response than patients who are told they are getting a generic drug, also a placebo. In pill form, some colors of placebos do better than others for different indications. This shouldn’t be surprising. In any number of reported blinded taste tests of wines and liquors even experts couldn’t consistently tell the difference between expensive and cheap wines and liquors. But put a label and a price on the samples and people, including experts, consistently find the more expensive products to be better, even when labels are switched.

At the end of this post I have included links to articles you may find interesting if you want to dig a little deeper into understanding placebos.

The Local Scene

Why then this post on Parry Sounds? I have been noticing that we are starting to get more and more lotion and potion stores popping up in the area. These are generally boutique type operations offering proprietary products that can provide ‘relief’ from any number of annoying health issues using ‘natural’ ingredients. In almost all cases the ingredients and their amounts are not clearly specified, and I would speculate none of them have been subject to any type of rigorous testing in terms of quality control, stability, or safety, much less effectiveness. Personally, I am less concerned about the effectiveness of these products if used for non-life-threatening conditions than I am about their safety. If they are not effective the only thing being hurt is the purchaser’s bank account.

If these products don’t work then shouldn’t these companies go out of business? No! Since placebos can show effectiveness in 30% to 60% of patients, depending on the particular condition being treated, a successful business can be built selling placebos, as long as there is a good ‘story’ about why the products are especially effective, the business can provide relatable testimonials, and the products are a little bit pricey. If it’s expensive it must work, mustn’t it? Even better is securing the endorsement of a celebrity.

The Business of Lotions and Potions

Here is a bit of a checklist to be successful selling lotions and potions.

  1. Target conditions that are largely subject to subjective opinion. A thermometer may be able to tell if you have a fever, or a blood test can determine if you do or don’t have a venereal disease or anemia, but only you can tell if your pain or anxiety is severe, moderate, or mild and whether it is getting better or worse. Although these lotion and potion folks should stay away from serious conditions like diabetes and HIV, they often can’t help targeting desperate people, through an impersonal media like the internet. If you never meet your customers in person, it’s a bit easier to ignore the real world consequences of what you are selling.
  2. Put together an interesting story of why your lotion, potion or pill is ‘special’. Perhaps it has an ingredient from a unique plant, or perhaps it has a special blend of hard to find ingredients. A story associated with ancient or foreign cultures can also be a winning strategy.
  3. Understand that not all your customers will have a favourable response. You just need 30% of the folks to be ‘satisfied’ with the results of using your product. Once they have some success they will be sure to come back again and again.
  4. Be sure that the lotion, potion or pill doesn’t unintentionally cause serious side effects. That’s a no-no, because not only will customers be unlikely to buy from you again, they are likely to tell others about their bad experience. (In some cases, very mild side effects are a desirable feature of lotions and potions, it gives folks a sense that your product is ‘working’.)
  5. Budget for a 30% placebo response rate but hope for something more like 50%. Because the people trying your product already have some belief or hope that your product will be effective based on your story and/or a personal recommendation it is likely that they will be ‘primed’ to have a positive experience.
  6. Price for profit. Typically, pharmaceuticals have a profit margins (selling price less cost of production) in the range of 90-95%. In the ethical pharmaceutical industry this profit is used to provide executives with outsized salaries, support sales and marketing efforts and, of course, research and development activities. Since you have no R&D to support beyond your imagination, you need to invest in advertising, preferably social media advertising that offers significant reach to very specific audiences with very little governmental scrutiny. If social media is a go-to platform for politicians, you can feel comfortable that it will work for lotions and potions.

If half the people who buy your product return, and you have priced it for profit, you have a winner. There are more than enough folks looking for that little bit of ‘extra help’ with a troubling condition that their physician is unable, or unwilling, to help manage.

CBD Placebos

One of everybody’s favourite placebo lately is CBD, cannabidiol, extracted from the hemp plant. The problem with CBD is not that it isn’t a powerful placebo for almost all of the promoted uses, it is, but rather that everyone is selling it in any number of presentations; capsules, solutions, lotions, tinctures, suppositories, nasal sprays and more. It’s hard to build a story of why your product should be better than the competition if you are all selling the same ‘story’ and dosage forms. The CBD placebo market is suffering from issues of price erosion, it has become a matter of who can sell it for less. (Note: CBD is approved by the regulatory authorities for the treatment of rare forms of epilepsy. The doses used for these indications exceed by a factor of 10-100x what is recommended for the lotions and potions crowd. At those doses even CBD lotions and potions would costs thousands of dollars per year.)

I have noticed one local lotion and potion shop is prominently promoting their product as not containing CBD and offering their product as a clear alternative. Smart marketing in my opinion, don’t sell into a buyer’s market like CBD where it is difficult, if not impossible, to create a unique story.

Mind Safety

I just hope these lotion and potion companies are paying attention to the quality and safety of the products they are offering. Many of these herbal ingredients are being sourced from Asian suppliers who have a very poor record of quality control and have been associated with significant safety issues. Even pharmaceutical companies who source many of their raw materials from Asia, and have significant quality control operations, have run into unexpected safety issues.

If these lotions and potions are in fact ‘active’, they will have certainly desirable and undesirable effects. Even if they are not active for the intended applications they may still an have undesirable impact when used in combination with prescription products or other lotions and potions. Prescription products generally have a long list of possible drug-drug interactions in their prescribing information. The pharmaceutical industry cannot be expected to test their products for interactions with the lotions and potions ‘eye of newt’ or ‘toe of frog’ offerings and none of the lotions and potions folks are going to invest in testing how their products interact with prescription medications. The lotion and potion folks can only hope their products have no actual pharmacological activity and then pray for a significant placebo effect.

Final Thoughts

As a business consultant, I will be interested in seeing how these local Parry Sound area companies do. I wish them no ill so long as they are careful enough to not hurt their customers by compounding potentially dangerous ingredients or not paying enough attention to their raw material suppliers.

I can empathize with folks who are experiencing pain, depression, anxiety, IBS, arthritis and any other number of conditions who are not getting relief working within the formal medical system. If it works, go for it. Just be sure to let your medical care provider (physician and pharmacist) know what you are taking. Even if the lotion and potion is safe it may still have a dangerous interaction with prescription pharmaceuticals you are taking.

Selected Readings (the links below will open in a new tab):

  1. Placebo (Wikipedia).
  2. Nocebo (Wikipedia).
  3. Is the placebo effect real?
  4. The Power of Drug Color.
  5. The weird power of the placebo effect, explained.
  6. Notes from the Field: Methylmercury Toxicity from a Skin Lightening Cream Obtained from Mexico — California, 2019.

Council Agenda Preview – December 17, 2019

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There are a number of items on the agenda that are worth noting:

Closed Session Items
b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (Director of Public Works Selection and Employment Agreement).
It looks as though the Town may be close to hiring a new Director of Public Works.
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes, (Wellness Centre & Pool Cost Sharing Negotiations);
It’s not clear if the plans are to dispose of the property already purchased for the Pool, or to acquire a separate piece of property adjacent to the current YMCA complex. It looks as though if built the pool will be situated on either of the two locations. This item tends to suggest the Pool project is either ‘hotting up’ or the Town is cutting its losses.

Besides an accessible parking issue for The Gardens (10.2.1) the only other notable item on the agenda is the Strategic Plan presentation (10.5.1). I am not optimistic. It has been said that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. I think the input process and the comments received represent an important step in the process of developing a strategic plan. In the end any good plan needs to distill input and then proceed with vision that embraces reality. A strategic plan is not a shopping list of reasonable and unreasonable objectives. Focus, focus, focus. I am a little discouraged by the fact that the cover photo of the presentation includes a ‘historical’ photo. Not a good omen. Not at all a good omen.

Closed Session

b) personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees, (Director of Public Works Selection and Employment Agreement);
c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purposes, (Wellness Centre & Pool Cost Sharing Negotiations);
d) labour relations or employee negotiations, (Director of Public Works Selection and Employment Agreement);
n) 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, (Wellness Centre & Pool Cost Sharing Negotiations).

Correspondence
4.1 –
Linda Taylor, Program Director, West Parry Sound Community Support Services. 2020 Funding Request
4.2 – Nadine Hammond, Curator/Manager, West Parry Sound District Museum. Update and 2020 Funding Request

 Deputations
5.1 –
Bill Mardimae, Gardens Retirement Developments Inc. Gardens Retirement proposed development.
5.2 – Keith Smith. Handicapped parking spaces at The Gardens proposed new building.
5.3 – Chris Pettinger, Dan DiNicolo. Founders Circle.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Low Pressure Forcemain Parry Sound Drive.
Resolution. That the report updating Council on the low pressure forcemain on Parry Sound Drive and concerns raised by Bayside Family Church be received for information purposes.

9.3.1 – BOCC: Emergency Floor Scrubber Replacement.
Resolution. That Council authorize the emergency purchase of a new mechanical floor scrubber for the Bobby Orr Community Centre at a cost not to exceed $10,000 including HST; and
That the mechanical floor scrubber be funded with the reallocation of unspent capital funds as follows: $5,000 from the BOCC LED Light conversion project and $5,000 from the BOCC Olympia Laser Level.

9.4.1 – General Insurance Renewal and Cyber Insurance.
Resolution. That Council hereby approves the renewal of the Corporation’s general insurance policy with BFL Canada at the premium of $350,914 plus tax for the one-year period ending December 15, 2020.

By-laws
10.2.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/14 – College Drive (M2 Developments Inc.).

By-Law 2019 – 6999. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Z/19/14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc./Gardens of Parry Sound).

10.4.1 – 2020 Interim Tax Levy.
By-law 2019 – 7001. Being a By-Law to provide for an interim tax levy, for the payment of taxes, and for penalty and interest at 1 1/4 percent per month for the 2020 taxation year.

10.5.1 – Strategic Plan Public Consultation Feedback; Council Input/Workshop Presenter/Facilitator: Andrea Montgomery, Redbrick Communications Agenda for Strategic Plan – Council Input/Workshop attached.
Direction (proposed for adoption following Council’s workshop). That upon receipt of feedback from the public consultation process and with the input provided by Council at its December 17th meeting, that Redbrick Communications be directed to produce the Strategic Plan 2020-2022 for the January 21st, 2020 Council Meeting for approval.

Taking Responsibility – Locally and Regionally (Revised)

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Oops! There were simple arithmetic errors in the original version. The imputed St. Peter’s tax figure should have been be $16,600 not $166,000. For the United Church in Nobel the figure should have been $1,255, not $12,555. I have removed the original post and replaced it with this one. The revised section is identified in bold and italics. I apologize for the confusion.

MI have noted that in the past year more and more folks from the area municipalities are suggesting the possibility of amalgamation as a positive way to provide for necessary and enhanced services. This is despite their realization that it will cost them more in taxes. While the suggestion is gaining momentum locally it really doesn’t matter, amalgamation won’t happen unless the Province forces it with either a stick or a carrot. I spent quite a bit of time analyzing the consequences of amalgamation that were captured in a series of posts. Here are links to these articles if you are interested in diving in a little deeper.

West Parry Sound Amalgamation – Part 1 (The Numbers)
West Parry Sound Amalgamation – Part 2 (Analysis)
West Parry Sound Amalgamation – Part 3 (Muskoka Model)
West Parry Sound Amalgamation – Part 4 (Crude Models)

In the meantime, there is a problem with the current situation that extends beyond the high tax rates in the Town of Parry Sound (TOPS). It is a matter of services for organizations that are exempt from taxation. This includes most notably houses of worship and social services. This was highlighted by deputations last week when the Bayside Family Church asked the Town for considerations related to a grinder pump and the Parry Sound Friendship Centre requested support with a Warming Centre. They are in a difficult situation. They pay no taxes to support the necessary services the Town provides, but they hope for improved services. What is their argument? It probably relies on the Town doing the generous thing and helping out these not-for-profit organizations that make a difference in the larger area community.

My Perspective

For some time now I have written about the inequity of asking Town of Parry Sound taxpayers to indirectly subsidize the services provided by these many non-for-profit organizations with higher taxes. Not only do these organizations require Town services they also occupy valuable real estate that is not available for business or residential uses that would not consume any additional services but would pay property taxes to support these services. I have received consistent pushback on this point from at least one reader but have received general acknowledgement on the merit of the point from most. This acknowledgement is generally accompanied with a shrug of ‘what can you do about it’.

Perhaps there is a way the situation can be fairly handled, and it doesn’t require the financial shock for the low tax municipalities that would be associated with amalgamation.

Some Background

  1. The various not-for-profit organizations serve the much larger area community. Perhaps the largest population served by these organizations resides in TOPS, but certainly many live in the surrounding municipalities.
  2. The current not-for-profit organizations in the Town account for more than $20 million in assessment value according to MPAC figures. This does not include schools, the West Parry Sound Health Centre, or public housing. In total then the Town foregoes about $250,000 in revenue annually if taxed at the residential rate and more like $400,000 at commercial rates. Add in schools, hospital and public housing and it would be more than $1 million per year.
  3. TOPS has experienced significant cutbacks in support from the Province that has caused the Town tax rates to increase significantly.
  4. The Province and Canada also occupy high value property that is not subject to property taxes. However, both the Province and Canada provide funding in lieu of property taxes. It may not be full compensation, but it is a reasonable level of funding all things considered.
  5. There is some acknowledgement that the not-for-profit services provided in the Town of Parry Sound serves the larger area. Both DSAAB and Belvedere Retirement Home receive funding from the municipalities in proportion to their assessment base. Just because it is in the Town doesn’t mean it only serves the Town. As an aside, I believe that neither of these not-for-profit organizations pays property taxes.

The Proposal

  1. Not-for-profit organizations, excluding schools and the hospital, determine where their members or clients reside. In the case of religious organizations that would be their members. In the case of social service providers, it would be their clients.
  2. The various organizations then estimate what proportion or percentage of their services are provided to people residing in each of the municipalities.
  3. This type of service audit would be supervised by each of the municipalities for all qualifying not-for-profit organizations in their municipality. While it is likely that people from Seguin and Carling attend church in the Town of Parry Sound, it is also possible that people from the Town of Parry Sound or McDougall attend church in Seguin or Carling. It would be the same process for social services although most services are provided out of the Town of Parry Sound because only the Town provides the necessary infrastructure to support these organizations.
  4. A calculation is made of a ‘fair’ tax rate to be charged on the MPAC assessed value of the not-for-profit organizations’ land and buildings. A ‘fair’ tax rate might be the residential rate.
  5. The credits and debits are toted up for each municipality, netted out, with each municipality paying their bill annually.

Example:

  1. Peter’s Catholic Church has an assessed value of $1.23 million. At the Town of Parry Sound residential tax rate of $1.35 per $1,000 of assessment, its annual property taxes would be $16,600 if it were subject to taxation. If 55% of the parishioners live in the Town of Parry Sound, 15% in Seguin, 10% in McDougall, 10% in Carling, and 10% in McKellar, then the municipalities would be assume costs of $9,130, $2,500, $1,660, $1,660, and $$1,660 respectively.
  2. If we then take the United Church in Nobel with an assessed value of $215,000 and a tax rate of $0.57 per $1,000 ($1,255 total) and reverse the apportionment for the Town of Parry Sound (10%) and McDougall (55%) and the rest are the same we arrive at costs of $122, $184, $670, $122, and $122 for each municipality.

Tote up the numbers for all of the not-for-profits and offset the costs and revenues for each municipality and you have the amount to be remitted to each municipality. (Note: I have not forgotten about The Archipelago and Whitestone, I have just ignored then to make it a bit simpler.)

The net/net is pretty obvious. The Town of Parry Sound basically subsidizes the services of the other municipalities. The impact on each for the municipalities would be relatively small, certainly much less than amalgamation would imply. If we estimate that the Town of Parry Sound foregoes as much as $500,000 per year in tax revenues related to the not-for-profit organizations it hosts, and it actually ‘consumes’ 50% of the services, then the other municipalities would be on the hook for $250,000 after adjustments. The municipalities, excepting TOPS, in total collect taxes of about $40 million from residents and businesses annually. Adding in another $250,000 would raise their taxes by about 0.6%, that is less than 1%. The Town of Parry Sound rates could go down by 3%, or the rates could stay the same and additional services could be provided.

This type of sharing of the service burden for not-for-profits might make it much easier for TOPS to be a little more sympathetic and supportive when not-for-profits request a little bit of help related to standard services. It would be a ‘shared’ help.

The Arguments Against

  1. It would take some toting up and accounting to start the process and require each municipality and not-for-profit to do the work. (It wouldn’t really be that hard though. All of these institutions have lists of members and clients and they typically don’t change all that much year-to-year.)
  2. It doesn’t acknowledge the burden that the Town of Parry Sound bears with respect to the hospital and the schools. (Okay, but something is better than nothing.)
  3. The Town of Parry Sound benefits from all of the traffic so it is compensated indirectly with merchant related property taxes. (Yes, but these merchants also benefit the area residents by providing local services. I’m not sure the Town has ever recaptured the investments made in infrastructure for the south end centre. And recently the Town lost about $200,000 annually in property tax revenues when MPAC reduced the assessments for these big box stores.)
  4. We have been doing this for decades and it works, why change? (This the argument favoured by segregationists. Yeah – it worked pretty well for them while it lasted.)

Alternatives

  1. If you think this hits your property taxes, amalgamation will make you scream if you are in one of the low tax rate municipalities. I’m looking at you Seguin and the Archipelago.
  2. Consider the 1% solution. (More on this is a future post.)
  3. Do nothing and hope that the Town of Parry Sound continues to be generous and raises taxes without cutting services.

I have been following the Town of Parry Sound budgeting process for about eight years now. I really can’t find anything in the budget that screams unreasonable or an indulgence at the expense of taxpayers. (Except perhaps for the downtown flower baskets that consistently suck. And there is of course the decision to provide free parking. How is that working out Parry Sound? People still bitch don’t they?)

The Town faces continuous pressure to provide better service for tourists, not-for-profits, schools, and area visitors that directly impact our taxes. (Why can’t we look like Huntsville, or Gravenhurst or Port Carling?) A simple sharing of the load related to not-for-profits could go a long way to making things better for everyone.

 

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – December 3, 2019

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It seems last Tuesday’s meeting was a bit of a marathon in terms of the deputations. There continue to be requests made by the social service and not-for-profit sectors who serve much more than the Town itself to provide services, support and/or considerations. It’s a bit of a Catch-22. These organizations do not pay taxes but occupy prime real estate that is not available for uses that would provide the Town with revenues to provide the requested services. The Town of Parry Sound property tax rates are more than 100% higher than some of the surrounding municipalities, and no less than 50% higher than the others, not because we are spendthrifts but because we are effectively required to provide support to the organizations that service the District, not just the Town.

And now we are looking at taking on the largest individual municipal share of a multi-municipal aquatic and wellness centre. We can’t afford everything, and I think the locals would revolt if there were cutbacks in local services like snow management to subsidize organizations that support a much larger district wide population.

Thanks to the Town Clerk for the summaries of the deputations. I suggest you watch them live for their full impact. Here is the link on YouTube.

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
1.4.1 – Councillor Horne Declared Pecuniary Interest on item 9.2.1; the land ambulance budget was developed in conjunction with the West Parry Sound Health Centre, as his spouse Heidi Stephenson is the Chief Operating Officer of WPSHC.

Questions of Staff
3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Keith’s inquiry as to how things went with the last snowfall and whether there was any change with respect to citizens’ response to the request for patience, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported the following: the snow event in question started on Sunday afternoon, response was a bit slower than usual because of the amount of snow that fell. A truck was out until 11:30 pm with a full crew on at 4:00 am. There were a few phone calls received with one being very rude and extremely abusive to staff. Someone took a swing with a shovel at the wing of a plow, and Mr. Brown indicated that if that happens again, he has instructed staff to call the OPP. People are shovelling snow onto town streets after a plow has gone by which is an offense under the Highway Traffic Act. There are still problems on Belvedere Ave., as it is difficult to get through with a 7 ton. Mr. Brown appealed to people to be patient and urged Council members to take a turn in the wing seat this winter to learn what staff are up against, to which Councillors Keith and Backman responded that they would take up that opportunity.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Backman’s inquiry regarding the status of Belvedere Ave. vis-à-vis 1-way vs. 2-way street, Mr. Brown reported that he regrets that the issue of returning Belvedere Ave. to a 2-way street was not completed during his time as Director of Public Works. Mr. Brown reported that it is extremely difficult to drive the 7- ton truck through this street at anytime, and he advocated that the street be returned to a 2-way street, and that on street parking be eliminated in winter months.

Correspondence
4.1 – Eric McIntyre. Request for improving and installing sidewalks; areas cited include Avenue Road, Margaret, Marion, Ethel and Victoria Streets.

4.2 – Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. Response to Town inquiry on status update on consolidated school project.

4.3 – Tamara Wilson, Health Outreach Coordinator, Parry Sound Friendship Centre. Warming Centre to accommodate 20 clients overnight.

4.4. – Rick Zanussi, Chair, DSSAB. Request for support of District of Parry Sound Ontario Health Team

Deputations
5.1 –
Tamara Wilson, Health Outreach Coordinator, Parry Sound Friendship Centre. Warming Centre to accommodate 20 clients overnight.
Ms. Wilson addressed Council with respect to the Parry Sound Friendship Centre and partner Mary Street Centre/St. James United Church intention to provide a warming centre for homeless over the coming winter months. Ms. Wilson requested financial support for this project.
In response to inquiries, Ms. Wilson provided the following additional information: In her position as Health Outreach Coordinator, she has done research and consulted with representatives of the Salvation Army and DSSAB and concludes that homelessness in the area is at a crisis point that needs to be addressed. The proposed warming centre is specifically for men, since Esprit Place does exist and takes in women and children, but there is no men’s shelter. Weekly anticipated costs are estimated at $896, with $40 for utilities, $776.05 for 1 staff member for three nights, and $50 for incidentals.
The following motion was made: That the warming centre as identified in correspondence and deputation at the December 3, 2019 Council meeting be considered in budget deliberations for 2020. CarriedIn response to additional inquiries, Ms. Wilson provided the following information:
There is a member of DSSAB on the Committee addressing this issue, and DSSAB has offered to pay for cots and a steamer to clean them. DSSAB has indicated that they have no more additional funding for this project.
The following motion was made: That the Town send a letter to DSSAB reminding them of their role on housing and homelessness and asking them for further support given that they represent the District of Parry Sound where many of the homeless needing shelter may come from. Carried
Again, in response to additional inquiries, Ms. Wilson provided the following information: Trillium Foundation funding has been researched, but unfortunately the process will take so long, that by the time any funding is received, the shelter would be closed. This funding option may be more useful for establishing a permanent shelter. Ms. Wilson has not contacted other municipalities with a similar request for funding, but upon the suggestion from a member of Council, indicated that she would do so. The warming centre is proposed for only Monday-Wednesday to get it up and running and if it goes well, may open for more nights. It is proposed to start on December 9th with volunteers only, because there isn’t the funding yet for staff. When the centre is opened, there will be an intake and registration process that will capture information on the men. Councillor Keith suggested that it would be useful if the intake process captures information on the registrant’s home base, as that information may be useful in determining if x number of people are coming from certain municipalities. Ms. Wilson confirmed that she has called all the churches and there were about 17 in attendance at a first meeting; there are now about 13 people involved with the Committee. Councillor McCann suggested contacting service clubs like the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus who might not be so constrained to a budget process as organizations like the Town are.

5.2 – Deborah Randall-Wood, Chief Nursing Officer and Director Patient & Family Centred Care; Heidi Stephenson, Chief Financial Officer, West Parry Sound Health Ctr. Our Changing Health Care Environment.
Ms. Randall-Wood and Ms. Stephenson addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation on the changing health care environment.
Ms. Stephenson began with an overview of the recent move to electronic health records (EHR) which went live on October 1st, perhaps the biggest transformation since the new health centre opened in 2005. The project began two years ago and in addition to IT staff, involved physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, lab & pharmacy technicians, as well as finance and procurement staff. Ms. Stephenson indicated that they worked with Sault Area Hospital and North Bay Regional Health Centre and because they were the first in the Region to go live, had an extra 50 people on site the first 3 days. 140 nurses were trained with 18 hours of training each. The command centre was running for 24 hours/day for the first 14 days. By 2022, the other 21 hospitals in what was the Northeast LINH will be going live with EHR and will look to what the WPSHC has created.
Ms. Stephenson reported that another big project of the WPSHC is the purchase of a new CT scanner, superior to the current scanner purchased in 2005. The new scanner costs $1.5 million instead of $4 million, has 128 slices instead of 64, and releases a lower radiation dose. Currently there is a trailer parked outside the emergency entrance with a portable CT scanner while the old scanner is being removed.
Ms. Stephenson credited the Foundation and supporters in the area for financially supporting both of these projects and making them happen.
Ms. Randall-Wood addressed Council with respect to changes happening in the Ontario health system, noting that a new agency called Ontario Health has been created to partially replace the LHIN (Local Health Integrated Network). A number of agencies which used to report directly to the Minster of Health, now report to Ontario Health, a transition that has been happening over the last two years. In addition, the LHIN system of 14 regions has been reduced to 5 regions. Parry Sound has remained in the North Region which has a lot of advantages. In so doing, the LHIN functions have carried on as usual with staff transferring to Ontario Health. The only agency which has not yet transferred is the Trillium Gift of Life Network, due to complications in making sure that people who are involved in an organ transplant process are not disrupted.
Ms. Randall-Wood reported that additionally there will be reconfiguration of other systems including public health, land ambulance, and ambulance communication, with public consultation to be undertaken on the future of these services. Ms. Randall-Wood noted that the West Parry Sound Ontario Health Team would be advocating as strongly as possible for services currently managed in Parry Sound to stay in Parry Sound due to efficiencies of that model, as a larger province-wide EMS system doesn’t make sense for rural and northern communities.
Ms. Randall-Wood said that the biggest news is the formation of Ontario Health Teams (OHT) which is different than Ontario Health, the latter being a large provincial organization. OHTs which would still work together, are under Ontario Health.
Ms. Randall-Wood identified the various organizations that worked together in submitting an application to create an Ontario Health Team for West Parry Sound (OHTWPS), and reported that they were assigned by the Ministry of Health the “In Development” status, which means essential elements are in place. Ms. Randall-Wood reported that in actively working on full application, the OHTWPS recognizes that Muskoka, Algonquin, Nipissing and Sudbury are moving forward into “full application” with announcements coming out now.
Working on full application includes recognizing what populations the Team is going to be working with. Ms. Randall-Wood noted that the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) out of the University of Toronto has identified referral patterns. The system therefore is built around where people go for care, starting with primary care where the physician is, then to where the physician sends people; i.e. to where specialists practice. ICES then attributes populations to that. Most physicians in WPS refer people into WPSHC. Specialists who come to work, work within WPSHC. When patients move they tend to go north to Sudbury and south to Royal Victoria, and from time to time to Toronto Sick Kids or to Waypoint. Some patients go to Orillia including high-risk Moms and babies but most referral patterns are north and south, so the Team is trying to understand how to service people in these corridors.
Ms. Randall-Wood noted that the “in development” status allows the Team a chance to watch how other OHTs are developing, and what they are using for governance structure.
Ms. Randall-Wood noted that priorities in the next application stage are seniors and those in long term care, and people living with mental health and addictions issues because of the high population in those two categories.
In response to Council members questions, Ms. Randall-Wood and Ms. Stephenson clarified the structure with Ministry of Health at the top, Ontario Health delivering health care to the population, divided into 5 regions responsible for the business of Ontario Health, with about 40 Ontario Health Teams. The advantage of the OHT is that for the first time all services can be pulled together under one governance structure which will cut down barriers, reduce application processes, time, etc. West Parry Sound was successful in convincing the Ministry of Health that although the area does not meet the suggested minimum population threshold, it constitutes a unique entity, and there is no benefit to enlarging the area and linking with hospitals, north, east or south. Other OHTs have already been approved at full application which also don’t meet the minimum population threshold. With respect to boundary divisions in the district, Ms. Randall- Wood noted that the attributive population is considered; i.e. people in Burk’s Falls would be associated with the Muskoka-Algonquin Health Team; Powassan with Nipissing; and McKellar, Dunchurch and Magnetawan with West Parry Sound.

5.3. – Nick Ryeland, President; Peter Searle, Executive Director & General Manager. Park to Park Trail update and budget.
Mr. Ryeland addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation, providing background on the Park to Park (P2P) Trail Association, noting that they operate over 230 km of highly rated trails just outside of Killbear to just outside of Algonquin Park, in relatively close proximity to Toronto, which brings in tourism, and people looking for an adventure. Mr. Ryeland suggested that the trail contributes culturally, environmentally, economically and socially to the area. The trail essentially runs from Hwy 400 to exit 214, then east to Huntsville – the most populated area of the trail and is used by ATVs dirt bikes, bicyclists, and hikers.
Mr. Ryeland reported that they are seeking an investment from Parry Sound of $6,000 for 2020, more than has been asked for in previous years. Mr. Ryeland noted that most money comes from trail passes sold to ATVers and dirt bikers, and sales in 2019 of $80,000 contributed to 2/3 of revenue. This amount has almost doubled in the last three years, likely as a result of good social media presence, proximity to Toronto and the quality and landscape of the trail. Mr. Ryeland noted that in 2018, the Parry Sound 33 Fire negatively affected trail pass sales, and that the number of passes sold was 952, which jumped in 2019 to 1143, up 19%.
Mr. Ryeland made comparison to Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance which had trail pass sales in excess if $500,000 in 2019 and to the Hatfield McCoy Trails which raised $1,500,000. The P2P annual Father’s Day Rally raised over $10,000 in 2019 and $10,000 donation was received from Henvey Inlet Wind.
Using Ontario’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM), Mr. Ryeland reported the economic impact of the P2P Trail included total visitor spending of $731,000; full-time employment of 5; retail trade of $50,000; accommodation of $70,000; food & beverage of $50,000 and indirect tax of $106,000.
With respect to social impact, Mr. Ryeland reported that people inevitably go with friends, and/or family.
Mr. Ryeland reported that trail work in 2019 addressed bridges, as P2P manages 14 aging bridges. 4 bridges were re-decked in 2019, with plans to do 4 more in 2020. One additional original rail bridge needs to be replaced in its entirety and is currently closed. P2P is working with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) to source funds from the province to complete this expensive work.
In response from Councillor inquiries, Mr. Ryeland confirmed that no funding comes from the province to pay for the P2P trail maintenance, including bridge repairs. P2P trail manages the trail under a land use permit from Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF). For major repairs like the old rail bridge, P2P works with OFSC, and otherwise uses its own funds from trail pass sales and municipal contributions.
Mr. Ryeland noted that the number of volunteer person hours of labour spent on the trail was estimated to be at approximately 1,000.
With respect to the “One Pass” system, being a pass to access various trails, Mr. Ryeland indicated that it has proved be difficult because organizations can be defensive of their trails; P2P is concerned that a pass bought elsewhere to be used here, does not contribute financially to P2P for trail upkeep.
Mr. Ryeland noted that although he doesn’t see ATVs frequently in Parry Sound, the decision by Parry Sound to permit them on Town streets is a forward step as it helps send a message that Parry Sound is open for business and helps build acceptance of the sport.
Councillor Keith suggested that although the cost to maintain the bridges is an issue, the number of bridges might be considered as part of a marketing campaign.
Mr. Ryeland agreed that the main purchases by trail users were for food, gas and lodging, but also suggested that they make other goods and services purchases contributing to the area economy.
In response to an inquiry regarding naming rights and sponsorship, Mr. Ryeland reported that CF Motor, manufacturer of ATVs, is a corporate sponsor and provides 5 side by sides for annual use to work on trails, and that a number of organizations sponsored the Seguin Falls bridge repair in 2007 and they are named on the bridge. Mr. Ryland said that P2P will be making deputations to other municipalities requesting financial assistance.

5.4 – Fritz Distler, Tyson Shurr, Bayside Family Church. Mr. Shurr read from a June 17th, 2019 letter addressed to Council reporting that for the past 9-10 years there have been intermittent problems with their sewer line and sewage pump and that they believe the problems relate to uninsulated sewer lines buried 2′ below ground in front of Bayview and Homestead Plumbing which freeze, reversing pressure back to their location and burning out their pumps, resulting in flooding of their basement.
Mr. Shurr requested that the Town correct the installation of the sewer lines in the low area in front of Salvation Army Thrift Store, Homestead Plumbing and Bayview by providing more insulation or lowering the line; and that the Town consider paying a portion of the approximate $10,500 since 2009 borne by Bayside Family Church for their repairs.
Mr. Distler said that Bay Area got a new grinder pump installed by the Town and that The Salvation Army Thrift Store pump was looked after by the Town.
In response to the Mayor’s invitation to provide more information, Director of Public Works Peter Brown reported that the June 17th letter read from this evening has been responded to by his office with copies already circulated to members of Council. Mr. Brown said that with respect to Bay Area Electric and Bayview, the Town’s agreement with them stipulates that the Town maintains their system. It is clear in the agreement with Bayside Family Church, that the Town does not maintain their system. Mr. Brown indicated that in good faith, the Town has helped Bayside Family Church by providing a pump two times in the last year without charge.
Mr. Brown reported that the forcemain recently installed was a minimum of 6′ deep in most areas and where it was only 5′ deep, was insulated, and the pipe itself in that area had a layer of insulation. Mr. Brown reported that in addition, a check valve was installed at the Pentecostal Church as an extra security measure.
Moved and Seconded: THAT a report on this issue be provided by staff and brought back to the next Council Meeting. Carried

Resolutions and Direction to Staff
9.1.1 – Update on Sidewalk repairs and replacements in the Town of Parry Sound, Resolution. That the Sidewalks Repairs and Replacements Report, 2015-2019 be received for information purposes. Carried

9.1.2 – Pedestrian Crossing at Waubeek Street & Avenue/Belvedere intersections. Resolution. That the report on Pedestrian Crossing at Waubeek Street & Avenue/Belvedere intersections be received for information purposes. Carried

9.2.1 – 2020 Land Ambulance Budget. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound approves the 2020 Land Ambulance Budget in the amount of $9,995,709.00. Carried

9.2.2 – EMS Ambulance and Paramedic Response Unit Replacements for 2020 Spokesperson: Dave Thompson, Director of Development and Protective Services. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound approves the replacement of two ambulances to be delivered in late winter 2020 and further that the supplier of record, Crestline, be awarded the contract for the supply of these two ambulances in the amount of $129,427.21 +HST each; said ambulances funded from the EMS equipment reserve fund; and
That the upon delivery of the 2020 ambulances the two being replaced be deemed surplus and donated to First Response Teams within the District of Parry Sound. Carried
Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound approves the replacement of one Paramedic Response Unit (PRU) to be supplied by Rowland Emergency Vehicle in the amount of $70,475.00 + HST; said PRU funded from the EMS equipment reserve fund. Carried.

9.2.3 – Reappointment of Councillors to Committee of Adjustment Spokesperson: Taylor Elgie, Manager of Building and Planning Services. Resolution. That Councillors Horne and Keith be reappointed to the Parry Sound Committee of Adjustment until December 31, 2020. Carried

9.2.4 – Re-Parking, Downtown Parry Sound. Direction. That Council for the Town of Parry Sound receives the Re-parking report and directs staff to bring the proposed changes forward in January 2020. Carried

9.3.1 – Information Update: Town of Parry Sound Culture, Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Resolution. That the staff update on the Town of Parry Sound Culture, Parks and Recreation Plan be received for informational purposes. Carried

9.3.2 – Modernization Program – Intake 1, Digital Strategy. Resolution. WHEREAS the Province announced the provision of the Municipal Modernization Program which is a funding program to identify efficiencies,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that staff be authorized to indicate to the Province the Town’s Expression of Interest and subsequently submit an application for municipal modernization funding resulting in a third-party assessment of opportunities to utilize information technology to achieve efficiencies, taking into consideration needs, resource requirements, best practices and also the identification of cost saving/sharing with other municipalities through shared technology opportunities. Carried

9.4.1 – Financial Variance Report for Third Quarter 2019. Resolution. That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for the Third Quarter 2019 (September 30, 2019); and
Further that Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from July 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. Carried

9.5.1 – Council Selection Sub-Committee for Director of Public Works. Resolution. That due to a conflict of interest, Councillor Horne be removed from the Council Selection Sub-Committee for the hiring of the Director of Public Works and that Councillor Burden be appointed in his place. Carried

By-laws
10.1.1 – Stewardship Ontario MHSW Amending Agreement. By-Law 2019 – 6996. Being a by-law to execute the Stewardship Ontario MHSW amending service agreement and amend Bylaw 2008-5281. Passed, Signed, and Sealed

10.1.2 – Encroachment Agreement – 4 River Street. By-Law 2019 – 6997. Being a by-law to execute an encroachment agreement between the owner of 4 River Street and the Town of Parry Sound. Passed, Signed, and Sealed

10.1.3 – Electronic Waste Agreement. By-Law 2019 – 6998. Being a by-law to amend Bylaw 2011-6029 to continue the electronic waste agreement and to reflect the change in ownership from Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) to Quantum Lifecycle Partners and to execute the Notice of Assignment to confirm the Town of Parry Sound’s agreement with the change in ownership. Passed, Signed, and Sealed

10.2.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/14 – College Drive (M2 Developments Inc.). By-Law 2019 – 6999. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Z/19-14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc./Gardens of Parry Sound). Carried to table

 

Council Agenda Preview – December 3, 2019

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Mr. McIntyre’s letter (4.1) is worth reading and can be found in the full agenda package available at the Town’s website. He points out some of the safety issues faced by pedestrians in the Avenue Road area. While I don’t walk there I am conscious of the issues when cycling in the area. Although the issues may be reduced with Waubeek Street open, the area remains dangerous because of the narrow winding streets with limited sight lines.

A quick review of the summarized agenda as presented below will give you a good sense of whether you should look at the full agenda.

Note: I went to the Town’s website to provide a link to the full agenda and found it hadn’t been posted as of 5:20 Friday. A number of us subscribe to receive the agenda and minutes by email, so I’ll host the agenda package at this site. The full agenda can be accessed through this link.

Correspondence

4.1 – Eric McIntyre. Request for improving and installing sidewalks; areas cited include Avenue Road, Margaret, Marion, Ethel and Victoria Streets.

4.2 – Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. Response to Town inquiry on status update on consolidated school project.

4.3 – Tamara Wilson, Health Outreach Coordinator, Parry Sound Friendship Centre. Warming Centre to accommodate 20 clients overnight.

Deputations

5.1 – Tamara Wilson, Health Outreach Coordinator, Parry Sound Friendship Centre. Warming Centre to accommodate 20 clients overnight.

5.2 – Jim Hanna, Communications Officer, West Parry Sound Health Centre Our Changing Health Care Environment.

5.3. – Peter Searle. Park to Park Trail update and budget

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.1.1 – Update on Sidewalk repairs and replacements in the Town of Parry Sound. Resolution. That the Sidewalks Repairs and Replacements Report, 2015-2019 be received for information purposes.

9.1.2 – Pedestrian Crossing at Waubeek Street & Avenue/Belvedere intersections. Resolution. That the report on Pedestrian Crossing at Waubeek Street & Avenue/Belvedere intersections be received for information purposes.

9.2.1 – 2020 Land Ambulance Budget. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound approves the 2020 Land Ambulance Budget in the amount of $9,995,709.00

9.2.2 – EMS Ambulance and Paramedic Response Unit Replacements for 2020. Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound approves the replacement of two ambulances to be delivered in late winter 2020 and further that the supplier of record, Crestline, be awarded the contract for the supply of these two ambulances in the amount of $129,427.21 +HST each; said ambulances funded from the EMS equipment reserve fund; and
That the upon delivery of the 2020 ambulances the two being replaced be deemed surplus and donated to First Response Teams within the District of Parry Sound.
Resolution. That upon the recommendation of the EMS Advisory Committee the Council of the Town of Parry Sound approves the replacement of one Paramedic Response Unit (PRU) to be supplied by Rowland Emergency Vehicle in the amount of $70,475.00 + HST; said PRU funded from the EMS equipment reserve fund.

9.2.3 – Reappointment of Councillors to Committee of Adjustment Spokesperson: Taylor Elgie, Manager of Building and Planning Services. Resolution. That Councillors Horne and Keith be reappointed to the Parry Sound Committee of Adjustment until December 31, 2020.

9.2.4 – Re-Parking, Downtown Parry Sound. Direction. That Council for the Town of Parry Sound receives the Re-parking report and directs staff to bring the proposed changes forward in January 2020.

9.3.1 – Information Update: Town of Parry Sound Culture, Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Resolution. That the staff update on the Town of Parry Sound Culture, Parks and Recreation Plan be received for informational purposes.

9.3.2 – Modernization Program – Intake 1, Digital Strategy. Resolution. WHEREAS the Province announced the provision of the Municipal Modernization Program which is a funding program to identify efficiencies, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that staff be authorized to indicate to the Province the Town’s Expression of Interest and subsequently submit an application for municipal modernization funding resulting in a third-party assessment of opportunities to utilize information technology to achieve efficiencies, taking into consideration needs, resource requirements, best practices and also the identification of cost saving/sharing with other municipalities through shared technology opportunities.

9.4.1 – Financial Variance Report for Third Quarter 2019. Resolution. That Council hereby receives and accepts the variance report for the Third Quarter 2019 (September 30, 2019); and
Further that Council hereby approves the expenses for Council members for the period from July 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Stewardship Ontario MHSW Amending Agreement. By-Law 2019 – 6996. Being a by-law to execute the Stewardship Ontario MHSW amending service agreement and amend Bylaw 2008-5281.

10.1.2 – Encroachment Agreement – 4 River Street. By-Law 2019 – 6997. Being a by-law to execute an encroachment agreement between the owner of 4 River Street and the Town of Parry Sound.

10.1.3 – Electronic Waste Agreement. By-Law 2019 – 6998. Being a by-law to amend Bylaw 2011-6029 to continue the electronic waste agreement and to reflect the change in ownership from Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) to Quantum Lifecycle Partners and to execute the Notice of Assignment to confirm the Town of Parry Sound’s agreement with the change in ownership.

10.2.1 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/14 – College Drive (M2 Developments Inc.). By-Law 2019 – 6999. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Z/19-14 – 12 College Drive (M2 Developments Inc./Gardens of Parry Sound).

 

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – November 19, 2019

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The major news from this week’s Town of Parry Sound council meeting is that the Lighthouse development on Salt Dock Road has a green light from Council to proceed.

As always there were questions of Staff about snow removal when we get an early season dump. I think the Town does a good job, but there are always people who want more and faster. Well we can have it, it just costs money. That also means we will have unused capacity if and when it doesn’t snow. How much buffer do you carry in your bank accounts; how much extra life insurance and disability insurance do you carry? I’m sure that if you are conscientious you do what is necessary with a little extra capacity but realize that you really aren’t prepared if we were to get two feet of snow in one day, or you had a house fire. You could survive it, but it will take patience and understanding. I would rather not raise the taxes so that we clear the snow an hour earlier. We shouldn’t be surprised when we get a dump with the quality of weather forecasts. We need to plan for it. If your street isn’t plowed as early as you like, park overnight at a friend’s house where there is earlier service and walk over to your car in the morning. If the sidewalks aren’t clear at 8:00, wait until they are cleared. Don’t play the role of victim. If you want better snow service, let Council know and be prepared to pay for it.

The day we received the dump of snow I had a meeting in the downtown, and I drove. The roads were okay as I traveled down Bowes and Miller Streets. I thought for a minute or two about Peter Brown, Director of Operations retiring at the end of the year. I realized that he doesn’t just worry about getting to work every day, he also has to worry about getting everybody else to work and school every day, and those folks who want to get out for an early coffee. I suddenly understood why he is retiring, at least from this position. When you are a public servant everybody thinks they are your boss and being experts they can tell you how to do your job better. Enough is enough. The job is still open if you think you can do a better job. And you get the benefits and scrutiny that comes with making the Sunshine List.

Closed Session

c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purpose, (property matter);
e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (update on litigation of cases with the Town);
f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (update on litigation of cases with the Town);
j) educating or training council members and no member shall discuss or deal with any matter in a way that materially advances the business of the Council (municipal finances);

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s request for an update on the progress on Waubeek Street, Director of Public Works Peter Brown replied that Waubeek & Melvin will be paved starting tomorrow morning and will be open for business Thursday morning. Some concrete work will be completed in the Spring.

3.2.2 – Councillor McCann inquired as to how staff manage & prioritize the plowing of roads and sidewalks, as he and other Councillors received complaints regarding the snowplowing during the last snowfall. Director of Public Works Peter Brown responded that the Town has a Winter Control Policy available on the website for residents to view which is mandated by Council. At that particular snow event the snow started about 1:30 am and crews were out by 4:30 am plowing & sidewalk clearing. Plowing is done on a priority and traffic flow basis per the policy and Mr. Brown reported that he feels staff are doing an excellent job. Each year the plan is modified to accommodate changes in the community such as the new placement of schools.

3.2.3 – Councillor Backman asked the Director of Development & Protective Services for an update on the strategic planning process. Dave Thompson responded that the process was started with focus group sessions yesterday morning and evening. On November 26th the group will be at the high school for input from the students and there will be an open house in the evening of the 26th at the BOCC from 7:00 to 9:00 pm that the public are welcome to attend. The consultants and senior staff will be present to answer questions. There is a web-based survey on the Town’s website which has over 180 surveys completed to date. After November 26th the consultants will consolidate the information and bring the information forward to the December 17th council meeting for Council’s review and input.

3.2.4 – Councillor Keith inquired of Mr. Brown if he was familiar with any community education programs concerning snowfall events and the need for residents themselves to also be prepared. Mr. Brown replied that he has seen some websites and twitter feeds with this information; he will ensure this information is circulated soon on the Town website and twitter feed.

Correspondence

4.1 – District of Parry Sound Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee. Request as part of national initiative, that the Municipal office flags be lowered to 1/2 mast on December 6, 2019 to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and specifically to remember the lives lost on December 6th, 1989 of 14 young university students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Circulated to Mayor & Council, on this evening’s agenda as item 8.1 and filed.

4.2 – Climate Action Parry Sound. They are a grassroots organization of concerned citizens committed to limiting and mitigating the effects of human-caused global warming introducing their group to Council. Their goals are to raise awareness, solicit petition signatures to be forwarded to provincial and federal governments and support youth commitment for multi- generational demonstrations in support of “Fridays for Future”. They will network and collaborate with other groups and organizations in our community on lowering our carbon footprint. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

Deputations

5.1 – Glenda Clayton and Monica Moore, Parry Sound Area Food Collaborative. Community Oven. Glenda Clayton addressed Council, introducing the Parry Sound and Area Food Collaborative as a group of key community stakeholders and a number of individual residents who work at championing healthy sustainable food systems for the Parry Sound Area. They have a number of initiatives including the Parry Sound & Area Food Charter. Ms. Clayton reported that a new initiative is a Community Oven – an age-old multi-cultural tradition, and they propose to locate it at the Mary Street Centre, built outside on the green space between their building and the North Star building, now owned by the Ryans. The oven will be available to be rented by various groups and also used for community events. Oven masters will be trained to work with the users. They have conferred with Fire Chief Thompson on some of the safety aspects. It will be heated by wood which will be stored in a locked wood storage building. Ms. Clayton and Ms. Moore concluded by requesting support for this initiative.

5.2 – Ron Jenkins. Sidewalks and repairs required for his wheelchair. Mr. Jenkins addressed Council noting that he came here 6 years ago from Guelph, and loves being here. He said that the elevator in this building won’t accommodate his wheelchair so he walked up the stairs this evening. He & other wheelchair users get together to discuss which back streets to avoid, to minimize the damage to their wheelchairs. He requests that attention be paid to the state of the sidewalks and says it would be very appreciated by him and many other wheelchair users. He requests that Council members use a wheelchair on the sidewalks to see what he means.
The following direction was proposed: That staff develop a report with respect to developing a disabled citizens committee that could make recommendations to Council as to some needs in the community. Carried

5.3 – Nancy Cunningham Re: Lighthouse OPA & ZBA. Ms. Cunningham addressed Council requesting some assurances and clarification on the guarantees put forward by the developer on such items as: only the elevator shaft & no other additions being on the roof, preservation of the trees between the subject property and the Fitness Trail, information on the surveyor and clarification on what height compared to Beaconview – floor or ceiling level, what is the record of the developer with regards to parking, garbage storage & landscaping, and why is the independent planner’s report called a justification report. Ms. Cunningham reminded Council members that most of them were in office when both the Official Plan and the Trails Master Plan were being developed and that the residents rely on those members to support the legislation they helped create. Ms. Cunningham requested a recorded vote on this matter.

5.4 – Josh Morgan, Morgan Planning & Development. Lighthouse Official Plan Amendment/Zoning By-law Amendment (OPA / ZBA). Mr. Morgan, representing Greystone Project Management, addressed Council to summarize the primary topics & concerns expressed during the public meeting in July, the primary themes expressed in correspondence since the public meeting and the steps the applicant has taken since those comments were received and the summary of the land use control measures that would be in place should the by-laws be passed.
In response to the Primary Land Use comments: Triton Engineering Services Limited was retained to peer review the Traffic Impact Study, FRI Corp was retained to peer review the Species at Risk Assessment. The Town retained Jamie Robinson of MHBC Planning to provide his professional planning opinion regarding the appropriateness of the applications.
Riverstone Environmental Solutions Inc prepared an itemized response to the environmental peer review and FRI Corp confirmed that all of their peer review comments had been suitably addressed.
Tatham Engineering Limited prepared an itemized response to the traffic peer review and they accept that there will not be any appreciable level of service or capacity issues and that the entrance alignment and/or sight line improvements can be addressed via Site Plan Approval Process.
L.U. Maughan Company Limited, an Ontario Land Surveyor, was retained to confirm the finished 1st floor elevation of the adjacent Beaconview, which is 203.75 GSC. The elevation of the proposed roof is 203.6 GSC which is lower than the 1st floor elevation of Beaconview. An earth toned roof membrane will be utilized and air conditioning units will not be installed on the roof.
The site plan has been updated to increase the westerly interior side yard setback from 3.47m to 6.0m which allows a greater setback between the building and the fitness trail. With the trail being approx. 9.0m from the westerly property boundary this results in an approx. setback of 15m. Proposed are improvements to the existing trailhead with improved public parking, installation of a trail extension and crosswalk over Salt Dock Road.
Due to the topography of the subject property the designation of Open Public Space doesn’t fit well as its use as a public facility or park would be very difficult. It is more suited to the designation of Residential High Density.
Detailed servicing, grading and storm water management design drawings will be submitted as part of the Site Plan approval process.
Soil Engineers Ltd. have been retained to prepare Phase 1 and Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment once the ZBA and OPA have been approved to file a Record of Site Condition, if required.
The ZBA is proposed with a Holding provision. The holding provision will not be lifted until such time as the applicant has obtained Site Plan Approval and Record of Site Condition, if required.
Mr. Morgan requested approval of both the Zoning By-law Amendment and the Official Plan Amendment.

5.5 – Jamie Robinson, MHBC Planning. Mr. Robinson addressed Council, reporting that he has 17 years experience throughout central and northern Ontario as a professional planner, and he has been retained by the Town of Parry Sound to take an independent review of this site dealing with the 2 land use planning applications on the agenda this evening. Mr. Robinson said that the 2 by- laws are intended to establish the principle of use for the site; i.e. “is this an appropriate site for a building of the size, of the massing of the scale that’s proposed with the site specific amendments that are identified through the zoning by-law? That’s the question before Council with both the OPA and the ZBA”. Mr. Robinson said that the specific details would be considered through the site plan agreement that will be brought to Council at a later time.
With respect to the earlier deputation concerning guarantees to the surrounding area and residents with respect to the application, Mr. Robinson reported that Mr. Morgan identified that the site plan control process provides those guarantees and also the zoning by-law amendment that’s before Council this evening does specifically establish a building envelope of the site, and it does specifically establish a maximum height provision for this building so it effectively establishes a building location and a massing for development on this site. If the proposed development were ever to exceed those requirements, additional planning approval would be required and there would be a public meeting for that so the by-law itself is an important component to provide those assurances to the public. Mr. Robinson also noted that as Mr. Morgan mentioned, the site plan process does provide those specific details as well.
With respect to comments as to whether Mr. Robinson’s report was a “justification report”, or a “review report”, Mr. Robinson said that it is a “review report”. Mr. Robinson noted that there is a footer within his report which is incorrect, and for that he apologized and confirmed that it is a review report.
Mr. Robinson noted that the OPA relates to Schedule A of the Official Plan to be modified to re-designate the lands to High Density Residential. The lands currently are not being used as a park and in historical documents these lands are not identified for future parkland purposes.
In the ZBA there are a number of different modifications proposed: a height of 12.5 m, the height is measured from the front lot which in this case the front yard abuts Salt Dock Road. The elevations of 203.75 and 203.6 were provided by the surveyors. For assurances to the public those elevations would be encapsulated in the site plan agreement and the zoning by-law itself specified a maximum height of 12.5m. The specifics of the elevator are included in the ZBA and would require an amendment if proposed to be changed.
The by-law requires 50% front yard, the proposed reduction is to 29%; the front yard contains parking, snow storage and landscaped open space. While the front yard faces Salt Dock Road, the building itself faces Georgian Bay. Outdoor parking spaces are 3m x 6m which meets the requirement of the zoning by-law; however, each indoor parking space is proposed to be 2.7m x 6m.
A Holding “H” Symbol is added to a zoning by-law amendment and it effectively provides some conditions that need to be satisfied before a building permit can be issued. What the Holding symbol means is that site plan control is required. Specific items are included in the holding symbol and the site plan agreement which reflect the public comments and concerns. The details, “nuts & bolts”, of the site plan agreement will be ironed out by staff during the site plan process, details such as design requirements related to roof structures, restrictions on mechanicals on roof. As all this information has to be built right into the site plan agreement this gives assurance as it is a legal binding agreement between the property owner, the Town and any future property owner as it’s an agreement registered on title.
Mr. Robinson reported that in context of the surrounding developments, there are a number of high-density developments in the area, and in his opinion, he thinks the proposed development does make efficient use of existing infrastructure and is appropriate both from a scale perspective and a density perspective and is compatible with surrounding land uses.
With regard to the height, Mr. Robinson reported that he believed there have been some steps taken to protect the views for the existing condominium in the area.
Mr. Robinson reported that he believed there has been adequate consideration given to trail connection and parkland aspects.
The traffic study identifies there is existing transportation infrastructure in the area sufficient to support the additional demand that would be created.
The parking requirements do exceed the minimum requirements.
An Endangered and Threatened species assessment was completed and determined there is a very low likelihood of endangered or threatened species present. A timing window is recommended to be included in the site plan agreement.
In conclusion, Mr. Robinson reported that an independent look at each of the public comments was undertaken and addressed within his report. Having reviewed the Official Plan and having reviewed the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and the Provincial Policy Statement, Mr. Robinson reported that he believed that the proposed development is consistent with the PPS and conforms both with the growth plan and the Town’s Official Plan and would represent good land use planning.

After the deputations Council dealt with prioritized Item 10.2.2

10.2.2 – Lighthouse Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA).
By-law 2019 – 6991. Being a By-law to Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 2 – Part of Block Q of Plan 123 and a portion of Part 7 of 42R129.
A recorded vote was taken:
Yes – Councillor Vanessa Backman, Councillor Paul Borneman, Councillor Roger Burden, Councillor Brad Horne, Councillor Bonnie Keith, Councillor Doug McCann, Mayor Jamie McGarvey
Passed, Signed & Sealed

By-law 2019 – 6992. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Part of Block Q of Plan 123 and a portion of Part 7 of 42R129. That the following amendment be included in the by-law:
Despite Section 8.2 of By-law 2004-4653, as amended, the property shall be limited to a maximum of 43 Apartment Dwelling Units. Carried
A recorded vote was taken:
Yes – Councillor Vanessa Backman, Councillor Paul Borneman, Councillor Roger Burden, Councillor Brad Horne, Councillor Bonnie Keith, Councillor Doug McCann, Mayor Jamie McGarvey
Passed, Signed & Sealed

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.3.1 – BOCC Championship Banner Display Policy. Resolution. That Council approve the Bobby Orr Community Centre Championship Banner Display Policy as attached as Schedule A. Carried

9.3.2 – West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre (Wellness Centre and Pool Complex). Direction. THAT the update report on the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre (Wellness Centre and Pool Complex) be received for information purposes. Carried

9.3.3 – Parry Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant Inspection Report. Resolution. That the report on the September 4, 2019 Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Parry Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant Inspection Report be received for information purposes. Carried

9.3.4 – Municipal Modernization Program, Expression of Interest. Resolution. Whereas Intake 1 for the Municipal Modernization Program was announced on November 12, 2019 by the Province; and
Whereas the program only applies to 405 small and rural Ontario municipalities, including Parry Sound; and
Whereas municipalities must submit an intention to apply by November 22, 2019; and
Whereas an Expression of Interest must be submitted by December 6, 2019;
Now Therefore staff be directed to submit the Town’s intention to apply to the Municipal Modernization Program for funding for a review of current waste management services with the objective of finding service delivery efficiencies and creating a long-term waste management strategy; and
That staff report back to Council prior to the December 6, 2019 deadline should an alternative project be determined as more appropriate. Carried

By-laws

10.1.1 – Curbside Waste & Recycling Collection Contract Extension Spokesperson: Peter Brown, Director of Public Works.
By-law 2019 – 6994. Being a bylaw to amend bylaw 2011-6048 and bylaw 2019-6890, to authorize the execution of an extension of the existing curbside waste and recycling collection contract with Waste Connections of Canada Inc. for one year, ending December 31, 2020. Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.2.1 – Municipal Office and Firehall Custodial 2020 and 202.
By-law 2019 – 6984. That Council authorizes the execution of a contract with Bernie Filiatrault’s Janitorial for Custodial services of the Municipal Office and Council Chambers set-up. Passed, Signed & Sealed
By-law 2019 – 6985. That Council authorizes the execution of a contract with Bernie Filiatrault’s Janitorial for Custodial services at the Firehall Complex. Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.3.1 – Parry Sound Area Founders Circle Agreement.
By-law 2019 – 6993. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with the Parry Sound Area Founders Circle to support business innovation and new business’s ideas. Passed, Signed & Sealed

10.4.1 – Debenture issue for completed 2018 and 2019 Capital Works.
By-law 2019 – 6989. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $727,779.50 Towards the Cost of the Stockey Centre Roof/Hardy Board Siding. Passed, Signed & Sealed
By-law 2019 – 6990. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $860,435.56 Towards the Cost of the Bobby Orr Community Centre Ice Pad Replacement. Passed, Signed & Sealed

Council Agenda Preview – November 19, 2019

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I thought this was going to be a “nothing burger” agenda package until I took a look at the attachments. Item 9.3.2 provides an overview, with architectural drawings of what is now referred to as the “West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre”, 49,000 square feet and $32 million. The funding request submitted to upper tier government is for $23.5 million leaving the seven municipalities and two First Nation communities on the hook for $8.5 million. While I would normally suggest you go to the Town’s website to download the full agenda package I have clipped the proposal portion of the agenda package and made it available through this link.

Beyond that the agenda is a nothing burger. No, wait, there is Item 10.2.2, Lighthouse Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA). This includes the report from outside consultants regarding the proposed condominium development on Salt Dock Road. Once again, I have clipped the appropriate section from the agenda and made it available through this link. (It’s 226 pages in length.)

I will not present my opinions on either of the two items, but I will note that if the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre is in fact funded and developed it will fundamentally transform the Town of Parry Sound and the surrounding communities. On both items I plan to keep my opinions to myself. There are enough opinions out there already. I will focus on the numbers and the implications that are not so obvious.

Closed Session

c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purpose, (property matter)

e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board, (update on litigation of cases with the Town)

f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, (update on litigation of cases with the Town)

j) educating or training council members and no member shall discuss or deal with any matter in a way that materially advances the business of the Council (municipal finances)

Correspondence

4.1 – District of Parry Sound Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee. Request that the Municipal office flags be lowered to 1/2 mast on December 6, 2019 to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and specifically to remember the lives lost on December 6th, 1989 of 14 young university students at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

4.2 – Climate Action Parry Sound. They are a grassroots organization of concerned citizens committed to limiting and mitigating the effects of human-caused global warming introducing their group to Council.

Deputations

5.1 – Glenda Clayton and Monica Moore, Parry Sound Area Food Collaborative. Community Oven.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.3.1 – BOCC Championship Banner Display Policy. Resolution. That Council approve the Bobby Orr Community Centre Championship Banner Display Policy as attached as Schedule A.

9.3.2 – West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre (Wellness Centre and Pool Complex). Direction. That the update report on the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre (Wellness Centre and Pool Complex) be received for information purposes.

9.3.3 – Parry Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant Inspection Report. Resolution. That the report on the September 4, 2019 Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Parry Sound Wastewater Treatment Plant Inspection Report be received for information purposes.

9.3.4 – Municipal Modernization Program, Expression of Interest. Report to follow.

By-laws

10.1.1 – Curbside Waste & Recycling Collection Contract Extension. By-law 2019 – 6994. Being a bylaw to amend bylaw 2011-6048 and bylaw 2019-6890, to authorize the execution of an extension of the existing curbside waste and recycling collection contract with Waste Connections of Canada Inc. for one year, ending December 31, 2020.

10.2.1 – Municipal Office and Firehall Custodial 2020 and 202. By-law 2019 – 6984. That Council authorizes the execution of a contract with Bernie Filiatrault’s Janitorial for Custodial services of the Municipal Office and Council Chambers set-up.
By-law 2019 – 6985. That Council authorizes the execution of a contract with Bernie Filiatrault’s Janitorial for Custodial services at the Firehall Complex.

10.2.2 – Lighthouse Official Plan Amendment (OPA) and Zoning By-law Amendment (ZBA). Spokesperson: Jamie Robinson, MHBC Planning, Urban Design & Landscape Architecture.
By-law 2019 – 6991. Being a By-law to Adopt Official Plan Amendment No. 2 – Part of Block Q of Plan 123 and a portion of Part 7 of 42R129.
By-law 2019 – 6992. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for Part of Block Q of Plan 123 and a portion of Part 7 of 42R129.

10.3.1 – Parry Sound Area Founders Circle Agreement. By-law 2019 – 6993. Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with the Parry Sound Area Founders Circle to support business innovation and new business’s ideas.

10.4.1 – Debenture issue for completed 2018 and 2019 Capital Works.
By-law 2019 – 6989. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $727,779.50 Towards the Cost of the Stockey Centre Roof/Hardy Board Siding.
By-law 2019 – 6990. A By-law of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound to Authorize the Borrowing Upon Amortizing Debentures in the Principal Amount of $860,435.56 Towards the Cost of the Bobby Orr Community Centre Ice Pad Replacement

 

Council Meeting Minutes (Abridged) – November 5, 2019

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Council approved a couple of items related to the Wellness/Pool complex that moves the process forward. Beyond that there was nothing discussed or agreed that caught my interest.

Closed Session

  1. c) a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land for municipal or local board purpose, (property matter)
  2. e) litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board (French Public School Board; Tax-Exempt properties);
  3. f) the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose (French Public School Board)

1.4 Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof1.4.1 – Councillor Horne declared Pecuniary Interest on item 10.2.1 regarding the Fire Dispatch Service Agreement with the West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC) as his spouse is the Chief Operating Officer of the WPSHC. Councillor Horne left the room, did not participate in discussion nor vote on the item.

Questions of Staff

3.2.1 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry regarding the presence of lead in drinking water, Director of Public Works Peter Brown responded that Town of Parry Sound staff are mandated and do sampling for lead all through Parry Sound, and have received relief from doing a number of samples because all lead samples have come back extremely low. Mr. Brown noted that the majority of lead samples in municipalities that do exist, including within Parry Sound, are in people’s plumbing not in the municipal pipe system.

3.2.2 – In response to Councillor Borneman’s inquiry with respect to the projected completion date of the Waubeek Street project, Mr. Brown noted that the bad weather is having a negative impact, however the contractors are working hard to compete it and the watermain work at the top of Waubeek Street near the intersection with Belvedere should start on Thursday and Melvin Street should be done by tomorrow. Mr. Brown reported that he hopes that at least one lift of asphalt will be laid before winter.

3.2.3 – In response to Councillor McCann’s inquiry as to whether the watermain work at Belvedere might necessitate blocking off traffic for which notice should be given, Mr. Brown reported that he did not anticipate full closure of the street, and that vehicles would have access through at least one lane.

Correspondence
4.1 –
Dan Madigan, Elizabeth Court. Request for “no parking anytime” signs related to cars parked on Elizabeth Court. Referred to By-law Enforcement Officer and Public Works Director with signs erected and by-law enforcement monitoring being carried out.

4.3 – Gurneth Hoddy, President Parry Sound Seniors Club 1269. Request for $5,000 funding for 2020. Circulated to Mayor & Council and to the Director of Finance for budget 2020 consideration with an acknowledgment letter sent.

4.4 – Don Cowan, William Street. Request for 4-way stop at James-William Street. Circulated to Mayor & Council and Director of Public Works. Based on a previous similar request, the Director of Public Works has included for consideration in the 2020 budget an amount for a complete engineering review of the intersection.

4.5 – Stephanie Allman, Enbridge Gas. Notice of Hearing for 2020 Rate increase application. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

4.6 – Guy Bourgouin, MPP Mushkegowuk – James Bay. Requesting support for Bill 125 re: Making Northern Ontario Highways Safer Act. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

4.7 – LCBO Convenience Outlets Program. Accepting proposals up to November 20th from retailers to be a LCBO Convenience location. Circulated to Mayor & Council and filed.

Deputations
5.1 –
Joanna Han, Co-chair of the Parry Sound Drug Strategy and Community Health Promoter for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Regarding Community Sharps Bins
Ms. Han addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation on the value of Community Sharps Bins to help keep communities safe. Ms. Han advocated a non- judgemental, non-coercive and client centred “harm reduction” philosophy to substance use, that on the basis of evidence, reduces the impact on individual user and society. Ms. Han said that a harm reduction approach does not encourage or increase substance use; harm reduction programs help reduce infectious diseases, overdoses and deaths, injection substance use in public places, number of used needles in public, sharing of needles and other substance use equipment, and crime; and that harm reduction programs help increase employment among people who use substances, outreach and education and referrals to programs and services.
Ms. Han cited needle exchange stats for Parry Sound branch of the Health Unit with 80,194 needles out, 61,283 needles returned, resulting in almost 19,000 missing, giving rise to a safety risk to people. The presence of an easily accessible 24/7 Community Sharps Bin where needles can be dropped off, improves community safety, protects children, reduces health care costs and reduces the stigma.
With respect to the location, feedback has been collected by people locally who use needles, with 3 top locations in town selected. The next step is to have a focus group composed of members with lived substance-use experience select the recommended location(s). With Town inspection and approval, the site is prepared and bin installed. Accompanying installation of the bin, will be a community sharps education and communication plan.
Ms. Han provided a summary of tasks and associated costs breakdown for the Health Unit/CMHA and Town partners, with ongoing maintenance costs from $0 to $2,500 annually; and sharps disposal costs of $1,500 to $7,700 annually dependent upon who takes responsibility.
The following motion was made:
That Town staff be directed to work together with the Health Unit to bring a Community Sharps Bin program forward to 2020 budget and establish guidelines. Carried
In response to Councillor inquiries, Ms. Han reported that the usual location for a Community Sharps Bin is in a discreet but central location. With respect to the number of needles that have been issued but not returned, Ms. Han responded that the Health Unit is not sure where they all are, and that one possibility is that some are being held and accumulated to be returned all at once.

5.2 – Daniel Collings. Regarding Second Harvest/Food Rescue
Daniel Collings addressed Council from a prepared power point presentation on Food Rescue, with more information on the program at http://www.foodrescue.ca. Mr. Collings provided some statistics on surplus food, noting that 35.5 million metric tonnes of food is wasted in Canada annually which costs $100 billion with respect to associated water, electricity, labour and transportation to deal with it. Food in landfill creates methane gas, a leading cause of climate change.
Mr. Collings reported that a study conducted by Secord Harvest and Value Chain Management International found that 58% of all food produced is lost or wasted and of that 32% could have been rescued to support communities across Canada. Put another way, Mr. Collings noted that the annual avoidable food loss is enough to feed every Canadian for 5 months.
With respect to food insecurity, Mr. Collings noted that 13% of Canadians; i.e. 4 million, with 1.15 being children have inadequate access to healthy, affordable food, with income as the cause of food insecurity.
Mr. Collings provided more detail on Second Harvest which operates the Food Rescue program, noting that it is Canada’s largest food rescue organization, in operation for over 30 years, and has developed FoodResue.ca as a solution to expand their model, using a website to directly connect food business to non-profit organizations, resulting in greater capacity for food rescue and distribution.
Mr. Collings provided information on registering on-line to donate or rescue food, and information on the tracking features of the program, including amount and value of food donated and rescued, and greenhouse gases averted. Mr. Collings provided an example of the on-line process from start to finish of registering to donate food, with specification provided on the category and care of the food, approximate weight, location of donor site, and preferred pick-up time, through to the information received by the potential food rescuer (eligibility criteria being any charity or not-for-profit organization) and commitment to pick-up, thereby taking it out of the marketplace.
Mr. Collings noted that the Food Rescue program is a partner of the Climate Protection Program of which the Town is a member, and that greenhouse gases reduced as a result of food averted from landfill could be used for the targets and strategies for reduction in 2020.
Mr. Collings noted that statistically, 1 in 8 families in Canada struggle to put food on the table, but that in Parry Sound-Nipissing, it is 1 in 7. Since the program was piloted in May of 2018, over 1000 food businesses and 850 social service agencies are using the program with over 600,000 pounds of food rescued with specific champions in Parry Sound including Harry’s No Frills, Trestle Brewing Company, Boston Pizza and on the agency side including the Salvation Army, Mary Street Centre, and Harvest Share.
In response to Councillor queries, Mr. Colling noted that perishable food donated which is 14 days before the best before date and shelf stable food which is 3 months prior to the best before date are eligible for tax receipts. With respect to liability, Mr. Collings noted that the Donation of Food Act, 1994 prevents a person donating food in good faith from being held liable for injuries as a result of the consumption of the food. In addition, the social services agencies receiving and distributing the food are vetted by Second Harvest to ensure they have safe food handling practices in place.

5.3 – Ted Knight, St. James United Church. Regarding Support for Consent Application B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church) and request for relief from Cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication.
Mr. Knight addressed Council on behalf of St. James United Church/Mary Street Centre, requesting relief from the required payment in lieu of parkland dedication of one new lot. Mr. Knight noted that the Church wants to sever the property that includes a law office at 22 Miller Street, so that the Church can move forward with its programs to help the community. Mr. Knight said that St. James United Church is not a developer that builds houses or units, but rather is a developer of services required by so many in the community, and that by severing and selling the former manse at 22 Miller Street, the church can further respond to needs of the community through various outreach programs. In conclusion, Mr. Knight requested exemption from the cash-in-lieu of parkland requirement in the consent application.

Resolutions and Direction to Staff

9.2.1 – Consent Application – B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church) Spokesperson: Taylor Elgie, Manager of Building and Planning Services. Resolution.
That a decision on Consent Application No. B 25/2019 (PS) (St. James Centennial United Church) be approved subject to:
1. Payment for cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication for one new lot.
2. That the applicant be advised that each of the severed and retained lots require separate and individual water and sewer services, or, if necessary, an easement be conveyed for any services which traverse either the severed or retained lot in favour of the other lot.
3. That the severed lot ensure that parking requirements are satisfied (either by parking on-site, obtaining permission from the Town or including a right-of-way on the retained parcel).
The following amendment was made:
That the resolution be amended so that numbered clause 1 reads: “Payment of $1 for cash-in-lieu of parkland dedication for one new lot.” Amendment Carried. The amended resolution was voted on: Carried as amended.

9.2.2 – Ambulance In-Vehicle Computers. Resolution. That the Council for the Town of Parry Sound approve the budgeted purchase of ambulance in-vehicle computers in the amount of $87,550.00 plus HST from Interdev. Carried.

9.2.3 – Municipal Office and Firehall Custodial 2020 and 2021 John Este, Chief Building Official. Resolution. That Council elects to accept neither of the proposals received regarding the work of Schedule C in the RFP – Custodial 2020 and 2021. (Town Office sidewalk entrance maintenance – snow shovelling, sanding, etc.). Carried.

9.3.1 – Amendment to Wellness Centre & Pool Committee Terms of Reference. Resolution. Whereas it is desirable that clarity be provided in the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference regarding which municipal procedural by-law governs the Committee’s procedures; and
Whereas the Town of Parry Sound provides secretariat services and hosts the Wellness Centre Pool Committee meetings,
Now therefore the Council of the Town of Parry Sound hereby authorizes the following amendment to the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference as previously adopted by Resolution 2019 – 087:
That the sentence: “Roberts Rules shall apply to matters not covered by these Terms of Reference.”, be replaced with: “The Town of Parry Sound’s procedural by-law shall apply to matters not covered by these Terms of Reference, with Robert’s Rules of Order applying in any case where provision is not made by the Town of Parry Sound’s procedural by-law”; and
That the Wellness Centre Pool Committee’s Terms of Reference shall be so amended upon the unanimous consent of the respective participating Councils. Carried.

9.3.2 – Integrity Commissioner Report – 2018. Resolution. Whereas Section 14 of the Council, Boards and Committees Code of Conduct By-law 2018-6875 requires that the Integrity Commissioner provide an annual report on previous year activities to Council;
Now Therefore Council accepts the Integrity Commissioner’s response through the Clerk, that no complaints were received, and no investigations conducted in 2018. Carried.

9.3.3 – Wellness Centre & Pool Complex – ICIP Grant Application. Resolution. THAT the Council for the Town of Parry Sound supports the Town of Parry Sound as the lead for submitting a joint application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), Community, Culture and Recreation Funding Stream for a “West Parry Sound Area Recreation Complex” on behalf of the seven (7) West Parry Sound area Municipalities and the First Nations Communities of Wasauksing and Shawanaga; and
THAT the proposed commitment and share of the estimated capital and operating costs of the project for each Municipality and First Nation Community be determined upon the completion of the report by CS&P Architects, with input from the Citizens Advisory Committee and the development of a facility governance model by the CAO Steering Committee; and
THAT the Mayor & Clerk be authorized to sign the relevant documents related to the ICIP application and cost sharing agreement. Carried.

By-laws

10.2.1 – Fire Dispatch Contract. By-law 2019 – 6980. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with the West Parry Sound Health Centre for the provision of Fire Dispatch services. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.2 – Rezoning Application – Z/19/15 – 32 Great North Road (Distler for Ambraska). By-Law 2019 – 6981. Being a By-law to amend By-law No. 2004-4653 (The Zoning By-law), as amended, for 32 Great North Road (Distler for Ambraska). Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.2.3 – Appointment and Agreement with Philip West for on-call after-hours Municipal Law Enforcement services. By-law 2019 – 6986. Being a By-law to authorize an agreement for municipal by-law enforcement on-call service and appoint Philip West as a Municipal By-law Enforcement Officer. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.3.1 – Olympia Ice Resurfacer Advertising: Canadian Tire Parry Sound. By-Law 2019-6979. That Council authorize the execution of an agreement with Canadian Tire Parry Sound, for advertising on the entire Olympia Ice Resurfacer Unit for a term of three (3) years. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.3.2 – CS&P Consulting Services Contract – Wellness Centre & Pool Complex. By-law 2019 – 6987. Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an agreement with CS&P Architects for Consulting Services for the Wellness Centre & Pool Complex. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.4.1 – POA Defaulted Fines Collection Fees. By-law 2019 – 6982. Being a bylaw to amend by-law 2010-5408 The Fees and Services Charges by-law to add a Schedule “I” named POA Service Fees. Passed, Signed & Sealed.

10.4.2 – 2019 Debenture. By-law 2019 – 6983. Being a by-law to authorize certain new capital works of The Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound (the “Municipality”); to authorize the submission of an application to Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (“OILC”) for financing such capital works; to authorize temporary borrowing from OILC to meet expenditures in connection with such works; and to authorize long term borrowing for such works through the issue of debentures to OILC. Passed, Signed & Sealed.