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Decisions in Brief, SPC on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services

For immediate release: December 29, 2017 - 4:26pm
MR17-238

From the December 5, 2017 Meeting

7.1.1 Green Infrastructure Strategy- Update

Decision

*The Committee accepted the recommendation to receive the information.

Background

*During 2017 Preliminary Business Plan and Budget Deliberations held on November 30 and December 1, 2016, City Council approved an amended scope of work for Capital Project #2390 – Green Infrastructure Strategy (Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy is to develop an integrated approach to planning for and maintaining a sustainable, biodiverse city by considering natural and supporting areas as important infrastructure.

At its meeting held on March 13, 2017, the Committee received the Meewasin Valley-wide Resource Management Plan for information. The Strategy will investigate a similar approach to management of other green spaces that are outside of the Meewasin Valley Authority’s (Meewasin) jurisdiction.

At its meeting held on May 8, 2017, the Committee considered the Green Infrastructure Strategy report which described the expected outcomes of the Strategy and the project’s alignment with the priorities of the City of Saskatoon.

 7.2.1 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action Update – December 2017

Decision

  1. *The Committee will recommend to City Council that the information be received; and that a copy of the report be forwarded to the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) to the attention of the Director of Policy; and that in future updates, the Controlled Corporations be afforded the opportunity to provide an update.

Background

*On June 22, 2015, City Council directed the Administration to identify responses and financial implications of the TRC Calls to Action and declared July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 the Year of Reconciliation. The Administration was directed to work with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC), and other community groups, leaders, and institutions in Saskatchewan to promote reconciliation. The Administration reported on October 19, 2015, and was directed to provide regular updates outlining successes, as well as outstanding items, along with an update of events recognizing the Year of Reconciliation in Saskatoon. The Administration was also directed to report with a plan for increased professional development and training for employees, with a long-term target of 100 percent participation. A progress report was brought to City Council on March 21, 2016 and January 10, 2017, with a commitment to report back on the Action Plan for Reconciliation in fall/winter 2017.