Council also hosted a Closed Meeting, making for the fourteenth of the in camera sessions for 2022.
The details related to the reasons for the behind closed door gathering can be reviewed here.
Monday also brought a Committee of the Whole session, though it only lasted thirty seconds, the Agenda the focus for that element of the night is available here.
Further information from our overview and placement in the video archives can be found below, with the permanent record of the council minutes added as they are posted to the city website.
In attendance Monday, August 22, 2022
Mayor Lee Brain -- Present
Councillor Nick Adey -- Present
Councillor Barry Cunningham -- Present
Councillor Blair Mirau -- Present (Participated Remotely)
Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven -- Present
Councillor Wade Niesh -- Present
Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa -- Present
Video Archive for Monday, August 22, 2022
Committee of the Whole Session
( 0:00 -- 0:30 ) Committee of the Whole Session for Monday, August 22, 2022
Adoption of the Agenda
Petitions and Delegations
Public Comment Period on any other notes of interest
Reports, Questions and Inquiries from members of Council
No members of the public came forward to speak and None of the council members had comments to share.
Adjournment to Reconvene to Regular Council Session
Regular Council Session
( 0:30 -- 2:00: ) Adoption of Agenda and Past minutes -- Mayor Brain reviewed the agenda for the evening and Council adopted the minutes of past meetings, along with the addition of one item for the evening's package.
Reports and Resolutions
( 2:00 -- 6:30 ) Civic Recognition Awards Presentation -- Council participated in the awarding of the Civic Recognition award to Rob Gruber, offering their thanks for his work in service of the community. Awards for the other two recipients Ella Ferland and Theresa Mackereth will be made at a future date.
( 51:00 -- 54:00 ) Councillor Cunningham observed on the timeline of a review of the Cannabis Act which is soon to get underway, with the Councillor urging the city to address a number of concerns from the community. Included on his list, that the city provide a letter to express its concerns over cannabis operations in the downtown and residential areas, noting how Council has discussed it before that such operations should be in more of an industrial setting.
The mayor observed how that has been done, though the City manager advised that a letter such as that from Councillor Cunningham would be helpful towards the city's efforts. With that Council approved the motion to write the correspondence.
Mr. Cunningham also raised some additional concerns over health care in the community, noting of an incident he was advised of towards care for pregnant residents who may have to be transported to Terrace for care, noting how if true, it's another element of eroding health care in the community.
He also observed that using an ambulance for such transfers only adds to the pressures on that service in the community.
With no other comments from the council membership the August 22nd Council Session came to an end, with the Mayor noting that the next gathering will come in September.
You can access our Council Archive for the August 22nd session here, where a number of items regarding the Council Session, including links to local media coverage can be found.
As always, our Council Timeline is only a reflection of our observations from the Council Session of the night. Be sure to consult with the official minutes from the City, when posted to their website for further review.
Official minutes of the Regular Council Session from July 25, 2022 (not available yet)
The Next Session for Prince Rupert City Council is set for Monday, September 19, 2022.