Committee of the Whole - 23 Jan 2024


1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
2: ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3: DELEGATIONS
3.i: Squamish Helping Hands Society - Annual Update
3: TIME 9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
4: STAFF REPORTS
4.A: COMMUNITY SERVICES
4.A.i: Partnerships and Grants Update 2024
4.A: TIME 10:35 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
4.A.i: Q4 2023: Real Estate and Facilities Master (REFMP) Plan and General Projects Update - Memo
4.A: TIME 11:20 A.M. - 11:50 A.M.
4: LUNCH 11:50 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
5: MOTION TO CLOSE
6: STAFF REPORTS
6.A: CORPORATE SERVICES
6.A.i: LMLGA Resolutions
6.A: TIME 4:20 P.M. - 4:50 P.M.
7: COUNCIL UPDATE
7.i: Shimizu Town, Japan 60th Anniversary Celebration
7: TIME 4:55 P.M. - 5:25 P.M.
8: TERMINATION
1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
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SPEAKER_09
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folks we're back in the committee of the whole and we have a few items left this afternoon after a busy morning and the

LMLGA Resolutions
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Terry Murray, executive assistant in the corporate administrations department, presented an overview of the advocacy resolution process to the council. The process allows councils and regional boards to advocate for changes to policy or legislation at the provincial level through resolutions voted on at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in September. Council's resolutions must first be vetted through the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA), with a deadline of February 28th. Murray asked the council to consider staff's suggested resolutions and provide their own for consideration. The suggested topics included regional transit funding, latecomer charges, environmental assessment process improvements, major projects capacity for local governments, and zoning tools to secure affordable housing.

The council members engaged in a detailed discussion on the suggested topics. Councilor Eric Andersen asked for more information on latecomer charges, which was provided by Devin Kinaga. Councilor Jenna Stoner suggested that regional transit funding advocacy might be better handled through the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD), and asked for clarification on flood hazard considerations in relation to Bill 44. Mayor Armand Hurford suggested focusing on advocacy for improvements to the environmental assessment process and major projects capacity for local governments. Councilor Chris Pettingill raised concerns about the potential impact of Bill 44 on low carbon incentives and the need for more local government revenue sources. The council agreed to work on drafting resolutions on the various topics for further discussion at the next meeting.

SPEAKER_09
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next item that we have is the under staff report 6A L mlga resolutions and Miss Murray I'll turn it over to you to introduce

SPEAKER_07
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yourself thank you Council I am Terry Murray executive assistant in the corporate administrations Department I'm here today to provide an overview of the advocacy resolution process as a refresher for Council and to inform the community I would also ask Council to take some time today to consider staff's suggested resolutions and to provide their own resolutions for consideration as a bit of background for those watching councils and Regional boards are given the opportunity to collectively advocate for change to policy or legislation excuse me at the provincial level this advocacy occurs in the form of resolutions voted on at the annual ubcm convention in September and that's Union of British Columbia municipalities council's resolutions must first be vetted through the Lower Mainland local government Association or l mlga the llga deadline to receive those resolutions is February 28th of this year staff have provided suggestions on topics for Council consideration and these include Regional Transit funding latecomer charges environmental assessment process improvements major projects capacity for local governments and Zoning tools to secure affordable housing the staff who've made these recommendations are here and able to answer any questions that Council may have before considering sending resolutions to L mlga and eventually to ubcm so we're happy to take any

SPEAKER_09
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questions great thank you Miss Murray Council councilor

Eric Andersen
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Anderson I see that we have our planning director here who may be able to add address elaborate a bit on latecomer charges our experience with them and what might prompt our planning department to recommend that they receive some

SPEAKER_09
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attention Mr

SPEAKER_00
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valencas baile yes I would like to defer to Miss Bailey as I believe it came from the engineering department

SPEAKER_09
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okay and is Miss Bailey online with us I see she seems to be Miss Bailey are you able to address

SPEAKER_05
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this hello yes I'm actually going to have to defer to Devin kinaga who I believe is in Council to answer this question

SPEAKER_09
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this is a lot of deferring but that's

SPEAKER_05
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okay online we want to

SPEAKER_09
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get we want to get to the

SPEAKER_01
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expert hi everyone and through the chair I apologize I'm having I had some technical difficulties I totally missed the question can you please repeat the question

SPEAKER_09
0:09:02 (0:00:03)

yes that's not a problem at all councelor Anderson Mr

Eric Andersen
0:09:06 (0:00:28)

konga late Comer charges is a topic suggested by staff for potential area of advocacy for council's consideration could you give a backgrounder a brief backgrounder as to staff's experience with this issue and why at this time you may be suggesting to council that the should be giving this attention and it's our part to give advocacy on to

SPEAKER_01
0:09:34 (0:02:32)

that certainly yeah through the chair so the tricky part about late comers in the past we've been able to register them on title what that does is it takes the pressure off of District staff and the district in general to keep people notified when there is a latecomer charge applied to their property right unfortunately several years back the land title office stopped allowing this to happen they so they do no they no longer allow latecomer charges to be registered as a covenant on title and what that's done is it means that anytime there's a latecomer charge people can't find that out unless they seek out the information from the district so I feel that places a lot of potential risk to potential developers or purchasers of any lot and it puts a lot of onus and extra pressure on District to be able to communicate that out and to have that information well known and latecomer chargers are not something that is probably well known by most people anyways so it's a very it's a challenging task on for staff to be able to kind of keep that information public I'll add to that historic Al we haven't had many latecomer charges we haven't had many latecomer agreements in place but with the increase in development in town over the over the last say decade we're suddenly seeing more of these because people are pushing into other areas and requiring we're requiring more of the type of infrastructure that will trigger late Comer charges or cause latecomer charges to be applied so with that in mind I'm looking down you know into the future realizing that that's going to be more and more responsibility placed on the district to really keep TR track of these and keep the public and future Builders or developers aware that lakeer charges may exist which poses some risks so I feel that the real tool and mechanism that should be used is covenants on title that way it's legal and it's not legal but it's the information is readily available for anyone doing their due diligence and pulling

Eric Andersen
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titles thank you very much Mr honga that does clarify things substantially and I wonder if I could ask and if it may be appropriate to ask could you give an example of either a either a scenario or a property where this has come forth just provide some illustration it's my recollection that late CER charges were a topic during the ocean front Peninsula planning

SPEAKER_01
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process yeah I'm not aware of the ocean front I don't know the details on any Lake Comer charges associated with the ocean front so I won't speak to that but I can speak to for example there's a property in downtown on Third Avenue by Vancouver street that installed for example storm water infrastructure in out on the out on Third Avenue and in the lane as well and those are late cable because we required that they install the infrastructure large enough to handle both sides of the street and that infrastructure did not exist previously they are eligible for late comers to be paid from properties across the street or across the lane who would benefit they would be considered benefiting Parcels so those benefiting Parcels need to pay for a portion of that storm Main and right now if someone wants to develop those properties they will hopefully reach out to us so that we can inform them then of the late Comer charges we can inform the current owners but all that would be is a letter so there's no way to know that they would pass that on to Future buyers and so anyone hopefully will do their due diligence and reach out to us for a pre-application meeting and we can flag it for them but if they don't they miss that and then they make decisions without that

Eric Andersen
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knowledge thank you just a followup you've highlighted risk to developers and to potential purchasers and the owness burden that's placed on the district would there also be another potential issue and that is when the district is developing say a road that it this may be a tool it wishes to be to use with Clarity say the Pioneer extension where there'll be future purchasers is there also some other advantages for the district to have Clarity on this matter covenants res registered on

SPEAKER_01
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title I'm not sure what the question is actually are you able to elaborate

Eric Andersen
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please yes I'll just Venture we are building the a pi the Pioneer Road there will be future properties developed there there's infrastructure we're interested to see developed and we might conceivably go ahead and develop some of it ourselves there might that scenario might arise I take it and if not in that situation in others and then we would be interested to have a Clarity with the land title office as to those future purchasers and their responsibility the there to chip in as a

SPEAKER_01
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latecomer isure certainly I think I know what you're saying so yeah the Local Government Act does allow for municipalities to use latecomer charges as a mechanism to be able to recover costs that's not something we've done as of yet but absolutely if we went that route whether with Pioneer way or any other infrastructure then it's in our best interest to have that registered on title absolutely so that it's very clear to any future developers or purchasers that connecting to that infrastructure triggers that lomer charge which we would then

Eric Andersen
0:16:08 (0:00:04)

collect thank you that was precisely my question thank you for the

SPEAKER_09
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illustration okay thank you councelor Anderson councelor Pettingill oh hold on sorry I had councelor Stoner and I'll come to you after counselor

Jenna Stoner
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Stoner thanks to the chair and thanks to staff for putting their minds this and pulling together previous areas that were directed for advocacy and identifying some new ones I just going through the list this is more comments than questions but on the transit inies my general sense is that the regional transit funding is best advocated for through the slrd just in terms of the coordinated approach so that's a general comment but I do think that some form of advocacy around increased Transit funding in especially with respect to the housing legislation that's just come down transit oriented development would be well suited so that's one area that I think we might want to flesh out a little bit and then I just wanted to pick up on the flood Hazard considerations in relation to Bill 44 it was my understanding that there are exceptions for circumstances that are high risk as per the most recent policy manual that came out so I just want to double check that staff from planning and engineering are on the same page with regards to the exemptions for hazardous conditions with respect to Bill 44

SPEAKER_00
0:17:38 (0:00:31)

Mr valus thank you through the chair yes we have been discussing the all the tools are already in place in the legislation believe we believe that they're sufficient to address flood Hazard but it is new legislation so there is a lot of still a lot of questions about exactly how to you know provide the evidence that there are unacceptable levels of risk but yes we believe that we have the tools in place already for to address

SPEAKER_09
0:18:10 (0:00:22)

those okay and just before I go to counselor Pettingill on councelor stoner's thought about the regional district leading on Regional Transit I'll put it to staff would it be beneficial for Council to get a motion together on that

SPEAKER_07
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today through the chair we will be coming back again with the coalation of the of the resolutions I'm understand in early February we could take some time to consider that resolution and revisit it then

SPEAKER_09
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okay on this

Jenna Stoner
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c yeah just sorry the slrd does have a meeting tomorrow and we have a very similar agenda item so we can also report back from those of us who are appointed to that board what advocacy might be coming forward from a regional perspective

Armand Hurford
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mayor Herford yeah thank you I agree with that approach for the regional transit pit piece and I think that as we're overall as we're considering resolutions of this of this sort it's figuring out the ones of Prov of provincial this is aing towards being successful at UB at UB at ubcm so the regional transit piece unless we can figure out a way to pull that out to funding models more broadly across the province I think this is a that particular question is a very focused piece that is with support of the district that the slrd is heading up and likely is more of a minister meeting ongoing advocacy rather than a recommending policy change although I do I do think that the internal consistent and reliable internal transit system funding I think is incredibly important as the province is as much as many municipalities including ourselves have been sort of focusing on how do we make Transit work now there now the province is mandating that we make Transit work and there needs to be a followup in my in my opinion with transit fundings to back to back that up so I think that piece is like that broader Province lens is what we need to look at if we're going to try to get these to be successful at ubcm level so as we're looking at these pieces I think that's where the transit investment piece lives although Regional Transit is super important but I don't think it's this is the mechanism to advocate for that at this

SPEAKER_09
0:20:53 (0:00:06)

time okay thanks for your patience councelor Pettingill go ahead

Chris Pettingill
0:20:59 (0:00:44)

thanks and I was actually going to raise the question about Bill 44 I saw the same thing I thought in the policy manual so I just wanted to understand but a little bit related to that bill 44 also kind of looks like it may kill our low carbon incentive and I'm not sure that there's a resolution there for L mlga but I did at least want to flag that I would like some understanding of what happening there what that means and I understand that's coming I just in terms of the zeroc carbon step code and getting a summary of all those things but just want to flag this as one more thing I think there's going to be some followup from this and so if we can include that in that

SPEAKER_09
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discussion okay thank you councelor Pettingill mayor

Armand Hurford
0:21:49 (0:01:59)

Herford thank you I think the pieces that I'm I think the EA process improvements and the those two innocuous little sense of the EA process improvements I mean that is a wonderful understatement of probably 10 recommendations onto exactly how the EA process could be could be improved and I think that overall The Province would be well served by looking at that process so I think advocating for some changes there how specific those changes are we can sort of figure out what the right level of ask is sometimes it's beneficial to get right down to the nitty-gritty and otherwise it's good to step back and just be more broad about the challenges that we're seeing there and I do think that this relates to the second Point around the major projects capacity for local governments as part of that capacity is being able to engage in a meaningful way with the EA process and so I think these things are related and I'd like to take I'd like to see us advance that if the if nothing else the sort of the discomfort we've experienced in engaging and continuing to engage with that process hopefully we can find some good can come of it where we can per perhaps save others from a similar experience so I think that's an area that I'd like to work on and I don't know if that in digging into that deeper if that ends up being you know one resolution that covers both of them off or five that fall into this umbrella but I think there's a lot of work to be done in that in that area and I'd like to see us advance that work so that piece I'm quite interested in I'd be happy to take it on or work with others if they want to yeah chime in on that process councelor Stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:23:49 (0:00:55)

yeah just curious on that topic I know we've had a number of issues we brought two resolutions forward last year that are related to this and it is a big topic but I think difficult to understand where the advocacy pieces through L mlga and ubcm resolutions so I just wonder if you can elaborate a little bit more if there's specifics that you see as needing to be changed or is our time better spent doing some specific advocacy to try and forward the results of our resolutions that we put forward last year I think there's always a balance like putting more resolutions forward doesn't necessarily add to forwarding the cause you also need to do the work to make sure that because you got support from ubcm it doesn't just necessarily mean everything gets changed it's huge amount of followup so just trying to balance where we want to put our energies going forward mayor

Armand Hurford
0:24:44 (0:01:06)

Herford yeah thank you I think the you know the we struggled with the timing say of a 14 day comment period or even a 30-day comment period and what that means for us so there's specific asks there that I think that I think are separate from the from the resolutions we put forward last year and I think it does come into that major Project's capacity for local governments to reply in th in those timelines so the how reasonable timeline is really depends on Your Capacity to reply in that time so I think that there's that is one piece that's very distinct from where we were and also has broad implications to the EA to the EA process outside of what has happened and what is likely too late to change as we engage with this

SPEAKER_09
0:25:50 (0:00:02)

process councelor Pettingill on this

Chris Pettingill
0:25:53 (0:01:00)

point yeah my own personal and thank you mayor Herford for raising the I just got distracted when I was talking about the flood Hazard thing but I do tend to feel that it's a bit of a squeaky wheel gets the grease and I feel that on the resolutions we have put forward we've been reminding ministers and so on every time we've spoken to them and having additional pieces to talk about is useful I think the underlying message is the EA process is still fundamentally broken it seems that strategically getting a resolution that says that and asking them just generally fix it is not so easy and so having a sort of library of things that need to be addressed I think and hammering the every chance we get every opportunity is unfortunately maybe one of the only ways we start to see a change and I think worthwhile although

SPEAKER_09
0:26:53 (0:00:07)

frustrating Council anything further okay councelor

Jenna Stoner
0:27:01 (0:00:12)

s yeah I just my one other question was if staff could elaborate on the zoning tools to secure affordable housing tenure request and the concept behind that

SPEAKER_09
0:27:13 (0:00:02)

Mr fesus that you

SPEAKER_00
0:27:15 (0:00:48)

yes thank you through the chair so there's there isn't any tools right now in legislation that allow us to prescribe percentage of affordable housing we have to do it as a density bonus and the province has indicated that there this is something they would like to do but there's no timeline associated with that and there's been a big effort to encourage municipalities to prezone lands and in order to prezone lands for future development it would be really handy to have the ability to also preone for a certain amount of affordable housing without having to do a density bonus systems that essentially that's what it is about we expect some movement from The Province but I think some encouragement to move along would also be helpful

Jenna Stoner
0:28:04 (0:00:15)

and just to followup is this related as well in the fact that there seems to be a gap that affordable housing is not identified in the ACC component so where we previously secured it through CAC negotiation that's no longer potentially available to us so this is trying to plug that Gap

SPEAKER_00
0:28:19 (0:00:01)

that's exactly it

Jenna Stoner
0:28:20 (0:00:04)

got it thank you great area of

SPEAKER_09
0:28:24 (0:01:13)

advocacy okay if there's no other hands I'll just quickly shine a light on the beginning of wording for resolution that I shared around earlier I think that there is potentially Great Value in bringing a resolation to LM LGA on the issue of BC assessment and the gap between actual market value and the assessment assigned by the assessment Authority especially when that Gap exists over multiple years consecutive so I continue to work on that wording and between now and our next meeting I anticipate to have that sharpened up so that I can share that with you before our next conversation and it would be helpful for me if once I do get that wording sharpened up if there's anybody at this table feeling like that's all a waste of time I want to know about it before I get too far into it okay councelor ster

Jenna Stoner
0:29:38 (0:00:38)

yeah I know and thanks for bringing that forward and I think it's an interesting Nuance that I hadn't quite picked up on the details of I think one of the challenges will be really narrowing in on what the ask is and so that's the one outstanding question that I have is how do we actually direct some form of request or solution other than I don't know if it's a mechanism for people to be able to report that and have BC assessment look at it similar to like if you think your assessment value is over assessed you have a complaint mechanism but there's nothing similar for an underassessment maybe that's what it is but that would be my only question

SPEAKER_09
0:30:17 (0:00:11)

definitely something that I'm struggling with as well and hoping that I can come up with a resolution that makes sense counselor Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
0:30:29 (0:01:10)

yeah on this topic I see a few things that a few areas that this touches that we've seen one of them is when let's say un individual property is undervalued for subsequent years that's be great to find a solution for that another is the variability or the changes in our I don't know what the word is but I'll call them sub sectors so if you take the residential sector and then there's the strata and the rs1 sectors we don't have an ability to tax to set the mill rates based on these Subs sectors but those subs sector values change quite considerably from one year to the next with respect to each other as we saw last year is there any consideration of requesting that we have a tool to be able to set Mill rates at a finer grain than just the sector that might be a big can of worms that's not worth diving into but

SPEAKER_09
0:31:39 (0:00:30)

yeah the work that I've done so far on this doesn't dig into any of that because of the big can of worms that it is and I think that it's beyond the scope of what I was intending to cover with the motion so maybe that's a project for you future resolution okay great so I'll just offer one more opportunity for comments or just to close out this conversation if we're ready to head in that direction

Armand Hurford
0:32:09 (0:01:57)

yeah just on the on cons fren the resolution you're looking at I think I think that perhaps it's a way for a process for values to be to be challenged which the property owner is unlikely to do because it results an increased taxation but perhaps these are all public these values are all are all public and perhaps that there's a reasonable piece to say hey that's you know that something's off in this in this area I don't know what that means I know that the challenge process is you know as hard to run in the timeline required and but maybe that's sort of what the ask is I don't the reduced local government in your whereas Clause the reduced local government revenues we set the revenue ass that we're going to need so which is independent of the values so I don't quite need that I don't understand that piece of it but so perhaps that could come out but maybe it's a challenge mechanism that's more for like the public to participate in it and go from and go from there perhaps that's the ask I don't know I think this is really interesting area but of all the challenges having said that of all the challenges of the BC assessment process some that councelor Hamilton brought up the ones that you're trying to get out here we also see you know various other challenges I wonder about this one being the one if we can get to a specific ask then maybe then maybe it is but there's quite a wide range of challenges with that process so I'm struggling with this being the one but at the same time I think it's worth exploring to make sure that our taxation is distributed fairly across the as intended across the community I think that's the biggest the biggest piece so I think I think work could happen there and yeah I like it thank

SPEAKER_09
0:34:07 (0:00:08)

you great thanks for the feedback any final thoughts on this before we wrap it up councelor Pettingill then councelor Stoner just

Chris Pettingill
0:34:15 (0:01:19)

one topic maybe food for thought and it's a big one so I don't quite know how to tackle it but it you know the presentation this morning from Helping Hands is reminding me of it and there's more things like with child care and it's even implied in the new ACC regulations where we can use ACC for child care and things that I think the province are supposed to be funding and so there's more and more sort of officially downloading coming to us it seems that things like overdose prevention and drim and so on aren't as successful when you don't have the wraparound services and the treatment and so on and those are absent and so how do we get those and do we you know are there some res is it time for some advocacy to the Province to step up their gain or do we need to say make sort of an additional argument around more taxation Powers because well if you're not going to do it then let us tax it and we will do it and maybe it's not the preferred thing but maybe that's the next best thing and so in that range of things like we don't have the tools you know either the province has to do it or we have to do it and if we have to do it then we have to have the tools to be able to fund it and neither of those things are happening and so people are just kind of left without options right now and so is there some advocacy on one side of the other of that we can be

SPEAKER_09
0:35:35 (0:00:05)

doing are you looking for an answer from somebody on that or you just putting all that out there

Chris Pettingill
0:35:40 (0:00:01)

putting it out there for now

SPEAKER_09
0:35:42 (0:00:01)

excellent councelor

Jenna Stoner
0:35:44 (0:00:48)

Stoner yeah just in reflection to that there is work going on between ubcm and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Minister of Finance on local government revenue sources and expanding local government Revenue sources in particular we revising them in order to address some of these things that's a slow process but it is ongoing so it may be advocacy directed to ubcm as well that's the other way to put that given that there's a Channel of communication there but yeah it is a complex one my outstanding question was just how we wanted to proceed from here if staff want particular counselors to raise their hands on particular items if this is we've had different approaches over the years so is this something that staff want to run with or is it something that he want me to run with

SPEAKER_07
0:36:33 (0:00:16)

or through the chair I'm happy to coate and take council's resolutions and prepare them for the next agenda for further discussion between now and then if that works for Council

SPEAKER_09
0:36:49 (0:00:09)

yeah that's great and I think what I heard there does not necessarily require any kind of motion or direction to staff gu counc peningo

Chris Pettingill
0:36:58 (0:00:04)

sorry Clarity for next agenda is that next week

SPEAKER_07
0:37:03 (0:00:06)

or I was under the impression it was February 6th but may happen sooner if

Armand Hurford
0:37:09 (0:01:18)

required May Herford thank you I think I would like to take on or C us take on that some work around the sorry the EA process improvements and I think it'll take a little bit of more discussion with staff and potentially with other with councils but that does to come before it comes back to meeting so if anyone would like to work with if we have support in general to sort of work to work on that to see if something comes of it then I'd look for interested parties to collaborate on that with me as I take that forward no yes obviously no more than no more than two thank you for that Miss Arthurs but or I'm happy to work with staff to sort of flush out what that what that ask could look like so if anyone wants to work with me on that to see if we get somewhere that' be good green law got your two that's it okay we go yeah thank you I just want to make sure if anyone else was interested we could parse it out maybe we can find a way to parse it out into different pieces but I'm happy to start

SPEAKER_09
0:38:27 (0:00:07)

there okay keep in mind we're cutting into some riveting Japan presentation time councelor Stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:38:35 (0:00:33)

yeah just put myself forward to move forward on the transit funding piece for local transit systems and the zoning tools for affordable housing I'm happy to draft that and work with staff as necessary and take any other feedback if people want to jump on bre I also think the latecomer charges is a really interesting one I don't think I fully understand it enough so I don't know if that's one that we can push to staff because I feel like it's quite detailed but I think in general the concept makes sense to me but I just don't have the background to do it

SPEAKER_09
0:39:08 (0:00:10)

okay thank you councelor stoner and we'll look forward to hearing back from the regional district on Transit when we next have an opportunity for that update councelor Anderson

Eric Andersen
0:39:19 (0:00:06)

yes I'll put myself forward for working with staff on the lake cmer charges item very good thank you councelor Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
0:39:25 (0:00:11)

and if we're pick if we're picking items I'll do the flood Hazard considerations if we don't need oh we didn't need to do that no solved

SPEAKER_09
0:39:37 (0:04:06)

sorry thanks anyway though this the thought that counts very good unless there's anything further on this we'll recess for five minutes so that we can set up for the next presentation so we back at five pm

Shimizu Town, Japan 60th Anniversary Celebration
0:43:44 (0:40:51)

Mayor Armand Hurford and Councillor Lauren Greenlaw presented their experiences from their visit to Squamish's sister city, Shimizu Town, Japan. They attended the 60th anniversary commemorative celebration in Shimizu Town, which has had a sister city relationship with Squamish since 2003. The presentation included background information about Shimizu Town, its location, population, and unique features. They also shared details about their journey, the town's slogan, and the differences between Squamish and Shimizu Town. The presentation included images from their trip, including their visit to the town hall, the anniversary ceremony, a tea ceremony, and various sightseeing locations.

The council members engaged in a discussion about the cultural exchange and the potential benefits of the sister city relationship. They discussed the unique aspects of Shimizu Town, such as its population growth despite Japan's overall population decline, and its unique real estate situation with millions of abandoned homes. They also discussed the cultural significance of the tea ceremony and the importance of the Shimizu spring water. The council members also expressed interest in the local ecosystem and the potential for a catch and release aquarium in Squamish. The presentation concluded with the council members sharing the gifts they received from Shimizu Town and the ones they gave. The council did not make any immediate decisions based on the presentation, but they expressed appreciation for the cultural exchange and the ongoing relationship with Shimizu Town.

SPEAKER_09
0:43:44 (0:00:14)

okay we are back from the recess and we have a very special delegation up next I'll turn it over to you to introduce yourself in your

Armand Hurford
0:43:58 (0:01:09)

topic thank you very much C counselor French so myself and councelor green law are going to present are excited to present to you on the our experience visiting our sister city in shimuzu town Japan we were there for the 60th anniversary commemorative celebration which happened in November and this on the screen you see our Opening screen here living life that shines richly is the town slogan as best translated of shimu town so our first few slides are really about the background of the sisters City relationship which has been in existence since 2020 since sorry 2003 so a long-standing relationship the they are a long ways away from Squamish so all the way on the other side of the Atlant it takes of the Pacific how long was the journey for us to get there

Lauren Greenlaw
0:45:08 (0:00:05)

oh you know I was trying to remember it was at least 18 hours yeah

Armand Hurford
0:45:13 (0:02:47)

so there's not much between here and there and it was the first flight I've been on where they were on the airplane where they show the locators they were showing underwater mountains and trenches because there were no physical features for us to be flying over which is and specifically in Japan it's located just south of Tokyo which is about it worked out to about a 45 minute bullet train ride from Tokyo and we have some other location pieces but just try to situate you as to where this area is in relation to the rest of Japan so our areas so this is a sort of a quick comparison of shimuzu town to Squamish so they have a little bit more population they have a we're going to talk a little bit more about the river later in the in the presentation but where the Squamish River obviously goes up to a huge volume the river is far more consistent which we'll get we'll get into interestingly the new Resident population is the fastest growing in the prefecture and it that is really interesting because overall Japan has an interesting situation where the population has stagnated and started to decrease and internally there's been a migration to the larger centers so this is a smaller Community and to actually be maintaining is a win so and a little bit of growth is a huge win in the context of Japan in current day and interestingly currently Japan has a situation where we talk about housing a lot here Japan right now has somewhere between 9 and 11 million abandoned homes so it's a totally different take on real estate which is one of the things but the fact that they're growing I think is really is really interesting and stand and stands up so this is a little bit of background some prior visits and so there's been some back some visits both ways over time U but it had been quite some time since one of those visits so and about a decade so it's time to so we received the request this is the request that we received from Shimizu town to attend their ceremony this is their town mascot which do we remember the name I know we have it on a later slide

Lauren Greenlaw
0:48:01 (0:00:03)

I think it's Yu Co yuo

Armand Hurford
0:48:04 (0:07:23)

so his the Hat represents Mount Fuji which is in the background of the community and is he is essentially a superhero to defend the Water from trash and other abuses is that and there was a live mascot which we didn't get a picture of at the time we didn't realize it was the only opportunity we're going to see him but so this go quickly goes through our Council resolutions to commence the trip there's a timeline there which you're all you're all there for those steps so I won't go into that too much arriving in Shimizu town so just to the to the right in the in that image where there's a little Valley just there is where Shimizu is located and the image on the left is the IU peninsula where Shimizu is the gateway to U Peninsula which is a UNESCO geop Park which is another similarity to Squamish where we have yapsam house sound as a biosphere reion region recognized by UNESCO and this Bay interestingly is the deepest Bay in Japan it drops off so deep that in the winter they're actually seeing deep sea creatures they can they at observing them at the surface so it's a very unique place for sea life and we have some context or some other slides that speak to that more specifically also rumored to be the home of Godzilla this Bay due to its deep and mysterious nature so but the ISU Peninsula is quite famous for lots of for beaches and diving areas as well as onsens based which are traditional baths based on Spring hot water Springs so this is a bullet train heading for Shimizu and that the whole process of moving about throughout the trip was just really remarkable the trains are on time to the second and even as with someone like myself that does not speak or read Japanese very easy to figure out and Incredibly efficient so this is on the left there is the entrance to shimuzu Town Hall which they changed to the welcome Squamish image that you see there and not pictured was a standing ovation essentially from staff outside as welcome and which was great and made me feel a little you know uncomfortable with the I just arrived but that continued as I moved throughout the building it was incredible welcome and even just to go to the extent to have this the signage up made us feel U very welcome and appreciated there council chambers to their to the right I think it's the public piece is just sort of just up off out of the frame to the to the left is the public Gallery they operate a little quite a bit different a little differently quite a bit differently than we do and obviously the physical space is beautiful and large but also the mayor is elected but doesn't vote so the mayor Works full-time with the staff and makes recommendations to council so I would put that mayor role and title more in line with maybe an elected CAO and then Council there's 12 elected counselors and they actually sit in sessions so concentrated sessions similar to provincial government where there so it's more focused time over I think they're two month sessions or something like that some of these details came together through many conversations but all that to say a very different structure but we're all working on the same you know the same sort of issues that local government does a main event so they put on an amazing anniversary ceremony and it was a very busy day this day where we toured the town we did the ceremony there was a tea ceremony and a big group event with elected officials following so this is these are some images from the event and we were sat at tables on a on a big long stage full of other people giving speeches I quite like the it's quite something to see your name translated in that way and yeah it was quite the quite the experience as part of that I was invited to give a speech I believe the next slide is so this on the left is the translation of my speech which they there was some discussion as to oh this and the picture on the right is actually taken from where I was roughly where I was sitting so it shows some of the oh and you can just see the mascot hiding in the wing there about to yeah so I'm glad the mascot came on after me because it's a hard a tough act to follow but the there was some discussion around having the speech translated sort of in real time versus is translated and distributed and this it was distributed among so I could deliver the speech and they could read along in Japanese and those you may have noticed I like to AB lib sometimes and with this I was like well I have to stick to what's translated because that's what's translated there so but very formal where there was a the process to speak was you approach the walk to the middle space and you can see some folks behind are just obscured by me there and you bow to them you bow back to the table the B the tables that we can see here once to the flag and then to the podium and to the audience before you deliver and then inverse on exit so there were a few speakers before me so I could really dial in this pattern and make sure that I moved with in the process that was appropriate feel free to jump in anytime we're going to get to so here we following that we were treated to a te ceremony where we just in kimonos I it took a couple it it's not something you do by yourself so it took some assistance to get to get I'm did I'm assuming you had multiple people

Lauren Greenlaw
0:55:28 (0:00:00)

I had

Armand Hurford
0:55:28 (0:02:41)

three yeah so it was a whole thing to get into the traditional garb and you'll notice that both of us are maybe a bit lankier than normal so everyone else's ankles are obscured and you can see ours are kind of rotting up because we're larger than normal so the T then what would considered normal there we'll say so then The Tea Ceremony itself is a very significant called cultural vent and is a great honor to participate in and the woman in the green in that image to the to the left is you'll see in a later image there's this room is basically built for tea ceremony every step is very structured from bringing the water into the kettle to adding the tea pouring into the cup adjusting the where you drink from the cup and how it gets handled on each cop is made individually and it's quite the process so after having the tea you can see this is Mei have drinking tea in that left image then we were we post for some for some photos and then one of the more interesting things I think of the this happened where we're invited to inspect the have a closer look at the cups because we each drank from a different cup and the cups were like the one I had was a gift from a former I think it was a prime minister had given gifted the cup to the town and like that kind of level of each piece so when invited to look closer at these at these pieces I went to do that and there was a little container holding the tea and was beautiful and I dropped it so which in such a formal obviously a Beyond formal setting a for formal and traditional setting you know I was taken back and I like I'm so sorry that happened I'm G to go to the next image I'll turn over to Lauren so she can give A or sorry counselor green law so you can give a an accurate description of what happened next so this is the green tea that I spilled on the mat and those are the very well laid out and very special cups that were not damaged in this incident in any way and then that's the kettle that you can't quite tell it's kind of built into the floor of this purpose-built space coun Greenlaw

Lauren Greenlaw
0:58:10 (0:01:07)

yeah well as with all things on this trip our hosts were incredibly gracious and graceful about the whole thing and the lady in the green kimono that Arman or that mayor Herford had pointed out just immediately said well no now the mat is more new you've added life to this mat by dropping it and by creating this really quite a beautiful pattern actually so it's quite beautiful and it was just really interesting because it ties into you know when we talk about circular economy I mean there are aspects of the Japanese culture that really embody circular economy and upcycling right like if you look at the white bulll the second one from the right there it's been broken and repaired through that technique kugi right which is like taking something that had less value and adding value to it as it breaks and get old gets older like it gets more beautiful functional and valuable with age so it's just a really beautiful like adding that

Armand Hurford
0:59:18 (0:01:00)

Dimension yeah thank you it the it was really besides it being what I wanted to hear at the time that oh no this is fine it actually this overall concept I was really refreshing and often times as things wear in our culture and it's not brand new we think of it just as having less and less value rather than being an object that can tell a story and now it has a it has a new a new life of course I'd like to avoid providing things new lives in this way but it was a really interesting piece of learning and before we go to the next side what happens that tea container is so artfully designed that the lid and the base look the same thing so when I went because it's all just one but the lid comes off which you have to hold it by the base when you put it down apparently so anyways but this was quite a quite an interesting piece and that philosophy translates out into so many other things

Lauren Greenlaw
1:00:18 (0:00:57)

sorry I just had one more thing to add that pot is actually apparently 200 years old it's been being used in Ceremonies for 200 years and also that little spoon there like mayor Herford was saying there is so much intentionality like everything is so ritualistic in this ceremony and that spoon is actually made from Cedar which is very interesting because it's you know you're seeing Cedar come in their culture and how they use it in their culture and how we use cedar in our culture so I thought that was a really cool connection this is basically the group that we were with for the majority of the trip and these are Gardens behind this beautiful restaurant where we had dinner and then to the right that's a Shinto Temple and Shinto is one of the main religions in Japan and my understanding is that it worships nature as opposed to any deity which is very

Armand Hurford
1:01:15 (0:02:06)

interesting yes and they took us to that to the temple sort of it was after dark and felt very it's very special to be there with very there was no one else there and a lot of these places end up being quite busy dur throughout the day so it's quite a special opportunity to be invited there this is sorry this is mar zien and mrsi and they are incredibly gracious hosts this is inside of a restaurant of the same restaurant so if you just see behind their shoulder their Courtyard is of this place was just unlike anything I'd ever seen magnificent doesn't even really cover it so a beautiful space and this was we were all in the there's quite some discussion around if we wanted to go for dinner in the kimonos or if we wanted to change and I was like well what is seisan going to be doing oh he's like seisan where's the konum okay that's what we're doing so this there's was with the they elected official some more in this group which we did the gift exchange here and maybe I'll talk about the gift we gave and if you want to talk about the gift that they gave us does that work okay so we presented them a blanket that is called the saish sunset and we used the blanket to wrap a carving of s of salmon which is you just can't quite see above the blanket he's holding it's a little obscured there the salmon but I thought it was really interesting where the saish sunset design is meant to represent of course the sunset here in the Salish sea and but Japan is Land of the Rising Sun which is exactly what's happening as the sun setting here so I thought it tied together quite nicely and they also handed us some gifts which we have here with us which maybe we'll show after but if you want to speak about them

Lauren Greenlaw
1:03:22 (0:00:37)

oh sure we were gifted a nor so those are the you know the curtains that hang in doorways that are split and the symbology on it signifies Goodwill and we were also gifted some calligraphy pieces that were made by a chief priest of the kium misu temple and the calligraphy says basically it's to convey trust in a long-standing relationship so really like really meaningful gifts it was it was really beautiful they were so happy to share their culture with us and we were so happy to be recipients of their culture it was a really it was a really lovely

Armand Hurford
1:03:59 (0:00:14)

experience thank you we have those here we'll show those maybe after the after the meeting for those that would like to see them physically and of course those will live with the here at mun Hall

Lauren Greenlaw
1:04:14 (0:01:35)

okay so we also did some sightseeing around town obviously and this was one of their main Parks it it's called Kagawa Park and it's basically the heart of the town it's where they they're all these artisanal or artisian Wells that upspring in this area and that's what you're seeing on the on the right here on the slide is one of these blue Wells this is water that originated at Mount Fuji it's basically Mount Fuji's meltwater and what's happening is it goes underground and it travels about 50 kmers over 20 to 25 years and up upwells in this park it's really cool there's like no River and then all of a sudden this Arian well starts up and there's a river it's an important cultural space for them as well Shimizu literally means clear water so this Waterway is an integral part of their identity essentially and it also provides drinking water for about 400,000 people Downstream we also were toured around by these very enthusiastic English students who are so excited to practice their English with us and that's a really important piece of this relationship especially for the P the people in shimuzu town is having that cultural exchange and having exchange students coming from Squamish to Japan also coming from Japan to Squamish so it was really it was really great to see some of these some of these students

Armand Hurford
1:05:49 (0:00:35)

there and just in that upper left image is a promotion image for the for the park and it was really interesting because the an the anime part is they were asking these even these students were asking me what your favorite one was and so that's the tourism promotion is through is through anime which I think is quite is quite interesting because you know it's just something that's so I hadn't I hadn't con considered but that's that so here we go

Lauren Greenlaw
1:06:24 (0:00:38)

and then we had a little like a cultural experience lunch you know really highlighting some of the local Delicacies so in the foreground you can see some tofu there that's made with this Shimizu water and we're also grinding Wasabi there and wasabi is a an important industry in that region and they one of the things that they pursued the last time I think it was the last time they visited probably look at councelor Anderson here cor ey they were hoping to collaborate on a Wasabi project in the area and I think they ended up finding a suitable space around Richmond if I'm not mistaken he's nodding

Armand Hurford
1:07:02 (0:00:07)

good yeah so and then and this restaurant was in the was in the park and then this

Lauren Greenlaw
1:07:09 (0:00:00)

oh

Armand Hurford
1:07:09 (0:00:04)

yeah is a video which I think if I hit it one more time it'll

Lauren Greenlaw
1:07:14 (0:00:15)

play it's pretty spectacular you can see it just looks like it's boiling and that's the groundwater percolating up through this artisian well and so there's no River to the left of it right and then this is this is the Melt water coming out from Mount

Armand Hurford
1:07:30 (0:00:04)

Fuji I'm going to try running that again because I don't think

Lauren Greenlaw
1:07:34 (0:00:01)

it oh is it not it's

Armand Hurford
1:07:36 (0:00:02)

playing on our screen but it's not

Lauren Greenlaw
1:07:38 (0:00:04)

it's like all St yeah oh you can it's too B it's pretty

Armand Hurford
1:07:42 (0:00:26)

cool for those interested we can post this video but essentially the gra the gravel there looks like it's boiling so you can see it and this is the yeah sorry so this is this is the largest freshwater spring in Asia so this a river erupts from the ground around here and it's really remarkable to

Lauren Greenlaw
1:08:09 (0:00:50)

see and then you know to tie it all together that's Mount Fuji in the background this is basic this is basically the view from our hotel so you can see Mount Fuji in the background and another you know being in this position really changes how you look at places now so it's really interesting to look at basically downtown shimi town and there's big agricultural plots right in the middle of town you know and then yeah similar to here where we have inai overlooking our town they have Fuji overlooking theirs and then at the bottom there that is station the fifth station on Mount Fuji so you're at 2300 M there and Fuji itself is 3,700 M but yeah that's the source of the Shimizu spring water and obviously it's a cultural icon for

Armand Hurford
1:09:00 (0:00:59)

Japan so here are some images from taken from a short walk from that fifth that fifth station and some of it looks familiar you know you've got the sort of the old man's beard moss on the tree but if you look to the right it's Ro of dendrin is underbrush really interesting space and down the middle of this path are roughly a meter by meter Stones placed in the middle of the path so which is mindboggling unto itself and I have no idea how long that path has been there but I know it'll be there for a very long time when it's constructed in that way but the climactic zones you go through from near sea level at Shimizu Town and all the way up to this level and just a short walk over into this sort of barren area that was clearly had more recent act

Lauren Greenlaw
1:10:00 (0:00:50)

activity oh and then we went to this aquarium which is of course in a shopping mall it was quite small it was probably maybe twice the size of this room and it focused on educating the public and also collecting juvenile species of aquatic animals and researching juvenile species so they'd actually they'd actually captured juvenile specimens that had never been studied before so it's a it's a pretty important aquarium and it's all from the local ecosystem which made me think about of course we have some Catch and Release aquariums in municipalities near us like ulid and Gibsons and how much fun it would be a h to have a house s Catch and Release aquarium just saying just saying

Armand Hurford
1:10:50 (0:00:11)

and it and it didn't take a lot of it didn't it took a remarkably small amount of space to be really impactful as far as the displays and the we had a tour is that what's on the next slide

Lauren Greenlaw
1:11:01 (0:00:26)

well the next slide probably won't work but I had to put it up there because it's a mantis shrimp and for any of you who have never deep died deep dived mantis shrimps they're one of the most fascinating species on Earth they punch so hard that they cavitate the shells of their prey and they yeah anyways they're the they're basically one of the coolest animals on Earth but it's not working so

Armand Hurford
1:11:28 (0:00:02)

it's on our screen it works but he

Lauren Greenlaw
1:11:30 (0:00:00)

like zooming it

Armand Hurford
1:11:30 (0:00:07)

on like literally punches okay we're not oh maybe so

Lauren Greenlaw
1:11:38 (0:00:03)

having control over the

Armand Hurford
1:11:41 (0:00:24)

power okay we're we can share that the video but the display was really remarkable and showed again focus on juveniles and this facility actually supplies fish throughout aquar to aquariums internationally and they work with Vancouver Aquarium as well so and

Lauren Greenlaw
1:12:06 (0:00:23)

and this was the mall it was in and when you first walked in there was a big educational piece about where they had a lot of recovered garbage from the ocean and they were aot you know inviting people to make these I guess they're Hercules Beatles and they're supposed to be like the symbol of crushing the trash problem

Armand Hurford
1:12:30 (0:09:37)

so this is a public invited to do yeah into the art project so and all of the material they Ed they actually recovered from the beach to really tie it together as to what was happening and one of the more impactful displays for me in the aquarium was display that had jellyfish but also had plastic bags floating through and just how similar they looked and you can see why animals that consume jellyfish end up with a bunch of plastic in their in their belly and the important so it was really great to see this sort of integrated throughout the mall even if you're just going shopping but yeah really interesting so these are some interesting pieces sort of along the way and in Shu and some in Tokyo on Route on the left you've got it this is a single family home construction site so a really small footprint no sprawling out onto the street I'd say almost entirely covering the whole lot but the little crane there really efficient and if you look at the build the what they use to build it those are big steel ey beams just a different construction method than we than we use here the next image to the right is a train station in oeno Park it's just stunning facility that goes right into one of the jewels of Tokyo there's a zoo there as well but often time we think about public transportation I don't know that image comes to mind from a from an infrastructure P perspective this is one of my favorite spots doesn't look like much that's a bathroom that's an ex extremely tiny Park we'd probably call a pocket park here but it has one stall washroom to as we all know I think the when you're when how long you can spend at the park and thus how useful a park is to you really depends on the weakest bladder in your group you know I think it's really important and this little corner was just in a residential neighborhood and you can see there's a mix of single family and there's some taller buildings behind but quite a small park space but very efficient use of the space and I think I know in this role when I see something like a little washroom like this I have some understanding of the complexity to actually achieve something like that so I thought that was really interesting piece the building to the left is innocuous until you if you look really close it's an indoor bike parking at the bullet train station in mhima which is the adjacent town that the bullet train Le leaves from so as we look at our you know as we contemplate more and more people doing active Transportation what does that actually mean we see full bike rocks and like what does the next it's probably 10 layers out from where we are but it's really interesting to see that that's purpose built and then in the right hand side that is a stacked car parking to maximize the efficiency of that I know this has been a discussion Point with the that Boutique Hotel down at the end of Cleveland has some element like this but this was quite common as we traveled around this one is interesting on the left you've got individually packaged you can buy that's three slices of bread on the left and then you can go to six and then you go all the way to a loaf which I thought was really interesting as we look at food waste you know being able to buy an appropriate portion I think is interesting but of course there's a lot of packaging that comes with this so they did have great recycling everywhere no garbage cans no public garbage cans anywhere but occasionally when you saw something it was it was this with some Rec with this very well thought out recycling I appreciate that they were clear so if perhaps you couldn't read Japan or quite decipher what they're trying to get at with the images you can see what else what other people had put in which one and then and then on the right is just a how an example of how much actual plastic it takes to do these smaller these smaller portioning so I bought a few grapes and some sushi and look at how much packaging came with but luckily there's good recycling so these things are complicated to address but I thought it was quite interesting how they approach that shared spaces these are these are roads that are two-way I love the traffic jam on the left these I saw these two ladies leave a senior center and make their way through and this is a construction worker I think from that construction site that I had an image of maybe heading home heading home from work the other two images are streets that are two-way and you'll notice there's no on street parking it's just not something that happens so this the there's a just a different hierarchy or maybe a Level Playing Field for vehicles and bikes and humans on the streets which I thought were really which I thought was really interesting and this one a lot of really creative uses of space so this looks like a mall but it in that image to the right you can see it's a train tracks above so this is just under some train tracks they created this little they used this space to create very small retail spaces and if we think about how spaces like this are used in cities around these are often spaces you want to maybe you want to avoid where they attract crime or maybe are used for parking or some other sort of random use but the intentional use of spaces like this I think was really interesting and this the one store in the center was around a repair driven establishment too so a lot again back to that sort of repair culture this one I have some notes on my phone this one was really special for me I found myself in this little cafe and as I was looking for good coffee and I got kind of addicted to these Japanese pancakes but that's a whole another topic and I met and I stumbled upon this little cafe and they have art in art installation as part of their Cafe which I've seen lots of Art and cafes you know that's nothing new but here they had the artists were there for I think they're there for two days and then they switched to someone else and the artist is there so she this artist handed me a letter and this ex exhib exhibition was called The Gaze of affection and just briefly we were here in early November red round Remembrance Day and I'll read just a quick piece of the letter she haded me Hiroshima was the first city to be destroyed by an atomic bomb in the world in fact I'm a second generation atomic bomb Survivor my mother did not tell me that she had experienced and surviv the atomic bombing until I got married she's worried that I would be discriminated against my mother lived in fear all her life I grew up feeling uncomfortable with her conflicts affect us for many years not only physically but also in our hearts our family relationships and our lives affection will bring peace to the world and I like to convey this message through my paintings and her name is Yoko sat I'm probably not pronouncing that correctly but it was really profound and was not an experience that I've yeah that I've ever that I've ever had before or considered that point of view so really interesting and also shows the power of small business if you look how tiny that little that little building is there was only 12 seats upstairs and that was that was it very small space but can have quite an impact quickly so budget considerations with this as shown on a previous slide Council approved a budget of up to $11,000 of coun council contingency funds when the trip was okay by the by this group the actual cost was far less was $4,123 197 and due to the generosity of our hosts which wasn't known at the time of the budget they covered everything while we were while we were there so the costs actually fit inside the annual Travel and Conference budget for mayor and Council so no council contingency funding was spent it was just inside the normal envelope of our of our annual Travel and Conference budget kicha and there you go that was our attempt to be short and concise on this but I'm H we're happy to take questions if there are any

SPEAKER_09
1:22:07 (0:00:03)

Council questions coun

Eric Andersen
1:22:10 (0:00:17)

Anderson I recall looking into a directory of Japanese sister cities and I had the impression that many Japanese towns have several sister cities were you the only visitors for this occasion does Shimizu town have other sister cities elsewhere in the

Armand Hurford
1:22:28 (0:00:29)

world thank you you're absolutely right Japanese communities take their sister city relationship they really value the sister city sister city relationships they do have a another sister city in Taiwan and we they were not in attendance at the at the F at the festivities but they did speak about their friend in their other sister

SPEAKER_09
1:22:58 (0:00:09)

city any other questions thank you very much Council

Eric Andersen
1:23:07 (0:00:41)

Anderson I've just learned recently that in the former Sawmill on the waterfront Landing site in the office building unique building from the from that was all decked out in Hemlock there was a t- room and it was in a beautiful I know the space but I didn't know that that's had been its function but when Japanese Lumber buyers or wood beam buyers would come over for mostly it was a temple market so when they would come over they would conduct tea ceremony in Squamish in the saw office building over at the Empire Lumber Division and it was a beautifully paneled room to show off our products of course but very special

Armand Hurford
1:23:49 (0:00:43)

room no thank you for that I think I just in closing I'd like to thank everybody at this table for supporting this trip and both in supporting the resolutions and in the work while we were away I'd also like to just flag that our friends and Shu are quite excited to come and I think at a at a certain point I'm working on some ideas when that might be appropriate and that's a discussion that I'd like to have with Council at a at a future point but that's something that's that will be coming back to us at some point soon

SPEAKER_09
1:24:33 (0:00:02)

okay Council

TERMINATION
1:24:35 (0:00:35)


SPEAKER_09
1:24:36 (0:00:01)

Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
1:24:38 (0:00:07)

if there's no further comments I wonder if the chair would entertain a motion to terminate councelor

SPEAKER_09
1:24:45 (0:00:06)

Stoner I will entertain

Eric Andersen
1:24:51 (0:00:03)

that

Andrew Hamilton
1:24:55 (0:00:01)

technicality

SPEAKER_09
1:24:56 (0:00:15)

Mo to terminate move by councelor Stoner second inv councelor Hamilton call the question all those in favor motion carries unanimous thank you staff very much for carrying us through today and


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3.i: Squamish Helping Hands Society - Annual Update
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1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
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folks we're going to get

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underway

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yeah good morning it's 9 o'cl or 9:30 so we are going to get underway this is committee of the whole for Tuesday January 23rd 2024 my name is councelor John French and I'm chairing the meeting today as the acting mayor for the month of January so item number one on our agenda is a welcome to the Squamish Nation