June 10 was a busy day for Council with a number of meetings. Not only that but it was also a day where they were deciding on a highly controversial issue: Should they work towards changing BC Housing’s planned location for the Supportive Housing from downtown to lots on 70th adjacent to the project BCH has nearly finished?
To ‘support council’ (and remind them about the level of concerned opposition) a local group held a rally outside city hall just before council. Some people from this rally also wanted to attend the meeting.
When the public gallery gets full in council chambers staff enforce the fire code regulations and prevent people from entering until seats become available. This was the case for the evening meeting and the result was a group of people waiting in the hall and extending down the stairs.
Normally those in the hall wait and if they talk among themselves keep the volume at a respectful level. Apparently a couple of the people in this group would not do that – the hubbub could be heard for the first 20 minutes of the council meeting. So much so that people sitting near the door were experiencing some difficulty hearing the proceedings in the room (not every councilor uses the their microphone) At one point chanting was heard – what the reason for that was I cannot say. I was stuck in the room running the live webcast. When they would not quieten or leave the police were called. They settled down after the RCMP attended and talked to them. No one was arrested.
The result of council’s deliberations on this went in their favour: Council voted not to let the motion proceed to a 3rd and final reading. So the move will not happen. And the facility will go into the location on 2nd and Central downtown . . . which very many oppose as well.
Council did have other things to discuss and decide. You can see that from the agendas which you can download below.
Committee Of The Whole Agenda as an HTML page or as a PDF doc.
Evening meeting Agenda as an HTML page or as a PDF doc.
Evening meeting Agenda Addendum as an HTML page or as a PDF doc.
Or you can watch the meetings in their entirety below