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Public Meeting May 1, 2019

A Public Meeting was held at Perley School on May 1, 2019. The group Citizens For A Better Grand Forks put the event on with the City sponsoring it. Over 160 people showed up.

The meeting was Moderated by Michael Strukoff.

The links in the list below should open a new window with the meeting video cued up at the position in the meeting that the link referred to. All you have to do after that is press Play.

OR you can watch the video in its entirety below.

Apologies in advance to anyone whose name I’ve misspelled or associated with the wrong organization. And if I’d had more time I’d have put in the actual question text instead of ‘question ##’ . . . but people who did not show up want to see it so I’ve put it up in this fashio for now.


In this gloomy climate of negativity a hopeful ray of positivity

Want to skip the preface? scroll down to the bold text ‘Opening Letter . . .’

I occupy a strange position in this community.
I broadcast / livecast a number of things that relate to local government and community events. Which means I’m at every City Council meeting and almost all the Flood Recovery meetings as well as other events the community is invited to. So if you missed it you might still be able to take it in courtesy of me.

One of the aspects of being in this position is many people seem to think that because I was present when meetings happened I was paying attention. (I have to burst that balloon but often I’m so busy making the equipment and webcast happen that I miss some of the things being said – only one brain in my head folks)

Even though i try to make it easy for people to find the part of the meetings they want to listen to people still ask me about what went on. And others bring things to me that they feel should get wider exposure whether that’s the community as a whole or city council in particular. And they bring those things to me because I’m in this public position . . . if I repeat or endorse something then maybe others will notice and become interested in finding out more. I don’t really mind that – it gives me a chance to help someone even when all I can do is point them in a correct direction to maybe get their message to where they need it to get to,

This article is about one of those encounters.

I was contacted by a citizen in our community who has a set of ideas about how to deal with the problems our community (and others) face regarding individuals experiencing homelessness, drug addiction and mental health. She calls her plan a ‘Community Courtesy Circle’.

I’ve talked with her about this – I told her I felt it was too ambitious for our little town, that the forces of nimby-ism would rise up against it, that risk-averse political entities would throw regulatory road blocks and hurdles in it’s way and that a larger community with better (and more) resources would be a better fit. In spite of all that push back from me she’s still willing to push forward to see if it gets any traction, yields any forward motion.

After thinking it through and talking it over I’ve decided that the least I can do is help get it out there for all of you to read and maybe it will help in some way. Given all the negative rhetoric and unrealistic suggestions being bandied about in the social media echo chambers I offer you something trying to be a way to a solution. You may or may not agree with any of what follows but remember no one is forcing you to do anything. I’d ask that you try to approach it with an open mind.

Opening Letter for Community Courtesy Circle

The issues of homelessness and drug abuse in our present situation gifts us an opportunity.

Equality, inclusiveness, and sustainability are spoken of often.  Principles frequently overlooked when addressing these two issues.

The Community Courtesy Circle may challenge beliefs.  Please allow initial reactions to settle, and consider how this suggestion may work.

It is an endeavour to be a long-lasting solution, an arrangement to address current issues.  It consists of many offerings, and can be implemented in whole or in part.  Included is information to allow a sense of how these would work.  They compliment each other to address large issues.  The rationale behind aspects important to its function are also included.

The details are open for discussion & determination.  Most courtesies could be done quite simply, if bureaucracy is kept to a minimum.

Much more can be said about homelessness and drug use, complex & complicated issues.  A better understanding of what people whom are experiencing these go through, would be beneficial in coming up with a suitable manner to address them.

If your life has not been directly touched by fentanyl, consider yourself blessed, but not immune. 

Without exploring this topic, it’s important people recognize how hard an opioid addiction (in particular) is to face, and how long a body itself requires for the healing process to take.  It is a difficult challenge for them, their families & friends, and everyone working with them.  All of these people are affected and need our support.

Furthermore, if anyone is to be freed from any addiction for a length of time, it needs to be of their choosing.  We can help by creating an environment suitable for so, and encourage people by making them know their welcome, accepted, and valued in our community–not just with our words, but in our attitude & actions.

Much has been being done by different levels of government, organizations, and individuals in an effort to address both homelessness and drug use.  This is excellent, but everyday people need to know how they can help as well. 

The approach of the Community Courtesy Circle differs from the conventional direction pursued by increasing regulations to control or restrict others, their actions, or to give further consequence for so.  Which often results in a loss of rights, a diminishment of freedoms, and has not been an effective remedy.  While the real issues continue—or worsen.

Some may find this idea to be naive.  I ask you to gently quell the skepticism and cynicism so prevalent in today’s society, and consider its possibilities and the spirit with which it was written.

If others have suggestions, please share them with GF City Council and our community.

We have a chance to do something different, that reflects the heart of who we are, and improve our lifestyle for ourselves and future generations.

Thank you,
Angela Nichols

COMMUNITY COURTESY CIRCLE

In an endeavour to address the issues we are facing at this time, I am suggesting the development of a “Community Courtesy Circle”.  It’s an attempt to balance people’s need and concerns in the present, while maintaining our well-being and rights & freedoms as much as possible in our community’s evolution.  It consists of a variety of components.  Any parts implemented could continue to be used in some capacity once other shelter or housing is available.  Each would have simple guidelines regarding use, while some would also carry reasonable rules and fair disciplinary measures if not followed.

Courtesy Camp” — We begin with having a number of tents supplied as a courtesy offering for homeless people to utilize on a night-to-night basis.

Having them provided & set up in a single, central location within City Park (unless flooding or when another shelter is available) makes them easily accessible and easier to manage.  It ensures a tasteful appearance and eliminates the burden of the otherwise necessary constructing & dismantling each evening and morning.  Most tents would be individual one-man tents, with a couple family sized available.  The night-to-night basis, will allow for safety checks & cleaning to be done, and would make the tents easily movable for yard maintenance.  Access from 10 pm – 8 am includes the check in/check out procedures for people utilizing this service, hereafter referred to as “tenters” within this document for the sake of clarity.

Noise levels and disturbances to other campers and neighbours may be kept to a minimum by simple rules beginning with the check-in hour being 10 pm – 11 pm (may need to be 1 hr. before sundown).  After which (11 pm), tenters would be asked to occupy their tent through the night, except for necessary bathroom trips.  The morning check-out time, 7 am – 8 am, would apply unless special circumstances such as working an early shift for example.  These sorts of circumstances would need to be discussed prior and care taken to maintain the quiet atmosphere.  Any vehicles used for these, such as tenter’s vehicles leaving, or having their rides pick them up should be done a fair distance from the park area unless after 6 am.  If a tenter leaves the park’s property between the specified times (unless previously arranged or for perhaps a designated smoking area), they will be denied access for the remainder of that night. 

No smoking, drinking of alcohol, or drug use is permitted anywhere on the property.  Violations would result in a revocation of access of the service for a specified amount of time.  The exception would be medically necessary substances.  In this case, the tenter would need to disclose this information prior to tenting and be discreet.  In the event of consumption or intake prior to arrival, access would be based on the “keeper’s” discretion.  Other matters could also result in a loss of access to tenting, and perhaps other courtesies, for a designated amount of time reflective of the severity of the incidences. 

Courtesy Keepers” — These are people whose role is to assist the tenters primarily.  The current campsite manager is to mainly serve those in the campground and tourists.

A single “courtesy keeper” is to be available throughout the daytime along with the campsite attendant.  While having two “keepers” on a night shift allows for a greater level of safety for the campground customers, tenters, and the keepers themselves.  They’ll have a whistle or noise-maker, bear spray, flashlights, walkie-talkies, and be carrying cell phones in case of emergency.  They’d also have consistent & open communication with the RCMP.   In addition, they should be familiar with administering Naloxone if the need arises.

Shifts could overlap allowing for a smoother & shorter check in/check out time. Together, in coordination with the campsite manager, they’ll cover each other on breaks, aid in watching over the park, promote our community, and assist visitors with its courtesy offerings.

Further items of discussion could include shower availability or access (if not on-site, then perhaps aquatic centre about 7:30 am) provision of cots/air-mattresses and bedding, and their then needed maintenance.  There is no set kitchen area, available coolers, or provision of meals listed either, nor any laundry available for individual’s use.

Common areas for everyone within the park could also be easily created by providing two awning-covered areas for shelter from the sun & rain; two picnic tables or folding tables for one, and 24 folding/stacking chairs with possibly a gas/propane fireplace for cooler times for the other.

Courtesy Lockers” — The purpose of these would be to safeguard homeless peoples’ belongings for a limited time.  A simple storage locker on-site, with a couple sets of free-standing lockers (or lockable, individual storage areas) set inside would probably suffice. It may also be used to hold any other stored “courtesy items”.

Courtesy Parking” — This would be an exemption for homeless peoples’ vehicles from the applicable by-law.   As well, in an effort to keep noise levels down throughout the night, vehicles should remain parked until 6 am.

Courtesy Bicycles” — Supply a variety of bicycles & helmets for use by visitors to the park.  May be used to utilize the BMX track, the trails, sightseeing & puttering about the town for leisure.  Tenters would also be able to utilize them for appointments and access to other services.  To be used on a sign-out basis; GPS locator; equipped with a lock; and several bike stands throughout the area.

Courtesy Conveyer” — A van/minibus to use with the purpose of a shuttle for people to have easier access to showers; for carrying bedding to launder; and perhaps as transportation for particular events, performances, or to shuttle volunteers for community gardens, gleaning fields & orchards, etcetera.

Courtesy Capabilities” — We utilize the park as our temporary community centre with “Courtesy Capabilities”.  These would be open to everyone.  This would include free (with donations welcomed) performances, sports, arts, culture & entertainment events implemented by individuals, businesses, and organizations.  Taking part in this feature would also promote awareness of businesses and services with very little cost.  Some offerings already available that are usually held indoors could be done in the park.  We could also have a volleyball or badminton net set up along with the related equipment, frisbees, croquette, bocci, lawn bowling, etcetera.  Classic board games as chess, checkers, and backgammon etc. could be available as well.  We can also make an effort to visit the park and take in its beauty, read a book, do a crossword, sketch, play an instrument, or simply chat with another.

Courtesy Communication & Calendar Board” — Everyone would be welcome to use this board to post if they’re looking for volunteers or needing assistance with anything.  Those wishing to lend a hand can easily find where they could contribute some of their time and skills, or make a posting themselves offering the skills and talents they’re willing to share.

This could also have a calendar area where anyone planning to hold a “capability” would post as well.  These could be many things, for example: yoga, tai chi, runners group; sand-art, storytelling, or a campfire sing-a-long; healing, prayer, or meditation circle.

If a “tenter” is interested in volunteering with this area, it could be arranged they assist with the upkeep of the calendar board, distribute flyers and communications, and assist those hosting a capability with equipment etcetera.

This proposal doesn’t have to encompass all of the above listed features for it to be of benefit.  It’s success however is dependent on a few things.

First, is a willingness from everyone involved to consider matters pertaining to other groups, and fairness while deciding particulars.  The terms of the courtesy camp will need to be attractive enough that homeless people will choose to utilize it.  It also needs to be done in a way that doesn’t infringe or intrude on other park users and the neighbouring area.  Care also needs to be taken when placing items within the park for aesthetics, and to allow different groups and individuals some level of privacy.  The idea is to maintain the beauty of our parks & trails, and further enhance and expand many of the activities & events that take place in our community.

Second, is the opening of a harm reduction centre and safe injection site.  I suggest it be located in the same area of town as the existing health clinics.

The purpose of these is not to encourage drug use, but to have a safer environment for existing usage.  Harm reduction educates and assists people in ways to be safer in what they do.

In regards to drug use, it’s not limited to some of the homeless people on the street, nor young people.  Many times they’re employed, sometimes considered to be professionals within their respected fields.  For some it may not be an everyday use, but an occasional usage.

I would suggest on-site analysis be available, where people can have a drug checked prior to use without legal repercussions to the individual accessing the service.  Often times drugs may contain  other substances not sought by the individual, such as high amounts of meth or the presence of fentanyl.  Drugs such as MDMA/Ecstasy and cocaine can easily contain varying levels, sometimes very high percentages of meth.  Fentanyl may be found in a wide range of drugs including the before mentioned items.   As well as: marijuana, heroin, crack, and other synthetic drugs like “bath salts” and LSD as other examples.  Worse drugs are almost certainly on their way, one being warned about is Carfentanil. 

The safe injection site allows for proper disposal of needles and a quick response in the event of an overdose. These places are based on prevention, and provide people with supportive relationships and information on resources available for them (such as treatment options) when they feel they are ready to pursue them.  Addicts can recover.  People whom receive kindness often wish to give-back at some point in time as well.

The third area necessary for this idea’s success, is a reliance on funding and donated items, time, and skills.  Some of the courtesies may require a monetary implementation, perhaps by way of grants, sponsors, organizations, businesses, or individuals.  If paid positions are required, I would imagine we’d hire locally.  Much could be done through donations of items from business owners and community members.  If items or materials are needed to be purchased, we could buy them from our local businesses.  Many contributions could be made with everyday people’s time, talent, and skills.  One does not need to hold a licence, certificate, or degree to be able to make a difference, just the desire.

We can all share in someway by doing what we can, and support each other moreso by participating in the “capabilities” held at the park.  It is an essential aspect to the “courtesy circle’s” function, and could benefit everyone on an individual and collective level.

Our community is filled with amazing, creative, caring, resourceful, generous, intelligent and innovative people. There has been wonderful endeavours made by organizations and individuals in this town already, offering incredible services with amazing staff and/or volunteers.  People exhibit kindness and helpfulness in small gestures or acts everyday, making it a nicer place to be.

This Community Courtesy Circle is an investment in inclusivity of all people in our community.  By doing so, we create a space and atmosphere where people are meeting their basic needs, feel safe, and unencumbered enough to begin to address other issues.

By being supportive we enable people to heal their bodies and more; empower them to determine their goals, their path; and encourage them to follow their purpose and live meaningful lives.  It should also be said, that this doesn’t apply solely to homeless people, or those with addictions, but this sort of approach, also heals & enhances all of our lives and future generations.

By us each doing something simple, together we can do something grand in our simple, little Grand Forks. 

Thank you.  Love be with you & all,
Angela Nichols

I Will Gladly Take The Blame

This past week has seen local social media in a tizzy over the announcement by BC Housing that they are going to create a facility for the homeless on the site of the old Grand Forks Hotel.

It appears the two main issues getting most discussion are: Why there? and Who (locally) brought them here?

Let’s address those right now.

Why there?

First – the site is located downtown where most of the homeless are located. I know a lot of people would apparently rather see it somewhere else. A site out of sight. Some have even suggested Broad Acres which is kilometers out of town in the bottom of the valley. Which might sound good to those who don’t want them around at all but won’t work because they would never get out there on their own and wouldn’t want to stay out there because there’s nothing there beyond the facility. So putting it out there would be fruitless . . . something I think even those suggesting that know.

Nope – if you’re going to serve a population, especially one with limited mobility like the homeless, then your services need to be located where they are. And that’s downtown.

Second – the old GF Hotel site is large enough for a facility housing multiple units. We don’t have one or two homeless people, we had over a dozen before the flood . . . expect more to crop up because of the flood.

Third – it was up for sale. And zoned correctly for this purpose.

But why there? Right in our faces? Right at the gateway to the city where the tourists will see it?

Last item first – the tourists.

If the homeless were an aberration that very few places had then actually having some would put our town in a subset of places that were different. Poorer. Embarrassingly so. And wanting to hide that from the visitors might make sense. But they aren’t rare – almost every city has them. Even the town that is the home of the royal family of England, our ‘head of state’, has homeless sleeping rough on the street.

Even if the facility wasn’t there the homeless will still hangout in public spaces like Gyro Park which is right next to the highway and across from where the Timmies will be located. And I don’t think we could pass a bylaw, and enforceable one, that would prevent them from hanging out in public spaces.

There’s another reason I like and it has to do with human psychology.

What do City Hall, homeless service locations and cat litter boxes have in common? Simple human psychology.

You get a cat.
Never having had a cat before you place the litter box somewhere out of view where you don’t have to see it all the time.
But eventually you can smell it and find it’s become a stinking mess because out of sight is out of mind for most people. The trick is to put it in or near well traveled areas so it’s never out of sight. That way you can’t ignore it and are less likely to let it get to the point of being a stinking mess.

We elect a group of individuals (via a popularity contest) to sit on city council. Then we assume they will do what they said so we turn our backs on them and pay them no attention . . . until somebody points out to us that they are doing something we don’t want – that council has become a mess we should do something about.

By ignoring them and denying them the feedback they need it’s easy for them to wander down some avenue of change the citizens are unaware of and might not like. Not paying attention until it’s impossible to ignore we are caught unawares and unpleasantly surprised when they do something objectionable. Like the universal water meters which had been in the works for well over a decade and talked about for at least two years before locals rose up in arms against it.

Similarly non-profit run facilities like Whispers and BETHs left to struggle to operate without attention being paid to them by city hall and the citizenry is a recipe for a stinking mess. They were in a city owned building but did the city establish an ongoing model of interaction so that they and their ‘tennant’ could have a mutually supportive relationship? No – the city pretty much ignored them until everyone wanted them gone and then they conducted inspection visits where they conveniently found enough code violations and other problems that they could say it had to be torn down.

What other landlord lets it get that far down the road to ruin?

Simple human psychology leads us to spend time setting them up and then turning our backs on them. And ignoring them until they become a stinking mess that offends us.  And then we’re all emotional and looking for simple solutions to problems we’ve created for ourselves.

Much questioning and finger pointing has gone on to try and figure out what local group was involved. BC Housing isn’t saying. City Hall is saying no one consulted us – BC housing only came and asked us what the zoning for that property was.

Why would BC Housing do that? Not include local government in the project?

Let’s look at the recent history of city council and BC Housing and the homeless here in Grand Forks.

Last year the homeless issue came to a boil. The camps along the river bank near Whispers of Hope had become a regular scab on social media that we just could not stop picking. Homeless people were setting camp fires in the bush to keep warm at a time where the whole province was in a state of emergency due to wildfires. And that freaked people out.

So the very upset citizens got on city council’s case and city council struck a task force to explore the problems and find solutions. But then in a Jekyll / Hyde moment the city decided to evict Whispers from their property also. Before the task force had even gotten underway.

When you’re looking in from the outside it’s pretty clear how the city deals with homeless people. Not nicely.

A while later we saw the residents of Brycen Place come down to city hall to plead with city council to do something to stop the project happening right in their backyard. A Women’s Transition house being constructed by BC Housing. Not for homeless people but for women transitioning out of their previous living situations to self sufficiency.

Even though the residents weren’t going to be homeless the neighbours still didn’t want them there. No In My Back Yard please. They were reasonable in there arguments with city council for the most part.

But City Council couldn’t help them because it was a private sale to an entity, BC Housing, that council could not evict, cajole, order or control. And the zoning was the only thing council had any say over.

I swear I cold almost see a hint of smile and hear a sigh of relief with some councilors as they sat back and said it’s not under our control – we cannot help you.

Later when BC Housing came to council to ask for some financial relief for things like inspection fees council said no, we want you to pay for everything. There’s no help, no financial relief here for you.

Recently when Whispers asked for a location for their mobile food cooking and serving trailer they were given the cold shoulder in council. No room at the inn for you guys because of the druggies you serve is the take away message sent.

Put yourself in the place of BC Housing.

You plan on doing something in Grand Forks to help the homeless situation. You are looking at Grand Forks and you see the way council bends to the will of the loudest and angriest nimbys in the town. That council will go so far as to literally destroy its own property to spite the efforts of those delivering the help the homeless need.

Why would you put consider allowing them to have any influence over your project?

Look at the angry voices on social media. There’s even talk of a petition to stop this project in its tracks. As if the angry part of the town wants to have total say in how to deliver support to the homeless which they don’t want here in the first place.

Would you allow them into the meeting room to ‘help’ you figure out how to help the homeless?

Finally let’s address the question of who is to blame for bringing them here.

Depsite all the investigation and questioning and finger pointing nobody has been identified. No one person or group has stood up and said it’s me. It’s us.

Well if you really need to blame someone then blame me.

Really, blame me.

I asked. No I’m not kidding. I really did reach out to BC Housing in July a year ago.

On July 17 in a long discussion in the Committee Of The Whole on these topics, especially the homeless setting campfires during the state of emergency, I sat at the back of the room (where I always am) and got an idea. And that led me to get out my phone, look up BC Housing’s website, find the contact page and send them an email which I will reproduce below.

Essentially I was asking for help. I was asking for them to allow the winter weather shelter to be opened during smoke / wildfire emergencies so the homeless could have place to shelter at night and not burn the whole town down.

I cannot say for sure that the real reason they are doing this new project is down to my email but I’m willing to stand up and say blame me. I’m not running for council so I couldn’t care a bit if I lose votes over this . . .

I do care that the homeless do not fall through the cracks so far that our town resorts to inhuman acts to rid itself of its most vulnerable.

Not all the homeless are crazy people. Not all the homeless are ‘thieving drug monkeys’ as some call them. They are homeless.

If you’re one of those who bitch and complain about them and are worried this new facility will become a stinking mess and eye sore then you have choices. You could go down and make city council’s life miserable but that won’t help because it’s out of their control. You could go on social media and complain there but that’s just going to enflame arguments and make the rest of us ignore your angry bleating. you could stand across the street and protest and make angry faces at them but that’s just going to make the tourists see just what kind of small minded town this can be.

Or you could go over to the facility and say something like: I’m concerned this will become a sinking messy blot on my town’s downtown. Is there any way I can help you keep it from turning into that?

Here is that email.

I am local media in Grand Forks. I am sitting in a City Council meeting where the topic of homeless people camping in the nearby bush are creating a possible fire hazard in this time of increased likelihood of wildfire. The province is in a state of emergency but no one appears to be able to resolve this problem. Fire department can only put out fires and ticket but these people have no address or ability to pay. RCMP do not arrest anyone because a lot of this comes down to mental health issues.

Aside from the potential for our town burning to the ground there is also the potential for vigilante violence against these people.

Part of the provincial efforts to deal with homelessness has to do with extreme weather shelters. But these are intended for winter only as far as I understand things.

I would strongly suggest that extreme wildfire situations such as we have right now should also be considered as worthy of opening these facilities.

I’m directing this email to this address because I don’t know which email address might be the correct one. In the hope that someone at your end might get this to the proper office’s attention because this is an emerging emergency situation and I am confident our community is not alone in facing this.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

And I’ve heard at least one councilor say that city council knew nothing of this BC Housing project. Maybe that’s true but this email was CCed to the Mayor.

 

City Council Meetings Jan 15, 2018

The first city council meeting day of 2018 was a busy one indeed. They had the Committee Of The Whole in the morning, a Budget Overview public meeting in the afternoon, in-camera meetings, and the regular meeting in the evening.

The gallery was overflowing into the hall for the Committee Of The Whole at 9AM. The major draw was, of course, the discussion surrounding a motion, by Councilor Ross,  to extend the exit deadline imposed on Whispers Of Hope.

The non-perfunctory topics of this meeting were: (links take you to YouTube)

Live Stream

This meeting also saw a return to Live Streaming. This first day back live wasn’t without troubles. The audio was initially slightly garbled but improved quite a bit. Until it got bad again and then worse and then I checked and found that the batteries powering the device (zoom H2) I was using to pick up the sound had run out of power. This was fixed with a quick AC/DC converter purchase. But then when the equipment was reconnected before the evening meeting the software couldn’t see the camera it had been using all morning and afternoon. By the time a replacement was attached and device drivers updated it was 7 or 8 minutes into the meeting.

Even with these problems the topic drew viewers. Hundreds of views happened and at one time there were 50 simultaneous watchers. With this being an election year we hope to live cast every meeting in addition to making them view-able here on the web and on Shaw Cable TV. (the live webcasts of these meetings ended up on my personal youtube channel instead of the gftvca channel – to those who subscribed during the stream thinking you might see more of the same in the future I invite you to subscribe to the correct channel, the one the links above on this page point at)

Evening (Regular) Meeting

The actual decision on what to do with Whispers Of Hope wasn’t made until the evening meeting. By the time they got around to discussing it their fatigue was showing.

For those not into the pie chart, these were the non perfunctory topics of the meeting:

 


The meetings in their entirety (the second one is the Budget Process overview – no pie for that one)


And for those interested the live streams appear below

Committee of the Whole comes in two parts

Funding request for coordination and implementation of Kettle River Watershed Mgmt. Plan Request to rescind the six month eviction notice for 7212 Riverside Drive Whispers of Hope Motions to vary the agenda of the evening meeting Vienna Woods - Granby Wilderness REGIONAL TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION - WITH AREA D Monthly Highlight Reports from Department Managers REPORTS, QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES FROM MEMBERS OF COUNCIL 2017 Capital Project Carryover and Scope Change Outside Works Grand Forks RCMP Detachment Mayors Report - Quarterly Crime Statistics City of West Kelowna - Request for local governments to share in Cannabis Tax Revenue Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament Society - Special Occasion Liquor Licence Bylaw 1682 Exception - Recreational and Off Highway Vehicles Bylaw 1958-A3 - to amend Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1958 Notice of motion by Councilor Ross regarding Whispers Of Hope BC Transit Discussion Questions From Public and Media