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Correspondence Agenda - 2020/06/18 The Corporation of the Township of Malahide CORRESPONDENCE AGENDA JUNE 18, 2020 7:30 p.m. (F) Correspondence: 1. Association of Municipalities of Ontario - Watch File dated June 4 and 11, 2020. (Pages C3 - 9) 2. Town of Puslinch Resolution supporting continuation of programs of Grand River Conservation Authority, Conservation Halton, and the Hamilton Conservation Authority, both mandatory and non-mandatory. (Malahide supported a similar Resolution on September 19, 2019 and March 25, 2020.) (Pages C10 - 16) 3. County of Northumberland Resolution requesting Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to review practices and procedures regarding designating Provincially Significant Wetlands. (Malahide supported a similar Resolution on March 19, 2020.) (Page C17) 4. Town of Orangeville Resolution requesting Solicitor General to encourage common training requirements for all members of Police Services as it relates to diversity, empathy, and use of force. (Pages 18 - 19) 5. Town of Fort Erie Resolution supporting City of Brantford requesting (Page C20) 6. Township of Puslinch Resolution supporting Township of Mapleton requesting Province to review Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program in light of economic competitiveness concerns between rural and urban municipalities. (Pages C21 - 24) 7. Town of Bracebridge Resolution supporting Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario in requests to Federal and Provincial Governments for financial assistance to offset financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic. (Pages C25 - 26) 8. Municipality of Chatham Kent Request to Province to complete a comprehensive impartial review of current best practices in private and public Long Term Care and Retirement Homes. (Pages C27 - 28) 9. Municipality of Chatham Kent Request to Province to review Alzheimer S- being of Long Term Care Residents and take immediate action to implement recommended changes. (Pages C29 - 33) 10. Town of Aylmer Report regarding cancellation of Aylmer Pool Opening and YWCA Pool Program for 2020. (Pages C34 - 36) 11. County of Elgin Approval of Official Plan Amendment 18 (2660711 Ontario Inc. J. Penner) - Notice of Decision extending date of appeal to June 29, 2020. (Pages C37 - 38) Environmental Protection Act OFFICE OF THE MAYOR CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF SAULT STE.MARIE March13, 2020 The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario The Honourable Jeff Yurek,Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks The Honourable John Yakabuski,Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Dear Premier Ford, Minister Yurekand Minister Yakabuski: RE:Support forConservation Authorities You will find attached hereto a resolution passed by the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie City Council on March 9, 2020 regarding support for conservation authoritiesin Ontario. We trust that this matter will receive the appropriate time and attention from your respective offices. Yours truly, Christian C. Provenzano,B.A., LL.B., LL.M CCCity Council Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conservation Ontario P.O. Box 580, 99 Foster Drive ~ Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario ~ P6A 5N1 705-759-5344 ~ mayor.provenzano@cityssm.on.ca TOWN OF AJAX 65 Harwood Avenue South Ajax ON L1S 3S9 www.ajax.ca _______________________________________________________________________________ Honourable Doug Ford Premier of Ontario Room 281 Legislative Building, Queen's Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 March 5, 2020 Re: Supporting Conservation Authorities Please be advised that the following resolution was endorsed by Ajax Town Council at its Meeting held February 24, 2020: WHEREAS, the Town of Ajax is committed to planning for a sustainable future, protecting human life and property from natural hazards, and promoting environmental education and stewardship; AND WHEREAS the Town of Ajax is located within the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) jurisdiction and has representatives on both Board of Directors; AND WHEREAS each respective Board of Directors determine the policies, priorities and budget of the TRCA and CLOCA; AND WHEREAS the TRCA and CLOCA provide valuable non-mandatory programs and services including expert advice on the environmental impacts associated with land use planning and source water protection, environmental restoration services, educational and recreational opportunities, and community engagement programs, in an efficient manner delivered at a watershed scale; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town of Ajax supports the continuation of both mandatory and non-mandatory programs and services provided by the TRCA and CLOCA, and that no programs or services of the TRCA or CLOCA, or the other Conservation Authorities in AND THAT the Province engage in early consultations with the TRCA, CLOCA, and other Conservation Authorities, and member municipalities including the Region of Durham, to fully understand the funding structure and local benefits of programs delivered by the Conservation Authorities; AND THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks; Rod Philips, MPP Ajax; the Association of Municipalities of Ontario; the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority; Conservation Ontario; and all Ontario Municipalities. If you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact Sean McCullough, Senior Planner, at 905-619-2529 ext. 3234 or sean.mccullugh@ajax.ca Sincerely Sarah Moore Acting Manager of Legislative Services/Deputy Clerk Copy: Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment,Conservation and Parks Rod Philips, MPP Ajax Association of Municipalities of Ontario Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Conservation Ontario; and S. McCullough, Senior Planner, all Ontario Municipalities Good afternoon, Orangeville Council at its June 8, 2020 meeting passed the following resolution: the public related to both diversity training and use of force training and protocols for Police Services, including in Ontario; WHEREAS the Town recognizes that police officers join this profession out of a desire to do good, to serve and to protect the communitiesthey serve; AND WHEREAS an understanding of community diversity can foster authentic inclusion; AND WHEREAS empathy training, and de-escalation training, can support AND WHEREAS the Town recognizes that policing can be a dangerous profession, and officer as well as community safety are critical considerations in law enforcement; AND WHEREAS the Ontario Provincial Police have indicated they have a comprehensive diversity training program, however there may not be the same resources available across the entire province for smaller Police Services; AND WHEREAS there is concern in the public about the boundaries of use of force, such as neck restraints, and oversight; ar on diversity and empathy training or on use of force and oversight; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor write to the Solicitor General to encourage common training requirements for all members of Police Services in Ontario as it relates to diversity, empathy and use of force; AND THAT the Solicitor General provide clarity on police oversight going forward given the anticipated changes to legislation to ensure effective accountability continues; AND THAT annual updates or refresher courses be mandatory to ensure our Police Services have the best and current information available to them; AND THAT THE TOWN request that the use of force protocols be reviewed to ensure they are safe and would meet current standards, and then shared across the province; AND THAT THE TOWN circulate this resolution to all Ontario municipalities April 21,2020 To: Municipalities of Ontario by email Re:A Resolution to Request the Province of Ontario Review the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme in Light of Economic Competitiveness Concerns between Rural and Urban Municipalities Please be advised that at its March 10, 2020 meeting, the Council of the Township of Mapleton carried the following Resolution2020-04-14: WHEREAS the Province of Ontario implemented changes to property assessment and introduced taxation reform which came into effect in 1998; AND WHEREAS prior to 1998 farm properties were subject to taxation at the base residential tax rate and qualified farmers applied annually to the province to be reimbursed 75% of the farm portion of the taxes paid to the local municipality; the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA); AND WHEREAS rather than apply annually and wait for property tax rebates, the delivery of the programme shifted to local municipal governments and onto the property tax system; AND WHEREAS eligible farmland assessment values are now locally subsidized by 75% of their full current value assessment (CVA) to produce a lower weighted assessment base which is used for tax rate setting purposes; AND WHEREAS the effect of the locally subsidized weighted assessment shifts an increased burden of tax onto all other property classes within the municipality; AND WHEREAS these taxation reforms were originally supposed to be revenue neutral and offset by funding from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) and its predecessor the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF); AND WHEREAS the province has been reducing support from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund while the cost of the farm tax rebate programme is continuously increasing; AND WHEREAS an economically competitive agricultural industry provides affordable food and agricultural products to all Ontarians and is a provincial objective that should be cost shared amongst all of its citizens; AND WHEREAS the cost of this programme disproportionately falls upon property taxpayers in rural municipalities; AND WHEREAS higher property taxes in rural municipalities is creating economic competitiveness issues between rural and urban municipalities; (overforpage two) Page 2 of 2, Mapleton Resolution Re: Prov. Review of Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme implemented in 1998; NOW THEREFORE the Council of the Township of Mapleton requests that: 1.The Province of Ontario undertake a review of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Programme to determine: a.The appropriateness of the cost of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Programme falling disproportionately amongst rural residential and business property owners when the benefit of an economically competitive agricultural industry andaffordable food and agricultural products is a provincial objective that should be shared amongst all taxpayers in Ontario; b.The adequacy of funding being provided to rural municipalities to offset the cost of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Programme; c.The differences between the amount of property taxes paid in rural and urban municipalities and the root causes of those differences; d.Economic competitiveness concerns with disproportionately higher average property taxes being paid in rural municipalities; e.Other methods of delivering the farm tax rebate programme to farmland owners where the cost can be shared province-wide. AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this motion be sent to Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, MPP Randy Pettapiece, Hon. Ted Arnott, all Ontario Municipalities, Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). Attached you will find the County of Wellington Committee Report dated January 16, 2020 for review and consideration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the undersigned. Sincerely Larry Wheeler Deputy Clerk Attach. (1) Pool Opening and YWCA Pool Program Contract Report Title: June 1, 2020 Submitted for: Jennifer Reynaert, Chief Administrative Officer/ Deputy Report Author: Clerk Receive for InformationRecommendation Recommendation: That Report CAO45-20, entitled Pool Opening and YWCA Pool Program Contract be received for information; and, That Council endorse and support the YWCA decision to cancel recreational swimming and swimming lessons for the 2020 season; and further, That Council amend the existing agreement with the YWCA and extend the terms by one year. Background and Analysis: Staff has been monitoring the Provincial reopening plans as it relates to various facilities and programs that have been deemed nonessential and ordered closed. At this time, the parksand some parks amenities have been authorized to reopen provided the municipality can do so in a safe manner. To date, pools and splashpads have not been added to the permitted amenities. The outdoor pool program is a short season under the best of conditions. Typically, th the pool opens on June 15and then closes at the end of September. The Town manages the facilities and water conditions while the YWCA manages all the programming. Staff have been in consultation with the YWCA during these unknown times and both parties agree that the pool programming should be cancelled for the 2020 season. Parks and Recreation staff require about three weeks to prepare the pools for use and get a satisfactory inspection once the facility is ready for use. In order to run programs, the YWCA must hire staff to manage the programs. With no indication that the pools will be authorized to operate this summer the length of time required to prepare the facility for the seasonal operation is no longer manageable or financially beneficial for the program provider. We have received correspondence fromthe YWCA related to this decision. This is most disappointing for the YWCA and the Town of Aylmer but there are simply too many unknown variables to support continuing to make plans for opening. Because the decision not to open this seasonis the direct result of the current pandemic staff is further recommending that the agreement is extend one year. The signed agreement reads as follows: The term of this Agreement shall include the following pool seasons: June 1, 2019 to September 30, 2023. For clarity, each pool season shall be from June 1 st to September 30 th of each year. The term includes five (5) pool seasons (the “Term”). Staff is suggesting the terms of the agreement are amended so that the expiry date is September 30, 2024 thus still allowing for five pool seasons before the automatic renewal of three additional years is exercised, as was the original intent of the agreement. If Council agrees, staff will provide an amending by-law for consideration at the next Council meeting. Respectfully submitted, Jennifer Reynaert Chief Administrative Officer/ Deputy Clerk Emergency and Transitional Housing Literacy and Basic Skills PovertyReduction Programs Settlement Services Aylmer Aquatic Programs Recreation Programs for Children and Youth School AgeChildcare and Day Camps YouthLeadership Connections Retail Store ProvidingServicesAcross ElginCounty