Minutes of a Meeting of the Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo held via Electronic Communication, a combination of video conferencing and teleconferencing, in the Council Chamber at the Syncrude Athletic Park Clubhouse in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Monday, September 14, 2020, commencing at 4:00 PM.

Present:

Don Scott, Mayor

Mike Allen, Councillor

Krista Balsom, Councillor

Bruce Inglis, Councillor

Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

Keith McGrath, Councillor

Phil Meagher, Councillor

Verna Murphy, Councillor

Jeff Peddle, Councillor

Jane Stroud, Councillor

Claris Voyageur, Councillor

 

Administration:

Jamie Doyle, Chief Administrative Officer

Matthew Hough, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Jade Brown, Chief Legislative Officer

Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief

Scott Davis, Director, Emergency Management

Chris Davis, Acting Director, Legal Services

Dennis Fraser, Director, Indigenous and Rural Relations

Brad McMurdo, Director, Planning and Development

Matthew Harrison, Acting Director, Communications & Stakeholder

Linda Ollivier, Director, Financial Services

Antoine Rempp, Director, Environmental Services

Keith Smith, Director, Public Works

Dennis Warr, Acting Director, Engineering

Kari Westhaver, Director, Human Resources

Sonia Soutter, Manager, Senior Legislative Officer

 

1.              Call to Order

Mayor D. Scott called the meeting to order at 4:10 p.m.

2.              Unfinished Business

2.1.              The Critical Importance of Keeping Regional Emergency Services’ EMS Dispatch within Wood Buffalo

Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief, and Kelly Roberts, Deputy Chief of Operations; Regional Emergency Services (RES), provided a summary of the critical importance of keeping Regional Emergency Services' Emergency Medical Services (EMS) dispatch within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), noting that the Government of Alberta intends to reduce the number of EMS dispatch centres in the Province from six to two, and to remove emergency medical dispatch from the RMWB. It was indicated that any expected savings, would be offset by significant reductions in the quality of service, including that changes to the EMS dispatch model will result in longer response times to medical emergencies, which is likely to drastically impact patient outcomes in certain emergencies.

Recess

A recess due to technical issues occurred at 4:20 p.m. to 4:21 p.m.

It was noted that Council, stakeholders and residents are urged to continue to advocate for the continuation of RES coordinated EMS dispatch services in the RMWB, including sending letters to Government of Alberta Officials in opposition to the Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) changes to EMS dispatch.

 

Rob Van Hecke, President, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2494, spoke in support of keeping emergency medical dispatch within the RMWB and the continued efforts to advocate in opposition to AHS changes to EMS dispatch. 

Chief Mel Grandjamb, Fort McKay First Nation, spoke in support of the report and noted opposition to Alberta Health Services’ intention to consolidate the EMS dispatch. Concern was expressed relating to current Mutual Aid agreements with Oilsands operators.

 

President Ron Quintal, Fort McKay Métis Nation, spoke in  support of the report and echoed the comments made by the previous speaker adding that it is critical to maintain service in the region.

 

Councillor J. Stroud read aloud support letters received from Chief Vern Janvier, Prairie Chipewyan First Nation and President, Stella Lavallee, Willow Lake Métis.

 

MOTION:

THAT Council publicly demonstrate its commitment to preserving Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Dispatch, operated by Regional Emergency Services (RES) of Wood Buffalo, and advocate, including sending letters to Government of Alberta Officials, in opposition to Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) changes to consolidate EMS dispatch provincially; and

THAT Council continue advocacy with Mayors and Operational Leads of the satellite dispatch centres including Red Deer, Calgary, and Lethbridge for the continuance of RES coordinated EMS dispatch services in the region.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Krista Balsom, Councillor

SECONDER:              Bruce Inglis, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

2.2.              Q2 2020 Financial Performance Report

Linda Ollivier, Director, Financial Services, provided an overview of the Q2 2020 Financial Performance Report.

MOTION:

THAT the Q2 2020 Financial Performance Update be accepted as information.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Bruce Inglis, Councillor

SECONDER:              Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

2.3.              Q2 Capital Budget Fiscal Amendments Update

Linda Ollivier, Director, Financial Services, provided an overview of the capital budget amendments for the second quarter ending June 30, 2020.

MOTION:

THAT the 2020 Q2 Capital Budget Fiscal Amendments update, as summarized on Attachment 1 (2020 Capital Budget Fiscal Amendments, dated June 30, 2020), be accepted as information.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

SECONDER:              Keith McGrath, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

2.4.              Heart of Wood Buffalo Excellence Awards

Deanne Bergey, Director, Community Services, reported that this year the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Citizen Recognition Program merged with the Heart of Wood Buffalo Excellence Awards, highlighting that the Council’s Excellence Awards are in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Everyday Hero, Indigenous Advocate and Youth. It was also noted that the recipients will be announced by FuseSocial in October 2020.

MOTION:

THAT the recommended recipients of the Heart of Wood Buffalo Excellence Awards, as outlined on Attachment 1 (confidential), be approved and kept confidential until the award recipients are announced by FuseSocial on Monday, October 19, 2020.

Recess

A recess occurred from 6:06 p.m. to 6:13 p.m.

 

Conflict of Interest and Exit

Councillor B. Inglis declared a conflict of interest with respect to the Heart of Wood Buffalo Excellence Awards due to a family relation.  Councillor B. Inglis recused himself and exited from the meeting at 6:14 p.m.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Keith McGrath, Councillor

SECONDER:              Phil Meagher, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

PECUNIARY

INTEREST:              Inglis

Return

Councillor B. Inglis returned to the meeting at 6:16 p.m.


2.6.              Nomination for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors

Jade Brown, Chief Legislative Officer, presented an overview of the request for support for Councillor K. Balsom to stand for re-election to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors.

 

The following motion was presented by Councillor P. Meagher:

WHEREAS the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction;

WHEREAS FCM’s Board of Directors is comprised of elected municipal officials from all regions and sizes of communities to form a broad base of support and provide FCM with the prestige required to carry the municipal message to the federal government; and

BE IT RESOLVED that Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo endorse Councillor Krista Balsom to stand for election on FCM’s Board of Directors for a term expiring June 2021; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council assume all costs associated with Councillor Krista Balsom attending FCM’s Board of Directors meetings.

A friendly amendment proposed Councillor V. Murphy and accepted by Councillor P. Meagher, inserting “and that the quarterly Council expense report include a breakdown of these costs” at the end of the motion.

MOTION:

WHEREAS the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction;

WHEREAS FCM’s Board of Directors is comprised of elected municipal officials from all regions and sizes of communities to form a broad base of support and provide FCM with the prestige required to carry the municipal message to the federal government; and

BE IT RESOLVED that Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo endorse Councillor Krista Balsom to stand for election on FCM’s Board of Directors for a term expiring June 2021; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Council assume all costs associated with Councillor Krista Balsom attending FCM’s Board of Directors meetings, and that the quarterly Council expense report include a breakdown of these costs.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Phil Meagher, Councillor

SECONDER:              Verna Murphy, Councillor

FOR:              Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Scott, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

3.              New Business

3.1.              Bylaw No. 20/024 - Face Covering Bylaw

Statements

Council members stated for the record, that they are going into this matter with an open mind and will be listening to all the evidence and views before Council prior to making any decision.

 

Point of Order

Through discussions of Council and statements being made by Members, Councillor V. Murphy called a Point of Order on Cr. McGrath for engaging in debate.  The Point of Order was upheld by the Chair.

 

Entrance

Councillor M. Allen joined the meeting at 6:38 p.m. and stated for the record he will be going into this matter with an open mind.

 

Chris Davis, Acting Director Legal Services, provided an overview of the proposed Face Covering Bylaw.

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024, being the Face Covering Bylaw, be read a first time.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Verna Murphy, Councillor

SECONDER:              Jeff Peddle, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Allen, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

Councillor J. Stroud put forward the following motion:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be read a second time.

Denise Wilkinson, Director, Health and Senior Services, Fort McKay First Nation, spoke in support of the proposed Bylaw.

 

President Ron Quintal, Fort McKay Métis Nation, spoke in support of the proposed Bylaw.

 

Megan McKay, resident, addressed Council in opposition to the proposed Bylaw.

 

Jean Marc-Guillamot, resident spoke in support of the proposed Bylaw suggesting an amendment where offenders receive a warning first before a fine is issued.

 

Alexis House, resident, spoke in support of the proposed Bylaw.

 

Melissa Blake, resident, spoke in support of the proposed Bylaw.

 

Pamela Pittman, resident, spoke in opposition of the proposed Bylaw.

 

Richard Haack, resident, spoke in opposition of the proposed Bylaw.

Shelley Powell, Senior Vice President, Base Plant and Tracey Wolsey, Director Indigenous and Community Relations, Suncor Energy Inc., spoke in support of the proposed Bylaw and expressed concern with the impact an outbreak would have on their operations. 

Recess

A recess occurred from 8:49 p.m. to 9:05 p.m.

 

Christine Unruh, resident, spoke in opposition to the proposed Bylaw.

 

Clay Kuncio, resident, spoke in opposition to the proposed Bylaw.

 

Sara Lichti, resident, spoke in opposition to the proposed Bylaw.

 

Dr. Ahmed Elmezughi, Chief Medical Officer and COVID Response Team, and Alain Moore, Manager, Government and Public Affairs, Syncrude Canada Ltd., spoke in support of the proposed Bylaw and noted that strong protocols would help protect the community and their employees.

 

Stella Lavallee, President, Willow Lake Métis Nation, spoke in support of the proposed bylaw.

 


Written submissions received from the following individuals were read aloud for record as they did not form part of the Agenda package available on the municipal website.  It was noted by Administration that following conclusion of the meeting, the submissions would be added to the agenda package and made available online.

 

-                      Karen Savoie

-                      Greg De Haan

-                      Ismay O’Neil

-                      Ty Andres

-                      KC Hutchins

-                      Wendy Lucas

-                      Sara Doyle

Councillor J. Stroud then put forward the following motion to recess and defer the remaining agenda matters.

THAT the Council Meeting be deferred and continue at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A friendly amendment proposed by Councillor K. Balsom to continue the meeting at 1:00 p.m. on September 15, 2020 was accepted by Councillor J. Stroud.

 

Following discussion on this item Council Councillor J. Stroud withdrew the motion.

Recess

With unanimous consent of Council, the Chair indicated that the meeting would continue at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2020.

The meeting recessed at 10:55 p.m.


Reconvene

The meeting reconvened on September 15, 2020 at 1:06 p.m.

Present:

Don Scott, Mayor

Mike Allen, Councillor

Krista Balsom, Councillor

Bruce Inglis, Councillor

Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

Keith McGrath, Councillor

Phil Meagher, Councillor

Verna Murphy, Councillor

Jeff Peddle, Councillor

Jane Stroud, Councillor

Claris Voyageur, Councillor

 

Absent:

Mike Allen, Councillor

 

Administration:

Jamie Doyle, Chief Administrative Officer

Matthew Hough, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Jade Brown, Chief Legislative Officer

Jody Butz, Regional Fire Chief

Scott Davis, Director, Emergency Management

Chris Davis, Acting Director, Legal Services

Dennis Fraser, Director, Indigenous and Rural Relations

Brad McMurdo, Director, Planning and Development

Matthew Harrison, Acting Director, Communications & Stakeholder

Linda Ollivier, Director, Financial Services

Antoine Rempp, Director, Environmental Services

Keith Smith, Director, Public Works

Dennis Warr, Acting Director, Engineering

Kari Westhaver, Director, Human Resources

Sonia Soutter, Manager, Senior Legislative Officer

 

 


Councillor V. Murphy put forward the follow amending motion.

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by removing 2 in section 8. (a) and replacing it with 5.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Verna Murphy, Councillor

SECONDER:              Krista Balsom, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

Councillor J. Stroud put forward the following amending motion:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by adding the following as section 18:

Review

18. This Bylaw shall be reviewed by Council no later than January 31, 2021.

Discussion occurred with respect to reporting to Council sooner as the pandemic situation changes and evolves. A friendly amendment proposed by Mayor D. Scott to add “bring before Council sooner in any special circumstances” was withdrawn.

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by adding the following as section 18:

Review

18. This Bylaw shall be reviewed by Council no later than January 31, 2021.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jane Stroud, Councillor

SECONDER:              Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

 

 

 

 

Councillor S. Lalonde put forward the following amending motion:

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by adding the following to Schedule B “Section 6 – Harassment or Intimidation – First Offence $100, Second and concurrent offence $200”.

RESULT:              CARRIED [9 TO 1]

MOVER:              Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

SECONDER:              Verna Murphy, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

AGAINST:              Murphy

ABSENT:              Allen

Councillor V. Murphy put forward the follow amending motion:

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by striking 12. (b) and replacing it with the following:

“12 (b) A fine in the amount as determined in accordance with the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, R.S.A. 2000, Chapter P-34”

 

Recess

A recess due to technical issues occurred at 3:21 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Verna Murphy, Councillor

SECONDER:              Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

Vacating the Chair

Mayor D. Scott vacated the Chair and Deputy Mayor V. Murphy assumed the Chair at 3:28 p.m.

Mayor D. Scott put forward the following amending motion:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by adding the following as Section 8. (e) (iv):

“(iv) while engaging in a religious or worship activity.”

A friendly amendment proposed by Councillor P. Meagher to replace “engaging” with “attending or leading” was accepted by Mayor D. Scott.

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by adding the following as Section 8. (e) (iv):

“(iv) while attending or leading a religious or worship activity.”

Recess

A recess occurred from 3:30 p.m. to 3:46 p.m.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Don Scott, Mayor

SECONDER:              Krista Balsom, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

Mayor D. Scott put forward the following amending motion:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by adding as Section 10 and renumbering the Bylaw accordingly “There will be an effort to educate prior to taking action on a person who contravenes this Bylaw”.

 

A friendly amendment proposed by Councillor P. Meagher to replace an effort with efforts was accepted by Mayor D. Scott.

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024 be amended by adding the following as section 10 and renumbering the bylaw accordingly:

“10. There will be efforts to educate prior to taking enforcement action against a person who contravenes this Bylaw.”

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Don Scott, Mayor

SECONDER:              Jeff Peddle, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

 

Exit and Return

Councillor C. Voyageur disconnected from the meeting at 4:11 p.m. and rejoined at 4:14 p.m.

Resuming of Chair

Deputy Mayor V. Murphy vacated the Chair and Mayor D. Scott resumed the Chair at 4:15 p.m.

Voting then occurred on second reading as amended:

RESULT:              CARRIED [7 TO 3]

MOVER:              Krista Balsom, Councillor

SECONDER:              Jane Stroud, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Meagher, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

AGAINST:              Lalonde, McGrath, Murphy

ABSENT:              Allen

It was noted for the record that the next vote, consideration of third reading, would need to be unanimous in order to proceed to third reading.

MOTION:

THAT Bylaw No. 20/024, as amended, considered for third reading.

RESULT:              DEFEATED [9 TO 1]

MOVER:              Jane Stroud, Councillor

SECONDER:              Krista Balsom, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

AGAINST:              Lalonde

ABSENT:              Allen

It was noted for the record that the Bylaw would come before Council for consideration the next regularly scheduled meeting, October 13, 2020.


MOTION:

THAT delegations be closed for Bylaw No. 20/024.

RESULT:              CARRIED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Verna Murphy, Councillor

SECONDER:              Sheila Lalonde, Councillor

FOR:              Scott, Balsom, Inglis, Lalonde, McGrath, Meagher, Murphy, Peddle, Stroud, Voyageur

ABSENT:              Allen

              Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 4.28 p.m.

 

                                                                                   

              Mayor

 

                                                                                   

              Chief Legislative Officer