|ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|1- Expropriation of lands in airport area||No||9-2||Delegation|
|2 –WDTC service agreement||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|3-2016 Detroit Grand Prix sponsorship||No||6-4||Presentation|
|4-Insurance review and RFP||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|5 – WUC George Avenue Reservoir & park||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|6a-2016 Enhanced Capital Budget ward funds||-||No Seconder||Regular|
|6b-2016 Enhanced CapitalBudget ward funds||Yes||8-2||Regular|
|7 – FCM Green Municipal Fund agreement||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|8 – Waste and Recycling Tender||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|9 – Social Housing Efficiency Program||Yes||10-0||Consent|
|Council Question: Accessible Parking|
Item No.1 – Expropriation of Lands in Airport Area:
City Council voted to expropriate private lands near the airport belonging to two families – Janisse and Tako. I voted NO. To me, expropriation is a violent act – forcing someone out o f their home – and should only be used as a last resort with a well-defined public good and well defined timelines. In essence- the city is forcing Ms. Tako – a retired school teacher who has lived on in her home for over 40 years – off her land without any imminent economic development project on the horizon. Furthermore, in essence, the expropriation will forcibly transfer land from one private property owner to another e.g. a private business. This makes the exchange concerning. I can support expropriation when it entails a public good such as the construction of a bridge, railway or road.
A similar situation provoked one of the most important US Supreme Court cases Kelo vs. City of New London. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote the following about expropriation which I believe is relevant to the current expropriation: “Today the court abandons this long-held, basic limitation on government power. Under the banner of economic development, all private property is now vulnerable to being taken and transferred to another private owner … nothing is to prevent the State from replacing any Motel 6 with a Ritz-Carlton, any home with a shopping mall, or any farm with a factory.”
Item No. 3- Detroit Grand Prix Sponsorship:
I vote NO on the sponsorship. Two months ago a majority of Council voted against giving the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) a break on its $5,000 ticket surcharge. Hence, it is hard to see how the same majority could vote to give $50,000 – ten times more – to an event hosted outside the City and run by a multi-million dollar private corporation. My philosophy is simple – support local homegrown events and homegrown organizations like WIFF first!
6a – Enhanced Capital Budget Ward Funds:
The $400,000 in Ward Funds are part of the $10 million Enhanced Capital Budget. My question to Administration and the Mayor was simple – knowing that the Federal Government will announce a historic $60 billion infrastructure stimulus program – wouldn’t it make more sense to hold off on allocating any part of the $10 million Enhanced Capital Budget IN ORDER TO leverage Federal dollars from the Infrastructure program? Hence – I put forward the following motion which failed because it did not receive a seconder.
MOTION: That Council defer the implementation of the Enhanced Capital Budget until after the 2016 Federal Budget – and until after the details of the federal infrastructure stimulus program is announced- in order to provide Administration with the opportunity to propose how the $10 million Enhanced Capital Budget could be used to leverage those federal funds for necessary capital expenditures
6b – Enhanced Capital Budget Ward Funds:
Once my motion failed – another was put forward to adopt the ward funds which I supported.
Item No. 8 – Waste and Recycling Tender:
I voted to maintain the private delivery of waste and recycling services by private company GFL.
Council Question – Accessible Parking:
Many cities such as London, Toronto, Ottawa allow residents with Accessible Parking Permits to park – free of charge – at on-street parking meters. Hence, I asked the following Council Question:
CQ: That administration report back on best practises from other cities regarding metered on-street accessible parking AND to provide feasibility and cost of implementing free metered parking for residents with Accessible Parking Permits