New Committee, New Sport Event Grant Up for Council’s Consideration
Prince George, B.C. – Council for the City of Prince George will be asked to dissolve one committee and establish a new one so the City may be better positioned to reach its social goals.
Specifically, Council will be asked to dissolve the Select committee on Homelessness and Affordable Housing and create a new Select Committee on a Healthy City Framework .
The new committee would have a maximum of 13 members including two from council, one from each of the following:
- Community Partners Addressing Homelessness (CPAH)
- Community Arts Council (CAC)
- Child, Youth and Family Network (CYFN)
- YMCA of Northern BC (YMCA)
- Northern Health (NH)
- School District 57 (SD 57)
- RCMP – Prince George Detachment (RCMP)
The remaining four would be people who are affiliated with a community association or relevant committee.
Other items on the agenda for this evening’s regular meeting of Council include a recommendation that Council deny an application for a variance permit for a digital sign off Continental Way.
Council will also be asked to approve a new Sport Event Hosting grant that will have a maximum of $75 thousand dollars to help bring major sporting events to the City. Those dollars will come from the already approved Major events Reserve.
The Utilities Division will be presenting a report on its planned works for 2017.
We had a healthy communities committee for some 5 years. It was established in 1990.
In my opinion City Hall never really understood what the committee was to do. Too many people associate the word “health with people and their medical/physical/mental health.
Along came myPG and they dealt with the 3 legs of a healthy/sustainable community: social, environmental and financial.
So here we are many years after both attempts to make people aware of the integration of the three and I discover that they still do not get it.
The committee they have is made up of one leg of a stable system.
Where is the environment?
Where is the financial?
It cannot be a Healthy City initiative without business and corporate representation, nor environment representation.
What part of that does City Council and Administration still not understand?
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