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Discovery Passage Aquarium Society—Discovery Passage Aquarium Society representatives Naomi Tabata, president, and Monica Stewardson, board member, presented Council with a 2022 update and information about future planning. The society is exploring the feasibility of a new aquarium. They expressed interest in incorporating ideas and recommendations from City staff and Council; requested that a City representative participate on the Aquarium Expansion Task Force; requested that the City consider a potential, City-owned waterfront property that may be a suitable location for a future aquarium; and asked that the aquarium be considered when existing infrastructure or developments are reviewed. The presentation was recorded as part of the Council meeting and can be viewed on the City’s website (campbellriver.ca/webcasts).
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND SUPPORT
Community emergency preparedness funding opportunity—Council authorized a regional application, in partnership with the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) and First Nations, to the Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Emergency Preparedness Program. Grant funding would be used to procure six additional mobile Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) function kits, establish emergency communications during tsunami notifications and chairs for City staff at the EOC. If the application is successful, SRD would provide overall grant management on behalf of the City of Campbell River.
Canada Day Committee requests permission to host fireworks—In response to correspondence received Jan. 25 from Carol Chapman, chair of the Campbell River Canada Day Committee, Council approved the committee’s request to host fireworks from a barge positioned off Robert V. Ostler Park on Jul. 1, subject to COVID-19 health and safety considerations.
Mar. 26 proclaimed Purple Day in Campbell River to raise awareness about epilepsy—In response to correspondence from Deirdre Syms, interim executive director of the BC Epilepsy Society, Council approved proclaiming Saturday, Mar. 26, Purple Day in Campbell River to raise awareness about epilepsy. Mar. 26 is international Purple Day.
Correspondence from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions—Council received correspondence, dated Jan. 21, from the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, regarding community mental health and substance use supports. Council will request a follow-up meeting to discuss addictions treatment and beds on the North Island.
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