Please find below a recap of our most recent council meeting. At this meeting, we had a couple of presentations.
The first was from the Manitoba 150 Celebration committee. You can find out more about their plans for the 2020 celebrations here.
The second was a presentation on STARS Air ambulance. STARS is in the process of fundraising for the purchase of a new STARS air ambulance for use in Manitoba. You can find out more about STARS here.
Finally, city council held a thorough and robust discussion on the installation of sharps containers in our community. You can follow the discussion beginning at the (51 min) mark of the video below. This item has been referred back to city administration for further research and study. This means that city administration will develop and design the model for best practices, costing, and implementation, and then return to council with a report on the proposal.
I did have the opportunity to ask a question on this particular topic. I know with the installation of these containers, there may be a fear that it brings some unintended consequences, such as the potential for more needles to be present in the area of the depository. As well, I want to ensure that these depositories are safe for residents (especially children) who may interact with the zones they are placed. The group has assured that the needle boxes meet rigorous testing standards and are designed to not be a two-way receptacle. I look forward to hearing more about this and support any initiative that takes more needles away from our public spaces, off the streets, and into safe collection sites. Want to express your thoughts on this? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (204) 724-0334. I think this is a good discussion that residents should have the opportunity to weigh in on.
Lastly, we had a couple of housekeeping and procedural items to attend to. They fall in the second half of the video.
The full council meeting can be found here:
As always, should you have any questions, comments, or feedback, feel free to let me know. Thanks.