Council Matters - April 2, 2014

The April 2 Council meeting began with two interesting delegations. The Regional Affordable Housing Directorate of Social Planning Cowichan presented the results of its Cowichan Homelessness Survey. The Survey gives a current estimate of those in the Cowichan Valley who are absolutely homeless, relatively homeless or living in precarious housing. This information will be used to strengthen the case for governments and service providers to take further action to address homelessness. Next steps will include an analysis of available housing stock.

The second delegation was from the Cowichan Green Community (CGC) who reviewed accomplishments from last year and shared plans for the coming year. Council was particularly interested in the program to supply persons and families in need with fresh local produce, as well as the training of young people to work on farms. Council applauded the energy, activities and partnerships of CGC demonstrated through a myriad of programs, events and initiatives.

Later in the meeting, Council discussed a motion to have a plebiscite on amalgamation during the fall local government election, to determine residents level of interest in the amalgamation of governments locally, and possibly regionally. Although the motion was not supported at this time, it is expected that Council will discuss amalgamation at its planned Joint Council meeting with the City of Duncan on April 14, 2014.  It is expected that Council will revisit the motion at its April 16 regular meeting.

The final item of interest was the creation of an Audit Committee that will be comprised of all members of Council and will receive reports from the auditors. Terms of reference will be developed outlining the oversight role as it relates to:internal and external audits;financial reporting;systems of internal control;risk management; andcompliance with legislation, ethics and codes of conduct.
This role has previously been performed by the Committee of the Whole and Council.

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