Members Present: Mayor – Milt McIver, Deputy Mayor – Debbie Myles, Councillor – Laurie (Smokey) Golden, Councillor – James Mielhausen, Councillor – Megan Myles
Staff Present: Chief Administrative Officer – Peggy Van Mierlo-West, Clerk – Cathy Addison, Deputy Clerk – Tessa Swanton, Public Works Manager – Troy Cameron, GIS/IT Coordinator – Kara Smith, Manager of Community Services – Ryan Deska, Fire Chief – Jack Burt
Others Present: Will Meneray, Climate Action Committee and Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, Mike Campbell, Climate Action Committee
Note: Members of Council and staff were present in the Municipal Office Council Chamber and the meeting was held via zoom, an electronic platform, for members of the public to attend.
Call to Order and Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and the General Nature Thereof
Mayor McIver called the meeting to order at 10:32 a.m. and Council members were reminded to disclose any pecuniary interest and the general nature thereof that may arise during the meeting.
Approval of the Agenda
Moved by Councillor James Mielhausen, Seconded by Councillor Megan Myles
That the content of the agenda be approved as presented.
Consideration of Agenda Items
1. Climate Action Committee Summary and Technical Reports
Re: Climate Action Plan- Presentation by Will Meneray and Mike Campbell
Mayor McIver introduced Will Meneray and Mike Campbell from the Climate Action Committee to the meeting.
Mike Campbell indicated that the Committee has requested that Council accept the Plan rather than adopt the Plan as it will be constantly evolving over time. He emphasized that the initiatives must be financially realistic.
Will Meneray noted that the Plan outlines key initiatives for the community. He explained that there are two components to the Plan: mitigation and adaptation. Further, the Plan focuses on the first three milestones of the Federation for Canadian Municipalities (FCM) framework. The project timeline and participants were summarized. Some partners include the Municipality, Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association, Government of Canada, Canvas Strategy Group, and Bruce Peninsula Environment Group (BPEG).
Will Meneray proceeded to provide an overview of project consultations including over 500 in person meetings, 2,000 online interactions, and over 50 focus groups. In terms of project outputs, the Committee produced a Summary Report (brief) and Technical Report (in depth).
Five components of the Plan were identified by Will Meneray: cutting consumption, nurturing nature, electrifying everything, wiping-out waste, and protecting the peninsula. He advised that the key target of the Plan is to reduce local emissions by 20% from 2020 levels by 2030. More specifically, a 5% decrease in solid waste emissions through organic composting and increased waste diversion; a 35% decrease in transportation emissions through electrification and active transport; and a 10% decrease in building emissions through retrofits and new designs and building costs.
To implement the Plan, Will Meneray stated that Municipal Staff, Committees of Council, and organizations will all play a role in implementation.
Councillor Golden commented on the Plan in terms of electrifying everything. She emphasized her concerns with burying radioactive waste and the importance of refocusing money from nuclear energy to solar and wind energy.
Will Meneray stated that solar energy is becoming more affordable. He noted that electrification should be considered locally when other energy sources require replacement at the end of their life cycle, such as replacing propane heat with electric heat.
Councillor Golden commented on the confusion surrounding recycling in the community and the issue with recycling being shipped to other countries.
Will Meneray said that the Plan is focused on organic waste and that there are changes to the recycling regime coming forward in the next decade.
Councillor Myles questioned the status of the waste and energy audits.
Troy Cameron, Public Works Manager, indicated that the first part of the audit has been completed. Peggy Van Mierlo-West, CAO, stated that the energy audits are underway.
Mayor McIver commented on the importance of flexibility within the Plan.
Will Meneray stated that there are two ways in which the Plan requires Municipal support: policy enhancement (modifications to existing rules and procedures) and priority initiatives (specific initiatives within the Plan). Priority initiatives include retrofits to municipal buildings, cycling infrastructure, feasibility study, organic collection, new recycling options, support firefighters, and waste policies. Policy enhancements include two methods: climate lens and Green Procurement Policy.
Councillor Golden explained that planning and development applications should not be required to undergo a climate consideration as there are numerous requirements already in place, such as review by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA) and archaeological assessments.
Will Meneray and Mike Campbell stated that the goal of the climate lens is to make the process easier, and the lens is applicable to reports that staff prepare to Council. Peggy Van Mierlo-West, CAO, advised that the policies were distributed to staff for comments and the policies will assist staff in making decisions. Councillor Myles suggested that the Green Procurement Policy be incorporated into the existing Purchasing Policy.
Council discussed the recommendation contained within the agenda regarding the Plan.
Mayor McIver thanked the Committee and Will Meneray for their contributions to the Plan.
Moved by Councillor Laurie (Smokey) Golden, Seconded by Deputy Mayor Debbie Myles
Whereas the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula has already committed to becoming a member of the Partners for Climate Protection Program;
Whereas the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula has already created a greenhouse gas inventory;
Be it resolved that the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula commits to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 2020 levels for corporate operation and community activities by 2030; and
That the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula accepts the Climate Action Plan developed by the Municipality’s Climate Action Committee; and
That the Council directs staff to provide further information in regards to the incorporation of the recommendations.
Other Business – Nil.
Reading of By-laws
By-law 2022- 41
Being A By-Law to Confirm the Proceedings of the Special Council Meeting of The Corporation of The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula Held Monday, May 9, 2022
Moved by Councillor Megan Myles, Seconded by Councillor James Mielhausen
That the listed by-law be given 1st, 2nd, and 3rd reading, and enacted.
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Moved by Deputy Mayor Debbie Myles, Seconded by Councillor Laurie (Smokey) Golden
That the meeting adjourns at 11:35 a.m.