CITY COUNCIL
AGENDA

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Council Chambers, Brantford City Hall
58 Dalhousie Street, Brantford

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  • WHEREAS Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS) is a rare illness that affects 0.013%-0.03% of the population; and

    WHEREAS SMAS is a digestive condition that occurs when the duodenum - the first part of the small intestine is compressed between two arteries (the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery) and causes partial or complete blockage of the duodenum; and

    WHEREAS SMAS symptoms vary based on severity, but can be severely debilitating. Symptoms include but are not limited to abdominal pain, fullness, nausea, vomiting and/or weight loss and is typically due to the loss of the mesenteric fat-pad (fatty tissue that surrounds the Superior Mesenteric Artery); and

    WHEREAS because it is a rare condition, one of the greatest tools in the fight to end SMAS is raising awareness;

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Corporation of the City of Brantford hereby proclaims January 28, 2024 as “Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Awareness Day” in the City of Brantford.

  • WHEREAS January 24 2024 marks the 14th annual Bell Let's Talk Day, a day of conversation, support and positive change for mental health; and

    WHEREAS the City of Brantford supports positive mental health for all citizens and members of our Community and seeks to improve the lives of the one in five Canadians who will experience a mental illness or mental health issue in their lifetime; and

    WHEREAS raising the Bell Let’s Talk flag is a visible reminder to the members of the community that mental health matters, that help is available, and that we are committed to creating change; and

    WHEREAS “Bell Let’s Talk Day” promotes mental health awareness, acceptance and action build on four key pillars: fighting stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health;

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Corporation of the City of Brantford hereby PROCLAIMS Wednesday, January 24, 2024 as “Bell Let’s Talk Day” in the City of Brantford.

  • WHEREAS Canadians deserve access to reliable and efficient passenger rail service; and

    WHEREAS in 2021 the Canadian Minister of Transportation announced that the federal government would be pursuing opportunities to enhance passenger rail services in southwestern Ontario; and

    WHEREAS passengers continue to experience long delays and disruptions to service, related to interruptions caused by CN Rail’s freight systems and refusal to give priority to passenger rail service; and

    WHEREAS Metrolinx and VIA, in extending or improving commuter train service from Aldershot through to Brantford, Woodstock, Ingersoll and London, is reliant on access to CN rail lines; and

    WHEREAS CN Rail views increased passenger rail service on its lines as being incompatible with its primary business of moving freight and is unlikely to cooperate in extending commuter rail service on its lines in southwestern Ontario without direction from the federal government; and

    WHEREAS CN Rail has shown a disregard for Municipal property maintenance standards in respect to the maintenance of their rail lines and blocks municipalities attempts to enforce municipal property standards upon their rail lines; and

    WHEREAS CN Rail’s consistent failure to provide a timely response to development applications adjacent to rail right of ways imposes inordinate delays and expense for builders and municipalities, further jeopardizing the ability of municipalities to address the housing crisis; and

    WHEREAS there is a complete lack of federal regulations providing VIA and Metrolinx with any degree of priority or guaranteed access to rail rights of way or directing CN Rail to work cooperatively with municipalities;

    AND WHEREAS The City of Brantford CALLS UPON the Federal Government to assist other levels of government as they take steps address the need for reliable and accessible public rail transit, timely processing of housing developments and the prompt and equitable enforcement of municipal property standards;

    NOW THEREFORE THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRANTFORD requests

    1. THAT the Federal Government enact the necessary legislative and regulatory provisions:
      1.  providing VIA and Metrolinx with priority right of way over freight rail lines, and further;
      2. directing CN Rail to work positively and cooperatively with municipal and provincial governments in the processing of land development applications, and the prompt and timely enforcement of municipal property standards;
    2. THAT a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all Ontario Municipalities; and to the Member of Provincial Parliament Will Bouma, Member of Parliament Larry Brock, Federal Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez, Provincial Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, President and CEO at Metrolinx, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada Inc and President and Chief Executive Officer of CN.

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