Key decisions and activity from Kitchener City Council - August 26, 2019

Posted On Tuesday August 27, 2019

Neighborhood Safer, Slower Streets approved—speed limit pilot project moves forward

Council has approved a pilot project to study the impact of reducing speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in three residential neighbourhoods. In the two identified neighbourhoods which include schools, the existing 40 km/h speed limit in school zones will be reduced to 30 km/h. A map of the pilot neighbourhoods can be found here.

A study conducted by staff of all collisions in Kitchener over the past five years showed that while 95 per cent of collisions were between vehicles, collisions between a vehicle and a pedestrian or cyclist were the cause of 70 per cent of collision-related serious and fatal injuries. Research indicates that in a collision between a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h and a pedestrian, the likelihood of survival of the pedestrian is only 15 per cent. This survival rate increases to 75 per cent if the vehicle speed is reduced to 40 km/h.

The pilot will allow the city to better understand the impacts, challenges, and costs associated with a posted speed limit of 40 km/h. This pilot will begin in fall 2019, and will run for the course of a year. The city’s Transportation team will monitor the three neighbourhoods for the duration of the pilot and report their findings to council in fall 2020.

More information about the proposed pilot can be found in staff report: DSD-19-159.

Ontario should consider a deposit program for pop cans and water bottles: City Council

Tonight, Kitchener City Council formally responded to the Ontario Government’s discussion paper “Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities.”

The provincial discussion paper seeks to find ways for Ontario to reduce the amount of waste generated and divert more waste from landfill. The report outlines a number of proposals for increased responsibility among the producers of plastic and other packaging, as well as calling for the establishment of a common collection system.

A motion introduced by Councillor Bil Ioannidis is asking the province to look into a deposit program for pop cans, water bottles and other single use drink containers. Producer-led deposit programs for single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers are successful in other provincial jurisdictions in Canada.

Kitchener is proud to have been the first municipality in the world to introduce a blue box program. We are committed to continuing that tradition of environmental leadership.

More information about the Ontario Government’s discussion paper: Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities

Kitchener asks Federal government to stop calling single-use wipes ‘flushable’

Single-use hygienic wipes are becoming more popular, now a $6 billion dollar industry and growing, but they are not in fact safe to flush. Unlike traditional toilet paper, these wipes are buoyant, not biodegradable and unable to breakdown. Yet, many manufactures label their hygienic wipes as ‘flushable,’ even though they are not.

These wipes are accumulating in the sewer systems and eventually clog municipal sanitary systems. Single-use wipe blockages are costing residents hundreds of millions of dollars each year across the country in repairs and maintenance.

Council unanimously approved a motion introduced by Councillor Bil Ioannidis asking the Federal government to regulate the word ‘flushable’, remove the word from packaging of non-biodegradable single-use wipes and assist in consumers in learning how to properly dispose of these wipes.

Kitchener confirms its commitment to diversity and belonging

City Council affirmed its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion by voting to formally come out against the polarizing Bill 21, Quebec’s law barring employment opportunities to people who wear religious symbols including hijabs, turbans, kippas, and crucifixes in the course of their duties.

Banning people from participating in the public service alienates and marginalizes whole communities of faith and but also emboldens adherents of hate, allowing racism to grow.

Introduced by Councillor Margaret Johnston and unanimously approved by council, the motion formally denounces Bill 21 and the Legislative Assembly of Quebec.

 

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Jennifer Hassum

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