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October 6, 2020 City Council Meeting

View October 6, 2020 Meeting Agenda   View Live Stream of the Meeting

Rendering of Riverfront Community Plan
Riverfront Draft Plan Approved
Council approved a Zoning By-law amendment and draft Plan of Subdivision for the Riverfront Plan of Subdivision subject to a number of revisions outlined in the report.
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Niagara Falls Council Chambers
Double Direct Voting for Regional Representation
The staff report provided Council with information on potential double direct
representation of Councillors on City and Regional Council. Council voted to have the Clerk contact the Region of Niagara to petition the Province of Ontario to move forward with double direct representation in Niagara Falls, and to share our initiative with the other municipalities in Niagara in the event they would like to do the same.  
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Investment Policy
City Council adopted a new Investment Policy for the City of Niagara Falls at Tuesday's meeting. Council added a requirement that the Treasurer provide the annual investment statement to the City’s external auditors as part of the annual audit. 
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Man completing the City of Niagara Falls self screening assessment tool
Planning for a Potential Resurgence
As part of the City’s COVID response, Fire Chief Jim Boutelier provided an update on how staff is planning for a resurgence of the virus. The public is reminded to follow the direction of Niagara Region Public Health and adhere to the Provincial Orders in place.
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Integrity Commissioner Reports - Update
At the Council Meeting of September 15, 2020, Council received and filed Report L-2020-09 and asked the Integrity Commissioner to release the full report (IC-182-0220) as well as any other Integrity Commissioner reports publicly, upon the approval of the applicant and respondents.

For more information, please view the following documents:
Letter to Mr. Matson from Integrity Commissioner Office - Sept 22, 2020
Investigation Report - IC-182-0220 - Aug 7 2020
Letter to Bill Matson - Release of Report IC-182-0220
Woman boarding a Niagara Falls Transit bus
Niagara Falls Transit Offering Seniors Free Rides to Flu Clinic
This Fall, residents are able to take advantage of a Drive Thru Community Flu Clinic in the Gale Centre parking lot. Participants must wear a mask, and wear a loose-fitting top. For those without access to a vehicle, a walk up option will be available. Niagara Falls Transit will be offering seniors free rides to the Gale Centre on the flu clinic days:
  • October 27, 2020, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • October 29, 2020, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • November 3, 2020, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • November 5, 2020, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • November 7, 2020, 9 AM to 1 PM    
  • November 10, 2020, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • November 12, 2020, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • November 14, 2020, 9 AM to 1 PM
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Niagara Region garbage truck
Garbage Collection Changes Starting October 19
Every-other-week garbage collection starts October 19 in the Niagara Region. Based on the new bi-weekly schedule, Niagara Falls residents and businesses will not have their garbage collected until the week of October 26. Blue/Grey Boxes, Green Bins and leaf and yard waste will continue to be collected weekly. For more information on the changes, visit
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Family celebrates a Thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving Weekend - Safety Recommendations
This Thanksgiving weekend, the Ontario Government is asking residents to spend the holiday with their household, sitting down to dinner with only the people you live with. As numbers continue to climb, Ontarians need to be extra vigilant, reduce close contact, limit the time spent with people outside their household to help flatten the second wave. Those who live alone are able to pair up with one other household. 
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Additional Reports
  • PBD-2020-65 Proposed Telecommunication Facility, 7825 Dorchester Road
  • TS-2020-20 Pettit Avenue, north of Burdette Drive Parking Review
  • TS-2020-21, Garner Road between McLeod Road & Warren Woods Avenue Parking and Traffic By-laws
The complete list of reports, including consent agenda items, may be viewed in the October 6, 2020 agenda at
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Celebrating 50 Years of Business Improvement Areas in Ontario

At the request of Ron Charbonneau, from the Downtown BIA, the City of Niagara Falls will recognize and celebrate the year 2020 as the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Business Improvement Areas in the Province of Ontario. Niagara Falls BIAs continue to be central hubs for community, festivals and celebrations, full of vibrance and resilience.
Fire Prevention Week
October 4 - 10, 2020 | Fire Prevention Week 

The week of October 4 - October 10, 2020 as been declared as "Fire Prevention Week" in Niagara Falls. The theme this year is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about  simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. Learn more at
Celebrate Waste Reduction Week October
October 19-25, 2020 | Waste Reduction Week 

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program, focused solely on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. Learn more at
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October 22, 2020 | Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

This year's theme is Rising Up! This day recognizes the commitment, hard work and education of Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and all staff who work with young children. To learn more, please visit
Man holding a photo of a set of lungs.
Proclamation: October 25-31, 2020 is Respiratory Therapy Week
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists celebrates Respiratory Therapy Week annually. This celebration serves to educate the public about the varied roles and responsibilities of respiratory therapists and to raise awareness of their significant contribution to the health care system. Learn more at
A red ribbon and the Positive Living Niagara logo (a red scarf wraps around a grey figure).
Flag Raising: November 23 to December 5, 2020 for AIDS Awareness
The annual request was brought forth by Positive Living Niagara.

AIDS Awareness Week 2020 | Nov 23 to Dec 1
World AIDS Day 2020 | Dec 1
Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week | Dec 1 to 5
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2021 Schedule and Next Council Meeting
At Tuesday's meeting, Council approved the proposed 2021 meeting schedule. The next City Council meeting will be held on October 27, 2020 at 4PM. For more information, view
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