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Staff recommend review redrawing wards, Council

Council’s composition could change.



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City staff are recommending that a comprehensive review take place ahead of the next municipal election that could lead to a change in the composition of the Council horseshoe and the wards represented on it.

The review will include consultation with the public, be carried out by an independent third party expert and cost an estimated $150,000, staff write in a proposal.

“A comprehensive review of council composition has not been conducted in several decades,” a staff proposal to the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting on July 2 reads.

While the Council Composition and Employment Status Review was recommended by staff during the last term, it was rejected during budget time.

If the review moves ahead this time, it will be completed in three phases. It will start with a governance review and environmental scan that will have recommendations to Council by the first quarter of 2020.

A ward boundary review will be completed by the second quarter of 2020. A compensation and support review — which could see a recommendation for full-time councillors instead of the current part-time positions — will be completed for 2021.