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City Council Report
Strathcona Park Capital Funding
Staff report dated March 13, 2000 recommending that Council provide $400,000 from Hendersen Development (Canada) Ltd. pay-in-lieu and purchase fund for the upgrade at Strathcona Park and that this amount be reimbursed from the $1.5 million from the Hendersen Development (Canada) Ltd. pay-in-lieu park development fund when it becomes available to the City.
The following two notices of motions were put forward by Commissioner Cassells at the Board's meeting on Monday, March 06, 2000.
1. WHEREAS on September 1996 the Park Board passed a motion in agreement with the aquarium that the Aquarium would not capture any more cetaceans from the wild or import them from other Aquariums which had captured them in the wild;
AND WHEREAS Aquarium Director John Nightingale has publicly stated that the Aquarium would like to obtain 2 or 3 young orcas;
WHEREAS presumably the Park Commissioners would object to a young creature being abducted from her mother and close knit family group to live in an area which in human terms if the size of a shower staff fro the rest of her life;
WHEREAS the citizens of Vancouver, whenever given the opportunity, express, in their majority, their opposition to the imprisonment of nature's children;
AND WHEREAS the rational behind keeping animals in captivity for educational purposes is faulty scientifically, educationally and ethically;
AND WHEREAS as Park Commissioners we should be looking towards the future, not the past in terms of our strategic planning for Vancouver parks.
Be It Resolved that Vancouver Park Board amend the Aquarium by-law of 1996 to prohibit the importation of young whales abducted from their mothers and families, and that we pass this motion immediately, before another tragedy occurs.
WHEREAS the meeting of the Vancouver Park Board on February 21, 2000 was not run according to the Vancouver Charter, and by-laws pertaining to Council and the Park Board, disallowing debate and voting to one of the Commissioners, and therefore denying the 31, 694 Vancouver voters who voted for her their voice and their vote;
AND WHEREAS the 5 NPA Commissioners present violated their oath of office and their mandate as Park Board Commissioners
Be It Resolved that the NPA Vice Chair Laura McDiarmid resign from her position as Vice Chair, and,
THAT NPA Commissioners McDiarmid, De Genova, Ledingham, Hansen and Richardson resign from their positions as Park Board Commissioners effective immediately.
Delegations requested to speak to the above notice of motion:
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: Monday, April 17, 2000 at 7:00 pm