Board Meeting Highlights
OCTOBER 29, 2007

The following information is intended to provide quick highlights of this scheduled Board meeting. Every attempt has been made to summarize these highlights as accurately as possible; however, the complete and official minutes will be posted on the web site on the Monday one week prior to the next scheduled Board meeting.

Meeting Agenda - October 29, 2007

CHAIR'S REPORT

The Chair acknowledged the festive Hallowe'en decorations at the administration office and thanked the volunteer pumpkin carvers of all ages and backgrounds who had participated for the first time.

PRESENTATIONS

Spirit Wrestler Gallery made a generous donation to the Stanley Park Restoration Project, presenting a cheque for $10,000 and gifting the first of a limited edition blanket entitled Renewal - Honouring the Spirit of Stanley Park.

The Vancouver Foundation presented the highlights of their 2007 Vital Signs report, a multi-faceted snapshot of Metro Vancouver's wellness and livability.

STAFF REPORTS

Work of the Dog Strategy Task Force - Update
The six member, citizen-based Dog Strategy Task Force was created in May 2006 to review and make recommendations about urban dogs. The group continued to experience challenges on reaching consensus and had not found common ground to move forward to a draft strategy. The Board concluded the work of the Dog Strategy Task Force, with thanks, and requested staff to prepare a summary report as soon as possible on findings to-date.

Cottage Hospice Lease Renewal
The Board received an information report on the 10-year lease renewal for the Cottage Hospice in Burrardview Park. This heritage building offers care for terminally ill adults as well as meeting facilities for the local Hastings community.

MOTION

The Board put forward a Motion to reorganize the Park Board's committee governance structure to enable inclusive participation and voting, and establish one Committee with membership as follows: Marty Zlotnik (Chair), Loretta Woodcock, Ian Robertson, Korina Houghton, Spencer Herbert, Heather Holden and Allan DeGenova. The Motion was deferred to the December 10th Board meeting.

NEXT MEETING

The next regular Park Board meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, November 26, 2007 at 2099 Beach Avenue.

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