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City Council Briefs

You can get a quick overview of Council discussions and decisions in the briefs prepared by the City's Communications Division. Please note that the information you can access from the links below does not constitute the official record or minutes of the Council meeting and does not cover all items considered by Council.

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  • November 20, 2018

    Council recognized the recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Awards. Recipients included the N’Amerind London Friendship Centre for their Youth First Cultural Exchange, My Sister’s Place, M.I. understanding for the program’s focus on pride understanding, Emancipation Day, and the London Police Service for their Police Ethnic and Culture Exchange (PEACE) program.

    Mayor Brown recognized London resident Jeanne Alpaerts, also known as Mrs. Claus, as Paramed’s Senior of the Year, acknowledging her volunteerism with Angels in the Night, helping vulnerable people.

    Members of Council who will not be returning were also thanked and recognized for their contributions over the past four years. This included Mayor Matt Brown and Councillors Bill Armstrong, Paul Hubert, Tanya Park, Virginia Ridley, Harold Usher and Jared Zaifman.

    In Other Council News:

    Council acknowledged contributions of the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation, amounting to $4.8 million that has supported projects in the community.

    Council approved the renaming of a portion of Third Street (from Oxford Street East to Cheapside) to Baransway Drive.

    Council approved moving forward with development applications for 3080 Bostwick Road and for 230 North Centre Road.

    Council received the final reporting package for the 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, noting that more than 97% of milestones had been achieved.

  • November 6, 2018

    Jenna Goldsack, a grade eleven student in the music extension program at Catholic Central and community volunteer, opened the meeting with the singing of O’ Canada. 

    In Other Council News:

    Council acknowledged the City of London’s Credit Rating and received a report that summarized the reasons behind the Aaa rating assigned by Moody’s Investors Service.

    Council approved the allocation of lands on Innovation Drive for use as a future fire station and approved the funding allocation and source for this.

    Council directed staff to create an Affordable Housing Development Strategy to coordinate tools that support the development of affordable housing units in London.

  • October 16, 2018

    Council approved the development of an 18-storey apartment building proposed for Grey and Wellington Streets, with amendments that included the addition of two levels of underground parking, 10 affordable units and a $200,000 contribution to the bus rapid transit station that will be located at that intersection.

    Council referred a motion that would allow for day sitting of dogs and domestic cats in homes back to staff for further consideration.

    Council approved amendments to the Vehicle for Hire by-law that will include deregulating fares, the removal of a requirement for cameras in taxis and an increase in the number of accessible taxi licenses.

    Council approved a motion to increase the Mayor’s salary in order to accommodate the elimination of the one-third tax free allowance for elected officials.

    Council ratified a tentative agreement with CUPE Local 101.  This collective agreement will be in effect from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022.

  • October 2, 2018

    Council received information related to initiatives to make King Street safer for cycling, and approved a south side cycle track, separated by parking and transit islands, be implemented in 2019.

    Council approved a motion to phase in programs and initiatives that are part of the 60% Waste Diversion Action Plan between 2019 and 2022. As well, staff were directed to refine cost estimates, develop implementation plans, determine operational requirements and draft an implementation schedule for the Action Plan.

    Council approved a motion to conduct detailed design work on the intersections that include Pack Road and Colonel Talbot Road, Blackwater Road and Adelaide Street and Sunningdale Road and South Wenige Drive-thrus, when they meet the warrant, traffic signals can be installed without further delay as well as to conduct an updated traffic study at Oxford Street and Riverbend Road, and Stackhouse Ave. and Fanshawe Park Road. Staff were also asked to review the current warrant systems and best practices in other municipalities and report back with possible changes to how intersections are prioritized for traffic signals where appropriate.

    Council approved a motion to amend the zoning by-law to change the property at 723 Lorne Avenue (formerly Lorne Avenue Public School) from a Neighbourhood Facility Zone to a Residential Special Provision Zone and an Open Space Zone.

    Council received a report providing an update on the Harassment and Discrimination Third-Party Review.

  • September 18, 2018

    Council recognized Londoner Justine Taylor for her efforts to lead activities for Emancipation Day, scheduled for September 23. Justine is the great granddaughter of the originators of the Emancipation Day Celebration in London.

    Council recognized staff member Jane Ellyatt for her role in coordinating Toastmasters for City employees.

    Council recognized City of London employees celebrating 25 years of service.

    In other Council business:

    Council directed staff to report back on potential revisions to the Vehicle for Hire By-law which may include: reducing fees for taxi drivers and vehicle for hire owners; deregulating taxi fares; allowing vehicles for hire that are up to 10 years old; increasing the number of accessible taxi licenses available in the city; removing the requirement for cameras in taxis; and reduction of the cap on taxi licenses.

    Council approved an overnight parking permit for health care workers.

    Council approved the heritage designation for two barns located at 660 Sunningdale Rd. East.

    Council approved the annual Council meeting calendar for 2019, with evening meetings for Council.

  • August 28, 2018

    The Mayor presented the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Scholarships to Kai Sun and Robert Nadal, two London secondary students with the highest scholastic achievement based on the average of their best six subjects in their graduating year.

    In other Council business:

    Council received the Age Friendly London Progress Report 2018.

    Council referred the proposed amendments to the Traffic and Parking By-Law and the associated Bill No. 527 to the next Council meeting.

    Council adopted the Provincial Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways – Amendments 2018 as a minimum maintenance standard.

    Council approved the Complete Streets Design Manual as the basis for planning and design of city streets.

    Council accepted the Adelaide Street North/Canadian Pacific Railway Grade Separation Environmental Study. The Environmental Study Report will now be filed and placed on public record for a 30-day public review period.

    Council approved the zoning changes at 391 South Street for the redevelopment of the old Victoria Hospital lands.

  • July 24, 2018

    London resident Rachael Litt opened the meeting with the singing of the national anthem.

    Council approved the required by-law to officially appoint Lori Hamer as Chief, London Fire Department.

    Council announced that London students Kai Sun from AB Lucas and Robert Nadal from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School were awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships. Each student will receive $2,000.  

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a motion to designate the property located at 172 Central Avenue to be of cultural heritage value. The property was originally owned by Dr. Oronhyatekha, one of the first Indigenous physicians in Canada.

    Council approved an application by Medallion Realty Holdings for brownfield incentives for 391 South Street.

    Council approved by-law amendments to the sound by-law and to the public nuisance by-law, related to public messaging in the community and nuisances.

    Council requested that staff review the Neighbourhood Event Equipment Lending program and report back to the Community and Protective Services Committee with respect to adding church groups to the list of organizations available to request use of the equipment available for loan.

    Council approved public review of the 60% Waste Diversion Action Plan.

    Council approved the installation of a traffic light at Hyde Park Road and South Carriage Road.

  • June 26, 2018

    Council Briefs

    Council recognized Emily Sturtridge, the recipient of the 2018 Tim Hickman Memorial Health and Safety Scholarship. This annual scholarship recognizes students in an occupational or public health and safety related program and was established as a tribute to City employee Tim Hickman who died in service to the community at the age of 21.

    In other Council business:

    Council accepted the Victoria Bridge Environmental Study Report, which will now be placed on public record for a 30-day review period. 

    Council approved an agreement between the City and the London Transit Commission to provide a subsidized monthly bus pass for individuals 13 up to and including 17 years of age beginning September 1, 2018.

    Council received an update from staff regarding the odour monitoring pilot program.

    Council endorsed London’s newcomer strategy, Choose London- Innovative, Vibrant and Global.

    Council approved the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network Project.

    Council approved the “Free of Fear Services for All Policy”.

    Council approved a public engagement process including a Public Participation Meeting and an invitation to provide input through Get Involved to gather feedback from the community on Council and Standing Committee meeting times.

  • June 12, 2018

    The Mayor and Council recognized the recipients of the City of London’s 2017 Awards of Excellence. The Bravo Awards of Excellence celebrate significant contributions City employees make to the workplace and the community.

    The Mayor reinforced the City of London is committed to making every effort to provide alternate formats and communication supports for Council, Standing or Advisory Committee meetings and information, upon request.  To make a request for any City service, please contact or 519-661-2489 ext. 2425.

    In other Council business:

    Council received the 4th report of the Accessibility Advisory Committee (ACCAC). The Mayor was requested to organize a meeting with representatives from the ACCAC to discuss concerns raised and develop recommendations and next steps and report back to the Community and Protective Services Committee within 30 days.

    Council directed administration to report back by fall 2018 with a proposed implementation plan and associated costs related to Naloxone kits at City-owned Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines.

    Council received the staff report regarding public messaging in the community and administration was directed to draft by-law amendments to the Public Nuisance By-law to regulate abusive or insulting language that unnecessarily interferes with the use and enjoyment of public space and amend the sound by-law to regulate amplified live speech.

    Council directed civic administration to undertake the High Speed Rail Corridor Protection Study.

    Council approved a proactive strategy to communicate and engage with homeowners, builders and developers in new subdivisions.

  • May 22, 2018

    Council welcomed representatives from Maples for Vimy, Scouts Canada and Girl Guides Canada to honour the work that these organizations did to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. On behalf of the City of London, Mayor Matt Brown presented this group with a cheque for $10,000 towards the cost of 10 Vimy Centennial Maple Trees. These trees will stand in recognition of the sacrifices made by Londoners during WW1, and the bond the community shares with our allies in France and across Europe.

    In other Council business:

    Council received a report informing them that Moody’s Investors Service, a leading provider of credit ratings, research and risk analysis, affirmed the City of London’s Aaa credit rating and stable outlook, the highest rating possible.

    Council approved new policies within The London Plan and the Official Plan (1989) and added definitions to zoning by-laws that will allow for Supervised Consumption Facilities and Temporary Overdose Prevention Sites.

    Council approved the necessary actions to move forward with the creation of the Hamilton Road Business Improvement Area.

    Council voted to approve, in principle, the expansion of the Old East Village Business Improvement Area.

    Council announced the sale of final plots of land in two of the City’s industrial parks. Lands were sold in the Trafalgar Industrial Park and Cuddy Industrial Lands.

  • May 8, 2018

    Council recognized it is Emergency Preparedness Week. The City’s Alert London video was played to raise awareness and promote sign up.

    In other Council business:

    Council endorsed the provision of Supervised Consumption Facilities in London.

    Council received the staff report on Short Term Accommodations.

    Council voted against an application to amend the Business Licensing By-Law L.131-16 that would have allowed for the substitution of an existing licensed adult entertainment parlor location at 2010 Dundas Street to a proposed location at 802 Exeter Road.

    Council approved the preliminary engineering design for the Bus Rapid Transit network, now the project will proceed through the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP).

  • April 24, 2018

    Roxanne Andrighetti, an award winning singer songwriter who was born in the Congo but now calls London home opened the meeting with the singing of the national anthem.

    Council recognized the work done by the Age Friendly Network, volunteers, agencies and City of London staff who together work to make London an age-friendly community. Recently, London received an Ontario Age Friendly Community Recognition Award for the commitment to taking measurable and tangible actions to make the city age friendly. 

    London Poet Laureate Tom Cull helped Council recognize April as National Poetry Month by sharing one of his poems in Chambers. Tom is a creative writing professor, community organizer and active participant in London’s vibrant arts scene.

    In other Council business:

    Council referred the Medway Valley Heritage Forest Environmentally Friendly Significant Area (South) – Conservation Master Plan back to staff for further deliberations and consultations.

    Council approved expanded gaming in London.

    Council voted to defer the Bus Rapid Transit Environmental Assessment Initiative to the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting on May 7, which would then go to Council on May 8.

  • April 10, 2018

    Mayor explained the significance of the 15 hockey sticks in Chambers to show support for those affected by the recent Humboldt Broncos tragedy.

    Mayor recognized April 10, 2018 marked 20 years to the day since Londoner John Davidson began his 286 day walk across Canada to raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    Mayor thanked two City sanitation operators Chris Lynch and Jonathan Sweitzer for their extraordinary efforts in saving the life of resident Doug Cairns while on duty.

    Mayor and Council formally recognized and thanked students from the Students’ Councils from Western University, Huron University College, Brescia University College, King’s University College, the Society of Graduate Students and Fanshawe College for their advocacy and hard work and wished in the newly elected Presidents the best of luck in their new roles.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the dates for advance voting and the hours during which voting places shall be open for the 2018 Municipal Election.

    Council received the report outlining the restricted acts of Council after nominations and voting day.

    Council authorized the submission of proposal for London to host the Association of Municipalities Ontario’s (AMO) annual conferences for 2021 and 2023.

    Council received the neighbourhood school strategy – evaluation and acquisition of surplus school sites report for information and the report will be circulated to the Thames Valley District School Board, the London District Catholic School Board, the Urban League and the Child and Youth Network for their review and comment.



  • March 27, 2018

    Karen Kayembe, a 17-year-old student from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary High School, opened the meeting with the singing of the national anthem.

    Mayor Matt Brown requested a moment of silence in remembrance of former Councillor Ted Wernham, who passed away last week.

    Mayor Matt Brown recognized London Musician Joe Borowsky, who is the recipient of news publication OurLondon’s Top Music School Award and whose music was recently featured during the Olympics that aired on CBC.

    Mayor Matt Brown also recognized the work that the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (DIAC) and London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) have done to create a welcoming community for newcomers, and in particular, for their work on the All Are Welcome Here: United in Diversity Event that celebrated the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a request from ANOVA to undertake a mapping tool in support the United Nations Safe Cities Initiative.

    Council directed staff to amend the Fees and Charges By-law and any other pertinent by-law to provide public civic spaces free of charge to Indigenous Bands and Indigenous Organizations for cultural celebrations.

    Council directed administration to conduct a review of policies and practices related to harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

    Council directed staff to report back with a proposal and the associated costs required to become a Sanctuary City/Access to Service Without Fear City.

    Council approved an amendment to the zoning by-law that would allow for the plan to build the Westminster Ponds Centre, an environmental centre that will be open to the public.

    Council approved the Hamilton Road Community Improvement Plan.

  • March 6, 2018

    The achievements of London’s Mark Ideson, who is the skip for the Canadian team participating in wheelchair curling at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea were recognized by Council.  

    In other Council business:

    Council awarded a $27 million contract to Amico Infrastructures, an important step in the development of London’s first flex street, Dundas Place.

    Council referred a request to formalize the City of London’s position on Sister City partnerships to staff to report back with a draft policy to support this.

    Council voted to refer the proposed Public Nuisance by-law amendment to address odour, to a future meeting of the Community and Protective Services Committee to allow time for additional consultation before the proposed by-law is considered by Council.

    Council designated London’s I Heart Beer and Bacon event, the Latin Gastronomy Festival and the London Taco Fest as Municipally Significant Events.

  • February 13, 2018

    The Mayor and Council recognized the City of London’s 2017 Employee Committee for United Way, who presented the United Way with $76,500 representing contributions from staff and members of Council.

    The Mayor and Council recognized members of the City’s Business Cares Food Drive team. The 2017 campaign marked the City of London’s 15th year participating in this initiative, and efforts resulted in $18,000 and more than 3,600 lbs of food collected for the London Food Bank.

    The Mayor and Council recognized John Davidson on what will be the 20th anniversary of his walk across Canada this spring and for his many accomplishments since launching Jesse’s Journey, in honour of his son who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    In other Council business:

    Council accepted the Wharncliffe Road South (from Becher Street to Commissioners Road) Municipal Class Environmental Study Report, which will now be placed on public record for a 30-day review period.

    Council received the report outlining the cost and schedule implications related to converting utilities from overhead to underground on Hamilton Road directed staff to tender the project for implementation in 2018, maintaining the aerial hydro and telecommunications utility arrangements.

  • January 30, 2018

    The Mayor and Council recognized the City of London’s Trails Focus Group for being the recipient of the Award for Service to the Environment.

    The Mayor and Council recognized Theresa Carriere and the ONE Run team. Theresa was nominated for the Meritorious Service Decoration Medal and will be recognized by the Canadian Government.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a policy that will guide the process to determine locations for temporary and longer-term supervised consumption facilities – also called supervised injection sites.

    Council unanimously confirmed that an apology from Mayor Matt Brown to London’s LGBTQ community, delivered earlier this year, has the support of all Council members.

    Council approved the expropriation of lands that will allow the implementation of the Medway Valley Trail Master Plan North of Fanshawe Park Road.

    Council approved the implementation of a 4% tax on transient accommodation in London.

  • January 16, 2018

    The Mayor and Council recognized the contributions made to London by the following citizens who were named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List: Karen Schuessler (Arts), Dharshi Lacey (Diversity and Race Relations), George Sinclair (Environment), Susan Bentley (Heritage), Sister Delores Brisson (Housing), Lina Bowden (Humanitarianism), Todd Sargeant and Sigmund Bernat (Persons with a Disability), Emilie Crakondji (Safety and Crime Prevention) and Tom Partalas (Sports).

    In other Council business:

    Council authorized the Mayor and the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer to execute a Letter of Agreement between the Province of Ontario and the City of London with respect to the Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for the Public Transportation Program.

    Council approved acknowledging the anniversary of the Quebec Mosque shooting on January 29, 2018 by lowering the Canadian flag on the Community Flag pole to half-mast that day. As well, the Mayor will write to the Federal and Provincial Governments requesting that January 29 be designated as a Day of Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia at the federal and provincial levels.

    Council approved the One River Environmental Assessment Update: Phase II Stage I Report, which recommends the decommission of the Springbank Dam.

  • December 12, 2017

    The Mayor and Council recognized The London Plan and ReThink London for receiving the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Heart and Stroke Foundations join Healthy Communities Award.

    The Mayor and Council celebrated this year’s recipients of the Diversity, Race Relations and Inclusivity Award (DRRIA).

    In other Council business:

    Council requested staff investigate and report back to the Corporate Services Committee with respect to the implications of changing the Council and Standing Committee meeting schedule in terms of time of day and day of the week. 

    Council received the staff report on the Toilets are not Garbage Cans education and communications program for information.  

    Council established a new Council Policy establishing guidelines for the potential location of cannabis retail stores in London.

    Council repealed and replaced the bylaws to update the program guidelines for the Downtown, Old East Village, SoHo and Industrial lands Community Improvement Project Plan Financial Incentive Programs.

    Council approved the Parking Strategy for Downtown London.

    Council received the Community Mental Health and Addiction Strategy for London: Moving Forward Together for information.

    Council approved the 2018 Annual Budget Update.

  • November 28, 2017

    Council approved phasing out the vacant unit rebate and vacant/excess land subclass tax reduction.

    Council received for information the Wastewater Systems Improvement summary.

    Council received the 2015 State of the Downtown Report.

    Council received the Strategic Plan Semi Annual Progress Report and 2017 Report to the Community.

  • November 14, 2017

    Council approved the expansion of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan Project Area.

    Council approved the Urban Agriculture Strategy after removing the section regarding a backyard hen pilot project.

    Council approved the tree planting strategy and five-year action plan.

    Council will extend an invitation to all 12 Boards and Commissions to hold their meetings in Council Chambers at City Hall.

    Council received for information the FCM Diverse Voices for Change Initiative Update.

    Council directed staff report back on the Equity and Inclusion Lens for the Development of Policies.

    Council approved the Election Sign By-law.


  • October 30, 2017

    The Mayor and Council recognized Cory Crossman and Chris Campbell from the London Music Office for receiving the President’s Award from Music Canada.

    The Mayor and Council recognized Jennifer Smout for being the recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Bruce A. Noble Award.

    In other Council business:

    City Council appointed Councillor Salih to serve as the Municipal Council’s additional representative on the London Police Services Board.

    Council approved the recommended amendments to the Traffic and Parking By-law.

    Council approved the appointment of LEA Consulting Limited as the consulting engineers for the intelligent transportation system.

    Council received the updates on the proposed Blue Box Program Plan Amendment and Waste Free Ontario Act for information.

    Council received information regarding the status of funding and legal settlement money for the Springbank Dam.

    Council approved extending the temporary use zone for parking lots at 200 Albert Street, 192-196 Central Ave and 193–197 Central Ave.

    Council requested staff report back to the next Planning Committee regarding the proposed severance of a parcel of land on 6188 Colonel Talbot Road.

    Council approved the amended application from Drewlo Holding Inc for properties to build a residential building located at 661 and 667 Talbot Street.

  • October 17, 2017

    Council approved the creation of a new Indigenous Relations Working Group.  The group will liaise with the Indigenous community to determine how the City and the Indigenous community can better engage and collaborate to strengthen relationships.

    The City Manager was directed to report back on a recommended process and policy to provide residents and employees with an avenue to bring forward potential fraud, waste, misuse of assets and resources of the municipality.

    Council requested staff to report back during the 2018 budget deliberations on the cost and options of a discounted youth bus pass.

    Council has expressed an interest in potentially hosting an International Plowing Match and has asked the City Manager to report back on what financial or other resources would be required in connection with hosting such an event before determining whether or not the City wishes to submit a bid to host the event.   

  • October 3, 2017

    A moment of silence was observed to remember the victims of the recent violent events in Las Vegas and Edmonton.

    The Mayor and Council recognized City employees who have achieved 25 years of service.

    In other Council business:

    Council requested staff report back to the Civics Works Committee with respect to additional sidewalk installation options on the east side of Regal Drive in the Hillcrest Public School area.

    Council acknowledged the City’s achievement of 41 years of consecutive Aaa credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service. 

    Council referred the revised Council Policy: Use of Corporate Resources during an Election Period back to the Corporate Services Committee for additional discussion.

    Council received the employee absenteeism 2017 mid-year report for information. 

    Council received an update report on pay equity

    Council received a staff report with respect to the planned rerouting of transit buses off Dundas Street in downtown core.

    Council received the One River Environment Assessment Agency Advisory Committee Report and Public Consultation Report.

    Council referred the approval for draft plan subdivision official plan and zoning by-law amendments for properties located at 1635 Commissioners Road East and 2624 Jackson Road to staff for further discussions with the applicant on how the subdivision could be modified to improve views onto natural heritage areas. 

    Council directed staff to report back with a draft agreement between the City of London and the Municipality of Middlesex Centre with respect to sanitary and water servicing provision for the settlement area of Arva that would reflect the current settlement boundary of Arva and new billing terms with respect to the costs of providing these services.

  • September 19, 2017

    Council recognized City of London employees who have provided 25 years or more of service to the organization and the people of London.

    The Mayor recognized Justine Turner for her work to promote the Emancipation Day Celebration on September 30.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the property at 4402 Colonel Talbot Road be designated under the provisions of Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act as a property of cultural heritage value or interest.

    Council approved a financial contribution of $500,000 should a bid to host the 2019 JUNO Week in London be successful. Tourism London is leading the effort and submitting the proposal at the request of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) which manages the JUNO Awards.

    A report was received by Council with the 2018 allocations for the Innovation & Capital stream of the London Community Grants Program.

    Council approved a consulting fee amendment of $2,282,330 for the Shift rapid transit initiative to reflect the updated the ‘Rapid Transit Corridors EA: Project Management Plan - Updated and Expanded Scope’ which summarizes all required, expanded and enhanced scope identified for completion of the Environmental Assessment. The report included a communications and consultation plan to support the initiative.

    Council directed the Civic Administration to work with the London Economic Development Corporation and other relevant community stakeholders to investigate the feasibility of submitting a response to the Amazon HQ2 Request for Proposal.

    Council approved a proposal to work towards meeting the requirements to participate in UN Women’s Safe City Initiative.

    Council endorsed that the Opioid Crisis Working Group, comprised of the Mayor and other community stakeholders, function under the leadership of the Medical Officer of Health and, that further study and consultation regarding the use of supervised consumption sites and other harm reduction measures be conducted.