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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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  • April 9, 2019

    London singer-songwriter Taylor Holden opened the meeting with the singing of the national anthem. Taylor is a winner of the Made in London contest and is a folk soloist who also performs as front-woman for the Averages band.

    Council welcomed and thanked representatives of the Students’ Councils from Western University, Huron University College, Brescia University College, Kings’ University College and Fanshawe College. On behalf of Council, the Mayor expressed the City’s appreciation to the outgoing presidents for their services and wished the newly elected presidents well in their new roles.

    In other Council News:

    Council approved a motion to expand the availability of naloxone kits on London Fire Apparatus for use by London Fire Fighters as part of their response program.

    Council referred on potential amendments to the Public Nuisance By-law and Cost Recovery related to unsanctioned and unsafe street parties for further consultation with stakeholders. This will be brought back to the Community and Protective Services Committee meeting on May 28, 2019.

    Council approved a citizen-led motion to provide menstrual products free of charge in City-owned community facilities.

    Council approved motions that moved Council’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023 forward, with approval of the Strategic Plan to be considered at the April 23, 2019 meeting of Municipal Council.

     

  • March 26, 2019

    Tanya Lovell, an local blues musician and host on Western University’s radio programs led the singing of the national anthem.

    In other Council business:

    Council received the 2017 State of the Downtown Report for information.

    Council received the draft Lambeth Area Community Improvement Plan and it will be circulated for public review and comment.

    Council approved the request for dedication of Fire Station #4 – 870 Colborne Street in memory of Deputy Chief W. Peter Harding.

    Council approved the London Downtown Business Association Improvement Area 2019 proposed budget. 

    Council received the 2019 Development Charges Background Study and the proposed 2019 Development Charges By-law.

    Council approved the following projects be prepared for funding submissions with respect to the $204 million allocated to London under the under the Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) and the $170 million provincial funding.  

    • Project 1: Downtown loop
    • Project 2: Wellington Road gateway
    • Project 3:  East London link
    • Project 6: Intelligent Traffic Signals (TIMMS)
    • Project 7: Expansion buses
    • Project 9: Bus stop amenities
    • Project 12: Adelaide street underpass active transportation connections
    • Project 14: Dundas Place Thames Valley Parkway active transportation connections
    • Project 15: Dundas Street Old East Village streetscape improvements  
    • Project 16: Oxford Street/Wharncliffe Road intersection improvements
  • March 5, 2019

    Council welcomed London musician, music teacher and producer Richard Gracious to lead the singing of the national anthem.

    Council recognized staff from the City’s Water and Waste Water Divisions, recipients of an award from Hydro One recognizing their excellence in energy conservation.

    In other Council News:

    Council approved a motion to make nasal naloxone kits available for public use in some City facilities.

    Council approved an extension to the sound by-law that would allow amplified music on patios until 1:00 a.m. between March 14 and March 17, which is during JUNO week in London.

    Council approved bike lane projects for the Downtown Old East Village east-west corridor.

    Council approved a motion to extend the Core Area Informed Response project beyond the pilot and beyond the core of London.

  • February 12, 2019

    Council approved a motion asking staff to assemble a list of transportation projects that are both likely to be eligible for Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) funding and that could be delivered within the funding window of March 2028. The list will be considered at a special Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee being held at Centennial Hall on March 20 at 3 p.m. that will also include a public participation meeting.

    Council defeated a motion requesting the City Engineer to work in consultation with the Middlesex London Health Unit to report back on the potential to lower fluoridation levels in the London drinking water to .6 mg/l.

    Council approved a motion referring the proposed new Boulevard Tree Protection By-law be referred to a public participation meeting to be held at the Planning and Environment Committee meeting on February 19.

    Council approved the update to the 2019 Annual Budget.

  • January 29, 2019

    Recognition:

    Londoner Melissa Megan, an award-winning country-soul artist whose songwriting skills earned her national recognition in the Canadian Songwriting Competition led the singing of the national anthem.

    On behalf of the City, Mayor Ed Holder presented a cheque for $80, 856.61 to the United Way – an amount raised through City of London employee donations and fundraising events.

    The Mayor also presented the London Food Bank with a cheque for $22,968.51, an amount raised through activities and donations by employees of the City of London. In addition, the City’s Business Care Food Drive also collected 2,200 lbs of food.

    In other Council business:

    Council approved a motion to incorporate bird-friendly development practices into the Site Plan Control By-Law.

    Council approved a motion to extend the hours for sound from outdoor stages during the 2019 JUNO Awards Week.

    Council received the draft Strategic Plan that will be available for public input throughout February. Learn more and provide input.

  • January 15, 2019

    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 in the categories indicated: Rachel Braden and Merel, Facility Dog (Accessibility); Ernest Maiorana (Age Friendly); Victoria Carter (Arts); Gabor Sass (Environment); Steven Liggett (Heritage); Melissa Hardy-Trevenna (Housing); Jacqueline Thompson (Humanitarianism); Mike Lumley (Sports)

    In other Council business:

    Council approved the Masonville Transit Village Secondary Plan Terms of Reference. 

    Council received the Workplace Diversity and Inclusion report for information. 

    Council directed staff to investigate the operation and budget impacts to improve snow clearing standards and report back before the next multi-year budget process.

    Council appointed Councillor Josh Morgan as the Council lead for the 2019 Budget process. 

    Council received Council’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023: Setting the Vision, Mission and Values report and approved seeking input from Londoners on the preliminary wording for the draft versions of the vision, mission and values for the Strategic Plan 2019-2023.  

  • December 18, 2018

    Council recognized members of the City of London’s Facilities Division, recipients of the 2018 Ontario Electrical Safety Award in the Worker Safety category.

    In Other Council News:

    Council voted against a motion to revise and expand the Business License By-Law to regulate mobile zoos, circuses and other similar businesses. 

    Council voted to opt in to the provincial program that will allow retail cannabis locations in the city should London be awarded a retail location. 

    Council approved a motion to direct $150,000 in funding from the Accommodation Tax to the JUNO Awards.

    Council received an update on the 2019 Development Charges Study Update on Draft Rates.

    The 2019 Annual Budget Update was tabled.

    Council received a report setting the context for the Strategic Plan 2019-2023.

  • 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 accessibility@london.ca 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.