The Corporation of the

Regular Council Meeting

City Hall Council Chambers
15322 Buena Vista Avenue, White Rock, BC, V4B 1Y6

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T. Arthur, Director of Corporate Administration

We would like to recognize that we are standing/working/meeting on the traditional unceded territory of the Semiahmoo First Nation, and also wish to acknowledge the broader territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.


    THAT the Corporation of the City of White Rock Council adopt the agenda for its regular meeting scheduled for January 24, 2022 as circulated.


    THAT the Corporation of the City of White Rock Council adopt the
    January 10, 2022 meeting minutes as presented.

Question and Answer Period will be taking place both in person at the meeting, as well as electronically through email. 

If you wish to have your question submitted electronically you may forward questions and comments to Mayor and Council by emailing with Question and Answer Period noted in the subject line.

As of 8:30 a.m., January 19, 2021, there was one Question and Answer period submissions received:

  • Submission from M. Desmarais with questions / comments in regard to a warming center for December, 2021.

Note: there are to be no questions or comments on a matter that will be the subject of a public hearing (time between the public hearing and final consideration of the bylaw).


    THAT Council receive for information the correspondence submitted for Question and Answer Period by 8:30 a.m. January 24, 2022, including “On-Table” information provided with staff responses that are available at the time.

Abby Gemino and David Young, Sources Foundation, to attend to raise awareness for the Coldest Night of the Year event and to request consideration for free parking for organizers and volunteers at the Vidal parking lot and  use of parking stalls at West Beach for event "Rest Stop".


Stephanie Beck, Executive Director and Janice Stasiuk, Board Chair, for the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation to attend virtually to provide an update on strategic projects at Peace Arch Hospital.

Larissa Kowalski and Martha Dow representing Community Health and Social Innovation Hub, to appear as a presentation to provide an overview from their study on White Rock Seniors.

Note: This study was brought forward through the following recommendation from the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force in April, 2021 and was supported by Council at the April 26, 2021 Council meeting as noted below:

"THAT Council endorse the Community Health and Social Innovation proposal for a study as a way of examining the needs of the senior population in respect to how they have been impacted by COVID-19".

The Fire Chief to provide an On Table update regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Corporate report dated January 24, 2022 from the Director of Recreation and Culture titled "Daytime Warming Shelters".


    THAT Council approve funding in the amount of $160,000 to operate a daytime warming shelter in a modular office trailer to be located in the parking lot located adjacent to the baseball concession/washroom facility at Centennial Park from January 28, 2022 to March 15, 2022. If approved, funding in the amount of $160,000 will be required to install and operate a daytime warming shelter in a modular office trailer to be located in the parking lot located adjacent to the baseball concession /washroom facility at Centennial Park from January 28, 2022 to March 15, 2022. The City of Surrey has agreed to fund 50% of this expense, therefore, the actual cost to the City of White Rock will be $80,000.

Corporate report dated January 24, 2021 from the Direction of Administrative Services titled "City Advisory Body (Committee) 2022 Meeting Schedule".


    THAT Council consider and endorse commencing the City Advisory Body (Committee) 2022 meeting schedule as outlined in this corporate report.

Council's 2022 Top Priorities with new activity comments provided for information:

  • Solid Waste Pickup for Multi-Family: The consultant RFP closing date was January 17th.  Staff reviewed the single submission and found that it was many multiples greater than the $50K approved by Council in the November 8, 2021 Financial Plan Amendment.  Staff will meet with the proponent to discuss reductions in scope to bring the budget closer to $50K.  This means efforts will be made to shift more of the work to City staff, especially the consultations and discussions with property owners.  Two significant issues are ownership of collection containers and long (5 year) termination clauses for existing contracts.

  • Housing Needs / Affordable Housing:  Staff are moving forward with the Housing Needs Report 2021 recommendations, in addition there is preparation being made to host a public workshop

  • Community Amenity Contribution "Shovel-in-the-Ground" Projects: 

    - Emerson Park Playground Upgrade: Reviewing 50% design submission and Environmental Assessment in January 2022

    - Maccaud Park Upgrade: Work continues on the design and review of trees with arborists

    - Centre Street Hillside Walkway Upgrade: Resubmission of 90% design to be reviewed on January 14, 2022.  Discussions continue between legal representatives for three (3) of the six encroaching properties

    - Review Options for Upgrading Multiple Hillside Walkways (Road Ends) to the Waterfront: Blackwood, Vidal and other walkways cleaned and plantings are redesigned and completed ready for spring

  • The City's Relationship with the Semiahmoo First Nation (SFN):  Consultation on various matters between the City and SFN continues including a draft Communications Memorandum of Understanding and discussion on strategies for removing the layer of paint from P'Quals, and installing and maintaining a clear graffiti protective coating on the rock


Bylaw 2417 - A Bylaw to amend Schedule "A" of the Fees and Charges Bylaw in regard to Item: Development Category Application Fees for Planning and Development Services.

Note: Bylaw 2401 received final reading on December 13, 2021; however, after that time it was noted that a few key words in the Planning and Development Services section of Schedule 'A'  were cut off when the document was converted to a PDF format and were no longer visible. The attached bylaw remains the same but now captures the extra wording (highlighted in yellow).  


    THAT Council give first, second and third readings to the "2022 Fees and Charges Bylaw, 2021, No. 2401, Amendment No. 1, 2022, No. 2417".

Bylaw 2415 - A revenue anticipation bylaw providing for the borrowing of sums of money as may be requisite to meet the current lawful expenditures of the City.  This bylaw received first, second and third reading on
January 10, 2022 and is on the agenda for final reading. 


    THAT Council give final reading to "White Rock Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw, 2022, No. 2415".




    THAT Council receive correspondence circulated in the agenda as Item 9.1.a 

Correspondence dated January 24, 2022 from J. Benzaquen, President, Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators regarding leadership of the Chief Administrative Officer throughout the pandemic.

Note: Mayor Walker would like to acknowledge this communication


Councillor Chesney provided the following as a motion for consideration: 


    THAT Council endorse a letter be forwarded to all cities/municipalities in British Columbia, to support White Rock in requesting the repeal of the name “Indian Act” (Act) and further

    This request for support is for name change only and it is not the intent to impact the legality and wording of the Act;

    If the support brings about change the final naming process would be fully directed by our First Nation neighbours.

Mayor Walker provided the following as a motion for consideration:  

Note The draft correspondence is attached for reference purposes


    THAT Council endorse correspondence by the Mayor on their behalf be forwarded to the Ministry of Health and the Fraser Health Authority strongly opposing their decision to temporarily close the maternity ward at Peace Arch Hospital whereby maternity patients will be asked to instead attend Langley Memorial or Surrey Memorial Hospitals; and formally request that recruitment of sufficient staff and the re-opening of the Maternity Ward be made a priority.