Motion To: That the Rules of Procedure be suspended to consider the following motion in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and due to time sensitivity around the spring growing season: WHEREAS on March 30, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued a Regulation under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close various "outdoor recreational amenities", such as sports fields and playgrounds for the duration of the declared emergency regarding COVID-19; and WHEREAS the Regulation included the closure of "all outdoor allotment gardens and community gardens"; and WHEREAS individuals and families in Ottawa rely on community gardens to supplement their food supply over the growing season, and the closure of these gardens in the spring threatens communities’ food security at a vulnerable time; and WHEREAS other jurisdictions have listed community gardens as essential services, including British Columbia and New Brunswick, and the City of Gatineau plans to open its community gardens
Absent/RecusedR. Chiarelli (a)
D. Deans (a)
Vote recorded from City Council on 2020-04-22 regarding agenda item MOTIONS REQUIRING SUSPENSION OF THE RULES OF PROCEDURE.