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City of Waterloo council summary, September 13, 2021

Press Release

** The council summary provides a snapshot of the major items presented at today’s council meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

Observance of National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Council received an update on the work of the Waterloo Region Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group (RAPWG) and the planned activities to observe the newly established National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

The city remains an active and supportive member of RAPWG and in the development of a region-wide Reconciliation Plan, which is designed to address key themes of concerns expressed by local Indigenous communities. In addition, it is working toward enhancing meaningful relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples and uphold our commitments to respond to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – which is a key commitment in the City of Waterloo’s strategic plan.

Although not a holiday for municipal staff, the city will be respectfully observing the day by supporting local Indigenous-led initiatives that will observe the day and to provide staff with opportunities for meaningful personal reflection, education and service that are inclusive and accessible.

City enacting special noise enforcement

Council will be triggering the designated time provision in its public nuisance bylaw from September 24 to 26. The timing coincides with the planned Homecoming events for both Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo.

In brief, the city’s standard nuisance bylaw covers incidents such as evening party noise; this special temporary bylaw allows municipal enforcement to take action on any party on Homecoming weekend – regardless of the time of day.

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Media contact:
Tony Iavarone
Director, Corporate Communications
tony.iavarone@waterloo.ca

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