Item - 2017.MM31.10

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 4, 2017 without amendments.

MM31.10 - Designating the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve - by Councillor Mike Layton, seconded by Councillor Mark Grimes

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on July 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2017, adopted the following:


1.  City Council express full support of designating the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

2.  City Council forward this Motion with "the Favour of a Response is Requested" to the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Governors of the Eight Great Lake States, the Premiers of Quebec and Ontario and their respective Ministers of the Environment, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the International Joint Commission, and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.

Background Information (City Council)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM31.10 be referred to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

Vote (Waive Referral) Jul-05-2017 2:33 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - MM31.10 - Waive referral
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Josh Colle, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Michelle Holland, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)
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