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City strikes 14-member committee to deal with downtown social issues

Mayor Lyn Hall
Mayor Lyn Hall

City council has outlined the membership and parameters of a special committee tasked with coming up with ideas on how to deal with social issues downtown.

Two weeks ago council decided to form the committee after 150 people jammed council chambers during a special meeting on dealing with homelessness, crime, drug abuse, and those with mental health issues downtown.

The 14-member committee will be chaired by Mayor Lyn Hall. It will consist of eight members representative of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Prince George, Gateway Business Improvement Association, Prince George RCMP, Northern Health Authority, B.C. Housing, Association Advocating for Women and Community (AWAC), and Prince George Native Friendship Centre.

Up to five community members will be appointed by council. Community members are expected to have knowledge and experience related to Prince George social issues, with emphasis on the downtown area, and be familiar with the impacts on, and responsibilities of, various levels of government, non-profit organizations, and businesses for alleviating those issues.

City council and staff will sit as ex-officio members of the committee.

The Select Committee on A Safe, Clean, and Inclusive Downtown will convene its first meeting in January 2020, and will deliver its recommendations to Council by June 30.


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