These highlights are a synopsis of the October 16, 2017 Regular Council Meeting. The agenda, full meeting minutes, and webcast of the Council Meeting can be found online at

Mission Moments: History of Mission’s South Asian Community
The history and contributions of Mission’s South Asian and Sikh community go back nearly 100 years. Mission’s first South Asian families began arriving in the 1930s, attracted by Mission City’s lumber mill and thriving lumber industry. Even though the nearest Sikh temple was located in Abbotsford, the majority of the Sikh families in the Fraser Valley resided in Mission City.

Significant highlights for Mission’s South Asian community include: Mission resident Naranjan Grewall elected as the first South Asian in Canada to hold public office in 1950; Naranjan Grewall being appointed to the position of Mayor of Mission City in 1954; the opening of the crematorium in 1982, largely financed by the South Asian community; and the opening of the Sikh Temple on the Lougheed Highway in 1989.

Veterans’ Week
November 5 to 11, 2017 has been proclaimed “Veterans’ Week” within the District of Mission, and the Royal Canadian Legion poppy flag will be raised at Municipal Hall during Veterans’ Week. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 57 were in attendance for a short Remembrance Day ceremony to coincide with the commencement of the annual poppy campaign.

Parking Enforcement Pilot Project Extension
The District’s four-month parking enforcement pilot project to increase awareness and enforcement of parking regulations in problem areas such as Downtown and the Mission Sports Park ended on October 1, 2017. To continue the momentum the pilot program has generated, Council voted to extend the program to December 31, 2017. The estimated budget of $27,000 will be funded from the increase in parking ticket fine revenue.

Bylaw Adjudication System
Council voted in favour of the District joining the Upper Fraser Valley Bylaw Adjudication System, which has been authorized by the Province to operate as a municipal bylaw court for resolving disputes in bylaw enforcement matters. Joining the System will allow the District to more efficiently handle disputes arising from the issuance, processing, and disputing of municipal tickets.

Foster Family Month
The month of October, 2017 has been proclaimed “Foster Family Month” in Mission to celebrate the day-to-day support, comfort and compassion foster families provide to the children and youth in their care.

Community Living Month
The month of October, 2017 has also been proclaimed “Community Living Month” in Mission to celebrate the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all aspects of the community.

2018 Permissive Tax Exemption Applications
Council adopted Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 5675-2017, exempting certain properties from municipal taxation in 2018. Seven organizations (11 properties) applied for and received a permissive tax exemption for the 2018 taxation year, with a total estimated impact of $63,037.

Temporary Use Permit (TP15-002)
Council approved the one-year extension of a Temporary Use Permit to Fraser Cedar Products to allow post-consumer recycled plastic to be stored and shipped from 32270 Lougheed Highway.

Next Regular Council Meeting is

Monday, November 6, 2017

Committee of the Whole – 1:00 pm

Regular Council – 7:00 pm

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