That Revised Notice of Motion C2018-1444, Resolutions 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9 be adopted, as amended:
WHEREAS Canada has among the strictest environmental policies, laws and regulatory systems governing energy production in the world;
AND WHEREAS Canada is a world leader in production and use of energy from renewable sources;
AND WHEREAS Canada’s oil and gas industry is the single largest private sector investor in the country;
AND WHEREAS energy companies in Canada are investing billions of dollars into clean technologies to reduce environmental impact along with investing in renewable technologies;
AND WHEREAS as a global energy producer, the economic opportunities are significant and driven by research and innovation in production technology and process improvements;
AND WHEREAS Calgary is the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada with head offices of most major companies in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors located in the city;
AND WHEREAS while Calgary does not presently participate in energy matters, precedent is set for City Council to monitor and participate as necessary in Gas, Power, and Telecommunications regulatory proceedings to protect the interests of The City of Calgary in its role of municipal government;
AND WHEREAS in 2014 there were over $100 billion in new oil sands projects that were planned for construction then were cancelled, mainly due to lack of market access;
AND WHEREAS Canada is losing an estimated $80 million per day due to Alberta’s lack of energy market access and subsequent sale of energy products at a steep discount;
AND WHEREAS it is acknowledged by the Federal and Alberta governments that lack of market access for oil and gas is a crisis;
AND WHEREAS some municipalities throughout Canada are escalating anti-oil and gas rhetoric, and policy advocacy;
AND WHEREAS the Municipal Government Act provides that councilors have the duty to consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to council’s attention anything that would promote the welfare or interests of the municipality;
AND WHEREAS it is in the interest of The City of Calgary’s economic development objectives to participate positively in national energy discussions;
1. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT in line with the Provincial and Federal Governments, Calgary City Council declares the steep differential for Canadian crude to be a local, regional, and national crisis;
2. AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT that Calgary City Council unequivocally declare support for the Alberta energy sector, and further, for the construction of new pipelines with the expansion of necessary infrastructure to get resources to markets.
3. AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council fully endorse the Model of Reputation in supporting the energy sector including but not limited to building awareness, enhancing familiarity with the crisis, speaking favorably, building trust and ultimately advocating to endorse our reputation and help to pull others up the reputation pyramid.
4. AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED THAT all members of Council make a concerted effort to attend Federation of Canadian Municipalities in May 2019 to underscore the importance of the Canadian energy sector in driving our economy, through an information and advocacy evening to be hosted in partnership with other interested municipalities, Calgary Economic Development (CED) and industry members.
8. AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that Council direct Administration to consider how the current terms of reference review of the Gas Power and Telecommunications Committee can include consideration of the oil and gas regulatory matters.
9. AND LASTLY BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council directs Administration to report back at least quarterly until the crisis is resolved, to the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, appreciating that legal options and strategy may need to be discussed in whole, or in part in, closed sessions pursuant to the Freedom of Information and Protection and Privacy Act.