The meeting of Council convened at 1:08 PM on April 26, 2022. Mayor Frank Scarpitti presided.
INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We begin today by acknowledging the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples and their commitment to stewardship of the land. We acknowledge the communities in circle. The North, West, South and Eastern directions, and Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Anishnabeg, Seneca, Chippewa, and the current treaty holders Mississaugas of the Credit peoples. We share the responsibility with the caretakers of this land to ensure the dish is never empty and to restore relationships that are based on peace, friendship, and trust. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.
On behalf of Council, Mayor Frank Scarpitti recognized the recent passing of Dr. Earle Byrnes Shouldice, son of Dr. Edward Shouldice who founded the Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill. Dr. Shouldice guided the evolution of his father's medial practice into an abdominal hernia centre of excellence and dedicated himself to delivering the highest standard of patient care. Flags had been lowered at the Civic Centre and a moment of silence was observed in his honour.