I was pleased to second and support Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury's successful fitness motion.
Moved by Councillor M. Fleury Seconded by Councillor R. King
CARRIED at the February 26, 2020 City Council Meeting
BE IT RESOLVED that the Rules of Procedure be suspended to permit the consideration of the following motion:
WHEREAS the participation rates of Canadians engaging in healthy physical activities has declined, while inactivity and obesity continues to rise in Canada; and
WHEREAS health and fitness ought to be promoted and embraced by Canadians of all ages and abilities; and
WHEREAS many Canadian cities have taken up the challenge of encouraging and promoting physical activity, including Calgary, Saskatoon, Montréal and Victoria; and
WHEREAS the City of Ottawa promotes active and healthy living through several initiatives, including: an ongoing “Try It” campaign for City fitness membership programs, a series of “I Love to” programs to promote swimming, skating, soccer and other sports; and
WHEREAS the City of Ottawa Departments (Ottawa Public Health, Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department and others) work together on improving the access to physical activity for the residents; and
WHEREAS the Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department offers a multitude of recreation and leisure programming that promote health, physical activity and fitness; and
WHEREAS offering a small incentive to residents to embrace physical activity and fitness by providing 2 for 1 public swimming at all 20 City-operated swimming pools and 2 for 1 at all 17 City-operated weight and cardio rooms in recognition of the 2020 National Health and Fitness Day, would cost the City an estimated $1,435 in foregone revenues, which staff has advised can be absorbed within existing budgets;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that City Council declare Saturday, June 6, 2020 to be National Health & Fitness day in Ottawa; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that City Council approve that the City offer 2 for 1 public swimming at all 20 City-operated swimming pools and 2 for 1 admission to all 17 City-operated weight and cardio rooms on Saturday, June 6, 2020, in recognition of the 2020 National Health and Fitness Day.