Watch: City Council Receives COVID Update, Discusses Payday Lenders

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A staff report on the city budget will be discussed by the finance committee after the city council

Greater Sudbury City Council meets at 4:00 p.m. rather than the usual 6:00 p.m. meeting.

Among the items on the agenda for today’s discussions is an update on the city’s response to COVID-19. In addition, the motion of a deputy from ward 4 council. Geoff McCausland is also in discussion.

McCausland wants the city to revise the business licensing bylaw governing payday lenders in the city. He argues that the high interest loans offered by these companies are predatory and mainly benefit low income people.

McCausland also says the businesses are located in parts of the city frequented by people most vulnerable to their tactics.

The advisor wants a staff report written to consider restricting payday lenders.

You can watch the meeting below.

After the city council meeting, the city’s finance and administration committee will also meet to get a staff budget update. On the agenda is a staff report based on discussions at the October 13 council meeting regarding the direction of the city’s budget.

Staff reviewed five “themes” that emerged from the meeting and provided additional information to advisors. The themes are rationalization of facilities, not competition with the private sector by removing the city from operating trailer parks, fitness centers and ski slopes, for example, by revisiting support for Project Junction. West, improving active transportation options and revising the community’s energy and emissions program Plan.

You can watch the meeting below. It is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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