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City council look ahead: November 6, 2023

By Adam Riley Nov 6, 2023 | 8:27 AM

Tonight city council will decide what to do with one of their own, as part of an integrity commissioner’s report.

The report looks into the actions of At-Large Councillor Rajni Agarwal who confronted residents at a townhouse in June over a blocked sidewalk.

During that interaction she was captured on camera “giving the finger” while demanding the residents stop the work they were conducting.

Additionally she purported to direct them on how to carry out the work and invoked her authority as a City Councillor to threaten the owners with police and by-law enforcement action, which the report calls “an egregious abuse of authority”.

The Integrity Commissioner has recommended council suspend Agarwal’s pay for a period of 30 days, however the final decision will be up to the municipal body itself.

This blurred image was included in the report to council on an incident involving Coun. Rajni Agarwal from June of 2023

Meanwhile, a financing strategy proposed by Soccer Northwest is being recommended to be approved by city council tonight.

This would be for a new multi-use indoor sports facility concept, which is now being proposed to be build on lands west of the Community Auditorium.

The report states the facility aligns with the strategic direction to keep the community healthy and safe through equitable access to recreation and sport.

According to the report the current price tag associated with the project sits at just over $44 million, with the report recommending council approve further financing in addition to funds already committed, through a special debenture of 25 years, which would help pay for 47 percent of the total estimated construction cost.

Additionally the work of four community projects and two individuals will be acknowledged for their work in Thunder Bay through the 13th annual Mayor’s Community Safety Awards.

The ceremony will recognize the recipients for their outstanding work in increasing community safety and well being in the city.

It is slated to take place prior to tonight’s council meeting at City Hall and can also be found online through the city council video stream starting at 6:30 p.m.