The City reminds visitors planning to attend the January 23 Planning Committee meeting to arrive earlier as it will the first day for the new security screening measures for the Council Chambers.
The foyer entrance leading from Jean Pigott Place will be designated for all members of the public. Before passing through the gates, security personnel will inspect all purses, bags and overcoats. In addition, they will observe and assess all visitors to ensure they are not carrying any prohibited items.
A separate lineup at the public entrance will be reserved for individuals with accessibility requirements, and visitors not carrying any bags or backpacks.
If an individual exits the foyer, they will have to re-enter the security screening process. Please note that there are washroom facilities accessible from the foyer.
The time estimated to complete the screening process is approximately one minute. To avoid any delays, visitors should avoid carrying any unnecessary baggage, and ensure they are not in possession of any prohibited items.
Any object that may compromise safety or security is prohibited, including:
- Noisemakers, megaphones or air horns
- Placards and signs
- Sharp objects, blades or striking tools
- Compressed gas cylinders, aerosol cans, and non-sealed batteries
- Explosive or flammable items
- Firearms – including toy replicas
- Any unchecked bags
Empty plastic and metallic bottles are permitted and can be filled at the water fountain located in the secured Council Chambers foyer. Please note, the consumption of food and beverages (other than water) remains prohibited in the public gallery of the Council Chambers.
Members of Council and City staff will be able to enter the foyer to the Council Chambers using a City-issued photo ID access card at the security gate located underneath the staircase by the Lisgar Street entrance.
The security gates will be in operation for all City Council meetings, as well as Standing Committee and Transit Commission meetings held within Council Chambers, and other special events, if required.