July 19, 2020
City of Vancouver Council
Dear Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Councillors,
Re: Item 3. Report Back on Establishing the Office of the Auditor General for the City of Vancouver
Appendix A: https://council.vancouver.ca/20200722/documents/pspc3appendixA.pdf
The Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods (CVN) is in strong support of the recommendations in this report and Appendix A for establishment of the Independent Auditor General Office for the City of Vancouver.
Thanks to Council for bringing forward this report and we are pleased to see the City of Vancouver coming into compliance with governance best practices.
However, CVN would like to point out that another report for Council’s consideration the day before on July 21, report item 1. Amendment to the City’s Audit Committee appears to be in conflict with the recommendations regarding the necessary independence of the Report Back on Establishing the Office of the Auditor General for the City of Vancouver. https://council.vancouver.ca/20200721/documents/r1.pdf
We strongly encourage you to instead approve the recommendations in the Independent Auditor General Office for the City of Vancouver report in the report and Appendix A by the Canadian Audit & Accountability Foundation.
Larry A. Benge, Co-chair
Dorothy Barkley, Co-chair
Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
Member Groups of the Coalition of Vancouver Neighbourhoods
Arbutus Ridge Community Association
Arbutus Ridge/ Kerrisdale/ Shaughnessy Visions
Cedar Cottage Area Neighbours
Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council
Dunbar Residents Association
Fairview/South Granville Action Committee
False Creek Residents Association
Grandview Woodland Area Council
Granville-Burrard Residents & Business Assoc.
Greater Yaletown Community Association
Joyce Area Residents
Kitsilano-Arbutus Residents Association
Kits Point Residents Association
Marpole Residents Coalition
NW Point Grey Home Owners Association
Oakridge Langara Area Residents
Riley Park/South Cambie Visions
Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners Assoc.
Strathcona Residents Association
Upper Kitsilano Residents Association
West End Neighbours Society
West Kitsilano Residents Association
West Point Grey Residents Association