January 2020 E-Newsletter - Budget Town Hall, Bloor Bike Lanes, Automated Cameras and More!

Dear Neighbours,

I hope you had a joyous and relaxing holiday season. The holiday season is great for spending time with loved ones and friends, reflecting on all that has been achieved in the past year and seeing how we can continue moving forward together in the new year. At City Hall, I continue working with all of our communities to see how we can move forward together and keep Davenport a great place to live, work and play. 

As we head into the new year, the City has begun to implement some key changes to protect our communities. Automatic Speed Enforcement cameras have begun to be installed across all 25 Wards. To start, two of these cameras will be located in each Ward across the City. I am looking forward to working with our community to find additional locations were these cameras are needed most. We are also pleased that late last year, the City won its Local Planning and Appeals Tribunal case on short-term rentals and has begun implementing a structure and timeline for education and enforcement. 

Locally, we have several important meetings coming up, including a Housing and Tenant Town Hall to discuss tenant rights and responsibilities and the Davenport Budget Town Hall to discuss the 2020 Budget and its impacts with our community. In addition, I will be hosting a series of coffees titled "Coffee with the Councillor", where we can sit down one-on-one and connect on the issues most important to you. On January 28 there will be the first meeting on the Geary Works Planning Study, which I am excited to continue engaging the community on and implement this year. Below, you can find links to provide your input and find information on the upcoming meetings. In addition, this summer, we are moving forward with a great plan for the Bloor Bikeway Expansion to Runnymede Road and would like your input to make sure we have the best outcome possible, one that reflects our community's wishes and addresses our concerns.

As we move forward this year, I look forward to connecting with you and bringing your suggestions and concerns to the forefront at City Hall. My team and myself are always available and we look forward to hearing from you. We can be reached by phone at (416)392-7012 or email at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca.

In community,


Ana Bailão
Deputy Mayor
Councillor, Ward 9 – Davenport


Table of Contents

  1. Local Updates
      1. Coffee with the Councillor
      2. Davenport Budget Town Hall
      3. Bloor Bike Lane Extension Public Meeting
      4. Housing and Tenant Town Hall
      5. Geary Works Planning Study
      6. 980-990 Bloor Street West Development Update
      7. Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras
      8. Short Term Rentals Update
      9. Earlscourt Park Centennial Logo Contest
  2. City Updates
  3. In The News
  4. Events
  5. Council Highlights
  6. Notices Board

Coffee with the Councillor 
Those who know me know that I deeply value community input. As a representative of the community, it is important that I hear the broad range of perspectives from all of Davenport's neighbourhoods. That is why I am hosting a series of coffees across the Ward throughout January and February, to sit with you, one-on-one, and discuss what is important to you. I encourage you to attend the session closest to you so we can connect and work to build a better community. You can find the details of the meetings below. All meetings will be from 10am-12pm.

Saturday, January 18
Doce Minho Bakery, 2189 Dufferin Street

Saturday, January 25
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street W

Saturday, February 22
Tre Mari Bakery, 1311 St Clair Avenue W

Saturday, February 29
Balzac's Powerhouse, 29 Powerhouse Street


Davenport Budget Town Hall

Saturday, February 8
2:00-4:00PM
Bloor Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor St W

 Through January and February, the City will be creating its 2020 Budget. This budget will dedicate funding towards the City services that impact our lives every day. Each time we visit a recreation centre, borrow a book from the library, have our garbage or recycling picked up, drink clean water from the tap, or ride the TTC – we are using a City of Toronto service. 

 

To help understand this year's budget, I will be hosting a Davenport Budget Town Hall. This gives our community an opportunity to come together, share the budget details and discuss our vision for how the budget can serve our community.

 

If you would like to be more involved in the budget process or want to learn more about it, you can do so by visiting here


Bloor Bike Lane Extension Public Meeting

Monday, January 27
4:00-8:00PM
St. Wenceslaus Church, 496 Gladstone Avenue

After intensive consultation and research, the Bloor Bike Lane Pilot was approved by Toronto City Council from Shaw Street to Avenue Road in 2016. After its implementation, the City continued to monitor the route to evaluate its effectiveness. The result of this evaluation showed that Bloor Street became the second highest bike facility (5,220 daily users), there was improved safety for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists and that local businesses continued to grow at pace economically.

In 2020, the City is looking to implement an ambitious 4.5km extension from the existing bike lane at Shaw Street to Runnymede Road. The goal of this project is to create a safe, multi-modal and vibrant Bloor Street West by developing a primary east-west cycling corridor, a comfortable cycling space that is physically separated from vehicles and to accommodate all users and uses including parking and loading for local businesses. This extension will support the 350,000 people who live within a 10 minute bike ride from the route.

On Monday, January 27 from 4:00-8:00pm, I hope you can join our neighbours and myself for an information session on this extension at St. Wenceslaus Church, 496 Gladstone Avenue.

As our community continues to grow and more people turn to cycling for transportation and recreation, it is necessary that we work to accommodate all of our road users. By supporting cycling infrastructure, we improve safety for all communters, reduce congestion and make progress towards our climate objectives. Please take some time to participate to ensure that we design the bike lanes taking into account any local needs. 


Housing and Tenant Town Hall

Tuesday, January 14
St Helen Catholic School, 1196 College Street
7:00PM

As a renter, it is sometimes confusing in terms of your rights and obligations. To assist you, MPP Marit Stiles and myself will be hosting a Housing and Tenant Town Hall, to meet as a community and discuss any questions, recommendations or concerns you have. We will have City of Toronto staff from multiple housing departments on-site to speak to the City's role, the action being taken to support and educate residents and more. 


Geary Works Planning Study

First Public Consultation
Tuesday, January 28 
Gym, Mary of the Angels School, 1477 Dufferin Street 
7:00PM-9:00PM
RSVP: Nicholas.Gallant@toronto.ca

Geary Avenue is a vibrant area of Ward 9 that has evolved into one of the most interesting employment, creative and cultural hubs in the City of Toronto. In order to address development pressures that have begun mounting and to ensure the long-term vibrancy of this area, I initiated the Geary Works Planning Study.

Our first Stakeholder Meeting was held on December 4th, 2019 at Wallace Emerson Community Centre. Approximately thirty representatives from businesses, local property owners, plus residents associations received a presentation from City Planning and then took part in lively and productive roundtable discussions. Comments from the roundtables were collected and summarized; you can access them here.

You are invited to provide your feedback on the future of Geary Ave!

Take a few minutes to complete a Survey:
Residents and Visitors, follow this link
Businesses, Cultural Enterprises and Employees, follow this link


980-990 Bloor Street West Development Update
In September 2016, the owners of 980 - 990 Bloor Street West (northwest corner of Bloor St. West with Dovercourt Road) hosted a pre-application community meeting.  In July 2017, a Zoning By-law Amendment application was submitted to City Planning proposing the construction of a 14-storey mixed use building containing 102 residential units and ground level retail. 

Upon receiving the application, the City responded requesting some changes that they wished to see made to the proposal, specifically in relation to height, density, over-development of site, and the fact that replacement of rental housing units had not been addressed.  On December 17, 2017, the applicant decided to appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), but following a change in the ownership of the property, the new owners decided to work with the City on a settlement.

I am pleased to inform you that both the applicant and City have since reached a settlement, which was endorsed by City Council in November 19, 2019. The following community improvements in this development application were secured:

  • The original 14-storey height has been reduced to 11-storeys, to prevent shadowing in the parks and residential areas;
  • The building step-back has been lowered from the 4th floor to the 3rd floor on the south and east sides of the building;
  • The south, east and west facing balconies have been replaced with Juliette balconies
  • The façade of the west building was reduced from 8 to 6-storeys, with a new 5.5 meter step back;
  • The replacement of all rental units lost form the existing building demolition have been secured; and
  • A $400,000 contribution was secured from the applicant to be used towards parks and laneway improvements.

Thank you to all the residents who participated in the process and helped to achieve this result.


Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras
Speeding is a top concern of residents across Ward 9. In December, the City of Toronto began installing Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras and signage on Toronto streets in an effort to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. The City is in the process of installing 50 cameras across Toronto (2 per Ward), with locations having been selected based on data that indicated where speed and collision challenges exist in Community Safety Zones near schools in Toronto. Moving forward, I will be working with communities to identify areas to install ASE's and keep our communities safe.

Under provincial rules, the City must warn drivers and raise awareness about ASE in advance of laying any charges, the City also launched a 90-day public education campaign that includes issuing warning letters to speeding drivers in lieu of tickets. Warning signage will be installed in each ward to inform drivers as they approach an ASE camera.

ASE tickets are expected to start being issued to speeding drivers in the spring of 2020 at the end of the 90-day public education campaign. If a vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area, a ticket will be mailed to the registered plate holder. Offenders are only fined – no demerit points will be applied.

The two locations selected in Ward 9 are:

• Caledonia Road between Rogers Road and Corby Avenue
• Gladstone Avenue between Cross Street and Waterloo Avenue

More information about the City's Automated Speed Enforcement program is available at toronto.ca/ASE.


Short Term Rentals
I have heard from residents in our community about the negative effects of short-term rentals, such as AirBnB in our neighbourhood. While these services do have a place in our City, these rentals were operating in a largely unregulated, unaccountable market. As a result of this, we have seen local issues such as ghost hotels, excessive noise and safety concerns, as well as other City-wide issues being made worse, such as a reduction in long-term rental stock for people who wish to live and work in Toronto. 

In 2018, I recognized this as an issue and worked to create an environment where our neighbourhoods are protected, while still giving homeowners the flexibility to leverage their property. While the bylaws were passed by Toronto City Council and meant to come into effect that year, short-term rental operators challenged the bylaw, by taking the City to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, which kept the bylaws from coming into effect. Last December, a decision was made in favour of the City and we are now proceeding with the implementation of these bylaws. 

Under the new bylaw:

  • Short-term rentals are permitted across the city in all housing types in residential and the residential component of mixed-use zones.
  • People can host short-term rentals in their principal residence only – both homeowners and tenants can participate.
  • People can rent up to three bedrooms or an entire residence.
  • People who live in secondary suites can also participate, as long as the secondary suite is their principal residence.
  • An entire home can be rented as a short-term rental if the owner/tenant is away – to a maximum of 180 nights per year.
  • People who rent their homes short term must register with the City and pay $50.
  • Companies such as Airbnb must pay a one-time licence application fee of $5,000 plus $1 for each night booked through the company.
  • People doing short-term rentals must pay a 4 per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on all rentals that are less than 28 consecutive days.
  • Companies such as Airbnb can enter into voluntary agreements to collect the MAT on behalf of those associated with their company.

Enforcement of the new bylaws will be conducted by Municipal Licensing & Standards on the below timeline:

Phase 1: Complaint-based investigation – ongoing
As the licensing and registration system is being put in place, the City continues to respond to issues on a complaint basis. Residents can contact 311 to report issues related to short-term rentals, such as noise, waste and zoning infractions and the City will investigate accordingly.

Phase 2: Licensing and registration – Spring 2020
Licensing of short-term rental companies and registration of operators will begin in spring 2020. Current and prospective short-term rental operators will have three months to register. During this time, the City will educate the public on short-term rental rules, encourage operators to register their short-term rentals, and work with companies to ensure compliance with the licensing rules.

Phase 3: Enforcement and MAT– Summer 2020
All current short-term rental operators will need to be registered by the end of phase 2. The City will take enforcement actions against short-term rental operators that are not registered or are not following the rules. As of the end of phase 2, registered short-term rental operators will also be required to start paying the four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on a quarterly basis.

Enforcement action will also be taken against companies that allow unregistered operators to list on their platform or contravene the bylaw.

New short-term rental operators can register on an ongoing basis.

More information will be made available on the City's short-term rentals website.


Earlscourt Park Centennial Logo Contest
The Earlscourt Park Centennial Planning Committee is calling all young artists to try their hand at designing the logo for the centenary of Earlscourt Park happening in 2020. With a series of events being planned for next year, they would like to invite students, artists and all park lovers to submit a logo that celebrates this momentous occasion. The chosen entry will receive a $250 Corso Italia gift card. All entries must be submitted to Earlscourt100@gmail.com by Jan 20, 2020 to qualify, and will be hosted on anabailao.com for the public to vote. 

New Vehicle for Hire Bylaws in Effect
The City of Toronto's enhanced Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw, which took effect on January 1, is intended to improve the safety and accessibility of taxicabs, limousines and the vehicles of private transportation companies such as Uber, Lyft and Facedrive.

Key changes include the creation of an Accessibility Fund Program, additional data requirements, mandatory training for all drivers and an increase in the years of driving experience required for those behind the steering wheel.

The new requirements related to public safety and consumer protection are:

• The minimum years of required driving experience for all drivers with taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies (PTCs) have been increased to three years.

• All drivers need to successfully complete a City-approved training program as a requirement of licence issuance or renewal. Preliminary topics include transporting passengers in a safe manner, driving in an urban setting, providing accessible service, anti-racism, diversity and sensitivity, and legal requirements.

• Drivers are now required to attach “Watch for Bike” notices to their vehicles. In addition to those notices, PTCs will need to send notifications through their app and remind passengers to watch for cyclists before exiting a vehicle.

• Drivers will need to securely mount their hand-held devices in their vehicles.

• All drivers will need to display notices in their vehicle if a camera is being used to record passengers. In addition, PTCs have the option of using their app to inform passengers about a camera before they complete their request for a ride.

The updated bylaw also introduces an Accessibility Fund Program to help offset the higher cost of providing wheelchair accessible service. The program will be funded through a regulatory charge on members of the industry not providing wheelchair accessible service. Funds will be disbursed to wheelchair-accessible taxicab owners and drivers based on service standards and other eligibility criteria.

In addition to these new requirements, other changes will improve the licensing and enforcement of the industry. The changes include increasing the amount of data collected to help monitor impacts and inform future initiatives.

More information about the bylaw updates is available at toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/long-term-vision-plans-and-strategies/vehicle-for-hire/vehicle-for-hire-bylaw/vehicle-for-hire-bylaw-updates.

The full bylaw is available at toronto.ca/legdocs/municode/toronto-code-546.pdf.


Toronto's 10 Year Public Art Strategy
In December, Toronto City Council adopted a report called Toronto Public Art Strategy 2020-2030: Creativity and Community Everywhere to champion public art in city-building. By implementing this strategy, the City intends to make Toronto a global leader in public art.

The strategy seeks to extend the benefits of public art city-wide and build on public art's ability to advance broader city-building priorities such as equity and inclusion, environmental resiliency and reconciliation with Indigenous communities.

The City of Toronto's vision for public art is to promote new and innovative approaches to its creation, to tell stories that build and connect artists and communities to place, and to have artworks in every neighbourhood. Twenty-one actions are recommended in the strategy to advance public art across Toronto and heighten the impact of the City's public art programs for residents and visitors. As declared by Mayor Tory last November, the Year of Public Art in 2021 will be the first major new programming initiative related to the strategy.

More than 1,500 works of public art can be found across Toronto – including works commissioned by the City, its agencies, developers, arts organizations and business improvement areas. The City currently delivers three major public art programs: the City of Toronto Public Art and Monuments Collection, the Percent for Public Art Program and StreetARToronto. Together, these programs have had a major impact on the city's urban fabric, assembling a collection of public art that, in the number of works alone, is of international significance. This new strategy builds on these strong foundations to enhance their collective impact.

The development of the City's new public art strategy was guided by an advisory committee of community and cultural leaders, research on best practices in the field, and a comprehensive community and stakeholder consultation process.

The Toronto Public Art Strategy (2020-2030) is available at toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-140706.pdf.

A backgrounder on the City’s Year of Public Art in 2021 is available under the Economic Development and Culture tab at toronto.ca/home/media-room/backgrounders-other-resources.


Taking a New Approach to Care for Long-Term Care Homes
Toronto City Council voted unanimously to approve a new emotion-centred approach to care to be implemented in the City’s 10 long-term care (LTC) homes.

The made-in-Toronto approach was developed to improve outcomes for residents and their families, and service delivery for residents living in City-operated LTC homes. Seniors Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) will implement the comprehensive approach to:

  • focus on care relationships and emotional support
  • provide consistent caregivers for residents
  • redesign the physical space to be less institutional, more home-like and comfortable
  • address the significant diversity of Toronto’s Seniors
  • increase staffing levels to provide more direct care and meet the increasingly complex care needs of residents
  • promote flexibility, teamwork and sharing of best practices

The strategy to implement this new approach to care includes a 12-month pilot project at Lakeshore Lodge to test the new approach before rolling it out to all 10 City-run long-term care homes. Independent experts from the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work will review and evaluate the pilot to assist the City with broader implementation in the future.

It’s estimated that the pilot will cost $500,000 and implementing the new approach in all 10 City-run long-term care homes over six years (including the pilot year) will cost approximately $24 million. Funding will be a year-over-year discussion as part of the budget process.

This approach is the next step for the City to continue its focus on the growing number of seniors in Toronto. In May 2018, Toronto City Council renewed the Toronto Seniors Strategy to improve and integrate services for seniors including health, housing, transportation, employment and access to services. To date, of the 27 recommendations adopted by Council, 17 are fully implemented and 10 are in progress.

The full Seniors Services and Long-Term Care implementation plan and update report is available at toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EC10.8.

Seniors Services and Long-Term Care are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.


City Building Fund Extension
On December 17, Toronto City Council approved an extension to the City Building Fund to invest an additional $6.6 billion in improving Toronto’s transit system and building more affordable housing across the city.


This dedicated levy can only be invested in major transit and housing capital initiatives. City staff will now incorporate the additional revenue generated by this separate levy into the 2020 to 2029 tax-supported Capital Plan. The staff-recommended 2020 Operating and Capital Budgets will be available on January 10, 2020.

The extension will increase the City Building levy by an additional 1.0 per cent in 2020 and 2021 (bringing the total levy to 1.5 per cent in those years) and extend the existing levy by 1.5 per cent annually from 2022-2025, costing the average Toronto household approximately $45 per year. The increases will be phased in year over year, totalling a household tax increase of approximately $280 over six years.

The City Building Fund was first approved by City Council as part of the 2016 budget.

Along with the approval of the City Building Fund extension, City Council also received the results of the Value-Based Outcome Review (VBOR). The study identified millions in efficiencies that the City will be implementing in the 2020 Budget, and that will lead to tens of millions in repeated and expanded savings in the following years for the operating budget. These include measures such as contract compliance and changes to procurement.

VBOR analysed actual spending by City divisions and major agencies from 2015 to 2018, with the goal of finding efficiencies, preserving service levels and addressing long-standing challenges.

Key findings from the VBOR include:
• the operating budget is forecast to be sustainable under current service levels;
• the cost of growth has been managed through efficiencies, but will not cover the full cost of growth in the future;
• the capital budget must be achievable and sustainable; and,
• opportunities to deliver better value, find efficiencies and drive savings.

The VBOR analysis and findings will inform the City's strategy for modernizing financial decision-making to achieve Council's priorities and long-term financial sustainability. The City Building Fund extension will help relieve pressure from the capital budget, while the City moves toward sustainable financial solutions.

For more information on the City Building Fund, visit: app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EX11.26

For more information on the City of Toronto’s 2020 Budget, visit: toronto.ca/city-government/budget-finances/city-budget


New Executive Director of the Housing Secretariat
Following an extensive search, Abigail Bond has been named the new Executive Director of the Housing Secretariat. She will join the City of Toronto on February 3, 2020.


As the Executive Director of the Housing Secretariat she will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the City’s new HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, including the delivery of new affordable and supportive rental housing initiatives.

This 10-year action plan – developed by the City in full consultation with residents, the housing sector, and housing advocates – is a comprehensive blueprint for helping more than 341,000 Toronto households.

The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, which goes to City Council for final approval next week, sets an ambitious target of approving 40,000 new affordable rental homes within the next 10 years. That includes 18,000 new supportive housing units for vulnerable residents including people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and 10,000 new affordable rental and supportive homes for women and girls including female-led households. It will also focus on keeping people in housing by preventing 10,000 evictions of low-income households.

Abigail has more than 20 years of experience in the housing sector in both the United Kingdom and Canada, during which she has successfully delivered a wide range of innovative housing and homelessness programs and projects. She has a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Manchester.

Abigail started her career in the not-for-profit housing sector in the United Kingdom managing a variety of housing initiatives before joining Manchester City Council as a Project Manager responsible for regenerating housing and communities. She moved to Canada in 2007 to work on affordable housing policy and delivery at the City of Calgary. In 2011 Abigail joined the City of Vancouver, where most recently as the Managing Director of Homelessness Services and Affordable Housing Programs, she lead the development of the affordable housing policy which included building new homes through collaborative relationships with a wide range of non-profit and private sector agencies.

Abigail will take over the role of Executive Director of the Housing Secretariat from Sean Gadon, who earlier this fall announced his retirement after more than 30 years in the housing and public service sectors.

City's new $23.4B housing plan aims to help more than 340,000 households - City News, Dec 3

Toronto just unveiled a $23 billion plan to create affordable housing - BlogTO, Dec 4

Toronto city council approves 'comprehensive' plan on housing - CBC, Dec 17

Sean Gadon was Toronto’s affordable housing guru. He’s optimistic about the city’s future - The Star, Jan 2

Green Line Public Meeting
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:00 PM
Wallace Emerson Community Centre Centre, 1260 Dufferin Street

Funding for city-building efforts
Council approved an extension to the City Building Fund, agreeing to invest an additional $6.6 billion to improve Toronto’s transit system and build affordable housing. The funds will be raised by an increased levy dedicated to investments in major transit and housing initiatives. The City Building Fund was first approved by City Council as part of the 2016 budget. This updated levy will cost the average Toronto household about $45 a year as part of municipal property tax bills over the next six years.

Action plan to address housing needs
Council approved the HousingTO action plan created to address Toronto's housing needs over the next 10 years. The plan will assist almost 350,000 Toronto households, covering the full range of housing, including support for homeless people, social housing, affordable rental housing and long-term care. Implementation of the full 10-year plan, estimated to cost $23.4 billion, relies on new investments from all three orders of government. The City is committed to funding $8.5 billion of that total.

Rate-supported budgets for 2020
The City's rate-supported budgets for Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Water and the Toronto Parking Authority received Council's approval. The operating and capital budgets will maintain and improve current service levels and make investments for the future of those three operations.

Innovation in long-term care
Council approved a new approach for providing care to residents of City-operated long-term care homes, with the focus on an emotion-centred approach that still maintains clinical excellence. The overall intention is to improve outcomes for the residents and their families. The strategy to implement this new approach includes a 12-month pilot project at Lakeshore Lodge before implementation at all 10 City-run long-term care homes.

Ontario's disability support program
Council supported a member motion to ask the Ontario government to reverse its announced cut to social support funding and to urge the government to maintain the current definition of disability for Ontario Disability Support Program. Council will also ask the province to continue to increase social assistance rates and engage with people living with disabilities, taking their lived experience into account when designing social assistance programs.

Public art strategy 
Council adopted a public art strategy for the City covering the next 10 years to promote new and innovative approaches to the creation of public art, connect artists and communities, and display public art in every Toronto neighbourhood. The strategy includes 21 actions to advance public art and heighten the impact of the City's public art programs for the benefit of residents and visitors.

LGBTQ2S+ advisory body for City Council 
Council approved the establishment of, and terms of reference for, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) Council advisory body. The advisory body will provide a dedicated mechanism to represent LGBTQ2S+ residents' interests and concerns, informing City Council's decision-making during the current 2018-2022 term of Council. Since 2010, there has been no designated Council body speaking for Toronto's LGBTQ2S+ communities. 

Formal remembrance of the Holocaust
A member motion supported by Council will result in the declaration of January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Toronto. The United Nations designated that date to honour the victims of the Holocaust. Toronto is home to many Holocaust survivors and/or their families. Marking the day in Toronto is also an opportunity to create greater public awareness of this terrible period in history, when more than six million innocent Jewish men, women and children were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators from 1933 to 1945.

Relocation of Etobicoke Civic Centre
Council authorized proceeding with phase three of a process to replace the outdated Etobicoke Civic Centre with a new complex on a site known as the Westwood Theatre Lands. Phase three of this capital project includes detailed design and tendering for construction. The project will result in new civic and community infrastructure in Etobicoke, including a recreation centre, library, childcare facility and public square.

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs
Council voted to ask the provincial government to review legislation enabling the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to revoke the liquor licences of problematic establishments serving alcohol in Toronto, including those with a history of repeated criminal activity in connection with the premises. Council's action comes in the context of work that City divisions are undertaking, which aims to balance support for the growth of Toronto's nighttime economy with the need to ensure public safety, address nuisance issues and respond to problematic establishments.

Construction in downtown Yonge Street area
Council adopted a member motion calling for the creation of a working group with broad representation to address efforts to co-ordinate development and infrastructure work in the area bounded by Bay, Mutual, College/Carlton and Queen streets. The area is experiencing an unprecedented amount of growth, with 26 projects now active or about to begin, many of them requiring the replacement of aging infrastructure. The motion says these projects require co-ordination to ensure the safety of pedestrians and minimize impacts on vehicle traffic.

Development pressures in midtown Toronto
A member motion concerning the Yonge and Eglinton area, adopted by Council, requests a report on the impact of new development pressures and intensification on subway capacity at Eglinton Station, pedestrian safety, road capacity and traffic congestion. The motion notes that the higher density now allowed in the area is largely the result of new provincial planning legislation and policies, and the Ontario government's "rejection of most of the City's Midtown in Focus plan."

Revitalizing the Dundas-Sherbourne area
Council adopted a series of recommendations for creating a comprehensive neighbourhood revitalization plan for the Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street area of east downtown Toronto. This undertaking includes addressing issues that require collaboration among social-service sectors and across governments, such as affordable and supportive housing, crisis intervention, services for community members who have very low incomes or are homeless, and actions to address public safety concerns in the area.

Live streaming of meetings at City Hall
A member motion supported by Council requests a report on the viability of making live streaming of board meetings held in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 at City Hall routine. At present, Council and committee meetings are live streamed (broadcast in real time via the internet) but many other meetings are not streamed. The motion says all important meetings in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 could be live streamed with little extra cost, as the equipment and process are already in place. Doing so would "enhance openness, accountability and transparency in the City's governance process."

Watermain Replacement on Cariboo Avenue and Osler Street from Cariboo Avenue to Dupont Street
The City of Toronto will replace the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Cariboo Avenue and Osler Street from Cariboo Avenue to Dupont Street starting in October 2019.


Dufferin and Dundas Underground Civil and Electrical Upgrade
Please be advised that as a result of construction to your neighbour’s residence on Dufferin Street, Toronto Hydro is planning to rebuild the ageing underground electrical system. The rebuild includes the replacement of the existing electrical cables within the city-owned property near your lot. Please note that Toronto Hydro may require access to your property to install an underground pipe that connects the meter at your home to the main electrical line.


Lane Reductions at Fairbank Station
January 6-10 & 13-17

As early as Monday January 6, 2020, for approximately two weeks, crews at Fairbank station will be connecting the dewatering wells to the header pipes. To complete this work, the eastbound lane on Eglinton Ave W, west of Dufferin St, and the southbound lane on Dufferin St, south of Eglinton Ave W will be closed. One lane on Dufferin Street and one lane on Eglinton Avenue W will remain open, and two-way traffic will be controlled by traffic control personnel and Paid Duty Officers. From January 6-10, lanes will be reduced from as early as 10:00am – 2:00pm, and from January 13-17, lanes will be reduced from as early as 10:00am – 2:00pm, with a possibility of extending working hours from 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

 

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