May 2018 E Newsletter

Dear Neighbours,

The last month has been a difficult one for our city with the horrific van attack that left 10 dead and 16 injured in late April. This tragic incident impacted our friends and neighbours in North York and also members of our own local community here in the west-end. I have been so proud of the response of so many in our community and our city, including our first responders and the hospital staff who worked to prevent even more deaths.

It was a humbling experience being with thousands of our neighbours at Mel Lastman Square in North York at the Toronto Strong Vigil just one week after the attack. All of Toronto has stood together and showed to the world that we are diverse, we are caring, we are resilient and together, we are united as Torontonians. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Foundation has set-up a fund to provide support in the aftermath of this attack. More information about the Toronto Strong fund can be found by clicking here

Thank you to everyone who participated in the seven community cleanup days that took place in Ward 18 last month, including the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades who helped us clean up Dovercourt Park. It was wonderful to see so many engaged community members take pace in making our community a cleaner, greener place.

The last City Council Meeting was a rewarding one where I played a key role to strengthen the community benefits agreement for the Woodbine Casino and ensure that a child care facility is included in the plans to help meet the needs of workers there. 

The last month has contained a lot of good news on the housing front. I recently welcomed the release of the $13.2 billion National Housing Co-Investment Fund and the City received new funding from the Province to help build more rental housing here in Toronto. These investments show that when different levels of government work together, we can create more affordable and rental housing in our communities. I also heard directly from community advocates on what is important to them last month at a Poverty Reduction Strategy roundtable and feedback session on Housing Stability. 

Last week, Portuguese-Canadians welcomed the visit of the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa to Toronto. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the long lasting relationship between our two countries and to remind ourselves of the immense pride that many different communities in Toronto have of their own family history and of Canada.

I hope that you enjoy finding out more about what is going on in our city and community through this edition of my e-newsletter, including information on yesterday's Dufferin Bus announcement and that the City is moving forward with SmartTrack to provide more rapid transit right here in our community. I look forward to seeing you at the many upcoming community events, meetings and compost days over the next month!

In community,

Ana Bailão
Deputy Mayor
Councillor, Ward 18 - Davenport

Local Updates

Dufferin Bus Express Service Moved-Up to Fall 2018

Over the past few years, I have been working with TTC Chair Josh Colle to find ways to improve transit service on Dufferin Street and have some good news to share with you. You may have previously heard that we were able to secure an express bus route on Dufferin but that it would start in 2021, which we felt was too far from now.

That is why we have been advocating to move-up express bus service on Dufferin as soon as possible to provide real relief for those that use Dufferin every day to move around Toronto. I am pleased to share with you that the TTC has responded to our advocacy efforts and that express buses will be running on Dufferin Street starting this fall.

In addition, we have invested new funding through the 2018 City Budget to add even more buses to Dufferin starting this September to reduce overcrowding at all times of the day, including rush hour. These improvements will help you travel across our city, run errands, get to work and back home to see your family faster.

It will mean reduced wait times, less crowding, a better chance of getting a seat and overall, make for a more comfortable ride on the Dufferin bus.

But, our work doesn't stop here. With additional residential growth pressures along Dufferin, we have requested the TTC and the City to look at exploring new opportunities to improve transit services on Dufferin Street to accommodate the new growth in our communities. I will share further updates with you as they become available.

I look forward to riding the improved Dufferin bus with you this fall.

SmartTrack Moves Forward

Last month, City Council overwhelmingly approved the plan to get SmartTrack built. For the cost of a TTC fare, SmartTrack will provide rapid transit service every 6-10 minutes during peak periods and provide real transit solutions to help you move around our city.

With 3 stations on the SmartTrack line in our community at West Queen West (near Queen and Dufferin), Bloor GO Station and St. Clair-Old Weston and two more GO RER Stations at Bloor/Lansdowne and Caledonia/Eglinton, we will experience a massive increase in rapid-transit options over and above the TTC's Bloor-Danforth Line 2. With trains going to Union Station, SmartTrack will be our relief line in the west-end!

To hear more about what I had to say about SmartTrack at last month's Executive Committee Meeting, please click the photo below. 

You can also find out more information about SmartTrack here: http://www.SmartTrack.to 

ReImagine Galleria: Wallace Emerson Community Centre and Park Plan Open House - Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 6:30pm at Galleria Mall (Old Zellers Space, 1245 Dupont St)

As part of the Galleria Mall site redevelopment process, I have been working to expand the size of Wallace Emerson Park by more than 25% and double the size of the Wallace Emerson Community Centre, which will include a new child care facility for our community. The expanded park and new community centre will be an exciting project that will enhance our community for generations to come.

As the City begins the design process for the new community centre, childcare facility and Park Master Plan, we need your input! Given the level of community interest, a second open house is being held together with City staff and the Reimagine Galleria project team for a Visioning Session and Open House on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont Street) so you can share your ideas and feedback. An optional walking tour of Wallace Emerson Park will be held starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 22. The walking tour will start at the Reimagine Galleria storefront (between the Happy Bakery and LCBO at the Galleria Mall).

Green Line Concept Plan

As our city grows, it is crucial to create new opportunities for parkland and active transportation corridors to move around our city. That is why I have been such a big supporter of the proposed Green Line over the years. The Green Line would run in the Hydro corridor from St. Clair just west of Earlscourt Park to where Davenport Rd and Dupont St meet. The City is leading the Green Line Implementation Plan, in partnership with Park People.

The plan will connect the corridor into a public open space by:

  • Improving existing licensed parkland parcels within the Green Line.
  • Licensing new Green Line parcels from the province and Hydro One and creating public spaces within them.
  • Making improvements to City rights-of-way between or adjacent to Green Line parcels.
  • Improving pedestrian connections at road crossings.

I encourage you to find out more by visiting the City's project website by clicking here

Advanced Southbound Left Turn Light at Dupont and Lansdowne is Now Active

An advanced southbound left turn signal at Dupont and Lansdowne is now active which will help to better facilitate the movement of people and vehicles through this busy intersection. 

TTC Open House: Lansdowne Station Easier Access Construction Update

The TTC and myself are pleased to invite the community to learn more about the upcoming construction to make Lansdowne Station accessible and about plans to install an overhead canopy to protect people waiting for the northbound Lansdowne Bus. TTC staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

The event will be held at Propeller Coffee Co. (50 Wade Avenue) on June 6, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

For more information, please contact Denise Jayawardene, TTC Community Liaison Officer at 416-393-6937 or visit www.projects.ttc.ca.

Reimagining 14 Division: Demolition Update

The old 14 Division Police Station at Dovercourt Rd and Harrison St is currently undergoing an abatement process. This is required to remove any potentially hazardous materials from the building prior to demolition, which will make way for the revitalization of the property at 150 Harrison St.

Demolition of the building will commence shortly after the abatement process and is expected to finish in the early Summer of 2018. Measures are currently in-place to ensure that the site is safe and in accordance with Ontario Regulation 278/05, under the Occupation Health and Safety Act to ensure any hazardous materials are contained.

You can learn more about the City of Toronto's Facilities Management construction process by contacting facilities_customer_support@toronto.ca. Staff are committed to providing regular updates about the redevelopment process and we will continue to update you as they become available.

In the meantime, please be advised that trespassing and parking is not allowed on the premises. If you have any questions or concerns please contact my office at 416-392-7012 or at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca

City Updates

Laneway Suites Vote Deferred One Month

Unfortunately, Councillors on the Toronto and East York Community Council decided to defer making a decision on laneway suites until the June 6, 2018 Community Council meeting and has asked City staff to report back on affordability and to consider a variety of zoning requirements.

You can review the report that City staff brought forward recommending the implementation of laneway suites in the Toronto and East York District for yourself by clicking here. City staff also presented to Community Council and you can view their presentation by clicking here.

I would like to thank the hundreds of residents who wrote directly to Community Council to express their support for laneway suites and those who attended today's meeting to explain in person why they support laneway suites in Toronto. I would also like to thank the thousands of Torontonians who have provided their time, energy and ideas over the last two years through numerous community consultations and feedback opportunities to help craft sensible and responsible guidelines for laneway suites that respect our residential neighbourhoods and enable the creation of more rental housing.

If you are interested in helping our efforts to allow laneway suites in Toronto, please let me know by responding to this e-mail. 

National Housing Strategy Co-Investment Fund Launched

Earlier this month, I was pleased to join the Federal Government in welcoming the $13.2 billion National Housing Co-Investment Fund, which along with the recently signed bi-lateral Canada-Ontario National Housing Strategy Agreement will help us deliver action on housing. 

The National Housing Co-Investment Fund provides funding and low-interest loans to maintain our existing social housing and create new affordable homes. It will help attract additional funding from other levels of government, not-for-profit and co-operative housing providers, and the private sector. The federal government has also responded to Toronto's call, alongside other Canadian cities and has committed to providing federal land to social and affordable housing providers. 

The City of Toronto will do it's part to help support the federal government meet its national target of assisting more than 530,000 low-income households. All of this work goes to show that when different levels of government can work together, we can create the conditions for, and most importantly deliver much needed new affordable housing in communities across Toronto, Ontario and Canada. 

Toronto Receives $60 million in Provincial Funding to Build More Rental Housing

I joined Ontario Minister of Housing Peter Milczyn and Mayor John Tory for the announcement that the City of Toronto will be receiving $60 million to help encourage the construction of rental housing to create complete communities that are accessible, livable, walkable, and close to transit and other services. 

As part of the announcement, the Province also announced the winning proponents of two projects that will transform surplus Provincial land into rental housing for approximately 2,150 families at the West Don Lands and downtown near Bay and College. 30 per cent of these units are being dedicated towards affordable housing. 

These two initiatives will help supplement the City's Open Door Program as we scale up our efforts to create more affordable housing opportunities in Toronto. 

Addressing Rat Related Complaints in our Communities

The last few years have seen a dramatic rise in rat control related complains by residents and business owners. As a result, I recently moved a motion at City Council requesting that City staff report back in 2019 with possible improvements to mitigation strategies and rat control education initiatives to assist residents and businesses. In addition, my motion requests City staff ways to incorporate preventative rat mitigation strategies into capital works projects.

Exploring Innovative Dog Waste Solutions in our Parks 

With the continuing rise of dog ownership in Toronto, residents have expressed concerns over the management of dog-waste in our parks system and the resulting public health impacts. As a result, I recently moved a motion requesting City staff report back in 2019 on the feasibility of installing dog-waste containers in City parks and dog off-leash areas, including options to conduct a dog-waste container pilot project in the City of Toronto. My motion will help us find solutions to ensure a healthy environment for all Torontonians.

Events

Community Compost Pickup Days

Spring is here and a new season of greening and growing is kicking off in gardens across our community! Join me at my upcoming community compost days where we are offering free freshly composted soil for your garden.

Please bring your containers, a shovel and your green thumbs. I look forward to seeing you there!

  • Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 4pm - McCormick Park (66 Sheridan Ave)
  • Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 4pm - Campbell Park (225 Campbell Ave)
  • Friday June 1, 2018 at 3:30pm - Dovercourt Public School Spring Fling (228 Bartlett Ave)

Major/Minor Bloordale Music and Arts Festival - Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th, 2018 at Burdock Music Hall (1184 Bloor St W)

The Bloordale BIA is proud to present the Bloordale Music and Arts Festival, for kids by kids! Come out for a fun afternoon and evening of puppetry, balloon animals, and a showcase of our community's emerging artists!

The Festival will take place on Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th at Burdock Music Hall (1184 Bloor St West).

For tickets and the schedule, please visit www.majorminorfestival.com

57-77 Wade Ave Community Consultation Meeting - Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 6:30pm at Propeller Coffee (50 Wade Ave)

The City of Toronto Planning division is holding a public meeting to gather community feedback on a proposed 7-storey office/retail building at 57-77 Wade Ave.  If you are unable to attend, you can provide your comments to by emailing City Planner, Carla Tsang at carla.tsang@toronto.ca. 

Perth Ave Public School's Annual Neighbourhood Fun Fair - Thursday May 31, 2018 from 3pm to 7pm at Perth Avenue Public School (14 Ruskin Ave)

Dovercourt Public School Spring Fling - Friday June 1, 2018 from 3:30-8:30pm at Dovercourt Public School (228 Bartlett Ave)

Pickup some free compost for your gardens and join the party at the Dovercourt Public School Spring Fling! Please bring your containers, a shovel and your green thumbs. I look forward to seeing you there!

Lansdowne TTC Station Easier Access Upgrade Open House - Wednesday June 6, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Propeller Coffee Co. (50 Wade Ave)

The TTC's Lansdowne Subway station will be undergoing new accessibility upgrades in 2019 to provide barrier free access to the station. As part of these upgrades, I worked hard to secure a new overhead canopy shelter to also be constructed at the east side main station to provide improved weather protection for waiting TTC bus riders.

I hope you can join me and TTC on June 6, 2018 between 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Propeller Coffee (50 Wade Ave) for an open house community meeting to learn more about these upgrades and to answer you questions.

Bloordale Community Wide Yard Sale - Saturday June 9, 2018 from 9am to 1pm across the Bloordale neighbourhood

Falls & Fire Prevention for Older Adults - Thursday June 14, 2018 from 7-8pm at the Bloor-Gladstone Library

Word Fest Childrens Festival - Thursday June 14, 2018 at 11am

Push for Literacy Fundraising Event - Saturday June 16, 2018 from 10am to 12pm

Push for Literacy is the second fundraising event hosted by Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club in partnership with the Toronto Police Services 11 Division. Superintendent Heinz Kuck will push a weighted steel sled for 3 kilometers to raise money for the refurbishment of the Club's book collection and literacy program. The event will take place Saturday June, 16 from 10 am – 12 pm. I encourage the community to come out and support this worthy cause, which will begin at the 11 Division! There will be free barbeque, speeches, and performances at Dovercourt Park afterward.

For more information you can click here: https://p4literacy.funraise.org/

News Clippings

Toronto gives green light to Woodbine casino plan - Toronto Star

Council votes to come up with strategy to counter Toronto's rat population - CBC

City will provide rebates on development charges to encourage construction of rental housing - CP24

Mayor John Tory to make affordable housing the focus of re-election campaign - Toronto Star

Ottawa, province ink deal to preserve 130,000 social housing units - Toronto Star

Toronto sees a surge in purpose-built rental development - The Globe and Mail

Toronto rethinks its laneways - and maybe the shape of its neighbourhoods - The Globe and Mail

Toronto should clear the path for laneway housing: Editorial - Toronto Star

Laneway housing: Count on Toronto council to radically complicate a simple idea - Toronto Star

Toronto group wants to light up laneways - Toronto Star

Laneway suites a new housing option for established neighbourhoods - Toronto Star

Toronto should stop delaying laneway housing - Toronto Star

Public Consultations

Public input sought on options for Toronto's new Community Council boundaries

The City of Toronto is seeking the public's input on options for Community Council boundaries and what Toronto City Council should consider when drawing new boundaries. To support the transition to 47 wards (from the current 44) and prepare for the municipal election in October, City Council must establish new boundaries for Community Councils before the end of the current term.

Members of the public can view an Options Paper that outlines potential Community Council boundaries, comment on their preferred model or propose a new model and identify its benefits. The paper provides information about Community Councils and their history and role in Toronto, and presents options and considerations for building an effective, lasting model for the City. 

Input will be received until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Online: http://www.toronto.ca/CommunityCouncilBoundaries
  • By mail: City Manager’s Office, City of Toronto, 10th Floor East Tower, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H2N2
  • Tax counter drop-boxes at any Toronto civic centre; locations/addresses available at http://www.toronto.ca/counter-locations or by calling 311
  • Public Open House: Tuesday, May 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Committee Room 2, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. Residents are invited to drop by any time during the open house to learn more about Community Councils and the options for new boundaries and to provide their input.

Input from Torontonians will help inform the City Manager's recommendations to Council on Toronto’s new Community Council boundaries. The Options Paper can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/CommunityCouncilBoundaries.

Important Notices

Toronto Hydro Work on Dupont

Toronto Hydro is undertaking the Project Dupont-Dufferin Cable Pulling work to rebuild the aging underground electrical system infrastructure. Toronto Hydro has provided the following notice and map of the work area shown below.

For more information about this project please contact Toronto Hydro at 416-542-3366 

City of Toronto Conducting Sewer Rehabilitation Work on Bill Cameron Lane

The City of Toronto will be conducting sewer rehabilitation work in Bill Cameron lane. You can find all the details in the construction notices below. if you have any questions, please contact the Project Field Ambassador at 647-821-9813 or at fieldambassador@bv.com.

Protect Your Basement from Flooding

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground sewers, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly severe weather events, it is essential that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding. For more information on basement flooding prevention tips, programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/basementflooding.

Excess garbage? Bag it and tag it!

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When put out for collection, Garbage Bins should not be overflowing. Garbage beyond what fits in your bin is considered excess and requires a City of Toronto Garbage Tag. Excess garbage must be put out beside your Garbage Bin in a regular black garbage bag with a Garbage Tag affixed (tip: fasten it like a luggage tag around the knot of the bag). Garbage Tags are available online (shipping is free) and at Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire stores and cost $5.11 each. The price of the tag covers the cost to pick up and dispose of the extra garbage. Excess garbage is different than oversized items. An oversized item is something that would never fit in your garbage bin, even when empty. Eligible oversized items are picked up on your scheduled garbage day and should be left half a metre (two feet) from your Garbage Bin. Proper set out of garbage is important as it contributes to cleaner neighbourhoods and allows for more efficient collection.

Single-serve Coffee and Tea pods

Coffee and tea pods are not accepted in Toronto's Blue Bin recycling or Green Bin organics programs. Single-serve pods should be put in the garbage or brought back to retailers who have return programs. Know before you throw! Find out what goes where at http://www.toronto.ca/wastewizard

Ombudsman Toronto

Do you believe you have been treated unfairly in your dealings with the City? Unsatisfied with how City staff handled your problem?

Ombudsman Toronto listens to and investigates complaints about unfairness in delivery of City of Toronto services, after efforts to resolve the issue have failed.

The office's services are confidential, free and for everyone. 

For more information on how to make a complaint, visit www.ombudsmantoronto.ca or call 416-392-7062.

#TransformTO one home at a time with HELP from the City of Toronto

Are you thinking about renovating? Are you interested in improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, while at the same time doing your bit for Mother Nature? With utility incentives and GreenON funding available – there has never been a better time to make improvements to your biggest investment, your home.

The City's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) offers low-interest loans of up to $75,000 to homeowners interested in improving the energy and water efficiency of their homes. The funds can be used to upgrade your furnace, purchase insulation, water heater, windows, doors, and even install solar panels on your roof! You'll repay the loan over time as you save on energy. On average, HELP participants are saving $560 per year and using 30% less energy.

For more information or to access an application now, please visit HELP!

Council Highlights

Toronto City Council meeting of April 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2018       

Council Highlights is an informal summary of a selection of the decisions that Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk's formal documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Plan for SmartTrack stations  

Council approved a financial commitment as the City of Toronto's share of funding for the construction of six SmartTrack transit stations along GO Transit rail lines in Toronto. The City's funding commitment is based on a detailed financial strategy and Council has set terms and conditions for the agreement with Metrolinx. The planned six SmartTrack stations are identified as St. Clair-Old Weston, King-Liberty, East Harbour, Gerrard-Carlaw, Lawrence-Kennedy and Finch-Kennedy stations.

Expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack     

Council supported moving ahead with plans for expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack, subject to the execution of a Community Benefits Agreement. Council made the decision after considering a report on the social and economic conditions, including local employment, which Council had identified earlier as a requirement. Adoption of this item included motions addressing matters such as the provision of child care, the sharing of gaming revenues, the participation of local area labour and the provision of funding to support educational efforts pertaining to gambling addiction. 

Changes to City incentive program  

Council voted to direct staff to prepare a new Community Improvement Plan bylaw for the City's existing Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology Program. This new Community Improvement Plan bylaw will provide greater clarity for applicants and provide new eligibility requirements and conditions. The program provides incentives in the form of grants to support the new construction or major renovation of buildings in targeted employment sectors.

Development charges bylaw   

Council approved a revised bylaw on development charges and a related background study. The action was taken after the City consulted extensively with the public as well as with the building industry and other stakeholders. Development charges play an important role in how the City pays for infrastructure and services needed to support new growth. Council also asked for a report on the feasibility of reducing development charges outside the downtown and midtown areas.

Innovation in municipal government  

Council supported taking steps for the City's adoption of a model known as Civic Hall Toronto as a way to promote innovation through technology in Toronto's local government. Civic Hall Toronto will supplement the efforts of the City's existing Transformation Office and Civic Innovation Office, resulting in better public services. Many City divisions and agencies have indicated interest in becoming members of Civic Hall Toronto.

Smart City and digital literacy  

Council agreed to ask the Ontario government to designate the last Thursday in May of each year "Provincial Digital Literacy Day" starting next year. Council also called for the inclusion of a digital infrastructure plan in the City's work on Smart City. The federal government launched Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge last year to encourage communities across the country to come up with bold ideas that improve residents' lives through innovation, data and technology.

Filling councillor vacancy

Council declared a vacancy in the office of Councillor, Ward 33 Don Valley East and will hold a special Council meeting on May 22 to fill the vacancy by appointment. The City has advertised a May 14 deadline for applicants to submit the required forms. Shelley Carroll, who resigned as the Ward 33 councillor, was also Council's Deputy Speaker. A vote by City Council members made Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker the new Deputy Speaker.

Blue bin recycling

After discussing Toronto's blue bin recycling program and related challenges, Council authorized staff to explore the possibility of introducing new or enhanced waste-diversion efforts that include ways to process contaminated recycling. In addition, the City will ask the federal government to establish a national strategy addressing plastic pollution, with regulations that include, for example, requiring that products and packaging can be recycled practically.

Pilot project on alternative dispute resolution   

Council voted to establish a one-year pilot program starting June 1 supporting alternative dispute resolution as an additional tool to address certain property-related bylaw complaints arising from disputes between neighbours. The Municipal Licensing and Standards division's initial focus for the pilot, drawing on community resources/expertise in mediation, will be disputes that involve noise, fences and right of entry.

Free-floating car sharing    

Council approved plans to test free-floating car sharing in Toronto. An 18-month pilot project will apply interim operating rules. Car-sharing arrangements in which members begin and end their trips at the same location are well established in Toronto. The free-floating model, now becoming popular, enables car-share service members to take one-way trips, beginning at one location and terminating at another. Regulation is needed largely because of implications for on-street parking.  

Additions to the cycling network  

Council authorized the installation of bicycle lanes on Thorncliffe Park Drive, Gateway Boulevard, Grenoble Drive and Deauville Lane in the Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park neighbourhoods as part of Toronto's overall cycling network. The installations will improve safety and mobility options for residents, including children and youth. The project will also provide better access to Leaside Park, E.T. Seton Park, the West Don River Trail and the Lower Don Trail.

Master plan for public art in Scarborough  

The Scarborough Centre Public Art Master Plan was approved by Council as a guide for prioritizing public art sites, whether publicly or privately owned, to make the most of opportunities for public art in Scarborough Centre. It's the first City-led public art master plan for Toronto. City planners will use the master plan to assist in identifying and pursuing opportunities for public art as part of the planning process.

Procedures of Local Appeal Body  

Council voted to request procedural changes to improve the way the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) operates. The TLAB was established in 2017 to hear appeals of minor variances and consent applications in Toronto land-use planning matters. 

Heat in apartment buildings   

Council supported a proposal for addressing a situation that can arise when older apartment towers' central air conditioning is off and the heat system on during spring or fall months, when the weather is normally cool. Spells of unseasonably hot weather in that circumstance can result in very hot apartment conditions for tenants when there is minimal building ventilation.

Review of City's noise bylaw  

Council directed staff to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee in 2019 on recommended changes to the City's noise bylaw. Municipal Licensing and Standards staff who are working on the complex issue of managing urban noise will take into account work on a public health action plan addressing long-term exposure to ambient environmental noise. Meetings of a working group on noise and other consultations have provided input from a wide range of stakeholders as part of the review of the City's current noise bylaw.

Dog waste in parks   

Council supported a motion to ask staff to report on the feasibility of installing dog-waste containers in City parks and dog off-leash areas, including options for conducting a pilot project for the in-ground containers. Large amounts of dog waste currently end up in landfills and also contaminate bins of material intended for recycling. Several nearby cities have had success with the use of dog waste containers, delivering the waste collected to organic waste plants.

Toronto Botanical Garden's master plan   

Council authorized next steps in implementing a master plan with the goal of expanding Toronto Botanical Garden programming throughout Edwards Gardens. A fundraising initiative is part of the plan. The non-profit Toronto Botanical Garden operates on 1.8 hectares of land in Edwards Gardens, a 14-hectare City park in North York's Lawrence Avenue and Leslie Street area. The Toronto Botanical Garden has a long history with the Edwards Gardens site.

Protection of pollinators   

Council adopted a pollinator protection strategy for supporting native pollinators in Toronto, particularly native bee and butterfly species. The strategy aims to create and protect habitat that pollinators need to survive and thrive. Bees provide the invaluable service of pollination, enabling plants to reproduce. Pollinators are under increasing stress due to habitat loss, invasive species, diseases, pesticides and climate change.

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