Last weekend, we joined friends, family and neighbours to celebrate the Thanksgiving long weekend. As the City Councillor for Ward 18, I am thankful to represent an incredibly passionate, connected and involved community, many of whom I have the pleasure of working with regularly and calling my neighbours.
Our community was also filled with activity and family fun at events held across Ward 18, including the McCormick Park Fall Festival and the West Queen West Corn Roast. We also hosted important community meetings, including two to discuss forthcoming improvements to the Lisgar Park and student/cycling safety enhancements in the Dufferin and Waterloo intersection. It was great to speak with those of you who came out about your goals and ideas to make our community even better.
On September 30th, I hosted the Toronto Housing Summit with Mayor John Tory to bring together Canada's Big City Mayors with the federal and provincial Ministers of housing, our housing sector, and community members including tenants. From the Summit, the message to our federal and provincial partners was made clear, Toronto and all of Canada's cities are facing complex housing challenges and we need new partnerships and innovative solutions across all levels of government and all sectors in our society to tackle these problems head on.
This month our community will be hosting a series of meetings and events including a Peel/Gladstone Community Information Night and our third Ward18 Talks. This edition of our Ward18 Talks speaker series will focus on the City's fiscal sustainability and will bring in three panelists to discuss with our community the implications and benefits to of implementing revenue tools. The event will be held Thursday November 17, 2016 at 6:30pm at the New Horizons Tower at 1140 Bloor Street West and if you plan to attend please RSVP by clicking here. I look forward to seeing you there.
Ward 18, Davenport
Bloor Dufferin TDSB Lands Update
As many of you know, the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC), the real estate arm of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), is proceeding with the sale of the Bloor Dufferin TDSB Lands. The open bidding period in the Request for Proposals has now closed and the TLC is beginning its review of submitted proposals.
Throughout the sale process I have fought for the priorities set out by our community. Recently, a coalition of residents and community stakeholders have come together with a petition advocating for the priorities of our community in addition to the community building goals that I have been advocating for. These city-building priorities include the need for affordable housing; child care spaces; the preservation of green space; community events spaces; heritage preservation; reinvestment in the school uses on site, and a comprehensive community hub for service and arts organizations. The petition echoes what many residents and community members have said during consultations spanning the last three years, and I fully support it.
I have also written to Daryl Sage, CEO of the Toronto Lands Corporation and made clear that there is a big and important difference between the highest and best use of the site and the speculative value of the site. Any redevelopment of the Bloor Dufferin School Lands must take into consideration the character and heritage of our community. I am also in the process of reaching out to the Province to echo our community's concerns and the importance of having them contribute funding to our community hub.
I will continue to keep you updated on this important matter and will continue to advocate for the voice of our community as the sale process moves forward. You can review my previous updates regarding the Bloor Dufferin TDSB Lands by clicking here.
The owners of the Galleria Mall have recently submitted their formal development application to the City of Toronto. This is the start of a long process and there will be many opportunities to engage our community in the consultations and review of this application in the coming months.
The redevelopment of the Galleria Mall represents a generational city-building opportunity which must also deliver benefits to our community. The application has some good features including a larger and renewed community center, a bigger Wallace Emerson Park and complete streets. However, there are serious issues with the density, height, traffic and transit impacts that need attention, to name a few. I will continue to advocate for more affordable housing to be included on this site and for a development which fits with the scale and needs of our community.
The owners of the Galleria Mall will be hosting their 3rd Open House this Saturday October 15, 2016 from 11:30am to 3:30pm at the Galleria Mall (in the space located between the LCBO and bakery) and I encourage you to attend. It is important that the developers hear from you and that the priorities and concerns of our community are heard. You can click the photo to the left for a closer view of the meeting notice.
With the formal application now submitted, the City's formal and extensive application review process will begin in the near future, which will provide several further opportunities to provide input and feedback on this proposal. I will continue to keep you informed with updates about this important matter and encourage you to review previous updates regarding Galleria Mall, please click here.
640 Lansdowne Ave Update October 2016
Last month you may have seen in the media that the 640 Lansdowne Ave site has been designated by the City of Toronto to be developed for affordable housing. You might be familiar with this from some of my previous updates included in my e-newsletters and my latest paper newsletter.
This site is one of fifteen pieces of surplus City owned land, worth just over $100 million dollars that has been identified for affordable housing development through the Open Door Program. This program is designed to ensure that our City builds more affordable housing faster and it utilizes City land and incentives to help accomplish this.
Each Open Door site is different and involves putting out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to private and not-for-profit sector developers and partners. The RFP could include criteria such as maximum rental/ownership costs per unit, the amount of units, the incorporation of not-for-profit community spaces, and other criteria which will vary depending on the site. Two successful RFPs on other sites have already been issued under this program.
Open Door sites are targeted towards members of our society including seniors, youth, working families, and many others. Rents through this program range on average from $934 to $1,166 for households with an average annual income of $37,000 to $47,000.
Our city is growing at a fast pace and our area is gentrifying, bringing with it challenges and opportunities. The rising costs of home ownership and rental accommodations are definitely one of those challenges. Rental vacancy rates are at an all-time low and prices are at an all-time high. We must do everything within our power to address the very basic need of affordable housing in our city.
What I hear more and more in our community is that people's parents can't afford to rent an apartment in the area or that their children can't afford to buy or rent anything. I've heard from seniors who want to live and stay in the community that they love and have lived in for so long. This program is about building housing for our seniors, ourselves and our children. This is about building an inclusive community where a family with an annual household income of $40,000 can continue to work, live and play our city.
Given the previous history and contamination of the site, any type of development would need to go through a rigorous environmental process regulated and overseen by the Province to ensure the health and safety of residents in the community and for the future occupants. In the case of this property, the 1/3 of the site closest to Lansdowne Ave is zoned mixed-use and any future development will involve community input. The remaining 2/3rds of the site is zoned as employment lands, which would provide a buffer with the train tracks and Nitta Gelatin facility to the located directly west. I would expect green space to be included in any future plans.
This community has come a long way in just 10 years. New families are moving in to the neighbourhood, our streets are much safer than before, new jobs are being created, and new rapid transit is being built right here in our community for the first time in decades. These are exciting times and we will need to learn and grow to capture what is taking place all around us and make our community even stronger.
I look forward to hosting a community meeting in November so that we can talk about some of these possibilities and to help feed the community's ideas into shaping a RFP. Once the meeting details have been confirmed, I will be sharing it with the community. In the meantime and as always, I look forward to continuing to keep you updated on this and other City of Toronto matters.
If you have any questions please free to contact my office at 416-392-7012 or via e-mail at councillor_bailão@toronto.ca.
Lisgar Park Post-Meeting Update
On September 26, 2016 I hosted a public meeting with community members and staff from the City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division to discuss the the possibility of establishing an Community Stewardship Group for Lisgar Park and to share with you plans for the next phase of work at the park.
Many of you attended and shared your ideas for how we can improve the park and showed enthusiasm about creating a stewardship group. Following your feedback from the meeting, I will be establishing a Steering Committee to oversee the creation of the Community Stewardship Group.
Staff presented the community with details of the next phase of work at Lisgar park, including designs for the new children's play area and the designs for the expanded park, which will sit along side the historic Canada Post Building.
I will continue to update you as I work with staff to incorporate the feedback and suggestions you provided into the improvements we make at Lisgar Park.
College Promenade Streetscaping Update
As you may be aware, the College Promenade BIA began an extensive streetscaping project over the course of the summer. The project as originally intended would have reconstructed the north and south side sidewalks of College Street from Shaw St to Rusholme Road with custom pavers. In addition the project is to enhance the public realm with a series of parkette spaces and new custom designed bicycle parking racks. The City of Toronto issued a Notice of Termination to the contractor for failing to comply with the contract provisions. The City immediately mobilized subcontractors to make necessary temporary restorations to the north side of College Street and to render the sidewalk safe and passable.
Myself and Councillor Layton have been working tirelessly throughout the summer with the BIA and City staff in an effort to resolve issues arising from the project. We fully acknowledge and sympathize with all business owners and residents who feel they have been negatively affected by the construction and the challenges of this project. We will be meeting with staff and the BIA board to develop and implement a plan for the remaining work. The City will re-tender the remaining project work and hire a new contractor next year to complete the work on the south side of College Street and address any deficiencies.
A important part of what makes our community unique and vibrant is the great businesses which line our streets. I encourage you to shop local and support our local businesses along College Street.
Fire at Dufferin and Alma
On Wednesday October 12, 2016 a fire broke out at a rooming house at the corner of Dufferin St and Alma Ave. Thankfully there was no loss of life and the injured firefighter is recovering. My thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by this fire and my office has offered assistance.
Toronto Police 11 Division Community Newsletter
Toronto Police Services 11 Division Crime Prevention Unit have created a quarterly newsletter to share updates about police related matters in our community. They plan to publish a new edition each January, April, July and October and you can read the the first edition of this newsletter by clicking here. As they continue their release schedule I will keep you updated.
On September 30th, I hosted the Toronto Housing Summit bringing together Canada's Big City Mayors with federal and provincial Minsters of Housing and over 200 housing sector partners including developers, the not-for-profit sector, advocates, tenants and many others. The consensus from the summit was clear, Toronto and cities accross Canada need a new partnership and approach to tackle the the immense homelessness, affordable, and social housing challenges we face.
At the Housing Summit the Big City Mayors presented a series of recommendations to the Federal and Provincial Governments with strategies to address Canada's housing crisis. They include:
- Dedicating $12.6 billion of the $20 billion of federal social infrastructure towards meeting our housing challenges
- Creating a long-term predictable funding strategy for the construction and operation of new and affordable housing units
- Doubling the the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy to $350 million
- New incentives for building new affordable units, such as waiving the GST from construction costs
- Investing in innovative housing strategies including land trusts and co-housing with flexible funding agreements
- Earmarking specific funds for an "Indigenous Housing Fund" to tackle the unique housing challenges in our indigenous communities
- Reviewing the mandate of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to further its role and capacity in implementing a National Housing Strategy
I welcome the federal government's announcement at the summit to release $200 million dollars in innovation funding to come up with new and innovative ways to construct up to 4,000 new affordable housing units across Canada as an important first step and a sign of the direction and cooperative framework we need to build upon.
Toronto, like many other cities across Canada, continues to face persistent challenges of homelessness, a hot housing market, low rental vacancy rates and a lack of new affordable rental supply. The City of Toronto has put forward its own resources and funding incentives to help spur the creation of new affordable housing and to begin to address our housing needs, but we cannot do it alone. The housing challenges we face are complex and require all our government, non-profit, and private partners to work together on innovative and comprehensive solutions.
Each of us has a role to play and every partner brings to the table important ideas and experiences which will contribute to and improve Canada's National Housing Strategy. For the first time in many years we have consensus across all governments that now is the time to act to address our challenges and that we can no longer delay action. I look forward to continuing to advocate for improved housing conditions for all in our city and will keep you informed as we work together with our partners to tackle our housing challenges.
I have also written an op-ed in the Toronto Star discussing the challenges and solutions surrounding our housing crisis. You can read it by clicking here.
Rail Deck Park Must be Part of a Wider Connected Parks Strategy
An important part of the livability of our city and the quality of life is being able to access parks and greenspaces in our communities. Toronto is lucky to have been blessed with an extensive natural ravine system and a series of large and small parks which many of us use regularly, whether we're playing with our children, gathering with friends for picnics, or taking some time to relax.
However, there are also parks deficient areas in our city with Ward 18 being considered one of those areas. I am conscious of this and have worked where appropriate to expand and create new parks in our community such as Lisgar Park, the future Peel Park, and have initiated improvements to many of our other Ward 18 parks since being elected.
The proposal would deck over the Union Station Rail Corridor between Blue Jays Way and Bathurst Street adding 21-acres of new park space to our rapidly growing downtown core. This park has the potential to be both a community asset and a destination park for residents and tourists and as such, it is critical that Council has all the information before making any decisions to move forward with this park.
At City Council last week, we directed City staff to start work to protect the space above the park for future parkland use but also to undertake further study of this proposal, to determine the feasibility, provide further refined cost estimates and phasing options, and funding options with an emphasis on growth-related revenue sources that minimize debt-financing for this proposed park among other items. The preliminary cost estimates from our City staff indicate that this park would cost over one billion dollars. As we assess and move forward, it is crucial that we have a better understanding of the funding requirements and sources.
In order to ensure that the proposed park is studied as an integrated space in our city and community, I successfully moved two motions when this item was at the Executive Committee:
- To ensure the Rail Deck Park Implementation Strategy is developed consistent with the principles and directions of the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan and that this be addressed as part of the report to Council in 2017; and
- That City staff assess opportunities to create an implementation strategy to create new connections to Rail Deck Park, including the Green Line along the hydro lands and the northern and southern extensions of the West Toronto Railpath, for the purpose of creating an inter-connected network of parks.
The proposed Rail Deck Park provides an important opportunity to consider the future of the rail corridor and the ways we can connect a citywide parks network. I will continue to advocate for the interests of our community as the study moves forward and I look forward to reviewing the results when staff report back in 2017 with their findings.
Galleria Mall Open House - Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont Street) - October 15, 2016 from 11:30am to 3:30pm
The owners of Galleria Mall will be holding their 3rd open open house to discuss the the redevelopment of the site and share their updates with our community. I look forward to seeing you there. For my previous updates on the Galleria Mall redevelopment, please click here.
MacGregor PlayGround Teaching Garden Community Work Bee - MacGregor Playground (346 Lansdowne Ave) - October 15, 2016 from 10am to 2pm
Giant Bubble Fest at MacGregor Playground - MacGregor Plaground (346 Lansdowne Ave) - October 15, 2016 from 2pm to 5pm
MacGregor PlayGround Teaching Garden Community Work Bee - MacGregor Playground (346 Lansdowne Ave) - October 17, 2016 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Bloordale Parkette Markette - Susan Tibaldi Parkette (357 Margueretta St) - October 23, 2016 from 10am to 3pm
Dovercourt Park Pumpkin Parade- Dovercourt Park (180 Westmoreland Ave) -Novemver 1, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
Carlton Park Pumpkin Lighting - Carlton Park (20 Edith Avenue) - November 1, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm
McCormick Park Pumpkin Parade - McCormick Park (66 Sheridan Ave) - November 1, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
Peel/Gladstone Community Information Fair -Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Public School (108 Gladstone Ave) - November 3rd 2016 starting at 6:30pm
Bloordale Fall Community Cleanup - Meet at Susan Tibaldi Parkette (357 Margueretta St) - November 5, 2016 starting at 11am
Angolan Flag Raising - City Hall Podium Roof (100 Queen Street West) - November 12, 2016 starting at 3:30pm
Junction Triangle Craft and Gift Show - Perth Public School (14 Ruskin Ave) - November 12, 2016 from 10am to 3pm
Ward18 Talks: Revenue Tools - New Horizons Tower (1140 Bloor Street West) - November 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm
This edition of our Ward18 Talks speaker series will focus on the City's fiscal sustainability and will bring in three panelists to discuss with our community the implications and benefits to of implementing revenue tools. The event will be held Thursday November 17, 2016 at 6:30pm at the New Horizons Tower at 1140 Bloor Street West and if you plan to attend please RSVP by clicking here. I look forward to seeing you there.
Lisgar Park in Queen West still needs improvement, residents say - Parkdale Villager
National affordable housing plan urgently needed - Toronto Star
How to tackle the housing crisis in Canada’s cities - Globe and Mail
Housing: A National Crisis with Local Stakes - Toronto Star
Junction residents frustrated by inaction on noise wall graffiti - Bloor West Villager
Survey on Responsible Dog Ownership
The City of Toronto is reviewing the bylaws related to animals to effectively balance, manage and address dog behaviour, owner responsibilities and public safety in the City of Toronto.
The results of this survey will be summarized and considered as part of the City's report later this Fall.
All residents are encouraged to respond, whether they own dogs or not to help inform this important work.
Survey is open until October 7, 2016 and can be found at this link:http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=25247be19d30f410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
Toronto’s Cultural Heritage Landscapes Forum: From Plan to Action
The City has been tasked by the provincial Heritage Act to come up with guidelines to help define, nominate, designate, and thereby protect our cultural heritage landscapes (CHLs).
The Heritage Act defines CHLs as “a defined geographical area of heritage significance which has been modified by human activities and is valued by a community…Examples may include…villages, parks, gardens, battlefields, main streets and neighbourhoods, cemeteries, trailways, and industrial complexes of cultural heritage value.”
The purpose of the Forum is therefore to stimulate awareness of, interest in, and positive action towards the development and implementation of a Toronto Cultural Heritage Landscape Guideline, as anticipated in the the Official Plan Amendment OPA 199 on new Heritage and Public Realm Policies.
Sessions include: an explanation of cultural heritage landscapes; case studies; and an in-depth policy discussion.
Our eminent speakers are:
- Carolyn King, former Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
- Julian Smith, Principal, Julian Smith Architects and former Executive Director, Willowbank School of Restoration
- Brendan Stewart, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, ERA Architects
- Michael Ormston-Holloway, Partner, The Planning Partnership
- Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner, City of Guelph
- Mark Warrack, Manager, Culture and Heritage Planning, City of Mississauga
- Catherine Nasmith, Architect and President, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
- Madeleine McDowell, Educator and Heritage Advocate
- Andrew Jeanes, Cultural Consultant, Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport
- Michael McClelland, ERA Architects and Advisory Council of The Cultural Landscape Foundation
- Mary MacDonald, Senior Manager, Heritage Preservation Services, City of Toronto
- Paul Bedford, Urban Mentor, former Chief Planner, City of Toronto
Our moderator is: Alex Bozikovic, Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Place: Room 308, Metro Hall, Toronto
There is no charge to attend, but prior registration is required and space is limited.
Registration is now open!
For more information, watch this space!
To register, please use the Eventbrite web site.
Dufferin Bridge Widening Transit Diversions
Metrolinx is carrying out work to expand the north side of the Dufferin Street Bridge at Queen Street which carries the Kitchener GO Transit Corridor. Expanding the bridge will support the ongoing work to bring electrified SmartTrack and GO Regional Express Rail transit service to the West Queen West community. This work will also accommodate the space required for the proposed southward extension of the West Toronto Railpath. Metrolinx expects to complete the bridge project by June 2017.
In order to ensure the safety of the public and construction crews, and to complete the bridge expansion in a timely manner, Dufferin Street will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from Queen Street West to Peel Avenue from September 12, 2016 to December 31st, 2016. During this closure, traffic will detour via the old "Dufferin Jog" route of Peel, Gladstone and Queen.
During this work, residents and businesses in the area can expect an increase in noise and construction activity. Crews will also need to conduct work in the evening and overnight periods when trains are not operating for safety concerns. Overnight lighting will be focused away from homes when possible and noisier work will be undertaken during the daytime to reduce evening disruptions. This accelerated work schedule aims to mitigate community impacts and reduce the duration of work. You can read the complete project notice for this project by clicking here.
As this is a Metrolinx project, I encourage you to contact Jennifer Capan, Community Relations and Issues Specialist at Metrolinx for any questions or concerns via telephone at 416-202-4732 or through email at jennifer.capan@GOtransit.com
Toronto City Council met on October 5, 6 and 7, 2016. Council Highlights is an informal summary of a selection of decisions made by Toronto City Council. The City Clerk's formal documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.
Work plan for rail deck park
Council approved funding to study the feasibility of a "rail deck" park involving a major park space above the rail corridor between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way in Toronto. Staff were asked to report back next year on an implementation strategy that addresses matters such as options for securing air rights above the rail corridor and for project funding with an emphasis on growth-related revenue sources.
Emergency shelter on Runnymede Road
Council approved locating a new emergency men’s shelter at 731 Runnymede Rd. in Ward 11, subject to the City securing a lease on reasonable terms for the location. The City-operated shelter will start with 50 beds. More beds could be added in response to extreme weather conditions and over time as needed. Council also supported undertaking a campaign to increase public awareness of homelessness and of the need for shelters across the city.
Fleet Services review
A detailed implementation plan for Fleet Services' operating strategy received Council's approval. The plan includes contracting out preventive maintenance and repairs of non-specialized Class 1 and 2 vehicles (cars and light-duty trucks) to enhance fleet reliability and availability. The Fleet Services division manages the maintenance and repair of thousands of vehicles and pieces of motorized equipment at garages across Toronto.
Sublease for Beaches restaurant
Council provided direction concerning restaurant and concession operations run by Tuggs Inc. at Woodbine Beach Park and vicinity. As a result, Tuggs can sublease a restaurant (previously operated as Paralia Restaurant) in the building at 1681 Lake Shore Blvd. E. Council authorized staff to start discussions on the City acquiring the remaining term of the agreement between the City and Tuggs, which currently has an end date of 2028.
Club's lease at Exhibition Place
Council approved changes to Muzik nightclub's lease with Exhibition Place, including an amendment that will allow Muzik to host banquets and occasional trade shows. Another amendment will enable Exhibition Place management to move the statues of the Garden of the Greek Gods into public view from within the club's fenced premises.
Support for survivors of domestic violence
Council gave the Shelter, Support and Housing Administration division permission to use funding provided by the Ontario housing ministry to run a pilot program that provides a housing benefit to survivors of domestic violence. Staff estimate that the pilot program will assist about 350 people to secure housing during the next few months.
Bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue
Council approved the installation of northbound and southbound cycle tracks and bicycle lanes on Woodbine Avenue between O'Connor Drive and Queen Street East, as well as an eastbound contra-flow bike lane on Corley Avenue to connect with Woodbine. Sections of several other Toronto streets, including on Sheppard Avenue East and Kingston Road, received Council's approval for bike lane designation or for the conversion of existing bike lanes to cycle tracks.
Cultural Corridor designation
Council supported providing official City of Toronto recognition of Bloor Street between Bay Street and Bathurst Streets as a Cultural Corridor. More than three million people a year attend exhibitions, performances and events along that section of Bloor Street, with its museums, film screenings, art exhibitions, concerts, culture talks, theatre and architecture. A related Bloor Street Cultural Partnership is made up of, and funded by, member arts organizations.
City's relationship with non-profit sector
Council directed staff to take steps to establish a "whole of government" policy direction and actions to guide and modernize the City’s relationship with the community-based, non-profit/voluntary sector service providers in Toronto. A whole-of-government approach refers to working across portfolio and divisional boundaries for an integrated response. The City relies on non-profit organizations to fulfill many civic objectives involving arts and culture, social services and the environment.
Updating tall building setbacks downtown
Council adopted amendments to Toronto's Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw to update the policies and performance standards for tall downtown buildings' setbacks from lot lines. The changes, which result from the TOcore planning study, provide standards for the planning and design of tall buildings, including appropriate separation distances between buildings.
Council asked City staff to consider developing online resources and leveraging current consultation initiatives as ways of providing information about City services and resources available to condominium dwellers.
Guidelines for bedroom design
Council directed staff to work with the Ontario government and other appropriate bodies to obtain greater local authority for interior building design so the City can require that bedrooms have a view to the outdoors. The action comes in response to recent experience with some residential units being built with bedrooms that do not have a window offering an outside view. The City considers an outside view important for quality of life.
Power outages at CityPlace
Council supported a motion to ask Toronto Hydro to review recent power outages in the CityPlace neighbourhood and report back on the matter, including on how to prevent future electrical outages. Residents in the tower community experienced four major power interruptions lasting between three and 18 hours during a three-week period in August and September.
Councillor vacancy in Scarborough ward
Council deferred making a decision until the November meeting of City Council on how to fill the councillor vacancy in Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River. The vacancy resulted from the recent election of former councillor Raymond Cho to the Ontario legislative assembly. Council can choose to fill the vacancy either by appointment or by conducting a byelection.
Public tennis courts
Council authorized a pilot project for Parks, Forestry and Recreation to issue permits to individuals or organizations at four designated tennis courts across the city that do not have a community tennis club in place. The four sites selected for the pilot are Jonathan Ashbridge Park, Birchmount Park, Park Lawn Park and Champlain Parkette. Torontonians have expressed interest in the City issuing permits for the use of designated public tennis courts for special events, public play and commercial use.
Managing smokers' litter
Council approved amendments to the Toronto Municipal Code to require restaurants, bars and nightclubs to keep public sidewalks as well as curbs and gutters around their businesses free from littered cigarette butts and related litter from their patrons. In addition, bars and other entertainment businesses in Toronto will be required to provide disposal containers in outside areas where patrons dispose of cigarette butts. This action is tied to the City's broader efforts to reduce litter in public places.
Public food markets
Council supported the City taking steps to establish a Public Food Markets Working Group with broad membership to advise the City on the further development of public markets in Toronto and on the creation of a City strategy for public food markets. Examples of public food markets in Toronto include farmers markets, markets operated by FoodShare, and the Toronto Transit Commission's pop-up markets.