I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter and Passover for those who celebrate. With this weekend's winter weather almost behind us, I would like to thank the hardworking staff across from Transportation Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Fire Services, Toronto Police Service, the Office of Emergency Management, TTC, and Toronto Hydro have been responding on a 24/7 basis to this weekend's ice storm. Let's hope that this is the last of winter weather and spring finally arrives!
Thank you to everyone for making our annual Easter Egg Hunt at Dufferin Grove Park a tremendous success! Over a thousand community members attended, and it warmed my heart to see the park bustling with families engaging in good fun together. The energy and positivity certainly made me feel like it was the perfect Easter. The laughter and joy reminded me of why our community is special, and why we must continue to work hard to ensure it remains a great place to live, work and play.
At City Hall I have been hard at work advancing the many housing initiatives that are underway. As a result of our hard work, the Province announced last week that they were going to follow the recommendations of City Council and adopt a flexible inclusionary zoning framework. The announcement gives Toronto the flexibility to implement balanced affordable housing requirements based on our residents' needs and housing market conditions. In addition, the City hosted a Community Consultation meeting this past March 29 to solicit feedback regarding laneway suites. City Planning staff will now be reporting to the Toronto and East York Community Council Meeting on May 2, 2018 with their final recommendations for laneway suites.
This weekend on Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22, neighbours in our community and city will be coming together for our annual community cleanup weekend. You can find out more about where and when they are taking place and I hope to see you at one of our community's cleanup events this weekend! Next week, we are also hosting a public open house on Thursday April 26 to discuss our community's vision for the new Wallace Emerson Community Centre which will be double the size of the existing community centre and an expanded Wallace Emerson Park which will be more than 25% larger.
This month, the TTC is featuring art from the Bloorcourt BIA on the April custom Metropass. Inspired by the themes of music and community, the mural was created with a grant from the Bloorcourt BIA. The iconic neighbourhood art was painted by Jason Pinney nearly a decade ago with help from other artists at a local gallery.
In keeping with our community's artistic acumen, the Bloordale BIA will be painting five Bell Boxes in the area, and are requesting your help to determine the theme of what the boxes will represent. Please take a moment and fill out the poll in the newsletter below to determine your top pick from the four pre-determined themes.
Unfortunately, a fire occurred in Bloordale on March 24, impacting several local businesses but thankfully no one was injured. My sincerest thanks go to Toronto Fire for their prompt response and hard work. You have our community's deepest gratitude.
Please enjoy the April 2018 edition of my e-newsletter and I hope you have a wonderful start to the week!
Councillor - Ward 18, Davenport
Public Open House: Vision for the New Wallace Emerson Community Centre and Park Master Plan
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! Please join me, City staff and the Reimagine Galleria project team for a Visioning Session and Open House on Thursday, April 26 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 Thursday, April 26. The walking tour will start at the Reimagine Galleria storefront (between the Happy Bakery and LCBO at the Galleria Mall).
Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Start Time: Walking Tour (optional) 6:00 p.m.
Open House: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Galleria Mall (Old Zellers Store) 1245 Dupont Street
If you have any questions or are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to share your ideas, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 416-392-7012, or [email protected]
Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands Development is Appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal
The developers of the Bloor Dufferin TDSB Lands have recently filed an appeal with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) which was submitted prior to the amendments to the Planning Act earlier this month. This means that the appeal will proceed under the previous OMB regime (now known as LPAT). No hearing date has been set at this time and it is not expected that a full hearing would take place until 2019 or later. The developer also has the option to withdraw their LPAT appeal at any time.
The developer has indicated to my office that they are committed to continuing to work with the community and City Planning. City Planning and the developer will continue to work together to explore positive revisions to the applications. Should the discussions result in a re-submission, City Planning will have an opportunity to review their re-submission and provide new comments to the developer. City Planning may also bring forward a planning report to the Toronto and East York Community Council to provide further information. In addition, working group meetings co-ordinated through my office will continue and there will definitely be future opportunities for resident feedback.
My support for the shared priorities that we as a community have developed and clearly articulated for this former school site remain. I look forward to continuing to work with our community, City Planning and the developer to secure the inclusion of onsite childcare, affordable housing, a robust community hub, green space, heritage preservation, and overall, arriving at a proposal which respects and reinforces the character of our community.
As additional information and opportunities for feedback become available, I look forward to sharing it with you. My previous updates about the Bloor Dufferin TDSB Lands can be found here.
St. Veronica's Parking Lot Open to the Public in the Brockton Triangle
I am pleased to inform you that as a result of my efforts and much negotiation between the City of Toronto and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), the St. Veronica Catholic School staff parking lot is now open to the public. The keys to the parking lot were delivered by the TCDSB to the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division last week.
The parking lot will be opened daily by Mary McCormick Community Centre staff between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Residents, visitors, arena users and community centre patrons will be able to access the parking spaces during the prescribed times at no cost. However, please note that the lot will be locked overnight. I am confident that this new parking opportunity will help ease parking pressures in the Brockton Triangle.
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.
Bell Boxes in #bloordale
The Bloordale BIA will be painting 5 Bell Boxes in the area. And they need your help to determine the theme of what the boxes will represent! Please take a moment to participate in the poll to determine your top pick from the four pre-determined themes. Entries will be entered to win a Bloordale Prize Pack and a winner will be randomly selected from all valid submissions!
Participate here at: https://goo.gl/forms/qGD0lZCeyK2wDcdl1
The poll will close on April 30th, and completed boxes will be unveiled at Big on Bloor!
Community Clean Days Up This Weekend
It's time for some spring cleaning! Gather your friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to clean a park, laneway, or any other public space that needs your help. Community cleanups will take place at the following locations and dates this weekend:
Kids' Dance Party
The Bloordale Community Improvement Association (BCIA) is excited to bring you fun and festivities with the Kids' Dance Party at Bar Neon! The party will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 1 – 4 PM. All proceeds will go towards public art initiatives in Bloordale. Parents and guardians enter free. Fun times await!
For more information please email [email protected].
Major/Minor Bloordale Music and Arts Festival
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 12 and Sunday, May 13 at Burdock Music Hall (1184 Bloor St West).
For tickets and the schedule, please visit www.majorminorfestival.com
Renovating Your Home Workshop
Thinking about renovating your house? Join Daniel Papaconstantinou, Manager Customer Service, City of Toronto for a discussion about the City's home renovations guidelines.
The workshop will be on Thursday, April 19 from 7-8 PM at the Toronto Public Library Bloor/Gladstone Branch (1101 Bloor Street West).
Learn about the procedures, timelines, and other City suggestions in preparing for home renovations, severing lots, and city permits.
Q&A to follow discussion. All are welcome!
Push for Literacy Fundraising Event
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/
Exhibition Place Walking Tours
Looking to explore Toronto? This walking tour, called “Exploring Exhibition Place Through the Eyes of the Community” is a 1.5-2 hour walking tour of the Exhibition Place grounds and will be lead by Bruce Van Dieten, a member of the community, and will touch on various architectural and historical highlights of the site. Tours will begin at the Princes' Gates.
Tours will take place at 1pm on the following days (all Sundays):
- April 15, 2018
- May 20, 2018
- June 3, 2018
- September 16, 2018
- October 21, 2018
- November 11, 2018
- December 16, 2018
- July/August: tentative (Dates TBA)
For more information and to RSVP, visit the Events page on the Exhibition Place website: https://www.explace.on.ca/events/2018-04-15/exploring-exhibition-place-through-the-eyes-of-the-community
Changing Lanes: Laneway Suites Community Consultation Meeting
The City hosted a Community Consultation meeting this past March 29 to solicit feedback regarding laneway suites. Laneway suites are self-contained dwelling units situated on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, generally located in the rear yard abutting a laneway. They are subordinate in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot which fronts the street with outdoor access via both the street and the lane.
Laneway Suites are intended as rental units, and will be up to 2-stories maximum. They are consistent with Toronto's Official Plan to provide more housing choices for all people in various communities at all stages of their lives. You can view the slide deck from the meeting by clicking here.
City Planning staff will be reporting to the Toronto and East York Community Council Meeting on May 2, 2018 with their recommendations for laneway suites. For more information, please visit www.toronto.ca/changinglanes.
Province Adopts the City of Toronto's Call for Flexible Inclusionary Zoning Regulations
Last week, the province released their much anticipated inclusionary zoning regulation and I welcome Minister Milczyn's efforts to establish a flexible framework.
Building affordable housing is a partnership between all levels of government and sectors. The Minister's support for local decision making ensures that we can design a made-in-Toronto affordable housing solution that meets our city-building objectives and work creatively with our partners.
With housing costs increasing significantly in major cities around the world, we need local tools to address the challenges of housing affordability. The announcement gives Toronto the flexibility to implement balanced affordable housing requirements based on our residents' needs and housing market conditions.
As we see from the cranes all around us, Toronto has experienced rapid growth over the last decade. With these new powers the City can ensure our future growth is more inclusive while maintaining our economic competitiveness. Access to affordable housing in our city is essential to keep our communities diverse and prosperous.
The City looks forward to continuing to work with the provincial government, our partners in the non-profit housing and development sectors in implementing the inclusionary zoning regulation and creating much-needed new affordable housing for Torontonians.
Fair Pass Discount Program Launch – April 4, 2018
On April 4, the City of Toronto launched the first phase of the Fair Pass Discount Program. The program was approved by Toronto City Council in 2016 as a poverty reduction initiative to make transit more affordable for low income residents. Other initiatives include making transit free for children 12 years of age and under and implementing a universal two-hour transfer.
The Fair Pass Discount Program is available for Toronto residents receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) assistance who are not in receipt of any transportation supports equal to or greater than $100.
Eligible residents will receive a 12 month Fair Pass discount programmed onto a PRESTO card. Clients will save $1.00 on the TTC adult fare for a single ride and $30.75 on a TTC adult monthly pass.
To apply for the Fair Pass Discount Program, OW and ODSP clients must complete and sign an application and consent form. Forms are available online, by mail or at any OW or ODSP office. Completed forms can be submitted by mail, fax, or in-person at one of the Toronto Employment & Social Services locations (TESS).
Should you have any questions or concerns, please visit www.toronto.ca/transitdiscount. OW and ODSP clients may call 416-338-8888 (select option 3).
Provincial GO Fare Announcement – Making Transit More Affordable
On April 5, the Provincial government announced a new initiative to make travel on the GO network more affordable.
I am happy to share that beginning in early 2019, the province will be reducing the cost of GO Transit trips to just $3 for PRESTO users who are travelling under 10 kilometres anywhere on the GO network. This means all GO Transit and Union-Pearson Express trips anywhere within the City of Toronto will be reduced to $3. The $1.50 discount for PRESTO users transferring between the TTC and GO Transit or the UP Express will also remain in effect.
With proceeds from Ontario's cap on pollution, the province will also provide fare integration discounts of up to $1.50 per ride for anyone who travels between the York, Durham, Brampton and Mississauga transit networks and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
This initiative is an essential step towards fare integration for SmartTrack, as it will lower the cost of transferring between transit systems and will make travel easier in and around the GTA for the tens of thousands of people who use public transit every day. Reduced fares will also ease congestion on subways and buses by offering transit users more options for travel.
The Ontario Municipal Board will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)
On April 3, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the quasi-judicial body that handles development proposal appeals became the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
One of the most important changes is the introduction of a legal test the tribunal will now use to decide whether a development proposal can proceed. The LPAT will answer a simple "yes or no" legal test — ie. does the proposal follow the city's official planning rules? If not, the matter will be sent back to municipal councils to issue another decision. The tribunal will not make planning decisions itself, but under the LPAT's new guideline, community development decisions will better reflect the desires of the people within a respective community.
Before, due to lacking supports for citizens, many voiced their concern regarding the costs of participation as the OMB regulatory body was limiting. Now, with the establishment of the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre both legal and planning help for citizens and community associations will become more accessible.
The new tribunal will offer help to community associations trying to navigate the appeals process through the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC). The center, with a budget of $1.5 million, will offer planning and legal assistance for those who wish to participate in matters before the tribunal.
More weight is also being given to local councils. All hearings will consider only the decision made by local councils. There will be more accountability, as there will be no appeal if the city council decision adheres to its own planning rules. Thus, City councils will bear more responsibility under this model.
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Green Line Implementation Plan - Public Information Meeting
The City of Toronto is preparing an Implementation Plan for the Green Line, a 5km linear open space located in an active hydro corridor running from Davenport and Caledonia to Davenport, east of Spadina. City staff are hosting a public information meeting to:
• Present draft conceptual master plan
• Receive comments and input from the public
• Identify community perspectives, preferences and priorities, and
• Discuss next steps
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Date: Monday, April 23, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: City of Toronto Archives 255 Spadina Road
Dundas West-Little Portugal Proposed BIA Merger Consultation - Public Meeting on May 7
The Business Improvement Areas of Dundas West and Little Portugal are proposing to merge together to create a larger BIA to better serve both communities.
The strategic partnership aims to build on previous projects that have successfully supported area beautification, safety, and economic development. This larger BIA will have a unique brand image, making a greater economic impact for existing business to compete with malls, big box outlets, and online shopping. The proposed BIA will stretch from Shaw Street to the CNR tracks, just west of Lansdowne Avenue.
The results of the March 26 Consultation will be unveiled at a Public Meeting on May 7, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at 14 Division (350 Dovercourt Road). Members will then vote on the merger of the BIA's.
Later this summer, the City of Toronto will conduct a poll of all BIA members. The first AGM for the merged BIA will take place in early 2019. For updates and more information please contact [email protected] or [email protected].
Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) Public Consultations
Community members are invited to provide contribution to a review of the Toronto Local Appeal Body's (TLAB) Rules of Practice and Procedures and related documents. The TLAB wishes to hear submissions related to any Rule, Practice Direction, Form, or the Public Guide. Oral presentations should be organized by specific topic, such as the number of the Rule, Practice Direction, Form, or section of the Public Guide.
There will be a two-day opportunity to make oral presentations. If you wish to do so, you must register by submitting a completed Registration Form and Written Submission.
The Public Consultation session will take place on:
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street, North York, ON, M2N 2V7
Room: Council Chambers
Registration forms may be obtained from Toronto Local Appeal Body's Website at www.toronto.ca/tlab/
Written submissions will be accepted via email, fax, or mail, and will receive the same consideration as an oral submission. For further information about the process, please contact the Toronto Local Appeal Body at [email protected] or by phone at 416-392-4697.
All submissions are due no later than Friday May 11, 2018
Permit Parking Public Consultations
Parking Permits allow residents to legally park overnight on a permitted street or on streets within a designated area. A valid permit also exempts vehicles from daytime maximum parking durations. In the Toronto and East York Community Council
District, there are streets with and without the Permit Parking Program. These gaps in the program provide inconsistent opportunities for residents and their guests to legally park overnight near their homes. In October 2017, Toronto and East York Community Council directed staff to solicit feedback from residents on the proposal to provide Residential On-street Permit
Parking on streets that do not have permit parking in Toronto and East York District.
And so, the City of Toronto invites you to attend a public meeting to learn more and share your feedback. Attend any one of the four events to learn more and speak with staff. The same information online will be presented at the meetings.
• April 23: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
• April 30: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St Clair Ave. W.
• May 1: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St.
• May 3: 7p.m.- 9 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W.
You can also go online to learn more and fill out a survey to provide your feedback at: toronto.ca/TEYpermitparking
TTC Wheel-Trans Public Consultation, April 2018
TTC employees will provide an update and feedback on the Wheel-Trans 10-Year Strategy with a focus on customer experience. Details will also be available on the Family of Services Pilot, Access Hubs and the Community Bus pilot routes. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on each of these initiatives.
The consultations will be held at:
Downtown: April 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Metro Hall, Rooms 308/309
55 John Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6
Public meetings scheduled on next steps for Toronto's Relief Line subway project
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in partnership with Metrolinx jointly announced today that public meetings will be held on plans for a Relief Line South subway project. The public consultation is outlined in a document issued today called Notice of Commencement and Public Meetings for the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP).
The plans for the Relief Line South will be presented for public comment at three public information meetings. Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the process by attending one of these meetings to learn more and discuss the project with a member of the project team.
Details on public information meetings:
- Monday, April 23, Calvary Church Toronto, 746 Pape Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 28, St James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Monday, April 30, Morse Street Junior Public School, 180 Carlaw Ave., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
As part of the assessment process, an environmental project report will be prepared assessing the environmental impact of this transit project. The report will document the planning process involved and details of the Relief Line South, including existing and future environmental conditions, evaluation process, details on preferred alignment, station locations, construction methods, and impacts along with mitigation and monitoring measures.
The Relief Line is being studied in two parts – Relief Line South and Relief Line North. The Relief Line South, a future 7.5-kilometre-long rapid transit line with eight stations, will give transit riders more travel options by connecting downtown Toronto to Pape Station on the Line 2 Bloor-Danforth Subway. The line will help to relieve crowding on the Line 1 Yonge Subway line south of Bloor, at the Bloor-Yonge interchange station, and on the surface transit routes going in and out of downtown.
The Relief Line North is a northerly rapid transit extension of the planned Relief Line South north from Pape Station with the goal of connecting to existing/future rapid transit in the city, such as Line 5 Eglinton and Line 4 Sheppard.
Toronto City Council's approval of the alignment and station locations for the Relief Line at its meeting on May 24, 2017 authorized commencing the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) and authorized advancing preliminary design (15 to 30 per cent of it) with a report back on "Class 3" cost estimates in 2019.
Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting - May 3
Exhibition Place welcomes the community to attend their Spring Community Liaison Consultation Meeting, taking place on:
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Enercare Centre, Salon 107
For more information, please visit: https://www.explace.on.ca/about/community-info/community-liason-consultation-meeting-may-2018
LEAF- Native Trees, Shrubs, and Garden Kits to Help You Get Ready for Spring
Excited for the new season? Get ready for spring with LEAF's Native Trees, Shrubs and Garden Kits! Their Backyard Tree Planting Program offers greenery to property owners at a subsidized cost.
LEAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the urban forest. They offer programs that will help you plant, care, and give.You can also seek assistance from arborists who will help you make an educated decision about the type of tree that best suits your property and needs.
Learn more at www.yourleaf.org
Construction Notice – Lansdowne Station – Switchboard upgrade overnight work at Emerson Avenue Automatic Entrance
From May 1, 2018 until December, 2018, the TTC will be installing elevators to make Lansdowne Station more accessible by 2019. In preparation for the future work, Lansdowne Station will be equipped with a new switchboard system. Work will take place beside the Emerson Avenue Automatic Entrance. which will remain open for customer use throughout construction.
Work will take place close to the Emerson Community Garden. Being that crews will need to access this area, any vegetation affected during this work will be removed and restored, and trees will be protected.
For safety reasons, some of the work such as initial set-up and removal of the access area will occur overnight through the entrance doors of the station.
For more information, please contact Denise Jayawardene at [email protected] or TTC Customer Service (daily from 7 am – 10 pm) at 416-393-3030 or @TTC helps.
Youth in Policing Program
The Youth in Policing is a joint partnership between the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Service Board and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The program is a paid position and employs students between the ages of 15-18 years residing within Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.
The youth work within our various units and divisions. While at work youth have the opportunity to see daily police operations from an internal perspective, interact with police officers on a personal level and gain hands on job experience. Students are also taken on tours to various police facilities, namely the Marine Unit, Mounted Unit, The Police Dog Services etc.
There are three Youth in Policing Programs that run throughout the year; summer, fall and winter-spring. The programs run as follows:
- Summer Program - July to August
- Fall Program - September to December
- Winter-Spring Program - February to June.
The Summer Program runs throughout the summer months during the day mainly from Monday - Friday and students work a 35 hour week. The Fall and Winter-Spring Programs are part-time after-school programs that include evenings and some weekend work and students work 6 hours per week.
Currently they are in their recruiting phase for the 2018 Fall YIPI Program. They do provide lunch time information sessions where they set up a table and distribute their job ads and answer any questions students in passing have during their lunch period. They also routinely attend community gatherings and meetings as well as hold information sessions that run up to 45 minutes. Please let them know if this is something you are interested in arranging.
Applications will be accepted online at www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 23rd, 2018.
- Must be a student between the ages of 15-18 years as of July 3, 2018
- Must be legally eligible to work in Canada
- Must be attending school
- Must not have previously participated in any YIPI program
- Must be successful through the employment security clearance process
- Must be able to work weekends
- Family members of current and retired Toronto Police Service personnel are ineligible to participate in the program
Applicants must also permanently reside in one of the priority identified neighbourhoods.
For more information you can click here: www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi
Toronto City Council Meeting of March 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.
Funding for Non-Profit Housing
Council approved the provision of $2 million in funding for two new non-profit housing developments through the City's Home Ownership Assistance Program to support a total of 80 new homes. The two developments consist of townhomes in Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River and a condominium apartment building in Ward 11 York South-Weston. The funding will provide down-payment assistance loans to help eligible low to moderate income purchasers of the new homes.
Guidelines for Townhouses and Low-Rise Apartments
Council approved guidelines for the City's use in evaluating current and new development applications for townhouses and low-rise apartment buildings. The new guidelines replace an earlier reference document. Council also voted in support of motions for staff to report on matters involving townhouse entrances and parking requirements for low-rise apartment buildings.
Emergency Shelters and Supports
Council adopted a series of recommendations and motions that pertain to meeting the immediate needs of Torontonians experiencing homelessness and using the City's emergency shelter system, and also for helping them find secure, suitable, permanent housing. A further City priority addressed by the recommendations involves efforts to prevent low-income households from falling into homelessness.
Review of Winter Respite Services
Council received a Toronto Ombudsman's report on the City's respite services this winter, focusing on the identified need for better communication of information and improved conditions at winter respite sites. The sites give people experiencing homelessness a temporary place to sleep, receive a meal and obtain referrals to support services. Staff have been asked to look into possibly using sensors that measure respite facility temperature and upload the data.
Traffic in School Zones
Council supported a motion calling on staff to prepare a report for May on a streamlined process to receive and process councillor and community requests for the implementation of traffic calming measures in school zones and community safety zones.
Tax on Third-Party Signs
Council approved bylaw amendments pertaining to the City's tax on third-party signs and decided to consider introducing an annual surcharge on unauthorized signs. The City collects between $11 million and $12 million annually from the sign tax. Third-party signs are signs advertising a business or service not situated on, or available at, the property displaying the sign.
Information Technology and eCity Strategy
Council adopted various recommendations generated by an audit of the City's information technology infrastructure and assets. The steps to be taken support the Information and Technology division's corporate leadership in modernizing City services through the eCity Strategy and its goals of ensuring that technology enhances Toronto's municipal services and political processes.
Development of Thermal Energy Networks
Council authorized entering into an agreement between the City and Enwave to jointly pursue opportunities for developing low-carbon thermal energy networks. Development of low-carbon thermal energy networks as part of the broader TransformTO strategy will help the City meet its climate-change targets, attract investments that benefit the local economy, generate revenue, ensure energy does not become a limiting factor for growth, and improve local energy resilience.
Council adopted recommendations aimed at ensuring that applicants provide full information about pertinent tree/forestry issues for the Committee of Adjustment's and the Toronto Local Appeal Body's review of minor variance/consent applications such as applications for front-yard parking. Plans submitted for review need to identify trees and tree-protection zones and include photographs. The City's tree bylaws are enforced by Urban Forestry staff.
RE-imagining Yonge Plan for Yonge Street
Council discussed the REimagining Yonge (Sheppard to Finch) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study agenda item at length and ultimately decided to defer a decision on the future design of Yonge Street in North York. The deferral will give the Toronto Transit Commission time to consider the long-term implications for buses in that section of Yonge Street.
Flag-raising for Vietnamese Community
Council voted to allow the Vietnamese heritage and freedom flag to be raised at Toronto City Hall. Journey to Freedom Day, observed each April 30, is a national day commemorating the thousands of Vietnamese people who perished fleeing Vietnam for freedom. The day also recognizes the Vietnamese-Canadian community's success today. Toronto is now home to about 50,000 Vietnamese-Canadians.
Work on Utilities at Night
Council supported a motion to re-affirm that non-emergency utility work should not take place overnight in the downtown area. When overnight work is necessary, advance consultation with the ward councillor and notification of local residents/stakeholders are required. The City is trying to balance addressing the needs of a busy downtown core and the needs of downtown communities.
Amendments to Purchasing Bylaw
Proposed amendments to the City of Toronto's purchasing bylaw received Council's approval. The amendments pertain primarily to the supplier code of conduct and to the responsibilities of City division heads and project leads in managing purchase contracts.
Interim City Manager Appointed
Council appointed Giuliana Carbone the City's Interim City Manager, effective April 4. Peter Wallace, the former City Manager, earlier announced his resignation effective April 3. In addition, with the retirement of Deputy City Manager John Livey, Council appointed Lou Di Gironimo the Interim Deputy City Manager for Cluster B effective April 5 and until City Council appoints a new Deputy City Manager for the City of Toronto's Cluster B divisions.
Appointment to The Police Services Board
Council appointed Councillor Jim Hart (Ward 44 Scarborough East) to the Toronto Police Services Board for the term of office that ends November 30, 2018 and until a successor is appointed. The appointment was made as Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East) resigned from the board effective March 26.