Economic and Community Development

  • Anti-Racism and Changes to Policing

    Over the past few months our City and many others across the world, have witnessed several very disturbing events, including the deaths of George Floyd in the United States and Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto. We recognized the need to act more quickly and decisively on issues of anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism as well as how we respond to those in mental health crises. Our City had already been taking steps to meet these challenges, but we recognized that we needed...
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  • ActiveTO and CaféTO

    Throughout this pandemic, my office has held regular meetings with Business Improvement Areas to hear their concerns and find ways to assist them. The COVID-19 pandemic was felt first and foremost along our main streets. These arteries and avenues lined with local businesses are the commercial engines of our neighbourhood areas and places we love to shop, eat and meet friends. These streets were assisted in becoming vibrant again bykey City programs that helped find creative solutions to pressing local...
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  • Joseph Muscat: Graphic Chats

    Between September 16 and Oct 4, Joseph Muscat will be hosting a free exhibition: “Graphic Chats” at Propeller Gallery. This exhibit is a large series of collaged mix media drawings and paintings which mimic the ubiquitous wireless world of internet chats, browsing, tweeting and information seeking, packaged in the style of a graphic novel. You can register for this event through this link.
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  • STEPS Main Street Art Challenge

    STEPS has been providing free placemaking services, artist fee subsidies, and promotional supports as part of their pandemic recovery programming. The Fairbank Village Business Improvement Area in Davenport has several activations that we are supporting through the Art Challenge, which includes window murals and sidewalk decals spread throughout the area. Learn how to get involved through this link.
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  • SIU Decision on the Death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

    Special Investigations Unit Report This week, the Special Investigations Unit, the arms-length agency that investigates serious incidents involving police officers issued its finding following the tragic and sad death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit reported that following their thorough investigation they had determined that "reasonable grounds" did not exist to lay any charges against Toronto Police Officers who were at the scene. The report (https://www.siu.on.ca/en/news_template.php?nrid=5977 ) detailing the findings has been publicly released. Interim Police Chief...
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  • Supporting Live Music Venues

    As a member of the Toronto Music Advisory Council, I am glad that our successful recommendation to City Council led to 45 live music venues receiving a combined $1.7 million in property tax relief. This relief will support Toronto's live music industry and address the unprecedented challenges that are threatening live music venues across the city. These efforts will directly support many of our favourite Ward 9 venues, including Burdock, Lula Lounge and The Painted Lady. Visit this website to...
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  • City's Financial Update

    Since the beginning of the pandemic in March of this year, along with so many individuals and other organizations, the City has been facing unprecedented challenges. At the height of the pandemic, the City was losing revenue of over $65 million per week and for this year (2020), depending on a final assessment of our financial situation, the City could be facing a revenue shortfall of $1.35 billion or greater. Unlike the federal or provincial governments, the City cannot legally...
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  • Property Tax, Water and Solid Waste Relief Program Update

    Applications can soon be made online here for the Property Tax, Water and Solid Waste Relief program. The new deadline date is October 30. Applications will now be accepted, even when there are additional non-resident owners as household income now only includes owners residing at the property and their spouse. If you do have additional owners not living at the property, they will have to provide proof of non-residency. My office remains available to assist you with your application.
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  • Youth Violence Prevention Grant

    Yesterday, the City announced the recipients of Toronto’s youth violence prevention grants. The grant will see approximately $2 million in annual funding for up to three years, allocated to 12 community organizations to implement programming in 10 communities identified as Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and/or revitalization sites. Included in the list of recipients is St. Stephen’s Community House, who help youth at risk in Oakwood Village.
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  • Free Virtual Activities for Seniors

    As the City learns about free online activities/programs for seniors, they have been adding them to the Stay, Play & Learn at Home webpage (which has activities for all ages). There are some phone-based activities for seniors who don't have internet as well.
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City Hall Address:

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C42
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Open: Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-392-7012

Fax: 416-392-7957

Constituency Office:

1240 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1N5

Open: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
1pm - 6pm

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