I hope you have been enjoying your summer and taking advantage of the many events held in our community. July has proven to be a busy month. I had to opportunity to meet with many of you at events such as the Earlscourt Canada Day BBQ, the Davenport Today and Tomorrow Town Halls and BIG on Bloor.
At City Hall, the work continues. This month, Council took action on many important items from housing to childcare to street festivals. With so much having happened this month, I have outlined below the major items that affect you and your community.
Yellowbelt and the Missing Middle
I was very proud to put forward a motion with Mayor John Tory at this month's City Council meeting to address the 'Missing Middle' in Toronto. The missing middle refers to gentle intensification in existing neighbourhoods. Currently, 70% of Toronto's housing land is restricted by outdated zoning restrictions, preventing changes that will better accommodate changing housing needs. This is called the 'Yellowbelt' as it is marked yellow on our zoning map. Despite Toronto's rapid growth, our neighbourhoods are shrinking as people are being forced into towers in the City's core. I look forward to hearing back from City Staff at the end of 2019 and consulting with residents on moving this forward. You can see the full motion here.
After an extensive project, consultation and study I am pleased that homeowners across Toronto will soon be allowed to develop laneway suites on their property. This will not only create much-needed alternative housing options in Toronto, but will also give families the flexibility to leverage their unused property. Having spoken to many people during consultations across Toronto, many desire laneway housing to keep their ageing parents or children close. With laneway suites already permitted in Toronto and East York, where nearly 90% of laneways are located, we have seen that they have created positive change in the community.
Vision Zero 2.0
Vision Zero is the City's five-year action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto's streets. Implemented in 2016, the City has already been taking measures to educate commuters, improve safety and protect our most vulnerable people. As an update to the original 2016 safety plan, Vision Zero now includes a range of additional efforts to reduce the risk of serious injuries and fatalities. As part of this initiative, I successfully amended the plan to include a speed limit reduction on Dufferin from Sylvan Avenue to Eglinton Avenue West from 50km/h to 40km/h. This will extend the reduction I previously secured from Alma Avenue to Sylvan Avenue.
If you are interested in all the Vision Zero initiatives taken in Davenport, I encourage you to view the Vision Zero Mapping Tool. As I have only been the Councillor north of Dupont since 2018, I am looking forward to making additional safety improvements to the north end of the Ward.
Security at Street Festivals
Davenport has many street festivals, but security costs have been steadily increasing, making it more and more difficult for festivals to cover their costs. Given this, I moved a motion for City staff to work with BIAs and street festival organizers to investigate the issues surrounding these festivals and events and report back on the results. Hopefully this study will provide us with some tangible ways to support our street festivals and keep Toronto vibrant.
Cycling Network Plan Update
Two years into Toronto's 10-year cycling plan, City Council reviewed the program and approved the installation of approximately 15 kilometres of new or improved bike lanes/cycle tracks. In addition, safety-related upgrades will be made to existing routes. Part of this update will include the Bloor bike lane extension to High Park, an initiative I worked on extensively. Recognizing the need for bike lanes on Bloor Street sooner, I wrote a recommendation that I submitted with Councillor's Mike Layton and Gord Perks with the goal of a summer 2020 installation date. This will not only improve safety for both cyclists and drivers, but it will encourage local residents to cycle rather than driving, which will reduce congestion on our roads.
Licensing of Vehicles for Hire
Many of you have written to me advocating for third-party training for private transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft. As Council reviewed safety and accessibility improvements for all vehicles for hire, I was happy to support this recommendation. Many other improvements were made as well, including increasing the minimum years of driving experience required from one year to three, mandatory mobile phone mounts for drivers, and requiring drivers to affix "Watch for Bike" notices on their vehicles.
Over the last few years, Toronto's local brewery scene has grown considerably. Davenport is now home to many of Toronto's favourite breweries and plays an important part in our economy and identity. In 2015, City Council requested that staff work with owners and operators of craft breweries to help grow the craft beer sector and make Toronto “the craft beer capital of the world”. At Council, significant changes were made to allow breweries more flexibility in the operation of their establishments. You can find the City's press release here.
City Council approved the establishment of a wholly-owned City services corporation to manage and operate Toronto Community Housing Corporation's 83 seniors-designated buildings. The purpose of this change is to allow for integrated services and more community involvement in the operating model. This new corporation will work in coordination with the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Networks starting in 2020 to co-develop a service model. Having worked on making this a reality since the 2016 Task Force on Toronto Community Housing, I am proud and excited to see it move forward and provide meaningful changes to so many in our community.
Councillor, Ward 9 – Davenport
Table of Contents
- St Clair Avenue West Master Plan
- Brockton Triangle and Bloordale Backyard Tree Planting Program
- McCormick Recreation Centre Repairs
- MacGregor Park Unveiling
- BIG on Bloor
- College Promenade BIA "Get Your Butt In Here Campaign"
- Bartlett Parkette Improvements
- Securing Theatre Centre Funding
- Sistering's De-Escalation Training
- City Updates
- News Clippings
- Important Notices
- Council Highlights
St Clair Avenue West Master Plan
The City of Toronto has completed a Transportation Master Plan to examine solutions to relieve traffic congestion, improve connections for pedestrians and cyclists and increase access to public transit. The plan has been placed on the public record for a 30-day review period ending on August 3, 2019. To review the plan and offer your thoughts, please visit www.toronto.ca/stclairwesttmp.
Brockton Triangle and Bloordale Backyard Tree Planting Program
The Bloordale Community Improvement Association, Botanicus Art Ensemble and Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) have teamed up to offer a $100 rebate for Brockton Triangle and Bloordale property owners to put towards the cost of planting a new treat through LEAF's subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program. You can apply at www.yourleaf.org by September 30.
McCormick Recreation Centre Repairs
Starting in September, repairs will be made to the McCormick Recreation Centre to increase accessibility, improve energy usage and refresh the facility. The work will include a complete rehabilitation of the pool area, HVAC, and installation of a new main elevator and accessible change room.
The facility will be partially open in May of 2020 with the pool expected to open in September 2020.During the closure, programming will be offered at Trinity Community Recreation Centre, Wallace Emerson Community Centre, Sorauren Park Fieldhouse and Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre. The Afterschool program will be offered at MacGregor Playground Fieldhouse. All aquatic programs have been re-routed to other facilities. For the complete schedule, please visit www.toronto.ca/swim. For specific program information visit www.toronto.ca/funguide.
MacGregor Park Unveiling
On July 20, I was pleased to host the grand reopening of the new MacGregor Park Fieldhouse. This 85 year old building underwent major renovations to add a new entrance and year-round heating. Working with the community, the fieldhouse will now host arts programming provided by Botanicus Art Ensemble. At this event, we also honoured a member of Botanicus Arts, Kristen Fahrig, who sadly passed away. In her honour, we commissioned a memorial plaque in her name.
BIG on Bloor
This year I attended another fantastic BIG on Bloor Festival. This is a great community event that brings out over 90,000 people from across Toronto each summer to celebrate and explore the works of local artists. At this year's event, I was honoured to present the Carelton Village School Council the BIG on Bloorfest Award for their tireless work to improve safety for kids in our community. Together, we worked with the neighbourhood to provide safe school bus loading zones.
College Promenade BIA "Get Your Butt In Here Campaign"
The College Promenade BIA and Paola Giavedoni, owner of The Candy Bar have developed a creative campaign to cut down on cigarette butt litter on their streets. The BIA will be providing restaurants, bars and cafes small, portable cigarette butt receptacles.
In April, I requested City staff to investigate the issue of cigarette butt litter and report on the possibility of implementing regulations for business owners to ensure that cigarette butt litter is removed from the front of their premises. This is a great example of the local community coming together to address this common issue, reduce environmental impacts and shift smoking culture.
Bartlett Parkette Improvements
I am pleased to inform you that after much community involvement the Bartlett Parkette has been repaved. This much needed improvement helps to beautify the Green Line corridor for the local community.
Securing Theatre Centre Funding
This month I was happy to secure $200,000 of Section 37 Community Benefit funding for The Theatre Centre's Capital Campaign. Mayor John Tory and I presented the cheque to the Centre's new Artistic Director Aislinn Rose.
The Theatre Centre is an important live-arts incubator and research hub for Toronto's cultural sector. The work undertaken at the Centre inspires and supports young and new actors and artists by offering them a creative space to explore their talents with positive mentors. With an extensive list of notable alumni, The Theatre Centre has made significant contributions to the culture of Toronto.
Sistering's De-Escalation Training
On Monday, August 12, join Sistering for their De-escalation training session held at The Maker Bean Cafe, 1052 Bloor St W from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Here, you will be taught techniques, tactics and best practices for interacting with people struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
City Hall Live
City Hall Live is returning to outdoor stages this summer, with an impressive lineup of free performances that includes lunchtime shows at Nathan Phillips Square and Union Station. City Hall Live provides local artists with paid opportunities to perform across the city, showcasing the diverse musical sounds of Toronto. Local live music will be presented at Nathan Phillips Square from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (except August 7) until September 11, hosted by music and entertainment reporter Rudy Blair.
The full City Hall Live performance schedule is available at http://bit.ly/2WEpIvp and social media users can follow #CityHallLive for schedule updates.
TTC Transit Responsibility Review
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been hosting a series of public consultations in regard to the province's introduction of Bill 107 - The Getting Ontario Moving Act, which enables a series of changes to how transit is planned, designed and delivered in Toronto. In order to keep the public informed, the City of Toronto has launched a consultation and public information campaign to keep you informed on what is happening. To stay up to date and provide your thoughts, please visit here.
My Local Government Resource
Ever wonder how your local government works? Some find it complicated and overwhelming to navigate. In order to make government more accountable, accessible and transparent, the City of Toronto has launched the My Local Government, It's For Me campaign that explains how government works, where to find information and how to get involved. You can find more information on their website and information booklets which can be provided in 24 languages.
With summer and warmer weather here, Toronto Water is running a multi-faceted public education campaign to remind residents and industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential facilities that they can track their water use online with the MyWaterToronto online tool. This tool can be used to identify leaks and look for ways to save water and money.
Request a Mobile Watch Your Speed Sign
Under the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the City of Toronto is accepting recommendations for new Mobile Speed Signs. Each sign will be rotated to locations within the ward on a monthly basis and includes built-in radar that measures and displays to drivers the speed of their vehicles. In 2018, nearly 200 signs were installed to help remind motorists of their speed and discourage speeding. If you have a recommendation for a Mobile Watch Your Speed Sign, please make a request.
Please Slow Down Campaign
The "Please Slow Down" campaign, a public awareness initiative that aims to encourage drivers to slow down on residential roads using temporary lawn signs, is well underway.
Public Consultation on Toronto's Governance
The City of Toronto is inviting Torontonians to participate and to share their thoughts on recent changes to City Council governance and how to support Council's local and city-wide decision-making.
Input from the consultation will help to inform City staff's recommendations to the Special Committee on Governance established by Toronto City Council. The Committee mandate is to consider the impacts of a smaller Council on the City's governance and recommend any further changes to its interim structure.
A dedicated website has launched with information about the Committee, the City's governance, upcoming public sessions, an online survey and a toolkit for residents and organizations to host their own meetings. The survey and the toolkit will be available from June 1 to July 26, 2019.
Toronto Biennial of Art
This month, City Council voted in favour of the Toronto Biennial of Art's 72-day visual arts program starting on September 21, 2019. This event has been in the works for five years and I have been a strong supporter of it.
The 72-day Toronto Biennial of Art presents local, national, and international contemporary art in a citywide event as culturally layered and connected as Toronto itself. The event takes place every two years, offering accessible and transformative visual art exhibitions, installations, talks, learning opportunities, and happenings in new and unexpected spaces along the shores of Lake Ontario.
The Biennial’s goal is to galvanize Toronto and nearby cities, connecting communities around art and culture, and contributing to global conversations from a distinctly Canadian perspective. The event reflects the specific context of the region and its unique standard for inclusion and openness.
3,200 more affordable housing subsidies to be funded in Toronto - CityNews, July 3
Toronto needs missing middle housing options to address housing affordability - The Star, July 16
Ten of Toronto’s coolest splash pads - Toronto Life, July 16
This is what Dufferin Mall could soon look like - BlogTO, July 17
Toronto city council wants city planners to look into new forms of development within neighbourhoods - Globe and Mail, July 19
The 10 coolest streets in Toronto right now - BlogTO, July 24
Cultural Hotspot Initiative - From May through October 2019
The City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot initiative shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in the York and north Etobicoke areas; inspiring new ideas about where culture thrives in Toronto. A big part of celebrating creativity, community and culture in this area is highlighting delicious and diverse food and that's what HOT Eats is all about. HOT Eats encourages people to experience local restaurants, cafés and bakeries. Sign up to participate in this promotional opportunity, including a gift certificate giveaway campaign (partnering with Star Metroland Media), an online interactive directory, print advertisement and a social media advertisement campaign, and inclusion in a printed and online guide book of your area. For more information, or to sign up: toronto.ca/culturalhotspot/eats
Submissions open: May 1, 2019
Deadline to apply: June 17, 2019
Contact: [email protected] or Emma Ward at 416-392-1214
Northcliffe Village Residents' Association and Oakwood Village BIA Summerfest - August 17 from 11:00am - 5:00pm at Charles Brereton Park
On Saturday, August 17 please join the Northcliffe Village RA and Oakwood Village BIA for their Summerfest in Charles Brereton Park. There will be musical performances, local artists and vendors.
Fairbank Village BIA Films on Shortt - August 23 to September 13
Please join Fairbank Village BIA for their free outdoor movies on Friday nights on Shortt Street, north of Eglinton. Be sure to bring your chair or blanket!
Arts + Puppetry Summer Camps at George Chuvalo Community Centre - July 2 - August 6 at George Chuvalo Community Centre
The George Chuvalo Community Centre is hosting Arts + Puppetry Summer Camps for kids in grade 4-6! For more information and to register, please contact Julia Gonsalves at 416-668-3492 or [email protected] or visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/GChuvaloCentre/
Figment Interactive Art Festival - August 17-18 in Dufferin Grove Park
Join Figment for their third annual free interactive arts festival in Dufferin Grove Park on the August 17 weekend. If you are interested in volunteering for their Core Team and to help plan the event, please contact [email protected].
For more information or an application form, please visit here.
Hanson Road BBQ and Street Party - September 7 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm at 434 Oakwood Avenue
Please join the Police Community Partnership 13 Division, Oakwood Pizzeria, and the Oakwood Village BIA for a Community BBQ at Oakwood Pizzeria. There will be food and fun for the whole family including face painting, a jumping castle and more!
Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program
LEAF offers a Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program which helps you enjoy the many benefits of trees by planting the right tree in the right place. You will get an arborist consultation at your property, a 5 to 8 foot native tree and full planting service, all for $150-$220 (approximately half the full cost!). Houses, multi-units and business/industrial properties all qualify. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.
Sewer Rehabilitation - O'Leary Avenue
The City of Toronto will be conducting sewer rehabilitations from 8 O'Leary Ave to 50 O'Leary Ave. The project is expected to be completed by January 2020. Residents may experience odours from flushing activities. For questions or concerns, please contact the Field ambassador at 416-475-4424 or [email protected]
Toronto Hydro - Emerson-Bloor Construction
From June 2019-December 2019, Toronto Hydro will be conducting overhead and underground construction in the Emerson-Bloor Neighbourhood to accommodate the GO Transit Expansion Electrification Program. Crews may require access to your property to install an underground duct from the property line to the meter base located at your home or business. For further information, please call Toronto Hydro at 416-542-3366 and reference project X18126.
In addition, Toronto Hydro will be conducting a powerlite switch replacement in the Bloor St West, Sterling Rd neighbourhood to help improve the electricity system in Ward 9. For further information, please call Toronto Hydro at 416-542-3366 and reference project X18127.
Housing and social support
Transformation of Toronto Community Housing
Council voted unanimously to adopt Tenants First, a transformational plan to create better living conditions and experiences for tenants of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCH). The plan also establishes a separate City organization to manage and operate TCH's seniors-designated buildings. Those 83 buildings are currently home to about 27,000 seniors. TCH will focus on operating its 43,000 units of mixed and family buildings. The housing corporation's real estate development functions will be assumed by CreateTO, the City's real estate agency.
Community housing revitalization projects
Council adopted a new approvals framework to guide Toronto Community Housing Corporation revitalization projects. City staff are to report in October on how Toronto Community Housing will ensure that revitalization projects include consultations with affected tenants and include social development plans. Council directions were also adopted for two specific revitalizations that are now in the works.
Waiting list for rent geared to income
Discussion about the City's centralized waiting list for rent-geared-to-income housing concluded with Council agreeing to ask staff to provide quarterly progress reports on the implementation of a new choice-based model for access to the City's social housing. Council also specified an October date for staff to provide a report to the Economic and Community Development Committee, including an update on service improvements made to the centralized waiting list.
Federal/provincial funding for housing
Council authorized the City's participation in two new federal/provincial housing and homelessness programs: the Canada-Ontario Community Housing Initiative and the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative. Funding from the two programs will assist the City in maintaining and increasing housing options for some 9,000 low to moderate income Toronto households.
Preparations for hosting evacuees
Council authorized City officials to negotiate with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, and potentially implement hosting arrangements in Toronto, in response to the northern forest fires affecting some northwestern Ontario communities. Arrangements are to include plans for services and facilities the City would provide. The City would also need to secure intergovernmental funding for recovery of the City's host-related costs.
Interim housing for refugees
Council authorized the Mayor and the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the federal government for the City to receive and allocate funding to provide services to refugee and asylum claimants as part of a plan for increasing shelter and housing options for refugee/asylum claimants arriving in Toronto. The full amount of funding that will be available from the federal government for this initiative is still to be determined.
Road safety and cycling infrastructure
Vision Zero 2.0 road safety plan
Council endorsed the Vision Zero 2.0 plan for road safety in Toronto. As an update to the original 2016 safety plan, Vision Zero 2.0 initiatives include a range of additional efforts to reduce the risk of serious injuries and fatalities. One focus is lowering speed limits on designated streets. Another involves a plan for automated speed enforcement, with the aim of installing 50 speed-reduction cameras in school and community zones by the end of this year.
School-zone parking violations
Council approved increases in penalties (fines) issued for stopping/parking violations that typically occur near schools, creating traffic congestion and safety concerns for parents and students. Effective September 3, the penalty will change from $60 to $100 for most violations of that kind.
Updated plan for cycling network
Council approved an updated Cycling Network Plan and specific infrastructure investments as work continues for making cycling safer and more convenient. The plan identifies existing, planned and proposed city-wide cycling routes as the backbone of the overall cycling network. Council's approval will result in the installation of about 15 lane kilometres of new or improved bike lanes/cycle tracks, mostly for cycling routes in parts of Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. In addition, safety-related upgrades will be made to existing routes.
Expanded bike parking at schools
Council agreed to authorize City staff to enter into agreements with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board for the provision of bicycle parking infrastructure at school properties. The funding, most of it provided to the City by a provincial commuter-cycling program, will be applied to the installation of bicycle parking at up to 300 Toronto schools.
Standards, safety and security
Licensing of vehicles for hire
Council adopted amendments to the City's vehicles-for-hire bylaw to Council adopts new requirements to improve the safety and accessibility of taxicabs and limousines, and vehicles operated by private transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft. In addition to specifying a series of safety measures, the City is introducing an accessibility funding program to help offset the higher cost of providing wheelchair accessible service. The program will be funded through a regulatory charge on members of the industry who do not provide wheelchair accessible service.
Managing emergencies in apartment buildings
Council supported amending the Toronto Municipal Code to require building owners/operators to develop and maintain a vital-service-disruption plan to better serve their residents during prolonged disruption of a building's vital services. That steps was taken in the context of a report assessing the City's emergency response to the incident at 260 Wellesley St. E. last year, and addressing emergency management interventions for highrise buildings in general.
Safety of pedestrian bridges
Council approved the implementation of recommendations on the safety of pedestrian bridges, which are the outcome of the City's review of the partial collapse of a privately-owned, publicly-accessible pedestrian bridge in Toronto's Crescent Town neighbourhood last year. No one was hurt in that bridge's collapse but the incident has prompted City actions to address the issue of pedestrian bridge safety, including the recent identification and inspection of 172 pedestrian bridge structures throughout the city.
TTC incident involving fare inspectors
Council discussed a Toronto Ombudsman's report that investigated an incident that led to allegations of misconduct and racial discrimination by transit fare inspectors in an interaction with a Black male transit rider. Council adopted the report and also decided to specifically advise TTC management to address anti-Black racism in the organization by taking steps that include providing ongoing learning and development initiatives for all TTC staff.
Security at street festivals
Council asked for a report, informed by input from stakeholders, addressing issues associated with hosting and managing street festivals and other major events. The City, police and festival organizers face increasing costs tied to security issues, including the use of paid-duty police at festivals. Council's action on this agenda item includes having staff obtain input from the Toronto Police Service, as well as from other Ontario cities, for the report.
Community safety and well-being
Council authorized staff to proceed with establishing justice centres in the downtown east and the northwest areas of Toronto as part of a broader undertaking tied to Ontario's new Community Safety and Policing Act. Under the act, the City will be required to adopt a plan for community safety and well-being, and to take a leadership role in assisting vulnerable populations in Toronto communities.
Child-care capital projects in jeopardy
Council decided to ask the Ontario government to provide operating funding to support 51 child-care capital projects in Toronto that are at risk of not proceeding because of a recent provincial decision. Among motions adopted with this agenda item, one involves a City request to the federal government concerning its negotiation of a renewed Early Learning Childcare Agreement with the province.
Occupancy agreements with school boards
Council voted to direct the Children's Services division to identify financial resources to continue funding occupancy agreements for early-years and child-care programs with the Toronto school boards from January 1, 2020 until the City's 2020 budget approval. Bridge funding is needed for the City to avoid having to notify the four school boards of the City's intention to terminate occupancy agreements in the schools effective January 1, when currently available funding expires. Council also directed staff to reiterate a request for the province to fully fund these programs.
Planning, economy and environment
Council adopted a series of recommendations for Official Plan amendments that will extend the current policy and regulatory framework for laneway suites apply across the entire city. Laneway suites, which are self-contained residential units along public laneways, can contribute to the supply of rental housing while providing more opportunities for people to live close to where they work, shop and play. They also contribute to making laneways more green, livable and safe.
Expanding housing options across Toronto
Council asked staff to consult with community associations and prepare a report on increasing housing options in areas of Toronto designated as Neighbourhoods in Toronto’s Official Plan. The report is to include addressing the possibility of undertaking a "missing middle" pilot project in Ward 19 Beaches-East York. The missing middle refers to housing forms such as duplexes and low-rise apartments that are found in some neighbourhoods but not in others.
Official Plan amendments
Council adopted motions addressing extensive modifications the Ontario government made recently to the City's Official Plan amendments for two areas of Toronto addressed by the Yonge Eglinton Secondary Plan and the Downtown Plan. Among the motions adopted, Council decided to request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to revert back to the City Council-approved version of Official Plan amendments for those two plans.
Recreation facility for Don Mills
Council approved plans to build a new community recreation centre at the park located at 844 Don Mills Rd. to serve the communities along Don Mills Road from York Mills Road to Flemingdon Park. As part of the approval, Council has asked staff to undertake a community engagement process for input on the centre's design. The Don Mills corridor's population is projected to grow by about 25,000 people over the next few years.
Support for local brewers
Toronto City Council approved changes to Toronto's zoning bylaw that will make it easier for brewers across the city to manufacture and sell their products at a single location. As a result, local brewers will have the option of operating a tap room in a restaurant or making a retail store part of a brewery, or as another example, can operate a restaurant and a brewery at the same space.
Toronto's night-time economy
Council adopted a recommendation for the Mayor to designate a member of Council as Toronto's Night Ambassador, serving as the voice for Toronto's entertainment-related activities. That recommendation is one of several adopted to support implementation of an action plan on Toronto nightlife. Council also wants to ensure ongoing engagement with music-industry stakeholders and is asking staff to report on matters that include better public transit service after 1 a.m. and more access to public washrooms at night.
Diversion program for textiles
Council supported a motion calling for the City to develop an implementation plan for a city-wide textile and clothing recycling program to divert textiles from the waste stream. Households tend to throw out large amounts of used clothing and other textiles each year, but textiles are not accepted as part of the City's blue bin recycling program. They are considered a contaminant as they tangle sorting machines, damage equipment and can cause workplace injuries.
Municipal facilities and resources
Emergency procedures for City work sites
A motion concerning emergency procedures for City staff and officials was adopted by Council.
Staff, elected officials and members of the public in City Hall on July 3 experienced a sudden lock-down for security reasons tied to an incident involving a firearm outside the building. Council wants simplified instructions and annual drills to assist with lock-down and related procedures, and emergency preparedness in general, at municipal buildings.
Council requested the creation of standard incident management procedures, including communication protocols, to address incidents involving cyber attacks/information breaches. The City already has a cyber-security foundation in place to protect the City's information technology system, having launched its formal Cyber Security Program in 2017. Cyber-security training will now be mandatory for all City staff.
City offices at Union Station
Council adopted a report on using much of Union Station's east wing as office space as part of a strategy for reducing City office leases and associated costs. Using three east-wing floors at the municipally owned Union Station will enable the City to eliminate several leases for municipal office space.