The City of Toronto has been seeing a record number of planning applications, OMB hearings, and a rising demand for pro-active neighbourhood-based planning studies. We are also demanding planning advice on major transit investments, service provisions to the people moving into our core, and more.
City Planners do this work. They are skilled and dedicated, but there aren’t enough of them to manage the workload.
I spoke to this issue at our last Council meeting, footage of which can be found here.
Our city deserves a planning division that is able to operate at the best of its abilities to meet our needs. Item 2016.EX17.15, covering this Planning Department funding challenge, will be coming back to the Planning and Growth Committee for discussion in the near future. I will share that date once it becomes available and will ask at that time that if you agree that we need better resources to manage our booming growth that you either write to the committee or appear in person to share your comments.
More information from the recent council on October 5-7, including the agenda, minutes, and decisions can be found here.
The Toronto Police 11th Division has published their first quarterly newsletter! They plan on releasing quarterly newsletters in January, April, July, and October of 2017.
“The goal of the newsletter is to keep community members informed on crime and developing news in the community while educating residents on the importance of crime prevention. The newsletter strives to provide a variety of information, including tips on how residents can make their homes less inviting to thieves, their personal property less desirable to burglars, and how to be alert to suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.
The newsletter will help coordinate the efforts of police and the neighbourhood, encouraging strong community involvement and unity, which can deter crime. By getting involved, residents can improve home security, get to know the neighbours, and learn what is suspicious and what to do about it.
The newsletter will also provide various information such as: upcoming events, crime prevention tips, what’s happening in 11 division, crime maps, and contact numbers.”
The newsletter can be viewed below:
Greenest City, in partnership with FoodShare Toronto and the Parkdale Library, is holding a movie night! Join them on Wednesday, October 19th, 6:30pm-8pm at Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St W, Toronto for a discussion and free screening of the documentary Meeting Place Organic Film by local Parkdale resident, Rebecca Garrett.
The film looks at the work of one couple who built an organic, sustainable and ecologically diverse farm at a time when industrial agriculture seemed like farmers’ only option.