City of Toronto Launches Public Consultation on Long-Term Financial Plan

Posted on November 9, 2016

The City of Toronto is launching its public consultation on the development of its Long-Term Financial Plan. Information about the consultation, including background reports and engagement opportunities, a series of online surveys and two rounds of community meetings, is available at http://www.investinginto.ca/. The public is also invited to participate in the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.

The City is asking for the public’s input on some challenging questions about how the City can manage expenses, raise revenue and optimize its assets. People can share input, ideas and solutions at a series of public meetings or by participating online.

The consultation process is being conducted in two phases:

Phase 1 – Fall

  • November: The first of three online surveys is open from November 9 to 20 for the public to provide input on what the City should consider as it makes decisions about long-term financial sustainability.
  • December: A second online survey – open from December 5 to 23 will gather input on long-term financial options and strategies related to expenditures, revenue and assets.
  • A series of in-person community meetings will be held (schedule and details below). For all meetings, the open house will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. Visit http://www.investinginto.ca/ to register to attend, request accommodations or attend via webcast.
  • Monday, December 5
    Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Rd.
  • Tuesday, December 6
    Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.
  • Wednesday, December 7
    Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave.
  • Thursday, December 8
    Toronto Reference Library, Epic Hall, 789 Yonge St.

Consultation toolkits will be available online in early December for groups and organizations who wish to conduct their own meetings.

Phase 2 – Winter/Spring

  • A final online survey and a second series of in-person community meetings is planned to gather input on the governance and financial management required for long-term financial sustainability.

The findings from the consultation will provide advice for Council and the City Manager as the City sets out to develop its Long-Term Financial Plan. The Plan will guide financial decision-making over the long term, and put Toronto on a path to financial sustainability.

It will also help address structural financial issues, as expenditures continue to rise faster than revenues, and ensure the City of Toronto continues to run well, spends public money wisely and delivers the programs and services residents need and want over the long term.

West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Study

Posted on November 9, 2016

The City is holding a community meeting on the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study where you can ask questions of City Staff and share your comments.

The purpose of this meeting is to present findings from the built form & character analysis, heritage evaluation and draft recommendations of the West Queen West HCD Study and to provide an opportunity for comment and feedback.

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Place: The Theatre Centre – 1115 Queen Street West
Time: 6:00pm – Open House
6:30 – 9:00pm – Presentation and Facilitated Discussion & Activity

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:00-6:30pm, followed by a presentation of the findings and draft recommendations by FGMDA Architects. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion and activity.

If you would like more information please contact the Heritage Preservation Services staff, the consultant team and/or myself.

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Subcommittee on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Meeting Reminder

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

Dear Friends,

On Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 7:00 PM, the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation will meet to consider the TransformTO staff report.

Recognizing that Climate Change is one of the most important issues of our time, the City of Toronto has established TransformTO to produce a framework that will help the city identify a path to sustainability and suggest key starting points to begin towards its goal of greenhouse gas emission reductions of 80% by 2050.

Two documents are being created:

A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its target of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 through policy and programming.

A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous, and equitable city.

As Chair of the Subcommittee, and on behalf of its members, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend and share your comments.

Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation
Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room #1, 2nd Floor
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

I would also ask you to share this invitation broadly with those who may be interested in attending.

At the initial meeting in March 2015, the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation heard over 200 residents who shared their visions and concerns regarding TransformTO’s initiatives. Since then over 2000 Torontonians have participated in the project.  The full public engagement report is available at http://bit.ly/2cImhRo.

More information about TransformTO is available at http://www.toronto.ca/transformto.

Thank you for your participation in this important work. I look forward to seeing you on November 14th.

Sincerely,
Gord

Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Bloor by the Park BIA Community Open House Reminder

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this coming community meeting:

You are invited to join members of the Bloor by the Park Business Improvement Area (BIA), the City of Toronto Staff and Electrical Engineering Consultant, to review the pedestrian lighting plans in more detail and to learn additional information about the lighting improvements that will be taking place in 2017.

Increasing lighting is important to address pedestrian activity during the evening hours, establish local identity, and reinforce a sense of time and place.

The pedestrian light poles will be installed along the sidewalks of Bloor Street between Keele Street and Dundas Avenue West. Funding for this project is being provided by the BIA and the City of Toronto. The plans will be displayed at the Open House.

The BIA Board approved the locations and design of the lighting poles. The lighting poles will be installed in 2017. The lighting project will be constructed by City-approved contractors, and paid and maintained by the BIA.

They would like to offer you the opportunity to view the plans before they present them for permit approval.

Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St W, Lower Hall

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