City Council meeting of March 31 and April 1, 2010
Plans for Yonge-Eglinton Centre
Council approved a rezoning application from the owner of the site at the northwest corner of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue, setting the stage for redevelopment of the site. The proposal, unpopular with some area residents because it will reduce open space at that location, includes creating a rooftop garden that will be accessible to the public. The Yonge and Eglinton intersection is one of the City's four centres designated for commercial growth. Council's decision on the rezoning application stipulates several requirements before issuance of a building permit.
Beach volleyball contract
Council gave City officials authority to enter into a contract with the Ontario Volleyball Association to run the beach volleyball activities at Ashbridge's Bay and Woodbine Beach parks starting this May. Under the five-year contract, the City will receive $150,000 a year as well as five per cent of projected gross revenue for 2011 and 7.5 per cent for the remaining years of the contract. The association has also agreed to make capital improvements. The licence agreement with the previous operator of the beach volleyball program expired last fall.
Support for newcomers to Toronto
Council authorized the City to use up to $4 million in funding that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has made available for services to support newcomers to Toronto. The funding will be applied to pilot programs designed to provide additional supports to newcomers. The Canadian government and Toronto share the objective of wanting to make sure newcomers are making use of City and community services available to support successful settlement.
Job training program for young people
Council authorized renewing an agreement with Service Canada for the Toronto Youth Job Corps program — a cost-shared program that provides pre-employment preparation and subsidized job placements to unemployed, out-of-school youth and young adults. Since its inception in the 1980s, the Toronto Youth Job Corps has operated as a partnership between Service Canada, the City and community-based organizations that deliver the program.
Fees for utility cuts in Toronto's roads
Council approved fee schedules for utility cuts to City of Toronto roads, taking effect June 1, 2010. The fees for "pavement degradation" will help the City recover the costs of fixing and maintaining roads that are damaged by cuts made by utility companies and are therefore in need of repair sooner than usual. The money collected — estimated to amount to about $4 million a year — will go directly into a reserve fund to pay for construction, resurfacing and maintenance of the roads.
Heritage office buildings
Council approved designating the office buildings at 19 and 21 Dundas Square — the Hermant Buildings — for preservation under the Ontario Heritage Act. Located on the southwest corner of Dundas Square, the Hermant Buildings are considered fine examples of early 20th-century office architecture. The owners have agreed to restore important heritage features of both buildings. Council has approved a rezoning application allowing for construction of a new 35-storey building nearby that will involve demolishing the Hermant Annex building at 258 Victoria St.
Home games of the Toronto Nationals
Council endorsed the sale of alcoholic beverages at home games of the Toronto Nationals lacrosse team this season. The six home games will be played at Lamport Stadium. Council agreed to advise the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario that the City has no objection to the issuance of liquor licences for designated areas at the newly renovated Lamport Stadium. The Toronto Nationals, Canada's first ever professional field lacrosse team, played its home games at BMO Field last season.
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