My thoughts on the police motions at Council

Posted on June 30, 2020

This week the role of Toronto Police Services, the policing budget, and the systemic racism that exists in our own City government and institutions was debated at City Council.  Like the tens of thousands of you who called my office, sent in emails, and fought for change, I am disappointed in the results of this meeting. Despite the outpouring of outrage and activism throughout Toronto and around the world, Council chose not to take any steps to defund the Toronto Police Services budget. You have the right to feel let down by your government, and I stand with you in your sadness and anger.

While we all have the right to feel disillusioned, I must acknowledge some of the important measures that did pass. Council approved a motion requesting the City Manager report on implementing a Mobile Crisis Assistance Intervention Service, that would deploy unarmed, medically trained crisis intervention assistance personnel, based on the “CAHOOTS” model from Eugene, Oregon. There is also a request to the Provincial government to expand the City of Toronto’s jurisdiction to include auditing the Toronto Police Service. While these are small steps, they are steps in the right direction.

It is important that we do not lose sight of what has happened. A worldwide movement has started to finally take a firm stance against the systemic racism that exists in our society.  Both the Police Chief and the majority of Councillors admitted that structural racism exists in our City’s institution, including Toronto Police Services, and that it is something we must fix. We cannot let the hard work you have put in be in vain. We must continue to call on all levels of government to stamp out the racism that exist in our government and society.  There is more work to be done, and together we must continue to push forward, and not let this momentum fade.

My office will reach out and share updates as they become available, as well as to share opportunities to organize.

As always, I remain available to continue this discussion.

Gord

My comments on anti-Black racism and the motion on police budget

Posted on June 11, 2020

There is currently a motion expected at the June City Council meeting which includes moving 10% of the police budget to investment to “enhance resiliency in marginalized communities,” including community-led alternatives to policing, programs to help at-risk youth and affordable housing, as well as anti-racism education.

I will be supporting this motion.  My record at City Council has consistently been to request or support the request to decrease the police budget as well as moving police budget dollars to much needed community services.

Anti-Black racism is real and pervasive in our City. As a society we must do, and demand, better.

It is essential that the City of Toronto maintain a strong commitment to resourcing and supporting the work of the Indigenous Affairs Office and to fully implement the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism.

Further, our funding priorities must be centred on a robust system of social supports and services, including ongoing investments in Black and marginalized communities. No budgetary demand of the TPS should ever stand in the way of that system.

There may also be an opportunity to begin to reallocate service.  Many of our 911 emergency calls are requesting a response to a Mental Health crisis for example, that response may be more appropriately responded to by a Mental Health professional. We need to provide appropriate response to 911 calls,  as we do when responding to a fire – fire department, or a heart attack- paramedic.

Finally, we must take action to invest in our resources to address these inequities head-on. The City works to apply an equity lens on every budget decision it makes, which is a good first step, but more must be done and it starts with properly funding of City services.

Gord

My comments at Council on the Housing Now Initiative – May 28, 2020

Posted on May 28, 2020

Today, Toronto City Council approved the second phase of Housing Now. Here are my comments on the importance of socially owned housing.

 

 

My comments at Council – April 30th, 2020

Posted on April 30, 2020

Today at Council, I advocated for a more democratic and equitable process for public decision making. To watch the full Council meeting visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpeP-Xi_0Sg

 

Queen Street West Planning Study Report at TEYCC – March 12, 2020

Posted on February 27, 2020

City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Queen St. West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street and will be submitting a report to Toronto and East York Community Council on March 12, 2020.

This Staff report summarizes the study, and proposed to amend the Official Plan by adopting ‘Site and Area Specific Policy 566’ for the properties fronting Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.

This policy is intended to:

  • guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
  • conserve and enhance the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
  • provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

The proposed amendments to the Official Plan will also inform civic investment and improvements to transportation infrastructure, public open spaces and community facilities within this area.

The Staff report will be available on line at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1925#Meeting-2020.TE14. Additional materials relating to the Study, as presented to the community in October 2019, can be accessed at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/west-queen-west-parkdale-main-street-hcd-plan/meetings-events-west-queen-west-hcd-plan/

Please note that the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and TEYCC in the fall of 2020. My office will keep you up-to-date as it moves forward.

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates this main street.

The item will be heard at 10 AM or as soon as possible thereafter on March 12, 2020 in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. You are invited to attend the public meeting to speak to this item or submit written comment. Please contact the City Clerk at teycc@toronto.ca to request to be added to the speakers list and/or to provide your comments.

Notice_Public-Meeting-Queen Street West Study

 

Council Highlights – January 29, 2020

Posted on January 30, 2020

Council Highlights

Toronto City Council meeting of January 29, 2020

Council Highlights is an informal summary of selected actions taken by Toronto City Council at its business meetings. The complete, formal documentation for this latest meeting is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Plan for implementing the ravine strategy

Council unanimously adopted an implementation plan for the Toronto Ravine Strategy guiding the cleanup and protection of the city’s extensive ravines. The plan addresses the need for enhanced services for litter collection and control of invasive species in ravines. Among several amending motions that were adopted with this agenda item is one calling for the 2020 Clean Toronto Together campaign to place an emphasis on ravine cleanup, and one proposing discussions about having schools adopt their local ravine and help support ravine sustainability and protection.

Toronto’s growing tree canopy 

Council adopted recommendations and amendments concerning the city’s tree canopy, informed by a recent study that includes data indicating Toronto’s urban forest increased from 10.2 million trees in 2008 to 11.5 million trees in 2018. The City is committed to pursuing partnerships and policies that will help protect growing space for Toronto’s urban forest. Council also adopted recommendations in two related agenda items, one about the role of City bylaws in protecting trees and another about federal funding to support the City’s goals for the tree canopy.

Next step for Rail Deck Park

Council unanimously adopted recommendations to continue negotiating to acquire 1.2 hectares of air space above the Union Station rail corridor as part of an envisioned eight-hectare park the City wants to create between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way in downtown Toronto. Council authorized the use of expropriation if needed to move forward with securing the 1.2 hectares of air space. The park’s creation is to be phased to help manage the project’s anticipated cost and complexity.

Toronto and Ontario transit partnership

Council adopted an update on discussions with the Province of Ontario regarding four priority transit projects known as the Ontario Line, Line 2 East Extension (three-stop expansion of Line 2 into Scarborough), Yonge North Subway Extension and Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. In addition to adopting the update report, Council supported a series of amending motions, such as one presenting three principles to guide any agreements between the City and the province related to the approval process for transit-oriented development.

Private construction blocking roadways

Council adopted recommendations to address the issue of private construction projects closing a lane of the adjacent road (public right-of-way) to traffic, affecting pedestrians, motorists, transit users and cyclists. A motion adopted with the item calls on staff to report later this year on options for enhanced enforcement measures to deal with builders unnecessarily closing lanes, fencing-off parking spots and using active lanes as parking zones.

Delivery of Ontario Building Code services

Council adopted recommendations concerning proposed changes to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s services related to the Ontario Building Code. The province administers the code and the City is responsible for enforcement within Toronto’s boundaries. Council is requesting that the ministry conduct further consultations directly with the City. While supportive of some of the proposed changes, Council does not support a proposal that would allow builders to hire designers for their plan review and inspection, now done by municipal staff.

Future of St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Council endorsed pursuing the replacement of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts at 27 Front St. E. with a new version of the centre that will be a state-of-the-art cultural and civic hub for the city’s creative communities, particularly not-for-profit performing arts organizations. Moving ahead with this project is subject to the completion of several steps, including consultations and a funding plan. The current centre, built in 1967 as Toronto’s Canadian centennial project, first opened its doors in 1970.

Promoting independent live theatre

A member motion that Council adopted asks staff to explore actions that can be taken to support the sustainability and continued viability of independent theatrical spaces in the downtown west area. That undertaking is to include consultation with the independent live theatre sector. The motion notes that City action is needed as start-up theatres, storefront spaces, incubators and rehearsal rooms close due to high commercial rents and a lack of supports for emerging artists and performance spaces.

Air quality in the subway network

Council agreed to ask the Toronto Transit Commission’s board to implement mitigation measures that can be delivered in the short term, along with longer term measures, to improve air quality in the subway system. Line 2 is identified as a priority for mitigation measures. At the request of the Toronto Board of Health, staff of Toronto Public Health recently oversaw an independent study of air quality in the subway system, which included identifying beneficial measures that could be pursued. The study also highlighted various positive health aspects of subway use as part of the public transit system.

Support for move to electric vehicles

Council approved an electric vehicle strategy and provided direction on implementing it as a critical component in transitioning Toronto to a low-carbon city as articulated in the City’s climate action strategy, TransformTO. That strategy sets the goal of all Toronto transportation using zero-carbon energy by 2050. Increasing the adoption of electric vehicles, or EVs, is a necessary part of that change. A projection indicates Toronto will need to accommodate more than 220,000 plug-in electric vehicles (about 20 per cent of all personal vehicles) within the next 10 years.

Keeping Smart Commute rolling

Council authorized staff to continue the delivery of the Smart Commute program, subject to available funding, to Toronto employers and communities. Metrolinx withdrew its funding support for the program last year. The City is negotiating a new agreement with its regional municipal partners to collaboratively continue the program. Begun in 2004, Smart Commute has helped reduce commuter single-occupancy vehicle trips while easing traffic congestion, improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Enhanced security at City Hall    

Council approved the recommended implementation of visitor screening for entry to Toronto City Hall using walk-through metal detectors on the building’s ground floor. Holders of City access cards will use their card for entry. Currently, baggage screening is conducted for everyone who does not have a City access card, with a more thorough screening for people entering the Council Chamber for City Council meetings. The enhanced security measures are intended to maintain an accessible Toronto City Hall while providing a reasonable level of protection from foreseeable threats.

Digital infrastructure plan

Council adopted a series of working principles and a vision statement, along with other directions, to guide work on a digital infrastructure plan for the City. Digital infrastructure includes physical structures, cabling and network systems, software systems, data standards and protocols, as well as the data itself.

Surveillance cameras on private property

A member motion that Council adopted calls on staff to assess the feasibility of prohibiting or restricting surveillance cameras from recording video footage of any residential property beyond an individual’s property. The motion says the City is increasingly receiving complaints about privately owned surveillance cameras capturing images of residents on their own property, such as their back yard, their front porch or even inside their home.

 

Services for Seniors

Posted on January 7, 2020

City of Toronto offers various resources to meet the needs of the growing population of seniors and older adults living in Toronto. Seniors over the age of 65 or residents with a physical disability can register for sidewalk snow removal program.

The City’s FUN GUIDE for Older Adults provides information on recreation programs available in the City. In our Ward, programs are available at Annette CRC, Masaryk-Cowan CRC and Swansea CRC.

In 2019, City of Toronto launched the HomeShare Program which matches adults 55 and over wishing to share a spare room in their home with university and college students seeking affordable housing.

The City also offers Low-Income Seniors and Low-Income Persons Living with a Disability a Property Tax and Water Relief Program.

Find a complete list of seniors’ services on the City’s website .

The digital copy of the Safe Seniors Calendar is available online.

Council Highlights – December 17 & 18, 2019

Posted on December 19, 2019

Council Highlights

Toronto City Council meeting of December 17 and 18, 2019

Council Highlights is an informal summary of selected actions taken by Toronto City Council at its business meetings. The formal documentation for this latest meeting is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Funding for city-building efforts

Council approved an extension to the City Building Fund, agreeing to invest an additional $6.6 billion to improve Toronto’s transit system and build affordable housing. The funds will be raised by an increased levy dedicated to investments in major transit and housing initiatives. The City Building Fund was first approved by City Council as part of the 2016 budget. This updated levy will cost the average Toronto household about $45 a year as part of municipal property tax bills over the next six years.

Action plan to address housing needs

Council approved the HousingTO action plan created to address Toronto’s housing needs over the next 10 years. The plan will assist almost 350,000 Toronto households, covering the full range of housing, including support for homeless people, social housing, affordable rental housing and long-term care. Implementation of the full 10-year plan, estimated to cost $23.4 billion, relies on new investments from all three orders of government. The City is committed to funding $8.5 billion of that total.

Rate-supported budgets for 2020

The City’s rate-supported budgets for Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Water and the Toronto Parking Authority received Council’s approval. The operating and capital budgets will maintain and improve current service levels and make investments for the future of those three operations.

Innovation in long-term care

Council approved a new approach for providing care to residents of City-operated long-term care homes, with the focus on an emotion-centred approach that still maintains clinical excellence. The overall intention is to improve outcomes for the residents and their families. The strategy to implement this new approach includes a 12-month pilot project at Lakeshore Lodge before implementation at all 10 City-run long-term care homes.

Ontario’s disability support program

Council supported a member motion to ask the Ontario government to reverse its announced cut to social support funding and to urge the government to maintain the current definition of disability for Ontario Disability Support Program. Council will also ask the province to continue to increase social assistance rates and engage with people living with disabilities, taking their lived experience into account when designing social assistance programs.

Public art strategy  

Council adopted a public art strategy for the City covering the next 10 years to promote new and innovative approaches to the creation of public art, connect artists and communities, and display public art in every Toronto neighbourhood. The strategy includes 21 actions to advance public art and heighten the impact of the City’s public art programs for the benefit of residents and visitors.

LGBTQ2S+ advisory body for City Council 

Council approved the establishment of, and terms of reference for, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) Council advisory body. The advisory body will provide a dedicated mechanism to represent LGBTQ2S+ residents’ interests and concerns, informing City Council’s decision-making during the current 2018-2022 term of Council. Since 2010, there has been no designated Council body speaking for Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ communities.

Formal remembrance of the Holocaust

A member motion supported by Council will result in the declaration of January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Toronto. The United Nations designated that date to honour the victims of the Holocaust. Toronto is home to many Holocaust survivors and/or their families. Marking the day in Toronto is also an opportunity to create greater public awareness of this terrible period in history, when more than six million innocent Jewish men, women and children were systematically murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators from 1933 to 1945.

Relocation of Etobicoke Civic Centre

Council authorized proceeding with phase three of a process to replace the outdated Etobicoke Civic Centre with a new complex on a site known as the Westwood Theatre Lands. Phase three of this capital project includes detailed design and tendering for construction. The project will result in new civic and community infrastructure in Etobicoke, including a recreation centre, library, childcare facility and public square.

Bars, restaurants and nightclubs

Council voted to ask the provincial government to review legislation enabling the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to revoke the liquor licences of problematic establishments serving alcohol in Toronto, including those with a history of repeated criminal activity in connection with the premises. Council’s action comes in the context of work that City divisions are undertaking, which aims to balance support for the growth of Toronto’s nighttime economy with the need to ensure public safety, address nuisance issues and respond to problematic establishments.

Construction in downtown Yonge Street area

Council adopted a member motion calling for the creation of a working group with broad representation to address efforts to co-ordinate development and infrastructure work in the area bounded by Bay, Mutual, College/Carlton and Queen streets. The area is experiencing an unprecedented amount of growth, with 26 projects now active or about to begin, many of them requiring the replacement of aging infrastructure. The motion says these projects require co-ordination to ensure the safety of pedestrians and minimize impacts on vehicle traffic.

Development pressures in midtown Toronto

A member motion concerning the Yonge and Eglinton area, adopted by Council, requests a report on the impact of new development pressures and intensification on subway capacity at Eglinton Station, pedestrian safety, road capacity and traffic congestion. The motion notes that the higher density now allowed in the area is largely the result of new provincial planning legislation and policies, and the Ontario government’s “rejection of most of the City’s Midtown in Focus plan.”

Revitalizing the Dundas-Sherbourne area

Council adopted a series of recommendations for creating a comprehensive neighbourhood revitalization plan for the Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street area of east downtown Toronto. This undertaking includes addressing issues that require collaboration among social-service sectors and across governments, such as affordable and supportive housing, crisis intervention, services for community members who have very low incomes or are homeless, and actions to address public safety concerns in the area.

Live streaming of meetings at City Hall

A member motion supported by Council requests a report on the viability of making live streaming of board meetings held in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 at City Hall routine. At present, Council and committee meetings are live streamed (broadcast in real time via the internet) but many other meetings are not streamed. The motion says all important meetings in Committee Rooms 1 and 2 could be live streamed with little extra cost, as the equipment and process are already in place. Doing so would “enhance openness, accountability and transparency in the City’s governance process.”

 

Council Highlights – October 29-30th, 2019

Posted on October 31, 2019

Council Highlights

Toronto City Council meeting of October 29 and 30, 2019                           

Council Highlights is an informal summary of selected actions taken by Toronto City Council at its business meetings. The complete, formal documentation for this latest meeting is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Transit/transportation

Public transit projects   

After extensive discussion, Council voted in favour of the City negotiating agreements with the Ontario government on four public transit projects for Toronto. City and TTC staff will work with their provincial counterparts to advance plans for the Ontario Line, the Line 2 East Extension, the Yonge Subway Extension and the Eglinton West LRT. Council supported numerous motions and recommendations as part of this agenda item. Under the City/Ontario partnership, the City retains ownership of Toronto’s existing subway network and the TTC retains its responsibilities for transit network operations.

Planning for automated vehicles     

Council approved a plan designed to prepare Toronto for the anticipated use of automated (driverless) vehicles in the near future. A trial project in Scarborough involving an automated shuttle service connecting the West Rouge neighbourhood with nearby Rouge Hill GO Transit station is scheduled to start in late 2020. Toronto’s comprehensive plan for automated vehicles is said to be the first of its kind by a North American city.

Road safety measures   

Recommendations involving speed limits and other measures to enhance pedestrian safety were approved by Council. Steps to be taken include asking the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to consult with the City before considering increasing the speed limits on the portions of the 400 series highways that are in Toronto. A separate motion that was supported will result in a pilot project using new technology available to assist pedestrians in safely crossing streets at busy intersections.

City assets/facilities

Managing the City’s real estate assets     

Council adopted a report called ModernTO that sets out a strategy for the City’s real estate portfolio. The strategy aims to optimize City real estate assets in ways that modernize municipal office space and create efficiencies. A related agenda item that Council adopted calls on CreateTO, the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the Toronto Parking Authority and the Toronto Transit Commission, to adopt similar policies for their office portfolios.

Investment in parks and recreation facilities  

Council endorsed a strategy for providing parks and recreation facilities across the city over the next 20 years. The strategy, which is based on a commitment to high-quality parks and recreation facilities serving all Toronto residents, provides details for implementing an earlier adopted Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. Implementing the plan entails investing in community recreation centres, aquatic and ice facilities, sports fields and courts, splash pads and other facilities.

Use of community spaces in City facilities    

Council supported a motion calling on City officials to consult with LGBTQ2S+ stakeholders and to review the City’s policies governing third party use of community spaces in City facilities. Staff are to report to Council early in the new year. A focus involves ensuring that the identification of groups contravening the City’s human rights and anti-harassment/discrimination policy, and the denial or revoking of permits to such groups, are done in a timely manner. Part of the motion addresses the Toronto Public Library Board and its policies on the use of community spaces.

Cyber security  

Council adopted recommendations intended to strengthen security controls in information technology at the City and at City of Toronto agencies and corporations. The related audit report notes that cyberattacks – unauthorized attempts to gain access to a system and confidential data, modify it in some way or delete or render information in the system unusable – are one of the biggest threats facing organizations today.

Process for selecting shelter locations    

A motion concerning shelters, respites and drop-in programs in the east downtown area received Council’s approval. Staff are to provide recommendations to improve public engagement and consultation around locating new shelters, respites and drop-in programs in that area.

Waterfront and island flooding   

Council considered a report on flooding experienced along the waterfront and at Toronto Island Park in 2017 and 2019, and on funding for rehabilitation and repair work to waterfront parks damaged by flooding. Related motions that Council adopted address matters such as financial assistance that the City provides for flooded properties.

Environment and health  

Progress on a low-carbon fleet  

Council adopted a new “green fleet” plan with the goal of moving toward a sustainable, climate-resilient, low-carbon City vehicle fleet. Related objectives include making 45 per cent of the City-owned fleet low-carbon vehicles by 2030. This plan will build on the momentum of the green fleet plan that covered 2014 to 2018 and established the City of Toronto as a Canadian leader in testing and adopting green vehicle technologies and efficient fleet-management practices.

Mental health and addictions  

Council adopted a motion that urges the federal government to invest $900,000 a year to help address Toronto’s mental health and addiction crises. The motion calls on the government to commit to funding parity by investing one dollar on mental health for every dollar spent on physical health. According to the motion, this urgently needed federal investment in Toronto should go toward mental health services and new supportive housing.

Sale of vaping products   

Council supported amending the Toronto Municipal Code to introduce a new licence requirement for vapour (“vaping”) product retailers effective April 1, 2020. The fee structure is the same as for tobacco retailers. The report before Council documented about 80 specialty retailers of vapour products operating in Toronto and many non-specialty retailers such as convenience stores that carry e-cigarette/vaping products. The report also elaborates on related health concerns.

Community support

Child-care in schools   

Council authorized proceeding with the joint approval process for 49 school-based child-care capital projects in co-operation with school boards, as well as up to 20 additional school-based capital projects, subject to provincial funding approval. Council voted to call on the province to reverse its funding formula changes to child care in Ontario and maintain previous levels of funding, and to implement multi-year budgets for child care.

Police presence in Lawrence Heights   

A motion calling on Council to ask the Toronto police to establish a community police office in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood received Council’s approval. The motion noted that the main police headquarters serving that part of the city is 8.4 kilometres away from Lawrence Heights, and said there is a need for a police office within the community, given the problems of persistent gun violence and other criminal activity in the area.

Culture

Priorities for cultural investment   

A report identifying three strategic priorities to guide the City’s cultural investments over the next five years received Council’s approval. The three priorities involve increasing opportunities for all Torontonians to participate in local cultural activities that reflect the city’s diversity and creativity, maintaining and creating new spaces for the creative sector, and strengthening and increasing the diversity of the cultural workforce.

Changes to cultural grants  

Council approved a proposal to realign the City’s cultural grants program, with the intention of providing more equitable access to funding. Two long-established funding programs (Major Cultural Organizations and Grants to Specialized Collections Museums) will be dismantled as the City introduces two new funding programs in 2020 – called Cultural Festivals and Cultural Access and Development.

Miscellaneous

Appointment of Integrity Commissioner

Council appointed Jonathan Batty as the City’s new Integrity Commissioner, effective November 30. The Integrity Commissioner provides advice, complaint resolution and education to members of City Council and local boards on the application of the City’s codes of conduct, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and other bylaws, policies and legislation governing ethical behaviour. Valerie Jepson, the previous Integrity Commissioner, completed her five-year appointment this year.

Support for challenge to Quebec’s Bill 21   

Council adopted a member’s motion calling on Toronto City Council to endorse efforts by several cities to mount a national campaign opposing Quebec’s Bill 21 (“secularism legislation”). Bill 21 prohibits public servants in positions of authority in Quebec from wearing religious symbols. The motion that Council supported also reaffirms Toronto’s commitment to upholding religious freedoms and encourages the federal government to condemn and challenge Quebec’s Bill 21.

Enhancement of University Avenue    

Council supported a proposal for implementing the first phase of an initiative that involves illuminating and animating University Avenue with art installations. A group called the Friends of University Avenue plans for a temporary, illuminated art installation to be located at the intersection of University Avenue and Gerrard Street as the first project. University Avenue, known as the most ceremonial street in downtown Toronto, links the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park to Union Station at Front Street.

Councillor Gord Perks at City Council – May 14, 2019

Posted on May 16, 2019

Gord’s comments on the 2019 Provincial Budget:

Details on this Council item available at – http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?


The Right to Adequate Housing

City Council on May 14 and 15, 2019, adopted the following:

1.  City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office to consider the presentation from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing when updating Toronto’s 2009 Housing Charter and the Toronto Housing Opportunities Toronto Action Plan 2010-2020.

2.  City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office, as part of the current public consultation process on Toronto’s housing plan, to include a “rights-based approach” to housing in policy areas that fall within the City’s jurisdiction, and report to the Planning and Housing Committee on November 13, 2019 when the new Toronto Housing Plan 2020-2030 is to be considered

Gord’s comments on the Right to Adequate Housing

Details on this Council item available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.PH5.1 

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