Statement on Trans Memorial in Barbara Hall Park

November 9, 2017

Earlier today I was informed that the trans memorial in Barbara Hall Park had been painted over. In meeting with senior Parks staff this late afternoon, it was determined that a crew from outside the neighbourhood had come into the park to remove graffiti and made the error of painting over the trans memorial. This never should have happened, as we have worked with our local Parks maintenance staff to respect and preserve this space for the community. It is my hope that the City's new LGBTQ2S Advisory Committee will prioritize the consultation and creation of a new and permanent memorial in their initial work.

Parks, Forestry & Recreation will be releasing an official statement shortly confirming the same.

The restoration of the memorial and proper recognition with additional signage will be re-instated immediately.  At a time when I was hoping to announce the City’s first trans crosswalk for installation in the Church-Wellesley Village for Spring 2018, this incident is a disappointment and counter to where we are trying to move as a community.  The City can and will do better.


City Planning Rail and Land Use Study Consultations


The City Planning Division is conducting a Land Use Study to develop a series of rail corridor typologies that are intended to inform the creation of a set of guidelines that will assist City Planning staff in the review of development applications on lands that are adjacent to rail corridors and yards.

Each meeting will run from 7:00pm – 9:00pm and have been scheduled as follows:

November 6 – Metro Hall, Room 308/309 (55 John Street)

November 8 – Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers (399 The West Mall)

November 16 – North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers (5100 Yonge Street)

November 21 – Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chambers (150 Borough Drive)

November 30  Metro Hall, Room 308/309 (55 John Street)

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Church-Wellesley Village and St. James Town to Receive Dedicated Neighbourhood Officers


Today, I met with the Church-Wellesley Village BIA, the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, the 519, Progress Place, Parks staff, Mayor's staff and 51 Division to discuss neighbourhood safety.  I am pleased to announce today that 51 Division will be deploying four Neighbourhood Officers to the Church-Wellesley Village and St. James Town starting November 6, 2017. Following on the positive work done earlier this fall with foot patrol officers being deployed in the Church-Wellesley Village, these staff resources will improve community-based policing and enhance safety in our vibrant, inclusive neighbourhoods.

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Toronto Sings for Gord Downie at Nathan Phillips Square


Choir! Choir! Choir! in partnership with the City of Toronto will host a Tribute to Gord Downie. 

Join us to mark the loss of this great Canadian by filling Nathan Phillips Square with the sound of hundreds of people singing his songs. Gord Downie was a musician and activist, best known as lead singer for the Tragically Hip, one of Canada's most beloved rock bands.  Downie's music and lyrics touched multiple generations of Canadians. More recently, Downie has brought awareness and action to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the responsibility of Canadians to Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

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Church-Wellesley Village Community Safety Updates 2017

Updated: January 5, 2018


November 20, 2017 - Today, Councillor Wong-Tam moved a motion at Community Development and Recreation Committee calling on the Mayor to declare an emergency in the shelter system to immediately fund the creation of 1,000 additional shelter spaces.

November 24, 2017 – Thank you to everyone who participated in the Healthy Neighbourhoods Summit on November 15. It is clear from all who attended that the downtown needs more resources in housing, shelters, mental health supports, addictions counselling, as well as better response times to imminent safety concerns. Stay tuned over the coming weeks, as many of these issues will require integration into the City's 2018 Budget cycle and specific actions will be coordinated to raise their profile.

  • For more information on the summit, click here.

November 28, 2017 - Today, Councillor Wong-Tam held a press conference with faith leaders and front-line workers calling on Mayor Tory to solve the shelter crisis. See video here.


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