Councillor Wong-Tam's Statement and Invitation for Black Lives Matter

This week there is an occupation at the Toronto Police headquarters on College Street. While this protest may be new, the call to action certainly is not. Black Lives Matter, community outreach workers, and our own mental health agencies have been telling us for some time that something is wrong. The message is clear to me: Black, Indigenous and racialized minorities, especially those suffering from mental illness, too often die as a result of their interactions with authorities.

We are regularly reminded of the gaps in our system and Toronto needs to work with the communities affected to do its part in making change happen. We can only improve the systems that are intended to serve and protect us by involving everyone in the solution-making. In the hopes of creating the space for this, I invite the Black Lives Matter organizers to meet with City Councillors, Chief Mark Saunders, and members of the Toronto Police Services Board, and representatives from provincial agencies working on mental health issues for an honest conversation at City Hall on how Toronto polices its citizens and how we can do better to save lives. My office and I stand ready to facilitate this focused and face-to-face meeting.


Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

(416) 392-7903


City of Toronto Cautions Residents about Responding to Misleading Communications – Toronto Water does not Conduct Door-to-Door Sales

The City of Toronto is receiving complaints from residents who are being given notices such as flyers from independent contractors using door-to-door sales tactics. The notices are designed to appear as if they are City communications about programs and services associated with Toronto Water. 

Toronto Water does not conduct door-to-door sales of any kind and does not sell, partner with or endorse any products or services. The public should be wary of any companies offering health-based testing of Toronto's drinking-water quality or claiming to be working on behalf of the City, or notices saying mandatory City programs require the purchase of services or equipment.

Residents are also advised to exercise caution when solicited for any service and when sharing personal information with people unknown to them. Elderly people are often most at risk for these kinds of solicitations. Anyone suspecting fraud should call the Toronto Police Service at 416-808-2222 or the Ministry of Consumer Services at 416-326-8800.

Residents who have a concern or question about Toronto Water's programs and services can call 311 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/water. Residents can also submit certain kinds of water-related service requests online at http://bit.ly/1rUMhZe


Let's Clean Toronto Together! April 22 - 24

Hey Toronto! It's time for some spring cleaning. Gather your friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to clean a park, laneway or any other space that needs your help.

Friday, April 22 is the Corporate & School 20-Minute Makeover, and Saturday April 23 & Sunday April 24 are the Community Clean-up Days. 

Register and find out where to get your free GLAD® garbage and recycling bags at livegreentoronto.ca. For more details please see here or call 311.

Here's to a cleaner, greener Toronto!


Should Toronto host Expo 2025? Mayor Tory welcomes BIE Secretary General

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 25, 2016) - At Mayor John Tory's invitation, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dr. Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, is in Toronto for a three-day tour to showcase Toronto as a potential host city for the 2025 World Expo.

Dr. Loscertales is the well-respected leader of the International Expo movement. Today, he will deliver a keynote address to the Toronto Region Board of Trade profiling the opportunities and prerequisites for a bid country. His speech will build on the content of a preceding expert panel convened to review the Port Lands as a potential Expo site, the Shanghai Expo 2010 hosting experience, Canada's history with Expos, and what the BIE looks for in a winning bid.

Before returning to Paris, the Secretary General will participate in a moderated discussion about a potential Toronto bid with City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. This event will be open to the public and they will take questions from the media.

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Heritage Atrium at the MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St.

Who: Secretary General Loscertales, Municipal and Provincial Government representatives



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The City of Toronto has collaborated with WoodGreen Community Services to launch an Online Registry to assist Syrian Refugees

Woodgreen has been contracted by the City of Toronto to launch H.O.M.E (Housing Opportunities and Marketplace Exchange), an online portal to allow donors - both businesses and individuals – and housing providers to post available housing, goods and services to help Syrian refugees arriving in Toronto.

For more information about H.O.M.E, please see here

Sponsors, Syrian refugees, housing providers, donors of goods and services and non-profit agencies are welcome to register here .


For more information about the City of Toronto Refugee Settlement Programs, please visit: www.toronto.ca/refugees