Statement on Ongoing Hateful Incidents in Toronto


I emphatically stand against hatred of any kind in our city. The targeting of any race or religion for persecution is not acceptable in Canada. 

Recent events in Toronto, from rallies calling for the banning of Islam to bomb threats against the Jewish community underline an emboldened movement by extremists to revoke and erode Canadian values, rights, and freedoms. Just as Toronto is strengthened by the shared principles of a diverse population, Council too stands for unity against hate.

I spoke out against these trends only one month ago. Today, I am speaking out again. The 'protests' that organize to marginalize Canadians on our streets and at our civic spaces do so on their own. No special permits have been issued and none will be granted.

All of us face hardship and heartbreak in our lives. When we console ourselves with hate, we turn away from our humanity. The offences of individuals, imagined or real, ascribed to entire nations, races or religions, is not a path to peace. 


Public invited to debate, collaborate and create as consultation on City of Toronto's Long-Term Financial Plan continues


News Release 

March 27, 2017

Public invited to debate, collaborate and create as consultation on City of Toronto's Long-Term Financial Plan continues

The City of Toronto is launching Phase 2 of its public consultation on the renewal of its Long-Term Financial Plan. Information about the consultation, including background reports and engagement opportunities, a public workshop and an upcoming online survey, is available at http://www.investinginTO.ca/. The public is also invited to participate in the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.

For the second phase of consultation, the City is inviting members of the public to City Hall for a conversation about how it makes decisions and balances priorities that have a long-term financial impact.

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City of Toronto Upcoming Public Consultations and Meetings





Upcoming consultations and survey on short-term rentals (Airbnb)


Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about short-term rentals at upcoming consultations and/or via an online survey.


The term "short-term rental" typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.



Online survey


The survey will be launched on March 28 and will be found at: www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay


Public meetings


Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers


Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2 (meeting will be livestreamed)


A final report, with recommendations is expected at Executive Committee in June.


More info: Amy Buitenhuis, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 2-5129, Amy.Buitenhuis@toronto.ca




Upcoming stakeholder and public consultations on Tow Truck Bylaw


Municipal Licensing and Standards is undertaking a review of the tow truck industry to address issues raised by the industry, stakeholders and the general public. The review includes an examination of towing and storage rates, charging and billing practices, towing practices and consumer protection related to the industry.


A stakeholder workshop for licensed tow truck drivers and operators is being held on Wednesday, March 22, Metro Hall, Rooms 308/309 from 1 to 3 p.m.


The public is invited to provide input into this review at a consultation being held on Thursday, March 23, Metro Hall, Rooms 308/309 from 1 to 3 p.m.


Staff expect to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee in June on the consultation findings.


The video broadcast, presentation and contact information for input will be available at www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay following the meeting.


More info: Lorraine Chua, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 8-3594, lorraine.chua@toronto.ca




Coyote Information Session to be held on April 10


Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during the winter. Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt at dusk and dawn.


To help to educate residents about coyotes, Animal Services is hosting an information session on Monday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the East York Civic Centre, Council Chambers.


Guest speakers from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Coyote Watch Canada will cover the following topics:


  •  Coyote behaviour in the urban environment
  •  Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
  •  Co-existing with coyotes in Toronto


Residents can access more information via toronto.ca/coyote or by calling 416-338-7297.


More info: Mary Lou Leiher, Toronto Animal Services, 8-6686, marylou.leiher@toronto.ca



Please be advised the correct date for this event is Friday, March 24, 2017 (previously listed as March 28) from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308.



Notice of Community Open House

Mary Sheffield House – 512 Jarvis Street
March 27, 2017
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Fred Victor is pleased to invite you to attend a Community Open House to discuss a forthcoming Minor Variance Application to facilitate the operation of the ‘Mary Sheffield House’, a transitional residence for women 55 years of age and older who have experienced social isolation due to absence of family support, homelessness, poverty, and physical and mental health difficulties. The Mary Sheffield House will provide specialized care coordination and case management for residents as well as social and recreational programming. Staff will be on-site 24/7.

Existing zoning permits 12 beds within a ‘Rooming House’. The contemplated Minor Variance Application will introduce additional beds to support clients referred to the program from the City of Toronto’s emergency shelter system. The goal of the Mary Sheffield House will be to support older women in their transition into long-term permanent housing or care.


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