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 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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925 Bay Street - Drill Rig


Issue / Background:

Emergency repairs to a damaged drainage system will be undertaken to maintain structural integrity of the building located at 925 Bay Street. A rotary drilling rig will be set up on Wellesley Street West to accomplish the task. The site is located in the south-east corner of Wellesley Street West and Bay Street.

Key Points:

  • Partial closure of the eastbound through traffic lane; closure of the bike lane and sidewalk on the south side of Wellesley Street West, along the frontage of the subject building, from March 27, 2017 to April 07, 2017.
  • Work hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday; and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday.
  • The existing westbound left-turn lane will be utilized to maintain a 3.4 metre wide eastbound through traffic lane on the subject section of Wellesley Street West. As a result, the westbound left-turn movements at the intersection of Wellesley Street West and Bay Street will be restricted, except for TTC vehicles.
  • Two Police Officers and two Traffic Control Persons will be on site to facilitate pedestrian and vehicular movements around the work zone.
  • Pedestrian movements will be maintained on the north side of Wellesley Street West.
  • Notification has been sent in writing to all abutting property owners and businesses three business days prior.
  • Access to all driveways and laneways will be maintained.
  • There are no street events scheduled during the project activity times.
  • Advance advisory signage has been installed.
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam's office TTC and Emergency Services have been advised.



Toronto Seniors Strategy - Survey


See below for a message from the City of Toronto.

The City of Toronto and community partners would like your input into the development of the next Toronto Seniors Strategy – Version 2.0" – to improve City services for older Torontonians and make Toronto a more age-friendly city.

To provide input, please click here to complete the online survey.

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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:


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,




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 following the meeting.


More info: Lorraine Chua, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 8-3594,




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 or by calling 416-338-7297.


More info: Mary Lou Leiher, Toronto Animal Services, 8-6686,



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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Wheel-Trans Public Meetings


See below for a message from Toronto Transit Commission


TTC will be hosting another round of consultations in April to update current and prospective customers on the Wheel-Trans 10-Year Strategy. 

Participants will be provided details on the recently implemented Wheel-Trans eligibility and policy changes as well as information on the Family of Services Pilot Program, Mobility Transfer Hubs and the proposed Community Bus Routes.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period and an opportunity to provide input on each of these initiatives.

Click here for more information on the public meetings, or visit the website here


MLSE Launchpad Sport Programs


See below for a message from MLSE Launchpad:


  • MLSE LaunchPad offers a wide range of weekly instructional and recreational activities that encourage skill development, increased physical activity, and promote the enjoyment of sport for youth facing barriers.
  • Registration opens for all sport programs on Feb 27th at 3pm at MLSE LaunchPad (259 Jarvis St.).
  • All programs will begin the week of March 20th and are offered at no cost. 
  • Click here to see the full list of sport programs - be sure to sign up early as space is limited.
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Clean Toronto Together 2017


See below for a message from the City of Toronto. 


Let's Clean Toronto Together! April 21 - 23

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 21 is the Corporate & School 20-Minute Makeover, and Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 are the Community Cleanup Days. 

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Statement on Recent Racial and Religious Intolerance in Ward 27

Councillor Wong-Tam stands against hatred of any kind in our city. The targeting of any race or religion for persecution is not acceptable in Canada.

Last week, Councillor Wong-Tam became aware of a protest a short block from her office where protesters were calling for the banning of a religion. As an unequivocal supporter of the Canadian values of pluralism and inclusivity, she took issue with those calling for this kind of oppression and creating a hostile environment for those exercising their religious traditions. Subsequently, she was also informed of videos online showing hateful, anti-Semitic speeches.

The quotes shared online and attributed to speakers at Masjid Toronto are disturbing and the Councillor absolutely stands against the targeting of members of the Jewish faith. It is unfortunate that this information has only been made available more recently, but Councillor Wong-Tam is confident local authorities will be able to respond to the investigation requests, independently translate and verify the content of all hate videos that have been posted to YouTube. Unfortunately, the Toronto Sun did not include a video on its page, which makes it difficult for a local Councillor to investigate the matter. As the Councillor is unable to verify the content of these videos, she trusts that the Toronto Police Service will dutifully investigate the details, translate, authenticate their contents, and respond appropriately to any and all complaints registered.

Recent targeting of the Jewish community in Toronto and elsewhere in North America is deeply disturbing. The toppling and desecration of Jewish graves, the vandalizing of mezuzahs and racist graffiti in Willowdale, and anonymous threats sent to various Jewish community centers are serious offences. These hateful acts are below us as a civil society and the dehumanizing mindset of the perpetrators must be challenged.

While bill M-103 is federal, Councillor Wong-Tam believes that it is an important and a reasoned initiative. Recent events have demonstrated there are existential hate-based threats to Muslim Canadians. While Islamophobia is named, specifically, the bill calls for the condemnation and reduction of all forms of racism and religious discrimination, all while reflecting the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter is a bedrock component of Canadian values and pluralism and the Councillor trusts that civil society and the legal system is as interested in maintaining those rights and freedoms as MP Khalid was in naming them. As Mayor Tory said on Twitter, M103 is a motion which "denounces all acts of hatred towards our Muslim citizens" and it will help ensure the safety of Muslims in our city.