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Accepting Feedback on St. Joseph Street Alteration Proposals

At the request of local residents, Councillor Wong-Tam has had Transportation staff undertake a review of operations on St. Joseph Street between Queen's Park Crescent and Yonge Street. Residents' concerns primarily relate to pedestrian safety on St. Joseph Street west of Bay Street and automotive traffic driving the wrong way along St. Joseph Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street.

A consultation was held at City Hall on Tuesday, November 21 from 6pm to 8pm in Committee Room 1.

In the interest of gathering as much feedback as possible, a page has been developed to be shared with local residents. You are encouraged to provide feedback on the two sets of proposed changes. If you did not attend the consultation, please be aware that no materials were shown at that meeting that are not available here online. Your written feedback will be weighed consistently with oral feedback received on November 21.

Click here for more information and to access the feedback page.

The feedback page will be maintained through November 30.

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Upcoming Union Station Train Platform Changes

As of November 29th, all Milton, Kitchener, Lakeshore West, and Barrie weekday afternoon trains departing from Union Station will begin using different platforms for the next phase of construction at the station. Metrolinx be opening up platforms 4, 5, and 6 for arriving and departing train service. All trips on Milton, Kitchener, Lakeshore West, and Barrie will be affected. Please remember to check the departure boards before heading up to your platform. Note that train times will not change with these platform changes.

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Rohingya in Peril: Crisis in Myanmar

For Immediate Release: Dr. Maung Zarni, Long-Time Burmese Human Rights Activist And Rohingya Campaigner At Toronto City Hall To Speak About Crisis In Myanmar

TORONTO, November 22, 2017 – For the first time ever, democracy activist and Rohingya campaigner Dr. Maung Zarni will be joined by the Honourable Bob Rae, Ahmed Ramadan, Burma Task Force, Ahmed Ullah, The Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative, and Toronto City Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Neethan Shan at Toronto City Hall on Thursday, November 23rd at 6:00pm for a rare and essential conversation about the crisis in Myanmar.

The event is free and open to public.

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In recent months, Myanmar’s persecution of Rohingya Muslims has been condemned by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing. Over 620,000 people have been uprooted and accounts of violent atrocities have been heavily documented. As the situation on the ground worsens, there is an urgent need for Canada to act.

What​: Rohingya in Peril: Crisis in Myanmar
When​: Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where​: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West

Keynote: Dr. Maung Zarni, Democracy Activist & Rohingya Campaigner
Special Guest: The Honorable Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar
Speakers: Ahmed Ramadan, Burma Task Force and Ahmed Ullah, The Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative
Hosts: Toronto City Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Neethan Shan

Interviews available upon request.

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Council Highlights - November 7, 8 and 9, 2017

Council Highlights is a summary of a selection of decisions that Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk's formal documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

 

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Integrating public transit fares  

Council agreed to ask Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission to accelerate their plans for full and affordable fare integration, including a single fare for rides in Toronto. In addition, Council adopted a motion asking for a report proposing a governance model for Metrolinx that ensures a transparent, formal decision-making process for regional transit decisions such as fare integration.

 

Bike lanes on Bloor Street  

Council approved maintaining the eastbound and westbound cycle tracks (separated bike lanes) on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street and Avenue Road as a permanent installation following a pilot project. The intention is to improve safety for all road users while minimizing the impact on businesses and curbside operations. Council's adoption of the agenda item includes directions to staff, such as making refinements to the cycle track's design.

 

Parks and recreation facilities 

Council adopted a master plan for the City's parks and recreation facilities to guide decision-making and investment over the next 20 years. Adoption of the report included Council's support for several amending motions, and staff were asked to prepare an implementation strategy for the plan. The master plan aims to ensure that the provision of parks and recreation facilities is maintained consistently and is optimally distributed across the city.

 

Child care in Toronto  

Council adopted a series of recommendations supporting child care. The recommendations include making agreements with non-profit and public-sector partners to fund the retrofit, expansion or development of child-care spaces that are not in schools. The City's 10-year vision for the licensed child-care system for children under age four aims to add 30,000 new spaces by 2026 and to increase affordability while ensuring that the system is staffed by a thriving workforce.

 

Pilot project for electric vehicles  

Council authorized a one-year pilot project for residential on-street charging stations for electric vehicles at two locations in each of Wards 19, 30 and 32 as well as at a location near Toronto Hydro’s facilities on Commissioners Street. Users of the charging stations will pay a fee for the service. 

 

Refugees in Toronto     

Recommendations to support the City's management of the arrival of refugees in Toronto received Council's approval. In addition to immediate measures to address an increase in the number of people arriving in Toronto and making a refugee claim, which affects the emergency shelter system, the recommendations include requests for support from, and collaboration with, the federal and provincial governments.

 

Implementing the Home for Good program   

Council approved the allocation of funding for Toronto's implementation of the Ontario government's Home for Good program. The Toronto allocation of about $90 million over three years will help the City assist up to 2,000 people in need of housing. Implementation will help vulnerable people who are homeless secure and maintain housing as the first step to achieving an improved quality of life.

 

Proposal for a legacy structure          

Council voted in support of having staff work with the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre on the feasibility of establishing a legacy structure honouring Indian residential school survivors. The site proposed is south of the Peace Garden on the west side of Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall. The structure/site design is to be consistent with overall design considerations for Nathan Phillips Square.

 

Implementing police force transformation   

Council provided direction on the Toronto Police Service's implementation of the Transformational Task Force's recommendations. Some of the changes will affect the provision of services such as the beaches lifeguard program and, effective in mid-2019, delivery of the school crossing-guard program. Council agreed to include a request about ensuring the police force has the resources needed to adequately enforce the Highway Traffic Act in Toronto neighbourhoods.

 

GO station at Park Lawn  

Council agreed to ask staff to work with Metrolinx to make the establishment of a GO station at Park Lawn a priority as part of the Lakeshore West GO rail corridor, supporting potential development in the Park Lawn area of south Etobicoke. The Humber Bay Shores community is in that area. Metrolinx has not included a Park Lawn station in its 10-year shortlist of stations identified for expansion.

 

Licensing of body-rub parlours    

Council decided to call for a detailed review of current bylaws governing the licensing of body-rub parlours and holistic centres, and to report on creating criteria for issuing licences for body-rub parlours in holistic centres where zoning permits. The report is also to address licence enforcement. Council's action on this matter follows a recent audit of holistic centres in the context of the City's licensing activities for the purposes of public health and safety, consumer protection and nuisance control.

 

Accessibility ramps on sidewalks   

Council adopted recommendations for the City to look into possibly creating a grant program that would help local business owners retrofit the entrances of their private properties to improve accessibility. Many businesses are using small wooden ramps of various dimensions to connect their business entrance/exit with the public sidewalk/right-of-way, providing wheelchair access.

 

Internships for Muslim youth   

Council authorized arrangements for 13 councillor's aide positions in Toronto councillor offices on a part-time basis for 12 weeks to support the Muslim Youth Fellowship internship program. Placements are scheduled to start in January. The fellowship was created to increase participation in civic engagement among Muslim youth in Toronto.

 

Building code and greenhouse gas emissions   

Council adopted recommendations to encourage an emphasis on green standards in the Ontario government's current review/updating of the Ontario Building Code. The code is a tool that can assist with reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto's building sector. The City's input consists of comments on proposed code amendments supporting efforts to mitigate the effects of extreme weather connected with climate change.

 

Toronto a nuclear-weapons-free zone     

Council voted in support of a motion to reaffirm that Toronto is a nuclear-weapons-free zone as well as to ask the Board of Health to hold public hearings on the dangers of nuclear weapons and radiation fallout. An earlier Toronto Council designated Toronto a nuclear-weapons-free zone in 1983 and approved building a Peace Garden on Nathan Phillips Square as a symbol for peace and the ongoing struggle to avoid the devastation of war.

 

 

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Thank You For Your Participation!

Community health and safety has been top of mind for Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam. We know that you have invested a significant amount of time and resources in community efforts to improve the sense of safety in your neighbourhood, through the participation of community safety audits and walks or by events to animate our parks and open spaces.

Despite the significant efforts to improve our neighbourhoods, the impacts of systemic problems due to a lack of affordable housing, sufficient social and health supports for individuals living with mental health and addictions are taking a toll on our neighbourhood. As you know, these systemic challenges are felt most heavily in our downtown parks and streets.

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Join us for Councillor Wong-Tam's first-ever Healthy Neighbourhood Summit

DOWNTOWN HEALTHY NEIGHBOURHOOD SUMMIT TO HEAR FROM RESIDENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to host first-ever Healthy Neighbourhood Summit for downtown Toronto

Despite significant efforts to build a healthy and inclusive downtown, the impacts of systemic problems due to a lack of affordable housing, sufficient social and health supports for individuals living with mental health and addictions remain at risk in the neighbourhood. Join Councillor Wong-Tam for the first-ever Healthy Neighbourhood Summit with expert panelists, facilitated round-table discussions with residents, community partners and City of Toronto staff for action planning to identify additional key resources needed to build a healthier downtown Toronto.

What​:               Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam's Healthy Neighbourhood Summit
When​:             
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where​:             Covenant House, 21 McGill St. Entrance

Panelists:

  • Uppala Chandrasekera, Director, Public Policy, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
  • Pauline Larsen, Senior Economic Development Manager, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area
  • Constable Melissa Huntley, Neighbourhood Officer, Toronto Police Service, Division 51, FOCUS
  • Susan Davis, Executive Director, Gerstein Crisis Centre

Sponsors:
Ryerson University; Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area; Church-Wellesley Business Improvement Area; Covenant House; Toronto Public Health; Toronto Police Services; City of Toronto

Media interviews available at 5:30pm.

Media contact: Lisa Brody Hoffman
E-mail: Lisa.Hoffman@toronto.ca
Cell: 416-970-3606

More info: http://www.ward27news.ca/summit

Twitter: @kristynwongtam · Facebook: KristynWongTamTO · #HealthyDowntown · www.ward27news.ca

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Five Things Friday: A Weekly Round-Up


Five Things Friday a new weekly series from Councillor Wong-Tam and the
Ward 27 team that provides updates on new and on-going initiatives from City Council and across the ward. Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest news.

1. IRSS Legacy Sculpture

IRSS Restoration of Identity as a gesture of reconciliation from Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre proposed for Nathan Phillips Square passes Toronto City Council 36-0. This initiative represents Call to Action No. 82 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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2. $10/Day Childcare Campaign

Toronto ACORN's campaign for $10/day childcare across Ontario passes Toronto City Council unanimously. We have the most expensive childcare in Canada. This must become a provincial ballot box issue!

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3. Bloor Street Bike Lanes

Toronto City Council votes 36-6 to make Bloor St. bike lanes permanent! In the end the votes weren't even close. Next step will be to close the gap east and west.

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4. Toronto City Hall Indigenous Office Moves Ahead

Plan for Toronto City Hall Indigenous office moves ahead. “This is a great starting point,” a member of the Aboriginal affairs committee said before the proposal was endorsed. Read the story here.

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5. Help change the conversation about homelessness

Make your voice heard and help shape the conversation around homelessness. How should the City of Toronto discuss services for vulnerable clients & shelter users? Share your ideas here.

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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.

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City Planning Rail and Land Use Study Consultations

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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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News from the Ward October Highlights

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Upcoming Events

October 31, 2017

  1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam
  2. Kristyn in the Community
  3. 46th Annual Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive: Volunteers Wanted!
  4. Save the Date: 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street Public Meeting
  5. Learn about Ward 27 Development
  6. Get on the Fence at Church Street Junior Public School
  7. George Street Revitalization Moving Forward
  8. Got a Question? Consult the New Ward 27 Constituency FAQ!
  9. Community Spotlight: Casey House
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