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Five Things Friday · December 8, 2017


1. Closing the Service Gap in the Downtown East

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My motion "Closing the Service Gap in the Downtown East Revitalization Area" was successfully adopted by City Council. The motion calls for increased investments in social services in the downtown east and for Staff to develop a 5-year plan, in consultation with the appropriate City divisions and agencies including stakeholders and the Ward Councillors, to coordinate City services and programs and develop a comprehensive plan to holistically address the long-term community needs in establishing a healthy sustainable neighbourhood. Read the full motion here.

2. Call for Immediate Action to End Women's Homelessness

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December 6th marked the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. As women face higher rates of violence, they often live with precarious housing and homeless. Moreover, homeless women face higher rates of violence and sexual assault. On Wednesday, front-line workers, advocates & faith leaders called on City Council to take immediate action to address women’s homelessness.

3. Council Asked to Open Armouries to Address Shelter Crisis

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With advocates and front-line service providers, I urged City Council to approve a motion to open the Canadian military armouries in the city to the homeless. On December 6, amidst heated debate, we heard from the Federal Government that they are ready to support Toronto's Shelter Crisis. Toronto city council has endorsed a plan to boost the number of beds in its already jammed shelter system, but declined calls to open the Fort York and Moss Park military's armouries to the homeless. The vote in favour of more shelter beds is a good step, but I believe it does not go far enough to address the immediate urgency.

4. Call for Small Business Tax Reform

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I successfully introduced the motion small business tax reform motion passes at Council. Next stop is getting a resolution passed in February when staff report back. Great advocacy from Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, Toronto Alliance of Business Improvement Areas, and John Anderson, representing a coalition of Yonge street business owners. Read the full motion here.

5. Formal Endorsement of the Dynamic Symbol of Access

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As chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC), I am pleased to endorse the great work by The Forward Movement request the Province and City use the Dynamic Symbol of Access in Ontario Building Code, Highway Traffic Act and for city-owned properties.

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