On February 19, City Council passed the 2020-2021 budget. This year we supported a modest increase in our capital funding through the city building levy. This additional $6.6 billion raised over the next 10 years will pay for much needed long-term transit and affordable housing. This revenue increase represents an important forward step in building the city we actually want - one that is inclusive, prosperous and globally competitive.
A big thank you to the community members, local organizations and residents who signed petitions, wrote emails and letters, and made phone calls. With your strong support I was able to work with the Mayor and City Council to achieve the following budget benefits for Ward 13 neighbourhoods and beyond!
- Save the Cabbagetown Youth Centre
- Provide full funding for the long awaited Regent Park Social Development Plan.
- Secure funding for the recommendations and actions contained in the Five-Year Plan.
- Fund $1.1M of streetscape improvements for the historic St Lawrence Neighbourhood.
- Secure enhanced funding for Yonge-Dundas Square to enhance their security operations.
- Fully fund the intersectional gender equality unit at City Hall.
City Council also approved my motion to initiate a Municipal Property Assessment Corporation or MPAC Response Working Group. Despite my recent success to cap taxes on small, independent businesses, there are indications that this sector, specifically LGBTQ2S+ establishments in The Village and other unique businesses will continue to experience commercial property tax stress while MPAC reforms remain unaddressed in Queen’s Park. This MPAC Response Working Group will work with the City’s financial planning staff, industry experts in consultations with councillors in high growth areas to find additional ways to address the impacts of out-of-control provincially imposed MPAC assessments. Early indications reveal that in 2020, the condominium market which has outpaced the growth of suburban single family homes will be seeing the same types of unsustainable assessment values that hit the small business sector particularly hard in 2017 and 2018.
This year I renewed my call to reinstate the Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT). Toronto has lost over half a billion dollars in revenue since cancelling the VRT in 2011. The foregone revenues of $55 million dollars from a single year of VRT collection paid exclusively by car owners ($60 per year) would have been allocated to TTC improvements, winter road maintenance and enhanced road safety or Vision Zero programs. This quantum represents an additional 1.75% higher property taxes which is now borne by every Toronto resident, both homeowners and tenants. Although my motion was defeated 7-18, I know this straightforward and ready to implement revenue tool will be re-introduced in the 2021 budget vote.
While the 2020 budget isn’t perfect - we are still relying too heavily on the unstable Municipal Land Transfer Tax and uncommitted funding from the Provincial and Federal Governments - there are some big wins for the City of Toronto and in particular for our local Ward 13 neighbourhoods, and for that I was proud to support this budget.
My final round of thanks goes to Mayor John Tory and Budget Chief Crawford for working with City Council to deliver a good outcome for residents and business owners in this year’s budget.
Yours in community service,
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Read on to learn more about:
- Yonge TOmorrow
- Major Initiatives in Ward 13-Toronto Centre
- Labour Disruption
- Plan to Create Supportive Housing Opportunities
- Intergovernmental Action to Address Housing and Homelessness Issues
- Vacant Building Security
- Update: The Sanctuary
- St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment
- Live/Work Use in Commercial Buildings
- E-Scooters Pilot Project
- Regent Park Community Meeting Update
- Public Consultation for 60 Mill Street
- Public Consultation for 483-491 Bay St. & 20 Albert St.
- A Celebration of Indigenous Women: Storytelling & Self-Determination
- Community Spotlight: CORE
- In the Community
- In the Media
- How to Report
- Community Resources
- Development Map
- TDSB Update from Chris Moise
1. Yonge TOmorrow
Work continues on the Yonge TOmorrow Environmental assessment (EA). This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the downtown section of Yonge Street between College and Queen into a vibrant, pedestrian-priority destination street.
With the support of the Downtown Yonge BIA and local resident associations, I asked the City to launch this process in 2013, responding to the huge growth and changing demographics of the neighbourhood. We wanted to build upon the hugely successful and popular YongeLove campaign, which saw thousands of visitors experience Yonge Street in a whole new way.
Yonge Street has continued to see exponential growth. As more downtown residents and commuters walk and use the streets as public gathering spaces, there is a growing demand for public space improvements to support public life, including wider sidewalks, street trees, benches, patios or parkettes.
In fact, a recent poll, commissioned by the David Suzuki Foundation showed that 72 per cent of respondents support making Yonge Street more pedestrianized.
The YongeTOmorrow EA study is examining a number of different street configurations to increase pedestrian space and improve the way people move through and experience Yonge Street.
The City has hosted the second of three YongeTOmorrow public events to receive public feedback on a short list of design options. I encourage you to visit toronto.ca/yongeTOmorrow to find dates for upcoming consultations and let the City know why you support this transformational city building initiative.
2. Major Initiatives in Ward 13-Toronto Centre
I am proud to announce a new feature on my website - Major Initiatives. Since my election in 2010 we have accomplished a lot together as a community. We have made major investments in community infrastructure projects, parks and public realm improvements, housing and other local planning initiatives.
We often talk about the challenges facing the City of Toronto, and they are real and many. But I feel like it is equally important for us to celebrate our victories, and understand them as important milestones of what we can accomplish when we work together.
When I reflect on the progress we have made, I am even more motivated to keep working hard for the residents on Ward 13 and across the city of Toronto.
I hope you will check out our local Major Initiatives page, first to reflect back on your own victories, but maybe to get some inspirations for changes you would like to see in your neighborhood that we can work on together.
3. Labour Disruption
The TCEU Local 416 - CUPE, the union that represents 5000 outdoor city workers, and the City of Toronto have extended their collective bargaining and potential work shortage until 12:01 AM on February 29.
The women and men who deliver City services are a vital part of life in the City. Also, collective bargaining is a well-established right in Canada. It is to my mind a cornerstone of a democratic society. I sincerely hope the employees union and the City can reach an agreement as soon as possible.
For the duration of any labour disruption if it were to take place, my staff and I will be honouring picket lines. That means we will not be working out of City hall, but from offsite locations. We will be responding to emails and voice messages. Please continue to phone 416-392-7903 and email email@example.com.
Below I have posted some of the major service disruptions we can expect. The City is posting more detailed information here: https://www.toronto.ca/home/labour/ . 311 service (call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) will continue, although there may be delays. I will be posting information on my own website www.kristynwongtam.ca. If you have additional questions, please do contact me and my staff by phone or email.
The most visible impacts during a labour disruption are:
- Suspension of garbage collection east of Yonge Street and from public parks and litter bins city-wide. There may also be delays to collection west of Yonge St. if transfer stations are closed or on reduced hours
- Closure and cancellation of programming and event permits at all City-owned recreation centres, greenhouses and conservatories, pools, arenas and outdoor ice rinks, fitness centres and ski hills
- Limited access to civic centres including Metro Hall and City Hall. Hours of operation will be 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday
- Suspension of non-emergency Toronto Animal Services operations and reduced animal shelter locations and hours
- Suspension or longer wait times for many City administrative services
Toronto Police, Fire Services, Paramedic Services, Seniors Services and Long-Term Care, TTC, Toronto Community Housing, and Toronto Water operations should not be impacted by a labour disruption.
All regularly-scheduled City Council and Committee meetings are cancelled.
Any public meeting hosted by my office in city owned buildings will be cancelled and rescheduled to a later date. Notice of cancellation will be provided 24 hours prior to the scheduled start of the meeting on my website at www.kristynwongtam.ca
Some of the City's boards and corporations will continue to meet as scheduled, while others may cancel or postpone meetings. Notice of cancellation will be provided 24 hours prior to the scheduled start of the meeting. Meeting information and schedules are updated daily at toronto.ca/council.
If there are any changes, I will post additional information to www.kristynwongtam.ca.
Thank you. I hope you will join me in hoping for a quick and fair settlement.
4. Plan to Create Supportive Housing Opportunities
On February 12, the Planning and Housing Committee of which I am a member, adopted the Plan to Create Supportive Housing Opportunities report. This report identifies the current initiatives underway for 2020 and highlights a number of strategies that will be pursued to reach the target of creating 18,000 units of supportive housing over the next ten years.
City staff have outlined a series of approaches that, if approved by City Council, would create 600 units of supportive housing this year, which represents one-third of our annual goal. To achieve the full 1800 unit target, the City Council would need to receive Provincial and Federal funding.
The proposed multi-pronged approach includes layering supports that will enable people experiencing chronic homelessness to achieve housing stability in private market rental units through existing supports such as the Home for Good program. It also includes the renovation and conversion of existing housing units into supportive housing opportunities and innovative pilot projects such as conversion of shelter sites into supportive housing for long-term shelter stayers and use of modular housing. These opportunities will be further developed as part of the HousingTO implementation plan that will be brought to the Planning and Housing Committee for approval in June 2020.
The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, approved by City Council in December 2019, established a target of 40,000 new affordable rental homes approvals including 18,000 units of supportive housing over the next ten years. The HousingTO plan identified that achieving this supportive housing target is critical to addressing homelessness and the housing needs of vulnerable residents in the city.
5. Intergovernmental Action to Address Housing and Homelessness Issues
City Council adopted my December 2019 amendments to strengthen the report HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan and requested the City Manager to engage other orders of government to establish an Intergovernmental Working Group with a mandate to develop a joint action plan and secure increased investments to expedite efforts to address housing challenges and homelessness in Toronto.
Here is the summary of the update on the Intergovernmental collaboration progress to-date:
- Since December 2019, preliminary meetings have taken place with provincial and federal officials to brief them on the City's HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan.
- The portable Canada-Ontario-Housing Benefit was announced on December 19, 2019. The Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit builds on the Canada-Ontario Bilateral Agreement under the National Housing Strategy which will provide more than $5.75 billion to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, and support housing repairs, construction, and affordability. Toronto was recently advised of its allocation of roughly $17.4 million over two years and this program will roll out on April 1, 2020. City staff are still in discussions with the province to better understand this program.
- In relation to establishing an Intergovernmental Working Group, the City Manager has sent a letter to officials at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing inviting both governments to establish a table that can advance housing priorities in Toronto.
Staff will engage with senior officials from the federal and provincial governments over the upcoming months and as requested by City Council, will report to the Planning and Housing Committee in June 2020 on progress achieved to date.
At the February meeting of City Council, my motion to establish a City of Toronto Interdivisional Task Force to End Homelessness was adopted. This group is tasked with coordinating the immediate actions needed to identify service gaps, funding and resources needed to quickly move people out of homelessness and to forward all requests to achieve this to the Intergovernmental Working Group.
6. Vacant Building Security
There have been expressed concerns regarding the safety and security of vacant buildings downtown. These buildings - which may be part of consolidated development sites or otherwise - are sometimes left empty for years, creating tempting targets for trespass and arson. In Ward 13 we have seen inadequate security measures for vacant buildings resulting in injuries to firefighters, as well as damage to heritage structures. It is clear that more strict regulations, to either keep vacant buildings in use, or require enhanced site security, are desperately needed.
At the February 12 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee, I passed a motion directing staff to investigate this issue, compile data and report back with recommendations to address vacant building security. This report is expected to come forward in the Fall of 2020.
7. Update: The Sanctuary
My office has received reports from some residents concerned about the conditions outside of Sanctuary Toronto located at 25 Charles Street East, citing drug trafficking, garbage dumping, random violence, theft, graffiti, escalating security costs and the associated impacts on the usability of the adjacent park and sidewalks.
I take these concerns seriously and have been working with residents, City staff, Toronto Police and Sanctuary Toronto to find a balanced, compassionate approach to provide the necessary support to help the individuals using Sanctuary Toronto’s services, while still providing a safe environment for all residents.
Since November 19, 2019 I have hosted 4 meetings with residents and business operators from Charles St E, staff from Toronto Police, Streets to Homes, Toronto Public Health, Parks Ambassadors and other stakeholders including the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association to identify solutions and next steps.
After residents requested additional and accelerated police responses in the area, I formally submitted a letter to Toronto Police 51 Division requesting that they expand the Neighbourhood Officer coverage for the area, increasing foot and bike patrol along Charles Street East, between Yonge and Church including George Hislop Park.
In response to my request, Streets to Homes mobilized their resources quickly and have made 50 interactions with individuals staying in tents outside of Sanctuary over a period of two weeks to offer housing and shelter. I am grateful to learn that most of these individuals are now in shelters and City staff also reported that three new housing applications were completed. This is a big achievement given the vulnerability and lack of proper ID of those staying in the tents.
In recognition of the heightened need for supports in this area, I am also proud to announce that I was able to secure funding for the recommendations and actions contained in the Five-Year Downtown East Action Plan as part of this year’s budget. This ongoing funding will support the much needed service enhancements in the area.
With that said, we must be mindful that the City is facing a homelessness crisis that requires a co-ordinated intergovernmental, human rights-based response. Frontline housing workers are reporting a dramatic new wave of homelessness and under-housing. In 2018, there are approximately 181,000 people on Toronto’s Centralized Waiting List, managed by Access to Housing. Toronto Public Health recorded 150 deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness, from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
Sanctuary Toronto is a Christian charitable organization governed independently by a Board of Directors and their work is carried out by staff and volunteers. The Sanctuary raises money from private donors to run their operations and has not applied for, nor do they receive any funding from the City of Toronto.
All of my work and that of City staff are being carried out despite the fact that Sanctuary is not a City of Toronto funded agency and has no formal relationship with the City. We also have committed to helping the staff of Sanctuary develop a long-term strategic plan to improve their service delivery and community relations. I will continue to meet and monitor the situation closely.
I am grateful that many of the residents at 33 Charles Street East for supportive comments on the work that Sanctuary does.
I have, and will continue to bring more attention to our housing and homelessness crisis at City Council. I am proud that Council adopted my motions to create and fund the Downtown East Action Plan, build more affordable and supportive housing starting this year, and to begin looking at expropriating lands to be used for affordable housing.
City Council continues to refuse to declare homelessness an emergency, which I believe would mobilize the federal and provincial governments to take immediate action and provide the emergency and necessary resources we need to make to house people and make our streets safe for everyone. Until then, I will energetically carry out my work the best that I can given the limited options to quickly build housing we have at City Hall.
Please join me and add your name to my petition calling on City Council to Declare Toronto's Homelessness and Housing Crisis a State of Emergency!
8. St Lawrence Centre Redevelopment
In January, City Council requested that city staff explore the redevelopment of the St. Lawrence Centre of the Arts as a state-of-the-art cultural and civic hub for the City’s creative communities and community at large. Opening in 1970, the existing building holds two stages, the 868 seat Bluma Appel Theatre and the 497 seat Janet Mallett Theatre.
Preliminary consultation with stakeholders in the arts community indicated that the existing stages are not meeting their needs, with both theatres below 40% occupancy during the year. The St. Lawrence Centre, now 50 years old, is also showing its age, and requires further renovations to bring it up to compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Due to these challenges, the board who oversees the St. Lawrence Centre, TO Live, made the request to City Council to explore redeveloping the site with a new building that can better fit the needs of the arts community, using the money that would be spent over subsequent years on maintenance and renovations towards a new building.
There are a lot of critical details that City Council will need to approve for any redevelopment to move forward, which include (but are not limited to) a business plan, a funding model and a design for any new building. Furthermore, there are many arts groups that still need to be consulted in the event of redevelopment, including any existing tenants who would become displaced.
I have been firm with staff from TO Live that any potential redevelopment of this site must not be financed by adding a condominium tower to this site. Not only is this location inappropriate for a tall building given its adjacency to Berczy Park, there would be significant design issues trying to pair a new theatre building with a residential tower. TO Live staff have committed to me that we will not have to pair redevelopment with another condo tower, and I will hold them to their word.
9. Live/Work Use in Commercial Buildings
Toronto is in the midst of a housing crisis. As more unique situations arise through redevelopment, we must look for policy tools to protect all forms of housing including provincially unprotected, yet permitted Live/Work uses in commercial buildings. Without a policy adjustment the City will have little leverage to protect the residents who call these commercially-designated buildings their homes.
At the most recent Toronto and East York Community Council meeting, I had to make a very challenging decision. Listen to what I had to say.
Further to this, I will be meeting with City staff to work towards developing a new policy to reconcile Live/Work uses in commercial-zoned buildings and what to me seems to be a bizarre contradiction in land use planning. I look forward to finding sustainable solutions and will keep you updated as we progress forward.
10. E-Scooters Pilot Project
On January 1, the Province of Ontario launched a new 5-year Pilot program that allows for e-scooters to be used on public roads in municipalities that have opted into the Pilot. All vehicle use on public roads is legislated through the Highway Traffic Act which has not been changed and e-scooters are still illegal in cities that are not part of the Pilot.
It is important to consider the many factors affected by such a change, particularly the impact on people living with disabilities. By allowing this type of vehicle access we risk the safety of our most vulnerable users. E-scooters are often very quiet, and fast. This poses a danger to people with low vision, or whose disability prevents them from moving quickly. Additionally, most business models for e-scooters encourage that each scooter be left on the sidewalk creating further barriers to access. For these reasons, through the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, I moved that there be a robust consultation process guided by public safety with a focus on with people living with disabilities, and related organizations serving this population.
At this point, Toronto has not opted into the Provincial Pilot and City staff are working on a detailed report about e-scooters that is expected to be sent before Infrastructure and Environment Committee in March.
11. Regent Park Community Meeting Update
On February 18, our office in collaboration with Toronto Community Housing hosted the first Community Update Meeting of 2020. These meetings happen on a quarterly basis and provides an opportunity for Regent Park residents to learn about development updates and to have their questions/concerns answered.
TCHC Revitalization staff provided the community with an update on the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the final two phases of revitalization: Phase 4 & 5. The shortlisted developer proponents are: Capital Developments Inc., The Daniels Corporation, and Tridel Builders Inc. These three developer proponents will be proceeding to the negotiation process with TCHC. We look forward to the final selection of a developer partner.
12. Public Consultation for 60 Mill Street
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting for a development application at 60 Mill Street. This proposal seeks to amend the Zoning By-law to permit a 32-storey hotel tower with a height of 115.1 metres. The proposal includes 392 hotel suites with a total of ground floor area of 26,944 square metres, and the existing heritage designated Rock House D building is to be incorporated as part of the proposal.
You are invited to attend where you can learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments. The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. We invite you to get involved.
What: 60 Mill Street Community Consultation
When: Thursday March 12, 2020, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 80 Cooperage (Lucie & Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre )
To speak to the planner directly, contact Henry Tang, at (416) 392-7572 or Henry.Tang@toronto.ca . You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto ON, M5H 2N2.
Notice to correspondents:
Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
Our public meeting locations are wheelchair/mobility device accessible. Other reasonable accommodation or assistive services for persons with disabilities may be provided with adequate notice. Please contact Henry Tang, at (416) 392-7572, Henry.Tang@toronto.ca with your request. The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
13. Public Consultation for 483-491 Bay Street & 20 Albert Street
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. A proposed 60-storey residential addition to be located on top of the existing 10-storey office tower, the addition would be located on the east portion of the site.
What: 483-491 Bay St. & 20 Albert St Community Consultation
When: March 4, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Room, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West
To speak to the planner directly, contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412 or Derek.Waltho@toronto.ca . You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.
Notice to correspondents:
Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.
Public meeting locations are wheelchair/mobility device accessible. Other reasonable accommodation or assistive services for persons with disabilities may be provided with adequate notice. Please contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412, Derek.Waltho@toronto.ca with your request. The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to insure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
14. A Celebration of Indigenous Women: Storytelling & Self-Determination
Join us as we celebrate International Women's Day with a panel celebrating Indigenous women on storytelling and self-determination. Featuring guest panelists, Tanya Tagaq, Connie Walker, Tanya Talaga and Maggie Wente. This event is co-hosted by Consent Comes First at, Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education, Ryerson University, Aboriginal Initiatives; Office of the Vice President, Equity & Community Inclusion, Ryerson, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and LEAF. They are offering a free ticket giveaway of 10 tickets. To win a free ticket, contact email@example.com by March 1 and let them know Councillor Wong-Tam sent you! Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.
What: Internation Women's Day Panel, Storytelling & Self-Determination
When: Tuesday March 3, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
15. Community Spotlight: CORE
The Centre of Opportunities for Regent Park Enterprises (CORE), an initiative of the Centre of Learning & Development (CL&D), is an ongoing project that seeks to build support and sustainability for two local Regent Park social enterprises: the Regent Park Catering Collective and the Regent Park Sewing Collective. Both the catering and sewing collective are comprised primarily of residents from Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods of St. James Town and Moss Park, with a focus on newcomer and immigrant women.
The Regent Park catering collective began in 2013 with support from CL&D. In 5 years, the collective has grown to include 40 women, catering over 1000 events annually. Their mission goes beyond providing employment and catering. The CORE seeks to harness local resources to create economic opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their full potential, improving their lives and benefiting their community.
I am proud to work with such strong community leaders and networks in Ward 13. We look forward to continuing my office’s support for both the Regent Park Catering and Sewing Collective.
16. In the Community
Thank you Michelle Schullerer for bringing a petition forward to advocate for infant change tables in publicly accessible washrooms. This is an initiative I wholeheartedly support. You'll be hearing more on this in the near future. I know you get this one, share your stories.
Full house for the Metrolinx consultation for the OntarioLine at Ryerson University. Lots of questions from the community including when is this happening, where are the stations going and is this thing real?
Congratulations to Planet Fitness on opening your newest Canadian location at 444 Yonge Street inside historic College Park. It's great to have you in the neighbourhood and thank you for supporting the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club!
It was honour to bring welcoming remarks to the Regent Park Revitalization Youth Ambassadors Forum. This fantastic event was youth-led and centered around the Social Development Plan and the themes of Safety, Communications, Economic Opportunity & Community Building!
Happening now is the Regent Park Skate Exchange at the Athletic Grounds. Bring in your old skates or that of your kids and pick up another one, entirely free! Thank you Parks Forestry and Recreation staff for your help and to learn more about this program visit http://Toronto.ca/skate or 311
The incredible Muslim Welfare Centre team served 300 lunches and delivered another 100 through their Halal Meals on Wheels program to seniors and those who couldn't make it out to The CRC at 40 Oak st. Thank you Hamza Rizwan and Regent Park Freshco for their generous sponsorship today!
17. In the Media
- How a childhood sexual abuse survivor found 'stability' through supportive housing, CBC News, Feb 15, 2020
- City aims to ban hookah and shisha smoking on all Toronto patios, Toronto.com, Feb 14, 2020
- Ground zero: time to get serious about Toronto's homelessness crisis, Now Toront, Feb 13 2020
- City ponders emergency funding to save Cabbagetown Youth Centre, Toronto Sun, Feb 12, 2020
- Faced with imminent closure, Cabbagetown Youth Centre appeals for funding, CBC News, Feb 07, 2020
- Op-ed: The city balances its budget on the backs of students, THe Varsity, Feb 02, 2020
- Chinese Canadians facing hate, racism for coronavirus outbreak — much like the SARS outbreak in 2003, National Post, Jan 30, 2020
- Masking fear: How the coronavirus is impacting Chinatown, City News, Jan 29, 2020
- Are old downtown buildings arson magnets or the answer to the city's housing crisis?, CBC News, Feb 20,2020
18. How to Report
Communities across Toronto are experiencing challenges. There are a number of local resources available to help you respond to both emergency and non-emergency situations you may encounter.When you report to the proper service agency, you help improve response and utilize local resources to better address community challenges.
Here are helpful contacts for emergency and non-emergency situations:
Is it an emergency situation?
Call 9-1-1 (fire, medical emergency, crime in progress, etc.)
Is it an on-going issue?
Call 416-808-2222 (i.e trespassing, aggressive panhandling, etc.)
Have questions or concerns?
Call 3-1-1 (i.e. noise, litter, construction, etc.)
See someone in distress?
Call the City of Toronto’s Streets to Homes: 416-338-4766 (or 311)
Experiencing a mental health crisis?
Call Gerstein’s Crisis Line: 416-929-5200
An issue with TCHC?
Call TCHC Tenant Care: 416-9810-5500 (i.e. maintenance, security, heating, plumbing, etc.)
Concerned about your apartment building standards?
Call RentSafeTO: 416-396-7288 (i.e. maintenance, pests, heating, plumbing, common areas, etc.)
Here is the digital PDF of our How to Report poster. You can print and post on local community message boards and make available to members of the community. Please share widely.
19. Community Resources
We are excited to launch the community resources page! Do you want to learn more about the new noise bylaw? Are you interested in learning more about traffic calming measures? Need to learn more about the TCHC transfer process?
20. Development Map
As a downtown ward, provincial policy and the City’s Official Plan directs the majority of growth in Toronto to neighbourhoods like St. Lawrence and major corridors like Yonge Street and Dundas Street East. Depending on where you live, keeping track of all of the development in your neighbourhood can be a full-time job. The Ward 13 Development Map will help you keep track and learn more.
The development map is updated regularly to inform you of the status of development applications, provides information on city staff reports and Local Planning Appeal Body decisions, and has links to publicly available applicant reports, including applicant planning rationales, traffic studies and sun/shadow studies.
21. TDSB Update from Chris Moise
Dear parents, students and neighbours,
On Friday February 21, 2020, both the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) took part in a full strike. The ETFO is urging the Provincial government to resume bargaining with the unions so an agreement may be reached by Friday March 6, 2020.
As of Wednesday, February 26, 2020, ETFO will be in Phase 6 Strike Protocol. Their members will remain in schools and will follow their teaching, student supervision and preparation time schedules as well as other scheduled duties. If no agreement can be reached by March 6, the ETFO will be in Phase 7 Strike Protocol.
For further updates on strikes, please look here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/default.aspx
In other news, the TDSB fully endorses the new Climate Change Declaration unanimously adopted by City Council. This is the type of leadership we need to help combat climate change and global warming on a local and world-wide scale, and we fully endorse this movement.
For more than 20 years, the TDSB has been actively engaged in climate change action, spearheading the nation-wide movement of EcoSchools. This work, and so much more, is guided by our Environment Policy.
If you’d like to stay up to date with what I’m doing, please sign up for my newsletter at https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Ward10.
Yours in community,