Thank you for supporting the 5-Year Action Plan for the Downtown East. Hundreds of you signed the petition and completed the survey. Last week, Council endorsed the plan and initiated this important body of work.
The Downtown East has always had its challenges. It has historically been an area with high levels of poverty, need for social supports, and Toronto Community Housing buildings that have been allowed to deteriorate. In the last five years, these chronic challenges have been compounded by Toronto's crises in housing, addictions, and mental health. The Downtown East is now home to 32% of suspected overdose calls in Toronto, three of the ten poorest census tracts in the city, and 1,595 shelter beds that cannot keep up with demand. The vulnerability, violence, and need has reached unacceptable levels.
The 5-Year Action Plan is a coordinated, interdivisional and cross-sectoral strategy that brings more resources to building healthier, safer communities. It includes actions from maintaining elevated park and laneway cleaning to addressing the wrap-around supports needed by marginalized people and helping more move out of vulnerability. This strategy will complement the hiring of 22 new officers and the expansion of the Neighbourhood Officer program in 51 Division, which will see police building much deeper connections with the neighbourhoods they operate in.
While the 5-Year Action Plan marks a big step forward, there are two major challenges ahead of us. First, City Council will need to fund an increase in resources through the 2020 Budget and I will be ensuring that Ward 13 residents know exactly how to advocate for this. Second, no municipality can address mental health and addictions issues on its own. As part of the 5-Year Action Plan, I included an amendment to convene a mental health and addictions round table with the federal and provincial government, including participation from community partners, that will meet quarterly. The other orders of government cannot walk away from our communities any longer – there will be no long-term solution until mental health services, addictions recovery, and other provincial and federal responsibilities are fully funded to provide those with acute needs with a way out vulnerability.
Yours in service,
Table of Contents
- How To Report
- City Council Highlights
- College Park Officially Re-Opening
- Overview of Tenants First
- Updates from Regent Park: Phase 4 & 5
- Distillery District's Christmas Market Traffic Plan
- How to Beat the Summer Heat
- St. James Town Neighbourhood Improvement Area
- Glen Road Public Meeting
- Expansion of Bike Share Stations in Ward 13
- Community Spotlight: Downtown Yonge BIA
- In the Community
- In the Media
- New Community Resources Available Now!
- Development Map
- TDSB Trustee Update from Chris Moise
1. 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.
2. City Council Highlights
Implementing Tenants First
Council has approved the Tenants First Implementation Plan, which will create better living conditions and experiences for tenants of Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCH) while ensuring their homes are safe and well maintained.
Key elements of the plan include the creation of a new Seniors Housing Corporation to manage and operate 83 senior-designated buildings housing 27,000 seniors, phased implementation of an integrated service model for seniors housing, and transferring TCH's real estate development functions to CreateTO, the City's real estate agency.
The report also specifically outlines changes to the governance of TCH's business areas while increasing the City's oversight of TCH's activities. These changes will increase collaboration between the City and TCH, mitigate legal and financial risk, contain operating costs and minimize disruption to tenants. Toronto Community Housing Corporation will remain a City corporation whose mandate is to operate the 43,000 units in mixed and family buildings and will focus on developing a more tenant-focused service delivery model.
The Tenants First plan is closely aligned with the City's other strategic initiatives designed to strengthen communities in Toronto, including the Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0, Housing Opportunities Toronto, TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy, Toronto Youth Equity Strategy, Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020, the Toronto Newcomer Strategy and the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism.
Downtown East 2023 Five-Year Action Plan
Council has approved a comprehensive five-year Action Plan to coordinate City services and address long term community needs in the Downtown East area. The Downtown East area is bounded by Bloor Street on the North, Front Street on the South, Bay Street on the West, and the Don Valley Parkway on the East. Needs in the area include many issues that require collaboration between sectors and across governments such as supportive housing, crisis intervention, services for all community members, including people who are homeless and actions to address safety concerns in the area.
The Five-Year Action Plan was one of the key outcomes of the 12-Month Downtown East Action Plan initiated by Councillors Wong-Tam and Troisi in 2018. To date, this has resulted in a major increase in services in the area, including parks and alleyway cleaning, increased outreach, harm-reduction, and Parks Ambassadors presence, coordinated neighbourhood safety planning, and improved access to resources for marginalized individuals. The Five-Year plan looks targets the chronic and deeper challenges that must be tackled to provide long-term, meaningful assistance to everyone who calls the Downtown East home and build healthier, safer communities.
Vision Zero 2.0
Council endorsed an update to its Vision Zero commitments. The new Vision Zero 2.0 recommends a set of more extensive, more proactive and more targeted initiatives, informed by data and aimed at eliminating serious injury and fatalities on Toronto's roads.
Following a safe systems approach, Vision Zero 2.0 continues to draw solutions from the 5Es of engineering, enforcement, education, engagement and evaluation. The plan focuses these solutions on 6 emphasis areas of pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, school-aged children, older adults and aggressive and distracted driving.
In addition to reviewing roadway designs, speed limits, and safe crossings, the plan also calls for the following:
- An expansion of the red light camera program
- Adding safety features such as side guards to City fleet, particularly large vehicles, starting with the Solid Waste Management Division
- Development of District Safety Action Plans
- Expansion of partnerships for school travel planning programs;
- Reviewing signal operations practices with a lens of vulnerable road user safety;
- Advocacy to the Province for mandatory motorcycle training, improved driver training, changing the maximum Blood Alcohol Concentration for all licensed motorcycle drivers to 0 percent.
Cycling Network Plan Update
City Council has approved a Cycling Network Plan Update that maintains the originally established goals of Connect, Grow, and Renew, with newly articulated objectives and measures that correspond to each of the three overarching goals, providing additional clarity and indicators for evaluating success. The Cycling Network Plan Update also helps achieve a key proposed cycling policy objective in the City's Official Plan of bringing all Toronto residents within one kilometre (km) of a designated cycling route, as well as the TransformTO long-term goal that 75 percent of trips under 5 km are walked or cycled by 2050.
Over the next three years (2019 to 2021), over 120 km of new cycling infrastructure is planned, with additional upgrades to existing infrastructure through the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Additionally, over 70 km of routes will be studied within the near-term (2019 - 2021) for potential implementation.
As part of the 2019-2021 work plan, Ward 13 will have approved new bike lanes installed on The Esplanade, Berkeley Street from The Esplanade to Richmond Street, and Sumach Street from Cherry Street to Shuter Street. Major new north-south connections are being studied on Bay Street, Yonge Street, Shuter Street, and Sackville Street, as well as closing the east-west bike lane gap on Bloor Street between Avenue Road and the Danforth.
Changing Lanes: The City of Toronto's Review of Laneway Suites
After a one-year pilot program, City Council approved expanding laneway suites city-wide. The extension of permissions for laneway suites to areas adjacent to public laneways zoned for low-rise residential uses across the City will allow for the construction of new housing and reflects best practices used by other cities around the world.
Laneway suites are considered a type of second unit permitted by the Official Plan. A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit, subordinate to a primary dwelling, in which both kitchen and bathroom facilities are provided and located on a lot within a secondary building, adjacent to a public laneway. Laneway suites provide an additional form of low-rise housing within the City's neighbourhoods and are part of complete communities. They can provide more opportunities for people to live close to where they work, shop, and play and they can help make the city's urban lanes more green, livable, and safe. Laneway suites can contribute to increasing the supply of rental housing and provide additional housing options for households at different ages and life stages.
Emergency Management and Vital Service Disruptions in Apartment Buildings
After North St. James Town residents went through the ordeal of being displaced and facing serious disruptions at 650 Parliament Street and 260 Wellesley Street East, Councillor Wong-Tam directed staff to review the standards for high-rise apartment building owners in responding to emergencies. As a result of this work, City Council has now approved historic new standards to better protect tenants.
Under the new rules, building owners and operators under the RentSafeTO program are required to develop and maintain a vital service disruption plan satisfactory to the City. Toronto can now set standards and minimum requirements for the vital service disruption plans in consultation with the Office of Emergency Management and owners or operators who do not implement their established vital service disruption plan during a time of prolonged vital service disruption can now be found guilty of an offence.
City-wide Heritage Survey Feasibility Study
City Council approved the initiation of a city-wide heritage survey program - an emerging international best practice - as a building block for good planning. The heritage survey program will enhance the City's ability to respond quickly and effectively support timely and transparent decision-making while engaging Torontonians in the proactive identification of cultural heritage resources of value. A Toronto Heritage Survey will also contribute significantly to city-building through the collection and dissemination of comprehensive data about the heritage resources of the city. Importantly, the survey program will engage Indigenous communities and carefully consider Indigenous histories in fulfillment of the City's Statement of Commitment to the Aboriginal Communities of Toronto. Diversity and social equity will be fundamental principles as the survey moves forward.
3. College Park Officially Re-Opening!
On July 10, I had the distinct pleasure of being joined by Mayor Tory and Councillor Layton to unveil a refreshed and revitalized College Park. With brand new amenities, enhanced connections to surrounding streets, and a brand new skating trail, the park has become a great example of what our urban greenspaces can be and how they can serve the community through all four seasons. This moment was a long time coming and could not have been achieved without incredible partnerships and support from the community.
It was in November of 2012 when I originally invited neighbours and the community to the Delta Chelsea Inn to review preliminary conceptual plans for the park's revitalization. In the seven years since, I worked with staff to secure the funding, work out detailed designs, and negotiate some of the most complex and daunting property and legal agreements of any public construction agreement. We worked diligently with staff to secure all the necessary utility connections the park needed.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the park unveiling. I look forward to seeing you in the park and look forward to the opening of the magnificent skating trail this winter.
4. Overview of Tenants First
Tenants First is a City of Toronto-led project that sets out to make improvements to Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCH) and support it to become a more focused landlord. The overall focus of Tenants First is to implement a plan in which Toronto Community Housing can improve tenants' lives through better service delivery, and by providing buildings in good repair and opportunities for tenants to be connected to appropriate services and actively participate in their communities.
Tenants First outlines strategic directions aimed at enhancing TCH's capacity to provide clean, safe, well-maintained homes for TCH tenants and to help foster neighbourhoods where tenants have opportunities. It also identifies new service models that will help improve the financial sustainability of TCH and enhance the quality of life for TCH tenants. Tenants First is about improving the lives of TCH tenants through better service delivery, increased access to services, improved building conditions and strengthened tenant engagement.
Council first adopted the Tenants First – A Way Forward for Toronto Community Housing and Social Housing Toronto report on July 12, 2016. This report included proposed changes to transform Toronto Community Housing (TCH).
Phase 1 of the Tenants First Implementation Plan was approved by Council in July 2017. The report included along with other steps to develop an Integrated Service Model for seniors, creating a Seniors Housing Unit at TCHC, and transitioning towards a Seniors Housing and Services Entity at the City. On May 22, 2018 Council approved the report Implementing Tenants First - Creating a Seniors Housing Unit at Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Transitioning Towards a Seniors Housing and Services Entity at the City. This report directed TCH to create an interim unit to manage seniors housing, and in response TCH created the Interim Seniors Housing Unit with a separate management structure within the organization.
The unit's mandate includes managing TCH's portfolio of 83 seniors-designated buildings and working with the City of Toronto and other stakeholders to design and implement an integrated service model for seniors housing that will promote aging in place, better quality of life and successful tenancies for all TCH seniors.
Seniors were identified as a group that is currently underserved at TCH, and who would benefit from better coordinated community based service. The recommendations will improve access to services for all seniors living in TCH. There will be better coordination of the services provided to seniors by organizations outside of TCH and better alignment of senior-focused programs delivered by the City of Toronto, the provincial government and the federal government. All seniors living in TCH will be better positioned to age in place.
5. Update from Regent Park: Phase 4 & 5
On July 19th, City Council adopted the 'Implementing the Regent Park Social Development Plan' item. This item was the result of the motion, Living up to the Promise of Regent Park Revitalization, that was put forth at the May 14th Economic and Community Development Committee meeting. My motion addressed the need for increased commitment and focus on the Regent Park Social Development. The outcome of the motion was twofold: 1) Social Development, Finance and Administration (SDFA) committed to hiring to a full-time Community Development Worker to project manage the implementation of the Regent Park Social Development Plan; 2) SDFA will review the proposed actions from the Plan to determine priority actions and the resources needed for implementation.
The Social Development Plan was initially approved with 75 recommendations aimed at strengthening social inclusion and cohesion. In response to Regent Park moving from a low-income to mixed-income community, the plan aims to address community needs, from employment concerns, access to community facilities, to improving program/service delivery. Recommendations were grouped into four strategic focus areas: Safety, Employment and Economic Opportunities, Community Building and Communications.
In 2017, a decade after the Social Development Plan was approved, a refreshment process began. As the Social Development Plan was designed to be a living document, recommendations are meant to address the current and emerging community concerns. The Social Development Plan refreshment process is near completion with a number of changes that have already been implemented. Changes include a clearer governance and accountability structure with regards to the Social Development Plan Stakeholders Table and the Social Development Plan Coordinator. The Social Development Coordinator position is absolutely central and integral to ensuring consistent and dedicated oversight of the plan.
Through the recently approved item, City Staff from SDFA are finalizing the hiring process for a Community Development Worker that will be dedicated in supporting the SDP and its goals. They will be responsible for project managing the implementation of the Social Development Plan. I am proud of this step forward. This is a positive step forward to ensuring that community development initiatives in Regent Park remain to move forward as the physical developments in the neighbourhood continues. I want to extend a huge thank you to all the community members, local agencies, Toronto Community Housing staff, and City of Toronto staff that have worked hard to make sure that the Social Development Plan receive the necessary commitment and resources. I look forward to the next steps for the Plan.
6. Distillery District's Christmas Market Traffic Plan
I have been working closely with Councillor Cressy’s office and community stakeholders to ensure that the Toronto Christmas Market has a strong Traffic Plan as we approach the next holiday season. This plan will help manage the influx of visitors to the historic Distillery District so both residents and visitors might be able to enjoy all the Christmas Market has to offer. It will involve some road closures and traffic redirection. This plan will need to be approved at both Toronto East York Community Council as well as City Council this Fall. I will be posting an update with the confirmed plan as soon as it becomes available.
7. How to Beat the Summer Heat
Summer is finally here! While you enjoy time out in the sun, it is important to stay healthy and cool at the same time. Hot weather and extreme heat could put your health at risk. This may result in heat-related illnesses that includes heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat rash and muscle cramps. But, heat-related illnesses are preventable!
Watch out for these symptoms of heat related illnesses: dizziness, fainting, nausea, headache, rapid breathing or heartbeat, as well as extreme thirst or decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine. If you experience these symptoms or see someone with signs of heat-related illness, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids.
Additional tips to beat the heat includes:
- Drink plenty of cool water even before you feel thirsty
- Go to an air conditioned place such as one of the City’s Heat Relief Network locations
- Wear loose, breathable clothing and when outdoors wear a wide-brimmed hat
- Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day
- Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down
- Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car
- Consult with your doctor or pharmacist on medications that increase your risk to heat
- Call or visit at-risk family, friends or neighbours (especially seniors living alone)
to make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids and keeping cool
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 if you see someone who is either unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating. While you are waiting for help, cool the person right away by moving them to a cool place or applying cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing.
Here are some Cooling spaces, mostly Toronto Public Library Branches, Community Centres, Pools and Splash Pads within Ward 13:
Toronto Public Library Branches:
St. Lawrence Branch, 171 Front St E
St James Town Branch, 495 Sherbourne St
Parliament Street Branch, 269 Gerrard St E
Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St
Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St
St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade
John Innes Community Recreation Centre, 150 Sherbourne St
Pools and Wading Pools:
Winchester Park, 530 Ontario St
John Innes Community Recreation Centre, 150 Sherbourne St
Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre, 640 Dundas St
Riverdale Park West, 375 Sumach St
Sumach – Shuter Parkette, 485 Shuter St
David Crombie Park, 131 The Esplanade
St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade
Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St
Moss Park, 150 Sherbourne St
Regent Park, 600 Dundas St
Wellesley Park, 500 Wellesley St
Diamond Jubilee Promenade, 475 Front St
Corktown Common, 155 Bayview Ave
8. St. James Town Neighbourhood Improvement Area
In support of local residents and the St. James Town Service Providers Network, City Council adopted my motion to have staff review the St. James Town area for potential inclusion as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) through the future review of the City’s Strong Neighbourhood Strategy.
Two major incidents in apartment buildings in St. James Town have created a significant push by local community organizations and service providers to have the city re-evaluate the neighbourhood for inclusion as a NIA when the city updates its Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020.
These organizations took it upon themselves to try and build support within the local community, and brought almost 900 signatures and letters from 15 non-profit organizations that help support the community in St. James Town. The support also included letters from the local Toronto Catholic District School Board Trustee Norm Di Pasquale and MPP Suze Morrison.
If designated as a NIA, the city would help develop an action plan for the neighbourhood, and be assigned a Community Development Officer to provide support and help bring new local investments to improve the lives of residents.
The Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 is currently under review, and will be brought to City Council in late 2020.
9. Glen Road Public Meeting
As part of the reconstruction of the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge near Sherbourne Station, staff have short-listed five public art proposals for review. These proposals are meant to help animate the bridge when it is reconstructed.
You are invited to drop-in, view and comment on the public art proposals.
What: Glen Road Pedestrian Tunnel Public Art Drop-In Event
When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Church of St. Peter and St. Simon, 525 Bloor Street East
You can also view the display materials and provide feedback online until August 21, 2019.
For public art information, please contact:
Catherine Dean, Public Art Officer, 416-395-0249 or [email protected]
For general project information, please contact:
Jason Diceman, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, 416-338-2830 or [email protected]
A follow-up meeting regarding the Glen Road Pedestrian Tunnel is currently being planned for the fall. Details will be provided as soon as possible.
10. Expansion of Bike Share Stations in Ward 13
Bike Share is expanding in Toronto and our ward is a big part of that.
This year's expansion will add a total of 1,250 new bicycles, 105 stations and 2,292 docking points to the Bike Share Toronto network. With this expansion, the system will grow to 465 stations in Toronto, with a total of 5,000 bikes, and 8,550 docking points.
Bike Share Toronto stations are also being placed in new neighbourhoods, stretching out of the downtown core. They will be located as far north as Yonge Street at Lawrence Avenue, west to the Junction and High Park Neighbourhood, and as far east as Victoria Park and Kingston Road
In the past 12 months, the total number of memberships sold was over 165,000. In three years, ridership has grown to more than 2 million rides per year. This is a 251% growth in the average ridership between 2011 and 2015.
There were over 85,000 trips taken the week of June 30 to July 6. This is the highest ridership that Bike Share has seen in a 7 day period.
For non-members, it’s a great way to explore the city. Riders can buy a 24-hour day pass for $7, and have it all day without overage charges, provided it is docked every 30 minutes.
In July of 2018, Bike Share Toronto introduced the single fare option, providing more flexibility for casual users to purchase a single half-hour sessions.
11. Community Spotlight: Downtown Yonge BIA
The Downtown Yonge B.I.A. is a non-profit organization that is committed to improving the daily experience of their members businesses, residents, and customers with an end goal of strengthening the culture and economy of Downtown Yonge. The B.I.A. promotes safety and inclusivity, through several projects that provide supportive resources to all stakeholders within their catchment area.
A signature initiative of the B.I.A. is their Clean Streets Team. Five days a week, before Downtown Yonge gets busy with pedestrians, the Team is out cleaning sidewalks and parks, in the neighbourhood. They cover almost 400,000 square meters of hard surfaces, and 8,700 square meters of green space. The Clean Streets Team is an invaluable supplement to the City's public realm maintenance efforts, tackling graffiti and poster removal, litter sweeping, and clearing and salting intersections in the snowy winter months.
The Downtown Yonge B.I.A also organizes several community-friendly events that contribute to positive uses of our public spaces. Their Play the Parks series, brings free concerts to seven Yonge corridor green spaces throughout the summer season! They also host ANIMATE, a series of pop-up events in local laneways. This project aims to enliven these underutilized spaces and bring people together to create a shared common experience.
The B.I.A. is also a key partner in promoting safety in their area. They have formed partnerships with 51 and 52 police divisions, to offer crime prevention workshops to local businesses. They also piloted the Community Engagement Project, which pairs a City of Toronto Streets to Homes Outreach worker with a police officer, to respond to social disorder issues reported by local businesses. This program has proved highly successful, consistently providing response times under 10 minutes. The program will be continued and funded, under the City of Toronto's Downtown East Five-Year Action Plan.
12. In the Community
On July 18, 2019, Councillors Joe Cressy, Mike Layton and I announced a downtown development traffic light system to reinforce the objectives of TOCore. This was downtown Toronto’s 25-year masterplan, that took seven years to create, which the province gutted by making 224 unilateral changes without any warning to City Council. Our offices will only prioritize good community-building applications with considerations for affordable housing, public realm improvements and positive impacts for the community. Bad applications that did not support the objectives of the original TOcore plan will be deprioritized and we will opt to provide no administrative support from our office.
It was an honour to support and bring welcoming remarks to the Women’s Mosque of Canada. Thank you for choosing the most dynamic and inclusive neighbourhood of Regent Park to be your new home. Congratulations to co-founder Farheen Khan and her team on this important milestone!
After more than 50 years of Premiers and their governments hosting Canada Day activities at Queen's Park, Doug Ford did the unthinkable and cancelled the nation’s birthday party in Ontario. Thank you MPP for Scarborough - Guildwood, Mitzie Hunter for bringing us together for the People’s Picnic. I’m ready to help make this event annual again and one that’s truly for all people!
It was a pleasure to join the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association in Old Town Toronto for their Canada Day festivities. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event! It was great to see so many Toronto Centre representatives and friends all together at St. James Park for Canada Day 2019!
I am proud to be working with Regent Park community members and Toronto Community Housing to advance the people-focused Social Development Plan with the support of the City's Social Development and Financing staff. It's a big team effort and we're making progress together by putting community first.
On June 26, 2019, I joined Councillor Cressy and the Medical Officer of Health at a press conference with resident leaders, faith communities, and front - line service providers to call for the adoption of the new and comprehensive Five-Year Downtown East Action Plan 2023 to address chronic and long-term community needs, building upon my original Downtown East 12-month Action Plan.
I was pleased to join Sean Gadon from Toronto’s Housing Secretariat at the opening of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto's newest site on Carleton. Mdewgaan Lodge will serve Indigenous women with children struggling with addiction and mental health in a trauma-informed, culturally appropriate manner using traditional healing and mainstream clinical interventions. These are important steps towards a much-needed reconciliation.
I joined Mayor Tory and Councillor Layton to formally celebrate the re-opening of College Park with it's many new enhancements including playground, water features, state-of-the-art skate trail and rink house. Thank you Park staff, Downtown Yonge B.I.A., residents plus kids and dogs for their ongoing support! This is work I began years ago in 2012, and I'm pleased to see this new park enjoyed by many families from the community.
13. In the Media
- Downtown east needs help: Wong-Tam, CP24, June 26, 2019
- First women’s mosque finds its community in Toronto, City News, July 12, 2019
- After nine years of construction College Park is Reborn as a gem of Downtown, The Toronto Star, July 10, 2019
- Hundreds calling for 'highly neglected' St. James Town to become neighbourhood improvement area, CBC News, July 12, 2019
- AI offers Toronto’s homeless community a helping hand, The Verdict, July 22, 2019
- Councillors vow to slow some development proposals in wake of 'unilateral' changes to TOcore plan, CP24 News, Thursday, July 18, 2019
14. New Community Resources Available!
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? Visit our new Community Resources webpage.
15. Toronto Centre 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.
17. TDSB Trustee Update from Chris Moise
The sun is shining and gardens are in bloom. I would like to congratulate all graduating students celebrating their well-earned summer vacation! The days are beautiful and they should be proud of their academic accomplishments and hard work. Whether they are venturing into middle-school or high-school, or taking the plunge and diving into an apprenticeship or college program, their dedication will shine through. To our inspired students: keep going, keep pushing, and keep learning!
As parents, teachers, the Board and others look back on the past year, we have to acknowledge that it has been a difficult one. We have had many challenges brought on by the Premier and his provincial government, as well as some important successes. The challenges have pushed my colleagues and me to fight for our community, community members, and our education system. In the midst of this work, we have seen a new City Council sworn-in, welcomed twelve new dedicated and hard-working Trustees to our Board, and we have worked closely with the Director of Education towards strengthening our commitment to our students, ensuring that all students have the best quality of education.
In my time as Vice Chair of the Board, I have been committed to the bettering of our communities and community-run programs. Along with serving as the Director of the Ontario School Board Association, I have made it my consistent priority to support a number of critical initiatives, including the Black Student Achievement Advisory Committee and the Toronto Lands Corporation. I will continue to prioritize initiatives like these, which are more crucial than ever in making sure students have everything they need to succeed.
There is much more work ahead of us, but for now I would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy summer and very much look forward to connecting further in the coming fall months! And don’t forget: SCHOOL BEGINS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD. See you there