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. No More Homeless Deaths
On Monday, I stood with faith leaders and front-line workers in a call to City Council to declare emergency and open 400 beds by the end of 2017 and 1000 beds through the 2018 budget cycle. Emergency shelters are seeing record numbers and have exceed the 90% occupancy standards set by City Council.This is a crisis and we have a responsible to do more to help. Read more.
2. Sidewalks For All
Fantastic turn out at #SidewalksForAll press conference and 1.5m vs 2.1m sidewalks obstacle course! If Toronto is going to walk the walk, we need sidewalks that serve all pedestrians, regardless of age or ability. Thank you to the accessibility and active transportation community for their advocacy on this important issue. Read more about Sidewalks For All!
3. 552 Church St. Development Application Community Meeting
On Wednesday, we held a community meeting for a 43-storey tower application at the north-west corner of Church and Wellesley. City Planners have written a refusal report. I will be supporting the staff report to refuse this application. City Council votes on it next week.
4. Toronto Needs Increased Funding For Social Services
On Thursday, Community members qued up for city services outside of City Hall before Toronto Budget launch. Toronto is growing and long waitlists for services are leaving families behind. Proud to stand beside fierce advocates in the call for increased investment in social services. Toronto can do better.
5. Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge Environmental Assessment
More Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge Environmental Assessment presentation was very well received by the Toronto Preservation Board. An extraordinary city asset with deep cultural heritage value. I'm proud to have been a project champion since the beginning.