Respect Local Planning Updates

My Statement on the Proposed Changes in Bill 257

This afternoon, the Government of Ontario has tried to sneak in new legislation that further undermines local planning and residents. It aims to centralize decision making and power in the province.

Hidden within Bill 257, the “Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act”, is a provision that would give Minister Steven Clark the unilateral power to issue more Municipal Zoning Order’s (MZOs) without consultation and without regard to the Province’s own policies on planning and land use.

My Statement on Today’s Divisional Court Ruling to Suspend the Further Demolition of the Foundry Heritage Buildings

I am pleased to share the good news that today, Justice David L. Corbett granted interim relief to stay the decision of the Government of Ontario to demolish the heritage buildings at the Dominion Foundry Complex in the West Don Lands. Demolition began two weeks ago on the four 100+ year old heritage buildings. Collectively, they are the largest concentration of heritage assets in the West Don Lands and are representative of Canada’s industrial railway history. This demolition began without community consultation and without any formal notice to the City.

My Statement on Dominion Foundry Court Proceedings

Yesterday, the City’s Legal Services provided me an update on the new interim stop-work injunction filed at the Ontario Divisional Court to prevent the further demolition of four buildings at Dominion Foundry Complex. This request follows the sudden demolition work that began at the provincially-owned Dominion Foundry site 12 days ago without honest answers from the Province on who is their select developer and what exactly is their development plan.

My Statement on Court Application for an Injunction Filed to Stop the Further Demolition of the Foundry Buildings

This morning an application seeking an injunction on further demolition work was filed at the Ontario Divisional Court by lawyers on behalf of the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (SLNA). This legal action names the City of Toronto as an interested party. As such we have provided the applicant’s lawyer with research and sworn affidavits that describe the factual background to support the interim and interlocutory injunctive relief restraining further demolition work at the Dominion Foundry Complex in the West Don Lands.

My Statement on the Provincial Expropriation of the First Parliament Site

January 20, 2021

Late Monday, my office learned that Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario, initiated expropriation proceedings of the City-owned lands at 271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street, a significant part of the historic First Parliament site. Located in downtown Toronto at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets, the First Parliament site is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park. It is comparable in size to Nathan Phillip Square.

My Statement on the Demolition of the Dominion Foundry Buildings

It is with fury and anger that I watched yesterday as the Government of Ontario began demolishing the Dominion Foundry buildings at 153 to 185 Eastern Avenue. It is clear that when Doug Ford says his government is “for the people” he is not referring to residents who see the opportunity to adapt and incorporate the 100+ year-old buildings on site for the future of the community, but his wealthy donors who see it as an obstacle to their bottom line.

My Statement Regarding Efforts to Save the Foundry Heritage Buildings

It was only two days ago that I learned the Province of Ontario deployed a demolition crew to raze the four heritage buildings at the Dominion Foundry Complex on Eastern Avenue. 

Since then I hosted an emergency meeting with local community leaders and our area MPPs, Chris Glover and Suze Morrison. There was broad consensus that the heritage properties should not be recklessly destroyed, especially without further review, public consultation or community notice.

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