I am ecstatic to share that today the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) ruled in the City of Toronto’s favour and dismissed the appeal submitted by ONE Properties, the developer for the re-zoning application at 64-66 Wellesley Street East. This is a big win for our local planning efforts in the Church Wellesley Village and the City of Toronto.
Today, Mayor Tory and I received a letter from the Church Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area (CWVBIA) identifying their wish for the immediate removal of the statue of Alexander Wood (born 1772 - died 1884) from the intersection of Church and Alexander.
Like you, I am very disturbed by the images and reports of violence from the Lamport encampment clearing this week. That is not a representation of the design or intent of the Pathways Inside Program, as many have safely come indoors and acceptable service without incident.
Today, 411 days after the state of emergency was declared, the Government of Ontario finally responded to thousands of health care practitioners and resident calls for paid sick leave. Instead of the necessary 10 days of business-supported sick leave, the province announced three days for full and part-time workers. Not even enough time to confirm a positive Covid diagnosis.
This afternoon, the Premier announced further restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have seen data modeling that shows cases climbing to over 30,000 cases a day as of early June. Despite existing restrictions, Ontario could still see cases surpassing 10,000 per day. To that end, the Province is extending a province-wide stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks beyond its current end date of May 5.
Today I learned of another hate crime on the Ryerson University campus. It pains me to see the rise of Anti-Asian racism across Toronto. We are one of the most diverse cities in the world yet we are not immune to this hate and far from it.
I have spoken to the Superintendent of 51 Division at the Toronto Police Service, who informs me that this new racist graffiti reported at Church Street and Gould Street contains racial slurs directed against the Asian community. This is the second act of racist vandalism reported within four days after a similar one previously reported in the Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street area on Tuesday.
I am angered and disheartened to learn about a recent hate crime against an Asian-Canadian owned business at Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street.
I have spoken to the Superintendent of 51 Division at the Toronto Police Service, who informs me that graffiti vandalism was reported on the side of the building and that it contained racial slurs directed against the Asian community.
March 21 is annually observed as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a day to remember the state-sanctioned police violence in Sharpeville, South Africa that killed 69 people and injured many more peacefully demonstrating against racist apartheid laws.