Statement on LPAT Review of Cabbagetown Daycare Approval

Last week the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) provided a revised decision on the proposed daycare at 459-461 Sackville Street. This application proposes to turn the existing heritage building into a daycare for up to 80 children. Following a confusing 2020 TLAB decision which appeared to unconditionally approve the daycare despite noting concerns about parking, traffic and safety, the City Solicitor asked the TLAB to review its decision. I am pleased to hear that the City Solicitor was successful in that review request. While the TLAB has affirmed the variances for the approved daycare, it has helpfully attached five new and clearly stipulated conditions that the applicant must satisfy prior to any daycare use on the site.

Statement On Private Security Guards Hired To Police Public Streets

Everyone deserves to feel safe in their neighbourhood and with this in mind, I am sympathetic to residents who have seen safety, and the perception of safety eroded in Cabbagetown South and Moss Park over the last year. Reports of rising assaults, theft and vandalism are incredibly distressing and a reason provided by some local residents on why they have hired private security guards to patrol city streets.

My Statement of Support for #TPSWhatHappened

I am deeply saddened to learn about the death of a 30 year old Black Trans woman on October 26, 2020, who died in hospital after being apprehended by police under the Mental Health Act. I extend my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and to our community deeply affected by yet another loss. 

In a release from Toronto Police Service, officers responded to a break in call. Upon arrival, it was determined that no break in had occurred and there was a woman in crisis. While in police custody, she was transported to hospital and went into distress. Life saving measures were taken and unfortunately, she was pronounced deceased at 10:15 a.m. Subsequently, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been engaged and no further details have been released. 

Statement on Fire at 96 Gerrard Street East

This morning it was heartbreaking to learn of a three-alarm fire and full evacuation at 96 Gerrard Street East, the Neill-Wycik Co-operative College, a long established student housing co-op. Toronto Fire Services (TFS) has been on site since midnight and they have assured me along with the co-op’s board president that everyone is safe and accounted for now. The Office of Emergency Management has been activated and they are working alongside the Red Cross and TFS to monitor the situation, and will continue to provide emergency support. I have conveyed my personal expectations and offers of support from the City directly to the President of the co-op board.

Joint Statement with Councillor Cressy: Province of Ontario Issues Surprise Zoning Orders for Development Sites in Toronto

Late on Friday, we learned that the Government of Ontario issued a series of Minister's Zoning Orders (MZOs) affecting three sites in the West Don Lands: 373 Front Street East and 90 Mill Street (Blocks 3, 4 and 7), 125 and 125R Mill Street (Block 20) and 153 to 185 Eastern Avenue (Blocks 17 and 26). These MZOs were issued without notification to City Planning or the local Councillors offices, and were discovered by chance by a member of City Planning. The Province did not provide information about their implementation to either the City nor to City staff prior to them coming into force.

My Statement Regarding Ongoing Hate Crime at a Downtown Mosque

I am angered and saddened to hear that yesterday there was a reported sixth incident at Masjid Toronto, located on Adelaide Street in downtown Toronto over a three month period.

This series of described hate crimes have included break-in attempts, broken windows and racist graffiti on their walls and windows. I stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and condemn these Islamophobic acts against Masjid Toronto. We must stand together against all forms of racism and bigotry. 

My Statement on the Growing Calls to Defund the Toronto Police Service

I am heartened by the thousands of emails I have gotten about the Toronto Police Service, and their sizable impact on the City budget, and continue to get about these important matters.

Like you I recognize that many of the impediments to community safety will not be solved by the police. Too many people are unable to access the life-saving resources they need to thrive, while growing affordability, mental health and addictions crises are having massive health and safety impacts. 

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