Homelessness Workgroup Meeting Oct 26 at 7pm
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/homelessnessworkgroup
The Fentanyl Epidemic Panel Discussion Nov 3 at 7pm
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/fentanylepidemic
Webinars, Public Consultations, Town Halls
Condominium Authority Tribunal Consultation
The Condominium Authority of Ontario has created a survey to consult on upcoming expansion of the Condominium Authority Tribunal’s (CAT) jurisdiction. The key questions are related to:
- Further expanding the CAT’s jurisdiction to encompass additional types of disputes
- Feedback on the CAT’s current processes and any potential best practices the CAT could consider
The survey should take between 15-30 minutes to complete, and can be completed anonymously. Click here to complete the CAO’s Consultation Feedback Survey.
The riding of Spadina-Fort York has more condos than anywhere else in Canada. Thousands of residents live in condo apartments along the waterfront and throughout downtown Toronto. I have heard from constituents complaining about many issues related to condo board governance, fees and other problems arising for condo dwellers. I encourage you to write to my office at [email protected] to share your experience and help us advocate for solutions.
Waterfront Strategic Review
- The City of Toronto has released a report on its Waterfront Strategic Review Update. The review includes a public consultation and engagement on what a renewed vision of the City’s 43 kilometers of waterfront would be. The report will be considered by the Executive Committee next week.
First Parliament Site Heading to Toronto Executive Committee
- Two significant staff reports relating to the First Parliament Site (FPS) are heading to Executive Committee at Toronto Council. It is important for the Executive Committee to have letters and deputations from organizations and individuals with an interest in the future of the site.
The City of Toronto is currently in negotiations with Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario related to the expropriation of the FPS and their proposal for a transit-oriented community development on the site. The recommendations in these reports will have an impact on the ability of the City to advocate for the important civic features that were planned for the site.
The First Parliament Master Plan, which was finalized earlier this year, needs Council approval before it is official City policy. In the negotiations with Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario over the development of this site, it is crucial that a Council approved Master Plan be part of the official planning context.
Letters and requests to depute can be sent to [email protected].
This staff report answers a number of questions posed by Councillors Wong-Tam and Cressy and confirms that negotiations with the province are putting forward city priorities for the site based on the FP Master Plan.
It is important that decision makers recognize the 20-year history of trying to get the FPS into public ownership, including the various land swaps, library lands and the long-standing commitment to using the lands for much-needed parkland and open space.
Ontario Place Redevelopment Virtual Information Sessions
The Ontario government has announced two virtual information sessions regarding their plans for Ontario Place:
- Wednesday, October 13, 5:00 pm
- Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 pm
The government has also launched an online survey requesting public feedback. From a research perspective, the survey is very problematic. The first question announces that the decisions have been made – which means the government’s consultations are being done after the fact. Another question asks to rank the importance of the heritage buildings on the property – the Cinesphere, pods, etc. Bill Greaves of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario likens this to a question asking which fingers you would like removed.
Ontario Place: What’s Going On?
- Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Waterfront For All presents this event as part 4 of a speak series. This is a panel discussion featuring Ken Greenberg and Eric Klaver on the provincial government’s plans for the site. Full details and registration here.
Toronto Heritage Building Community Meetings
- St. Patrick’s Market and the Grange Precinct
Thursday, October 14, 7:00 pm Register here
The St. Patrick’s Market is a heritage building located at 238 Queen Street West. The City of Toronto is now proposing changes to better meet the current needs of the community and is looking for public feedback.
- Wellington Destructor Community Meeting
Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm Register here
The Wellington Destructor is a heritage building located at 667 Wellington Street West. Built in 1925, it acted as an incinerator for the city’s garbage and was decommissioned in the 1970s. The City of Toronto is looking to revitalize the building and is looking for community input.
Toronto’s Growth Funding Tools Public Information Session
- Wednesday, October 13, 11:30 am
Recently, the Ontario government enacted changes to how municipalities generate funding from development activity. The changes made through Bill 197 mean the City of Toronto must update the three growth-related funding tools:
- Development Charges
- Alternative Parkland Dedication Rate
- Community Benefits Charges (replacing Section 37 Benefits)
Webinar: Human Trafficking – The Effects Suffered By Survivors As They Navigate The Criminal Justice System
- October 12, 7:00 pm
Three courageous victims, now survivors, will provide insight into the process and outcomes of the Canadian Criminal Justice System. The ongoing threat and fear posed by traffickers, the intense nature of the criminal justice process, and the outcome are the primary reasons survivors are reluctant to pursue criminal charges. Attendees will gain insight into the continued exploitation and victimization survivors encounter through the criminal justice system. Register here.
Shaping Sustainability in Ontario Virtual Conference
- For those who missed it, the full Shaping Sustainability in Ontario Virtual Conference held on July 28 is now available online. Click here to watch.
Ontario Digital Privacy Consultation
- The Ontario Government released a white paper outlining proposals to strengthen privacy protections across the province. The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking to address gaps in Ontario's legislative privacy framework and to establish comprehensive, updated rules to protect privacy rights and support innovation. There has been some concern around the move from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce - read more here. I urge you to review the white paper, and send in your comments to the Government, as well as a copy to my office at [email protected] so we can advocate for your recommendations. More information is available here.
Ontario Place Virtual Rally Event Recording
- The Future of Ontario Place Project, along with Ontario Place for All and Architectural Conservancy Ontario hosted a virtual rally on Thursday, May 13, 2021 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ontario Place. We are expecting an announcement from the Minister about the future of Ontario Place shortly, so I spoke at this rally to reiterate that Ontario Place must remain a public space, and the Ontario government should consult with the owners of this valuable waterfront land (public taxpayers) before making any development decisions.
Watch the recording of the virtual rally here, and hear the statement I made in the legislature here.
Sign our petition calling on this government to respect local planning.
Community Recognition Ceremony
On Saturday February 6, 2021, I hosted my virtual Community Recognition Ceremony and was joined by more than 120 community members via Zoom and social media. It was a wonderful opportunity to recognize and celebrate the amazing things that people are doing in the riding. Thanks to all of you who attended and to Phusion and Newchoir for their uplifting performances!
For those of you who were not able to join, you can view the recording here.
Congratulations to all the award recipients:
Outstanding Youth Leadership:
Angela Bischoff, Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Community Building through Arts and Culture:
Isorine Marc, Executive Director, Jamii
Rob Sysak, Neighbourhood Director, West Queen West
Sri Selvarasa, Manager, Little India
Angelo Bertolas, Co-chair, York Quay Neighbourhood Association
Eli Brown, Founder, Shine the Light On
Richard Dunwoody, Executive Director, Project Recover
Bill Dyck, Toronto Alliance Church
Carolyn Johnson, Co-chair, York Quay Neighbourhood Association
Suzanne Kavanagh, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association, West Don Lands Committee
Alicia Liebregts, Liberty Village Cares
Curtis Priest, Garment District Neighbourhood Association
Joan Prowse, Chair, Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association
Cynthia Wilkey, West Don Lands Committee
Outstanding Community Service from a Group:
Alexandra Park Volunteer Cooking Team
Spadina-Fort York Community Care Program Volunteers
Outstanding Leadership in the Chinese Community:
Simon Zhong, Executive Director, Toronto Community & Culture Centre
Outstanding Community Leadership:
Mohsin Khattak, Director, Scadding Court Community Centre
Donna Harrow, Executive Director, Alexandra Park Community Centre
Kevin Lee, Executive Director, Scadding Court Community Centre
If you missed our holiday social on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 pm, HOLI-PALOOZA, you can watch it here:
• Experience an exciting performance by the lead artist from Toronto trio, Phusion!
• Sing along with Toronto's first rock choir, Newchoir!
• Test your knowledge with an interactive trivia challenge!
• Plus, a special visitor from the North Pole!
Community Town Hall
Thank you to Olivia Chow and to everyone who joined me for the Community Town Hall. Most of the conversation focused on the issue of homelessness. If you weren’t able to participate, you can listen to the recording here.
Ontario Line Town Hall
Thank you to everyone who joined me last week for this very informative discussion with Metrolinx representatives. If you missed the meetings, you can view both recordings on my Youtube channel here and here. I have included some helpful links about the project below:
- Ontario Line – Environmental Assessment Process Overview here
- Draft Ontario Line Environmental Conditions Report here
- Ontario Line Initial Business Case here (includes information on ridership projections)
More information about the Ontario Line can also be found here including an option to sign up for e-newsletter updates from Metrolinx here. The Metrolinx Engage website here also hosts detailed information about the project including neighbourhood-specific updates on the “Get Engaged” page here. You can also submit questions directly to Metrolinx here or post comments or questions on the public forum here.
Anti-Racism Town Hall
Click this link to watch our discussion as we answered questions from a live audience submitted via chat, and we discussed how Ontarians can take part in the growing anti-racism movement.
Support Chinatown Town Hall
If you missed this event, the full video is available here.