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I am always amused to see Councill approving By-Laws based on years-old decisions by community councils, committees or Council itself. This is one of the oldest I have seen recently:

To amend City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950, Traffic and Parking, respecting St. Clair Avenue West.

Humber York Community Council Report 1, Clause 10, as adopted by City of Toronto Council on February 4, 5 and 6, 2003. See" https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/bills/2021/bill0838.pdf

Not quite sure how they find that these old decisions were forgotten (or not properly confirmed), maybe someone fought a parking ticket and won because the by-law had not been passed!
 

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I'd even argue that parking lot area around commercial should automatically receive a 4 to 6 floor-area-ratio residential zoning. The commercial building space should be protected (by default, variance applications allowed).
Agreed. IMO, the commercial parking can be kept, but integrated into new mid ride residential buildings. Same should be for the GO Train stations in the suburbs, they should all have housing at the station and parking below. So people can walk to the trains and go to work without driving. Most train stations I’ve been to around the world have housing right up against the tracks. As a train fan I support this.
 

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I was cheering for the coyote! 😭
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Aggressive Toronto coyote put down by police following attacks

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Toronto police have put down a coyote that attacked two people in a Toronto park over the weekend.

The coyote bit the people at Bayview Village Park. Police tweeted that the animal was acting aggressively and advised residents to avoid the park and be cautious in the area.
A spokesperson with the Toronto Police Service told Daily Hive that Animal Services requested Emergency Task Force assistance on Monday morning.

“On arrival, it was determined the coyote was believed to be the same one that had attacked two people this weekend. There were concerns the animal would continue to roam and from a public safety standpoint, a decision was made to put the animal down,” the spokesperson said in an email.
The animal was reported to police near Hollywood Public School in North York.

Police attended the scene and shot and killed the animal near the school. They worked with the school to make sure that no children saw the animal being killed.

 

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Reminder to Toronto...

Dated June 8, 2021

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City Council approves plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing service to all Toronto neighbourhoods


Toronto City Council today approved one of Mayor John Tory’s key items – a sidewalk snow clearing plan that will expand the City of Toronto’s existing program to all Toronto neighbourhoods, improve safety for residents in winter, provide more equitable snow clearing service to all areas of the city, and support improved accessibility in winter.

Toronto becomes just the third major winter city in North America to employ a city-wide sidewalk snow clearing program, along with Montreal and Ottawa.

Right now, the City clears 85 per cent of its sidewalks each winter. This expansion will ensure all homes in the city will receive snow clearing service on their sidewalks starting this upcoming 2021-22 winter season. More than 103,000 households will be added to the program and 91 per cent of sidewalks in the city will now receive mechanical sidewalk snow clearing. Due to sidewalk obstructions and narrow spaces, the remaining nine per cent of sidewalks will be manually cleared by workers.

The City will now finalize plans to purchase new equipment, including the necessary smaller sidewalk plows, to expand the service to all 7,300 kilometres of sidewalks in Toronto starting in December.

The decision by Toronto City Council was informed by data and information collected through a successful snow clearing trial as well as a comprehensive sidewalk inventory which took place over each of the past two winter seasons. The City purchased nine new, smaller plows in 2019 and tested the equipment on nine routes totalling 231 kilometres.

The Council-approved Mechanical Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial report is online.

More about winter service delivery in Toronto is at toronto.ca/snow.

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“This will be a good service that we will provide to every resident and it came about in the right and responsible way. The report shows that the pilot we launched in 2019 worked and we found equipment which can do this efficiently and effectively. Council’s approval today will ensure we can provide sidewalk snow removal across the city starting this winter.”

– Mayor John Tory


“This plan will see all 7,300 kilometres of sidewalks in Toronto cleared of snow and ice which means that people of all abilities, in all Toronto neighbourhoods, can now be assured that public sidewalks will be safer for them starting as soon as this winter.”

– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rough Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee


“We are finally addressing the inequity in sidewalk snow clearing service that the residents and neighbours of the East York and the Beaches communities have endured for years. It’s good news for many that, as soon as this coming winter, action will be taken to make our sidewalks safer when it snows outside.”

– Councillor Brad Bradford (Beaches-East York)


“Falling snow has always been a cause for concern among those who live in York South-Weston because it limits how people walk and travel around the community and means more slips and falls for many. I am glad the City’s sidewalk snow clearing program will be expanded to keep people safe and deliver a more equitable service in our community.”

– Councillor Frances Nunziata (York South-Weston)


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Will be waiting for the sidewalk plows on my sidewalk 24 hours after snowfall ends. No plows after 48 hours, expect a call from me on 3-1-1.




Note to others who park their cars blocking the sidewalks resulted in detours, you can get a ticket ($150+). From link.
Parking offences that do not require signs:

  • Park longer than 3 hours
  • Park more than 30 cm from a curb
  • Park vehicle for sale
  • Park obstruct driveway/laneway
  • Park within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
  • Park within 9 metres of an intersecting highway
  • Park taxi cab for hire-unauthorized location
  • Park on a boulevard
  • Park between 2:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Dec 1 to Mar 31 each year in the former North York ONLY (TMC 950, Traffic and Parking), Section 950-400D(9)
  • Stop on/over sidewalk/footpath
  • Stop roadside (parked/stopped) vehicle
  • Park left wheels to curb
  • Stop within intersection
  • Stop within 9 metres of crosswalk
  • Stop on a bridge
  • Stop on centre strip
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So, the City is still not quite ready for winter sidewalk maintenance, this is going to be fun as many private businesses, condos etc, have already cancelled their own private services based on earlier City announcements!

City of Toronto ready to begin expansion of mechanical sidewalk snow clearing service starting this winter

The City of Toronto is ready to begin expansion of its mechanical sidewalk snow clearing service this winter, to help improve safety for more residents, provide more equitable snow clearing service to more areas of the city, and support improved accessibility when it snows.

The City continues to deliver one of the most comprehensive winter maintenance programs in the world and remains committed to expanding and improving sidewalk winter maintenance. Once the program is fully expanded, expected by later this winter, Toronto will become the third major winter city in North America to employ a city-wide mechanical sidewalk snow clearing program.

Last winter, the City mechanically cleared approximately 85 per cent of public sidewalks. Once this expanded service is fully in place, approximately 98 per cent of public sidewalks will be cleared using a combination of contracted equipment and new, smaller plows operated by City staff. Due to sidewalk obstructions and narrow spaces, the remaining two per cent of public sidewalks will be manually cleared by workers. Full expansion of the service by February will mean that 103,000 additional homes across the city will soon receive mechanical sidewalk snow clearing service.

Over the summer, following a two-year sidewalk clearing trial, City Council approved the expansion of the City’s existing mechanical sidewalk snow clearing service by nearly 1,100 kilometres, to cover most of the 7,300 kilometres of sidewalks in Toronto using smaller plows, starting this winter season. This expansion includes the purchase of additional new, smaller plows, which will be delivered in December, January and February.

Despite global supply chain and market factors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has been working diligently through the procurement process to ensure delivery of the new machines for this winter. All the plows are currently on track to arrive throughout the 2021/2022 winter season to fully expand sidewalk snow clearing service.

The City expects to have as many as 34 new machines operating on public sidewalks, as part of the expansion program, by mid-December (including nine machines that were purchased as part of the two-year trial). The balance of the new equipment (approximately 25) is expected to arrive in Toronto ready to be deployed between January and February 2022.

Expansion of the service was informed by data and information collected through a successful snow clearing trial, as well as a comprehensive sidewalk inventory which took place over two winter seasons. The City purchased nine new, smaller plows in 2019 and successfully tested the equipment on nine routes totalling 231 kilometres.

Between December and March, a combination of City contractors and City staff clear public sidewalks in Toronto starting at two centimetres of accumulation. The City provides a program for seniors and people with disabilities to have sidewalks cleared in front of their residence, which will be provided again this winter.

While the sidewalk clearing service is expanded over the winter, the City continues to ask residents and business owners to be good neighbours when it snows and clear the sidewalk around their homes and businesses following each snow fall.

The Council-approved Mechanical Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial report is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.IE22.13

More about winter service delivery in Toronto is at www.toronto.ca/snow
 

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News Release

December 6, 2021

City of Toronto launches new online submission tool for development applications

Today, the City of Toronto launched a new online Application Submission Tool, as part of improvements being introduced to the development review process by the Concept 2 Keys (C2K) program office.

Created in 2020 to implement recommendations in the City’s End-to-End Review of the Development Review Process, C2K is transforming development review from pre-application consultation to occupancy by reimagining organizational structures, processes and technology. Improvements to the development review process will play a vital role in supporting affordable housing and Toronto’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

The tool allows development applicants to submit applications and supporting materials digitally, simplifies and improves application circulation and review and facilitates better communication between City staff and applicants. An easy and secure way for applicants to upload their applications, the tool also enables real-time application status updates.

Members of the development community helped the City test and refine the tool, by using it to submit affordable housing applications prioritized as part of C2K and development applications in the Etobicoke York District.

City Council’s first priority for C2K was to expedite the review process for affordable housing applications. Since C2K launched its priority affordable housing development review stream in January of this year, newly created interdivisional review teams have approved 15 affordable housing developments and three private purpose-built rental projects. This has resulted in a proposed total of 1,211 new affordable and supportive rental homes.

Information about C2K and the End-to-End Review of the Development Review Process is available at www.toronto.ca/c2k.
 

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In November 2020 Council agreed:

"Waterfront Transit Network

City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the Executive Director, Transit Expansion Office to report back on the recommended schedule and funding requirements for the Union Station to Queens Quay Link and the East Bayfront Light Rail Transit section of the Waterfront Transit Network, including phasing options and an updated business case, as part of an update on Waterfront Transit Network priorities prior to the 2022 Budget process."

We are now in the 2022 budget time but no firm update or options. Though there was a DRP presentation in October. https://www.waterfrontoronto.ca/nbe...&CACHEID=785345a9-f5a5-40f6-a492-4aec96f3f8fe
 

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Unless I don’t understand something, doesn’t this mean that those buying market value condos will now also be covering a portion of the cost of someone else’s now affordable condo? If I’m right, then new condo buyers will now be disproportionately financing Toronto council’s affordable housing initiative.

Wouldn‘t the smarter move be for the city to buy those units and add them to the TCHC inventory and thus not saddle new home buyers with what‘s essentially a new levy?
Your right, it doesn’t make sense at all, especially capping increases at ‘inflation’ when its obvious that asset inflation way outstrips CPI. A few decades down the line these units could easily be a quarter of the price of the other units in a given building. Giving whoever gets them a massive windfall. It’s effectively a second, more bureaucratic, OLG lottery system run by the city instead of the province. And make no mistake whoever gets these units are effectively another privileged class, by luck instead of whatever the market rewards. There may be an argument that it’s ‘fairer’, but I highly doubt the people of the future, who lose at the lottery, will view it that way when they have to pay 4x the price for almost the same thing next door.
 

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Sorry, I can’t feel like mourning the 2nd worst mayor in Toronto’s modern history.

His insistence on tax freezes for his entire mayoralty helped bring the city into the mess it’s now in. The MFP computer contract was under his watch. He was casually racist (but, at least, he gave the IOC an excuse to award the 2008 games to Beijing).
 

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Sorry, I can’t feel like mourning the 2nd worst mayor in Toronto’s modern history.

His insistence on tax freezes for his entire mayoralty helped bring the city into the mess it’s now in. The MFP computer contract was under his watch. He was casually racist (but, at least, he gave the IOC an excuse to award the 2008 games to Beijing).

While that controversy didn't help, they were always gonna get the games anyway, no matter what.
 

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Sorry, I can’t feel like mourning the 2nd worst mayor in Toronto’s modern history.

His insistence on tax freezes for his entire mayoralty helped bring the city into the mess it’s now in. The MFP computer contract was under his watch. He was casually racist (but, at least, he gave the IOC an excuse to award the 2008 games to Beijing).
He was also heavy push for the Sheppard Line, which was nearly shut down for underuse and continues to drain funding away from other TTC needs.
 

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