Toronto Ward Boundry Review is Looking for Input: Sept 15 – 21, 2016

Ward_toronto-ReviewThe Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Team is seeking input on additional information requested by the City of Toronto Executive Committee.

There are two ways to provide comments:

  • Complete a survey (Online or in PDF)
  • Attend one of four public meetings happening this September (visit drawthelines.ca for details)

Public Meeting Details

SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 |  7PM – 9PM
Metro Hall – Room 310*
214 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON

*Please note the change in location for the September 14 meeting.  This meeting will take place at Metro Hall, not City Hall as indicated in a previous email.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM
Scarborough Civic Centre – Committee Room 2
150 Borough Dr., Etobicoke, ON

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM**
North York Civic Centre – Committee Room 1
5100 Yonge St., North York, ON

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 | 7PM – 9PM**
Etobicoke Civic Centre – Meeting Room 1
399 The West Mall, Etobicoke, ON

**Please note the correct times for the September 19th and 21st meetings are 7pm to 9pm.

Background
In 2014 Toronto City Council launched the TWBR. From July 2014 to February 2015, the TWBR conducted a civic engagement and public consultation process to collect opinions on Toronto’s current ward alignment. The results informed the development of five options for re-aligning Toronto’s wards. A second round of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process solicited feedback on these options between August and November 2015. The TWBR Final Report (May 2016), summarized the TWBR process and recommended a new ward structure.

TWBR Final ReportAt its meeting on May 24, 2016, the City of Toronto Executive Committee asked the TWBR Team to provide additional information on a number of issues (read the agenda item history). The TWBR Team developed this Additional Information Report in response.

During August and September 2016, the TWBR is seeking comments from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items, which are outlined in the Additional Information Report:

  1. A revised Option 2 (44 wards) that incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August – November 2015; and
  2. A ward option that is consistent with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.

Based on the input received on these two options, a TWBR Supplementary Report will be prepared and submitted to the Executive Committee meeting on October 26, 2016.

About the Toronto Ward Boundary Review
More information can be found at www.drawthelines.ca.

NOISE ALERT – Toronto’s Revised Noise Bylaw Removes Safeguards

toronto-noise-coalitionNoise is a big issue in Toronto, and as the city increases in density, it is a problem that will only grow. In fact, the City’s April 2015 noise consultation found that 82.5% of respondents indicated noise problems in their Ward.

After two years of consultations with Toronto businesses, industries and residents—on May 12, 2016—the City released a draft of the new noise bylaw.

The TBCA (as a member of The Toronto Noise Coalition) has analyzed the proposed new by-law and found that it fails on three key fronts: 1) Key weaknesses in the original by-law remain unchanged; 2) The proposed changes further reduce noise protections; 3) No efforts have been made to strengthen enforcement.

In light of these failures, the Coalition is urging all supporters to attend the upcoming Licensing and Standards Committee meeting on:

Thursday May 19th, 9:30 AM
Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall

We need your support to show the Committee that the City needs a proper noise by-law that addresses the real concerns of Toronto’s vibrant communities. We cannot allow the City to approve the proposed by-law in its current form. We need to speak up if we want to be heard!

Please share this message with your networks and encourage your friends and family to attend the May 19th meeting.

Please find below an executive summary of the Coalition’s report on the proposed by-law.

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Queen W Safe Injection Site Community Consultation, April 14, 2016

Queen West-Central Toronto Community Health Centre is planning to add small-scale supervised injection services to their existing clinical health and harm reduction services for people who inject drugs. Implementation of supervised injection services are part of the range of strategies to reduce harm. Supervised injection services provide a safer and hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of a nurse. 

A series of local open house or public meetings are being planned for community members to receive information about supervised injection services and share input about any issues or concerns.
Details:
  • Central Toronto Community Health Centre Public Meeting
  • 168 Bathurst St, Toronto
  • Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Register here.
To complete a survey and provide your feedback about these events, please visit: www.toronto-sis.ca.

For additional information about supervised injection services in Toronto, please see the City of Toronto’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Queen West Safe Injection Site Public Consultation, 7pm on April 14, 2016

bathurst-richmondThere is currently proposal for a small scale, nurse supervised injection service to be operated out of the Queen West Community Health Centre at Bathurst and Richmond. You can see all of the details and an FAQ on Mike Layton’s website here: http://mikelayton.to/public_health

A public consultation will be held on Thursday April 14, 7pm at the Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West).

As part of the consultation process, the Queen West Community Health Centre is opening up their doors every Wednesday evening in April so you can see the centre and ask your questions.

Date: Every Wednesday evening in April
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Queen West
168 Bathurst St (Queen & Richmond St W.) (map)

You can see their flyer here.

Bylaw Adjustments Proposed for Properties on Bellwoods, Harrison, Manning, Christie, Markham, Shaw, Ossington and Churchill

NewTorontoVictorianWorkersHomeMARCH 8, 2016

The following items will be before the Committee of Adjustment on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in Committee Room 2 of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Within the files below you will find instructions on how to submit your comments to the Committee of Adjustment and how to sign up to speak. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at councillor_layton@toronto.ca or call (416) 392-4009.

9:30am
204 Bellwoods Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

143 Harrison Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

451 Manning Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

256 Christie Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

1:30pm
149 Markham Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

3:30pm
124 Harrison Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

MARCH 9, 2016

The following items will be before the Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 in Committee Room 2 of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Within the files below you will find instructions on how to submit your comments to the Committee of Adjustment and how to sign up to speak. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at councillor_layton@toronto.ca or call (416) 392-4009.

9:30am
537 Shaw Street (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

991 Ossington Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

2:30pm
17 Churchill Avenue (Click to view: google map, notice, and plans)

About the Committee of Adjustment
The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of citizen members and Councillors do not sit on this committee. They regularly hold public hearings to consider applications for minor variances, permission and consents. To learn more about the Committee of Adjustment please visit: www.toronto.ca/abcc/qj-committee-adjustment.htm

Note: Committee of Adjustment Decisions are posted online here.