Members of council, if I can please have you
take your seats. Thank you.
If we can please rise for the national anthem. Please remain standing and during this time,
please remember the following persons who have passed away Brian gibson, Jane Patricia
malovich and David Louis stien. Thank you.
You’ll have to wait. Members, before we start, just wanted to make
a few comments about David Louis stein who passed away recently.
I have known David for over 30 years when he covered the City of York.
At that time it was called muddy york and during those years, during the difficult times
that his, during that period, David was very supportive of me and over the years we became
very good friends. And I can tell you that on behalf of members
of council and all of us, he will be deeply missed.
But at this time I would like to acknowledge his family that is here Christine and Benjamin
stein here in the audience and his lifelong friends.
Thank you very much and I know that woe — he will be in our hearts and thank you for being
here and my condolence for you and the family and all the friends.
Thank you. Councillor Matlow.
With the same spirit of remembering those we love, I spoke — Councillor Colle and I
recent his coffee with Councillor Ann Johnson’s daughter kerry and she requested that given
the fact that we had a condolence moment last month that there weren’t any words spoken
about her mom and we might say a brief comment about her significance to Toronto.
She passed away peacefully in June at the age of 86.
Ann Johnson, long before I was working on these issues in the City of Toronto was known
as Toronto’s seniors advocate. She did more than most anyone else to advance
the cause of creating an age-friendly city and we’re better off for the work she dsm
it wasn’t just seniors alone. It was anyone of any age she cared about — she
was advocating for vision zero before that term was coined, trying to make our city safe
and accessible for anyone of any age whether you are a young parent pushing a stroller,
senior with mobility issues or middle-aged. She advocated for tenants and the most vulnerable.
When there was scandal she helped lead the charge to have an inquiry over mp fp to bring
accountability and openness for democracy at city hall.
She’ll be remembered as one of great Councillors. I want to express my condolences and love
to her family. I know we share a great memory of Councillor
Johnson with her memory here at council. If I may express my gratitude to former mayor
David cromby who at the service, I think, shared such wonderful memories and remarks
about her legacy, but I think all of us were touched by it.
On behalf of all of us, my condolences to her family.
Councillor Colle? Thank you, Madam Chair.
It’s quite difficult to speak to those amazing giants that we’re talking about today.
I knew them both. Worked with both very well, and through very,
very challenging times, like you do Councillor. I just want to say about David Louis stein,
he was known as scoop. He loved city hawsm he loved the City of Toronto.
He loved the people of Toronto. He gave his life really to the people of Toronto.
And helped shape this city through his producing, through his you might say teaching.
You know, he used his column in the Toronto star to teach people.
And I was one of his students. And I would say he really left an impression
on me in terms of what was our job at the city and what his priorities were.
And one of the things that I think David Louis stein deserves credit for that he hadn’t been
acknowledged enough is he helped create greenbelt in Toronto of over a million hecht areas of
land. It was he that inspired me to work on protect
the oak ridges marine and the subsequent greenbelt. That’s the kind of contribution David made
to the City of Toronto and the greater Toronto area and I hope going forward that there’s
some kind of recognition given David for his contribution to building this city and also
the legacy that he left for the city and the greater Toronto area.
So I just wanted to pass on my condolences to David, his family and, you know, the thing
about David, he always, no matter how difficult times were, he always had a bit of a smile,
a chuckle and always was very, very producing, you — prodding you might say.
A heck of a mench. And Ann Johnson, like Councillor Matlow said,
there’s another one. She helped shape this city.
She did it — I served with her on metro council. And she as Josh said, she really cared about
advocating for people. Like she talked about accessibility before
there was even a word accessibility. You know she pushed the TTC, city agencies,
the private sector to making our city accessible for those that have accessibility challenges.
So — and so Ann Johnson, another incredible city builder, and I have the Ann Johnson health
station named after her in ward 8 for Montgomery and Yonge.
Some tried to change the name. We have to put a stop to that Councillor Matlow
and I. Two incredible city builders that deserve
appreciation and I pass on my condolences to the family.
Thank you. Thank you, Councillor Colle.
We acknowledge that the land City Council is meeting on is the traditional territory
of many nations including the Mississauga of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa,
the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations,
Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with
the Mississauga of the Credit. For the benefit of those who are connected
to the internet, the city clerk has posted all of the agenda materials for today’s meeting
at Toronto.ca/council. I call for a motion to confirm the minutes.
Councillor craw Crawford do you have a motion on the minutes from the last meeting?
That this City Council confirm the minutes from the meeting of council.
All in favour? Carried.
I will now call upon the committee chairs to introduce their reports.
The chairs can speak about the reports for up to five minutes.
Mayor Tory, you have a motion to introduce the Executive Committee report.
I do, Madam Speaker. I move that report from meeting 8 of the Executive
Committee listed on the agenda be considered for — presented for consideration.
We had a number of important issues but there was a common theme to the issues discussed
which is working with other levels of government to make Toronto safer and fairer and more
pros truss. — prosperous.
That was a theme that stretched across the agenda we moved forward really importantly
and we can’t familiar size how important this is both within the context of making sure
they are protect and enhanced in the aftermath of the federal election but also trying to
encourage the one remaining government, mainly the provincial government to come to the table
with respect to addressing state of good repair at Toronto community — Toronto community
housing. I commented today it’s been well more than
a decade that this this City Council in its previous incarnations is asking the governments
to form a partnership with us as well they should given it’s not possible for property
taxpayers alone to finance the repairs needed to be made to make sure they are habitable
to make sure we protect public asset and stop what was going to happen.
We know this. Units were going to be closed of Toronto — Toronto
community housing. At a time when we have a shortage of affordable
housing we can ill afford to have that happen. It’s dealt with and here now for your consideration.
It’s the largest investment of its kind in the history.
It will see us working with the federal government and funds to continue to invest in the building
for the next nine years. We dealt with an item, the second item, partnering
with the provincial and federal governments to take more ton at the ins the gaition of
— ins the gaition of with respect to the terrible scourge of gun violence.
I was proud of the fact that my urging they came together to supply with us fund we needed
on an urgent basis. At the time what we couldn’t say was we’re
having a meeting of the council on October and we’ll think about what we’re going to
do and have a meeting and discussion. We had to take the lead.
I did so on your behalf, comfortable in the knowledge that when it came forward and we
said it was going to come forward for approval that would you approve it.
When I asked the question of the police chief when — what do you need?
He gave me an answer. I proceeded to do the collection of those
fun s to get those in the best way I thought possible a third, a third and a third.
I’m happenity federal and provincial governments came forward to help with us that challenge.
You’ve seen the results after this which I don’t contribute entirely to the investment
of money but I ep believe that the enhanced investment.
I saw people saying they were reassured by the presence of police officers in the community
paid for by this initiative you saw the police chief saying there were people out on bail
rearrested on gun charges. Out on bail already during the initiative
thanks to the fact that they had ex extra resources and intelligence.
You saw the people arrested and number of guns seized and the reduction in shootings
over the period of this initiative. While you can’t attribute all of the results
that the chief talked about earlier to this initiative, I think it certainly helped and
I think woe acknowledge that. We’re still in the same place we’ve been which
we have three strategies tied together and that standard.
Support for the police which this motion in front of you today will assist with in confirming.
Secondly, is changing the laws and finally investments in neighbourhoods, kids and families,
which we’ll end up dealing with today thanks to a motion by Councillors Nunziata and Carroll
to identify ways that the governments can participate.
At least two of the major parties have made multi-million commitments as part of the platforms
specifically dedicated to community investment in relation to gun violence and community
issues. The thing I said I would come back to is this:
We’ve talked a lot and I won’t belabor the point because it’s on the record as far as
City Council’s position on gun control but a significant frustration of the police working
so hard to deal with incidents up to and lying the last 24 hours is the disregard that seems
to be shown for the overall voice of community and issue of community safety when it comes
to the bail laws. They tell me over and over again they are
encountering people charged by agun offence, let out on bail and charged with a gun offence
again. It’s high time to make sure — and the province
has tried to be of some help with this — that it doesn’t continue.
The stops people from talking to the police because they know people will be back in the
neighbourhood hours later and also makes these people able to be out in the community posing
a danger to public safety seemingly. We look forward to discussing these matters
and I thank you for your attention. Thank you.
Councillor Cressy, you have a motion to introduce the Board of Health report.
Thank you, speaker, that the report from meeting nine of Board of Health listed on agenda of
council be presented for consideration. I’ll take another 30 seconds to make this
chamber aware of one matter we dealt with not in front of us.
I want to make you aware of it. It’s not here today.
The Board of Health’s comprehensive central artery — comprehensive strategy to combat
vaccine hesitancy. The medical profession knows vaccines work.
It’s simple. They’ve eliminated once deadly diseases in
recent years we’ve seen a rise in vaccine hesitancy.
20% of patients identified as vaccine hesitant now.
20%. We’ve seen in Canada, the United States and
in particular in Europe outbreaks that have forced cities and forced countries to respond
after the fact. So we’re not going to wait.
In the City of Toronto, at Toronto Public Health we’ve developed comprehensive strategy
to prevent an outbreak rather than wait for it.
That’s what combating vaccine hesitancy is about.
You see in this chamber in coming weeks and months a public campaign.
With the school boards, with front line nurses because our work to prevent an outbreak starts
before not afterwards and I suspect you see this conversation continue if the city in
the days, weeks and months ahead. Thank you.
Thank you. Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong you have a motion
to introduce the Civic Appointments Committee report.
Yes, that the meeting be presented tour consideration. Thank you.
— presented for consideration. Thank you.
Councillor Thompson you have a motion to introduce the Economic and Community Development Committee
report. Yes, speaker, thank you, and good morning
that the report for meeting 76 Economic and Community Development Committee listed on
the agenda of council be presented for consideration. I wanted to highlight, 1350ebg — speaker,
just four specific items on the agenda. The first one is the ec7.1, Toronto fire service
transformation update plan. I want to invite members to really take an
opportunity to read this report. It’s extremely important because it really
speaks to what we seek to do with the transformation plan.
I also want to congratulations terminal five service an achieving an international accreditation
it’s the accreditation under the centre for public safety excellence.
In fact, it makes Toronto the largest city in north New York receive this accreditation.
I think credit goes to the fire chief, matt peg, and deputy chief jessup.
We have two of the most outstanding individuals in the fire service fraternity who are responsible
for the city’s fire service. I think it’s extremely important for us.
The other item I wanted to highlight, speaker is ec7.7.
That’s the mayor’s Los Angeles mission. I accompanied the mayor along with council
Fletcher, who is the chair of film board, along with some 30 plus business leaders from
the screen sector. It’s really important in terms of recognition
in terms of what we’re actually doing in the city responding to the needs that has been
made clear to us that we need address in the city around infrastructure in terms of how
we grow and develop this sector. Secretary sector produces 2 plus billion for
us. We need to continue to ensure it grows and
what we’re doing with workforce development and cut of customer service.
This industry is growing not just in the downtown core and expanding as well to the outlining
areas. In fact, in my ward, we’re going see three
new studios develop. The work is on the way.
The folks from pinewood, who built pinewood have come into the community.
We’re going see an additional 600 to 1000 new jobs in the community.
These are well paying jobs. This is something we need be proud of because
it’s extremely important. The other item that I would like to highlight
speaker say contribution that has been made to our city.
This is ec7.3. It’s a contribution and donation that has
been made by a Toronto resident, a former staffer, Chris berlinger in the amount of
$250,000. This is the first time a staff member has
made such a contribution. It’s something we should appreciate coming.
Yes and it’s something we really should appreciate from him.
He spent over 30 years here. He left as head of social development and
finance and has been a champion with respect to helping communities.
That’s important with respect to our acknowledgement. And finally, speaker, I wanted to draw attention
to ec7.10. It’s the implement of the coroner’s recommendation
from the Faulkner and Chapman inquest. The recommendations are important for the
city in terms of what we do and how to play a role.
The report calls for more facilities to actually help those who are laudable citizens.
Additionally we’re stepping up and looking at as part of budget process to provide eight
new additional street outreach workers who will create obviously a more welcoming opportunity
and environment for those who are vulnerable citizens on the street.
I want to reiterate. I would ask members to read this report because
there are conflicts with respect to where we put our facilities in terms of how we as
members or council respond to that. In many instances we don’t respond in a way
that allows for collaboration. We sort of say we don’t want these facilities
in place but we have to do a better job to ensure we protect our citizens.
Thank you. Thank you.
Councillor Ainslie you have a motion? The report from meeting number 7 of general
government licensing committee listed on the agenda for council be presented for consideration.
Thank. Councillor Pasternak you have a motion to
introduce the Infrastructure and Environment Committee report.
Yes, thank you. The report from meeting 7 of the Infrastructure
and Environment Committee listed on at agenda of council be presented for consideration.
I would simply bring attention to two items on the agenda.
One is ie7.8 Toronto diversity strategy and the other one ie7.13e-scooter regulation sms
d. Regulations. I urge all Councillors to look at those items
and hope hopefully they’ll be held for debate. Good morning, that the report from meeting
eight of planning and housing committee listed on agenda of council be presented for consideration.
I want to highlight two items. One that is in front of us and one discussed
at committee but not in front of us. The first one is obviously the approval of
the projects that are under the open door program for this year that translate into
651 new affordable rental homes. And, you know, this is the third year that
we’re doing the program. As we learn every time we fine tune it more
and more. There was real emphasis this year in making
sure that we are approving shovel ready projects. We put a lot of emphasis on that.
That periods of afford affordability are as long as we possibly can.
I think it’s great that we have quite a few projects that are affordable for 99 years.
And obviously we know that our non-profit sector is really important.
So we’ve create aid fund to help them — created a fund to help them fine tune some of the
applications not ready to be approved this year.
There’s a $250,000 fund created to continue to work with these non-profits so we actually
see the projects coming to fruition. And since we’re talking about non-profits,
I do want to thank Mayor Tory for actually proclaiming today non-profit recognition day
and thank all the non-profits in our city today and we all know that housing is a sector
that we definitely work closely with the nonprofits and many, many other fields in the city that
we do a lot of work. And they are great partners to deliver many
services and particularly a livable city. I want to thank them for all they do.
The other point that I wanted to bring out that is not in front of us but our chief planner
gave us a great presentation, is the end to end review that is happening with the planning
department. This is work that planning is undertaking
to have more of a project management approach to delineate clearly how the project and applications
come through the system but also to innovate with technology to — we need new technology
to assist our great teams that we have in there and to have some accountability brought
to the system. So it’s a lot of hard work, heavy lifting
that the department is doing and so I just want to thank them once again.
Everybody at the committee thank them for the work that they are do.
That we’re here looking forward to getting to the finish line and making sure this say
process ongoing but we do want to thank planning and the team for putting this forward and
their continuing work in improving the system. That was it.
Thank you. Councillor Grimes, — Grimes, you have a motion
to introduce Etobicoke York, council report. Good morning.
That the report from the meeting 8 of the Etobicoke York Community Council on the agenda
for council be considered for consideration. Councillor Pasternak you have a motion to
introduce the North York Community Council report.
Yes, thank you that the report for meeting 8 of North York Community Council listed on
the agenda for council be presented for consideration. Thank you.
Councillor Karygiannis you have a motion to introduce the Scarborough committee?
Thank you. The report from meeting eight of Scarborough
Community Council listed on the agenda be presented for consideration.
Thank you. Councillor Perks you have a motion to introduce
the Toronto and East York Toronto community council report.
I move that it presented for consideration. Thank you.
Councillor Ford you have a motion to introduce the new business and business requested from
city officials. I do Madam Speaker and good morning, colleagues.
New business and business previously requested from city officials listed on the agenda of
council be presented for consideration. Thank you.
All those in favour of the motions? Carried.
Are there any declarations of interest? Please indicate the committee, item or motion
number in nature of the interest and remember you might also file written decoration of
your interests with the city clerk. I would now call for petitions.
Any petitions at this time? Members, I will now review the order paper.
The mayor designated mm10.3 declaring a climate emergency and accelerating Toronto’s climate
action plan for the first key matter of this meeting.
This is the first item of business today and I will deal with the procedure requirements
to bring it forward. The mayor’s second key item is item ex8.20
headed additional funding to support Toronto police services, immediate response to increased
levels of gun violence and to keep communities safe.
This is the second item of business today. Members, two items on the agenda, ex8.26 headed
in invest thing and community based anti-violence programs.
Headed addressing the root causes of violence. Toronto ward piece that I propose be considered
with the mayor’s second key item. Mayor Tory do you consent with the joining
of these two items with the second key matter? I do, Madam Speaker.
Thank you. Councillor Carroll?
I don’t know if it’s a point of order or point of privilege but earl earlier yesterday we
were talking about moving my motion, too, so there was no confusion about the three
items. The motion that you seconded.
Yes, right. Is it two items together, the supplemental
report and this or three items? We’re dealing with the members 340egs, with
the second key item. Ex8.20.
It’s two items because the other one is supplementary. And ex8.26 so there’s three items.
It was not clear from the way it’s written on the green sheets.
Thank you. Okay.
Notices of motions are scheduled to be dealt with at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow only if the mayor’s
key matters are completed. I propose City Council set a time foreclosed
session if required later in the meeting. City clerk noted the items that members wish
to hold. I’ll go through the items listed to taken
additional holds. I require requests to make matters urgent
and time specific after I go through the items for additional hold once the order paper has
been approved by council. Any change needs a two-thirds vote.
Madam Speaker my mic is still on. Page three.
Councillor Thompson. Yes, thank you, speaker.
I would like to hold ex8.9, helping residents impacted by the elimination of transition
child care benefit. Thank you.
Councillor Perks? Thank you, speaker, I’d like to hold ex8.6
fostering diversity in Toronto Public Service. Thank you.
Councillor Wong-Tam. Good morning Madam Speaker.
I would like to hold ex8.7 creating a gender equality office for Toronto.
Thank you. Thank you.
Page four. Councillor Karygiannis.
Madam Speaker, I would like to release ex8.18 and also ex8. [inaudible] 20-20.
Thank you. Is on ex8.18 all in favour?
Carried. 8.19, all in favour?
Carried. Thank you.
Councillor Colle. Yes, Madam Chair, I would like to hold ex8.26.
It’s been folded in? We’re dealing with three items together.
Okay. Councillor Wong-Tam?
Ex8.22 proposed budget process changes to remove systemic changes to hiring people with
disables. Thank you.
Thank you. Page five.
Councillor Perks, page five? Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
I would like to hold ec7.10 implement of coroner’s recommendation s from the Faulkner and Chapman
inquests. Thank you.
Councillor McKelvie. I would like to move 9.3 with a recorded vote
and speak briefly afterwards. Ba9.3.
So you are holding ca9.3? Yes.
Okay. Thank you.
Councillor — Perkes you have already — your name is — Councillor Fletcher on page five.
Thank, speaker. Ec7.2, non-competitive agreement for the purchase
of defibrillators for [inaudible] thank you. Page six.
Councillor Holyday. Thank you Madam Speaker.
I wish to hold gl7.15, update on the City of Toronto municipal code licensing of pay
day loan establishments. Thank you.
Councillor Wong-Tam. I removed my name, Councillor.
Okay. Page 7.
You are going so fast. Can I say it?
Yes. It’s infrastructure, it’s ie7.7 noncompetitive
contract with lands and forest consulting for prescribed burn services.
Okay. Thank you.
So Councillor McKelvie you were on the previous one or did you put your name back up?
I’d like to hold items ie7.8. Sorry it’s held.
Never mind. Thank.
Okay. Let’s go to pay 7.
Councillor Ainslie. Ie7.13 it’s held by Councillor past Pasternak
there’s reference that staff made a submission to province.
Would it be possible to have the submission circulated with this item?
Thank you. Councillor Colle?
Yes, I would like to hold ph8.4 Toronto municipal cold chapter 263 construction and demolition
by-law update. Thank you.
Page 8. Councillor Ford.
Thank you very much, Madam Speaker. On page 8ey8.14 metro links — Metrolinx,
I do have a minor amendment prepared by staff and I could release that at this time.
The staff has it? They do.
If we could put it on the screen, the amendment. It’s just the underlined portion.
Okay. Is everyone okay?
Just the underlying portion. I am happy to hold it if members have questions.
All right. If we can have that circulated.
Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong on page 8. Yes, community council 8.3 final report [inaudible]
like to hold that. Okay.
Thank you. Page 9.
Councillor Holyday. Thank you, I would like a recorded vote on
ny8.35 application to remove a private tree 45 Addison [inaudible] thank you.
It’s on page 9ny8.35. Councillor Holyday is asking for record aid
vote. — for a recorded vote.
[Voting] the item as adopted 21-3. Thank you.
Councillor Thompson on page nine. Aim, — I am speaker.
I would like to request as well recorded vote on sc8.25 — 8.2 and — it’s oat — official
plan amendment zoning final report. Councillor Thompson is asking for a reported
vote for sc8.2. [Voting] the item is adopted unanimously.
25 in favour. Page 10.
, page 11. Councillor Holyday page 11.
Thank you, Madam Speaker. I would like to have recorded votes on te8.50
traffic control signals Bay Street and St. Mary’s street and te8.6 p — 63 — sorry Councillor
Bradford held that. Just a recorded vote on 8.50.
Councillor Holyday asking for a recorded vote on te8.50.
Recorded vote. [Voting] the item is adopted 22-3.
Councillor Wong-Tam, page 11. Yes, Madam Speaker.
You went through page rather quickly and I wanted to hold an item.
It’s te8.11, 56 Yonge Street, 21 Melinda street, 1830 wellington street west and 187 to 189
Bay Street. If I could hold that item, please.
Thank you. Page 12.
Page 12. Councillor Wong-Tam.
The next item was actually on page 11 it’s an accompany item to what we held down.
Te8.70 on page 11 alterations to the designated heritage property and authority to enter into
a heritage easement agreement. Thank you.
Thank you. Page 12 page 13.
Councillor Matlow. Page 13, cc10.72, I can release that.
On page 13, cc10.7 Councillor Matlow releasing. All in favour?
Carried. Councillor Wong-Tam.
On page 13 I need to hold two items cc10.8, as well as the item following cc10.9, 10-16
Wellesley street west request for directions. Thank you.
I will now consider requests to make items urgent and time specific.
Councillor Thompson? Thank you very much, speaker.
Speaker, I would like to have ex8.9 helping residents impacted by the elimination of transition
child benefits, I would like to have that be dealt with tomorrow after the members motion.
Okay. All in favour?
Carried. Councillor Fletcher?
Yes, speaker. It’s te8.12, te8.13.
I’m going ask that those be dealt with at 2:00 today.
This is time sensitive and there’s a little confusion that in working with the chief planner
and mayor to get that sorted out. Nch that’s.
That’s fine as long as the mayor’s item is complete.
Okay. It e — first item after the mayor’s key items.
Key items? If they are going to be done — this has to
be done today. Yes.
Assuming we’re done them all today. I will leave that up to the mayor because
he is involved. Thank you.
All in favour? Carried.
Councillor Wong-Tam? Yes, Madam Speaker on page 7ph8.1 review of
electrical systems at Toronto k3450u7b9 housing, update processes for electrical system.
It’s held by Councillor Fletcher but I’m hoping to invite staff from TCHC electrical authority
and Toronto fire to be in the chamber. I want to time that item first thing tomorrow
First item tomorrow morning. Thank you.
All in favour? Carried.
Councillor gar — Carroll. Madam Speaker begun I don’t have a time sensitive
item but as we haven’t adopted the order paper yet, I was wondering if I could hold an item.
Which one. Ey8.1, top of page 8.
Yes, I want to finish reading it. Thank you.
Thank you. Councillor Matlow?
I was just clarifying the item number — okay, yeah, the seizing.
Eke. Thank you.
May — okay. Thank you.
This is a motion to remove item ph8.5 feasibility implementing a support centre for Committee
of Adjustment in local appeal body matters bringing that forward to council for consideration.
And then asking for referral. It.
The reason is not to sulgt in any way that the committee is not doing their job and doing
it well. I recognize that staff thoughtfully reviewed
the item and dime a — came to a reasonable conclusion.
If wear trying to replicate — we are trying to replicate something the province had it
wouldn’t be as helpful as we hoped or cost effective.
I recognize that. However, the discussion that I had with staff
led me to the conclusion that what perhaps Councillor Wong-Tam when they first moved
this and I would like to secreted is vastly — see created is vastly different than what
they created. Meaning in no way are suggesting that we should
be copy organize replicating what the province did.
In no way would I want to spend that money or have the bureaucratic model set up.
We do want to see, if possible a thoughtful consideration of front line advice, to residents
to try to avoid what we end up doing which is spending tens of thousands of dollars and
many council meetings on outside support to provide support to our city and by that way
residents for sometimes cases on merit and sometimes because they are asking us to champion
them. We don’t really know if an outside consultant,
even if hired, will he really be practice tick call — practically helpful.
That heaps — happens sometimes. There’s confusion out.
There all of us have heard from residents that they don’t understand whether or not
the staff is there for the city or them. They often go to the lawyers thinking they
are receiving advice from them but reality lawyer is there to advise council and there’s
con fusion. If there’s a way to avert the staff time lawyers
have to spend advising residents they are not there to advise them that we can avoid
perhaps hiring as many outside consultant s in the future and it’s worth it to have
whether it be one or two people or something at the present of — front of — yeah — to
avoid, I think a lengthy and costly process that often leads to confusion afterwards.
So the point of seizes this from committee and deferring this for a cycle is in no way
toll suggest again that the report is ment to — is wrong.
It’s a well thought out report. The committee did their jobs well considering
the advice they received. It’s a nuance submission to you all that what
we’re asking for is different than what is considered by staff or committee.
We would like an opportunity to see if it’s possible to do something that actually will
help the public, help the legal staff, help our planners, help members of council dealing
with residents who need that kind of support and ultimately help residents themselves and
potentially save a lot of money in the long run.
We need two thirds to be able to do this and I ask your support.
It’s not what was written. It’s about what wasn’t written and why we
need advice to come back with something better. Ultimately I’ll conclude by saying if they
don’t come back with a different approach to it, then there’s no harm done and we follow
the committee’s recommendations a month from now.
I would appreciate a opportunity to see if there’s a different way of doing business
to address the issues that I just raised. Thank you very much.
Councillor Perks? I have a question for the mover.
Question to the mover. Thank you.
I was on the committee, read the report, listened to debate.
Trying to get clear in my head what you are doing.
So staff we’re asked by motion of Councillor Wong-Tam who look at a variety of mechanisms
to provide support for people at the Committee of Adjustment and go on.
That’s what the basic Thursday the of this is.
The staff report focused on a notion of creating a centre which is modelled on the provincial
centre for the OMB. Am I right so far?
And your intention here is to go and say, okay, we understand that a centre like they
have at the OMB is expensive and doesn’t necessarily meet the need.
So your intention here is to look and see if there’s other mechanisms available.
Am I understanding you correctly? Sorry.
Nl you encap cue lated that very well. If I may add the resource centre that the
province had is what they reviewed. Principally the discussions directly with
the staff offer the report. That the model they reviewed and they came
to the conclusion it’s not worth doing here. What we’re looking for is a far less costly
far less bureaucratic mod that could be a front line place to go to so that perhaps
we avoid a lengthy confusing costly process that ensures when residents just assume that,
you know, that everyone gets a lawyer, everyone gets a planner and our legal staff works for
that resident association. Fontra said they were not consulted on this.
This gives a chance for resident and owners to be presented.
Procedurally, the reason you are doing it like this is because if you attempted to go
to committee with a new item, you would say no, no, council has indict door — decided
on that. That’s correct.
As I said earlier I have absolute respect for the committee chair and members.
Their work was — they did their work exactly the way they should be doing it.
This is, based on the clerk’s advice, the only way at this point to recognize that what
the staff reported on and committee considered exactly what we’re hoping to achieve and this
is just one cycle to see if that can be done. Thank u. — thank you.
Councillor Bailão you want to speak on this? Thank you.
I just appreciate the work that Councillor Matlow low wants to do and I’m looking forward
to doing the work with him. I think what he is looking for and what he
said is different from what we have approached and discussed.
And I would suggest that we initiate that work.
And if he wants to put a motion at committee or a members motion here give giving us a
little bit more direction on what he is looking for because I don’t want to end up in the
same location where we are. I think council needs more direction what
he is looking for and I’m willing to work toward that to make sure we’re answering the
questions he wants and to create the ideal support system that he wants.
— I would like so eand work with a Councillor for having a motion working through the committee
and motion with more details working directly to council, however the Councillor would wish.
I wish we had the opportunity to discuss this before and we need more direction than just
defer and then coming back. And given that direction, everybody in here
will understand what they are voting for and what the Councillor has in mind.
Thank you. Councillor Colle, do you want to speak on
that? Thank you.
I support what Councillor Matlow is trying to did — trying to do.
Because it real really is a necessary undertaking here to give this more thought and deliberation.
Because for example in ward 8. I have to stop this.
What we’re debating is that Councillor Matlow moved a motion to take an item out of planning
and groanl and bring it forward. We’re not going to discuss details, your ward,
anybody else’s ward. This is what we’re debating right now.
Let’s vote and fit passes, we can debate it. Yes, I agree.
What I’m trying to do is saying what Councillor Matlow is asking to do is something I support.
A loud Councillor — allowed Councillor Bailão to speak.
We’re just debating on it being taken out. Forget then.
Forget it. On Councillor Matlow’s motion, recorded vote.
[Voting] the motion does not carry. The vote is 8-17.
Thank you. Councillor Fletcher.
I neglected to mention something when I asked to have time specific.
If this can be sorted out there’s no need to do that.
I would be able to release it. It’s I’m advising you of that as well.
It’s just in there for insurance. Thank have you — thank you very much.
All those in favour of order paper and all items not held, recorded vote.
The motion carries unanimously. 25 in favour.
Members of council, wasn’t to stress the importance of preparing your motions in advance.
Clerk staff are here to help you prepare your motion.
In particular if you intend to move a motion during the release of both, I insist it be
prepared in advance and given to the clerk. If you don’t have your motion ready,ly not
recognize you and reminding members you must state your motion first before you speak to
it. Remember City Council follows a routine for
the processing and adding any motion without notice here in the meeting.
Please remember that a motion without notice must include a reason for urgency.
If you have an urgent motion without notice you wish to bring forward, please give your
motion to the clerk staff. They will prepare the necessary procedure
motion from my review along with your motion. The chair must agree it’s urgent .
It will require 18 votes that a motion has a notice to the agenda during the meeting.
Motions added are not subject to a vote, waive referral to committee or agency.
Ly review motions carefully and advise council which motion be made after at genal.
We’ll go to the mayor’s key item which is mm10.3.
Declaring a climate emergency. On the motion to waive referral.
All in favour? Carried.
It’s now before us. Mayor Tory?
Do we have any questions of staff. We’re dealing with members motion mm10.3 the
mayor’s key item. Do we have questions of staff?
Councillor Carroll? Yes, Madam Speaker, I jut want to make clear,
the members motion asks us to mick an expenditure that is talk a stance outside of overarching
strategy. So the question is is it in keeping with the
strategy? Through the chair, I think that what this
does is advances the strategy at a greater level and deeper Alex it’s what we thought
just a much more aggressive target. It takes us to a deeper level within the strategy
that council has adopted. We might see deeper and more enhanced recommendations
but they are coming forward at the time we mapped out already.
Am I seeing that correctly? I think in advance of.
I think the current strategy, the transform to strategy is an 80% reduction by 2050 and
one of the asks in this motion to see if we can’t do it by 2040.
So in the next reporting time you’ll tell us here was the original strategy and goal.
Given the emergency, given recent data leer enforce hansments.
We could stay on the same course but enhance it and get better results?
Correct. Different more aggressive results, yes.
Thank you, those are my questions, Madam Speaker. Thank you.
Councillor Fletcher, questions of staff. Yes, I wanted to ask if I might be the CFO
and might be Mr. Baxter. What is the current budget we have for transform
to? I don’t have that number in front of me right
now. Through the chair, we’ll get that number for
you. We don’t have it right now.
And aid — you had a chance to look at this and determine the increased spending that
we have month — we may have to commit to in order to achieve the targets we set.
Through the speaker, actually the targets that have been set will be revisited through
the budget process. Those haven’t been assessed for this particular
situation. Or looked at the fact that we need be more
aggressive. You would agree that we’re going have to increase
our pressure — we’re going to have to spend money to get where we want to get to.
We have to spend but we’re looking for creative solutions where we’re look fog partner with
the private — looking to partner with the private sector to expedite and scale the ability
to respond to this request. Can you give an example?
-6- can I give you an example of. That we have a joint development agreement
with [inaudible] to work on a creation of low carbon thermal energy systems.
That’s the first. Are there any thoughts here of creating a
great corporation like n wave that we had created at the city?
Are there any initiatives we may need to think of and fund.
Through the care, what we’re doing is looking for creative solutions.
We’re not ruling anything out but we’re looking to partner with the private sector to ensure
that we can respond to the scalability required to accelerate the targets.
I’m asking if we’re also couldn’t contemplating. That wasn’t the private sector in the past.
It’s an initiative that came from — some of the deeper initiatives we need grab, are
we prepared to do that in your 3-7b, — opinion financially?
I think, again, we have to refer back to the 2020 budget process and evaluate the different
priorities we’re juggling. I guess this priority budget wise how are
you putting climate [inaudible] as you know where we are in the budget cycle we’re assessing
what we can actually afford. This is helpful to you to know that council
may make this a large priority? That’s correct.
Thank you. Councillor Thompson?
Thank you, speaker. I had requests that — questions that the
require the director of general developer. I wonder if we can stand down and reach out
to him and have him come in. If somebody could call him.
Thank you. Thank you Madam Speaker.
Through to you staff, how reliant are we on other levels of government to come to the
table for bilateral agreements to make this happen?
The participation of other levels of government is going to be essential to the City of Toronto
I think when we did our transform T.O. Research as part of 2017 submission, it was clear that
other levels of government are not only important but vital.
Not only in their dollars but in their leadership. I think both are essential — having said
that, the City of Toronto is consistent with other cities in taking the lead.
The lead on climate change is being done on municipal 4re68.
— on top of that I’ve got — this is an update you’ve given to Councillors.
Traps form T.O. Climate action. That’s the status update for the first two
years, yes. This references also interfashional climate
greens and that would go through the federal government.
How dependant on we on those agreements to make things happen?
That’s a leadership point, right? The federal government signed on to the Paris
accord. And we made those commitments part of that
design. They set to up us priority and give us access
to the global community where we’re a leader. We touched on the budgetary issues a minute
ago. Is there a formula that these agreements are
binding to spend 1% of gross operating on climate change?
2%? Is there a formula or benchmark we can work
with? Not at this point.
Infrastructure anxiously awaiting the City of Toronto resilience report.
I know it’s been released with many fanfare. We had to move a motion to get staff to bring
it to committee. I’m wondering when it will come to committee.
It’s an important part of this discussion. Through the speaker, subject to decision with
senior leadership here we’re going to try to move it as quick as possible.
I would hope by November we would have something. References earlier were public, private partnerships.
Is that run out of partnership office or run out of economic development when we bring
the private secretary sector on — sector on board when it comes to actions on climate
change? The one jda we have in place right now that
was led by the department and energy division but with consultant with legal and other internal
partners. Are we finding positive response from the
private sector? Absolutely.
Are they buying it into as a good economic opportunity?
The agreement allows n wave and others to develop low carbon communities on their own.
Whether — with or without the participation of city.
We’re seeing n wave taking the lead and initiative on the developments.
The well, for example is a low carbon development developed by them.
Creative energy out of Vancouver is working on a low carbon solution.
We’re seeing that happening now. We’re getting smarter emergency decisions
now that energy developers are part of the equation and not just the real estate developer.
Thank you, Madam Speaker. Thank you.
Thank you, speaker. Mr. Williams the
migration with respect to the economic, I guess benefit as part of this particular process
looking at carbon based activities and so on, what is the current relationship in terms
of big pictures when we look at this issue around the environment and climate change.
What are we doing to simultaneously work in conjunction to ensure that jobs that would
be lost in terms of areas where fossil fuels and others and opportunity with respect to
green jobs and green tech, what are we doing in terms after this sector?
I imagine this has to go hand in hand, would you agree?
Totally I think Toronto is a great position to leverage this as an opportunity since the
job loss is less. Opportunities in terms of installation, and
instruction and in terms of even the software, et cetera, needed to did a better job of managing
energy and managing sustain ability issues and on resiliency.
It’s a great opportunity for Toronto. The leadership we’ve been talking about and
mayor has been 25ubg being — talking about, it’s one that will coincide with respect to
a variety of different areas or sectors with respect to our society as a whole, correct?
Correct. In the areas of helping to retool and helping
those who are working in industries now what is the game plan
what is our rule role and are we providing a complimentary leadership in this sector?
Deer — we’re doing some but not enough. Many other orders of government also doing
the same thing. If you are asking is there a cohesive exhaustive
place, no. How can we formulate that?
Is that in place and will we have a corresponding game plan to correlate with this?
Because I think it’s important for us to provide at least a level of understanding to the broader
community at large that it isn’t this versus that and that the expense in terms of how
people view this about job loss in one sector is realized so it’s not a situation we’re
going to displace workers or such. We’re preparing to help them, correct?
There’s plenty of opportunity to add just within the labour force and also take advantage
from an investment perspective for job creation. Thank you.
Quick question for the maybe — mayor, Madam Speaker.
Yes. You heard the general manager of economic
development and spoken about the economic relationship with respect to the game plan
in terms of affecting climate change that is a serious matter and we know it’s disruptive
but we need that plan to help us in terms of coordinate — coordinating a number of
industries plus institutions as well. Could you advise us as to how you are appropriating
that particular opportunity in collaboration with the patter in front of us today?
I think the best example I can offer is where we started.
It’s a start and single initiative but I hope we can re repeat it in a number of contexts
of what we called the green will. At my invitation the number of leading developers,
land owner, commercial land owners, office space land owners together with — this is
the important part — hospitals, universities, school boards both catholic and public school
boards and City of Toronto. So far 300,000 million square feet.
To put that into context there’s 75 million square feet of office space in downtown Toronto.
It gives you a measure of how much building space is covered so far by this niche initiative.
I think it’s going to be a public private partnership I’m hopeful
perhaps they wanted to help stop the degradation of the environment and we can learn from what
they’ve done the federal government does have and will
have going forward. It’s one example of the kind of collaboration
in the absence of legislative tools that we don’t have here that other cities and countries
so we can move forward on this agenda idea and start in a cooperative way by addressing
the inning single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s a very good example and one we’re proceeding with.
Thank you. Councillor lay ton to speak.
Yes, thank you very much. More faster.
That’s what the youth of the world are asking of us.
More faster. They see a world that is growing hotter and
they see governments that are not acting fast enough.
When I think this issue I think about something easy for kids we’re told by the indigenous
brothers and sisters to look at seven generations backwards and forward.
The problem is, I’m finding it more and more difficult to think past two.
To think past the life that my kids and grandkids will have.
So think about the food at that will either be too contaminated to eat or won’t be in
enough abundance. To think about the animals and the plants
that they won’t get to experience. Just two generations ago our grandparents
had in such abundance. To think about the countries that go extension
and wash away to the ocean. To think about the cities that no longer exist
around the world . To think about all the kids that won’t survive
the changing climate around the world. This has grown beyond a simple inconjeens.
For us it’s about the cost and inconvenience of addressing that.
If we don’t do more faster this is going to go beyond mere inconvenience so a catastrophe
all around the world. Toronto has good plans.
We’ve got great plans but we’re not meeting the urgency of the global crisis.
These are well documented and outlined by the ipcc report after report.
Not a week goes by we don’t get another warning and yet governments we have plan and processes of funding city
plans and we need to make sure that the promise we make today carries forward to fulfilling
this promise when later this year when we’ll vote on a — a budget.
Later earlier next week when we vote on an accelerated transform to plan and maybe even
later this meeting when we talk about our invest.
Policy around sustainable investment. It’s more inclusive of those impacted by climate
change of labour and of youth. The words written in this motion they are
not the pair he’s. They are not mine.
They are the Toronto experts activate and most importantly the youth rising up as part
of global movement. We need to thank them for drawing attention
to us and pushing us to action. About a year ago, Greta said at one of the
earliest climate rallies to all of you who choose to look the other way s every day because
you seem more frightened of the changes that prevent the catastrophic climate change than
the catastrophic climate change itself your silence is almost worst of all.
Treat the climate crisis like the acute crisis that it is and give us our future.
Thank you very much. Thank you.
Thank you have a motion. This motion is with the great work done by
the Toronto environmental license shall it does three things it seeks to improve engagement
with scientist — with the scientific and business community.
It seeks to establish a formal management system to bring more accountability to transform
T.O. In our efforts to combat climate change and reinforce.
S commit for the change and resilience strategy. I want to thank the mayor and Councillor lay
ton for bringing this forward. Four years ago when bifs to run in the last
election I was with my boss in the subway. He said Jennifer why are you leaving your
job? I said I want to live if a world that is off
[inaudible] that’s what compelled know run and why I’m here today.
20 years ago I was conducting research in yellow knife.
I was lucky to have the student to look at high troa metric stations looking at long-term
climate change. Scientists knew that the impacts would be
felt -7bd they would have more warming than the rest of planet.
Indeed 20 years later sign actives were right. Ten years ago doing research in Greenland.
We were looking at the interactions between glaciers, ground water.
While I was up there conducting research, the locals and scientists on the ice told
us about the receding glaciers. Instead deed ten years later this small town
was on the news as the water levels were the highest she had seen.
They had increased rapids and glaciers melting faster than they anticipated.
This isn’t just an arctic and subarctic problem. This summer I stood in the parking lot.
The water levels were 85 sent metre as bf the average for that time of year and had
hit a record high. We know it’s real and affecting us all.
That’s why I’m happy for the motion we’re passing today because it’s ambitious bold
and pushing us to achieving net zero by 2050 or possibly by 2040.
I want to reiterate the importance of resilience strategy.
The last part of the motion is reinforcing the and I think this motion that we have here
today is another stepped for in this direction. Thank you forking before this forward and
I like forward to supporting it. With a question for you.
Clarification. Thank, yeah.
In the second part of the motion what is the business advisory committee?
How do you see that unfolding? It’s a scientific and business advisory committee.
I asked for a report back on what that could look like but we don’t have a scientific steering
committee here or business steering commit committee specifically.
My thought we be that they could provide peer review to make sure they are accurate and
ambitious and doing everything that we can at the municipal level.
Would that then become an official peer review? The reason I ask is that in the past once
council has adopted a strategy and works on it if we’re going to hold out for peer review
has to be vetted and adopted by council. Is it your intention that we would know who
was on it and the what the mandate was? As you say it’s more complicated with the
municipal governance than any other action where we have had peer see view.
It’s common in the scientific community it’s well accepted.
So as we have the plans usually you have a report or addendum provided with the plan
that has the aversus so we look at those in conjunction.
I’m asking for clarification because we have a history of peer review here.
It follows a certain process and council has over sight over who gets to do the peer review.
It’s asking for a report back on what we could have this that this business party.
It’s option. I asked to report back in q2 in the options
for establishing a scientific and business advisory committee.
Okay. So we’re not establishing it.
We’re reporting back on sorry it scrolled quickly and I couldn’t see that.
Then in the third section. I had a question in the third section.
If we can scroll back up. It’s on your desk circulated.
Excellent, thank you. Actually this isn’t it — here it is.
Now I have it. Thank you.
So in the third section where it says that we need to improve collaboration in the transform
to roll in the community with respect to climate change work, how does it need be improve?
How is it it not working now it had to improve engagement with youth and other institutions
and organizations. This is just reinforcing that the academic
and business community are important stakeholders we should include in that discussion.
What we’re looking at here is not necessarily an issue with what we have here is not a arguably
a technological challenge. We have an important role in uptake of those
technologies and to the client community at large these are viable options.
It’s if addition to all the other recommendations there and it’s asking for a report back.
That was your last question. Thank you.
Sorry speaker I got the copy of motion this minute and I haven’t had a chance to fully
digest it yet. I appreciate if I could have five minutes.
I really don’t like writing a climate policy — okay.
Well, you are the next speaker on it. I did ask for this — sent think the morning
and I’m sorry it took so long. Councillor McKelvie, old on.
Councillor Fletcher, question. Yes, just on your list there.
Are a number of people that have — I call them citizen experts.
Labour people that understand this. Would you be prepared to look at how it should
be fleshed out because there’s a number of green experts that have the exist rather than
simply business and academics. Absolutely.
These groups were mentioned in the members motion already.
I was picking groups to make sure they are included.
Everything is not detracting in anyway. It’s adding additional things to look at.
In all cases I asked for a report back. It’s not sane to consider these but if we
consider. I want to make sure in our tradition of getting
this far we had a great number of scientific and business folks.
This advisory committee looks like it’s simply scientific and business advisors.
It’s strong have the community lens on what we’re doing.
Want to mick sure and see if you are okay with having the breadth of the community seize
business this there. There’s a number of people that are going
to might to the be captured and academics we have not captured in the work.
That is a team sport. That was the intention to point out groups
I didn’t see explicitly mention and add them as well.
You added them to have a committee. Is that language given by staff.
Again, it’s options and those options could come become and recommend that we include
those group as with well. There will be continue review and input to
the process thank could be amended here to include other groups.
Yes. I’m following up on Councillor Carroll that
the peer review process, what is your understanding of that?
Those comments are disposition. If they are incorporate order a report back
on why they were not addressed. Thank you.
That was the last question. Councillor Perks, are you ready?
Thank you. I’m ready now.
Councillor McKelvie, just to be clear you have three pars to your motion.
The first at academic institutions to the people that we generally consult, right?
Yes. Third I’ll come back to the second in a minute
adds actions not things to get a report on but actions and in m you say improved cab
laition with academic and business community. You are talk age piece here and saying the
academic and business communities have a special relationship that other community leaders,
environmental activists, people who are from the native community and have special wisdom
to bring to this problem shall they are not included.
Only the academic and business community in motion three.
No, if you pull up motion 10.3 the north. Finding the place right here.
I am adding l and m. Inhere said it says a plan to collaborate
with youth, including youth from equity seeking groups.
A plan to consult and cooperate with indigenous communities, a plan to engage residents and
stakeholders in decision making. So all of those groups they spoke were included.
This one says to have a plan to es to not detecting from the good work in here.
Adding to make sure we’re consulting with the scientific community in a meaningful way.
They are conculted in part three. But that’s okay.
We want to add them special it’s fine. Unlike the answer you give in terms of report
you are asking back what the-esque of rur too is to say that instead of city staff reporting
annually on how we’re — what progress we’re making, your changing that so that that report
back also includes creating this new sign scientific and business advisory.
There’s two parts. I’m not changing what was there.
That’s not changed. It’s still there.
You put it in. So part b is exactly the same.
You’ve got a new a. All we’ve done is added additional a asking
for a report back to look at the feasibility of three things.
It’s not saying to do it. It’s looking at the feasibility.
In that it seize to look at having an adaptive resource management system.
It’s asking to look at options and whether it’s feasible.
As you know we have multiple strategies that overlap.
Okay. I understand the thing I’m trying to understand
is though — that was your last question why are business leaders peers.
We can add that as well. Councillor Perks, Councillor Thompson question.
I think Councillor McKelvie may have sponsored to the question are you prepared to thatted
that. If that’s what the recommendation is, yes.
It’s not. We’re asking to asked it.
I could add the amendment. If it’s easier staff add them with concurrence.
We’re asking for options. It could include be included in the options.
Would you be interested in just amending your motion?
That’s what the Councillor is asking you. Are you?
I see that as friendly. We’re asking for options.
Whatever options are — agree with the premises. With want people looking at the plants outside
of us externally and saying we’re being as ambitious and bold as we can.
We’re in agreement if we can add those names Councillor Pasternak you have a question.
I don’t see any references here to the do you see a role for them to play in the mini
action plan? Absolutely.
If they are included in the options and I think they are included in the group above
that says engage, job seekers, workers, unions, relevant sector and social service agencies.
I think they are covered in relevant sectors. You could include them.
We’re asking for options to have peer review. As you know council hasn’t adopted a resiliency
report nor from we see the errors on island flooding.
Does your motion at all expedite the way to get them to adopt them for city policy.
I wish. I wish.
What it has here the first one staff is doing anyway.
It’s the importance of integrating resilience. The second one is looking at how we can establish
leadership and resilience. Th that’s recommendation 4.5.
Hopefully we can advance efforts that we think are very important.
Thank you. Councillor Perks to speak.
Thank you speaker. First of all I want to congratulate the mayor
and Councillor Layton on doing this. When we wrote transform to the best science
available said that if we’re able to get to the 80% reduction by 2050, there was a possibility
of what the scientists call the soft landing where, yes, there’s consequences of climate
change but they won’t be an existential threat to civilization.
Since then the science has advanced and said to avoid that threat we actually have do better.
We have to get to 1.5 which is net neutrality in a shorter time line.
That’s because we missed the they know that early action is much more valuable than later
action. And because Canada and others missed that
window or early action and the amount and period you have to reduce it continue to shrink.
We’re in an emergency circumstance where everything that we can do, literally everything that
we can do has to be considered. I hope unlike previous motions when this council
tried to wrestle with the issue of climate change we don’t device an am bishes plan and
begin to weaken it with 1,000 cuts. Transform T.O. Has been delayed and reduced
three times by this council since it was first written the initial implementation day was
pushed back a year. When it came some of the actions put off for
six months and then last year’s budget again, some actions delayed.
We’re two full years behind on some of the programs that we originally imagined delivering
as part of transform T.O. Sin the history that our children, grandchildren and generations
that don’t follow them don’t bear the burden of our inaction.
It’s easy to see. In January we’re going have a different set
of problems. We’ll have a provincial government down loading
costs on to us. We’re going have uncertainty as we continue
to dole in the real estate market. We’re going to continue to see costs of delivery
of service growing faster than inflation and an environment where many around this council
chamber say no the most important thing is to make sure that we don’t increase our revenues
faster than inflation I hope that at that moment — at that moment — we can bring the
clarity of mind that we have here today that says no.
It’s an important it’s the most important thing we do.
If we ant to maintain the quality of lie we enjoy now and offer it to children or at least
have a 50/50 shot of doing that we’re going have to spend public money.
I appreciate that the mayor is saying, yes it’s good that we have now engaged all the
big buildings in the downtown that are privately owned and enciewrning them to do what they
can. That requires them to spend money that they
don’t make back if we’re going to reduce emissions sufficiently so that the next generation doesn’t
bear the cost of our inaction. And when business can’t shoulder that burden,
there’s only one way to do it. And that’s for society at large to shoulder
the burden and there’s only one way that society at large shoulders that burden and that’s
by spending public money. Absolutely the federal government has been
absent on this. Absolutely we have a provincial government
actively hostile spo spending the money on. This and 340r that what ought to be put on
the municipal property tax might have to be put on the municipal property tax.
Is it a fair? No.
Is it right that the federal government talks big and acts small?
No. Is it right that the provincial government
is hostile solving this problem? No.
That doesn’t excuse us from picking up their burdens.
That doesn’t excuse us from leading by showing that governments can make a commitment.
That doesn’t excuse us from having a clean hands approach.
Question asked Torontonians to pay more because nobody else would and we knew it was the right
thing to do. Could Councillor Fletcher.
Yes, speaker, I just want to say thank you, thank you and thank you again to the mayor
and Councillor Layton for this motion that recognizes a climate emergency as I would
say the 100,000 people that marched on Friday were reporting live from a climate emergency
and asked us to step up and do that. And I took a video which I won’t show you
of the entire March. Everybody there — they had homemade signs.
I’ve not seen anything like. That they are seized with this issue of climate
and it’s young people in our cities who are seized with this supported by think families.
By their schools, by their churches. By their organizations and now with this motion
by their city. And I can’t stress the importance of this.
I just want to say, Councillor Layton had sent a tweet out.
Somebody had a sign there that was an old Jack Layton election say that they brought
to the March. Councillor Layton said not surprised to see
him here, he has been on this file for years. And that say tribute to the Layton’s.
Father to son it was a beautiful picture. Our city has really been a leader in the past
and presently and we need be in the future. I mean a strong leader in the number of ways.
I want to touch on two. One is the establishment of better buildings
partnership. We established long ago that we can retrofit
our buildings and capture the savings in operations to pay for it.
That was the city that established that. We also established n wave.
We didn’t sell but perhaps we — I would like to think to be open to every —
that have led the way environmentally not only in Toronto but around the world.
Those are world leader programs that were established through our city I want to thank
Councillor mcsell I have. Our lake levels are rising.
Cherry beach has wash add way. Eastern beaches are eroding.
Go out to Scarborough we’ve heard about the parking lot.
The Ruth this is not happening once. This is now basically a
this is the new normal. This isn’t something that is change.
Years ago when then the mayor established an environment office at the city.
There was a number of reports. One of them was about adaptation.
How do we adapt to climate change? I happened to chair that change.
That’s dealing with the results. I think this council, this city people I saw
in the street want us to deal with the causes not the only the results.
That means being bold. Not just the fact that we’re there and how
to mitigate them. It’s easier and seems more attractive as an
engineering solution to mitigate and adapt. I think we’re into reversing what we have
done. That means we’re going spend money and have
to spend money. The Councillor said we stumble add long.
It was the community that pushed us into this it’s a community pushing us one more time.
Tons and tens of thousands of young Torontonians on our street.
They want us to step up and do the right thing and be bold and creative I for one am going
to answer their call. Thank you.
Councillor Bradford. Thanks very much.
Through the speaker, I would like to thank the mayor Councillor Layton for bringing this
forward today. Particularly for his work over the decades
on this file. It’s nice be heying toes a council moving
in this same direction. I would like to thank Jennifer and for her
amendment on this. I think it makes a motion better and I’ll
be supporting that. Like a number of you I was at the climate
strike on Friday and frankly it was hartening to see the tens thousands of Torontonians,
particularly youth, many from beaches East York taking action on this issue.
Frankly it was fitting that this was coming to council the following week.
We deal with urgent issues all the time. But the recommendations in this motion have
a different kind of urgency. That’s because it’s generational urgency.
Frankly the decisions we’re making here today need be considered in the context of those
following. The community to make impact is about the
steps that we as Councillors as elected officials can take today to provide a better future
for those tomorrow we see the impacts of a changing climate around the world.
We see ate cutely around the water front Toronto as many communities.
You can see that every spring and fall down at the water.
That could be countrying but like many issues they are dealt with and delivered at the local
level. We need help and support from federal and
provincial governments to do this. This that is critical.
When it comes to actually moving the needle on ghg emissions, the biggest crashtors are
transportation, housing building stock, thermal. Those are things where we have jurisdiction
and a lot of opportunity to make a difference it’s ungrateful that this motion sets up everything
so we can move forward on that file. We can take acts and make adjustment ass with
we move forward that’s important. Frank it will notion of declaring a climate
emergency is to make it clear it’s a priority for this issue for us as a council, for us
as a city to move forward and take concrete actionable measures.
Wrapping up, I’m glad to see we’re working collaboratively on this because that’s the
lip it’s going take for us to address this climate change file.
Thank I have much. Thank you.
Councillor Pasternak. Thank you, Madam Speaker.
I think thank the mayor and Councillor Layton for bring it forward and McKelvie for strengthening
it and what we’re doing here is not enough. We have po put money behind the recommendations
before us. We have to put strong policy behind it.
We need the private sector to come on board and the agreement and federal and provincial
counterparts as well. As a recent member of the TRCA, just had my
first meeting on Friday looking inside that organization they play an important role in
our efforts to mitigate climate change and resiliency and flooding they add we’re putting
close to 70 million into the TRCA. We should be get age lot of out of it.
I think at the local level in the area I represent, basement flooding continues to be one of biggest
problems across the neighbourhoods is this results in people having their homes full
of moisture and mold. They start all over in an endless cycle in
a battle with insurance, battle with Toronto and the restoration services.
Homeownership nud not be like this. People who take the risk of owning a home
should not be in a situation where the most important asset is constantly at risk when
an extreme weather event takes place. It’s our responsibility to do everything we
can to protect people in the homes and the investment.
To make sure they are safe. To make sure they know we’re doing everything
possible. Certainly the package before us I would reiterate
we cannot get things done. Stit waiting for the committee report and
on tain yoir flooding report developed by the trc a handed over weeks ago.
We need those documents to adopt policy and say we’re doing everything from the policy
end of thing and measurable and accountability. The ongoing reporting system, a report card
of sorts is vital. With that said I’m glad it’s before us.
It’s an important social issue and most transformative public policy statement of our time and city
must be committed to it. Thank you.
Thank you. I want to begin by saying thank you as a number
I’ve done for Councillor Layton for his work and collaboration on this including the consultation
he did with people in the community where we can get the best advice we can get.
And I think that collaboration is consistent with what we’re doing here today and the spirit
in which we’re doing it. The election that is on now, the federal election
has created a degree of uncertainty. For example with respect to what national
goals could be going forward. Other activities have created uncertainties
with the respect to the full participation of all governments whether it’s here in Canada
Ontario or elsewhere. Think it’s all the more reason why we have
to clee ourselves today and with respect to the urgency we attach to this challenge as
a number of speakers have made illusion today. We need look no further than on the public
side the Toronto Island or shoreline of Lake Ontario and all that goes with that or on
the private side householder and homeowners Councillor Pasternak made reference to and
experiences over and over again as a result of this prab.
It’s time tour reinforce our sense of urgency and reform our determination and ambitious.
To use the words Councillor Layton used do more faster.
Toronto does have good plans. This had a given us solid assessment for efforts
today. I’ll take some issues with the characterization
of the efforts today to — offered by Councillor Perks here, Madam Speaker but there’s no question
in regards of how you make the assessment of what is done today and what others might
say about it. You can always do more faster.
So I want to see us add to. We’ve done 21 retrofits in community housing
buildings. It’s something to be proud of but it’s just
a start. Want to see us do more, faster, in that area.
Twiept see us add to the 60 electric bses. I think we’ve done that.
We make sure the 60 buses that first of all we buy the best ones and secondly that they
work in our particular climate and as part of integrating them completely.
I want to see us had to the 100 solar installations that we have put in since the beginning of
these programs on city owned property and do more faster and all of these things are
going to be things that we have to do to add to all of these initiatives and have other
one as quickly as possible. The purpose of greenwill program.
I don’t present it further to the comments of Councillor Perks as being the answer or
only answer but it’s a significant step forward to have the school boards.
Think about having the school boards sitting in the room which they dime my office at my
invitation. Hospitals, universities sitting with the leading
companies from the private sector who have done more perhaps for reasons of their own
economic self interest over time. They’ve done more so we can learn from them.
They partner with us and the school boards. These are people that don’t have direct responsible
that own huge amounts of real estate in cities. Buildings being the ingle biggest contribute
to greenhouse gas emissions. I looked to that group and other groups like
it as part of this collaborative approach we have to take.
We’re cities with limited powers to do something. I look to the inagain newity, best practices
teaching of partners to make sure that we can I think the biggest may well come not
so much in the achievement but how it helps us to translate down to smaller entities,
the two story medical building somebody owns in Scarborough where they don’t have reduction
of energy program and we may have this and get it down to the level of citizen.
Thousands people and buildings. I would conclude, Madam Speaker, by saying
this. You know, nobody is going to accuse me of
being exciting people pass judgement of the level of excitement I bridge at the time judgement
in 2020. When it comes to the challenges put in front
of me for transit, getting funding for and having a national housing strategy.
When it comes to getting us going on reaching higher affordable housing targets.
I’m derl and I’ll be the same way moving forward on this and making sure we’re accountable
here but very strong advocates to other governments. I won’t be here in 2050.
That’s not the plan but I will want to work with Councillor Layton and colleagues and
governments and private sector to make sure that we can show the kind of determination
I would say by way of a final comment people don’t by the environmental arg.
There’s no one that can argue with the fact that Councillor Pasternak referred to and
others there’s a business case made for doing this.
I will sthel to anybody anyway I have to because it’s imperative we get them done more and
faster as Councillor Layton said. Thank you.
Thank you. On the amendment by Councillor McKelvie all
in favour? Carried.
On the item as amended recorded vote. — record — you want a recorded vote on the
amendment? Well there was just — recorded vote.
That’s fine. Recorded vote.
It’s your item. Councillor Holyday please.
[Voting] we did receive a copy of revised .
Councillor Bailão, please. [Voting] the a.m. Carries unanimously.
25 in favour. Item as attended.
Recorded vote. [Voting] the item as amended carves unanimously 25 in favour.
Thank you. Okay so we’ll now go to the mayor’s second
key item. Which we’re going to be doing deeing with
is ex8.20. Ex8.26 and members motion 10.2.
We’re going to deal with all of those three items together.
If we can have a motion to waive referral. All members motion 10.2.
By Councillor Carroll. All in favour?
Carried. So that’s before us now.
So we’ll deal with all three. Questions?
Councillor Cressy? Thank you.
Speaker perhaps before I begin are there rentives at trento police services here to answer questions?
We’re on a tps funding item. I don’t believe they are here . We don’t have them here Councillor Cressy.
They should have been here. It was the mayor’s — do you have any questions
on dawes we’re dealing with 8.26 as well and mm10.2.
Councillor Colle. Waned to ask a question about bail tracking.
In other words, how do we track if a person has been given bail and is that person loose
in the community? Maybe legal could answer that.
How do we get that information? Sorry I don’t have the answer to that at the
moment but I’ll find out for you. Just to ensure I understand is how we find
out someone’s information about someone who has been convicted bail terms.
No, no, someone that has been arrested and the community tries to find out whether that
person has been released on bail. The community phones my office and says does
that person srk he free or she free on bail? And I can’t get an answer.
What I can say is bail hearings are generally public and the terms of the bail would be
something that cobeen obtained from the police. Anyone looking for that information should
start with the police. I have been to bail hears — bail hearings.
But trying to find out if that person. Maybe I can’t attend all the bail hearing.
If there’s so many I would like to know what happened to those persons charged with a gun
crime. Were they released on how much bail?
Are they in the community again? Why where do I get that information?
Madam Speaker, other than working through the s police, I’m not aware of another avenue
to obtain that information. Thank yes, Councillor Cressy.
Thank you, speaker on eye border, in my questions, I have questions of police given that the
item as additional item to support Toronto police services.
Should we not stand down the item until they are here to answer questions?
To the mayor? You know — asking my own staff Madam Speaker
about why they wouldn’t have included. Woe say it’s likely to be apt 12:00 on Wednesday.
We’re trying to figure out how to get something in town.
There should be something to answer questions from the police service because the matter
involved is sending — at least part of it is sending money here, money to them.
We’re working on that and apologize. I don’t know whether it’s my offices responsibility
but somebody should have called them or they figured out you but the bottom line is we
should get something here? Should we hold the item down they are not
coming from upstairs but probably police headquarters so — to you Madam Speaker I got in touch
with some of the senior command at tps so they require a bit of time.
Okay. So I with think that somebody would have asked
home it be here. Madam Speaker.
Madam Speaker. Given the gravity of this issue and importance
of it I don’t simply think that we should accept this idea that someone from policing
should come and talk to us. A chief of police should be in this chamber
to address the particular issues it’s one of top priorities in this city.
The chief has expressed an interest in having resources.
He should be able to speak to members of council. I ask that the chief be here unless he is
out of town I think it’s most important that the chief be invited to speak to us and maybe
I would like to ask, Madam Speaker maybe the clerk can help me to understand this.
The mayor spoke and he indicated my office should have called and so on.
I don’t realize it’s my responsibility to deal with staff members and issues.
I would like to understand what the procedures are.
We stopped questions. Councillor Colle we stopped questions because
the staff are not here. Okay Councillor Thompson I don’t know what
the answer to your question is. Through you Madam Speaker if I could assist.
So depp at this chief rayher they are trying to make him available.
Work on I time to get him here. He attended committee on this particular item
previously. Can I certainly express the concern of council
in respect to the chief’s attendance. I don’t know what the status of that is.
I have been advised the deputy chief will make himself available at a point today as
soon as he can. Understanding what he is saying but I can
just say I think Councillors yourself know that deputy chief raymer has been involved
in this area. He’s able to — it will be the deputy principally
responsible for this. I think if he’s able to come I would take
that as being not the chief but something that is very knowledgeable person to come
to talk to us. Okay.
What we’ll do is hold the item down for later and we’ll continue with the agenda.
Yes, Councillor Colle. Some of the my questions were not of the police
of of our city staff. Yeah, but we’re going to hold the questions
down until the police get here. It’s not all about the police.
We can we’ll hold the item down and everyone can have a chance to ask questions.
City staff or police. Thank you.
Okay Councillor Fletcher? Councillor Fletcher, — Councillor Fletcher?
Councillor Fletcher would you like to deal request with your item?
Just had a conversation and I think I need to be briefed along with the dcm.
Not yet. Next tux before 12:30 I’m hoping.
It’s just advised by the staff that the deputy chief will be here for 2:00.
Councillor page three. Councillor Layton, we’re going to continue
on the agenda until we recess and then at 2:00 we’ll go back to the items.
Because we have a full agenda Councillor. My apologies.
The clerks don’t yet have my motion. I was under the impression I would have time
given how large the item was before this. We’re not recessing.
I don’t think we should recess now. We’ve got a full agenda.
Councillor Perks would you be ready for ex8.6. Members of council we’re going to continue
on the agenda. Please remain in your seats so we can move
and do business. Councillor Perks.
I have questions of staff to begin. Questions of staff.
We’re on Eric ask 8.6. Race together microphone.
If I can have all staff. Thank I have much.
So the report before us looks at a variety of metrics on how we’re doing in ateach chiefing
diversity in our work force. One metric that caught my eye is that what
we’re doing well, sort of in terms of dealing with diversity of racialized people in the
middle areas of the public service at the top of the public service we’re in the doing
as well is. That a correct reading?
Through the speaker. Yes, there’s less diversity in our leadership
ranks. For some of the senior ranks, the process
of hiring them is different than the process of hiring through the rest of the public service,
correct about that? Through the speaker, there are some of our
— some particular positions council appointed but the other senior level position s are
staff appointed given that there’s that difference would it be of value if there was were a motion
from your department or city manager to review how it is, you know, we select candidates
and interview and so on for those most seen senior positions to see if we can do better
in achieving diversity at both. With that be helpful?
Through the speaker we would not — are you speaking specifically about the positions
council appointed? Yes.
We would not — certainly it’s helpful for us to look at what our processes are in that
respect. For privacy reasons we don’t report data on
groups fewer than ten. I believe there are nine positions council
appointed. We wouldn’t be able to report specifically
exclusively about that subset of employees but we can look at what our practices are.
Because of our privacy reasons we can’t go through what has happened historically but
there could be advice on what we could do to achieve better going forward?
We could take a look at that. Thank have you meche.
Councillor Thompson you have questions? I do, speaker, through to you to staff.
The subject matter is fostering diversity in the Toronto Public Service.
I get that because we talk about that all the time.
What about equity? There’s a distinction from my perspective,
a diversity is more about a lock and feel but equity is around contribution and having
those diverse individuals being a complementary contributors to decisions that are being made.
Is now the case in the City of Toronto where that is in fact the case?
Through the speaker, it is — our work is both on numbers and includes diversity, equal
representation but more that on — than that onen conclusion and decision making.
Which is why we’re not just interested in headcount and where people are in the organization.
To my comment earlier is we recognize that there’s not equitable access currently in
the leadership ranks which is where a lot of decision making is.
That’s why we’re working on strategies to increase the diversity in our leadership ranks.
Our focus is on diversity but beyond that or more importantly to your point inclusion
and he can equitable input in decision-making. How will we recognize a difference going on
forward based on the work we’re doing now. What are the measurements you are utilizing
that you are reporting out through to council because it’s simply beyond this motion of
diversity because the view is that die — diversity is for some an important accomplishment but
those diverse people you are putting in place when they are not participating in the decision
making as part of equity component, they themselves are worse off than what we’re trying to achieve.
How do we measure that? Through the peek — speaker, what is included
is one metric related to represent case. — representation.
However, we’re measuring incliewlings in a number of ways.
One of the things we did this year is when we did the employee engagement survey we asked
questions. We’re able to measure how engaged our diverse
staff are feeling and how included they are feeling.
We’re looking at that. Beyond that there’s an equity lens too and
other tools we’re supporting in the organization to help the organization as a whole make a
better decisions that are within an equity lens.
My question is now for the city manager through you, Madam Speaker.
I wonder if could you comment in terms of what your vision and strategy that will include
not only diversity but also equity as a component part of inclusion in whether or not it’s the
LGBTQ community and whether or not it’s the brown people or black people in this organization?
Through the speaker, as you likely know, people in equity the group report directly to me.
They are not part of another part of the organization. So it’s obviously critical that I have the
person who has to the the best ideas how — as to how to improve our die yers have it is
diversity is working with me and propertying reporting on what progress we’re making.
The tactics we can use from recruiting to making decisions about who we hire is all
being a direct line between alma and myself and as well with our senior leadership team.
I would say it’s more than our goal. From a senior team we have from a gender standpoint
we have, you would say, good balance or representation from a gender standpoint.
From eke wit and — equity and racialization we are not where we need to be and where — and
how it presents itself on a day to day basis. All that work is top of mind of ours and hence
the reason why people in equity report to me directly.
Thank you,. Thank you.
Councillor Wong-Tam, questions. Thank you.
This is following up on an answer provided to Councillor Perks.
With respect to the number of council appointed potion — positions you stated, I believe,
nine, correct? I believe that’s the case, yes.
Can you remind us what those nine positions are.
Okay. That council particularly sanctions and so
we make the final hiring decision. The city manager through the speaker, through
the city manager, deputy city manager, managers, CFO, city clerk, city solicitor, I believe
also the chief planner and chief building officer, sorry.
Thank you. One more the medical officer of health.
That’s very helpful. Those nine individuals are the only ones in
the Toronto Public Service that the final hiring decision is placed before council?
Yes. So through the recruitment and the valuation
— evaluation all after this is done through the h.r. Process.
Is that the same h.r. Process we would deploy when hiring other members of Toronto service
or is it different? It’s a difference process to the extent that
Councillors are involved — Councillors are involved in that recruitment.
That’s Councillors as well as the mayor’s office?
Correct. Is it those — following on the line of question:
Is it the general population of Toronto Public Service where we’re doing a decent job make
sure there’s a representation of diverse communities including racialized, LGBT and indigenous.
Could be better but we’re doing okay. Is it the nine positions that our council-influenced
and approved not necessarily hitting the same type of diversity marks as the general population
of the tps. Is that what you heard from you?
Through the chair, that is not the case, necessarily. As we go higher in the organization from the
front lane positions to the — frontline positions to the supervisor there’s less diversity and
supervisor to manager less diversity. From the nine positions above that’s the highest
level that’s where we’re the least reflective of some of the equity data we’re collecting.
We don’t collect or report on those nine positions in particular but they are rolled up to the
division head and above category. So the overall picture we can include from
this report is that at the entry level, mid- level positions the City of Toronto is a corporation
is making advancements in hiring people who reflect the population of City of Toronto.
We’re doing okay there. Could always be improved.
It’s the management supervisory roles and higher up level of leadership where we’re
actually failing or could do a lot better is this that what I’m hearing?
That’s correct. We’ve made progress but that’s where the biggest
gaps exist. Thank you very much.
The situation which divisions such as fire service and police have their own hr division
and they make shir own hiring decisions. It never comes to the council floor.
How would your initiative here impact those divisions?
Through the chair the fire services is part of our division provide support to fire services
in their recruitment we don’t currently provide support to Toronto police service.
In terms of one of the things that we’re trying to do on this and other initiative is we’re
trying to work with on having leads formations and to convene a table to share the best practices
and learn from each other’s experiences. We don’t currently provide support but we’re
going to provide informal channels for that knowledge sharing to happen so we can all
progress together. So last term through the committee, I chaired
committee development and recreation. We spent an enormous amount of time working
with fire services on the re recruit. Policy trying to create a more diverse work
force. Zeroing in on their pool.
It seemed to me the recruit. Net was no way far enough or wide enough to
get the diversity that the city was looking at.
Do you think that that is a part of the core problem here that we’re not really reach outing
to the diverse communities that way we should be.
Through the chair, one of initiatives that we reese yerchtly implemented that will give
us really good great for us to and lies where the challenges might be is the new hr information
systems which we rolled out last week. It allows us to collect diversity data in
every stage. We can identify for instance, if it’s outreach
we recognize that outreach is an important part of it do.
People know that these scrobs exist? Do they know how to apply for it?
We have people on the team focused on doing that work.
We’ll know where the bottlenecks are. We’ll know where the challenges are.
Outreach is perhaps one area where we could be doing more.
A common problem brought to our office and maybe you can shed light on it.
Is it correct that a female employee in the City of Toronto returning from maternity leave
can to the convert to part-time? Requests to go to part-time have been denied
s. That correct? City — is that correct?
City policy? Collective bargaining?
I can confirm that that would not be the city policy to preclude coming back from parental
leave and questioning part-time. We don’t have a policy that does that.
Depending on the nature of employee like if it’s unionized or non-unionized there might
be different rules but we don’t have a policy where people are precluded from doing so.
We do encourage and work with divisions including on humans rights on how to accommodate the
success. It could be happening?
It’s possible but I hope not. You touch on an important point.
Do you think our collective bargaining agreements where we’re recruiting internally first are
a big bearer to diversity? Through the chair our — we work with our
union partners on all of these initiatives including our nesh actives on diversity and
inclusion. Would — I would say that we consider them
to be being parter and as we do more work in this area they’ll continue to do the work
along with it. There are rules in the collective agreement
that we have to abide by in terms of how be — how we fill positions so that seniority
for instance, is a consideration for us when we fill positions.
That means we’re not going to the market on positions because we have to — there are
ors of consideration. There are a — there are orders of consideration.
There are a number of rules. We do intend to work more closely with them
on these things. That was your last question.
Thank you. Councillor Perks to speak.
Thank you I have a motion. City Council direct the city manager and chief
people officer to report to the Executive Committee on strategies for achieving better
diversity in council appointed staff positions. It’s straight forward.
You heard the answers from the chief people officer.
It’s an area where we can do better. They simply asked for advice.
What that advice would be I hope it’s great value so we can do better in the senior most
positions and that’s important because the senior most positions are the ones the public
sees. When there’s a big issue, a legal issue and
asking questions of city list is yoitor — solicitor, it’s that face we see on the evening news.
I could go through the list but you know what I mean.
I encourage you to support. This I think we can do better and I think
it’s a way of getting advice on how this do better.
Thank you. Thank you.
Councillor Thompson? Thank you very much, Madam Speaker.
Madam Speaker, I want to thank the staff for bringing this report.
I also want to thank the mayor, quite frankly on this issue.
His leadership has been invaluable to this. I think it’s extremely important.
The city manager as well. I believe what he is saying to me and I know
for a fact that he wants to see a change not simply reflecting what we often tend to talk
about which is diversity to a large extent but diversity is not sufficient.
I think that inclusion and I use the term equity around that to say that it’s important
when you have talented men and women from different background in any organizations,
particularly a government organization where many people in our society to see if it reflects
them. Often in organization I see that they say
that they wanted to reflect the diverse diversity and bringing people in and so on.
What I’m learning and particularly learning from the people brought in that they steam
be brought in and it’s really just for show. And diversity for show is really not diversity
at our strength in terms of the motto of this city which is diversity is our strength.
I don’t want to complicate it by saying we’re going to move a motion here and.
There if it’s not focusing on the growth and development of the city with respect to inclusion
in as much as we try to affect diversity which demonstrate a fact of showing the landscape
of people reflecting that they are in place. They may be at a disk.
If they are not part of the decision-making process that we have established throughout
the varying departments in this organization it really is not.
It really is just for show. The key thing we have to remember here is
that although you bring people in respect — reflecting on the diversity if we don’t
capitalize on their talents we’re amputating the growth it has a far more reaching and
problematic effect to people because it seems as if we’re doing things for show.
If that’s what we’re doing, I don’t think it’s a path that we need go.
We need evaluate that. I am buoyed by what I’m seeing in the work
being done by the staff in terms of data gathering, decision making and obviously embedding, you
know an equity lens p into this which incorporates the inclusion.
If we’re doing this we fail ourselves. If we fail ourselves we fail society.
I want to make sure we pay attention to this and ensure that inclusion is as important
as the component part of diversity which we’re trying to achieve.
I’m talking about diversity for all so that every person can benefit.
It’s not happening now. There are a lot of people in this city and
I realize that we’re talking about our eninternal development but there are many organizations
in this city where they are reflecting diversity but the diversity does not include inclusion.
I would hope that the mayor may convene a major you know round table with business leaders
to talk about this very concept of inclusion not just simply the concept of diversity because
it’s actually failing us now that diversity is insufficient.
If we don’t have include we’re not getting the best and brightest.
We’re not getting the diversity of thought and information that could help us being a
better society Madam Speaker. On the amendment by Councillor Perks?
All in favour? Carried.
Item as amended? Recorded.
Councillor [Voting] the item as amended carries unanimously.
21 in favour. Councillor Fletcher on page 10 your two items
begun I believe that you are ready. Yes, aim speaker and after some fantastic
work by the tv chief planner, I’m just ready to release both of those.
He has provided a letter — thank you. So on page 10, ta8.12 Councillor Fletcher
is releasing. All in favour?
Recorded. [Voting] Councillor Ainslie please.
El item as adopted unanimously. 21 in favour.
On page 108.13. Recorded vote.
[Voting] we’re molling — Councillor Fletcher we’re moving the supplementary report.
Okay? Recorded vote.
[Voting] the motion carries unanimously. 21 in favour.
Okay. Thank you.
Pardon? Item as amended?
All in favour? Carried.
Okay. Before we recess, do any members of council
want to release any items? Councillor Carroll?
Yes, thank you, I have spoke tonight local Councillor at the top of page 8, ey8.1 I can
release that. On page 8, ey8.1.
All in favour? Carried.
Councillor McKelvie? Madam Speaker, I can release ca9.3 with a
recorded vote. What page, sorry?
On page 5. Ca9.3.
Would you like a recorded vote? Yes, Madam Speaker.
Okay. On page 5, ca9.3 recorded vote.
[Voting] the item is adopted unanimously. 20 in favour.
Councillor Bradford. Thank you very much, Madam Speaker.
Te8.6 I have a minor amendment with the clerk that I can release.
Does the staff have your amendment? Yes.
If we can put it on the screen. Page 11, ta8.63.
The amendment is on the screen. All in favour?
Carried. Recorded vote on the item.
Recorded vote? On the item.
Recorded vote on the item. [Voting] Councillor Fletcher, please.
Councillor Peruzza your vote, please. The item as amended carries 19-1.
Do we have any more quick items? Any more?
Okay. We’ll recess to 2:00.