|Toronto City Clerk Accepting Nominations for Councillor and Trustee Candidates Beginning August 20
|g nominations for councillor and trustee candidates beginning August 20
August 16, 2018
Toronto City Clerk accepting nominations for councillor and trustee candidates
beginning August 20
On August 14, 2018, the Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, was
passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent. The Act reduces
the number of Toronto wards from 47 to 25, and extends the nomination period
for councillor and school board trustee nominations. Mayoral nominations were
not extended; the nomination deadline for the office of mayor was July 27.
The new 25 ward boundaries align with the current federal and provincial electoral
ridings, with minor adjustment to stay within geographic boundaries of Toronto.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing enacted the following regulations
Ontario Regulation 408/18: Wards and Ontario Regulation 407/18: 2018
and 2022 Regular Elections to provide further details for implementation.
All new changes will be in place for the October 22, 2018 municipal election.
For the offices of councillor and school board trustee, nominations will be accepted
beginning 8:30 a.m. August 20 until 2 p.m. September 14 only at the Election
Services Office, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., first floor north.
To run for the office of councillor or school board trustee under the new 25 ward
model, a person must file a nomination paper and provide proof of qualifying
address within the City of Toronto or the school board jurisdiction and the filing
fee. The nomination paper and endorsement of nomination forms must have
Until a nomination paper is filed, a person cannot raise or spend any money on
their campaign. Information about the nomination process and the nomination
paper is available at http://www.toronto.ca/elections/candidates.
Starting August 20, a real-time list of candidates running in the 2018 municipal
election under the new 25 ward model can be found
Certified Candidates Who Wish to Change Wards or Withdraw
All certified candidates for the offices of councillor and school board trustee who
filed on or before July 27 under the 47 ward model and wish to continue to run in
the 2018 municipal election, are required to submit a Change of Ward Notification
Form, which is available at https://bit.ly/2MnZzQv. This form will only be accepted
at the Election Services Office, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., first floor
north starting 8:30 a.m. August 20 until 2 p.m. September 14. There will be no
additional filing fee for candidates who change their ward.
Certified candidates who do not notify the City Clerk of their intent to continue
running by September 14 are deemed withdrawn and their name will not appear
on the ballot.
The list of candidates who filed under the 47 ward model can be found
Links to the online Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 and the related
regulations noted earlier in this news release are provided here:
Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018: https://bit.ly/2vimodC
Ontario Regulation 408/18 – Wards: https://bit.ly/2Pfac6D
Ontario Regulation 407/18: 2018 and 2022 Regular Elections:
Election Day is Monday, October 22, 2018.
Note to media: There is very limited space in the Elections Office. As many outlets
as possible will be accommodated in the Election Office beginning at 8 a.m.
on August 20. Scrums may be held in the rotunda of City Hall in front of
the Toronto Film Office.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2BnQGlk
Media contact: Paula Chung, Strategic Communications,
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|Manila Festival in Toronto
|August 17, 2018
StreetARToronto underpass mural to be unveiled during Sunday's Taste of Manila
Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre) will be joined by artist Nick
Sweetman and community representatives to celebrate a new StreetARToronto
mural during the Taste of Manila festival on Sunday. The mural is on the east side
of the underpass on Bathurst Street between Wilson Avenue and the Highway 401
Remarks will be followed by an official ribbon cutting, with details below.
Date: Sunday, August 19
Times: 11 a.m. for remarks; 11:15 a.m. for the ribbon-cutting ceremony
Locations: remarks presented from the Taste of Manila Stage (Wilson Avenue just
east of Bathurst Street); ribbon-cutting ceremony on the northeast side of
the Bathurst Street underpass
This mural pays homage to the strong cultural diversity in Ward 10 York Centre
and it includes features that represent the Jewish, Russian and Filipino residents
who make up a large proportion of the local community. In this bright
and inspiring mural, the artist aimed to represent the diversity of the community
without using symbols or specific references in an effort to highlight values that
are universal across all cultures. This is the first underpass mural for Toronto
Street Artist Nick Sweetman, who has painted other large-scale murals in Toronto.
Images of the mural (jpg files): https://bit.ly/2vStoPv and https://bit.ly/2L3ph8d
More information about StreetARToronto is available
Susan Pape, Strategic Communications,
416-392-8350, 416-882-9273 (cell),
Carolyn Taylor, Transportation Services,
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|Bike Share Toronto Announcement
|August 14, 2018
Bike Share Toronto announcement
Marco Mendicino, Member of Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence, on behalf of
the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure
and Communities, Annalise Czerny, Executive Vice-President of PRESTO,
and His Worship, Mayor John Tory, will be making an announcement about Bike
Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Bike Share Toronto Bike Station, Opposite 340 Chaplin Cr., Toronto,
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Director of Communications
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Web: Infrastructure Canada
Anne Marie Aikins, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Issues
Office of the Mayor, City of Toronto
Toronto Parking Authority/Bike Share Toronto
Strategic Communications, City of Toronto
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|City Successfully Rugee/Asylum Claimants from Temporary Housing at Ttwo College Dormitories
|August 9, 2018
City successfully relocates refugee/asylum claimants from temporary housing
at two college dormitories
The City of Toronto has relocated all refugee/asylum claimants temporarily housed
in the Centennial College and Humber College dormitories to hotels in the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) and into permanent housing.
"The City of Toronto has worked diligently and compassionately to accommodate
the ongoing arrival of refugee and asylum seekers," said Mayor John Tory. "With
the partnership of other levels of government and surrounding municipalities,
we have been able to relocate the dormitory population. However, the City
continues to face great pressure on our shelter system that requires long-term
action and partnership.”
The Centennial College and Humber College dormitories opened as temporary
shelters in May as part of a contingency plan for Emergency Social Services as
the City’s existing hotel/motel program for refugee/asylum claimants reached
capacity. At its peak, about 675 people resided in the two college dormitory
programs. The dormitories were available until August 9, when students begin
returning for the academic year. With support from other levels of government,
municipalities and community agencies, alternative accommodations were
found for those living in the dormitories.
The City would like to thank the Government of Canada for providing an initial $11
million to help offset the projected $64.5 million in costs associated with
the arrivals of refugee/asylum claimants and for arranging and funding hotel
accommodation within the GTA as part of efforts to relocate the dormitory
population. The City would also like to thank the Government of Ontario for
committing up to $3 million in Red Cross staffing costs as part of the anticipated
$6.3 million total cost of operating the college dormitory sites. The City would
also like to recognize the Red Cross and COSTI for site management
and Centennial College and Humber College. The City is also grateful for the work
of its community partners in providing information and referral services and fellow
GTA municipalities who have taken in many refugee/asylum claimants.
Since November 2016, the City has served a total of 5482 refugee/asylum
claimants in the shelter system and has successfully found permanent housing for
2900 during that time period. As of August 8, the total number of refugees in
the City's shelter system is 2880, or 42 per cent of all shelter users. This has
increased from 11 per cent in early 2016.
The City of Toronto continues to face extreme challenges accommodating new
arrivals of refugees and asylum claimants, including 185 arrivals over the last
The City has requested that the federal and provincial governments take action to
manage the inter-provincial flow of irregular migrants and coordinate
the placement of new arrivals to locations outside of the City of Toronto’s shelter
system. The City eagerly awaits the September opening of a triage centre in
Cornwall, Ontario as promised by the Government of Canada.
The City is committed to continue its work with other orders of government,
including municipalities, as well as community partners to find appropriate shelter,
accommodation and supports for all those who need it.
Daniela Magisano, Office of the Mayor,
Natasha Hinds-Fitzsimmins, Strategic Communications,
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|The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission's Work to eplace Streetcar Tracks
|August 9, 2018
Streetcar track replacement at intersection of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard
Street East to finish ahead of schedule on Sunday
The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission's work to replace streetcar
tracks at the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East will be
completed and the intersection reopened at 7 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, four
weeks ahead of schedule.
"The early completion of this project is great news for the city this weekend,"
said Mayor John Tory. "Not only was this work critical to improve and rehabilitate
aging streetcar track infrastructure, it was also done in a way that minimized
the disruption to the public and accelerated the work schedule to complete
the project weeks ahead of what was planned."
The 504 King, 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton replacement bus service will return to
regular routing through the intersection. Streetcars return to the 504 King and 506
Carlton routes on September 2. More information about TTC service is available
This project began on June 25 with the full intersection closure at Broadview
Avenue and Dundas Street East. Crews worked 24/7 at an accelerated schedule,
which enabled the reopening of the intersection for east-west travel on July 9 to
minimize traffic disruption to the area.
The second phase of this construction project on Broadview Avenue, between
Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East, began on July 9. Only northbound
traffic was permitted on Broadview Avenue.
The third phase of the project began on July 24 and fully closed the intersection
at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East. Due to favourable conditions, crews
were able to complete the track replacement and repair work within a shorter
timeframe than previously expected.
"Construction work on major intersections can complicate travel for road users
and this is why I am pleased by the success of the City's co-ordinated and planned
approach on this project," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley
West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "I am happy
to report that this is the second major project to be finished early in this
construction season, including the track replacement work at Parliament Street
and Gerrard Street East."
This project is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to reduce
disruption to the public while rehabilitating and further improving Toronto's roads,
transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.
This year, the City will invest more than $720 million to maintain and upgrade its
infrastructure, including an estimated $360 million on roads, expressways
and bridges, $300 million on sewers and watermains, and $60 million on
basement flooding protection.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the City's web-based map,
http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions, to help plan their travel and avoid other
road closures. More information about the City's planned capital construction
work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2vRcT5B
Media contact: Susan Pape, Strategic Communications,
416-392-8350, 416-882-9273 (cell),
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|Toronto City Council Meeting of July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, 2018
|Toronto City Council meeting of July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, 2018
Council Highlights is an informal summary of some of the decisions Toronto City
Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk's formal
documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.
Response to proposed reduction of Council's size
Council voted to convey its opposition to the Ontario government's stated intention
to legislate a reduction in the size of Toronto City Council and supported various
motions, including to ask the province to conduct a binding referendum on
the number and boundaries of Toronto's wards before proceeding with any such
legislation. It was decided that if the provincial government does not conduct
the referendum, Council will seek permission for the City to include a question
about wards and councillors on Toronto's 2018 election ballot. The City Solicitor
was asked to prepare an options report and be ready provide advice to Council at
a special meeting to be held August 20.
Actions addressing gun violence
Council adopted a report with recommendations to address Toronto's problem
with gun violence, specifying actions by the City and requesting other orders of
government to help address the problem of gun violence in Toronto. The report's
recommendations include expanding current City and Toronto Police Service
initiatives for youth and undertaking other initiatives such as policing technology
known as ShotSpotter. Increased funding for several specified programs received
Seizure of illegal guns
A motion that Council adopted will result in a request for the Toronto Police
Services Board, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Province of Ontario each to
adopt and implement a seize-and-destroy procedure for disposing of illegal guns
and ammunition seized and confiscated by law-enforcement agencies.
Safety inspections – City buildings
Council approved a series of recommendations to ensure that City buildings are in
compliance with fire code regulations and to ensure that inspections are carried
out by qualified, reputable contractors. The action follows an investigation by
the City's Auditor General.
Construction of affordable housing
Council approved City funding and financial incentives for 893 affordable rental
homes across the city to support the provision of affordable housing through
the Open Door Program. An additional 422 mid-range rental homes were approved
through the provincial Development Charges Rebate Program. Council also agreed
to review the definition of "affordability" under the Official Plan.
Council adopted a motion calling for the City to consult with the development
industry on eliminating its practice of occupying the public right-of-way for
construction purposes. In addition, staff were asked to report on possibly requiring
developers to provide construction plans with their rezoning applications to
demonstrate they can build what they are proposing without negatively affecting
the community. Use of traffic lanes to stage construction causes traffic bottlenecks
and can create unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
Disturbing images in public places
Council agreed to ask staff to review and enforce current City bylaws designed to
protect members of the public from harm, including provisions for keeping streets
and sidewalks unobstructed. The motion that Council adopted came in response to
public complaints about a group displaying large posters with "extremely graphic,
disturbing" images that children and other captive audiences are confronted with
when using the sidewalks where the posters are displayed.
Dust from residential construction
Council supported establishing a bylaw aimed at minimizing dust from
the construction of residential properties, with fines for non-compliance.
The bylaw identifies various procedures and technologies that can be used to
minimize dust. Residential properties for the purpose of this bylaw do not include
Midtown in Focus
Council adopted the final Midtown in Focus report as a comprehensive new
planning framework for the Yonge-Eglinton area in Midtown Toronto, with related
amendments to the Official Plan and a new Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan.
Midtown in Focus provides policy direction for ensuring that the area develops
as a complete, diverse community. Council also endorsed a related plan for
parks/public realm and a strategy for community services/facilities.
Changes to development incentive program
Council approved a new city-wide Community Improvement Plan that implements
changes to the Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology incentive
program. The program, introduced in 2008, provides tax incentives to encourage
the renovation or construction of buildings in targeted employment sectors
and fosters brownfield remediation by way of development grants or property-tax
Appointment of chief financial officer
Council approved the appointment of Heather Taylor as the City's new Chief
Financial Officer (CFO). She will assume the role on September 4, joining the three
Deputy City Managers who work closely with the City Manager. The CFO is
responsible for setting the City's overall strategic and financial direction by
establishing objectives aligned with Council's priorities.
Phasing out plastic straws
Council supported calling for the establishment of a City policy restricting the use
of plastic straws in Toronto as part of a broader effort addressing single-use
products/packaging and blue-box contamination. The Solid Waste Management
Services division was asked to accelerate its planning for the reduced use of
single-use or "takeaway" packaging and products, and to undertake
public/stakeholder consultation this fall for a report in early 2019.
Organic waste processing
Council authorized staff to negotiate and enter into agreements necessary to
operate, maintain or make capital improvements to the Disco Road organics
processing facility so the City can continue using it to process source-separated
organics in the years ahead. Council also supported taking steps at the appropriate
time to assess potentially having City staff operate the facility rather than using
external, contracted services. Solid Waste Management Services expects to collect
about 170,600 tonnes of organic waste this year.
Promotion of community ice skating
Council agreed to direct staff, working with local councillors, to implement pilot
skate-exchange events before the coming outdoor skating season. Priority will be
given to holding such events in neighbourhood improvement areas. In addition,
Council asked Parks, Forestry and Recreation to formalize a skate-lending program
based on a program piloted last winter, with community groups across the city to
provide skate-lending this winter using equipment provided by the City.
Honouring Pam McConnell
Council approved naming the City's aquatic centre in Regent Park in honour of
the late Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, making it the Pam McConnell Aquatic
Centre. July was the one-year anniversary of the passing of Deputy Mayor
McConnell. As a downtown councillor, she championed the revitalization of Regent
Park and led the process to build community supports, including construction of
the aquatic facility.
Honouring Dudley Laws
Council supporting consulting with the family of Dudley Laws and the Black Action
Defense Committee to identify naming opportunities to officially recognize the late
Dudley Laws for his important contributions to Toronto. Laws, a community
activist and champion for social justice, founded the Black Action Defense
Committee and was a central figure in changing the way Ontario investigates its
police services. He died in 2011 at age 76.
Gender equity strategy
Council adopted a motion calling for the City to work on a gender equity strategy
and on establishing a gender equity office at the City. Staff have been directed to
report to the Executive Committee on specifics in early 2019. The overall goal is
to ensure that the voices and experiences of women and girls are recognized in
the City's decision-making.
Toronto's long-term care homes
Council voted to ask the Long-Term Care Homes and Services division to provide
better supports for seniors living with dementia in the City's 10 long-term care
homes by implementing measures inspired by care-based programs such as
the Butterfly and Greenhouse Project models. Those models are emotion-centred
service models of care for residents with dementia. The undertaking is to start
with a pilot project at one site.
Toronto 311 review
A motion calling for a review of response-time standards for Toronto 311 intake
calls and emails from the public was adopted. The motion that Council supported
specifies a series of actions to support improving service. Toronto 311 was
established to help residents, businesses and visitors report issues and initiate
necessary municipal work any time by phoning 311 or emailing email@example.com.
Appeals by dog owners
Council decided to replace the City's current tribunal that hears appeals from dog
owners who have received a Dangerous Dog Order from the City. The current
tribunal of five City staff will be replaced early next year with a Dangerous Dog
Review Tribunal that consists of public members appointed by Council.
Preserving Kensington Market
Council voted to enact a bylaw for the Kensington Market Neighbourhood Heritage
Conservation District Study Area for one year to prohibit the demolition or removal
of any buildings or structures on identified commercial and mixed-use properties.
Staff are working on a "made-in-Kensington" approach to a heritage conservation
district plan for the neighbourhood, which is expected to take about a year to
Future of City's Lancaster airplane
Council approved the transfer of the City's FM104 Lancaster bomber to the British
Columbia Aviation Museum for the vintage military airplane's continued restoration
and public display there. The museum is to cover costs. The British-designed Avro
Lancaster, one of the most famous bombers of the Second World War, has been in
storage for many years.
Preserving heritage oak tree
Council took steps to preserve a 250-year-old oak tree on private property in
North York, authorizing staff to negotiate the acquisition of the property
at 76 Coral Gable Dr. in North York, subject to a successful arboricultural
assessment of the tree. At least 50 per cent of the cost will be funded from
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|2018 Toronto Book Awards Short List Announced
|August 9, 2018
2018 Toronto Book Awards short list announced
The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have named the five 2018 Toronto
Book Awards shortlisted titles. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974,
the awards honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto.
Short list for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards:
• Dionne Brand curated "The Unpublished City" published by BookThug
• David Chariandy's "Brother" published by McClelland & Stewart
• Carrianne Leung's "That Time I Loved You" published by Harper Collins
• Lee Maracle's "My Conversations with Canadians" published by BookThug
• Kerri Sakamoto's "Floating City" published by Knopf Canada
"Every year, The Toronto Book Awards highlights the diversity of prose
and creative vision of our city’s writers," said Mayor John Tory. "This year's short
list adds to Toronto’s deep and rich literary legacy and I congratulate all
"This year, the Toronto Book Awards short-list has amazed me! Not only are these
some of Toronto’s most engaging and relevant writers, they all come at their
topics from such different points of view," said Vickery Bowles, City Librarian.
"Not surprisingly, all of these writers have done events at the library in the last
several months and this, too, is a sign that the public wants to hear and engage
with these voices. What a great list for our city’s favorite literary awards."
The winner of the 2018 award will be announced on October 10 at an event
at the Toronto Reference Library. Members of the public are welcome to attend
the awards ceremony hosted by CBC Radio's Gill Deacon at the Bram and Bluma
Appel Salon starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and will be available
at http://www.tpl.ca/appelsalon/ in September.
Shortlisted authors are scheduled to read from their books at The Word On
the Street book and magazine festival at Harbourfront Centre from noon
to 5 p.m. on September 23. They will also participate in a reading and panel
discussion at Malvern Library on October 3 at 7 p.m.
This is the 44th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer
$15,000 in prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000,
with $10,000 going to the winner. This year's Toronto Book Awards Committee is
composed of volunteer members Nathan Adler, Susan G. Cole, Kevin Hardcastle,
Soraya Peerbaye and Itah Sadu.
More information about the awards is available
and on Twitter at @TOBookAwards and #tobookawards. The Toronto Star is
the Toronto Book Awards' media sponsor.
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system.
Every year, more than 19 million people visit library branches in neighbourhoods
across the city and borrow more than 33 million items. To learn more about
Toronto Public Library, visit the website
at http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.
For all the latest buzz about the library, follow @torontolibrary on Twitter.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2Mg5YNt
Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications,
Gregory McCormick, Toronto Public Library,
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