Waste collection east of Yonge Street
Council considered the matter of curbside waste collection service east of Yonge Street. I am happy to share that Council voted to refer the matter to staff for further study and a later report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. The current curbside collection system is split between contracted collection west of Yonge Street and in-house collection by City workers east of Yonge Street.
Resources for review of development applications
Council asked staff to prepare a report on the City's development approval process, including improvements for identifying buildings of heritage significance that may be under threat of demolition. The City is increasing staff resources to handle increased development applications. Applications in City Planning have increased by 27 per cent over the past three years, with a total of 4,790 applications submitted in 2016.
Sponsorship of Syrian refugees
Council supported asking the federal government to ensure that Syrian refugee families, as well as families from other countries, are processed and travel arrangements made so sponsorship groups ready to host families can welcome them to Canada within three months. Council is also asking the government to reconsider its current cap on the maximum number of privately-sponsored refugees and to review Canada's refugee resettlement plan for 2017.
Appointment of Medical Officer of Health
As the vice-chair of the Board of Health, I am happy to share that Council approved the appointment of Dr. Eileen de Villa as Toronto’s new Medical Officer of Health. The new Medical Officer of Health is scheduled to start work at the City on March 27.