Council Update: July 2017

TransformTO climate action plan  

After a month's delay I am thrilled to share that City Council unanimously approved the TransformTO action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto by 80 per cent by the year 2050. TransformTO identifies strategies and goals to transform Toronto's buildings and energy, transportation and waste systems by 2050. I was honoured to be a member of the committee that brought forward these recommendations, and look forward to implementing these actions across the City. Now, we need to get the necessary funding to implement this recommendations into the 2018 budget!

Implementation of Tenants First strategy     

Council approved the integration of City programs and services for seniors at more than 80 seniors-designated buildings in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) portfolio, as recommended in the Tenants First report. The seniors-designated buildings will be managed by a new entity separate from TCHC. In addition to this important work, I was happy a motion passed directing TCHC not to permanently close any additional housing units in 2018 or 2019.

King Street pilot project  

Council authorized the King Street transit pilot project between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets starting this fall. This pilot project is primarily about improving the speed and reliability of public transit on King Street, Toronto's busiest route for surface transit. A motion that Council adopted will give taxis greater freedom of movement than general traffic on King Street from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am to coincide with the theatre, restaurants, and bar closings.

The passing of my friend, Pam McConnell

Council ended abruptly with the tragic news that our college, Pam McConnell had passed away. Pam has been an influential player at City Hall for over 20 years. She has dedicated her life to social justice issues, leading the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy this term on Council. On a personal note, when I was a new Councillor, Pam was always willing to help, sharing her wisdom and advice. She was a great friend, and will be truly missed.