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Report on Core Service Review Issued

We now have the City Manager’s “Final Report to the Executive Committee” on the Core Service Review. Read the entire report here.   The report contains measures for City Council to approve now for the 2012 budget and items referred to the City Manager for further review or action. One big concern is that the […]

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5-year Parks Plan in Progress

At its July meeting, City Council approved a consultation plan for preparation of a five-year Parks Plan.  The plan will guide decision-making on Toronto parkland.  Public input will be sought this fall, with the expectation of a final report in early 2012.

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New Sidewalk at Lumsden / Eastdale Corner

Toronto will soon be constructing a new sidewalk on the northeast side of the corner of Lumsden Avenue and Eastdale Avenue in order to improve safety for pedestrians in the area. The new sidewalk will connect existing sidewalks, and is part of the 2011 Capital Works Program. “I am always in favor of making our […]

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The Passing of A Great Canadian Leader

Jack Layton was a leader ahead of his time. Beginning with his years as a Toronto councillor, he courageously took up the causes of the most marginalized among us, championing housing the homeless and mitigating the scourge of HIV / AIDS. Jack worked to protect the environment long before it became a popular cause. Because […]

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Mandatory Downspout Disconnect Takes Effect in November

If your downspouts have not been disconnected, rainwater runs off your roof and flows through your eavestroughs into a downspout that carries it directly into the sewer system. During heavy rainfall, the sewers become overloaded, increasing the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.

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City Hall Update, June 2011

The Mayor of Toronto directed City staff to undertake a “Core Service Review” to identify options for reducing, eliminating or contracting out city services. Other reviews are also underway to look at user fees and “service efficiency studies”. The KPMG Core Service review is now complete.

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Toronto Community Housing – Sale of Houses

Council authorized the sale by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) of 22 of its houses on the open market. I made several motions to assist current residents, and to repairs existing homes from the revenue of those sales…

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New board for TCHC

Council has appointed a new board of directors for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation – where all the appointments to the board come from the right-wing of Council and exclude any Toronto and East York representation.

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Paid-duty Policing

Council adopted recommendations made by the Auditor General with the intention of reducing the City’s annual expenditures on paid-duty policing for works projects and special events.

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