You're Invited: Apply to Be a Member of the Disability Issues Committee at Its Special Event Feb. 21, 2012

You're Invited: Apply to Be a Member of the Disability Issues Committee at Its Special Event Feb. 21, 2012

The Disability Issues Committee advises Toronto City Council (Ontario, Canada) on the elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and will provide advice to City Council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

On Tuesday, 21 February 2012, the Disability Issues Committee will launch its new term in the following ways:

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Toronto Council Meeting Highlights: May 2011 Decisions for Torontonians

Toronto Council Meeting Highlights: May 2011 Decisions for Torontonians

Toronto City Council meetings on May 17, 18 and 19 provide the following Council Highlights which are informal summaries of some of the decisions made by Toronto City Council:

Toronto’s garbage and recycling collection

  • City will invite bids on contracts for:
    • daytime residential curbside collection west of Yonge Street to the Etobicoke border,
    • litter and recycling collection in City parks, and
    • litter vacuuming services
  • council as a whole will oversee the bid process;
  • ensure that the City’s waste diversion standards/targets are upheld;
  • concerning City staff who may be affected by the contracted services

Council advisory committees

  • to dissolve all except the following four of its advisory committees:
    • Aboriginal Affairs Committee;
    • Film, Television and Commercial Production Industry Committee (formerly the Toronto Film Board);
    • Disability Issues Committee; and
    • Community Partnership and Investment Program Appeals Committee
  • for further consideration and for a report back to Council in June;
  • City Councils establish advisory bodies and working committees to support decision-making;
  • they are dissolved at the end of each term, apart from those required by legislation

Support for Toronto’s cultural sector

  • recommendations presented in the “Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto” report received Council’s endorsement;
  • next step is the preparation of an implementation plan supporting cultural activity as a catalyst for economic growth

City-wide zoning bylaw

  • Council repealed the city-wide zoning bylaw that was put in place last year to replace the numerous and complex zoning regulations the City inherited from the municipalities that amalgamated in 1997;
  • wants the harmonized bylaw revised to address some content that has prompted complaints and appeals

Street food pilot project

  • to discontinue the Toronto A La Cart Street Food Pilot Project immediately;
  • established A La Cart vendors have the option of continuing to operate at their current locations;
  • a staff working group will be formed to review Toronto’s street food vending, with the objective of permitting licensed food vendors to offer a wider range of food items;

Ball hockey on Toronto streets

  • City Manager will prepare a report on a procedure for Torontonians to apply for an exemption from the current city bylaws that prohibit playing ball hockey and other ball sports on any city street;
  • this application procedure would apply to those who live on streets with posted speed limits of no more than 40 kilometres an hour

Wastewater treatment plants

  • decided against a recommendation to install new incinerators at the City’s Highland Creek plant;
  • for disposal of biosolids (sewage sludge) resulting from sewage treatment, Council favoured a “beneficial use” disposal strategy, which involves spreading biosolids on fields as fertilizer;
  • upgrading the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant to use an ultraviolet light (UV) system for the disinfection of secondary effluent streams of treated wastewater before it flows from the plant into Lake Ontario

Metropass program for new condominiums

  • rescinded a mandatory TTC Metropass program for new condominiums in designated growth areas of Toronto that took effect last year;
  • to provide information to developers about the TTC’s discount pass program;
  • where a Metropass has already been included in a unit’s purchase price, the City will ensure that buyers are refunded or receive their transit passes

Overnight and weekend street parking

  • to amend the Municipal Code to introduce 24-hour and 48-hour permits for temporary parking on residential streets;
  • fee will be $8 for a 24-hour parking permit and $12 for a 48-hour permit, subject to annual inflationary increases indicated by the Consumer Price Index;
  • program will give people online access to the temporary permits any time – “24/7”

Filming at fraternity houses

  • to lift a moratorium that prohibited filming at several addresses that were the subject of neighbourhood complaints;
  • renting out university fraternity houses downtown for filming is a source of revenue for the owners, helping them cover the costs of maintaining their properties, while access to the buildings supports Toronto’s film industry;
  • decided to allow arrangements for filming at fraternity houses as long as those involved abide by City bylaws and do not disrupt the surrounding community

Future use of Old City Hall

  • authorized future uses of Old City Hall at Queen and Bay streets when the current lease with the provincial courts expires at the end of 2016;
  • courtyard area is to be reserved for the Toronto Museum Project, with provision of a public space in the building for access to the courtyard area

Please click here for previous editions of Council Highlights.

For formal documentation of Council’s decisions, please click here.

Questions about Council business: email clerk@toronto.ca or phone 416-392-8016

Questions about this summary: email stratcom@toronto.ca

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