What’s Happening at Toronto City Hall?

Mayor Rob Ford appoints Norm Kelly as Toronto’s Deputy Mayor

  • Today, August 20, Mayor Rob Ford announces the appointment of Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt) as the new Deputy Mayor for Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    • Councillor Kelly replaces Doug Holyday who was recently elected to serve at the provincial level of government.
  • The Deputy Mayor’s duties and roles include:
    • assisting the Mayor,
    • Vice Chair of Executive Committee, and
    • acting as Mayor when the Mayor is absent from the City or absent because of illness, or when the office of the Mayor is vacant.
      • The Deputy Mayor has, and may exercise, all the rights, power and authority of the Mayor, except the by-right-of-office powers of the Mayor as a member of a community council.
Above, the new Nathan Phillips Square after its makeover is completed. Plant Architect Inc. (Toronto), Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners (Toronto), Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc. (Chicago), and Adrian Blackwell (Toronto) are the winning team in the international design competition to revitalize the City's Nathan Phillips Square.

Above, the new Nathan Phillips Square after its makeover is completed. Plant Architect Inc. (Toronto), Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners (Toronto), Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture Inc. (Chicago), and Adrian Blackwell (Toronto) are the winning team in the international design competition to revitalize the City’s Nathan Phillips Square.

Third Phase of Nathan Phillips Square’s Revitalization Starts August 26

  • Construction for Phase 3 of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization project will begin on Monday, August 26, with the installation of the construction hoarding at the southwest end of the square along Queen Street West.
    • This phase of the construction will be completed in two stages.
  • Phase 3 construction will include:

    • revitalizing the Queen Street West forecourt with an improved pedestrian environment that includes beautified hard and soft landscaping,
    • completing the relocated Peace Garden,
    • moving the Sir Winston Churchill statue to the northwest quadrant of the square,
    • refurbishing the Toronto Parking Authority’s elevator building and animal-theme stairs that lead to the parking garage, and
    • landscaping the southwest quadrant of the square.
  • A pedestrian plan will be implemented to maintain pedestrian flow into and out of the square.
    • Pedestrians should be mindful of directional signs.

Public Consultation on TTC Wheel-Trans Contracted Taxi Service: August 29, 2013

  • Meeting details are as follows.
    • Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    • ASL, captioning, and attendants will be available.
  • Specific topics are:
    • overview of Wheel-Trans Service Levels, standards and adjustments; and
    • overview of the expected procurement timeline for Contracted Taxi service.
  • TTC Staff will be on hand to hear from the public and potential vendors about the upcoming Wheel-Trans Contracted Taxi Service Contract.
  • Here are the directions to the public consultation.
    • Take the TTC to North York Centre Station
    • Public parking is available at a fee.
  • Can’t attend?
    • If you can’t attend but would like to contribute suggestions or comments about the upcoming request for proposal please email projectprocurement@ttc.ca no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday August 30, 2013.
    • Any suggestions or comments received after Friday August 30, 2013 will not be reviewed.

Next Three Chief Planner Roundtable Events: September 30, October 28 and November 25, 2013

This is an update to the previous blog: You’re Invited: Toronto’s Chief Planner Roundtable Series on City Building Themes Feb.26, Mar.5 & Apr. 2, 2013.

  • The Chief Planner Roundtable is a public forum that facilitates discussion on key city-building issues.
    • The first series of roundtable discussions took place this spring, and covered three topics:
      1. Our Urban Fabric
      2. Resilient City
      3. Next Generation Suburbs.

The Chief Planner Roundtable summary is available at Planners in Public Spaces events or at local City Planning offices.

  • Residents can learn more about the Chief Planner Roundtables by visiting Planners in Public Spaces pop-up booths at events and locations across the city over the next month.

The next three Chief Planner Roundtable events will take place this fall on September 30, October 28 and November 25.

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  • You can sign up for City Planning email updates to stay informed about planning issues and upcoming events: http://www.toronto.ca/e-updates .

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

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