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City Council, the Municipal Election and Ward Boundary Changes – August 2, 2018 Update

August 19, 2018 Update: The map of the new 25 wards is now available online. Click here to see the map.

August 18, 2018 Update: Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, was passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. City Council has been reduced to 25 wards. To read a list of names for the 25 wards, click here.

There is a special City Council Meeting scheduled to take place on Monday, August 20th, 2018. The agenda for the meeting is available online. Click here to see the agenda and click here to read the background documents.

August 2nd, 2018 Update:

A number of news articles have been and continue to be written about the imposed changes to the City of Toronto’s City Council ward boundaries for the municipal election, scheduled to take place on October 22, 2018.

The new boundaries will mean that the SERRA area will be split in two (Ward 12  – St. Paul’s & Ward 15 – Don Valley West ), however we have every intention of keeping our residents’ association boundaries as they are today and have been for more than 50 years. Our commitment is to continue representing Davisville Village and South Eglinton residents. To see a map of each area, click on these links: St. Paul’s or Don Valley West.

What we know about the changes:

According to the news release, Ontario’s Government for the People Announces Reforms to Deliver Better Local Government here is what we know about the changes:
• The City of Toronto’s municipal wards will be aligned with the provincial and federal (25) electoral districts.
• The number of councillors will be reduced to 25 from 47. (Until recently, there were 44 councillors.)
• The school board trustees for Toronto will be aligned with the new ward boundaries, but the number of trustees will not change.
• September 14, 2018 is the new nomination extended deadline for some council candidates and school board trustees.
• Previously nominated candidates will be assisted through the process to transition to the new riding ward boundaries.
• The municipal election date of October 22, 2018 has not been changed.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has prepared a Q&A outlining how they will be handling the changes. Click here to read more.

Some candidates have already started campaigning! 

The confusion remains with respect to which candidates will run for each of the 25 new wards. The provincial government’s announcement to align the wards to the existing provincial and federal ridings has created uncertainty for the candidates who had already started campaigning and knocking on doors before the announced ward boundary changes.

As a residents’ association representing the large SERRA catchment area, our concern is that the reduced number of councillors will lead to extreme under-representation. The development and population increase in our area alone will make it next to impossible for adequate representation in the SERRA neighbourhood, and especially in the Yonge-Eglinton and Davisville areas.

The population in our new ward would be larger than Kingston, Ontario!

We expect the population to increase by more than ten thousand in the SERRA area alone by the year 2025, and question how one councillor can effectively support such a large constituency in a regular work week. Our new ward would be bigger in terms of population than Kingston or comparable to Sudbury, which each have 12 councillors! It certainly makes you question the rationale behind this Provincial legislation.

Residents may not receive the local councillor’s knowledge and attention to address the unique needs of the residents living in a growing city with 2.8 million people, while other Ontario residents will.

Tell is what you think about the proposed changes.

 Click here to take a short survey.

Communications from city councillors:

City Council will be holding a special meeting on August 20, 2018 to determine next steps and whether any legal actions can be taken.  (Update: August 18, 2018 The agenda is now available online. Click here to visit the City of Toronto Website for details. Click here to read the background documents for the special meeting. )

In the meantime, policies prohibit city councillors from sending out any mass communications, however they may continue to post information on their websites. Councillor Josh Matlow’s website is here: https://joshmatlow.ca/

For a list of city councillors and their contact information please click here.

Some Toronto residents are already taking action!

Many Toronto residents are signing petitions and/or contacting the Premier directly.

Here are a few of the links:
Stop Ford: https://www.progresstoronto.ca/stopford

or https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/hands-off-toronto

Contact the Premier by phone or email:
416-325-1941 or TTY/Teletypewriter (for the hearing impaired): 1-800-387-5559

https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/default.aspx
doug.ford@pc.ola.org
premier@ontario.ca

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Tory forges plan to fight Ford’s council cutbacks

Opinion Article: Why Toronto should go to court over Ford’s proposal to truncate democracy

Former mayor David Miller on Doug Ford’s follies

 

City of Toronto elections update:  

To read updates about the election and to see the maps of the 47 wards, please click here to visit the City of Toronto website.

Community Consultation – 537 Eglinton Avenue East

This application proposes to amend City of Toronto Zoning By-law to permit a 23-storey (72.6 metre) high residential building with a 7-storey base building that measures 23.1 metres in height. The proposal contains a total of 128 dwelling units and a total gross floor area of 9,073 square metres, resulting in a density of 16.58 times the lot area. A total of 37 vehicular parking spaces are proposed in two levels of underground parking. City … Read more

The Midtown Working Group asks local residents to support the new vision for Canada Square development.

A new Midtown Town Centre vision for the Canada Square site at Yonge and Eglinton has been developed by the Midtown Working Group and endorsed by Midtown Councillors Josh Matlow, Mike Colle and Jaye Robinson. This vision is a once-in-a-century legacy city-building opportunity on City-owned land, for what will soon be the second most significant transit hub – right in the middle of Toronto. The Town Centre will provide sorely needed education, childcare, affordable housing, … Read more

How to make a submission to City Council and Committees – Instruction Guide

We have had many questions related to how to make a submission to the scheduled meetings for Canada Square. Council and committee meetings are scheduled with a system called TMMIS that can be found on the City’s website or just type ‘TMMIS’ into Google search. So we have prepared a quick tutorial. Read the instruction Guide here  

The Future of Yonge and Eglinton’s Canada Square: Supporting Midtown Existing and Future Residents’ Quality of Life

City Planning has completed its Special Study Area Report with Guiding Principles following working group meetings with residents’ groups supported by an inter-Divisional staff team.   You can find a copy of the planning department’s report at this link: Get Report For Action   Next Steps The Zoning By-law Amendment application for the Canada Square site was submitted to the City on December 21, 2020. The community consultation process with the broader community was put … Read more