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Meet the 25 new City Council wards – August 19, 2018 Update

We wanted to thank the many residents who responded to our survey about reducing the size of City Council to 25 members, and in particular, for offering the many comments to explain your position.

A large majority of respondents objected to the reduction in the number of Council members, mostly because they felt that the new size of the wards would significantly impact the level of representation needed in the city. They also felt that Premier Ford’s claim of “for the people” rang hollow since he had not consulted with Toronto residents beforehand and respondents suspected Ford had singled out the City of Toronto for council reduction as a personal vendetta.

The comments in favour of a smaller council were almost exclusively related to the sense that City Council tended to be slow in making important and necessary decisions and councillors engaged too much in self-promotion during debates. SERRA’s position continues to be that a reduction in council members will seriously affect our level of representation, which in an area like ours with all its development stress will be a significant loss.

Early this week a critical debate at City Council will help determine whether the City will attempt to oppose the council reduction in the courts, but we do expect that prospective councillor candidates cannot afford to await the outcome of such a challenge and instead will start to declare their interest in running as if for a “25-member” council.

We will continue to send out further communications as this election unfolds.
Again, thank you for your responses and interest.
Andy Gort,

President, SERRA

Progress Toronto update and (email) Petition 
On Monday August 20, Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council are voting on whether or not to take Premier Ford to court to stop his reckless interference in Toronto’s 2018 election. Use the email petition to tell Mayor Tory to vote in favour of a legal challenge on Monday. https://www.progresstoronto.ca/citylegalchallenge

Results of our survey
We asked you to share your thoughts on reducing the number of city councillors from 47 to 25. Below are the results of the survey:

  • 76 percent of respondents disagree with the changes to city council.
  • 15 percent agree with the reduced numbers.
  • 4 percent wanted more information.
  • 5 percent wanted to see some reductions to council, but felt the 25 was too much of a reduction.

 

Province of Ontario Bill 5 has received Royal Assent

The Province of Ontario’s Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018 has received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018, resulting in the reduction of the number of Toronto City wards from 47 to 25. The Toronto City Council boundaries have now been aligned with federal and provincial electoral ridings. These changes will be in effect for the October 22, 2018 municipal election. Click here to read the news release.

The new City Council wards for Toronto now online

The new wards for the city of Toronto are now available online.
Click on the links below to see the maps:
Toronto City Council Wards (25 Wards)
Ward 12 – St. Paul’s 
Ward 15 – Don Valley West 
TDSB School Wards 

Special Meeting  – Toronto City Council 
(*** Updated: August 21, 2018 – To see the video archives of the special Toronto City Council Meeting which took place on Monday August 20, 2018, please click on this link:   http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/video.do?id=14828 )

The agenda items for the special city council meeting for Monday, August 20, 2018 are now available on the City of Toronto website. Click here to see the agenda.

City Council will be asking legal counsel to provide information about the legal options to challenge Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018. Click here to read the background information.

City of Toronto’s 44 Wards and 25 Ridings

The  map below shows the 25 fed/provincial ridings overlayed with the recent City of Toronto 44 ward structure. This map was created by Beth Wilson.

Impact on the SERRA Area

SERRA will be split between St. Paul’s (west of Mt. Pleasant Rd.) & Don Valley West (east of Mt. Pleasant Rd), however, as we mentioned in our previous communication we are keeping our residents’ association boundaries as they are today. We will continue to represent Davisville Village and South Eglinton residents as we have been for more than 50 years.

 

New TDSB Ward Boundaries
The official Toronto District School Board (TDSB) ward boundaries are now available on the City of Toronto elections page. Click here to see the TDSB ward map.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) considered several ward boundary options and selected option 1.1, outlined on page 5 of this TDSB report. For up to date information and news releases please visit the TDSB website.

The SERRA neighbourhoods will have two TDSB wards, one for the schools on the west side of Mt. Pleasant Rd., and another for schools on the east side of Mt. Pleasant Rd. Ward 8 is a newly created ward  and combines part of St. Paul’s (west of Mt.Peasant Rd.) and Eglinton Lawrence. Ward 11 includes schools in part of St. Paul’s (east of Mt.Peasant Rd.) and Don Valley West. Below is a closer look at the ward boundaries (Wards 8 & 11). The full map can be found on page 5 (option 1.1) of this TDSB report.

 

TDSB Ward 8 – Local TDSB schools in the SERRA neighbourhood include: Eglinton Junior Public School, Davisville Junior Public School, and Spectrum Alternative Senior Public School.

TDSB Ward 11 – Local TDSB schools in the SERRA neighbourhood include: Maurice Cody Junior Public School and Hodgson Middle School.

Special Note: 

The population per ward (current 44 and new 47) vs. the population per the 25 ridings (federal and provincial) are outlined in this chart. 

 

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