City Council Preview: July 2016

Crossposted from Torontoist.

This is the last City Council meeting before its two-month summer break, and boy, is it a doozy. On the agenda: yet another Scarborough subway/light rail showdown, supervised injection sites, the Road Safety Plan, street hockey, the latest craft brewery, and more.

The Big Ticket

For a thorough overview of the situation, see Steve Munro's latest story.

Housing and Real Estate

Park Life

Ethics and Accountability

  • It sure looks like Mark Grimes (Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) is a bit too buddy-buddy with developers. In one case, he agreed with a developer to reduce their Section 37 payment; in another, he appeared in a developer's promotional video for a new condo. But he said sorry, so, according to the Integrity Commissioner, it's all cool. Read the full report [PDF] and decide for yourself.
  • At the last Planning and Growth Management Committee meeting, John Campbell (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre), as a favour to local councillor Jon Burnside (Ward 26, Don Valley West), moved to approve an electronic billboard in a Leaside arena parking lot. The billboard application was nixed by staff because it would be too big and too close to residential areas. Local activist Dave Meslin alleges that the billboard company and its lobbyists won over residents, the arena board, and Jon Burnside by promising hefty donations to the arena. Which, according to City policy, is no bueno. Will Council let it slide?
  • We're getting a new Lobbyist Registrar and Ombudsman—but we won't find out who until Council votes to appoint them.

A Part of Our Heritage

The proposed Heritage Conservation District.

The proposed Heritage Conservation District.

The Circle of Life

  • The Province is planning on banning childcare waitlist fees, and the City is all for it.
  • Will Council lift Toronto's long-standing street hockey ban? On board: Ontario's Child and Youth Services Minister Michael Couteau and councillors Josh Matlow and Christin Carmichael Greb (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence).
  • Toronto might be running out of cemetery space. Justin Di Ciano has proposed raising the dead carrying out a needs analysis.


Councillor Holland: stahp. The Scarborough councillor's (Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest) fascination with the latest technology includes:



  • In a scenario that sounds straight out of a trashy urban fantasy novel, the Greek gods are being held hostage in one of Toronto's hottest—and most controversial—nightclubs. Luckily, a bad-ass chick with tattoos and, like, a sword or something Council's Executive Committee comes to the rescue.
  • The latest craft brewery opening a tap room: Scarborough's Craft Brewers Coalition.


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