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Council is back from lunch. They just voted to have staff report back on a process for naming the new wards in the new term…. The clerk had decided to just go with numbers for the election (many of which have changed). More here:…
Council also approved a motion from Campbell to ask the integrity commissioner to investigate how the CBC and I got our hands on a secret report to council:…. The story in…
Nunziata: "Councillor Mammoliti, are you sure you should be here this afternoon?"
Council is now on the item about the very old oak tree in Mammoliti's ward. Here is @Samantha_KB with the latest…. Staff have prepared a private report on the feasibility/costs of buying the property…
Mammoliti moves to look at purchasing the oak tree property with parkland reserve funds if 50% raised through private donations. "Either you're a treehugger on council or you're not." Mammoliti is mad at Doucette for reasons that are unclear to me
"This is a stunning tree which should be protected," Doucette says. Mammoliti was trying to say Doucette didn't want to save the tree, but she obviously wants to save the tree.
De Baeremaeker has a different motion that might be buying the land a different way but it's hard to tell because the report is still secret (but wouldn't be if this is approved)
Mammoliti's motion on potential purchase of oak tree property passes 27-9. De Baeremaeker's motion is not ruled redundant and also passes, so it is related to a potential purchase, perhaps (but still hard to tell). That's it for the tree (for now)
At 4 p.m. on the second day of council, Nunziata is asking for a quorum call to ensure they have enough members to go on
And 30 of 45 people are there, so the meeting carries on.
Council is now on the item about extreme heat in apartment buildings. Staff are recommending they report back next year on potential strategies, including that landlords be required to provide air conditioning units…
The city's by-law currently doesn't have a maximum temperature (there is a minimum temperature for apartments). That was discussed, but isn't being recommended going forward…
Council unanimously approved feasibility study from municipal licensing and standards staff, to return in the fourth quarter of 2019. I've added that to my report tracker (which I'm in the process of updating):…
After council vote, @JohnTory @JoshMatlow @joemihevc urging landlords to use common sense with unseasonably high temperatures. By-law dictating minimum temp of 21C until June 1, often creates problems at this time of year with landlords not switching over to A/C, leaving heat on
Council will be back from dinner break momentarily. There are 30 items left on the agenda, which, but council standards, is pretty excellent for Day 2. It is also indicative of the slowdown of policy coming through the council chamber ahead of an election (which is 152 days away)
Holyday just moved that the city's $260,000 in funding for Pride Toronto be "conditional upon the matter of Toronto Police participation in the Pride parade being settled to the satisfaction" of the general manager of economic development
Thompson, who is chair of economic development, asks council to vote against Holyday's Pride motion. Doesn't give it much time in his speech
Wong-Tam speaking now on plans for Pride already underway and how "holding this organization hostage" would be "unfair" and "punitive." "I can't imagine why anyone would want to take a run at this community in this year," she says before sitting.
Holyday is standing now to withdraw his motion. Says he's still upset the issue with Pride and police hasn't been resolved.
Everyone agrees to let Holyday, who was recently tapped to be the official deputy mayor by Tory, withdraw his motion to hold up funding for Pride over police issue.
Council now discussing TOcore plan that sets out policies to build downtown core as a livable place. Deputy Mayor Holyday says he fears the core will one day only be accessible by transit. Will oppose plan over aspects that include narrowing roadways, other impacts for drivers
Perks stands, last to speak, to say all great cities have cores that are not designed to just be driven through, but as places that are built to support a good quality of life/work. Now they vote on this very big-deal plan
Council approves new master plan for downtown core, TOcore, a four-year process driven by now chief planner @GreggLintern and city planning team. Plan sets core up to accommodate the incredible amount of growth still anticipated in livable communities. Holyday and Ford against.
Thompson tries and fails to add a motion about proposed increases to Toronto Catholic District School Board development charges
And council is done for the day. They'll be back tomorrow morning with 21 items.
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