Thursday, June 13, 2019

Transcribing City Council Discussions for greater Accessibility and Transparency

City Hall Hansard: Transcribing City Council Discussions for greater Accessibility and Transparency - by Councillor Brad Bradford, seconded by Councillor Paul Ainslie
City Council Decision
City Council on April 16 and 17, 2019, adopted the following:

1. City Council request the City Clerk to report to the Special Committee on Governance, for consideration as part of the Committee's work plan, on the feasibility of implementing accurate time effective transcription of meetings of City Council and the various committees, boards, agencies and special committees and such report to include:
 
a. a review of the transcription services used in other jurisdictions, including the Provincial and Federal Governments;
 
b. the cost of implementing such transcription services;
 
c. a scan of technologies that could perform accurate time effective transcription services; and
 
d. an analysis of the equity impact of transcription services.
Background Information (City Council)
Member Motion MM6.15 
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/mm/bgrd/backgroundfile-131844.pdf)
Motions (City Council)
Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)
Speaker Frances Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM6.15 be referred to the Special Committee on Governance. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

Vote (Waive Referral)
Apr-17-2019 2:14 PM
Result: CarriedTwo-Thirds Required - MM6.15 - Waive referral
Yes: 21Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailão, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 3Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Denzil Minnan-Wong 
Absent: 2Michael Ford, John Tory 

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item)
Apr-17-2019 4:18 PM
Result: CarriedMajority Required - MM6.15 - Adopt the item
Yes: 12Ana Bailão, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 8Mike Colle, John Filion, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson 
Absent: 6Paul Ainslie, Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Michael Thompson 

Point of Privilege by Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Carroll, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that she did not appreciate being admonished by the Speaker for laughing and that the Member who made the joke should be admonished.

St. Lawrence Market North Building, to cost $91,800,000



City Council award a contract for Tender Call Number 319-2018 for the construction of the new St. Lawrence Market North Building to The Buttcon Limited/The Atlas Corporation in the amount of $91,800,000 net of all taxes ($93,415,680 net of Harmonized Sales Tax recoveries), including all allowances, contingencies, and charges, being the lowest compliant bid in conformance with the Tender requirements.

5.  City Council amend Purchase Order Number 6034062 issued to Adamson Associates Architects by an additional amount of $560,142 net of all taxes and charges ($570,000 net of Harmonized Sales Tax recoveries), revising the current Purchase Order value from $5,260,000 to $5,820,142 net of all taxes and charges ($5,922,576 net of Harmonized Sales Tax recoveries), for ongoing contract administration services and expertise for the duration of the construction project.
Background Information (Committee)
(April 5, 2019) Report from the Interim General Manager, Facilities Management, and the Chief Purchasing Officer on Redevelopment of St. Lawrence Market North - Construction Contract Award and Amendment to Project Capital Budget 
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/gl/bgrd/backgroundfile-131730.pdf)
Communications (Committee)
(April 19, 2019) Letter from Richard J. Anobile, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (GL.New.GL4.07.01) 
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/gl/comm/communicationfile-93745.pdf)

(April 18, 2019) Letter from George Milbrandt, St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood Business Improvement Area (GL.New.GL4.07.02) 
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/gl/comm/communicationfile-93765.pdf)

(April 18, 2019) Letter from Daniel H. Eldridge, St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee (GL.New.GL4.07.03)
(April 22, 2019) Letter from Simon Miles (GL.New.GL4.07.04)
(April 22, 2019) Letter from Carol Mark (GL.New.GL4.07.05)
(April 22, 2019) E-mail from Odysseas Gounalakis, Scheffler's Delicatessen and Cheese and St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee (GL.New.GL4.07.06)
(April 22, 2019) E-mail from Robert Biancolin (GL.New.GL4.07.07)
(April 23, 2019) Letter from Suzanne Kavanagh, St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association (GL.New.GL4.07.08) 
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/gl/comm/communicationfile-93751.pdf)



Vote (Adopt Item)
May-14-2019 4:58 PM
Result: CarriedMajority Required - GL4.7 - Adopt the item
Yes: 21Ana Bailão, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam 
No: 2Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson 
Absent: 3Paul Ainslie, Mark Grimes, Jennifer McKelvie 

Robert’s Gallery, moving from Yonge St, to the Junction Triangle





Yonge St has been the location of one of Toronto’s preemptive Gallery’s for decades at 641 Yonge, The Roberts Gallery.

Their building has been sold of and they are moving to 631 Dupont Street., a cross from the 
Loblaws store, although they will be using a interim space at 300 Campbell Avenue, Suite 203. until their conversion of three buildings into the new gallery is completed.






Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Junction 8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival road clourse notice

We would like to kindly advise you of the full road closure on Dundas St. W. from 2:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 until 4:00 AM on Sunday, June 23, 2019 due to The Junction 8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival. The area affected is from the east side of High Park Avenue to the west side of Keele Street, and from the east side of Keele St. to the west side of Indian Grove. Keele St. will remain open to traffic.

 

As a result of this road closure, the entrances onto Dundas St. W. from Pacific Ave., Medland St., Mavety St., Keele St., Heintzman St., and Indian Grove will be blocked off between 5:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 and 2:00 AM on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Any vehicle parked within this public road closure during this time will be towed at the owner’s expense.

 

Event Purpose: The Junction 8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival is an event celebrating the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. It showcases neighbourhood businesses by inviting both local residents and visitors to explore The Junction. This beloved community event includes live music, an art market, food + craft vendors, street performers, and lots of fun for the whole family!  We hope you will join us!

 

Event Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

Suzuki Butterflyway project Toronto, happy people


Gardiner expressway under structure repair and make ready for new cast sections.


June is National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month

Enjoy a month-long series of events, educational, cultural, and culinary experiences during National Indigenous History Month. Celebrate the heritage, contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada all June long at Toronto History Museums
Hoop Dancer Rhonda Doxtator performs at the 2017 Indigenous Arts Festival.


Indigenous Arts Festival – June 21 to 23

Enjoy the annual Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site! Celebrate traditional and contemporary Indigenous theatre, storytelling, film, crafts, and culinary experiences. Featuring  performances by Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island, including Beatrice DeerQuantum TangleFawn Big CanoeJah'kota and more.

The festival is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with Mississaugas of the Credit First NationNa-Me-Res, the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, and The Friends of Fort York. The festival is presented by Tim Hortons with financial support from the Government of Canada.

Shawn Micallel Star Columnist Gets it right about the new MEC store.







The disappearance of surface parking lots in Toronto is a great thing. The scourge of the city for half a century after being devoured by the automobile and its auxiliary needs, Toronto has been luckier than most cities in North America in correcting these historic mistakes as most downtown lots have been filled back in with more city.


One of the most recent to disappear was at Queen W. and Soho Sts. Unfortunately it’s been filled in by a new mistake.


Indeed, MEC makes a big deal about their social and environmental responsibility and their commitment to “green buildings” and “lightening their impact.” Yet there are few bigger impacts than abandoning an already built, perfectly fine building that will soon be torn down, and constructing a new one a couple blocks away. Walmart does this, MEC shouldn’t, as land use planning and adaptive reuse of existing buildings are integral to sound environmentalism.


Full story here at this link,  

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/05/24/new-mec-store-in-downtown-toronto-is-an-environmental-architectural-and-heritage-shame.html 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Quicksand at Vine Ave and Keele st.

this 1912 report is not he last time quick sand was shown to be a problem at Vine Ave and Keele St. during construction of Henizmen Place the Keele St at Vine Ave, open up due to subsiding sand.



Transcribing City Council Discussions for greater Accessibility and Transparency

City Hall Hansard: Transcribing City Council Discussions for greater Accessibility and Transparency - by Councillor Brad Bradford, seconded...