Other decisions reached at Council last week included:
Approval of funding to proceed into the second phase of the Federal Rapid Housing Initiative to create more permanent, stable housing for individuals currently living on the street or at risk of losing their home. The City has submitted 19 additional projects for inclusion in the program, representing up to 1000 new units, including setting aside 20% of funding to support the creation of affordable rental housing by Indigenous organizations.
Adopting John's motion calling on staff to develop a plan to expand areas eligible for Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras. ASE cameras have given out thousands of speeding tickets and encouraged drivers to slow down in School Zones. As the program expands, John wants to also include Senior Safety Zones in the program, which would help protect vulnerable pedestrians and allow cameras on parts of Yonge Street, Doris Avenue and Beecroft Road.
Calling on City staff to look at automated enforcement technology to address loud vehicle noise in the bylaw review coming in early 2022. Noise from racing cars and motorcycles is a growing complaint in our community and many others. This was the third member’s motion calling for such a review in the past 12 months, including the one initiated by John in December 2020.
Directing City staff to include an additional 31 locations in the School Crossing Guard Program for the 2021-2022 school year, including Burnwell St and Avondale Ave near Avondale Public School. The City took over responsibility for this program in 2019 to more easily expand locations as needed.
Authorizing a mail-in voting program for the City's municipal and school board elections and by-elections for the 2022 cycle. This will make it easier for Toronto voters to participate in local elections addressing people who may be travelling, addressing physical limitations or reducing concerns related to public health.
Appointing John to the Board of Health for the balance of this term of Council. to fill a recent vacancy. John previously served 13 years as Chair of the Board of Heath, ushering in the City’s smoking ban in bars and restaurants and initiating the DineSafe program to provide easy public access to restaurants' health inspection records.