Update (Sept. 2016):
The City continues to tinker with ward boundary recommendations to resolve the current imbalance in Toronto ward populations. Our Ward 23 now holds more than double the residents of others in the city.
Council’s Executive Committee rejected the recommendation of its third-party consultant in May asking for a new proposal consistent with the current 44-ward system, or aligning where possible, with federal and provincial boundaries.
Another public consultation event has been planned in our community forMonday, September 19 at the North York Civic Centre from 7 to 9 PM. Information on the previous recommendations along with new updates are available on the website www.drawthelines.ca. You can also send in your thoughts through an online survey on the site.
John has been circulating a petition to ensure that Council takes definitive action on one of these options before the end of the year to ensure that changes can be made ensure a more equal playing field in time for the 2018 municipal election. For more information on the process or this petition, please contact our office.
Update (Sept. 2015):
The first report from the Ward Boundary Review panel was released in August and proposes significant changes to our ward as part of an effort to more equitably balance population across the city by the next municipal election in 2018. The report included five options for consideration by stakeholders and the public. See the report here.
The panel is hosting another set of public consultation meetings at locations throughout the city where you can offer your thoughts and feedback. Unfortunately, none are taking place in Ward 23, but there are several in the North York area:
Wednesday, September 16, 7 – 9 PM
Fairbank Memorial Community Centre – Multi-Purpose Room
2213 Dufferin St. (Dufferin & Eglinton)
Thursday, September 17, 7 – 9 PM
Oakdale Community Centre – Room 1
350 Grandravine Dr. (Jane & Sheppard W)
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10 AM – 12 PM
Trinity Presbyterian Church
2737 Bayview Avenue (Bayview & 401)
Interested residents can also complete their survey online.
Once public consultations are completed, the panel will be preparing a single option as a proposal to Executive Committee and eventually, City Council. A final decision is expected in the spring of 2016.
Original Post (December 2014):
Did you know that with a population of over 88,000 at the time of the 2011 census that Ward 23 has a population more than 50% greater than the city’s average ward? Our ward is close to double the size of some and continues to grow.
To address issue of fair representation at Council, the City of Toronto has launched its review of ward boundaries. The Review will look at the number of people living in each ward, as well as other factors such as geographic communities of interest and neighbourhoods, major physical and natural boundaries and population trends, to re-draw the lines among Toronto’s wards. Changes would come into effect for the 2018 election.
For information about the review, visit the Review website.
You can have your say on the matter at a local public consultation meeting at Edithvale Community Centre on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 9 AM – 12 PM. You will also find a complete listing of meetings across the city here or, you can complete an online survey.
John would also welcome your thoughts on this process. Feel free to e-mail us.