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Urge Toronto City Council to declare a climate emergency

The 2018 IPCC report estimates that we have only 12 years to prevent a climate catastrophe, and cities across the country are taking note. Let’s tell City Council that this is something Torontonians support.

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There is no date yet for when this petition might be presented to Council, but we will let you know when we find out!

 

 

  1. Toronto City Council Update 

NEXT COUNCIL MEETING – JULY 16/17, 2019

 

The following items are on the agenda for City Council’s consideration this month:

 

IE 6.1 – Cycling Network Plan Update

 

Transportation Staff have undertaken the biannual review of the Ten Year Cycling Network Plan (2016). They have determined that more people are riding bicycles in Toronto than ever before, especially where new or improved cycling infrastructure has been provided. In some Toronto neighbourhoods, the cycling mode share is now over 20%. Demand for safe, connected cycling routes throughout the city is on the rise, and recent polls demonstrate the majority of residents support protected bike lanes. Increasing the number of trips under 5 km taken by bicycle is a key objective of the TransformTO strategy.

 

The update provides a summary of cycling infrastructure projects that have been completed, as well as a schedule of priority near- and long-term projects for the future. Over the next three years (2019 to 2021), over 120 km of new cycling infrastructure is planned, with additional upgrades to existing infrastructure through the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Additionally, over 70 km of routes will be studied within the near-term (2019 - 2021) for potential implementation. 

 

This item was considered by Infrastructure and Environment Committee on June 27, 2019 and was adopted with amendments. It now goes to Council for endorsement and adoption.

 

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.IE6.11

 

IE 6.5 - Extending Successful Energy Retrofitting Programs

 

Launched in 2014, the Residential Energy Retrofit Programs have provided financing to support capital improvements (retrofits) for residential properties with energy efficiency and water conservation benefits. The Programs operate as two streams: the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) for eligible houses; and the High-rise Retrofit Improvement Support Program (Hi-RIS) for multi-unit residential buildings. To date, almost $14.9 million in financing has been committed to projects with over 202 properties participating in the program, which has resulted in an emissions reduction of over 4,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents.

 

This report seeks City Council authorization to extend the Residential Energy Retrofit Programs until December 31, 2021 to authorize program enhancements including the expansion of eligible measures funded through the program. An update on program uptake and results is also provided in this report. Staff will report back with a plan for the continuation of the Programs until 2024 through the TransformTO 2021-2024 Implementation Plan in Q4 2019 and subsequently provide regular updates on the Programs through this consolidated process

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.IE6.5

 

MM9.13 – Supporting Wastewater Energy Transfer in Toronto

 

The City of Toronto is committed to an ambitious climate change strategy through TransformTO. As part of our commitment to meet the objectives of TransformTO we have established the Green Market Acceleration Program to support the development of new renewable energy technologies.

 

Supporting technology that uses the energy from wastewater is one step the City can take to advance our climate change goals. The United Nations estimates that over 3000 billion litres of waste water are dumped into North American and European sewers every day. That waste water contains thermal energy that can be used to heat and cool buildings across the City. This could have a significant environmental impact, given that heating and cooling buildings contributes almost 30 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Councillor Layton has submitted a motion, seconded by Mayor Tory, to advance strategic pilot projects or wastewater energy transfer in the fourth quarter of 2019, to inform a City wastewater energy transfer policy to be brought forward in the third quarter of 2020.

 

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.MM9.13

 

PAST COUNCIL MEETINGS

 

June 18/19, 2019

 

EX 6.4 - Federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund – Update

 

The Government of Canada's Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) is a $2.0 billion national competitive capital contribution funding program aimed at supporting large-scale infrastructure projects to help communities better manage the risks of disasters triggered by natural hazards. In July 2018, the City of Toronto submitted six projects for approval through the first intake process based on City Council approved budgets and plans, with consideration for the DMAF program requirements and application deadlines. 

 

City Council directed the City Manager to apply for DMAF funding for capital projects that meet the eligibility criteria, including flood mitigation infrastructure in key areas.

 

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EX6.4

 

 MM 8.9 - Protecting the Toronto Islands - Long-Term Flooding Mitigation and Adaptation

 

The Toronto Islands have experienced significant flooding in recent years, with record high water levels recorded in 2017 and again in 2019. Recognizing that annual sandbagging efforts are not a realistic long-term solution, the Infrastructure and Environment Committee will be considering a report from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority board, with respect to flood characterization, flood risk assessment, flooding mapping and flooding mitigation alternatives. This report was presented at the TRCA board meeting on June 21, 2019.

 

This motion by Councillor Cressy 

 

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.MM8.9

 

https://pub-trca.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=4863

 

MM 8.14 - Institutionalizing Resilience and Acting Now for Our Children’s Future

 

On June 4, 2019, the City of Toronto’s Resiliency Office released its first Resilience Strategy in preparation for the threats of climate change facing the City. https://www.toronto.ca/ext/digital_comm/pdfs/resilience-office/toronto-resilience-strategy.pdf

 

The Resilience Strategy calls on the City to “institutionalize resilience into the City’s decision-making and take leadership on resilience”. This motion by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie passed, with the following directions:

 

  1. City Council commit to “Institutionalize resilience into the City’s decision-making and take leadership on resilience” and that the City Manager “embed resilience as a practice across the City and its partners” as outlined in Action C4.1 (pages 143-144 of the Resilience Strategy) as a first step in implementation of the Resilience Strategy.

 

  1. City Council request the City Manager to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee in September 2019 on a plan of action to further publicize and promote the Resilience Strategy.

 

  1. City Council request the City Manager to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee by the end of the third quarter of 2019 on how staff will:

 

  1. apply the lens of resilience to budget notes, infrastructure and development services notes, community and social services notes, and relevant new initiatives brought forward; and
     
  2. track, and report to City Council on, the implementation of the recommendations in the Resilience Strategy.

 

 

 

May 14/15, 2019

 

GL4.14 Evaluation of the Use of Cargo Bikes in City Operations

 

Transportation accounts for about one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto and is also the primary local source of emissions that contribute to air pollution. The City of Toronto has committed to reducing emissions from its operations through actions included in the TransformTO Climate Action Strategy and the City's Green Fleet Plan. The use of cargo bikes has been researched as a way to reduce emissions from City fleet operations and encourage the use of active and low emission transportation options for employees. 

 

City Council approved a pilot test of the use of cargo bikes by Parks, Forestry, and Recreation staff.

 

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.GL4.14

 

 

April 16/17, 2019

 

EX4.1 Toronto's Transit Expansion Program - Update and Next Steps

 

Council voted to approve funding for the following transit projects:

  • Line 2 Extension (Scarborough subway)
  • Relief Line South
  • Smart Track
  • Bloor-Yonge Capacity Improvement

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EX4.1 

 

EX4.2 The Future of King Street - Results of the Transit Pilot 

 

Council voted to make the King Street Pilot permanent.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EX4.2

 

MM6.5 Measuring the Financial Impact of the Carbon Tax 

 

Councillors Minnan-Wong and Crawford have put forward a motion to have the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to report to the Executive Committee on the financial impact of the Carbon Tax on the City

This item was referred to the Executive Committee. Their next meeting is May 1, 2019.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.MM6.5

 

MM6.9 Eliminating Single Use Plastics

 

Councillors Colle and McKelvie have put forward a motion to report to City Council on a comprehensive plan to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic products in all City of Toronto Facilities 

This item passed and was referred to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee. 

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.MM6.9