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What Did City Council Decide This Week?

In which we follow up on decisions made at the most recent city council meeting.

If you’re reading this, it’s a good bet that you already know about city council’s biggest move of the week, which was to turf all of Mayor Rob Ford’s allies from the TTC board and replace them with LRT-supporting councillors. In these quarters, this was regarded as a good move, but not everyone thinks so.

But the mayor did have a victory of sorts when a compromise he’d helped engineer won council’s approval later that day. (Rob Ford’s compromises are like Apple’s product launches: they happen only every so often and they’re always news.) Under the deal, rather than selling some 600 occupied stand-alone homes owned and used as public housing by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, just 56 vacant homes will be sold for the time being. Meanwhile, a working group will give the idea of selling the occupied homes a little further study. Proceeds from any sales are to be spent on repairs at other TCHC properties.

In cityscape news, council decided to put the Paradise Theatre on its way to receiving a heritage designation, which would make it significantly more difficult for its owners (or potential owners) to knock it down. Council also declared John Street‘s environmental assessment complete, nudging it closer to an eventual pedestrian-friendly renovation. They also approved a measure that will make stopping for long periods of time within 15 metres of pedestrian crossovers on smaller streets punishable with a $60 fine.

Also, city hall press gallery rules will be getting tighter, thanks to council’s approval of a measure to formalize an ad hoc security-badge system. City Hall won’t be getting a spit-shine—at least, not for the time being—because Councillor Crisanti’s demand to that effect was referred to committee. And we don’t actually know what the hell happened with the 311 email service, because the item was amended and the clerks haven’t posted the changes yet. (We’ll update when we can.)

Correction, March 7, 2012, 1:10 PM: This post originally said that city council had instituted a fine for “no stopping” violations at all pedestrian crossovers, whereas the actual decision was to institute that fine only for crossovers on smaller roadways. (A similar fine was instituted for main streets in 2010.) The post has been amended accordingly.

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