On the first day of council, we take on the multi-billion dollar SmartTrack package.
We’re here to provide wall-to-wall coverage for the most important political event of the day: Toronto’s city council meeting. Oh, is there something else going on? Well, we don’t think CNN’s Jeffrey Lord and Brian Stelter could take you through all of the nuances of SmartTrack and the implications for Toronto’s transit future, so there.
Council will debate the SmartTrack package that could see the City assume at least $2 billion more in transit costs as well as extensive operating and maintenance costs many councillors did not expect. There’s also a lot of risks and assumptions that go along with the plan, and our team of livebloggers will unpack it all for you.
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Welcome to the November 2016 City Council Live-blog! We’re covering the only political event that matters today. There is nothing else.
The councillors are currently releasing items.
Councillors are requesting items to be debated at specific times. “I’m sure we’ll be back Thursday, and I’m sure we’ll be back next week,” says a pessimistic Speaker Nunziata.
Mark Grimes is organizing a lunch for the male members of city council, and Giorgio Mammoliti has risen to ask where it will be. “I don’t know,” replies Speaker Nunziata. “I wasn’t invited.”
Neither was Mammoliti, it seems.
Of note: Toronto Hydro did not have answers to Gord Perks’s and Janet Davis’s questions through an administrative inquiry, even though it’s a corporation solely owned by the City. That item has been deferred a month as the move to selloff some of Hydro continues. We’ve tracked the evolution of the issue here, and we’ll add updates to the article later today.
City Manager Peter Wallace is giving a presentation on the Mayor’s key item, the report on SmartTrack and Regional Express Rail.
What appears to be a Grade 10 civics class has entered the chamber.
Incidentally, Grade 10 civics class could be discontinued in Ontario.
We don’t know what the impetus was for Mark Grimes’s boys club lunch, but the resemblance is uncanny.
Wallace is now addressing a story that broke this morning. The new agreement with Metrolinx has the City shouldering operating costs for light rail projects, which many had assumed would be covered by Metrolinx. Staff are all like, “They never put it in writing and we can’t make them pay for it, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”
If you’re reading a liveblog of city council, then you probably like to do deep dives into staff reports and city policies.
Jaye Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West) welcomes the Grade 10 civics class. You’re never too young to learn about tax increment financing!
Robinson asks Chief Planner Jen Keesmaat whether starting on SmartTrack affects the timing of the much-needed Relief Line. Keesmaat affirms it doesn’t. Neither mentions that the Relief Line is completely unfunded.
“I am not comfortable with the short nature of the timelines,” Wallace admits to John Filion (Ward 23, Willowdale). The deadline for the City to confirm its agreement with Metrolinx is November 30.
“The city is, more or less, literally grinding to a halt,” says Wallace, on Toronto’s decades of stalled transit development.
Incredibly, city/province don’t even know if “SmartTrack” service could run through Union Station or if trains would have to turn back
— Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) November 8, 2016
Mammoliti welcomes a visiting councillor from Newfoundland, here to observe our ways. RUN! BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
Wallace notes that all operating and maintenance costs for the Eglinton West LRT will be paid for by the city.
Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) asks about fare integration—how much will riding the LRT or RER within Toronto cost?
The odds are:
1. It will cost more than the TTC and less than GO Transit; and
2. It won’t cover the actual cost of a ride, that is, the lines will lose money.
Me trying to price this out:
(Just kidding. Like pretty much every number in this debate, it’s a rough guess.)
Mayor John Tory is chit-chatting with the councillor from Newfoundland, who sits on a council of seven. The number of city councillors will actually be on the table at this month’s meeting as Council debates the Ward Boundary Review.
James Pasternak (Ward 10, York Centre) gets up to lament bitterly about the years he and other subway advocates were “lambasted” by colleagues, press, and “intelligentsia” who assumed Metrolinx would cover light rail operating costs. (To be fair, that’s what Metrolinx assumed at one point, too…)
It is very hard not to snicker at “intelligentsia”.
Stephen Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) is asking critically about the costs of the Eglinton West LRT extension to the airport, which is the most expensive half of SmartTrack, claiming the trip for commuters to get there will be too far. His colleague John Campbell (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre) has also expressed doubts.
As a few of us eggheads have been speculating on Twitter, this is setting the stage for the possibility that Council might eventually opt to cancel the Eglinton West extension, freeing up funding and resources for the rail part of SmartTrack. It would be a terrible decision, which is why it will probably come to pass.
Mammoliti asks Chief Financial Officer Rob Rossini how much transit we can build without raising property taxes. Rossini diplomatically says that resources are limited and new revenue is required.
(The answer is zero. We can build zero transit without raising property taxes. We would actually have to tear stuff down.)
Janet Davis gets up. “My questions are actually going to be very similar to Councillor Mammoliti’s!” Laughter all round. She wants staff to clarify how much money Council would be voting to commit today: $71 million for the first stage of the plan. There is the better part of a billion dollars in unfunded capital costs (if TIF delivers [spoiler: it won’t]), not to mention some $200 million in operating costs (minus any revenue [spoiler: there won’t be much]).
The mayor lectures council on approving capital projects without funding. “I’m not sure I have the responsibility for all $29 billion,” in the unfunded capital repair backlog, he says sarcastically. Worth mentioning here: the poverty reduction strategy, which the mayor announced, isn’t fully funded, and Rail Deck Park doesn’t have a funding strategy, or SmartTrack. That’s aren’t the projects from previous mayors.
And we now break for lunch. We’ll be back at 2 p.m.
The stage gate process has the potential to take us to the transit Upside Down.
Shout outs to new Patreon supporters Mark Jacobs and Jonathan Dursi for being the best!
Aaand we’re back! Some quick routine stuff before getting back to SmartTrack. Sarah Doucette (Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park) tried to get Council to quickly vote to deny a permit to cut down a tree, but tree-hating Campbell vetoed it.
Ah, Council. One moment debating spending billions of dollars on major infrastructure projects, another moment pettily fighting over tree permits.
Mike Layton finds it curious that Councillor Davis needs to tell people things cost money
Councillor Layton wants to talk about raising Aboriginal flags on municipal buildings but garners laughter because he’s not ready to talk about his motion
We’re now resuming debate on the transit network. Councillor Carroll is trying to question staff about revenue tools but the councillors are restless. Nunziata begs them to keep it down.
Councillor Carroll worried about closing the door on transit funding options, wants a strategy to broaden options
The newest member of council, Michael Ford, raises the issue of the Eglinton LRT venturing into Mississauga without consultation. “Is there a contingency plan is Mississauga doesn’t want to be part of the plan?”
City Staff suggest the GTAA or Metrolinx could fill in the gaps if Mississauga’s municipal government didn’t want in the deal, but the current plan is to coordinate with Toronto’s western neighbour
“Have we looked at more cost effective methods for transit?” Michael Ford asks, echoing every single Toronto politician since the dawn of time
Councillor Robinson (Ward 25, Don Valley West) gives a shout out to Etobicoke MP James Maloney who is in attendance, and was briefly a fill-in councillor when Peter Milczyn was elected as an MPP.
“LRT is the best transit infrastructure to advance” on the rest of Eglinton going west, says city staff
Michael Thompson (Ward 37, Scarborough Centre) asks staff about the difference between SmartTrack and RER, which is a bit like asking about the difference between the Filioque and the Nicene Creed.
It seems like Toronto and Mississauga have a lot of unresolved issues on their soft, foggy border that’s largely defined by an airport, highways and plans for transit
How can the city pay for Smart Track and maybe more Eglinton LRT? If they do, they’d use this
Ana Bailão (Ward 18, Davenport), who is on Executive Committee, sounds fully on board with SmartTrack today as she implies in her questioning to Chief Planner Jen Keesmaat that the City is only committing to spend $71 million today, not billions as some have described. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
Matlow asking staff to find him “one, in a city of 2.5 million people” that can tell him how this plan will be funded.
Matlow is clearly rattled. Off-mic, Perks tells him to “slow down, take a breath.”
Matlow is getting fired up—certainly not for the last time today. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to see Matlow cross-examine Tory like he did once with Rob Ford.
There’s a limited amount of development in the SmartTrack station areas, here’s what opportunities there are
Relaxed planning is jargon for possibly compromising the heritage status of a building and putting in high rise buildings where there aren’t ones
Councillors and residents could not be described as “relaxed” when it comes to “relaxed planning”. Residents are known to flip out about mid-rise buildings in low-rise neighbourhoods—e. g. Ossington, the Beach, Humbertown, just to name a few off the top of my head. Aside from how it would go at the OMB, loosening zoning regulations would unleash homeowner chaos.
Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8, York West) is asking a long, meandering hypothetical question about if Toronto had had TIF when building the Yonge subway line. We are reminded of a coarse Yiddish proverb not fit to repeat here.
Ron Moeser (Ward 44, Scarborough East) asks a question he would know the answer to if he had read the report. I suddenly regret forgetting to include ibuprofen in my City Hall Marathon Meeting Emergency Kit, which, by the way (since Moeser is still talking) includes:
- travel toothbrush and toothpaste
- hair mousse stuff
- concealer and retractable kabuki brush
- hand sanitizer
Today is about SmartTrack’s Stage Gate funding strategy process and the ~$71 Million to complete the final two steps, which reminds me of my favourite childhood TV show
John Campbell has a motion up to delay the Eglinton West LRT portion of SmartTrack.
We would also like to add that the Stargate network must have been a tremendously expensive infrastructure project for the Ancients, and it is possible that the operational expenses drained resources that could have been used to prevent the plague that eventually killed off their civilizatio—I’m sorry.
A constant mantra of councillors, like De Baeremaeker, is “Are we getting as good a deal as the other people?” While John Campbell tries to frame the deal around the specific context rather than comparison
“A rose by any other name smells as sweet as something other than a rose,” quoth Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul’s). Words for the, uh, arbitrary periods of time
Grade separation = separating transportation methods like LRT and street
Regional Express Rail = An increased Go service planned for Toronto
Requirement = Something you need to do
Use clear language = Something the City of Toronto needs to do
Joe Mihevec makes his case to become city council’s slam poet designate while trying to make his point on transit funding
@Jacob Lorinc: Dude, do you even know the lyrics to “Kiss From a Rose”?
“We’re coming after you for 50 per cent” Joe Mihvec says to the Ontario gov’t about transit funding, to jeers of “I bet they’re shaking in their boots” and “Is this high school?”
(This is honestly more like grade school.)
Exclusive footage of the City and Province negotiating SmartTrack.
Cesar Palacio (Ward 17, Davenport) says “we need to move forwards, not backwards” and offers “kudos” to the mayor for his leadership. He is this close to that classic Simpsons bit.
“Deliriously happy” is how Cesar Palacio describes developers’ mood
Mammoliti has a motion.
Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) wants a referendum on revenue tools. Toronto actually used to hold referenda all the time, like when we voted down a Downtown Relief Line…over 100 years ago.
There is not a single council or staff member that is listening to Mammoliti’s motion right now.
jacoblorinc That is not entirely true. The security guard is standing closeby.
Mammoliti is ranting about “taxes in disguise” and alludes to his recent press release condemning a “roof tax”, which we helpfully annotated.
Mammoliti: “We’re gonna tax people when they walk! When they talk!” Perks, walking by: “I wish I could tax your talk.”
davidhains I redact that. Perks has tuned in to suggest taxing Mammoliti for speaking.
Councillor Davis is motioning to defer consideration of this item to the Special City Council meeting in February, when council considers the 2017 budget.
Mammoliti asks Davis: “Will hell freeze over if I support your motion?” She clarifies that she does not mean to delay the entire thing; it’s just an attempt to get more necessary information.
“Never have we been asked to make such a big decision with such little information,” argues Perks. Unsurprisingly, he’ll be supporting Davis’ motion to delay commitment to Smart Track funding.
All the talk of “unknowns” calls to mind the famous Rumsfeld quote:
As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
As ever, Josh Matlow rejects the rigid binary of “support/oppose transit”, preferring a middle way. He complains that Council is missing key information. See this thread by Jennifer Pagliaro on how opaque the process has been for politicians, press, and members of the public alike.
1. For a week, I asked staff to see updated underlying assumptions for financial calculations for SmartTrack
— Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) November 8, 2016
Calls of “We need to act!” come up against “We don’t know what we’re acting on!” on the topic of deferring the vote on SmartTrack’s Stage Gate financing
Perruzza is one of the few who have brought up the City’s debt ceiling (read our explainer). We have set a limit to how much we can borrow proportionate to our means to pay it, and the longer we keep property taxes low while committing to unfunded capital projects, the faster we approach that limit.
“We didn’t know what was happening with TransitCity and we did that anyway!” – De Baeremaker – “It doesn’t get any better than this (plan)”
And they’re voting!
Janet Davis’s motion to defer the item till the budget FAILS 11-32. Ouch.
Motion to defer does NOT carry, falls 11 to 32
James Pasternak implies that lack of transit and “congestion and gridlock” is causing pedestrian and cyclist fatalities, which is insultingly wrong. The major factor in vulnerable road user deaths is not the number of cars on the road—though if no one was driving cars, injuries and fatalities would probably go down—but speed: at a 30 km/h speed limit, there are zero fatalities.
Stephen Holyday announces he won’t be supporting the Eglinton West LRT part because “there is no commitment to grade separation”.
As ever, this comes down to suburban councillors opposed to cars sharing the road with anything else, at literally any cost. That’s it. That’s all it is.
De Baeremaeker’s argument is essentially that the risks of not moving ahead right now are greater than the risks and uncertainties that critics like Davis and Perks have outlined.
Similar to the arguments used in favour of the Scarborough Subway, Tory’s allies often use “let’s stop arguing and just do it” rhetoric to excuse projects that haven’t been fully fledged out.
Carroll wants for development to pay for transit.
Says the Eaton Centre isn’t paying for transit and that’s not fair.
Getting money for transit is possible, Carroll says, but not being pursued.
Suggests leveraging air rights over rails for funding.
Holyday tries to turn up the heat on Carroll’s motion by using a “Gym full of people opposing development” They briefly spar because Holyday didn’t really ask a question
Yonge and Eglinton, Shoppes at Don Mills, other large mall/store developments are “Golden Geese” according to Shelley Carroll, who wants them to pay for transit
Stephen Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) asks Shelley Carroll (Ward 33, Don Valley East) whether people on the Eglinton West portion of SmartTrack (his ward, natch) would support selling air rights for development in the area. The implication is that they wouldn’t support intensification of their community. Carroll responds that the idea that the area can see improved transit without accompanying development is in “cloud cuckoo land.” Holyday’s feathers are ruffled by this avian affront.
Mike Layton suggests finding better places for entrances and exits at SmartTrack’s proposed Liberty Village station.
Proposed “Liberty Village Station won’t be in Liberty Village!” – Mike Layton
David Shiner, Ward 24 Willowdale, wants reports on where growth is and how it can pay for tranist.
He supports the next to steps of Stage Gate costing ~$71 Million
Councillor @norm says he’s wondering whether years from now he’ll remember the events of this night. It’s unclear as to whether he’s talking about the American elections or supporting Tory’s TIF model.
Ana Bailão wants an environmental assessment about how all of this might affect the Railpath
John Filion, Ward 23 Williowdale, calls SmartTrack’s funding (called TIFs) not real money, funny money, because it’s contigent on possible new development
John Filion, Ward 23 Williowdale, calls SmartTrack’s funding (called TIFs) not real money, funny money, because it’s contingent on possible new development
Anthony Perruzza, York West, doesn’t believe property taxes can support 6 stations
Metrolinx is currently being discussed as a 6 stop increase along GO lines, reminding me of this city’s fixation on the number
Perks has a motion to keep the Official Plan and zoning by-laws the same regardless of what happens with this item.
Now he’s hearkening back to the campaign version of SmartTrack. Take a trip down memory lane.
“Today, we’re committing to pay $130 million, whether it works or not,” says Perks.
Gord Perks, Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park is calling SmartTrack a brand that’s covering up failed plan that was never going to work
Mihevc (I believe) welcomes Mrs. Fragedakis—Mary Fragedakis’s mom. Warm applause. Way back during the marathon July 2011 Executive Committee meeting, she brought cookies. (I believe. It’s been a while.)
Maria Augimeri (Ward 9, York Centre), like Janet Davis previously, objects to “asset sales” mentioned as a possible financing strategy.
“It just doesn’t ring true to those of us who have been here a long time,” says Augimeri. For context, Maria Augimeri was first elected to public office in 1985.
Maria Augimeri, Ward 9 York Centre, wants to stop selling publicly owned assets to fund transit.
She’s willing to go ahead with the funding plan if the public assets part is taken out.
“Don’t think of this as ‘John Tory’s SmartTrack’,” says Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence). Correction: it should be the Scotiabank John Tory SmartTrack™©® (patent pending).
Sometimes, this is the only fact-check you need:
Cllr GdB: We haven’t had all the answers on every previous transit project and it’s all turned out pretty well
— Oliver Moore (@moore_oliver) November 8, 2016
Michael Thompson, Ward 37, Scarborough Centre, argues favour of funding the next stages of SmartTrack:
“I view politics as a noble calling, obviously,” says Tory, speaking last before the vote. This quote might come back to haunt him when they debate the Ward Boundary Review.
Mayor John Tory
Oh boy, Josh Matlow is up. He’s questioning Tory on the details of the RFP.
“How long have you known about this RFP?”
“A couple of months.”
“Why wasn’t this brought to council?”
Tory stammers a lot.
Councillor Matlow is now questioning Tory as part of his traditional clash with the mayor during every transit debate.
Matlow, paraphrased: y tho
Matlow asks Tory about that mysterious point when “Metrolinx will pay for operating” changed to “Metrolinx won’t pay for operating”: “Need-to-know information was presented to Council at the eleventh hour.”
Tory: I wasn’t here! I haven’t read the stuff! Who are you?! Where am I?
The funding deadline being imposed because of a provincial construction plan and whether that was made public or if council was made aware is subject of disagreement between Mayor John Tory and Josh Matlow.
Ah, romance. Rose bouquets, being swept off to Prince Edward County for a weekend in a B & B, candlelit dinners, hard-nosed negotiations with bureaucrats over billions of dollars
Josh Matlow is venting to Janet Davis. Matlow’s specialty is sounding sensible and reasonable, which is easy when you’re up against Rob Ford, but not so much versus John “concentrated essence of WASP” Tory.
John Campbell says
“So…how are you going to pay for this?” is Perruzza’s nothing-if-not-loaded opening question. That being said, it’s a fair question at this point.
Ten-minute recess so the clerks can prep the raft of motions Council is going to vote on, the politicians can do some last-minute vote-whipping, and so the livebloggers can co-ordinate posting and screencapping.
Take this opportunity to catch up with the American elections. We know you’ve been prioritizing this invigorating transit discussion.
No, take this opportunity to give us money. We’ve got more people here than any other media outlet, dammit!
Campbell’s first motion to undertake further planning and technical analysis for the Elington West LRT after reports from the Waterfront Transit Plan FAILS 10-32.
His second motion also FAILS, 11-31.
DEFEATED: 11 – 31
Part 1 of Councillor Davis’ motion for city council to approve In principal the Stage Gate Process does not carry: 9-33.
Part 2 of Councillor Davis’ motion FAILS 10-31.
Mihevc’s motion 3a to get a faster update on the financial strategy CARRIES 39-3.
Part 3 of Councillor Davis’ motion, to request city manager to report back to the exec committee at stage 4 and 5 of the stage gate process FAILS 12-30.
The terms of the Georgetown South cost sharing agreement be made public
Part 5b, to report to the Exec committee at Stage 4 of the Stage Gate process for consideration on the Environmental Projects Report FAILS 12-30.
Find ~$ 71 Million in funding from the 2017-2026 capital budget
“Do you accept the results of the vote?” Carroll asks Davis. Cackles ensue.
“If you don’t know it, just vote no,” Nunziata says slightly off mic during a moment of confusion.
Speaker Nunziata jokingly suggests that if you don’t know, then just vote no
Part 15, that city council defer the 95$ million in total payments related to the city’s share of the GO georgetown south project costs FAILS 11-31.
Part 13 FAILS, 11–31. At this point there’s a consistent bloc of SmartTrack skeptics and SmartTrack True Believers.
Request the ~$62 million be considered as 15 per cent funding of grade separation from 2017 – 2026
Part 17, that city council request the CFO and city manager to include $60 mill in funding for the payment of the GO Capital Expenses FAILS 10-32.
“We’re gonna take as much time to vote on it as I did to write it!” Davis quips defiantly as everyone votes on part 18 of her very long motion.
Matlow’s motion to not put any money towards the Eglinton West LRT extension until Mississauga confirms their support FAILS 15-27.
Add “After the City Manager obtains a third party legal opinion regarding responsibility to pay for LRT projects.”
Matlow’s third motion, that council not commit to the transit project before reporting back to council with refined capital cost estimates FAILS 13-29.
Part of the confusion is that council isn’t on voting on this ad seriatim, which sounds like a spell from Harry Potter but is much less cool. It means “one after another” in ye olde Latin, and council votes on the individual components of large packages.
Combine development charges, tax-supported debt financing, find new revenue sources
Perks’ motion to wrangle a better deal if any other municipality gets a better deal FAILS 16-26.
Augimeri’s motion, that council delete “such as asset sales” FAILS 14-28
Request Metrolinx access grade separation to implement GO RER at Passmore Avenue recognizing increased traffic
Lee’s third motion, to request Metrolinx to assess the requirement for grade separation at Huntington Drive, CARRIES 40-2.
Same with his fourth grade separation motion, also 40-2.
Chin Lee’s motions to look at grade separations are all going to pass, overwhelmingly. Here’s what the vote looks like.
Mihevc’s motion to consider a stronger role for the TTC in developing procurement options CARRIES 33-9.
Seek new money for the TTC from the Ontario government
Joe Mihevc wants councillors to get more consultation in the “stage gate” process, although he doesn’t spell out how that would actually work. So it’s an easy motion to support. It PASSES, with seven in opposition.
Mammoliti’s motion for a SmartTrack referendum FAILS 7-35.
Cllr Carroll’s motion to acquire a development strategy for public lands adjacent to potential transit CARRIES 31-11.
Improve entrances and exits to proposed Liberty Village SmartTrack Station to actually make it serve the Liberty Village neighbourhood
Layton’s motion to get the City to work with the Province and Metrolinx to make the Exhibition Place GO station actually easy to walk to CARRIES unanimously.
Councillor Shiner’s motion to develop options for a plan for managing development and growth in the areas identified for transit expansion CARRIES unanimously.
Include the study of the Railpath in the Environmental Assessment of the Bloor/Dundas section of the SmartTrack
Perks’s motion to make sure that today’s decision doesn’t affect the City’s existing planning and zoning CARRIES 38-4.
Mammoliti, Holland, and Perruzza don’t like the Railpath for some reason.
Layton wants to vote on some parts of the item as amended separately, because he supports some and opposes others. Davis razzes him for complaining about having to vote on her motion paragraph-by-paragraph. “Well, we knew all yours were going to lose,” shoots back Layton. Oh, BURN!
Brief pause for some old fashion procedural confusion.
Amended agreement in full being voted on, section by section because Mike Layton opposed many of the sections
Recommendation three of the item, for approval of full capital funding of the SmartTrack project CARRIES 40-2.
Recommendation two, which delegates authority to the mayor, City Manager, and City Staff to conduct further negotiations as need, PASSES 33–9.
TTC and Metrolinx complete design of SmartTrack and report back to council
Recommendation six, that council confirm its support for transit supportive policies and land uses of Smart Track and RER station areas CARRIES 39-3.
Complete early planning of Eglinton West LRT report back about extension of LRT to airport from Mount Dennis, confirm the Stage 4 and 5 parts of Stage Gate
Recommendation 8, that the GTAA confirm their interest in the extension of the Eglinton West LRT to Pearson Airport CARRIES unanimously.
Motion 9, that the City Manager and Metrolinx work to ensure the St. Clair West SmartTrack and Master Plan be coordinated CARRIES.
Stage Gate funding plan for SmartTrack: remainder of recommendations all put together
Council is now voting on the introduction of various members’ motions so that they can be voted on tomorrow.
There’s a sprint to the finish of councillors motions being not recorded and carried
Christin Carmichael Greb (Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence) is unquestionably the Ann Veal of Council.
“Let’s make Toronto great again,” says Joe Mihevc, introducing a motion for Toronto to host the “Parliament of World Religions”. Mike Layton follows up with a better one: “Make Toronto pray again!”
And Ainslie closes out the meeting. Let’s all go bite our nails while watching US election results come in!