What's on the agenda for City Council's November meeting?

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What’s on the agenda for City Council’s November meeting?

Your need-to-know guide to this week’s Council meeting.

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City Council will convene today for a meeting sure to centre on the fate of the Bloor bike lanes. Also on the agenda? A strategy to grow the City’s child care facilities, a plan to space available for community groups, and prepping Toronto’s streets for electric cars. We’ve broken it all down for you here.

Up for Debate: Bike Lanes on Bloor

  • The case for making the Bloor bike lanes permanent has come a long way in the last month, securing an endorsement from Mayor John Tory on the back of a staff report that hailed the pilot as a success. The public works committee voted 4-2 to endorse the report’s recommendation to keep the lanes—staff found that 85 per cent of cyclists now feel safer on Bloor, up from an abysmal 3 per cent before the pilot.
  • Still, be sure to brace for plenty of throaty opposition from councillors insisting that the lanes are bad for business. Despite staff numbers suggesting the pilot has actually been a boon to local stores, merchants on the street are evenly split into for and against camps, which means you’ll be hearing a lot about the potentially dire effects of a lack of street parking.
  • On the other side of the issue, pro-cycling councillors are likely to raise the importance of the lanes for fulfilling the City’s Vision Zero road safety plan. Between 2005 and 2016 a total of 539 cyclists have been killed or seriously injured on Toronto’s streets.

Greener Streets

  • With the TransformTO climate plan calling for an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the City needs to get a move on prepping its streets for electric vehicles, starting with this proposed 14-charging-station pilot program.
  • Speaking of reducing emissions, the latest version of the Toronto Green Standard is here. The third edition addresses energy, solar, and storm water resiliency targets for the City’s buildings, with input from the fancy-new chief resilience officer.

Supporting communities

Equity Issues

Miscellaneous

  • A motion from Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina Councillor Joe Cressy is asking that funds be made available to Waterfront Toronto so that it can co-ordinate the design of two parks being constructed by the lake.

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