Council Updates

FIFA World Cup 2026

A successful motion from Councillor Saxe requires city staff and the Toronto Transit Commission to report back to city council in the second quarter of 2024 on how the City’s World Cup hosting budget and plan will advance the goals of the TransformTO Net Zero Climate Strategy. This may include expanding dedicated transit lanes with frequent service, providing discounted or free integrated transit options for travel to the games from outside the downtown core, and developing new active transportation infrastructure outside and inside the core It hopefully will include RapidTO on Dufferin Street and opportunities to hold a zero-waste game.

15-19 Bloor Street West Zoning

15-19 Bloor Street West is Toronto’s first supertall building committed to Tier 2 of Version 4 of the Toronto Green Standards. This motion also directs staff to align future versions of the TGS so that newly constructed buildings will be net zero in operation by 2040.

Section 37 Funds for Heritage Plaques

Councillor Saxe, secured community benefits for heritage plaques to honour noted local architect Uno Prii near 35 Walmer Rd. and social justice advocate and Senator David Croll near 341 Bloor St. West. David Croll was the author of the landmark “Report of the Special Senate Committee on Poverty” and Canada’s first Jewish senator.

Paul Martel Park

Councillor Saxe’s motion instructs Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report on the feasibility, timing, and potential funding for upgrades to Paul Martel Park, possibly including recognition as an Indigenous Botanical Garden. It also calls for installing a yurt or similar structure for Indigenous activities, enhancing soil quality with raised beds, improving lighting, and installing and maintaining a public washroom once the Toronto Transit Commission has completed its work.

Huron Washington & Ramsden Parks

Councillor Saxe has directed section 37 funds to improve two other local parks. A new playground is coming to Huron Washington Parkette. A total of $400,000 in additional funds have been secured by Councillor Saxe. New trees, upgrades to park picnic tables, and benches are also coming to Ramsden Park. Please let our office know if you would like to honour someone by sponsoring a tree or bench:

Fair Payment from For-Profit Gas Utilities

How big are the fossil fuel subsidies that Doug Ford forced Toronto taxpayers to give to the billionaire for-profit utility Enbridge Gas? And what can we do about it? Because of Councillor Saxe’s motion, staff will finally tell us. It is being studied by other cities.

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