I am incredibly honoured to be appointed first Deputy Mayor of Toronto by Mayor Olivia Chow and my fellow councillors. I love Toronto. It’s my home. And I believe that everyone should be able to imagine a future here.
There is nothing quite like summer in the City! This long weekend events are taking place all across Spadina-Fort York, that we’ve shared more about here. I’m especially excited to celebrate Caribbean Carnival with the Grand Parade this Saturday.
This week we held our first City Council meeting with Olivia Chow as our new mayor. Despite only a week in the role, the Mayor and Council have come together to increase funding for refugee settlement, declare gender-based violence an epidemic, and approved the Ontario Line Subcommittee construction recommendations.
A new Mayor means new opportunities for our City, and I look forward to working with Mayor-Elect Olivia Chow on building a more just and equitable Toronto. Olivia will take the declaration of office and officially assume the role of Mayor next Wednesday, July 12.
Today we opened Love Park, a beautiful new green and public space at York St and Queens Quay West which transformed an old off-ramp into the literal heart of our waterfront! It's an inspiration for this city I know we love, and the ways we show it. Here's three ways that we have coming up.
I was glad to vote yesterday at Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre in the Mayoral By-Election. There is just one ballot, so you can vote in any advance poll location across the city! Your vote is your voice for the city we want. I am also working to ensure community voices are heard as part of a robust and transparent public engagement process for the development application at Ontario Place.
After a long weekend of warm weather and a lot of compost being distributed for backyard and patio gardening, it is clear that summer is right around the corner. This means it is time to register for the City’s summer recreation programs! It's also the return of Doors Open Toronto. There are lots of great offerings for both right here in Ward 10.
It’s been feeling a lot like summer! Graduations are around the corner and we’re excited about big events of the season coming up. This Sunday, May 14 is my first Environment Day from 10:00 to 2:00 pm at David Crombie Park, 131 The Esplanade (between Frederick Street and Lower Sherbourne Street)!
Last week we took another important step forward in our work to protect the future of Ontario Place. The General Government Committee adopted my motion to defer consideration of a land transfer being demanded by the Ford government until City Council makes a decision on the development application for Ontario Place.
We’ve got to get the future of Ontario Place right. And the current development application raises a lot of serious concerns.