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August 25, 2015 – Update on the City of Toronto’s Rooming House Review

As you know, the Municipal Licensing and Standards Department of the City of Toronto, in conjunction with City Planning and with the support of numerous other divisions, is conducting a Rooming House Review.

An important part of the Rooming House Review is public consultation meetings with stakeholders and concerned Torontonians. Many of you participated in the public meeting that we held in Ward 39 in April 2015.

UberX

To all that have send me emails, calls and twits about UberX,

You will be surprised to know that I am working to make sure that this technology is brought forth in our city. I think your understanding of the facts is misguided.

On July 3, 2015, Mr. Justice Sean Dunphy, of the Ontario Superior Court, denied an application by the City of Toronto for an injunction against Uber, saying there is no evidence the company is operating as a taxi broker.

The taxi industry is being seriously impacted by Uber. The City needs to amend its bylaws governing the taxi industry to enable taxi companies to be more competitive with Uber and services like it.

Council adopted my Motion with respect to Review of Uber Operations, Technologies and Benefits and Impact on the Current Taxicab Industry. After considerable debate on this important issue, Motion MM8.28 was adopted as amended –

 “1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to review the operations of Uber and technologies like it, including the interests of the public in the technologies and their impacts on the current taxicab industry, and report to the September 18, 2015 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee, on the following matters:

  1. what by-law changes are necessary to bring new and emerging technologies into regulation as part of the City’s for-hire ground transportation industry;
  2. how the City can ensure public safety and consumer protection are maintained;
  3. how the City can ensure a level playing field is established and maintained with respect to commercial insurance, driver training, equality of fares and other licensing issues; and
  4. ensure the recommended changes are reviewed at least every five years, or when deemed necessary before that time.
  5. City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the City Solicitor and the Director, Strategic Communications, to communicate with the public and unlicensed for-hire drivers about the regulations and risks for those engaged in providing or using unlicensed transportation services.
  6. City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to request the Chief of Police to enforce the Highway Traffic Act, City by-laws and all other applicable laws in respect to unlicensed drivers who transport passengers in a motor vehicle for compensation.
  7. City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to enforce all applicable City by-laws in respect to unlicensed drivers who transport passengers in a motor vehicle for compensation.”

As you can see it my motion which is under consideration to bring the latest technology to the transportation industry in Toronto.

Rooming Houses

Rooming Houses have become a great concern in our neighbourhood. Scarborough-Agincourt was originally designed as a single family housing area.

However, over the years, the makeup of our neighbourhood has changed – single family homes are being converted to multiple housing units.

June 19, 2015 – Letter to Minister Murray Re: TTC Proposed Bus Garage

June 19, 2015

 

Honourable Glen Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

11th Floor, Ferguson Block

77 Wellesley Street West

Toronto, Ontario M7A 2T5

 

Dear Minister:

As the Toronto City Councillor representing Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, I am writing to advise you of the very serious concerns residents have with respect to the proposed Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) McNicoll Bus Garage and the impact it will have on the quality of life of our community.

TTC Bus Garage

The TTC is proposing to build a transit garage to maintain over 200 buses at the northeast corner of Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue, adjacent to Mon Sheong Seniors Home.

This will introduce hundreds of buses on our streets and add more unwanted pollution in our area.