Weekend Newsbrief: April 7, 2018
What happened at Toronto City Hall this week
BIA response to digital innovation for Eglinton West amid construction: “It will work well for some businesses, it won’t work well for others.” At a public library near Toronto’s Eglinton Avenue and Dufferin Street, Mayor John Tory and local Councillor Josh Colle announced new initiatives to help businesses on Eglinton West survive ongoing construction of the LRT. Tory announced a city promotion for free parking near the Eglinton Avenue West area (available through the Green P parking app), support for neighbourhood art programs, new bus shelters, and a program to help the businesses get online. “It will work well for some businesses, it won’t work well for others,” Aadila Valiallah, coordinator for the York-Eglinton BIA, said via phone Friday afternoon. (Read the story)
Police applied to march in 2018 Pride march. Pride community requested they not. Police complied. This week, following an application from police to be in the Pride Parade, a community of individuals who represent LGBTQ2S organizations wrote a public letter asking they withdraw. “It is an incredibly complex and difficult time. The arrest of Bruce McArthur, the alleged serial killer [whose victims were part of LGBTQ2S communities], has added a new poignancy and a new pain to the fears that sit at the heart of anyone who lives a life of difference.” The letter later refers to knowledge about the victims. “Despite the fact that many of us felt and voiced our concerns, we were dismissed. This has severely shaken our community’s already often tenuous trust in the city’s law enforcement. We feel more vulnerable than ever.” The response from Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders read, “I am conscious of the need to avoid any setback that might undermine the principle objective of coming together and restoring confidence. In light of the concerns expressed in yesterday’s letter to me, I will be withdrawing the application.”
In city council election news… goodbye Shelley Carroll (announces resignation, leaving city hall to run as MPP), and hello, again, Giorgio Mammoliti (wants to stay city councillor and not run as MPP). Shelley Carroll resigned as city councillor Thursday, 11 months after her initial announcement that she was appointed the Liberal candidate for Don Valley North riding. Asked then if there was a song for the occasion, the councillor said, “Since the 2006 election, I always enter a room with the song by Pink ‘You better get this party started.’ So until further notice, that’s still my song.” (Read the story) Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti announced on Twitter, moments after PC Leader Doug Ford did, that he will not be running for the PC nomination for Brampton Centre, and will be running for councillor. (Read the story)
Seventeen laneways were named at community council this week. Of the 17, six were named after men, four were named after something to do with in Toronto’s history, three were named after women, two were named after animals, and the other two were named after a family and a nearby railway corridor. Two of the notable Torontonians on the list are Charley Roach and Don Francks. (Read all seventeen)
Good to know
A portion of Line 2 Bloor-Danforth will be closed on Sunday morning and is scheduled to reopen at noon.
There will be no subway service between St George, Bay, Yonge, Sherbourne, Castle Frank and Broadview stations. Shuttle buses will operate through the morning closure.
All stations, with the exception of Sherbourne and Bay, will remain open for fare sales and transfers to surface routes.
This Newsbrief is by Arianne Robinson