January 13th, 2023 edition of Councillor Alejandra Bravo's Community Newsletter
Earlier this week, the City’s 2023 Budget launched. It includes details about the plan for capital projects, operations of City services and much more for the year ahead, as well as a forecast of our 10-year plan.
Before the launch of the budget, I joined seven of my fellow first-time Councillors to call for greater investment in social services that support community safety.
Unfortunately, this budget plans to do more of what isn’t working to make our city a better place to live.
It doesn’t meet the moment on one of the key priorities I’ve heard from our community: the homelessness crisis. It places a focus on enforcement instead of upstream solutions for community safety, like housing, creating opportunities for youth, and community investments. It pushes key building and maintenance projects, like sewermain repairs and development of new local parks, farther into the future.
There is great work being done by the City that could be accelerated with more investment, like building affordable housing, community infrastructure projects, and supporting vulnerable communities. This will be a key focus for me as we continue through the Budget process.
For the last two days, I had the opportunity to ask questions of staff at Budget Commitee. I was able to ask about the homelessness crisis, local parks, community safety, supporting renters, affordable housing, the impacts of Bill 23, shelters and drop-ins, RentSafeTO, road safety improvements, and protecting rooming house tenants.
Your voice is important in the budget process. Public presentation to the Budget Committee will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the deadline to sign-up to present on Monday at 4:30pm. To register to speak, email [email protected] or call 416-392-4666.
City Councillor, Ward 9
In July 2022, City Council approved the Commemorative Framework, which consists of the City of Toronto Guiding Principles for Commemoration and updates to the City’s Property Naming Policy, Street Naming Policy and Public Art and Donations Policy.
Through the Framework, the City prioritizes commemorations in public spaces significant to Indigenous Peoples, Black communities and equity-deserving groups.
The City is once again accepting applicants for naming and renaming. Have your say: Residents may propose to name or rename Toronto streets and City properties, and request a review of existing street names, property name or monuments that may need recontextualization or removal. More information about the Commemorative Framework, criteria and processes can be found on the City's Commemorative Framework webpage.
Community Consultation for 1613 St. Clair Ave. W.
Wednesday, January 25
6-8pm // Online meeting
Register to participate
The City of Toronto is hosting a virtual community consultation meeting on a proposed 17-storey mixed use building, containing 237 residential units and ground floor retail. You can review the material associated with the proposal here: www.toronto.ca/1613StClairAveW
Calefaction: Winter Warm Up on Dundas West
Check out this series of events presented by Lulaworld and the Little Portugal Toronto BIA, on now until January 29. Upcoming events include concerts, workshops and a dance party—all free of charge! You can find the full schedule here.
‘Calefaction: Winter Warm Up on Dundas West’ is supported in part by the City of Toronto’s Main Street Innovation Fund to help with recovery of small businesses affected by the sinkhole in late 2022 on Dundas St W between Brock Ave & Sheridan Ave.
COSTI Housing Host Program
AGCO Public Notices
The following liquor/cannabis licenses are currently open for public comment. You can learn more about the status of applications by visiting the website of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's online portal.
1245 Dupont St, Unit 3
Toronto, ON M6H 2A6
Cannabis Retail Store Authorization
File Number: 1862983
File Objection / Submission
Deadline for Objections / Submissions: January 20, 2023
1165 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M6H 1M9
Liquor Sales License
File Number: 2003373
File Objection / Submission
Deadline for Objections / Submissions: February 5, 2023
Underground Electrical Work at Bloor St W & Brock Ave
As a result of local construction, Toronto Hydro will be undertaking underground electrical work at Bloor St W & Brock Ave.