Item - 2011.LS5.1

Tracking Status

LS5.1 - A Graffiti Management Plan for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 12, 13 and 14, 2011, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council adopt the proposed Graffiti Management Plan 2011 set out in Attachment 1 of the report (June 17, 2011) from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, and the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

2.         City Council amend the necessary by-laws to give effect to the Graffiti Management Plan and related systems effective January 1, 2012, including amending City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 485, Graffiti and Chapter 27, Council Procedures to change the delegation of art mural exemptions from Community Councils to a staff panel, and authorize the City Solicitor to submit the necessary bills to Council.

 

3.         City Council amend the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 485 to reflect the enforcement scheme under the City of Toronto Act 2006 respecting right of entry, on a date to be determined, for operational purposes, by the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards in consultation with the City Solicitor.

 

4.         City Council designate the laneway south of Queen Street West, between John Street and Bathurst Street, as an area of municipal significance, and exempt the laneway from any graffiti by-law.

 

5.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards in consultation with the City Solicitor, to report on any necessary amendments to Article V, Right of Entry, of Municipal Code Chapter 363, Building Construction and Demolition when the City is doing remedial work that requires entry on abutting land.

 

6.         City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board to request the Chief of Police to prioritize the delivery of the new anti-graffiti education program throughout Toronto's schools and to direct the Toronto Police Service Community Mobilization Unit's Graffiti Liaison Officers and any other relevant units, to work with staff and each councillor to develop a ward-based graffiti management strategy to identify a range of available resources to assist residents and business to combat and remove tags and other illegal graffiti. 

 

7.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to establish an enhanced  Community and Graffiti Transformation Program, leveraging funds in the existing Graffiti Transformation Program and engage the private sector in an arts-based program to create and manage graffiti art and other street art across the city.

 

8.          City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to establish a new centralized graffiti function to be responsible for coordinating, benchmarking and reporting on all graffiti-related activities, including opportunities for City-wide improvements and efficiencies and to work with ABCCs, youth  and other stakeholders on programs to reduce graffiti vandalism.

 

9.          City Council direct the City Manager to work with any government, corporation, agency or otherwise, including ABCCs within the City of Toronto to ensure compliance with, and support for, the City's Graffiti Management Plan.

 

10.       City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to report out in the 2013 budget cycle on the financial impact of the first year of implementation of the Graffiti Management Plan with a view to identifying any operational savings that may derive from the proactive engagement and preventative measures set out in this Plan.

 

11.       City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report on the necessary funding for the Graffiti Management Plan as part of the 2012 budget process.

 

12.       City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and the City Solicitor to consult with the City's agencies, boards, commissions and corporations to determine their interest in being included in part of the City's proposed Graffiti Management Plan and part of a City-wide procurement call for graffiti and poster removal/prevention services.

 

13.       City Council direct the City Manager in consultation with the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management, the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture, and the City Solicitor to execute a City-wide procurement call for graffiti and poster removal/prevention services and make the arrangements that arise from this agreement available to individual businesses, business associations including Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), and individual residents.

 

14.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the January 25, 2012 Licensing and Standards Committee meeting on the cost to the City for a strategy to remove "corporate graffiti" on City sidewalks and properties and a charge back policy to recover such costs.

 

15.       City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on approaches to expedite graffiti removal from Federal, Provincial, and Municipal street side utilities, including any steps necessary for cost recovery.

Public Notice Given

Background Information (Committee)

(June 17, 2011) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services on a Graffiti Management Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39134.pdf
(June 17, 2011) Attachment 1 Graffiti Management Plan - 4 Key Action Areas (2011)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39136.pdf
(June 17, 2011) Attachment 2 Public Consultation and Review of Other Municipalities
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39137.pdf
(June 17, 2011) Attachment 3 Toronto Police Service Graffiti Management Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39138.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 28, 2011) E-mail from Max Allen, President, Grangetown Condominium Corporation (LS.New.LS5.1.1)
(June 29, 2011) Letter from Phillip Carter, Vice Chair, West Queen West Business Improvement Area (LS.New.LS5.1.2)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.         The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be requested to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee for its meeting of January 25, 2012, on the cost to the City for a strategy to remove "corporate graffiti" on City sidewalks and properties; and a charge back policy to recover such costs.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-12-2011 3:57 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS5.1 - Wong-Tam - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 20 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on approaches to expedite graffiti removal from Federal, Provincial, and Municipal street side utilities including any steps necessary for cost recovery.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-12-2011 3:58 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS5.1 - Perks - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

3a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Lost)

That City Council amend Recommendation 2 of the Licensing and Standards Committee by adding the words "and include an opportunity for consultation with the Ward Councillor in the process", so that Recommendation 2 now reads:

 

2.         City Council amend the necessary by-laws to give effect to the Graffiti Management Plan and related systems effective January 1, 2012, including amending City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 485, Graffiti and Chapter 27, Council Procedures to change the delegation of art mural exemptions from Community Councils to a staff panel, and include an opportunity for consultation with the Ward Councillor in the process, and authorize the City Solicitor to submit the necessary bills to Council.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-12-2011 3:54 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS5.1 - Davis - motion 3a
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 23 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

3b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Carried)

That City Council amend Recommendation 7 of the Licensing and Standards Committee by inserting the word "youth" after the "ABCCs", so that Recommendation 7 now reads:

 

7.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to establish a new centralized graffiti function to be responsible for coordinating, benchmarking and reporting on all graffiti-related activities, including opportunities for City-wide improvements and efficiencies and to work with ABCCs, youth  and other stakeholders on programs to reduce graffiti vandalism.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-12-2011 3:55 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS5.1 - Davis - motion 3b
Total members that voted Yes: 29 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 12 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

3c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Janet Davis (Lost)

That City Council add the following recommendation:

 

Any program developed in co-operation with corporate sponsors, restrict the use of their corporate branding in any mural or art programs involving youth.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-12-2011 3:59 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS5.1 - Davis - motion 3c
Total members that voted Yes: 14 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 27 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Lost)

That:

 

1.         The Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, be requested to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee for its meeting of October 13, 2011, on the following:

 

a.         geographic breakdown of the 2,000 notices for 2009 and 2010 by Community Council area;

 

b.         the number of arrests in 2009 and 2010 for graffiti by Community Council area;

 

c.         the financial impact to the ICI sector for removal costs and any options for relief; and

 

d.         the impact of the Core Service Review recommendations on the ability of the City to enforce the by-law and the ability of the City to support businesses in their graffiti eradication programs.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-12-2011 4:00 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS5.1 - Fletcher - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 17 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 24 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

5a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Lost)

That City Council amend Recommendation 7 of the Licensing and Standards Committee to add a Leadership Trainer from the City's  Recreation Division to the centralized graffiti co-ordinating body.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-12-2011 3:56 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS5.1 - Vaughan - motion 5a
Total members that voted Yes: 14 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 27 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

5b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Carried)

That City Council designate the laneway south of Queen Street West, between John Street and Bathurst Street, as an area of municipal significance, and exempt the laneway from any graffiti by-law. 

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-12-2011 4:00 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS5.1 - Vaughan - motion 5b
Total members that voted Yes: 24 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 17 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Gary Crawford, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

5c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Adam Vaughan (Lost)

That City Council direct the suspension and enforcement of ticketing on private property if any City-owned property or utility device on the private property is not cleared of tagging.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-12-2011 4:01 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - LS5.1 - Vaughan - motion 5c
Total members that voted Yes: 13 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 28 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-12-2011 4:02 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS5.1 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Ron Moeser, Karen Stintz

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata proposed that Councillor Vaughan's speaking time be extended so that he could complete his remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Jul-12-2011 3:39 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS5.1 - Extend Councillor Vaughan's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Mark Grimes
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Raymond Cho, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Karen Stintz

Motion to Extend Speaking Time (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata proposed that Councillor Palacio's speaking time be extended so that he could complete his remarks.

Vote (Extend Speaking Time) Jul-12-2011 3:49 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - LS5.1 - Extend Councillor Palacio's speaking time
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 10 Members that were absent are Maria Augimeri, Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Karen Stintz

LS5.1 - A Graffiti Management Plan for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Public Notice Given

Committee Recommendations

The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council adopt the proposed Graffiti Management Plan 2011 set out in Attachment 1 of the report (June 17, 2011) from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, and the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

2.         City Council amend the necessary by-laws to give effect to the Graffiti Management Plan and related systems effective January 1, 2012, including amending City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 485, Graffiti and Chapter 27, Council Procedures to change the delegation of art mural exemptions from Community Councils to a staff panel, and authorize the City Solicitor to submit the necessary bills to Council.

 

3.         City Council amend the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 485 to reflect the enforcement scheme under the City of Toronto Act 2006 respecting right of entry, on a date to be determined, for operational purposes, by the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards in consultation with the City Solicitor.

 

4.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards in consultation with the City Solicitor, to report on any necessary amendments to Article V, Right of Entry, of Municipal Code Chapter 363, Building Construction and Demolition when the City is doing remedial work that requires entry on abutting land.

 

5.         City Council request the Police Services Board to request the Chief of Police to prioritize the delivery of the new anti-graffiti education program throughout Toronto's schools and to direct the Toronto Police Service Community Mobilization Unit's Graffiti Liaison Officers and any other relevant units, to work with staff and each councillor to develop a ward-based graffiti management strategy to identify a range of available resources to assist residents and business to combat and remove tags and other illegal graffiti. 

 

6.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to establish an enhanced  Community and Graffiti Transformation Program, leveraging funds in the existing Graffiti Transformation Program and engage the private sector in an arts-based program to create and manage graffiti art and other street art across the city.

 

7.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to establish a new centralized graffiti function to be responsible for coordinating, benchmarking and reporting on all graffiti-related activities, including opportunities for city-wide improvements and efficiencies and to work with ABCCs  and other stakeholders on programs to reduce graffiti vandalism.

 

8.         City Council direct the City Manager to work with any government, corporation, agency or otherwise, including ABCCs within the City of Toronto to ensure compliance with, and support for, the City's Graffiti Management Plan.

 

9.         City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to report out in the 2013 budget cycle on the financial impact of the first year of implementation of the Graffiti Management Plan with a view to identifying any operational savings that may derive from the proactive engagement and preventative measures set out in this Plan.

 

10.       City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to report on the necessary funding for the Graffiti Management Plan as part of the 2012 budget process.

 

11.       City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and the City Solicitor to consult with the City's agencies, boards, commissions and corporations to determine their interest in being included in part of the City's proposed Graffiti Management Plan and part of a City-wide procurement call for graffiti and poster removal/prevention services.

 

12.       City Council direct the City Manager in consultation with the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management, the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture, and the City Solicitor to execute a City-wide procurement call for graffiti and poster removal/prevention services and make the arrangements that arise from this agreement available to individual businesses, business associations including Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), and individual residents.

Origin

(June 17, 2011) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

This report outlines a proactive Graffiti Management Plan ("the Plan") that balances the need to eliminate graffiti vandalism that has a detrimental impact on property owners, neighbourhoods and City image, while supporting graffiti art and other street art that adds vibrancy and artistic delight to our streets.  This Plan requires the commitment of a range of City divisions, property owners, small and large businesses, agencies, boards and commissions with land holdings in the City, the Toronto Police Service, and the volunteer and philanthropic communities.  The success of the Plan depends on commitment from youth and the 'graffiti arts community' to abstain from tagging and other illegal graffiti-making, safe in the knowledge that there will be programs and locations established to create legal graffiti art, where their artistry can be developed and respected.

 

The Plan responds to a range of civic priorities, including clean-up and improvement of the City and provision of support to the business and creative communities, as well as at-risk youth.

 

The Plan contains four action areas set out below.  Research and experience strongly suggests that implementing one part, such as enforcement without the other parts that provide coordination, engagement and support will lead to inevitable failure in solving the graffiti vandalism situation.

 

Rigorous Enforcement against Tagging and Other Illegal Graffiti

           Continuous Municipal Licensing and Standards enforcement against illegal graffiti with a revised bylaw to reflect the Plan and a new approach to permitted graffiti art and other street art.

           Rigorous standards on the removal of graffiti from all City property.  Stringent expectations for graffiti removal for agencies, boards, commissions and corporations (ABCCs). 

           A new partnership with the Toronto Police Service focused on enforcement, intelligence gathering/management, community partnerships, education and restorative justice and diversion. 

 

Better Reporting Mechanisms and Support for Victims of Tagging and Other Illegal Graffiti

           Enhanced ability for the public to report tags and other illegal graffiti through 311 Toronto.

           Broadly accessible advice and support to the public on the prevention and removal of illegal graffiti from their property.

           A program to encourage Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and other businesses to fund and commit to long-term private graffiti removal contracts.

           A new ward-based graffiti strategy developed with the Toronto Police Service and the Crime Prevention Association of Toronto (CPAT) to provide assistance to residential property owners to remove illegal graffiti from their property.

 

Support and Recognition for Permitted Graffiti Art and Other Street Art

           Recognition of graffiti art and other street art on buildings and structures created with the owner's permission and which meets community character and standards, as applicable.

           A web-based, city-wide database or inventory of permitted graffiti art and other street art.

           A new process which will delegate the review of art mural exemptions from Community Council to a panel of City staff.

           An enhanced Graffiti Transformation program – a public-private partnership to provide increased opportunities for the general public, youth and graffiti artists to develop their artistic abilities and to manage and showcase Toronto's graffiti art and other street art.

           A system to manage the creation of permitted graffiti art and other street art on public structures and to celebrate its prominence.

 

Creation of a Coordinating Graffiti Function

           To act as the central coordinating body for all graffiti-related matters across the City.

           To be responsible for communications, benchmarking, achieving efficiencies and reporting on the status and success of all parts of the Plan.

           To ensure a consistent, accessible and consolidated approach across City divisions and with ABCCs, business and the general public.

 

This report also discusses the status of the "Postering By-law" (Chapter 693, Signs, Article IV, Posters on Public Property) which came into effect on August 27, 2010.

 

The City Solicitor was consulted in the preparation of this report.

Background Information

(June 17, 2011) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Acting General Manager, Transportation Services on a Graffiti Management Plan for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39134.pdf
(June 17, 2011) Attachment 1 Graffiti Management Plan - 4 Key Action Areas (2011)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39136.pdf
(June 17, 2011) Attachment 2 Public Consultation and Review of Other Municipalities
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39137.pdf
(June 17, 2011) Attachment 3 Toronto Police Service Graffiti Management Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-39138.pdf

Communications

(June 28, 2011) E-mail from Max Allen, President, Grangetown Condominium Corporation (LS.New.LS5.1.1)
(June 29, 2011) Letter from Phillip Carter, Vice Chair, West Queen West Business Improvement Area (LS.New.LS5.1.2)

Speakers

Jeff Melanson, Canadaís National Ballet School
Janet Sherbanowski, Crime Prevention Association of Toronto (CPAT)
Zion
Stefan Lialias, Executive Producer, Direct Engagement Inc.
Laura Schaefer, Queen Street West BIA
Claire McWatt, Toronto Youth Cabinet
Robert Sysak
Casper Ciddlo
Angel Carrillo
Councillor Mary Fragedakis, Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth
Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That the Licensing and Standards Committee recommend that:

 

1.         City Council direct the City Manager, in consultation with the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and the City Solicitor to consult with the City's agencies, boards, commissions and corporations to determine their interest in being included in part of the City's proposed Graffiti Management Plan and part of a City-wide procurement call for graffiti and poster removal/prevention services; and

 

2.         City Council direct the City Manager in consultation with the Director of Purchasing and Materials Management, the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture, and the City Solicitor to execute a City-wide procurement call for graffiti and poster removal/prevention services and make the arrangements that arise from this agreement available to individual businesses, business associations including Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), and individual residents.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)
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