Item - 2012.PE16.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 30, 2012 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Parks and Environment Committee on October 15, 2012 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on October 30, 2012.

PE16.1 - Toronto Botanical Garden - Request for Funding

Decision Type:
Presentation
Status:
Adopted

City Council Decision

City Council on October 30, 31 and November 1, 2012, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council request the Provincial and Federal Governments to provide funding to the Toronto Botanical Garden.

 

2.         City Council request the Toronto Botanical Garden to consider options to increase revenues by offering landscape design services to residents.

 

3.         City Council invite the Toronto Botanical Garden to participate in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation's automated electronic donation pilot project.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 1, 2012) Presentation from the Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden -Toronto Botanical Garden - Request for Funding
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-50640.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(October 15, 2012) Submission from Aldona Satterthwaite, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden (PE.New.16.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/comm/communicationfile-32353.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-30-2012 2:19 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE16.1 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, 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), John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, John Filion, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza

PE16.1 - Toronto Botanical Garden - Request for Funding

Decision Type:
Presentation
Status:
Amended

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council request the Provincial and Federal Governments to provide funding to the Toronto Botanical Garden.

 

2.         City Council request the Toronto Botanical Garden to consider options to increase revenues by offering landscape design services to residents.

 

3.         City Council invite the Toronto Botanical Garden to participate in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation's automated electronic donation pilot project.

 

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Parks and Environment Committee:

 

1.         Directed the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, to meet with the Toronto Botanical Garden to explore options to generate revenue within the existing agreement and to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee.

 

2.         Referred the request for an annual grant of $160,000 per annum to the Budget Committee for consideration during the 2013 budget process.

Summary

Presentation will be given to the Parks and Environment Committee from the Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden.

Background Information

(October 1, 2012) Presentation from the Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden -Toronto Botanical Garden - Request for Funding
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-50640.pdf

Communications

(October 15, 2012) Submission from Aldona Satterthwaite, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden (PE.New.16.1.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/pe/comm/communicationfile-32353.pdf

Speakers

Aldona Satterthwaite, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden (Submission Filed)
Geoffrey Dyer, Past President and Director, Toronto Botanical Garden
Councillor Jaye Robinson, Ward 25, Don Valley West
Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43, Scarborough East
Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Raymond Cho (Amended)

1.         That the Parks and Environment Committee request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to revisit the management agreement between the City of Toronto and Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) to allow the TBG to establish admission and parking fees for all visitors except those who are with high needs.

 

2.         That the Parks and Environment Committee direct the City Manager to contact the TBG to review the financial picture of the organization in order to assist the TBG to run more effectively.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Amended)

 

1.         That the Parks and Environment recommend to the Budget Committee, for consideration during the 2013 budget process, support in principle of an annual grant of $160,000 per annum.

 

2.         That the Toronto Botanical Garden be requested to submit to the Budget Committee their last three years of completed financial statements.

 

3.         That the Toronto Botanical Garden be requested to implement and participate in an "pay what you can" entrance fee policy.

 

4.         That the Toronto Botanical Garden be invited to participate in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation automated electronic donation pilot project. 

 

5.         That the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation be requested to work with the Toronto Botanical Garden to clarify their current management agreement with the City of Toronto so as to enable the Toronto Botanical Garden to raise funds accordingly.

 


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Amended)

That the Toronto Botanical Garden be requested to meet with Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff to consider amendments to the Management Agreement to:

 

1.         Further enhance their ability raise revenue through food & beverage concessions.

 

2.         Either charge an admission fee to entrants and/or enhance their capacity to collect donations from entrants.

 

3.         To allow Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff to act in an advisory capacity to assist with the proper employee ratio for the Toronto Botanical Garden.


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Amended)

That the Toronto Botanical Garden be requested to consider options to increase revenue by offering landscape design services to residents.


5 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Norman Kelly (Carried)

That Motions 1,2, 3 and 4 by Councillors Cho, Pasternak and Berardinetti be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

1.           That the Parks and Environment Committee direct the Business Services Unit, PFR, to meet with the Toronto Botanical Garden to explore options to generate revenue within the existing agreement and to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee.

 

2.           That the Parks and Environment Committee refer the request for an annual grant of $160,000 per annum to the Budget Committee for consideration during the 2013 budget process.

 

3.           That City Council request the Provincial and Federal Governments to provide funding to the Toronto Botanical Garden.

 

4.           That the Toronto Botanical Garden be requested to consider options to increase revenues by offering landscape design services to residents.

 

5.           That the Toronto Botanical Garden be invited to participate in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation automated electronic donation pilot project.

Ruling by Councillor Norman Kelly (Upheld)
The Chair ruled that the members not vote on each proposition contained in Motion 5 by Councillor Kelly separately.
Challenged by Councillor James Pasternak


6 - Motion to Re-open Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Lost)

Vote (Re-open Item) Oct-15-2012

Result: Lost Majority Required - Re-open the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 2 Members that voted Yes are Mary-Margaret McMahon, James Pasternak
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Norman Kelly (Chair), Ron Moeser
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council