Item - 2013.EX32.2

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on June 11, 2013 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on May 28, 2013 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on June 11, 2013.

EX32.2 - A Ward Boundary Review for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on June 11, 12 and 13, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council authorize the City Manager to retain a third party consultant to undertake a Ward Boundary Review for Toronto consistent with the Terms of Reference attached in Appendix B to the report (May 13, 2013) from the City Manager.

Background Information (Committee)

(May 13, 2013) Report from the City Manager on A Ward Boundary Review for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-58333.pdf
Appendix A - Population of Toronto Wards
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-58334.pdf
Appendix B - Terms of Reference for a Toronto Ward Boundary Review
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-58335.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(May 28, 2013) E-mail from Brian Graff (EX.New.EX32.2.1)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That City Council delete the Executive Committee recommendations and adopt instead the following recommendation contained in the report (May 13, 2013) from the City Manager:

 

1.         City Council authorize the City Manager to retain a third party consultant to undertake a Ward Boundary Review for Toronto consistent with the Terms of Reference attached in Appendix B.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-13-2013 8:13 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX32.2 - Perks - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker, Gord Perks, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 10 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Mike Del Grande, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Peter Milczyn, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Norman Kelly, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

Motion to End Debate moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council end the debate on Item EX32.2 and take the vote immediately.

Vote (End Debate) Jun-13-2013 8:12 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - EX32.2 - End debate
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Janet Davis, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, John Parker, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Glenn De Baeremaeker, Rob Ford, Doug Holyday, Josh Matlow, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Raymond Cho, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Norman Kelly, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson

EX32.2 - A Ward Boundary Review for Toronto

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council amend the Terms of Reference attached in Appendix B to the report (May 13, 2013) from the City Manager, to amend the last bullet under Consultant Responsibilities, to now read:

 

"Develop ward boundary options including a possible reduction in the number of wards and a recommended option for City Council's consideration in spring 2016".

 

2.         City Council authorize the City Manager to retain a third party consultant to undertake a Ward Boundary Review for Toronto consistent with the Terms of Reference attached in Appendix B to the report (May 13, 2013) from the City Manager, as amended by recommendation 1.

Origin

(May 13, 2013) Report from the City Manager

Summary

This report responds to the Executive Committee's request that the City Manager report on a ward boundary review process to reflect effective representation within Toronto. At present, there are significant discrepancies in population amongst Toronto’s ward boundaries that warrant a review. The City of Toronto Act provides City Council with authority to make changes to its ward boundaries.

 

The division of ward boundaries is the very basis of representative democracy and must be approached without any preconceived ideas of final ward boundaries such as for example, pre-judging the number or populations of wards. The process must be independent and unbiased, include substantial public consultation, and comply with principles set out by the Supreme Court of Canada, Ontario courts and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

 

This report requests authority for the City Manager to retain a third-party consultant to undertake a ward boundary review for Toronto.  During 2013 the consultant will conduct research, develop a work plan and undertake other preparatory work. 

 

The report recommends that City Council approve the consultant’s work plan and engagement strategy in winter 2013/2014 and consider ward boundary options and recommendations in spring 2016.  After a period for possible appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board, adjustments to Toronto’s ward boundaries should be implemented in time for the 2018 municipal election.

 

The consultant will undertake a review process that applies judicially recognized principles, considers leading electoral and public policy research and advice and implements a two-step broad engagement and consultation strategy with the Toronto public, communities, key stakeholders, the Mayor and City Councillors.  The first consultation will focus on input and considerations for Toronto’s current ward boundaries and the second consultation will focus on broad input on ward boundary options.

Background Information

(May 13, 2013) Report from the City Manager on A Ward Boundary Review for Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-58333.pdf
Appendix A - Population of Toronto Wards
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-58334.pdf
Appendix B - Terms of Reference for a Toronto Ward Boundary Review
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-58335.pdf

Communications

(May 28, 2013) E-mail from Brian Graff (EX.New.EX32.2.1)

Speakers

Councillor Janet Davis
Councillor Gord Perks
Councillor Adam Vaughan

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor Rob Ford (Carried)

City Council amend the Terms of Reference attached in Appendix B to the report (May 13, 2013) from the City Manager, to amend the last bullet under Consultant Responsibilities, to now read:

 

"Develop ward boundary options including a possible reduction in the number of wards and a recommended option for City Council's consideration in spring 2016".

Vote (Amend Item) May-28-2013

Result: Carried Majority Required - Ford - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Rob Ford (Chair), Doug Holyday, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Frank Di Giorgio, Norman Kelly, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong

2 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Lost)

Amend motion 1 by Mayor Ford by adding "or increase" so that it now reads:

 

"Develop ward boundary options including a possible reduction or increase in the number of wards and a recommended option for City Council's consideration in spring 2016".

Vote (Amend Motion) May-28-2013

Result: Lost Majority Required - Thompson - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Peter Milczyn, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford (Chair), Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Cesar Palacio, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong

3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor Rob Ford (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-28-2013

Result: Carried Majority Required - Ford - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 12 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Frank Di Giorgio, Rob Ford (Chair), Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Peter Milczyn, Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council