Item - 2013.PE24.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 16, 2013 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Parks and Environment Committee on December 6, 2013 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on December 16, 2013.
  • See also HL25.4

PE24.3 - Resilient City: Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 16, 17 and 18, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer, to continue to coordinate the work of City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations, lead by the Office of Environment and Energy, to refine the effort of the Resilient City Working Group and report to the Parks and Environment Committee by April 2014, on a strategy that sees the City define the key interdependencies between the City's infrastructure and services that can be used to set priorities and actions to be taken to enhance the resilience of the interdependent infrastructure and services to extreme weather.

 

2.          City Council invite Hydro One Inc. to the membership of the Resilient City Working Group.

 

3.         City Council request the Director, Office of Environment and Energy to report to the Parks and Environment Committee in April 2014 on its tracking of the Insurance Bureau of Canada's project to develop and test its "Municipal Risk Assessment Tool".

 

4.         City Council request the Steering Committee of the Resilient City Working Group to consult with Coquitlam, Hamilton, Fredericton and Calgary to solicit their experience and advice concerning the Municipal Risk Assessment Tool to inform the report requested in Part 3 above.

Background Information (Committee)

(November 22, 2013) Report and Appendix A from the Chief Corporate Officer on the Resilient City: Peparing for Extreme Weather Events
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-64016.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council request the Director, Office of Environment and Energy to report to the Parks and Environment Committee in April 2014 on its tracking of the Insurance Bureau of Canada's project to develop and test its "Municipal Risk Assessment Tool".

 

2.         City Council request the Steering Committee of the Resilient City Working Group to consult with Coquitlam, Hamilton, Fredericton and Calgary to solicit their experience and advice concerning the Municipal Risk Assessment Tool to inform the report requested above.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-18-2013 6:45 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE24.3 - Ainslie - Amend the item
Total members that voted Yes: 34 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 10 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, Cesar Palacio

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-18-2013 6:46 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE24.3 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, 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, 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: 9 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser

3a - Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto

Background Information (Committee)
(November 8, 2013) Letter from the Toronto Board of Health on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-64017.pdf
(October 21, 2013) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-64018.pdf

PE24.3 - Resilient City: Preparing for Extreme Weather Events

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer, to continue to coordinate the work of City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations, lead by the Office of Environment and Energy, to refine the effort of the Resilient City Working Group and report to the Parks and Environment Committee by April of 2014, on a strategy that sees the City define the key interdependencies between the City's infrastructure and services that can be used to set priorities and actions to be taken to enhance the resilience of the interdependent infrastructure and services to extreme weather.

 

2.         City Council invite Hydro One Inc. to the membership of the Resilient City Working Group.

Origin

(November 22, 2013) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer

Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide City Council with an update on the actions being taken to assess:

 

1.         the adequacy of the City's infrastructure and services to accommodate future extreme weather events as predicted in "Toronto's Future Weather and Climate Drivers Study";

 

2.         planned activities to enhance the City's assets and services to withstand future weather conditions; and

 

3.         what more may need to be done to ensure the safety and security of assets and services under future extreme weather conditions.

 

This report also provides a status update about implementation of the City's 2008 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and the development of the City's Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit.

 

In 2011, the City of Toronto completed a study to help predict future climate conditions.  Key predictions from the "Toronto's Future Weather and Climate Drivers Study" were that Toronto might experience increasing average annual and maximum temperatures, more heat waves, and less frequent but much more intense rain events. The storm of July 8, 2013, during which severe thunderstorms and heavy rains flooded many parts of the City caused damage to public and private property and infrastructure, stranded thousands of commuters, and left tens of thousands of residents and businesses without electricity, emphasized the reality of the study's prediction.

 

The Chief Corporate Officer has coordinated the development of this report with the engagement of 14 City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations and Metrolinx and with support from Legal Services, Corporate Finance and Accounting Services. Work completed to date, has identified that while City operations have in place numerous initiatives, policies and services that support extreme weather adaptation, there is a need for additional work to evaluate a number of corporate wide issues and, in particular issues associated with the interdependencies of critical City infrastructure and services.

Background Information

(November 22, 2013) Report and Appendix A from the Chief Corporate Officer on the Resilient City: Peparing for Extreme Weather Events
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-64016.pdf

Speakers

Franz Hartman, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Sarah Doucette (Carried)

That City Council invite Hydro One to the membership of the Resilient City Working Group.


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Carried)

That:

 

-the words "the second quarter" in the staff recommendations in the report (November 22, 2013) from the Chief Corporate Officer, be replaced with the word "April".

 

-the words "lead by the Office of Environment and Energy" be added after the words "and Corporations". 


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

That the words "prepare by" in the staff recommendations in the report be replaced with the following:

"report to the Parks and Environment Committee by".

 


4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That the report (November 22, 2013) from the Chief Corporate Officer be forwarded to the City of Toronto - Toronto School Boards Task Force for feedback and better coordination in extreme weather emergency response.


5 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Carried)

3a - Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto

Origin
(November 8, 2013) Letter from the Board of Health
Summary

The Toronto Board of Health on November 4, 2013, considered a report (October 21, 2013) from the Medical Officer on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto

Background Information
(November 8, 2013) Letter from the Toronto Board of Health on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change in Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-64017.pdf
(October 21, 2013) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Exploring Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-64018.pdf
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council