Item - 2015.EX10.13

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 9, 2015 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on December 1, 2015 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on December 9, 2015.

EX10.13 - City of Toronto Declaration - The Right to a Healthy Environment

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on December 9 and 10, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council adopt the City of Toronto Declaration - The Right to a Healthy Environment, contained in Appendix A to the report (November 17, 2015) from the Chief Corporate Officer, to support the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement.

 

2.  City Council forward this Item to the Provincial Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and request the Province of Ontario to review the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights in order to improve its effectiveness in light of the recognition in its preamble that "people of Ontario have a right to a healthful environment".

 

3.  City Council forward this Item to the Federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and request the Government of Canada to undertake actions that formally recognize that all Canadians have the right to live in a healthy environment.

 

4.  City Council forward this Item to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Background Information (Committee)

(November 17, 2015) Report and Appendix A from the Chief Corporate Officer on City of Toronto Declaration - The Right to a Healthy Environment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85952.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(November 30, 2015) Multiple Communications from 436 individuals requesting that City Council Please recognize my right to a healthy environment! (Agenda Item 10.13) (EX.Supp.EX10.13.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-57524.pdf
(December 1, 2015) E-mail from Tom Shea (EX.New.EX10.13.2)

Communications (City Council)

(December 4, 2015) Submission from Marianne Gallinger (CC.Supp.EX10.13.3)
(December 8, 2015) Multiple Communications from 1405 persons requesting that "City Council Please recognize my right to a healthy environment!" (Agenda Item EX10.13) (CC.Supp.EX10.13.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/cc/comm/communicationfile-57697.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

EX10.13 - City of Toronto Declaration - The Right to a Healthy Environment

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council adopt the City of Toronto Declaration - The Right to a Healthy Environment, contained in Appendix A to the report (November 17, 2015) from the Chief Corporate Officer, to support the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement.

 

2.  City Council transmit the report (November 17, 2015) from the Chief Corporate Officer to the provincial Minister of Environment and request the Province of Ontario to review the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights in order to improve its effectiveness in light of the recognition in its preamble that "people of Ontario have a right to a healthful environment".

 

3.  City Council transmit the report (November 17, 2015) from the Chief Corporate Officer to the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and request the Government of Canada to undertake actions that formally recognize that all Canadians have the right to live in a healthy environment.

 

4.  City Council transmit the report (November 17, 2015) from the Chief Corporate Officer to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Origin

(November 17, 2015) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer

Summary

Toronto’s long and robust history of environmental and health protection has made it a leading example of sustainability amongst municipalities. Toronto City Council has enacted many long-term strategies and plans that work together to achieve its vision of a clean, green and sustainable city. Toronto’s initiatives in urban planning, transportation, energy, food, water, waste, and other issues all contribute to the quality of Toronto’s environment and the health of its residents.

 

The David Suzuki Foundation is working with cities across Canada to recognize the right to a healthy environment. This campaign, called the Blue Dot Movement, has the ultimate goal of seeing environmental rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Achieving this goal begins with municipal declarations recognizing their citizens’ right to a healthy environment, to serve as calls to action for provincial and federal governments to strengthen environment rights legislation. As of October 2015, 95 municipalities in Canada, including 23 in Ontario, have adopted such declarations. Over 3,000 Toronto residents have shown their support for the Blue Dot Movement by signing a petition calling on the City of Toronto to recognize their right to a healthy environment.

 

Toronto can show its support for the Blue Dot Movement and demonstrate its continued leadership in environmental sustainability by adopting its own declaration recognizing the right to a healthy environment. This report recommends that City Council adopt a Toronto declaration for the right to a healthy environment. This is a public pronouncement that Toronto cares about the environment and the health of its residents. It reflects the vision in Council's Strategic Plan and complements the goals of many Council-adopted policies, strategies and plans. By adopting this declaration, Council reaffirms Toronto's commitment to building a healthy and sustainable city.

Background Information

(November 17, 2015) Report and Appendix A from the Chief Corporate Officer on City of Toronto Declaration - The Right to a Healthy Environment
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-85952.pdf

Communications

(November 30, 2015) Multiple Communications from 436 individuals requesting that City Council Please recognize my right to a healthy environment! (Agenda Item 10.13) (EX.Supp.EX10.13.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/comm/communicationfile-57524.pdf
(December 1, 2015) E-mail from Tom Shea (EX.New.EX10.13.2)

Speakers

Kimberly Todd, Representative, the Blue Dot Movement
Rosa Costanzo
Marianne Gallinger
Faisal Moola, David Suzuki Foundation
Ilona Valcov
Franz Hartmann, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Rod Muir, Sierra Club Canada
Councillor Mike Layton

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-01-2015

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Frank Di Giorgio, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Michael Thompson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council