Item - 2015.EX4.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 31, 2015 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on March 25, 2015 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on March 31, 2015.

EX4.3 - Transmittal of the Report on the Identification, Removal and Prevention of Barriers to Accessibility in the 2014 Municipal Election

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 31, April 1 and 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs, during the review of the Municipal Elections Act, to amend the Act to change proxy eligibility to ensure that persons with disabilities who are unable to attend at a voting station are able to assign their proxy to family members, regardless of whether or not the family member is eligible to vote in a City of Toronto municipal election.

 

2.  City Council request the City Clerk to consult with the Province of Ontario on reforms to the proxy ballot process under the Municipal Elections Act to provide for a more streamlined process to ensure easier access to the voting process.

 

3.  City Council request the City Clerk to consider implementing enhanced strategies for multilingual staff recruitment at voting locations during the municipal election.

 

4.  City Council receive the report (March 11, 2015) from the City Clerk for information.

Background Information (Committee)

(March 11, 2015) Report from the City Clerk on Transmittal of the Report on the Identification, Removal and Prevention of Barriers to Accessibility in the 2014 Municipal Election
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77941.pdf
Appendix A - 2014 Municipal Election Report on Accessibility
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77942.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs, during the review of the Municipal Election Act, to amend the Act to change proxy eligibility to ensure that persons with disabilities who are unable to attend at a voting station are able to assign their proxy to family members, regardless of whether or not the family member is eligible to vote in a City of Toronto municipal election.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-02-2015 5:08 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.3 - Thompson - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 31 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Josh Matlow
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Rob Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, John Tory

2a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Colle (Carried)

That City Council request the City Clerk to consult with the Province of Ontario on reforms to the proxy ballot process under the Municipal Elections Act to provide for a more streamlined process to ensure easier access to the voting process.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-02-2015 5:09 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.3 - Colle - motion 2a
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 13 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Rob Ford, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, John Tory

2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Colle (Carried)

The City Council request the City Clerk to consider implementing enhanced strategies for multilingual staff recruitment at voting locations during the municipal election.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Apr-02-2015 5:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Ex4.3 - Colle - motion 2b
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, John Tory

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Apr-02-2015 5:11 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX4.3 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Jim Karygiannis, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, John Tory

EX4.3 - Transmittal of the Report on the Identification, Removal and Prevention of Barriers to Accessibility in the 2014 Municipal Election

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council receive the report (March 11, 2015) from the City Clerk for information.

Origin

(March 11, 2015) Report from the City Clerk

Summary

In accordance with subsection 12.1(2) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended (MEA), the City Clerk has prepared a report about the identification, removal and prevention of barriers that affect electors and candidates with disabilities.  The attached report identifies the various initiatives undertaken by the City Clerk for the 2014 election as well as the outcomes and actions moving forward.

 

Members of the accessibility community made extraordinary contributions to the 2014 Election.  Their willingness to share their time and expertise allowed the Clerk and staff to gain a far deeper understanding of the issues and barriers faced by persons with disabilities.  The Clerk will continue to work closely with the Accessibility Outreach Network, the Disability Issues Committee and persons with disabilities to identify, remove and prevent barriers for future elections.

Background Information

(March 11, 2015) Report from the City Clerk on Transmittal of the Report on the Identification, Removal and Prevention of Barriers to Accessibility in the 2014 Municipal Election
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77941.pdf
Appendix A - 2014 Municipal Election Report on Accessibility
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-77942.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council