Item - 2016.EX20.42

Tracking Status

  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on December 1, 2016 and was deferred indefinitely. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.
  • See also MM22.13

EX20.42 - Reviewing the Procedure for Approving Rooftop Telecommunications Towers on Toronto Community Housing Buildings

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred Indefinitely
Wards:
All

Committee Decision

The Executive Committee deferred consideration of the item indefinitely.

Origin

(November 14, 2016) Member Motion from Councillor James Pasternak, seconded by Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Summary

City Council on November 8 and 9, 2016, referred Motion MM22.13 to the Executive Committee.

 

Toronto Community Housing Corporation has entered into contracts with communication companies to allow them to install rooftop telecommunications towers on Toronto Community Housing Corporation buildings.  Many taller Toronto Community Housing Corporation buildings now have roofs that are jammed with telecommunications towers.

 

Many residents have concerns regarding the effects of living in close proximity to so many telecommunications towers. There is also confusion among residents regarding the approval process for them, the City of Toronto's role and the federal health and safety requirements.

 

Given these concerns, it is timely for Toronto Community Housing Corporation to review the procedures they are required to follow when approving rooftop telecommunications towers, notably their obligations for public consultation.  An analysis of the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision that only the federal government may approve or reject the location of a cell phone antenna should also be part of this request.

Background Information

(November 14, 2016) Member Motion from Councillor James Pasternak, seconded by Councillor Jim Karygiannis on Reviewing the Procedure for Approving Rooftop Telecommunications Towers on Toronto Community Housing Buildings
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-98341.pdf
(November 9, 2016) Fiscal Impact Statement from the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-98342.pdf

Communications

(November 29, 2016) E-mail from Frank Clegg (EX.Supp.EX20.42.1)
(November 29, 2016) E-mail from Martin Weatherall (EX.Supp.EX20.42.2)
(November 29, 2016) E-mail from Melissa Chalmers (EX.Supp.EX20.42.3)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Linda Sepp (EX.Supp.EX20.42.4)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Iskra Bragilevsky (EX.Supp.EX20.42.5)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Elizabeth Latta (EX.Supp.EX20.42.6)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Maureen E. Smith (EX.New.EX20.42.7)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Rick Biggar (EX.New.EX20.42.8)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Michelle Illiatovitch (EX.New.EX20.42.9)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Marilyn Orser (EX.New.EX20.42.10)
(November 30, 2016) E-mail from Evelyne Datl (EX.New.EX20.42.11)
(December 1, 2016) E-mail from Barbara Payne (EX.New.EX20.42.12)
(December 1, 2016) E-mail from Hadi Salameh (EX.New.EX20.42.13)

Speakers

Iskra Bragilevsky

Motions

1 - Motion to Defer Item Indefinitely moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

Declared Interests

The following member(s) declared an interest:

Mayor John Tory - as he has an interest in Rogers Communications Inc., which provides telephone and cellular services, wireless devices, internet and wi-fi services and television services to the City of Toronto.
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council