Item - 2017.PE19.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 4, 2017 with amendments.
  • City Council considered this item on May 24, 2017 and postponed its consideration to a later date. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.
  • This item was considered by Parks and Environment Committee on May 4, 2017 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on May 24, 2017.

PE19.4 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 4, 5, 6  and 7, 2017, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council approve the following long-term goals and pursue necessary measures to realize a low-carbon Toronto in 2050 that achieves an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions against 1990 levels:

 

a.  65 percent reduction in community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels as an interim target;

 

b.  100 percent of new buildings are designed and built to be near zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030;

 

c.  100 percent of existing buildings are retrofitted to the highest emission reduction technically feasible, on average achieving a 40 percent energy performance improvement over 2017 levels, while limiting affordability impacts to residents, by 2050;

 

d.  75 percent of community-wide energy use is derived from renewable or low-carbon sources by 2050;

 

e.  30 percent of total floor space community-wide - residential and commercial - will be connected to low-carbon thermal energy by 2050;

 

 f.  100 percent of transportation options - including public transit and personal vehicles - use low or zero-carbon energy sources, and active transportation accounts for 75 percent of trips under 5 km city-wide by 2050; and

 

g.  95 percent of waste is diverted in all sectors - residential, institutional, commercial and industrial - by 2050.

 

2.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer and the Director, Environment and Energy to submit through the 2018 budget process TransformTO business cases prioritized on a basis of Greenhouse Gas reductions per dollar spent, the projects that could be eligible for cost-sharing with other levels of government and alignment of timing with other provincial and federal Greenhouse Gas reduction projects.

 

3.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to lead cross-corporate implementation of City Council's approved "Leading by Example" TransformTO Report 1 Strategies (Item PE15.1), for which business cases will be brought through the annual budget process, towards achievement of the following low-carbon leadership goals:

 

a.  design and build all new City-owned facilities to be near zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2026;

 

b.  retrofit all City-owned buildings, including social housing, to the highest emission reduction technically feasible, on average achieving a 40 percent energy savings over 2017 building energy performance by 2040;

 

c.  install 24MW capacity of renewable energy on City-owned facilities and lands by 2020;

 

d.  establish a green fleet plan to transition 45 percent of City-owned fleet to low-carbon vehicles by 2030;

 

e.  achieve a net zero waste status at all City-owned facilities by 2030;

 

f.  generate and utilize 1.5 Million Giga-joules of energy annually from biogas by 2030; and

 

g.  earn designation as one of Canada's Top 100 Green Employers by 2020.

 

4.  City Council approve the long-term goal of transitioning to a low-carbon Toronto by 2050 in a way that maximizes public benefit and minimizes harms by using the following guiding principles when designing and delivering climate actions:

 

a.  advance social equity;

 

b.  improve affordability particularly for vulnerable populations;

 

c.  protect low-income residents;

 

d.  contribute to poverty reduction;

 

e.  enhance and strengthen the local economy;

 

f.  maintain and create good quality local jobs;

 

g.  improve public health; and

 

h.  create resilient communities and infrastructure.

 

5.  City Council direct that the TransformTO low-carbon, long-term goals and implementation plans be integrated:

 

a.  by the Chief Resilience Officer into the development and implementation of Toronto's Resilience Strategy; and

 

b.  into all relevant City of Toronto strategies, policies and programs.

 

6.  City Council request all City Agencies and Corporations to align their business plans and strategies with the recommendations, goals, and principles presented in the report (April 20, 2017) from the Chief Corporate Officer and the strategies adopted by City Council on December 13, 14 and 15, 2016 (Item PE15.1 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy Equitable, and Prosperous Toronto) and City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to include the status of such alignment in the 2019 report to the Parks and Environment Committee on the implementation status of Transform TO.

 

7.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to initiate three TransformTO Acceleration Campaigns, as described in the report (April 20, 2017) from the Chief Corporate Officer, to maximize the community benefit potential of low-carbon action, namely:

 

a.  mobilizing low-carbon neighbourhoods;

 

b.  workforce development for high-performance buildings; and

 

c.  exploring the implications and opportunities of electric mobility.

 

8.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to prepare and provide to City Council in the second quarter of each new term of Council, a report that identifies:

 

a.  updates on TransformTO key performance indicators including:

 

i.  City-wide greenhouse gas emissions as measured by the City of Toronto greenhouse gas Inventory;

 

ii.  co-benefits of low-carbon actions (indicators to be presented in first four year implementation plan update);

 

iii.  public engagement (number of organizations/individuals engaged and their level of engagement); and

 

iv.  amount of financial and other resources mobilized in support of low carbon action in Toronto;

 

b.  progress towards City of Toronto low-carbon leadership goals; and

 

c.  revisions and additions to the short-term strategies, and the implementation plan for that term of Council.

 

9.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to prepare and provide to Council a status update on the TransformTO key performance indicators in the third year of each Council term.

 

10.  City Council direct the City Manager to pursue all potentially applicable Federal and Provincial Government funding opportunities to assist in implementing Transform TO, including the promised Ontario Municipal Climate Challenge Fund, and to advocate to the Federal and Provincial Government for additional funding or financing opportunities to implement Transform TO.

 

11.  City Council direct the City Manager to advocate to the Federal and Provincial Governments for regulatory, policy, and co-delivery supports necessary to achieve the Transform TO long-term, low-carbon goals.

 

12.  City Council authorize the City Manager or designate to negotiate and enter into all necessary agreements, including funding agreements, to support the implementation of the TransformTO recommendations and strategies, in forms satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

13.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee on existing staff and resources currently allocated towards reaching Council's 2050 Greenhouse Gas reduction targets.

 

14.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to report back on the relevance of consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions accounting in the Toronto context as part of the 2019 status update and renewed TransformTO implementation plan.

 

15.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to undertake appropriate consultation with the aboriginal community on the TransformTO plan and implementation, including any local traditional knowledge relevant to climate change and report to the Parks and Environment Committee in 2019 as part of the implementation report.

 

16.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to pursue partnerships with the private and non-profit sector in order to support community engagement.

 

17.  City Council request the Director, Environment and Energy to report to the Parks and Environment Committee on ways and means the City could assist with the establishment of a biogas plant at the Toronto Zoo, including:

 

1. the use of recoverable debt; and

 

2. supporting applications for Provincial and Federal green energy funding programs.

 

18.  City Council direct the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services in consultation with the Director, Environment and Energy to review the viability of the proposed Zoo Share biogas organics waste to electricity project at the Toronto Zoo, assess opportunities for organics energy projects at the former Beare Road Landfill, and to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the fourth quarter of 2017 as part of the "Next Steps for Developing a Third Anaerobic Digester" report. 

 

19.  City Council direct the City Clerk to forward Council's decision to the following Provincial and Federal ministries for information: the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (Ontario), the Minister of Municipal Affairs (Ontario), the Minister of Energy (Ontario), the Minister of Infrastructure (Ontario), the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (Canada), and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (Canada).

Background Information (Committee)

(April 20, 2017) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103086.pdf
Attachment A - TransformTO Modelling Advisory Group Summary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103087.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 1-21
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103088.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 22-61
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103151.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 62-126
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103152.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 127-162
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103153.pdf
Attachment C - Evaluation of Potential Additions to TransformTO Report 1 Strategies
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103089.pdf
(May 4, 2017) Presentation by Project Lead, Environment and Energy on Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103605.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 30, 2017) E-mail from John Stephenson (PE.New.PE19.4.1)
(April 30, 2017) E-mail from Karina Maynard (PE.New.PE19.4.2)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PE.New.PE19.4.3)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Linda Heron (PE.New.PE19.4.4)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Derek Rayside (PE.New.PE19.4.5)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PE.New.PE19.4.6)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Patrick DeRochie (PE.New.PE19.4.7)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Jafar Hassan (PE.New.PE19.4.8)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Colleen Lynch (PE.New.PE19.4.9)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PE.New.PE19.4.10)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Howarth (PE.New.PE19.4.11)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Greg Knittl (PE.New.PE19.4.12)
(May 3, 2017) Submission from Harold B. Smith (PE.New.PE19.4.13)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Lia Silver and Edie Levine-Barnoff (PE.New.PE19.4.14)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Halley Simenhoff and Mieko Yao (PE.New.PE19.4.15)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Daragh Brysin and Ellen Boyle Price (PE.New.PE19.4.16)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Margaret Rao, Regal Heights Residents Association (PE.New.PE19.4.17)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from John Gibb (PE.New.PE19.4.18)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Jody Chan (PE.New.PE19.4.19)
(May 3, 2017) Submission from Amelia Rose Khan (PE.New.PE19.4.20)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Kelsey Forrest (PE.New.PE19.4.21)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Rosemary Boissonneau (PE.New.PE19.4.22)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Julia DaSilva (PE.New.PE19.4.23)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Robert Shirkey (PE.New.PE19.4.24)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Paul Antze (PE.New.PE19.4.25)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from John Robinson, Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, University of Toronto (PE.New.PE19.4.26)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-69211.pdf
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Rick Ciccarelli (PE.New.PE19.4.27)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from Lyn Adamson, Chair, ClimateFast, CarbonFree TO campaign (PE.New.PE19.4.28)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Dusha Sritharan (PE.New.PE19.4.29)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from Catherine Sutherland (PE.New.PE19.4.30)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Ann Russell (PE.New.PE19.4.31)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Margaret Rao, Regal Heights Residents Association (PE.New.PE19.4.32)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Kathryn Tait (PE.New.PE19.4.33)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from James R. Snetsinger, Teacher, and Students of Thorncliffe Park Public School (PE.New.PE19.4.34)

Communications (City Council)

(May 11, 2017) Submission from Halyna Zalucky (CC.Supp.PE19.4.35)
(May 19, 2017) Letter from Various Organizations and Individuals (CC.Supp.PE19.4.36)
(May 18, 2017) Letter from Susan McMurray, Chair, Pocket Community Association (CC.Supp.PE19.4.37)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/comm/communicationfile-70017.pdf
(May 22, 2017) E-mail from Craig Jasman (CC.Supp.PE19.4.38)
(May 24, 2017) Letter from Andy Schonberger, Chair, Leadership Board and Muktha Tumkur, Regional Director, Greater Toronto Area, The Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CC.New.PE19.4.39)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/comm/communicationfile-70026.pdf
(May 23, 2017) E-mail from Julia Morgan (CC.New.PE19.4.40)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Chanda Chevannes (CC.New.PE19.4.41)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Mariko Uda (CC.New.PE19.4.42)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Sandra Morgan (CC.New.PE19.4.43)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Marc Francoeur (CC.New.PE19.4.44)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Arlene Lott (CC.New.PE19.4.45)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Marc van Beusekom (CC.New.PE19.4.46)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Charlotte Morgan (CC.New.PE19.4.47)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from David Tran (CC.New.PE19.4.48)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from David Langille (CC.New.PE19.4.49)
(May 25, 2017) E-mail from Stephanie Weimar (CC.New.PE19.4.50)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13, Parkdale - High Park, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 519 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Pam McConnell, Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 420 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Cesar Palacio, Ward 17, Davenport, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 68 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, Beaches-East York, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 400 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Ward 38, Scarborough Centre, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 180 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 25, 2017) Petition from Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 10 York Centre, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 72 persons, filed during the meeting (CC.New)
(May 22, 2017) E-mail from Craig Jasman (CC.Main.PE19.4.51)
(June 26, 2017) Letter from John Stephenson, President, Ontario Association of Architects (CC.Main.PE19.4.52)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/comm/communicationfile-71101.pdf
(June 29, 2017) E-mail from Franz Hartmann (CC.Supp.PE19.4.53)
(June 30, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (CC.New.PE19.4.54)
(July 3, 2017) E-mail from Karen Buck (CC.New.PE19.4.55)
(July 3, 2017) E-mail from Anne Keary (CC.New.PE19.4.56)
(July 4, 2017) Petition from Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb, Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 142 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(July 4, 2017) Petition from Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, Beaches-East York, regarding climate change mitigation, resiliency and adaptation in all Council decisions, containing the signatures of approximately 157 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(July 4, 2017) Petition from Councillor Shelley Carroll, Ward 33, Don Valley East, regarding climate change mitigation, resiliency and adaptation in all Council decisions, containing the signatures of approximately 177 persons filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer and the Director, Environment and Energy to submit through the 2018 budget process TransformTO business cases prioritized on a basis of Greenhouse Gas reductions per dollar spent, the projects that could be eligible for cost-sharing with other levels of government and alignment of timing with other provincial and federal Greenhouse Gas reduction projects.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-04-2017 7:11 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE19.4 - McMahon - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 27 Members that voted Yes are Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 16 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, David Shiner

1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to pursue partnerships with the private and non-profit sector in order to support community engagement.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-04-2017 7:12 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE19.4 - McMahon - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 42 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, 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, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, David Shiner

1c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to report back to the Parks and Environment Committee on existing staff and resources currently allocated towards reaching Council's 2050 Greenhouse Gas reduction targets.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-04-2017 7:12 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE19.4 - McMahon - motion 1c
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Sarah Doucette, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, David Shiner

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Redundant)

That City Council direct the City Manager and Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer to include in the 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets, funding to implement the recommendations in Transform TO.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled motion 2 by Councillor Layton redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 1a by Councillor McMahon.


3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Lost)

That City Council amend Parks and Environment Committee Recommendation 3 by adding a new Part i:

 

3.  City Council approve the long-term goal of transitioning to a low-carbon Toronto by 2050 in a way that maximizes public benefit and minimizes harms by using the following guiding principles when designing and delivering climate actions:

 

i.  protect the taxpayer from significant increases in taxes and user fees.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-04-2017 7:10 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - PE19.4 - Minnan-Wong - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 10 Members that voted Yes are Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Vincent Crisanti, Michael Ford, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak
Total members that voted No: 33 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, David Shiner

4a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That City Council request the Director, Environment and Energy to report to the Parks and Environment Committee on ways and means the City could assist with the establishment of a biogas plant at the Toronto Zoo, including:

 

1. the use of recoverable debt; and

 

2. supporting applications for Provincial and Federal green energy funding programs.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-04-2017 7:13 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE19.4- De Baeremaeker - motion 4a
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Gord Perks, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, David Shiner

4b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Solid Waste Management Services in consultation with the Director, Environment and Energy to review the viability of the proposed Zoo Share biogas organics waste to electricity project at the Toronto Zoo, assess opportunities for organics energy projects at the former Beare Road Landfill, and to report back to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in the fourth quarter of 2017 as part of the "Next Steps for Developing a Third Anaerobic Digester" report.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-04-2017 7:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE19.4 - De Baeremaeker - motion 4b
Total members that voted Yes: 35 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 8 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, John Filion, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Gord Perks, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-04-2017 7:15 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PE19.4 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 43 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, 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, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Pam McConnell, David Shiner

Point of Privilege by Councillor Janet Davis

Councillor Davis, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor De Baeremaeker in his remarks implied that she questioned Councillor McMahon's commitment to environmental issues.  Councillor Davis further stated that at no point did she ever question Councillor McMahon's commitment and asked that Councillor De Baeremaeker withdraw his remarks.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Councillor De Baeremaeker, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that he feels bullied by other Members.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Shelley Carroll

Councillor Shelley Carroll, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor De Baeremaeker is personalizing his remarks and the Speaker has not yet addressed the Points of Privilege.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Points of Privilege and ruled that remarks made by Councillor De Baeremaeker were not attacking anyone in the Chamber.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon

Councillor McMahon, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor Carroll was interrupting her remarks.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Shelley Carroll

Councillor Shelley Carroll, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that she did not say a word out loud and that she was sorry the Member was having trouble being questioned on her motion.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Points of Privilege and ruled that Councillor Carroll was personalizing her remarks by the comments she made about Councillor McMahon and asked Members to move on.


Point of Order by Councillor Mike Layton

Councillor Layton, rising on a Point of Order, stated that he wished the Speaker to advise if his motion 2 would be redundant if Council adopted motion 1a by Councillor McMahon.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that both motions refer to the budget process, so if Council adopts motion 1a by Councillor McMahon then motion 2 by Councillor Layton would be redundant.

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled that Councillor Mammoliti's questions of Councillor McMahon about staff positions was not part of Councillor McMahon's motion.

PE19.4 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 24, 25 and 26, 2017, deferred Item PE19.4 to the July 5, 6 and 7, 2017 meeting of City Council.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 20, 2017) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103086.pdf
Attachment A - TransformTO Modelling Advisory Group Summary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103087.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 1-21
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103088.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 22-61
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103151.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 62-126
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103152.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 127-162
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103153.pdf
Attachment C - Evaluation of Potential Additions to TransformTO Report 1 Strategies
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103089.pdf
(May 4, 2017) Presentation by Project Lead, Environment and Energy on Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103605.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(April 30, 2017) E-mail from John Stephenson (PE.New.PE19.4.1)
(April 30, 2017) E-mail from Karina Maynard (PE.New.PE19.4.2)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PE.New.PE19.4.3)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Linda Heron (PE.New.PE19.4.4)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Derek Rayside (PE.New.PE19.4.5)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PE.New.PE19.4.6)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Patrick DeRochie (PE.New.PE19.4.7)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Jafar Hassan (PE.New.PE19.4.8)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Colleen Lynch (PE.New.PE19.4.9)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PE.New.PE19.4.10)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Howarth (PE.New.PE19.4.11)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Greg Knittl (PE.New.PE19.4.12)
(May 3, 2017) Submission from Harold B. Smith (PE.New.PE19.4.13)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Lia Silver and Edie Levine-Barnoff (PE.New.PE19.4.14)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Halley Simenhoff and Mieko Yao (PE.New.PE19.4.15)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Daragh Brysin and Ellen Boyle Price (PE.New.PE19.4.16)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Margaret Rao, Regal Heights Residents Association (PE.New.PE19.4.17)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from John Gibb (PE.New.PE19.4.18)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Jody Chan (PE.New.PE19.4.19)
(May 3, 2017) Submission from Amelia Rose Khan (PE.New.PE19.4.20)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Kelsey Forrest (PE.New.PE19.4.21)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Rosemary Boissonneau (PE.New.PE19.4.22)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Julia DaSilva (PE.New.PE19.4.23)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Robert Shirkey (PE.New.PE19.4.24)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Paul Antze (PE.New.PE19.4.25)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from John Robinson, Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, University of Toronto (PE.New.PE19.4.26)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-69211.pdf
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Rick Ciccarelli (PE.New.PE19.4.27)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from Lyn Adamson, Chair, ClimateFast, CarbonFree TO campaign (PE.New.PE19.4.28)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Dusha Sritharan (PE.New.PE19.4.29)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from Catherine Sutherland (PE.New.PE19.4.30)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Ann Russell (PE.New.PE19.4.31)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Margaret Rao, Regal Heights Residents Association (PE.New.PE19.4.32)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Kathryn Tait (PE.New.PE19.4.33)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from James R. Snetsinger, Teacher, and Students of Thorncliffe Park Public School (PE.New.PE19.4.34)

Communications (City Council)

(May 11, 2017) Submission from Halyna Zalucky (CC.Supp.PE19.4.35)
(May 19, 2017) Letter from Various Organizations and Individuals (CC.Supp.PE19.4.36)
(May 18, 2017) Letter from Susan McMurray, Chair, Pocket Community Association (CC.Supp.PE19.4.37)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/comm/communicationfile-69504.pdf
(May 22, 2017) E-mail from Craig Jasman (CC.Supp.PE19.4.38)
(May 24, 2017) Letter from Andy Schonberger, Chair, Leadership Board and Muktha Tumkur, Regional Director, Greater Toronto Area, The Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CC.New.PE19.4.39)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/cc/comm/communicationfile-69675.pdf
(May 23, 2017) E-mail from Julia Morgan (CC.New.PE19.4.40)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Chanda Chevannes (CC.New.PE19.4.41)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Mariko Uda (CC.New.PE19.4.42)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Sandra Morgan (CC.New.PE19.4.43)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Marc Francoeur (CC.New.PE19.4.44)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Arlene Lott (CC.New.PE19.4.45)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Marc van Beusekom (CC.New.PE19.4.46)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from Charlotte Morgan (CC.New.PE19.4.47)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from David Tran (CC.New.PE19.4.48)
(May 24, 2017) E-mail from David Langille (CC.New.PE19.4.49)
(May 25, 2017) E-mail from Stephanie Weimar (CC.New.PE19.4.50)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13, Parkdale - High Park, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 519 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Pam McConnell, Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 420 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Cesar Palacio, Ward 17, Davenport, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 68 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, Beaches-East York, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 400 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 24, 2017) Petition from Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Ward 38, Scarborough Centre, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 180 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)
(May 25, 2017) Petition from Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 10 York Centre, regarding TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future, containing the signatures of approximately 72 persons, filed during the meeting (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Defer Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That City Council defer Item PE19.4, remaining on the agenda, for consideration at the July 5, 6 and 7, 2017 City Council meeting.

Vote (Defer Item) May-26-2017 7:22 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Defer all remaining business to the July 5, 6, 7, 2017 City Council meeting
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, 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, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Pam McConnell, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that were Absent: 9 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Shelley Carroll, Michelle Holland, Giorgio Mammoliti, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

PE19.4 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council approve the following long-term goals and pursue necessary measures to realize a low-carbon Toronto in 2050 that achieves an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against 1990 levels:

 

a.  65 percent reduction in community-wide GHG emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels as an interim target;

 

b.  100 percent of new buildings are designed and built to be near zero GHG emissions by 2030;

 

c.  100 percent of existing buildings are retrofitted to the highest emission reduction technically feasible, on average achieving a 40 percent energy performance improvement over 2017 levels, while limiting affordability impacts to residents, by 2050;

 

d.  75 percent of community-wide energy use is derived from renewable or low-carbon sources by 2050;

 

e.  30 percent of total floor space community-wide - residential and commercial - will be connected to low-carbon thermal energy by 2050;

 

 f.  100 percent of transportation options - including public transit and personal vehicles - use low or zero-carbon energy sources, and active transportation accounts for 75 percent of trips under 5 km city-wide by 2050; and

 

g.  95 percent of waste is diverted in all sectors - residential, institutional, commercial and industrial - by 2050.

 

2.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to lead cross-corporate implementation of City Council's approved "Leading by Example" TransformTO Report 1 Strategies (Item PE15.1), for which business cases will be brought through the annual budget process, towards achievement of the following low-carbon leadership goals:

 

a.  design and build all new City-owned facilities to be near zero GHG emissions by 2026;

 

b.  retrofit all City-owned buildings, including social housing, to the highest emission reduction technically feasible, on average achieving a 40% energy savings over 2017 building energy performance by 2040;

 

c.  install 24MW capacity of renewable energy on City-owned facilities and lands by 2020;

 

d.  establish a green fleet plan to transition 45% of City-owned fleet to low-carbon vehicles by 2030;

 

e.  achieve a net zero waste status at all City-owned facilities by 2030;

 

f.  generate and utilize 1.5 Million Giga-joules of energy annually from biogas by 2030; and

 

g.  earn designation as one of Canada's Top 100 Green Employers by 2020.

 

3.  City Council approve the long-term goal of transitioning to a low-carbon Toronto by 2050 in a way that maximizes public benefit and minimizes harms by using the following guiding principles when designing and delivering climate actions:

 

a.  advance social equity;

 

b.  improve affordability particularly for vulnerable populations;

 

c.  protect low-income residents

 

d.  contribute to poverty reduction 

 

e.  enhance and strengthen the local economy;

 

f.  maintain and create good quality local jobs;

 

g.  improve public health; and

 

h.  create resilient communities and infrastructure.

 

4.  City Council direct that the TransformTO low-carbon, long-term goals and implementation plans be integrated:

 

a.  by the Chief Resilience Officer into the development and implementation of Toronto's Resilience Strategy; and

 

b.  into all relevant City of Toronto strategies, policies and programs.

 

5.  City Council request all City Agencies and Corporations to align their business plans and strategies with the recommendations, goals, and principles presented in the report (April 20, 2017) from the Chief Corporate Officer and the strategies adopted by City Council on December 13, 14 and 15, 2016 (Item PE15.1 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy Equitable, and Prosperous Toronto) and direct the Chief Corporate Officer to include the status of such alignment in the 2019 report to the Parks and Environment Committee on the implementation status of Transform TO.

 

6.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to initiate three TransformTO Acceleration Campaigns, as described in the report (April 20, 2017) from the Chief Corporate Officer, to maximize the community benefit potential of low-carbon action, namely:

 

a.  Mobilizing Low-Carbon Neighbourhoods;

 

b.  Workforce Development for High-performance Buildings; and

 

c.  Exploring the Implications and Opportunities of Electric Mobility.

 

7.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to prepare and provide to City Council in the second quarter of each new term of Council, a report that identifies:

 

a.  Updates on TransformTO key performance indicators including:

 

i.  City-wide GHG emissions as measured by the City of Toronto GHG Inventory;

ii.  Co-benefits of low-carbon actions (indicators to be presented in first four year implementation plan update);

iii.  Public engagement (number of organizations/individuals engaged and their level of engagement); and

iv.  Amount of financial and other resources mobilized in support of low carbon action in Toronto;

 

b.  progress towards City of Toronto low-carbon leadership goals; and

 

c.  revisions and additions to the short-term strategies, and the implementation plan for that term of Council.

 

8.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to prepare and provide to Council a status update on the TransformTO key performance indicators in the third year of each Council term.

 

9.  City Council direct the City Manager to pursue all potentially applicable Federal and Provincial Government funding opportunities to assist in implementing Transform TO, including the promised Ontario Municipal Climate Challenge Fund, and to advocate to the Federal and Provincial Government for additional funding or financing opportunities to implement Transform TO.

 

10.  City Council direct the City Manager to advocate to the Federal and Provincial Governments for regulatory, policy, and co-delivery supports necessary to achieve the Transform TO long-term, low-carbon goals.

 

11.  City Council authorize the City Manager or designate to negotiate and enter into all necessary agreements, including funding agreements, to support the implementation of the TransformTO recommendations and strategies, in forms satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

12.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to report back on the relevance of consumption-based GHG emissions accounting in the Toronto context as part of the 2019 status update and renewed TransformTO implementation plan.

 

13.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to undertake appropriate consultation with the aboriginal community on the TransformTO plan and implementation, including any local traditional knowledge relevant to climate change and report to the Parks and Environment Committee in 2019 as part of the implementation report.

 

14.  City Council direct the City Clerk to forward Council's decision to the following Provincial and Federal ministries for information: Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (Ontario), Minister of Municipal Affairs (Ontario), Minister of Energy (Ontario), Minister of Infrastructure (Ontario), Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (Canada), and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (Canada).

Decision Advice and Other Information

The following gave a presentation on Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto:

 

- Director, Environment and Energy

- Manager, Environmental Implementation and Support

- Project Lead, Environment and Energy

Origin

(April 20, 2017) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer

Summary

In July 2007, Toronto City Council recognized the far reaching impacts of climate change and unanimously made a commitment to see community-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 80 percent against 1990 levels by the year 2050. The City's innovation and leadership is why Toronto has seen its greenhouse gas emissions drop by 24 percent, exceeding our 2012 goal of a 6 percent reduction.  However, our current pace of change is insufficient to achieve the emission reduction goal for 2050.

 

Analysis shows that the 2050 goal is achievable with existing technologies, but it means bold action is required to transform Toronto's urban systems - buildings, energy, transportation and waste. Where Toronto is already on the correct trajectory, we need to stay the course. In other areas, we need to increase the scale and pace of change.

 

The path to the 2050 goal is one where many of the low-carbon actions will pay for themselves over the long term. It is also a path that can facilitate achievement of a city that is more healthy, equitable and prosperous. The TransformTO Modelling Advisory Group, consisting of 35 community leaders and City staff have identified how low-carbon actions can drive significant co-benefits. Their report, Attachment A: TransformTO Modelling Advisory Group Summary Report, outlines ways to realize these co-benefits.

 

Initiated in 2015, TransformTO involved the engagement of over 2,000 residents, the input of an inter-divisional steering team and the Modelling Advisory Group, in combination with detailed technical modelling. Getting to Toronto's 2050 goal requires:

 

A. Maintaining and Implementing Toronto's Planned Climate Actions

B. Committing to the Vision - A Low-Carbon, Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto

C. Maximizing Community Benefit from Climate Action

D. Leadership through City Action

E. Urban System Transformation

i. Mobilizing Low-Carbon Neighbourhoods

ii. Expanding Mobility Options and Embracing Electrification

iii. Building Energy Performance

iv. Renewable and Community Energy Approaches

v. Towards Virtual Waste Elimination

F.  Monitoring and Reporting

 

In December 2016, City Council approved a package of TransformTO strategies to initiate transformation in Toronto's urban systems that must be funded and implemented to put Toronto on the needed long-term trajectory.  In addition to full implementation of these strategies, this report identifies three Acceleration Campaigns to ensure that efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions also maximize potential community benefits:

 

1.  Mobilize Low-Carbon Neighbourhoods;

2.  Exploring the Implications and Opportunities of Electric Mobility; and

3.  Workforce Development for High-Performance Buildings

Background Information

(April 20, 2017) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto - Report 2 - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Future
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103086.pdf
Attachment A - TransformTO Modelling Advisory Group Summary Report
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103087.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 1-21
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103088.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 22-61
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103151.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 62-126
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103152.pdf
Attachment B - Modelling Toronto's Low Carbon Future: Results of Modelling Greenhouse Gas Emissions to 2050 - Pages 127-162
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103153.pdf
Attachment C - Evaluation of Potential Additions to TransformTO Report 1 Strategies
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103089.pdf
(May 4, 2017) Presentation by Project Lead, Environment and Energy on Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-103605.pdf

Communications

(April 30, 2017) E-mail from John Stephenson (PE.New.PE19.4.1)
(April 30, 2017) E-mail from Karina Maynard (PE.New.PE19.4.2)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PE.New.PE19.4.3)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Linda Heron (PE.New.PE19.4.4)
(May 1, 2017) E-mail from Derek Rayside (PE.New.PE19.4.5)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (PE.New.PE19.4.6)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Patrick DeRochie (PE.New.PE19.4.7)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Jafar Hassan (PE.New.PE19.4.8)
(May 2, 2017) E-mail from Colleen Lynch (PE.New.PE19.4.9)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (PE.New.PE19.4.10)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Howarth (PE.New.PE19.4.11)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Greg Knittl (PE.New.PE19.4.12)
(May 3, 2017) Submission from Harold B. Smith (PE.New.PE19.4.13)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Lia Silver and Edie Levine-Barnoff (PE.New.PE19.4.14)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Halley Simenhoff and Mieko Yao (PE.New.PE19.4.15)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Daragh Brysin and Ellen Boyle Price (PE.New.PE19.4.16)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Margaret Rao, Regal Heights Residents Association (PE.New.PE19.4.17)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from John Gibb (PE.New.PE19.4.18)
(May 3, 2017) E-mail from Jody Chan (PE.New.PE19.4.19)
(May 3, 2017) Submission from Amelia Rose Khan (PE.New.PE19.4.20)
(May 3, 2017) Letter from Kelsey Forrest (PE.New.PE19.4.21)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Rosemary Boissonneau (PE.New.PE19.4.22)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Julia DaSilva (PE.New.PE19.4.23)
(May 4, 2017) E-mail from Robert Shirkey (PE.New.PE19.4.24)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Paul Antze (PE.New.PE19.4.25)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from John Robinson, Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability, University of Toronto (PE.New.PE19.4.26)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/pe/comm/communicationfile-69211.pdf
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Rick Ciccarelli (PE.New.PE19.4.27)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from Lyn Adamson, Chair, ClimateFast, CarbonFree TO campaign (PE.New.PE19.4.28)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Dusha Sritharan (PE.New.PE19.4.29)
(May 4, 2017) Letter from Catherine Sutherland (PE.New.PE19.4.30)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Ann Russell (PE.New.PE19.4.31)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Margaret Rao, Regal Heights Residents Association (PE.New.PE19.4.32)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from Kathryn Tait (PE.New.PE19.4.33)
(May 4, 2017) Submission from James R. Snetsinger, Teacher, and Students of Thorncliffe Park Public School (PE.New.PE19.4.34)

Speakers

James R. Snetsinger, Teacher, and Students of Thorncliffe Park Public School
Lyn Adamson, Chair, Climate Fast
Dusha Sritharan, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Emmay Mah, People's Climate Movement
Michael Rosenberg
Sharon Howarth
Kimberley Fry
Mike Mattos, Mount Dennis Community Association
Dan Cameron
Paul Antze
John Stephenson
Gideon Forman, Climate Change and Transportation Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
Kristy Chan, Member, Alliance for a Just Toronto
Hamish Wilson
Jafar Hassan, Policy Manager, Toronto Communtiy Benefits Network
Karen Buck
Robert Shirkey, Executive Director, Our Horizon
Margaret Rao, Regal Heights Residents Association, Climatefast Member
Kathryn Tait
Shawn Khan
David Langille, Co-Chair, Energy and Environment Committee, Pocket Community Association
Kevin Best
Rosemary Frei
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That Recommendation 5 be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

5.  City Council request all City Agencies and Corporations to align their business plans and strategies with the recommendations, goals, and principles presented in the report (April 20, 2017) from the Chief Corporate Officer and the strategies adopted by City Council on December 13, 14 and 15, 2016 (Item PE15.1 - TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy Equitable, and Prosperous Toronto) and direct the Chief Corporate Officer to include the status of such alignment in the 2019 report to the Parks and Environment Committee on the implementation status of Transform TO.


2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That Recommendation 9 be deleted and replaced with the following:

 

a.  City Council direct the City Manager to pursue all potentially applicable Federal and Provincial Government funding opportunities to assist in implementing Transform TO, including the promised Ontario Municipal Climate Challenge Fund, and to advocate to the Federal and Provincial Government for additional funding or financing opportunities to implement Transform TO.

 

b.  City Council direct the City Manager to advocate to the Federal and Provincial Governments for regulatory, policy, and co-delivery supports necessary to achieve the Transform TO long-term, low-carbon goals.


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council authorize the City Manager or designate to negotiate and enter into all necessary agreements, including funding agreements, to support the implementation of the TransformTO recommendations and strategies, in forms satisfactory to the City Solicitor.


4 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That Recommendation 2.f be amended so that it now reads:

 

"generate and utilize 1.5 Million Giga-joules of energy annually from biogas by 2030;"


5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the Chief Corporate Officer to undertake appropriate consultation with the aboriginal community on the TransformTO plan and implementation, including any local traditional knowledge relevant to climate change and report to the Parks and Environment Committee in 2019 as part of the implementation report.


6 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)
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