Item - 2018.CD29.5

Tracking Status

CD29.5 - Closing the Service Gap in the Downtown East Revitalization Area

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale, 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

City Council on June 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council adopt the following the Enhanced 12-month Action Plan including immediate action items for the Downtown East as set out in Attachment 2 to the supplementary report (June 25, 2018) from the Interim City Manager and the  Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration:

 

Action Item 1:  Improve fulltime front-line staff awareness and training on how to respond to community mental health issues and access to mental health resources.

 

Action Item 2: Provide mental health promotion workshops to community service providers in the Downtown East Area including Suicide Prevention and Workplace Mental Health Promotion.

 

Action Item 3: Deliver mental health promotion and substance misuse prevention programming in local schools including youth leadership initiatives, parenting programs, and school staff support to address mental health literacy, anti-stigma, as well as safe and caring environments in schools. This work will be enhanced in response to recent changes in drug legislation and Downtown East community concerns.

 

Action Item 4: Explore opportunities to increase harm reduction staffing and wrap around programming for shelters, 24-hour respite sites and drop-ins. Work with Social Development, Finance and Administration to engage with local stakeholders to identify funding resources to hire additional harm reduction supports.

 

Action Item 5: Target roll out of overdose prevention training and naloxone distribution program within funded shelters and 24-hour respite sites to support overdose prevention, reduce overdoses and meet the unique needs of service users. A survey was completed on the training needs of shelters and drop-ins in relation to overdose prevention. This survey will also help to establish necessary training levels. Staff will report back with results in the second quarter of 2019 as part of the Downtown East report to Council.

 

Action Item 6: Provide training to key front line parks, facilities and recreation staff on overdose prevention, education and response as well as de-escalation, tact, and diplomacy when dealing with complex situations.

 

Action Item 7: Community Recreation and Parks staff will promote harm reduction resources and facilities such as supervised injection sites and treatment facilities.

 

Action Item 8: Work in partnership with City Divisions, community organizations and local businesses to strengthen outreach and harm reduction strategies, including the promotion of Safe Injection Sites and to provide overdose prevention training in the Downtown East Area. Measures of success will be identified, monitored and reported.

 

Action Item 9: Develop and share guidelines for indoor and outdoor sharps disposal with City Divisions, agencies and corporations, and community organizations.

 

Action Item 10: Support the scaling up of harm reduction services in response to the opioid crisis, including: supporting applications for overdose prevention sites and supervised consumption sites, supporting harm reduction policy development, and facilitating partnerships between community organizations and the City. The Community Safety and Well Being Unit staff will review ways to incorporate community safety and violence reduction considerations as part of the scale-up plan for harm reduction services in the area.

 

Action Item 11: Work with relevant partners to engage Indigenous organizations on Downtown East public service needs and recommendations regarding harm reduction, mental health and homelessness.

 

Action Item 12: Offer planned recreation programs and leagues to individuals living in shelters or are affected by Homelessness (Downtown East End Softball League, and related volleyball, soccer and yoga programs).

 

Action Item 13: Review Sign-in protocols for recreation programs to ensure no barriers to those without a fixed address and photo identification.

 

Action Item 14: Provide access to City washroom and shower facilities at three community centres in the area during regular operating hours seven days per week in the DTE boundaries. Expanded service levels for facility access will occur at John Innes Community Centre during the summer months to bring service levels to a seven day a week operation. Seven day access will continue at all three community centres for the start of the fall season. A communications strategy will be developed to support this action. Front-line staff have reviewed and revised safety protocols - facility sweeps in pairs, introduction of walkie talkies and continued use of duress buttons.  Security guards are being hired at John Innes Community Centre. All new staff will be trained on safety protocols. Relevant fulltime front-line staff would be provided de-escalation training from the Hostel Training Centre.

 

Action Item 15: Explore opportunities and secure to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable communities.

 

Action Item 16: Undertake deep consultations with Respite Service Providers to support the ongoing development and refinement of the permanent respite standards that take effect in November 2018.  The consultations will focus on opportunities for enhanced safety, community development and integration.  Service Providers from across the City will be asked to participate in these discussions, and the feedback received will help to inform both the respite program model and the permanent standards for respite sites. 

 

Action Item 17: Launch a new role of Community and Client Engagement Coordinator embedded in the Downtown East. The Community and Client Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for brokering social services, recreational and education programming and opportunities for the service users of 24-hour respite sites. The coordinator will establish and maintain effective working relationships with city councillors, local leaders, organizations, residents, and other community stakeholders. In addition, this position will be responsible for proactively addressing local concerns, improving communication, and mitigating negative impacts in the community.

 

Action Item 18: Development of a communication protocol with community input to mobilize support for information and effective responses to Violent and Traumatic Critical Incidents. Special attention will be paid to the Victoria Street Supervised Consumption Service. The community will be consulted and the protocol will be made available to stakeholders. Staff will report back on the protocol in the second quarter of 2019.

 

Action Item 19: Mobilize Coordinated Community Crisis Response to violent and traumatic incidents to address victimization and community impact. Responses are triggered when incidents such as shootings, stabbings, assaults and gang/gun activity take place in the community. Responses could include psycho-social supports, victim supports, witness supports and other measures to address community impact. The Community Crisis Response Program will activate Community Crisis Response Protocols and have an on the ground presence within 12-72 hours of an incident. Effectiveness measures such as timeliness, communication, coordination and accessibility to services will be utilized to review responses. 

 

Action Item 20: Mobilize inter-sectoral responses to situations of Acutely Elevated Risk.

 

Action Item 21: Work with community members, inter-departmental staff, Business Improvement Areass, and the City Councillors Office to facilitate, workshops, events and initiatives such community safety walks and park safety audits. Establish monthly community safety trainings and walks. A working group will be established with noted stakeholders and monthly meetings will be held to oversee this action Plan roll-out.

 

Action Item 22: Explore Community Benefits Agreement and Social Procurement opportunities that may arise from City procurement or new development in the area to achieve social and economic benefits for local communities.

 

Action Item 23: Initiate review of enforcement approach and policies related to illegal dumping on private property and staff will report back on the outcomes and measures of success to the Community Development and Recreation Committee in the second quarter of 2019 as part of the Downtown East report to Council.

 

Action Item 24: Request two temporary positions to enhance harm reduction supports in the area for a one year period. Staff will explore opportunities to hire additional harm reduction supports a minimum of 10 temporary positions, including peer-to-peer support workers, to enhance mobile harm reduction supports for a one year period and offset the costs from Toronto Central LHIN funding where possible.

 

Action Item 25: Request for seven additional staff to provide enhanced harm reduction outreach in 2018 with an initial focus in the Downtown East area. Toronto Public Health will monitor and evaluate needs throughout the City and adjust service accordingly. Services will include promoting existing harm reduction services, safer drug use equipment disposal, connecting people to other services including housing, income, food and mental health services and providing harm reduction counselling and support. This funding would be from a 2018 provincial enhancement to public health and is contingent on the City of Toronto providing the 25 percent cost shared amount.

 

Action Item 26: Staffing for Dedicated Park Clean-up Detail crews for parks (referred to as "flying squads") in the identified Hot Spot areas from July to December to increase service levels to 6 times per week.

 

Action Item 27: Increase staffing for Parks Ambassadors serving Hotspot areas in Downtown East from July to December.

 

Action Item 28:  Extend the scope of work for the flying squads to include laneway cleaning from June to December 2018 by increasing service levels to 3 times daily cleaning.

 

Action Item 29: Weekend Clean-up Blitz led by Solid Waste Management Services with a crew of 4 staff to provide additional sweeping, litter pick-up and other clean-up services in hotspot areas in the Downtown East on an as needed basis. This is in cooperation with Transportation Services.

 

Action Item 30: Work with City Divisions and community organizations to increase the number of needle drop boxes in the Downtown East including consideration of parks and open spaces.

 

Action Item 31: Extend the scope of work for the flying squads to include street sweeping and roadway cleaning from June to December 2018.

 

Action Item 32: Advance the work plan to repair and replace Astral street furniture in the Downtown East and consult with local stakeholders on the placement of any new furniture on Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Queen Street scheduled for 2018 to 2019.

 

Action Item 33: Remove abandoned newspaper boxed and corrals by August 2018.

 

Action Item 34: City Divisions will collaborate via the Downtown East Project Management Table and with the local community to explore beautification, public realm improvements and local engagement opportunities.

 

Action Item 35: Increase opportunities for youth and children's programming.

 

Action Item 36: Establish and implement a protocol for data sharing between area stakeholders and City Divisions including first responders to ensure broad awareness of safety issues including unsafe activities, needle disposal locations, needle related injuries and other hazards.

 

2.  City Council direct City Divisions, including Solid Waste Management Services, Transportation Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Toronto Public Health, to implement Action Items 14, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 31 in Part 1 above that are required to address the immediate needs in the Downtown East area, and take appropriate mitigating actions to accommodate funding for the additional resources within the divisions 2018 Approved Operating budget, and City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to work with the divisions to track the incremental expenditures, if any, related to the additional resources and to report the spending as part of the 2018 variance reporting.

 

3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report back in the second quarter of 2019 on a comprehensive five-year Action Plan to coordinate City services and address long term community needs in the Downtown East.

 

4.  City Council increase the 2018 Approved Operating Budget of Social Development, Finance and Administration of $0.048 million gross, $0 net, to support an increase in the approved complement for two temporary positions for a 12-month period, contingent on receiving funding approval from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, as set out in Part 1 above in Action Item 24.

 

5.  City Council request the Fire Chief and General Manager, Toronto Fire Services, the Chief, Toronto Paramedic Services, and the Toronto Police Services Board to review the current level of service presence at Yonge-Dundas Square and to consider a more proactive strategy to enhance safety and reduce incidences of violence including gun in the Downtown East area. ‎

Background Information (Committee)

(May 31, 2018) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Closing the Service Gap in the Downtown East Revitalization Area
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-115719.pdf
Attachment 1 - Downtown East 12 Month Action Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-115986.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(June 25, 2018) Supplementary report from the Interim City Manager and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Closing the Service Gap in the Downtown East Revitalization Area (CD29.5a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-117644.pdf
Attachment 1: Downtown East 12-month Action Plan Comparison Chart
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-117610.pdf
Attachment 2: Downtown East - Recommended Enhanced 12-month Action Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-117645.pdf
Attachment 3: Downtown East - Further Immediate Enhancements
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-117611.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 11, 2018) E-mail from Roohi Qureshi (CD.New.CD29.5.1)
(June 11, 2018) E-mail from Carol Mark (CD.New.CD29.5.2)
(June 12, 2018) E-mail from the Board, Cabbagetown South Residents Association (CD.New.CD29.5.3)
(June 12, 2018) Letter from Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University (CD.New.CD29.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-83655.pdf
(June 12, 2018) E-mail from Fred Dilkes and Janice Young (CD.New.CD29.5.5)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Kim McKenzie Galvez (CD.New.CD29.5.6)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Yousi Sedighi (CD.New.CD29.5.7)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Jinny Di Fruscia (CD.New.CD29.5.8)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Kristen Murphy (CD.New.CD29.5.9)
(June 12, 2018) Letter from Mark Garner, Chief Operating Officer, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (CD.New.CD29.5.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-83724.pdf
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Osborne (CD.New.CD29.5.11)
(June 12, 2018) Submission from Sylvie Greeniaus (CD.New.CD29.5.12)
(June 13, 2018) Submission from Ewa Lubiewa-Michalska (CD.New.CD29.5.13)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Carol Mark (CD.New.CD29.5.14)

Communications (City Council)

(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Susan Dineen (CC.Main.CD29.5.15)
(June 14, 2018) E-mail from Peter J. Sullivan (CC.Main.CD29.5.16)
(June 13, 2018) Submission from John Di Fruscia (CC.Supp.CD29.5.17)
(June 26, 2018) E-mail from Miguel Avila-Velarde (CC.New.CD29.5.18)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council adopt the following recommendations contained in the supplementary report (June 25, 2018) from the Interim City Manager and the  Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration [CD29.5a]:  

 

1.  City Council delete recommendation #1 from the Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting and adopt instead the Enhanced 12-month Action Plan including immediate action items for the Downtown East as set out in Attachment 2:

 

Action Item 1:  Improve fulltime front-line staff awareness and training on how to respond to community mental health issues and access to mental health resources.

 

Action Item 2: Provide mental health promotion workshops to community service providers in the Downtown East Area including Suicide Prevention & Workplace Mental Health Promotion.

 

Action Item 3: Deliver mental health promotion and substance misuse prevention programming in local schools including youth leadership initiatives, parenting programs, and school staff support to address mental health literacy, anti-stigma, as well as safe and caring environments in schools. This work will be enhanced in response to recent changes in drug legislation and Downtown East community concerns.

 

Action Item 4: Explore opportunities to increase harm reduction staffing and wrap around programming for shelters, 24-hour respite sites and drop-ins. Work with Social Development, Finance and Administration to engage with local stakeholders to identify funding resources to hire additional harm reduction supports.

 

Action Item 5: Target roll out of overdose prevention training and naloxone distribution program within funded shelters and 24-hour respite sites to support overdose prevention, reduce overdoses and meet the unique needs of service users.A survey was completed on the training needs of shelters and drop-ins in relation to overdose prevention. This survey will also help to establish necessary training levels. Staff will report back with results in the second quarter of 2019 as part of the Downtown East report to Council.

 

Action Item 6: Provide training to key front line parks, facilities and recreation staff on overdose prevention, education and response as well as de-escalation, tact, and diplomacy when dealing with complex situations.

 

Action Item 7: Community Recreation and Parks staff will promote harm reduction resources and facilities such as supervised injection sites and treatment facilities.

 

Action Item 8: Work in partnership with City Divisions, community organizations and local businesses to strengthen outreach and harm reduction strategies, including the promotion of SIS & to provide overdose prevention training in the Downtown East Area. Measures of success will be identified, monitored and reported.

 

Action Item 9: Develop and share guidelines for indoor and outdoor sharps disposal with City Divisions, ABC’s and community organizations.

 

Action Item 10: Support the scaling up of harm reduction services in response to the opioid crisis, including: supporting applications for overdose prevention sites and supervised consumption sites, supporting harm reduction policy development, and facilitating partnerships between community organizations and the City. The Community Safety and Well Being Unit staff will review ways to incorporate community safety and violence reduction considerations as part of the scale-up plan for harm reduction services in the area.

 

Action Item 11: Work with relevant partners to engage Indigenous organizations on Downtown East public service needs and recommendations regarding harm reduction, mental health and homelessness.

 

Action Item 12: Offer planned recreation programs and leagues to individuals living in shelters or are affected by Homelessness (Downtown East End Softball League, and related volleyball, soccer and yoga programs).

 

Action Item 13: Review Sign-in protocols for recreation programs to ensure no barriers to those without a fixed address and photo identification.

 

Action Item 14: Provide access to City washroom and shower facilities at three community centres in the area during regular operating hours seven days per week in the DTE boundaries. Expanded service levels for facility access will occur at John Innes Community Centre during the summer months to bring service levels to a seven day a week operation. Seven day access will continue at all three community centres for the start of the fall season. A communications strategy will be developed to support this action. Front-line staff have reviewed and revised safety protocols - facility sweeps in pairs, introduction of walkie talkies and continued use of duress buttons.  Security guards are being hired at John Innes CC. All new staff will be trained on safety protocols. Relevant fulltime front-line staff would be provided de-escalation training from the Hostel Training Centre.

 

Action Item 15: Explore opportunities and secure to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable communities.

 

Action Item 16: Undertake deep consultations with Respite Service Providers to support the ongoing development and refinement of the permanent respite standards that take effect in November 2018.  The consultations will focus on opportunities for enhanced safety, community development and integration.  Service Providers from across the City will be asked to participate in these discussions, and the feedback received will help to inform both the respite program model and the permanent standards for respite sites. 

 

Action Item 17: Launch a new role of Community and Client Engagement Coordinator embedded in the Downtown East. The Community and Client Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for brokering social services, recreational and education programming and opportunities for the service users of 24-hour respite sites. The coordinator will establish and maintain effective working relationships with city councillors, local leaders, organizations, residents, and other community stakeholders. In addition, this position will be responsible for proactively addressing local concerns, improving communication, and mitigating negative impacts in the community.

 

Action Item 18: Development of a communication protocol with community input to mobilize support for information and effective responses to Violent and Traumatic Critical Incidents. Special attention will be paid to the Victoria Street Supervised Consumption Service. The community will be consulted and the protocol will be made available to stakeholders. Staff will report back on the protocol in the second quarter of 2019.

 

Action Item 19: Mobilize Coordinated Community Crisis Response to violent and traumatic incidents to address victimization and community impact. Responses are triggered when incidents such as shootings, stabbings, assaults and gang/gun activity take place in the community. Responses could include psycho-social supports, victim supports, witness supports and other measures to address community impact.The Community Crisis Response Program will activate Community Crisis Response Protocols and have an on the ground presence within 12-72 hours of an incident. Effectiveness measures such as timeliness, communication, coordination and accessibility to services will be utilized to review responses. 

 

Action Item 20: Mobilize inter-sectoral responses to situations of Acutely Elevated Risk.

 

Action Item 21: Work with community members, inter-departmental staff, BIAs, and the City Councillors Office to facilitate, workshops, events and initiatives such community safety walks & park safety audits. Establish monthly community safety trainings and walks. A working group will be established with noted stakeholders and monthly meetings will be held to oversee this action Plan roll-out.

 

Action Item 22: Explore Community Benefits Agreement and Social Procurement opportunities that may arise from City procurement or new development in the area to achieve social and economic benefits for local communities.

 

Action Item 23: Initiate review of enforcement approach and policies related to illegal dumping on private property and staff will report back on the outcomes and measures of success to the Community Development and Recreation Committee in the second quarter of 2019 as part of the Downtown East report to Council.

 

Action Item 24: Request 2 temporary positions to enhance harm reduction supports in the area for a 1 year period. Staff will explore opportunities to hire additional harm reduction supports a minimum of 10 temporary positions, including peer-to-peer support workers, to enhance mobile harm reduction supports for a 1 year period and offset the costs from Toronto Central LHIN funding where possible.

 

Action Item 25: Request for 7 additional staff to provide enhanced harm reduction outreach in 2018 with an initial focus in the Downtown East area. Toronto Public Health will monitor and evaluate needs throughout the City and adjust service accordingly. Services will include promoting existing harm reduction services, safer drug use equipment disposal, connecting people to other services including housing, income, food and mental health services and providing harm reduction counselling and support. This funding would be from a 2018 provincial enhancement to public health and is contingent on the City of Toronto providing the 25% cost shared amount.

 

Action Item 26: Staffing for Dedicated Park Clean-up Detail crews for parks (referred to as "flying squads" in motion b12) in the identified Hot Spot areas from July to December to increase service levels to 6 times per week.

 

Action Item 27: Increase staffing for Parks Ambassadors serving Hotspot areas in Downtown East from July to December.

 

Action Item 28:  Extend the scope of work for the flying squads to include laneway cleaning from June to December 2018 by increasing service levels to 3 times daily cleaning.

 

Action Item 29: Weekend Clean-up Blitz led by Solid Waste Management Services with a crew of 4 staff to provide additional sweeping, litter pick-up and other clean-up services in hotspot areas in the Downtown East on an as needed basis. This is in cooperation with Transportation Services.

 

Action Item 30: Work with City Divisions and community organizations to increase the number of needle drop boxes in the Downtown East including consideration of parks and open spaces.

 

Action Item 31: Extend the scope of work for the flying squads to include street sweeping and roadway cleaning from June to December 2018.

 

Action Item 32: Advance the work plan to repair and replace Astral street furniture in the Downtown East and consult with local stakeholders on the placement of any new furniture on Yonge St. between Bloor St. and Queen St. scheduled for 2018 to 2019.

 

Action Item 33: Remove abandoned newspaper boxed and corrals by August 2018.

 

Action Item 34: City Divisions will collaborate via the Downtown East Project Management Table and with the local community to explore beautification, public realm improvements and local engagement opportunities.

 

Action Item 35: Increase opportunities for youth and children's programming.

 

Action Item 36: Establish and implement a protocol for data sharing between area stakeholders and City Divisions including first responders to ensure broad awareness of safety issues including unsafe activities, needle disposal locations, needle related injuries and other hazards.

 

2.  City Council direct City Divisions (including Solid Waste Management Services; Transportation Services; Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Public Health) to implement action items # 14, 26 - 29, and 31 that are required to address the immediate needs in the Downtown East area, and take appropriate mitigating actions to accommodate funding for the additional resources within the divisions 2018 Approved Operating budget, and request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to work with the divisions to track the incremental expenditures, if any, related to the additional resources and report the spending as part of the 2018 variance reporting.‎

Vote (Amend Item) Jun-28-2018 9:17 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD29.5 - Wong-Tam - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 28 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, Josh Colle, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Justin J. Di Ciano, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Miganoush Megardichian, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Jonathan Tsao

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote to adopt the item as amended.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-28-2018 9:25 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD29.5 - Adopt the item as amended - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 27 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Josh Colle, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 14 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, Gary Crawford, Justin J. Di Ciano, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Miganoush Megardichian, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Jonathan Tsao

CD29.5 - Closing the Service Gap in the Downtown East Revitalization Area

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale, 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that: 

 

1.  City Council adopt the following short term, 12-month Action Plan for the Downtown East as set out in Attachment 1 to the report (May 31, 2018) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration:

 

"Action Item 1.  Improve fulltime front-line staff awareness and training on how to respond to community mental health issues and access to mental health resources.

 

Action Item 2.  Provide mental health promotion workshops to community service providers in the Downtown East Area including Suicide Prevention & Workplace Mental Health Promotion.

 

Action Item 3.  Deliver mental health promotion and substance misuse prevention programming in local schools including youth leadership initiatives, parenting programs, and school staff support to address mental health literacy, anti-stigma, as well as safe and caring environments in schools. This work will be enhanced in response to recent changes in drug legislation and Downtown East community concerns.

 

Action Item 4.  Explore opportunities to increase harm reduction staffing and wrap around programming for shelters, 24-hour respite sites and drop-ins.

 

Action Item 5.  Target roll out of overdose prevention training and naloxone distribution program within funded shelters and 24-hour respite sites to support overdose prevention, reduce overdoses and meet the unique needs of service users.

 

Action Item 6.  Provide training to all front line parks, facilities and recreation staff on overdose prevention, education and response as well as de-escalation, tact, and diplomacy when dealing with complex situations.

 

Action Item 7.  Community Recreation and Parks staff will promote harm reduction resources and facilities such as supervised injection sites and treatment facilities.

 

Action Item 8.  Work in partnership with City Divisions, community organizations and local businesses to strengthen outreach and harm reduction strategies, including the promotion of SIS and to provide overdose training in the Downtown East Area.

 

Action Item 9.  Develop and share guidelines for indoor and outdoor sharps disposal with City Divisions, ABC’s and community organizations.

 

Action Item 10.  Support the scaling up of harm reduction services in response to the opioid crisis, including: supporting applications for overdose prevention sites and supervised consumption sites, supporting harm reduction policy development, and facilitating partnerships between community organizations and the City.

 

Action Item 11.  Work with relevant partners to engage Indigenous organizations on Downtown East public service needs and recommendations regarding harm reduction, mental health and homelessness.

 

Action Item 12.  Offer planned recreation programs and leagues to individuals living in shelters or are affected by Homelessness (Downtown East End Softball League, and related volleyball, soccer and yoga programs).

 

Action Item 13.  Review Sign-in protocols for recreation programs to ensure no barriers to those without a fixed address and photo identification.

 

Action Item 14.  Provide access to City washroom and shower facilities at three community centres in the area during regular operating hours seven days per week in the DTE boundaries. Expanded service levels for facility access will occur at John Innes Community Centre during the summer months to bring service levels to a seven day a week operation. Seven day access will continue at all three community centres for the start of the fall season. A communications strategy will be developed to support this action.

 

Action Item 15.  Explore opportunities to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable communities. 

 

Action Item 16.  Undertake deep consultations with Respite Service Providers to support the ongoing development and refinement of the permanent respite standards that take effect in November 2018.  The consultations will focus on opportunities for enhanced safety, community development and integration.  Service Providers from across the City will be asked to participate in these discussions, and the feedback received will help to inform both the respite program model and the permanent standards for respite sites.

 

Action Item 17.  Launch a new role of Community and Client Engagement Coordinator embedded in the Downtown East. The Community and Client Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for brokering social services, recreational and education programming and opportunities for the service users of 24-hour respite sites. The coordinator will establish and maintain effective working relationships with city councillors, local leaders, organizations, residents, and other community stakeholders. In addition, this position will be responsible for proactively addressing local concerns, improving communication, and mitigating negative impacts in the community.

 

Action Item 18.  Development of a communication protocol to mobilize support for information and effective responses to Violent and Traumatic Critical Incidents. Special attention will be paid to the Victoria Street Supervised Consumption Service.

 

Action Item 19.  Mobilize Coordinated Community Responses to violent and traumatic incidents to address victimization and impact of incidents.  Responses could include psycho-social supports, victim supports, witness supports and community impacts.

 

Action Item 20.  Mobilize inter-sectoral responses to situations of Acutely Elevated Risk. 

 

Action Item 21.  Work with community members, inter-departmental staff, BIAs, and the City Councillors Office to facilitate, workshops, events and initiatives such community safety walks and park safety audits.

 

Action Item 22.  Explore Community Benefits Agreement and Social Procurement opportunities that may arise from City procurement or new development in the area to achieve social and economic benefits for local communities.

 

Action Item 23.  Initiate review of enforcement approach and policies related to illegal dumping on private property.

 

Action Item 24.  Request 2 temporary positions to enhance harm reduction supports in the area for a 1 year period.

 

Action Item 25.  Request for additional outreach workers to provide enhanced harm reduction outreach in 2018 with an initial focus in the Downtown East area. Toronto Public Health will monitor and evaluate needs throughout the City and adjust service accordingly. Services will include promoting existing harm reduction services, safer drug use equipment disposal, connecting people to other services including housing, income, food and mental health services and providing counselling and support. This funding would be from a 2018 provincial enhancement to public health and is contingent on the City of Toronto providing the 25 percent cost shared amount.

 

Action Item 26.  Staffing for Dedicated Park Clean-up Detail crews for parks in the area from March to December.

 

Action Item 27.  Staffing for Parks Ambassadors serving the Downtown area including Downtown East."

 

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report back in the second quarter of 2019 on a comprehensive five-year Action Plan to coordinate City services and address long term community needs in the Downtown East.

 

3.  City Council approve an increase to the 2018 Approved Operating Budget of Social Development, Finance and Administration of $0.048 million gross, $0 net, to support an increase in the approved complement for 2 temporary positions for a 12-month period, contingent on receiving funding approval from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), as set out in Action Item 24, in Attachment 1 to the report (May 31, 2018) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration.

 

4.  City Council request the Fire Chief and General Manager, Toronto Fire Services; the Chief, Toronto Paramedic Services; and the Toronto Police Services Board to review the current level of service presence at Yonge-Dundas Square and consider a more proactive strategy to enhance safety and reduce incidences of violence including gun in the Downtown East area.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Community Development and Recreation Committee:

 

1.  Requested the Interim City Manager to report directly to the June 26, 2018 City Council meeting with recommended service level adjustments to address the immediate needs in the Downtown East area (with a focus on Yonge-Dundas, Sherbourne-Dundas, Sherbourne-Queen, Sherbourne-Gerrard, Yonge-Wellesley, Yonge-College, Dundas-Dalhousie, Asquith Park, Moss Park, Allan Gardens, Barbara Hall Park and the Winchester Square Park) related to harm reduction and related outreach services, parks cleanliness, road and laneway related issues with implementation to commence no later than July 15, 2018.

 

2.  Requested the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with other appropriate staff, to report directly to the June 26, 2018 City Council meeting of City Council on the following further immediate enhancements in the Downtown East area:

 

a. Augmenting laneway maintenance and cleaning;

 

b. Additional opportunity for increased dedicated park cleaning including flying squads; 

 

c. Immediate review and repair of street furniture;

 

d. Increased opportunities for youth programing and children's camps; and

 

e. Beautification and public realm improvement.

  

3.  Requested the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report directly to the June 26, 2018 City Council meeting to include the following enhancements and changes to the 12-month Action Plan for the Downtown East attached to the report (May 31, 2018) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration:

 

a.  Engaging immediately with local stakeholders to determine if there are financial opportunities to hire additional supports immediately, as part of Action Items 4 and 24;
  

b.  Establishing the number of staff persons requiring training, the types of training necessary, and measures of success, as part of Action Item 5;
  

c.  Including overdose prevention training and measures of success, as part of Action Item 8;
  

d.  Including violence reduction and increasing the sense of community safety as part of the scaling up of harm reduction services listed in Action Item 10;
  

e.  Including staff training and a review of the potential need for staff to work in pairs as part of the operation of facilities in Action Item 14;
  

f.  Changing Action Item 15 from:

 

“Explore opportunities to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable communities.”

 

to read:

 

“Explore and secure opportunities to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable communities.”

 

g.  Expediting the timeline for Action Item 17 to read “Third quarter or sooner”;
  

h.  Including community input in the development of the communication protocols for Action Item 18 and reporting back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the protocol’s specifics at the earliest opportunity;
  

i.  Defining what constitutes a triggering event and establishing measures of effectiveness for Action Item 19;
  

j.  Setting the frequency of community training and walks to a monthly basis, minimum, and adding the holding of monthly working groups with the listed stakeholders to oversee the 12-month Action Plan roll-out for Action Item 21;
  

k.  Changing Action Item 24 from:


"Request 2 temporary positions to enhance harm reduction supports in the area for a 1 year period."

 

to read:

 

"Hire a minimum of 10 temporary positions to enhance mobile harm reduction supports in the area for 1 year period, including peer-to-peer support workers offsetting costs from Toronto Central LHIN funding, where possible."

 

l.  Extending the scope of work for the flying squads to include laneway and roadway cleaning, the involvement of Transportation Services and Solid Waste Management Services, and immediate implementation of this action item as part of Action Item 26;
  

m.  Reporting to the January 2019 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the outcomes and measures of success, as established for Action Items 5 and 23;
  

n.  Including a strategy for housing, addictions and mental health supports in the 5-year Plan;
  

o.  Expanding the boundaries of the action plan as follows:

 

1. West to Bay Street; and

 

2. Extending the northern boundary to Rosedale Valley Road and Aylmer Avenue between Bloor Street East, Mount Pleasant Road and Yonge Street for the duration of operations of 21 Park Road as a respite centre.
 

p.  Locating new needle collection bins in parks or other open space;
  

q.  Removing abandoned newspaper boxes and corrals by August 2018;
  

r.  Consulting with local stakeholders on the placement of any new street furniture on Yonge Street, between Queen Street and Bloor Street, scheduled for 2018 and 2019;
  

s.  Consulting with first-responders to establish appropriate staffing levels, proportional to the seriousness and volume of service requests, as well as the financial and administrative mechanisms necessary to immediately achieve these targets;
  

t.  Sharing data and activity maps between area stakeholders, first-responders, and city divisions to ensure staff have a complete understanding of unsafe activities, hazardous waste, needle stick injuries, and needle disposal trends; and
  

u.  Evaluating the viability of the Toronto Eaton Centre and Ryerson University as a host for a Toronto Police Service substation.

Origin

(May 31, 2018) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration

Summary

Toronto's Downtown East area faces a number of complex challenges related to poverty, homelessness, housing affordability, community safety, mental health and substance use, particularly opioid related overdoses. In response to the heightened need for crisis supports in this area, City Council directed staff to establish an expert team with representation from multiple divisions to develop a 12-month and 5 year action plan addressing the community and service coordination needs. This report presents the twelve month action plan (Attachment 1) for consideration.

Background Information

(May 31, 2018) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Closing the Service Gap in the Downtown East Revitalization Area
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-115719.pdf
Attachment 1 - Downtown East 12 Month Action Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-115986.pdf

Communications

(June 11, 2018) E-mail from Roohi Qureshi (CD.New.CD29.5.1)
(June 11, 2018) E-mail from Carol Mark (CD.New.CD29.5.2)
(June 12, 2018) E-mail from the Board, Cabbagetown South Residents Association (CD.New.CD29.5.3)
(June 12, 2018) Letter from Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University (CD.New.CD29.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-83655.pdf
(June 12, 2018) E-mail from Fred Dilkes and Janice Young (CD.New.CD29.5.5)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Kim McKenzie Galvez (CD.New.CD29.5.6)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Yousi Sedighi (CD.New.CD29.5.7)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Jinny Di Fruscia (CD.New.CD29.5.8)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Kristen Murphy (CD.New.CD29.5.9)
(June 12, 2018) Letter from Mark Garner, Chief Operating Officer, Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (CD.New.CD29.5.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-83724.pdf
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Osborne (CD.New.CD29.5.11)
(June 12, 2018) Submission from Sylvie Greeniaus (CD.New.CD29.5.12)
(June 13, 2018) Submission from Ewa Lubiewa-Michalska (CD.New.CD29.5.13)
(June 13, 2018) E-mail from Carol Mark (CD.New.CD29.5.14)

Speakers

John Di Fruscia
Sylvie Greeniaus
Carol Mark, Moss Park Neighbourhood Association
Karen Marren, Cabbagetown South Residents Association
Jennifer Ko, Moss Park Overdose Prevention Site
Nelson Bettencourt, Garden District Residents Association
Larry Hall
Carmine Coccimiglio
Councillor Lucy Troisi

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Interim City Manager report directly to the June 26, 2018 City Council meeting with recommended service level adjustments to address the immediate needs in the Downtown East area (with a focus on Yonge-Dundas, Sherbourne-Dundas, Sherbourne-Queen, Sherbourne-Gerrard, Yonge-Wellesley, Yonge-College, Dundas-Dalhousie, Asquith Park, Moss Park, Allan Gardens, Barbara Hall Park and the Winchester Square Park) related to harm reduction and related outreach services, parks cleanliness, road and laneway related issues with implementation to commence no later than July 15, 2018.

 

2.  City Council request the Fire Chief and General Manager, Toronto Fire Services; the Chief, Toronto Paramedic Services; and the Toronto Police Services Board to review the current level of service presence at Yonge-Dundas Square and consider a more proactive strategy to enhance safety and reduce incidences of violence including gun in the Downtown East area.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-13-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration report to the June 26, 2018 City Council meeting to include the following enhancements and changes to the 12-month Action Plan for the Downtown East attached to the report (May 31, 2018) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration:

 

1.  Engaging immediately with local stakeholders to determine if there are financial opportunities to hire additional supports immediately, as part of Action Items 4 and 24.
 

2.  Establishing the number of staff persons requiring training, the types of training necessary, and measures of success, as part of Action Item 5.
 

3.  Including overdose prevention training and measures of success, as part of Action Item 8.
 

4.  Including violence reduction and increasing the sense of community safety as part of the scaling up of harm reduction services listed in Action Item 10.
 

5.  Including staff training and a review of the potential need for staff to work in pairs as part of the operation of facilities in Action Item 14.
 

6.  Changing Action Item 15 from:

 

“Explore opportunities to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable communities.”

 

to read:

 

“Explore and secure opportunities to increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable communities.”

 

7.  Expediting the timeline for Action Item 17 to read “Third Quarter or sooner”.
 

8.  Including community input in the development of the communication protocols for Action Item 18 and reporting back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the protocol’s specifics at the earliest opportunity.
 

9.  Defining what constitutes a triggering event and establishing measures of effectiveness for Action Item 19.
 

10.  Setting the frequency of community training and walks to a monthly basis, minimum, and adding the holding of monthly working groups with the listed stakeholders to oversee the 12-month Action Plan roll-out for Action Item 21.
 

11.  Change Action Item 24 from:


"Request 2 temporary positions to enhance harm reduction supports in the area for a 1 year period."

 

to read:

 

"Hire a minimum of 10 temporary positions to enhance mobile harm reduction supports in the area for 1 year period, including peer-to-peer support workers offsetting costs from Toronto Central LHIN funding, where possible."

 

12.  Extending the scope of work for the flying squads to include laneway and roadway cleaning, the involvement of Transportation Services and Solid Waste Management Services, and immediate implementation of this action item as part of Action Item 26.
 

13.  Reporting to the January 2019 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on the outcomes and measures of success, as established for Action Items 5 and 23.
 

14.  Including a strategy for housing, addictions and mental health supports in the 5-year Plan.
 

15.  Expanding the boundaries of the action plan as follows:

 

a. West to Bay Street; and

 

b. Extending the northern boundary to Rosedale Valley Road and Aylmer Avenue between Bloor Street East, Mount Pleasant Road and Yonge Street for the duration of operations of 21 Park Road as a respite centre.
 

16.  Locating new needle collection bins in parks or other open spaces.
 

17.  Removing abandoned newspaper boxes and corrals by August 2018.
 

18.  Consulting with local stakeholders on the placement of any new street furniture on Yonge Street, between Queen Street and Bloor Street, scheduled for 2018 and 2019.
 

19.  Consulting with first-responders to establish appropriate staffing levels, proportional to the seriousness and volume of service requests, as well as the financial and administrative mechanisms necessary to immediately achieve these targets.
 

20.  Sharing data and activity maps between area stakeholders, first-responders, and city divisions to ensure staff have a complete understanding of unsafe activities, hazardous waste, needle stick injuries, and needle disposal trends.
 

21.  Evaluating the viability of the Toronto Eaton Centre and Ryerson University as a host for a Toronto Police Service substation.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-13-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with other appropriate staff, report directly to the June 26, 2018 City Council meeting on the following further immediate enhancements in the Downtown East area:

 

a. Augmenting laneway maintenance and cleaning;

 

b. Additional opportunity for increased dedicated park cleaning including flying squads; 

 

c. Immediate review and repair of street furniture;

 

d. Increased opportunities for youth programing and children's camps; and

 

e. Beautification and public realm improvement.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-13-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jun-13-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council