Item - 2019.EX3.12

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on March 27, 2019 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on March 21, 2019. It is being forwarded to City Council without recommendations. It will be considered by City Council on March 27, 2019.
  • See also MM3.10

EX3.12 - Save Our Subway - Ensuring Torontonians Know the Facts

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on March 27 and 28, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, to create and implement a public information campaign regarding City Council’s position on a transit upload, affirmed by City Council in Item CC1.6 at its meeting on December 4, 5, and 13, 2018, the importance of the public's engagement in the public consultations on the upload, and the objectives of the following Terms of Reference for the upload:


a. the accelerated implementation of priority expansion projects;


b. the integration of transit services across modes and agencies, such as the Toronto Transit Commission, Metrolinx, and other suburban (905) transit agencies;

 

c. the modernization and enhancement of the existing subway system, while ensuring the system is maintained in a state of good repair;


d. the continuity of safe, reliable service to all residents who depend on it for mobility; and


e. a long-term sustainable, predictable, funding model for the existing transit system and future transit needs.
 

2. City Council direct the City Manager to use multiple channels to inform the public about the information campaign including, but not limited to:

 

a.  advertisements on Toronto Transit Commission vehicles, stations, and shelters; and

 

b.  public messages in Toronto Transit Commission stations. 

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items EX3.1 and EX3.12 together.

Background Information (Committee)

(February 27, 2019) Member Motion from Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy on Save Our Subway - Ensuring Torontonians Know the Facts
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-130284.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(March 21, 2019) Multiple Communications from 4,165 individuals, with the subject line: "Stand strong against Ford's subway takeover [EX3.1 and 3.12]" (EX.Supp.EX3.12.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92270.pdf
(March 14, 2019) Letter from Carolyn Johnson and Angelo Bertolas, York Quay Neighbourhood Association (EX.Supp.EX3.12.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92347.pdf
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Yvonne Buckingham (EX.Supp.EX3.12.3)
(March 19, 2019) Letter from John Sewell and Barbara Hall (EX.Supp.EX3.12.4)
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Lyn Cummins (EX.Supp.EX3.12.5)
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Mark Cretu (EX.Supp.EX3.12.6)
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Ian Collins (EX.Supp.EX3.12.7)
(March 21, 2019) Multiple Communications from 374 individuals, with the subject line: "Please Vote to Save Our Subway [EX3.1 and 3.12]" (EX.Supp.EX3.12.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92510.pdf
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Jini Stolk (EX.Supp.EX3.12.9)
(March 20, 2019) Letter from Brenda Thompson, Scarborough Transit Action (EX.Supp.EX3.12.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92536.pdf
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX3.12.11)
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Lesley Monette (EX.Supp.EX3.12.12)
(March 20, 2019) Letter from Hana Syed, Scarborough Campus Students' Union, University of Toronto Scarborough (EX.New.EX3.12.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92571.pdf
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Yvonne Pigott (EX.New.EX3.12.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92572.pdf
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Elizabeth Littlejohn (EX.New.EX3.12.15)
(March 21, 2019) Submission from John Cartwright, Toronto and York Region Labour Council (EX.New.EX3.12.16)
(March 21, 2019) E-mail from Susan Atkins (EX.Supp.EX3.12.17)

Communications (City Council)

(March 25, 2019) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (CC.Supp.EX3.12.18)
(March 26, 2019) Multiple Communications from 22 individuals, with the subject line: "Please Vote to Save Our Subway" (CC.New.EX3.12.19)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-93008.pdf
(March 27, 2019) Multiple Communications from 1,057 individuals, with the subject line: "Stand strong against Ford's subway takeover" (CC.New.EX3.12.20)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-93012.pdf
(March 27, 2019) E-mail from Frederick W. Harrison (CC.New.EX3.12.21)
(March 27, 2019) Petition from Councillor Josh Matlow, Ward 12, Toronto-St. Paul's, regarding "Save our Subway", containing the names of approximately 3,868 persons, filed during the Routine Matters portion of the meeting (CC.New)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Lost)

That City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, to create and implement a public information campaign regarding the importance of retaining control of Toronto's subways, and related property rights, through multiple channels including, but not limited to:

 

a.  advertisements on Toronto Transit Commission vehicles, stations, and shelters; and

 

b.  public messages in Toronto Transit Commission stations.

Vote (Amend Item) Mar-27-2019 3:59 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX3.12 - Cressy - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 8 Members that voted Yes are Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 18 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission to create and implement a public information campaign regarding City Council’s position on a transit upload, affirmed by City Council in Item CC1.6 at its meeting on December 4, 5, and 13, 2018, the importance of the public's engagement in the public consultations on the upload, and the objectives of the following Terms of Reference for the upload:


a. the accelerated implementation of priority expansion projects;


b. the integration of transit services across modes and agencies, such as the Toronto Transit Commission, Metrolinx, and other suburban (905) transit agencies;

 

c. the modernization and enhancement of the existing subway system, while ensuring the system is maintained in a state of good repair;


d. the continuity of safe, reliable service to all residents who depend on it for mobility; and


e. a long-term sustainable, predictable, funding model for the existing transit system and future transit needs.
 

2. City Council direct the City Manager to use multiple channels to inform the public about the information campaign including, but not limited to:

 

a.  advertisements on Toronto Transit Commission vehicles, stations, and shelters; and

 

b.  public messages in Toronto Transit Commission stations. 

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-27-2019 4:00 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX3.12 - Bailao - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Mar-27-2019 4:01 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX3.12 - Bailao - motion 2 - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, 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

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote on motion 2 by Councillor Bailão.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, stated that Councillor Pasternak's question is asking for legal advice and that is privileged information which should only be given in closed session.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Councillor Pasternak should ask his question in closed session.

EX3.12 - Save Our Subway - Ensuring Torontonians Know the Facts

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Without Recs
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee forwards the item to City Council without recommendations.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Executive Committee considered Items EX3.1 and EX3.12 together.

Origin

(February 27, 2019) Member Motion from Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy

Summary

City Council on February 26, 2019, referred Motion MM3.10 to the Executive Committee.

 

At its meeting of December 4, 5 and 13, 2018, City Council reaffirmed its position that the Toronto Transit Commission should stay in Toronto's hands. It did not specifically speak to the question of separating the subway from its surface route feeder lines. As outlined in the subway upload Terms of Reference, negotiations with the Province regarding the future of our transit system is being done at a staff-to-staff level, with little opportunity for public involvement. This risks leaving Toronto residents in the dark about its most important asset.

 

While staff-led negotiations continue, Premier Doug Ford's government has already begun efforts to frame the narrative, claiming that they are taking Toronto's subway in order get new transit built. Every day we see public statements from Provincial Cabinet Ministers and Members of Provincial Parliament outlining their rationale for uploading Toronto's subway system. 

 

The City of Toronto must also articulate the risks of a potential upload.

 

Torontonians deserve to know the truth - that nothing is actually stopping the Province from building transit in Toronto right now. Uploading the existing subway does not affect the Ford government's ability to construct and own new lines or extensions. In fact, the Province is currently building, and will own, the Eglinton Crosstown.

 

The public should be aware that because the Province of Ontario contributes less, per transit rider, to the Toronto Transit Commission than any other state/regional government in North America or Europe, they have had to pay a larger share, through the fare box, than in any other comparable system.

 

Torontonians should also know that with Toronto's subway, the Province would gain control of lucrative air rights above stations and adjacent properties, owned and paid for by Torontonians.

 

"The better way" would be for the Toronto Transit Commission to utilize these public assets to invest in fact-based transit plans and work with City planners and communities to build much-needed public amenities for Toronto residents, including affordable housing, childcare, and recreation space; and, to have a partner in Queen's Park that invests in Toronto, rather than one that sells the value of our subway to spend elsewhere.

 

The Toronto Transit Commission is a complex network involving four rapid transit lines, 570 bus routes, 10 streetcar routes, and 570 million annual riders. It is an integrated network and Torontonians deserve to know what the implications would be if one of the components were removed from City ownership and control.

 

It would be preferable for every order of government to work cooperatively to improve transit for residents. In response to a unilateral announcement and messaging campaign by Premier Ford's government about its intention to upload Toronto's subway (along with its land and air rights), it is necessary to provide the public with factual information about the consequences of such a move.

Background Information

(February 27, 2019) Member Motion from Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy on Save Our Subway - Ensuring Torontonians Know the Facts
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-130284.pdf

Communications

(March 21, 2019) Multiple Communications from 4,165 individuals, with the subject line: "Stand strong against Ford's subway takeover [EX3.1 and 3.12]" (EX.Supp.EX3.12.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92270.pdf
(March 14, 2019) Letter from Carolyn Johnson and Angelo Bertolas, York Quay Neighbourhood Association (EX.Supp.EX3.12.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92347.pdf
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Yvonne Buckingham (EX.Supp.EX3.12.3)
(March 19, 2019) Letter from John Sewell and Barbara Hall (EX.Supp.EX3.12.4)
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Lyn Cummins (EX.Supp.EX3.12.5)
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Mark Cretu (EX.Supp.EX3.12.6)
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Ian Collins (EX.Supp.EX3.12.7)
(March 21, 2019) Multiple Communications from 374 individuals, with the subject line: "Please Vote to Save Our Subway [EX3.1 and 3.12]" (EX.Supp.EX3.12.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92510.pdf
(March 19, 2019) E-mail from Jini Stolk (EX.Supp.EX3.12.9)
(March 20, 2019) Letter from Brenda Thompson, Scarborough Transit Action (EX.Supp.EX3.12.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92536.pdf
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX3.12.11)
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Lesley Monette (EX.Supp.EX3.12.12)
(March 20, 2019) Letter from Hana Syed, Scarborough Campus Students' Union, University of Toronto Scarborough (EX.New.EX3.12.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92571.pdf
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Yvonne Pigott (EX.New.EX3.12.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/comm/communicationfile-92572.pdf
(March 20, 2019) E-mail from Elizabeth Littlejohn (EX.New.EX3.12.15)
(March 21, 2019) Submission from John Cartwright, Toronto and York Region Labour Council (EX.New.EX3.12.16)
(March 21, 2019) E-mail from Susan Atkins (EX.Supp.EX3.12.17)

Speakers

Patricia Burke Wood, CodeRedTO
John Cartwright, Toronto and York Region Labour Council
Carlos Santos, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
John Sewell, Defend Toronto
Mosheh Herdsman
Hamish Wilson
Miguel Avila-Velarde
Mathura Karunanithy
Alan Kasperski
Adina Lebo, CARP Toronto
Patience Evbaghaur
Helen Lee
Councillor Gord Perks
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Motions

1 - Motion to forward item Without Recommendations moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)

That the item be forwarded to City Council without recommendations.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council