Item - 2019.EX8.20

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 2, 2019 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on September 18, 2019 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on October 2, 2019.
  • See also BU8.10
  • See also Item EX8.26
  • See also MM10.2

EX8.20 - Additional Funding to Support Toronto Police Service's Immediate Response to Increased Levels of Gun Violence and to Keep Communities Safe

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 2 and 3, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council increase the 2019 Operating Budget for the Toronto Police Service by $4.5 million gross and $0 net to fund the Project Community Space program, with increased gross expenditures offset by $3.0 million in added revenue from a combination of $3.0 million in increased Federal and Provincial funding and a one-time draw of $1.5 million from the City's Tax Stabilization Reserve. 

 

2.  City Council request the City Manager and the Toronto Police Services Board to consider increasing funding for the Neighbourhood Officer Program during the 2020 Budget Process.

 

3.  City Council request the City Manager to report back during the 2020 Budget Process on a requirement that any funding increases to the Toronto Police Services budget to address crime must be matched with funding of twice that amount to programs and services that address the root causes of violence and poverty reduction.

 

4.  City Council request the City Manager to report back during the 2020 Budget Process on opportunities for partnerships with existing agencies to fund programs and services that address the root causes of violence and poverty reduction.

 

5. City Council request the City Manager to report to the Executive Committee on the feasibility of creating a Safe Communities Safety and Security infrastructure program to fund such things as extra lighting, and traffic calming and management plans to enhance public safety.

 

6.  City Council express its support to the Federal Government for increased bail restrictions and tougher sentences for those charged and convicted of gun offences. 

 

7.  City Council request the Federal Government to ban the availability, sale, possession and use of handguns across Canada, with the exception of the Canadian Armed Forces, police services or other entity that is authorized to possess firearms with legal obligations imposed by the municipal, provincial and federal governments. 

 

8.  City Council, in light of the recent spate of gun violence, request the Federal Government to reconsider City Council's request in Item 2018.CC44.14 "Immediate Steps to Address Gun Violence" to fund the unfunded applications under the National Crime Prevention Grant, totalling $26.2 million over the next 5 years, and City Council request the City Clerk to forward this request to all Toronto Members of Parliament.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items EX8.20, EX8.26 and MM10.2 together.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 6, 2019) Letter from the Budget Committee on Additional Funding to Support Toronto Police Service's Immediate Response to Increased Levels of Gun Violence and to Keep Communities Safe
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137307.pdf
(August 22, 2019) Letter from Mayor John Tory on Additional Funding to Support Toronto Police Service's Immediate Response to Increased Levels of Gun Violence and to Keep Communities Safe
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137308.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(September 11, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (EX.Supp.EX8.20.1)

Motions (City Council)

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

That City Council request the Federal Government to ban the availability, sale, possession and use of handguns across Canada, with the exception of the Canadian Armed Forces, police services or other entity that is authorized to possess firearms with legal obligations imposed by the municipal, provincial and federal governments. 

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-02-2019 3:59 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.20 - Cressy - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson

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

That City Council request that the City Manager report to Executive Committee on the feasibility of creating a Safe Communities Safety and Security infrastructure program to fund such things as extra lighting, and traffic calming and management plans to enhance public safety.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-02-2019 4:00 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.20 - Colle - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 24 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, 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 Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cynthia Lai (Carried)

That City Council request the City Manager and the Police Services Board to consider increasing funding for the Neighbourhood Officer Program during the 2020 Budget Process.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-02-2019 4:01 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.20 - Lai - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 23 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, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Josh Matlow, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That City Council express its support to the Federal Government for increased bail restrictions and tougher sentences for those charged and convicted of gun offences.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-02-2019 4:02 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.20 - Holyday - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, 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, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Joe Cressy, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-02-2019 4:03 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX8.20 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 23 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, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Josh Matlow, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Jaye Robinson

Point of Privilege by Councillor Joe Cressy

Councillor Cressy, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that he had questions of the Police and that Council should stand down the Item until the Police are here to answer questions.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that since Council is dealing with the Mayor's Key Matter, the Mayor would have to consent to stand down the Item.

City Council stood down the Item with the Mayor Tory's consent.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Michael Thompson

Councillor Thompson, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that given the gravity of this issue and the importance of it, it should be the Chief of Police who is present in the Chamber to address these particular issues, and that he would ask that the Chief be invited to come.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Michael Thompson

Councillor Thompson, rising on a Point of Privilege, further stated that he didn't realize it was Councillors' responsibility to ensure that specific staff members were present to deal with particular issues and would like to understand what the procedures are.  

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata, accepted the Points of Privilege and ruled that Council will hold the Item down until later and will continue with the agenda. Speaker Nunziata further ruled that she didn't know the answer to Councillor Thompson's question.


Point of Order by Councillor Mike Colle

Councillor Colle, rising on a Point of Order, stated that some of his questions were not of the Police but of City staff, and could he ask questions of staff.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Council will hold all the questions down until Toronto Police Service staff arrive.


Point of Order by Councillor Mike Colle

Councillor Colle, rising on a Point of Order, stated that it's not all about the Police, and asked if he could ask questions of staff.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that, as she had already ruled, Council will hold the Item down until Toronto Police Service staff arrive and then everyone will have a chance to ask questions of either City staff or the Toronto Police Service staff.

EX8.20 - Additional Funding to Support Toronto Police Service's Immediate Response to Increased Levels of Gun Violence and to Keep Communities Safe

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council increase the 2019 Operating Budget for the Toronto Police Service by $4.5 million gross and $0 net to fund the Project Community Space program, with increased gross expenditures offset by $3.0 million in added revenue from a combination of $3.0 million in increased Federal and Provincial funding and a one-time draw of $1.5 million from the City's Tax Stabilization Reserve. 

 

2.  City Council request the City Manager to report back during the 2020 Budget Process on a requirement that any funding increases to the Toronto Police Services budget to address crime must be matched with funding of twice that amount to programs and services that address the root causes of violence and poverty reduction.

 

3.  City Council request the City Manager to report back during the 2020 Budget Process on opportunities for partnerships with existing agencies to fund programs and services that address the root causes of violence and poverty reduction.

 

4.  City Council, in light of the recent spate of gun violence, request the Federal Government to reconsider City Council's request in Item 2018.CC44.14 "Immediate Steps to Address Gun Violence" to fund the unfunded applications under the National Crime Prevention Grant, totalling $26.2 million over the next 5 years, and City Council request the City Clerk to forward this request to all Toronto Members of Parliament.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Executive Committee considered Items EX8.20 and EX8.26 together.

Origin

(September 6, 2019) Letter from the Budget Committee

Summary

Over the last several weeks we have seen a spike in gun violence in Toronto that is deeply troubling and absolutely unacceptable.

 

The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto are all committed to stopping gun violence. That commitment includes ensuring that our police officers have the resources they need to keep neighbourhoods safe.

 

One of my principal priorities as Mayor has been to work with other governments in order to deliver on our priorities and get results for the people of Toronto. That is why I brought all three levels of government together to provide $4.5 million to the Toronto Police Service to help fund additional initiatives to address the current violence. As you know by now, Chief Saunders has outlined, as appropriate, how those resources will be deployed.

 

The other governments agreed to provide funding to support immediate police efforts to keep communities safe and to help redouble efforts to prevent criminal activity and combat the activities of street gangs.

 

By way of this letter, I am asking the Committee to approve a $1.5 million contribution to the Toronto Police Service's budget (our share of the $4.5 million total) in order to assist Chief Mark Saunders in the deployment of additional resources to help reduce further violent incidents.

 

This additional funding is an important step in addressing a need to keep our streets safe. As Mayor I am continuing to work with my counterparts at the federal and provincial governments to obtain additional resources for the purposes of investing in communities to address the roots of violence and I continue, as agreed by City Council, to advocate for changes to our laws to strengthen penalties for those caught engaging in gun violence or gun trafficking.

 

I look forward to working collaboratively with many of you during this term and beyond to continue to develop productive public policy tools that can reduce gun violence in our city.

Background Information

(September 6, 2019) Letter from the Budget Committee on Additional Funding to Support Toronto Police Service's Immediate Response to Increased Levels of Gun Violence and to Keep Communities Safe
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137307.pdf
(August 22, 2019) Letter from Mayor John Tory on Additional Funding to Support Toronto Police Service's Immediate Response to Increased Levels of Gun Violence and to Keep Communities Safe
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-137308.pdf

Communications

(September 11, 2019) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (EX.Supp.EX8.20.1)

Speakers

Miguel Avila-Velarde
Derek Moran
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Mike Colle
Councillor Mike Layton

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council