Item - 2020.EX12.1

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on January 29, 2020 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on January 23, 2020 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on January 29, 2020.

EX12.1 - Ravine Strategy Implementation

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on January 29, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council adopt the items outlined in Figure 1 in the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water as the key next steps to implement the Ravine Strategy over the next ten years.

  

2. City Council request the Budget Committee to consider any capital work contained in the Ravine Strategy Implementation Item which could be advanced in the 2020 Budget.

 

3. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the General Manager, Toronto Water, the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, in consultation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to report back as part of the 2021 budget process with a proposed plan, including funding options, to address the capital investment need for service improvements in the initial ten Priority Investment Areas as identified in Figure 4 in the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water and other projects as appropriate, any staffing requirements to support the implementation of the Ravine Strategy and any associated operating impacts of capital.

 
4. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to advance a Ravine Campaign in consultation with ravine leadership advisors for the purpose of raising additional funds to support and accelerate implementation of the Ravine Strategy.

 

5. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to engage interested stakeholders and communities in the Strategy's implementation and the development of stewardship strategies.

 

6. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation in consultation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and other partners to:

 

a. develop a student internship program for youth to engage in restoring Toronto’s ravines as part of the Ravine Strategy Implementation Plan;

 

b. work with Social Development, Finance and Administration and People and Equity to help develop a recruitment strategy focusing on Neighbourhood Improvement Areas; and

 

c. report to the Economic and Community Development Committee with an update in the second quarter of 2020.

 

7. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to meet with Directors of Toronto School Boards for the purpose of exploring partnership opportunities whereby schools would adopt their local ravine as part of their curriculum to support ravine sustainability and protection.

 

8. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to investigate partnering with Trees Across Canada to assist with implementation of the Ravine Strategy. 

 
9. City Council authorize the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in coordination with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to negotiate and enter into the appropriate agreements with Evergreen and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority regarding the advancement of the Loop Trail project as described in Section 5.1 of the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water, on terms satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 
10. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to develop and implement the 'InTO Ravines: Nature at your doorstep' program, as described in Section 5.2 of the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

11. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to consider including in the Ravine Strategy additional sites where significant development is occurring adjacent to ravines and where development related funds are available to improve access and enhance the ravine system. 

 

12. City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to consider in the phased funding strategy, the implementation of items that emphasize the Protect and Restoration components in the early years.

 

13. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with the General Manager, Toronto Water and the General Manager, Transportation Services to seek funding from other levels of government to advance the Ravine Strategy Implementation.
 

14. City Council direct that updates on the Ravine Strategy Implementation include, but not be restricted to:

 

a. natural-areas stewardship programs to deal with invasive species that will permit qualified volunteers to lead volunteer groups without City supervision;

 

b. a user-friendly and cost-effective protocol that will support and encourage citizen volunteer engagement in both ravine clean-up and stewardship to help restore the City's ravines and other natural areas; and

  

c. ways to engage the City's private ravine land owners to adopt stewardship initiatives for their properties and leverage existing provincial programs if feasible. 

 

15. City Council direct that the 2020 annual "Clean Toronto Together" give special emphasis and assistance to ravine clean up.

 

16. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the City Solicitor, in consultation with applicable agencies and divisions, to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee by the third quarter of 2020 on the opportunity and actions necessary to seek increased fines related to all offences pertaining to littering and dumping of refuse in ravines. 

 

17. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the General Manager, Toronto Water and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee every three years on the advancement of the Ravine Strategy's actions using appropriate metrics beginning in the first quarter of 2021.   

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items EX12.1, IE11.1, IE11.2 and IE11.3 together.

Background Information (Committee)

(January 8, 2020) Report and Attachments A-C from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning; and the General Manager, Toronto Water - Ravine Strategy Implementation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-141693.pdf
Presentation from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Ravine Strategy Implementation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-145195.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 18, 2020) E-mail from Sharon Lovett (EX.Supp.EX12.1.1)
(January 20, 2020) E-mail from Sheila White (EX.Supp.EX12.1.2)
(January 21, 2020) E-mail from Karen Yukich (EX.Supp.EX12.1.3)
(January 21, 2020) E-mail from Omar McDadi, Rouge National Urban Park Parks Canada, Government of Canada (EX.Supp.EX12.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100635.pdf
(January 21, 2020) E-mail from Ellen Schwartzel, Toronto Field Naturalists (EX.Supp.EX12.1.5)
(January 22, 2020) Letter from Leslie Gooding, ProtectNatureTO (EX.Supp.EX12.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100675.pdf
(January 22, 2020) Letter from John Bossons and Tim Ross - Midtown Ravines Group (EX.Supp.EX12.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100680.pdf
(January 22, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX12.1.8)
(January 22, 2020) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (EX.Supp.EX12.1.9)
(January 22, 2020) Letter from Linda Brett, President, Bloor East Neighbourhood Association (EX.Supp.EX12.1.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100690.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Lenka Holubec (EX.Supp.EX12.1.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100645.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Edward McDonnell, Greenbelt Foundation (EX.Supp.EX12.1.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100708.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Deborah Briggs, Summerhill Residents Association (EX.Supp.EX12.1.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100709.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Alexandra (Alix) Link, Humber Aboretum (EX.Supp.EX12.1.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100692.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Submission from John Bossons - Midtown Ravines Group (EX.New.EX12.1.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100701.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to engage interested stakeholders and communities in the Strategy's implementation and the development of stewardship strategies.


2a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 9

 

Recommendation to be deleted

 

City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, General Manager, Toronto Water and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to report on the advancement of the Ravine Strategy's objectives every five years.

 

and replace it with the following new recommendation:

 

City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, the General Manager, Toronto Water and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee every three years on the advancement of the Ravine Strategy's actions using appropriate metrics beginning in the first quarter of 2021.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-29-2020 2:19 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX12.1 - motion 2a - Pasternak
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, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, 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 Jim Karygiannis, Jaye Robinson

2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That City Council direct that updates on the Ravine Strategy Implementation include, but not be restricted to:

 

a. natural-areas stewardship programs to deal with invasive species that will permit qualified volunteers to lead volunteer groups without City supervision;

 

b. a user-friendly and cost-effective protocol that will support and encourage citizen volunteer engagement in both ravine clean-up and stewardship to help restore the City's ravines and other natural areas; and

  

c. ways to engage the City's private ravine land owners to adopt stewardship initiatives for their properties and leverage existing provincial programs if feasible.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-29-2020 2:20 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX12.1 - motion 2b - Pasternak
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, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, 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 Jim Karygiannis, Jaye Robinson

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

That City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to meet with Directors of Toronto School Boards for the purpose of exploring partnership opportunities whereby schools would adopt their local ravine as part of their curriculum to support ravine sustainability and protection.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-29-2020 2:21 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX12.1 - motion 3 - Colle
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, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, 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 Jim Karygiannis, Jaye Robinson

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor John Filion (Carried)

That City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to consider including in the Ravine Strategy additional sites where significant development is occurring adjacent to ravines and where development related funds are available to improve access and enhance the ravine system.


5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the City Solicitor, in consultation with applicable agencies and divisions, to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee by the third quarter of 2020 on the opportunity and actions necessary to seek increased fines related to all offences pertaining to littering and dumping of refuse in ravines.


6 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That City Council direct that the 2020 annual "Clean Toronto Together" give special emphasis and assistance to ravine clean up.


7 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to investigate partnering with Trees Across Canada to assist with implementation of the Ravine Strategy.


8 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That City Council request the Budget Committee to consider any capital work contained in the Ravine Strategy Implementation Report which could be advanced in the 2020 Budget.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jan-29-2020 2:22 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX12.1 - 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, Cynthia Lai, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Mike Layton
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Jim Karygiannis, Jaye Robinson

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jan-29-2020 2:23 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX12.1 - Adopt the Item as amended REVOTE
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, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, 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 Jim Karygiannis, Jaye Robinson

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote to adopt Item EX12.1, as amended.

EX12.1 - Ravine Strategy Implementation

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council adopt the items outlined in Figure 1 in the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water as the key next steps to implement the Ravine Strategy over the next ten years.

  
2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the General Manager, Toronto Water, the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services, in consultation with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to report back as part of the 2021 budget process with a proposed plan, including funding options, to address the capital investment need for service improvements in the initial ten Priority Investment Areas as identified in Figure 4 in the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water and other projects as appropriate, any staffing requirements to support the implementation of the Ravine Strategy and any associated operating impacts of capital.

 
3. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, to advance a Ravine Campaign in consultation with ravine leadership advisors for the purpose of raising additional funds to support and accelerate implementation of the Ravine Strategy.

 
4. City Council authorize the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in coordination with the General Manager, Transportation Services, to negotiate and enter into the appropriate agreements with Evergreen and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority regarding the advancement of the Loop Trail project as described in Section 5.1 of the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water, on terms satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 
5. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to develop and implement the 'InTO Ravines: Nature at your doorstep' program, as described in Section 5.2 of the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

 

6. City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to consider in the phased funding strategy, the implementation of items that emphasize the Protect and Restoration components in the early years.

 

7. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation in consultation with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and other partners to:

 

a. develop a student internship program for youth to engage in restoring Toronto’s ravines as part of the Ravine Strategy Implementation Plan;

 

b. work with Social Development, Finance and Administration and People and Equity to help develop a recruitment strategy focusing on Neighbourhood Improvement Areas; and

 

c. report to the Economic and Community Development Committee with an update in the second quarter of 2020.

 

8. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation in partnership with the General Manager, Toronto Water and the General Manager, Transportation Services to seek funding from other levels of government to advance the Ravine Strategy Implementation.
 

9. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, General Manager, Toronto Water and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to report on the advancement of the Ravine Strategy's objectives every five years.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation gave a presentation on Ravine Strategy Implementation.

 

The Executive Committee:

 

1. Referred Recommendation 2 in the report (January 8, 2020) from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning; and the General Manager, Toronto Water to the Budget Committee, as follows:

 

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to request as part of the 2021 Operating Budget process, for consideration, the following:

 

a. the necessary operating funds to support the creation of a dedicated Ravine Litter Cleanup program, with an estimated annual cost of $0.657 million, including timelines for phasing in this service level increase; and

 

b. operating funding to support enhanced invasive species management and ecological restoration in ravines, estimated at $2.050 million annually at full implementation.

 

2.  Requested the Budget Committee to advance the Ravine Litter Pick-Up program ($0.657 million) and the operating support to enhanced invasive species management and ecological restoration in ravines ($0.600 million) from 2021 to 2020 through the 2020 Operating Budget of Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Origin

(January 8, 2020) Report from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

Summary

In October 2017, City Council adopted the Toronto Ravine Strategy, and directed the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, and the General Manager, Toronto Water, in consultation with the General Manager, Transportation Services and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to establish an interdivisional 10-year implementation strategy and capital plan for the Ravine Strategy.

 

The Ravine Strategy provides, for the first time, an intentional and coordinated vision and approach to managing this natural resource on an ongoing basis through a series of 20 actions under five guiding principles: Protect, Invest, Connect, Partner, and Celebrate. The Strategy guides the management of the ravines and ensures the protection of these irreplaceable lands is balanced with their use and enjoyment, so that they continue to bring nature to people and flourish for the next 100 years and beyond.

 

Toronto’s ravine system extends over 300 km and covers 11,000 hectares, or 17 percent of Toronto’s land area. Over half (5700 hectares) of ravine system land is publicly owned parkland. This includes over 1100 hectares within Rouge National Urban Park that is under Parks Canada jurisdiction. The remaining 40 percent is owned by a patchwork of landowners, including public institutions and private property owners, and includes approximately 30,000 private addresses.

 

Ravines provide an exciting opportunity to connect people in the city with nature. Approximately 30 percent of Toronto’s population lives within 500 metres of ravines, and some areas of the city in close proximity to ravines will see considerable population growth in the coming years, such as Don Mills and Eglinton, the Lower Don, and more. The ravine system provides significant opportunities to reflect the integral connection that continues today between the Indigenous communities that were the original inhabitants of the area and Toronto's natural spaces and waterways.

 

Ravines provide essential access to urban greenspace and opportunities for passive and active recreation which contributes to the physical health, mental health and well-being of residents. Toronto's ravines provide over $800 million in services every year from nature-based recreation, avoided health care costs due to inactivity, and reduced rates of depression (see Attachment B).  When people are engaged in Toronto's ravines, they can also be inspired to take responsibility for the natural environment and become involved in affecting positive change.

 

Ravines are important natural refuges in the city and contain most of Toronto's Environmentally Significant Areas, forests and wetlands, and many varieties and significant species of plants and animals. Maximizing the value of ravines will benefit both human and environmental health.

 

There are also billions of dollars of critical City and other infrastructure – from roads to water and sewer pipelines – in the ravines. The renewal of this infrastructure over time also provides a unique opportunity to improve and enhance the ravine system. The anticipated impacts of climate change, such as large scale storms, higher temperatures, flooding and erosion will also put stress on the system. The resiliency of the ravines will, in turn, increase the resiliency of the city to face the challenges of the 21st century. These factors require coordinated management and investment to protect, restore and maintain ravines and to improve the human-nature connection, which is why Toronto’s Ravine Strategy was developed.

 

The key next steps required to implement the Ravine Strategy over the next ten years, as outlined in this report and summarized in the figure below, are:

 

Figure 1. Key Next Steps to implement the Ravine Strategy

 

Use the preliminary assessment of the capital investment need in the ten Priority Investment Areas, as outlined in Section 4 of the report, to inform the 2021-2030 Capital Budget 
Continue to coordinate and integrate capital projects to leverage existing investments for the overall benefit of ravines through the established inter-divisional team

Launch a Ravine Campaign to raise awareness and generate additional funds to protect, maintain and improve Toronto's ravine system, and

  • Convene a multi-stakeholder Ravine Campaign Leadership Table to advise staff
  • Undertake two initial projects to launch the Ravine Campaign, namely the:

- Trail Loop Project that will connect 81 kilometers of ravine trails to create a seamless off-road, multi-use ring trail
- 'InTO the Ravines: Nature at your doorstep' micro-grant program that will support community groups and organizations in engaging residents in ravine activities

Make immediate investments in the ravine system to address urgent needs related to managing invasive species and enhancing litter collection
Establish a dedicated Ravine Unit within Park, Forestry and Recreation responsible for coordinating three inter-divisional working groups to build cross-divisional leadership and implementation capacity
Request funding from other orders of government to fund implementation of the Ravine Strategy
Continue to advance and complete the 20 Actions identified in the Ravine Strategy

 

Of the twenty Ravine Strategy Actions to date, two have been completed, sixteen are in progress, and the remaining two are not yet started. The work of protecting, managing, and improving the ravine system will always be ongoing, and require leadership and careful attention to balancing the needs of supporting public access to ravine areas, while protecting and restoring ecological areas. This report outlines steps taken by multiple Divisions to engage in that work. In addition to reporting out on the eight council motions, this report responds to a renewed interest and commitment in ravine conservation and engagement both within the City and with stakeholders and the public.

 

The Ravine Strategy Implementation report also outlines a balanced approach to funding the ravine system over the long term. This includes recommending some immediate investments to address urgent needs and to ensure the system does not fall farther behind, including a substantial increase in the service levels of invasive species management and increased ravine litter collection.

Background Information

(January 8, 2020) Report and Attachments A-C from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning; and the General Manager, Toronto Water - Ravine Strategy Implementation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-141693.pdf
Presentation from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Ravine Strategy Implementation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-145195.pdf

Communications

(January 18, 2020) E-mail from Sharon Lovett (EX.Supp.EX12.1.1)
(January 20, 2020) E-mail from Sheila White (EX.Supp.EX12.1.2)
(January 21, 2020) E-mail from Karen Yukich (EX.Supp.EX12.1.3)
(January 21, 2020) E-mail from Omar McDadi, Rouge National Urban Park Parks Canada, Government of Canada (EX.Supp.EX12.1.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100635.pdf
(January 21, 2020) E-mail from Ellen Schwartzel, Toronto Field Naturalists (EX.Supp.EX12.1.5)
(January 22, 2020) Letter from Leslie Gooding, ProtectNatureTO (EX.Supp.EX12.1.6)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100675.pdf
(January 22, 2020) Letter from John Bossons and Tim Ross - Midtown Ravines Group (EX.Supp.EX12.1.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100680.pdf
(January 22, 2020) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (EX.Supp.EX12.1.8)
(January 22, 2020) E-mail from Nicole Corrado (EX.Supp.EX12.1.9)
(January 22, 2020) Letter from Linda Brett, President, Bloor East Neighbourhood Association (EX.Supp.EX12.1.10)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100690.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Lenka Holubec (EX.Supp.EX12.1.11)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100645.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Edward McDonnell, Greenbelt Foundation (EX.Supp.EX12.1.12)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100708.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Deborah Briggs, Summerhill Residents Association (EX.Supp.EX12.1.13)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100709.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Letter from Alexandra (Alix) Link, Humber Aboretum (EX.Supp.EX12.1.14)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100692.pdf
(January 23, 2020) Submission from John Bossons - Midtown Ravines Group (EX.New.EX12.1.15)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ex/comm/communicationfile-100701.pdf

Speakers

Harry Jongerden, Toronto Botanical Garden
Jenny Davis, High Park Nature Centre
Cynthia Crysler
Irene Vandertop, Don't Mess with the Don
Linda Brett, Bloor Street East Neighbourhood Association
John Bossons, Midtown Ravines Group
Dave Harvey, Park People
Jonas Hamberg, University of Waterloo
Andrew Simpson
Hamza Rustom
Rashid Adam
Sami Murad
Pat Concessi
Darlene McKee, Toronto Camino Community
Ellen Schwartzel, Toronto Field Naturalists
Leslie Gooding, PNTO
Julia Michalski
Tim Ross
Laura Curran , University of Toronto
Lauren South, University of Toronto
Justin Rai
Hamish Wilson
Teri Hoang, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Science
Catherine Berka, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Science
Paul Scrivener, Toronto Ravine Revitalization Science
Cam Collyer, Evergreen
Jessica Rudolph
Daniela Puric-Mladenovic, Faculty of Forestry, Unitversity of Toronto
Councillor Jennifer McKelvie
Councillor Mike Layton

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

City Council request the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and the General Manager Parks, Forestry and Recreation to consider in the phased funding strategy the implementation of items that emphasize the Protect and Restoration components in the early years.


2a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation in consultation with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and other partners:

 

a. develop a student internship program for youth to engage in restoring Toronto’s ravines as part of the Ravine Strategy Implementation Plan;

 

b. work with Social Development, Finance and Administration and People and Equity to help develop a recruitment strategy focusing on Neighbourhood Improvement Areas; and

 

c. report to the Economic and Community Development Committee with an update in the second quarter of 2020.


2b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That the Executive Committee refer Recommendation 2 to the Budget Committee and request the Budget Committee to advance the Ravine Litter Pick-Up program ($0.657 million) and the operating support to enhanced invasive species management and ecological restoration in ravines ($0.600 million) from 2021 to 2020 through the 2020 Operating Budget of Parks, Forestry and Recreation.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jan-23-2020

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 7 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Gary Crawford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata, James Pasternak, John Tory (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Thompson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council