Item - 2020.MM23.28

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 28, 2020 without amendments.

MM23.28 - 233 Carlton Street - Request for Additional Accountability and Transparency for the Lease Agreement - by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Mike Layton

Decision Type:
13 - Toronto Centre

City Council Decision

City Council on July 28 and 29, 2020, adopted the following:


1. City Council direct the City Manager and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to make public, as soon as possible, the following information about the recent lease agreement for 233 Carlton Street, and to also report to the September 30 and October 1, 2020 meeting of City Council on this real estate transaction:


a. how did the property first come to the attention of senior City Officials;


b. who from the WE-related organizations communicated with the senior City Officials that may have affected final delegated decision-making on site location and financial terms; and


c. if the value paid for the lease agreement is inline and competitive with fair market valuation for comparable properties.

Background Information (City Council)

Communications (City Council)

(July 29, 2020) E-mail from Howard Bortenstein (MM.New.MM23.28.1)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Introduce Motion without Notice moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That Councillor Wong-Tam be permitted to add to the agenda of today's meeting an urgent Motion without Notice concerning: 


233 Carlton Street - Request for Additional Accountability and Transparency for the Lease Agreement  


Reason for Urgency:


This Motion is urgent because the real estate and financial matters of the WE Charity and ME to WE social enterprise is currently before the Ethics Committee in Ottawa, and while there is controversy, it is important for the City of Toronto to demonstrate that any decisions made by staff through delegated authority were done appropriately through a transparent and accountable process.

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)
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