Item - 2020.MM26.8

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 25, 2020 without amendments.

MM26.8 - Opposition to the Government of Ontario's changes to Conservation Authorities - by Councillor Mike Layton, seconded by Councillor Paula Fletcher

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 25 and 26, 2020, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the Government of Ontario to remove proposed amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act in Bill 229 relating to planning, permitting and enforcement, and to include strengthened provisions related to enforcement, in order to support a balanced approach to development, enable Conservation Authorities to mitigate natural hazards and protect natural heritage, and to prevent any downloading of enforcement costs to municipalities.

 

2. City Council request the Government of Ontario to reverse its decision to eliminate citizen experts from the board of Conservation Authorities.

 

3. City Council request that this decision be forwarded to the Premier, the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Finance, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, all City of Toronto MPPs, all Conservation Authorities serving the City of Toronto jurisdiction, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Background Information (City Council)

Communications (City Council)

(November 24, 2020) Letter from Leslie Gooding, Co-Chir, High Park Natural Environment Committee (MM.New.MM26.8.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/mm/comm/communicationfile-124049.pdf
(November 25, 2020) Letter from Lenka Holubec, ProtectNatureTO (MM.New.MM26.8.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/mm/comm/communicationfile-124060.pdf
(November 24, 2020) E-mail from Catherine Berka (MM.New.MM26.8.3)
(November 13, 2020) Submission from Councillor Mike Layton forwarding a communication from Laurie Nelson, Director, Policy Planning, Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (MM.New.MM26.8.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/mm/comm/communicationfile-124286.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM26.8 be referred to the Executive Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

Vote (Waive Referral) Nov-26-2020 2:18 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - MM26.8 - Waive referral
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, 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: 3 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o

Motion to End Debate moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council end the debate on Item MM26.8 and take the vote immediately.


Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-26-2020 6:29 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM26.8 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 22 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, 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: 3 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council