Item - 2022.IE27.8

Tracking Status

IE27.8 - Update on Vision Zero Speed Management Strategy and Related Initiatives

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 2 and 3, 2022, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to amend the Automated Speed Enforcement Municipal Processing Centre agreement each time a new municipality is added to such agreement for the duration of the contract between Toronto and Redflex Traffic Systems (Canada) Incorporated for the provision of Automated Speed Enforcement services, all on terms and conditions satisfactory to the General Manager, Transportation Services, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor, and include all necessary budget and staff changes required to support other municipalities as part of the annual budget submission.

 

2. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to negotiate, enter into and execute an operational agreement(s) with Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec for the access and use of certified license plate registration information from the Province of Quebec, on terms and conditions generally as set out in the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, and on such other terms and conditions satisfactory to the General Manager, Transportation Services, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

3. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to negotiate, enter into and execute an operational agreement(s) with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, for the access and use of license plate registration information from select provinces outside of Ontario, on terms and conditions generally as set out in the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, and on such other terms and conditions satisfactory to the General Manager, Transportation Services, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

4. City Council amend Attachment 1 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services by:

 

a. adding Avenue Road, between Eglinton Avenue West and Chaplin Crescent, as a Community Safety Zone;


b. adding Old Sheppard Avenue, between Muirhead Road and Ladner Drive, and Brian Drive, between Clydesdale and Old Sheppard Avenue, as a Community Safety Zone;

 

c. adding Commissioners Street, from Leslie Street to Bouchette Street, as a Community Safety Zone; and

 

d. adding Leslie Street, from Lake Shore Boulevard East to Unwin Avenue, as a Community Safety Zone.

 

5. City Council authorize the amendments to existing Community Safety Zones as set out in Attachment 1 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, as amended by Part 4 above.

 

6. City Council designate as Community Safety Zones the school locations and authorize the amendments as set out in Attachment 2 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

7. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, the Director, Court Services, and the City Solicitor, to acquire and implement 25 additional Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras to the Automated Speed Enforcement Program as soon as possible in 2022, in accordance with the City's existing contract relating to Request for Proposal 9148-19-0048 (for the provision of Automated Speed Enforcement services) and to include for consideration as part of the 2023 Budget Process all budget and staff anticipated to be required for those 25 additional Automated Speed Cameras.

 

8. City Council authorize the City Manager, the General Manager, Transportation Services, the Director, Court Services, the Director, Revenue Services and the City Solicitor, once the enabling regulatory framework is provided by the Province, to take steps to implement an Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs, and City Council direct the City Manager, the General Manager, Transportation Services, the Director, Court Services, the Director, Revenue Services and the City Solicitor to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee with an update and any necessary recommendations to give effect to the operation of Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs.

 

9. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services, as part of the update to the Guiding Principles for Cyclist Safety in Work Zones, to work in consultation with stakeholders to communicate and hear feedback on the proposed changes.

 

10. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to review the existing criteria for establishing Community Safety Zones and consider including other sensitive community areas such as Senior Safety Zones and locations near parks and community centres and report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee once the Provincial review of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program is completed.

 

11. City Council direct the General Manager Transportation Services to immediately initiate a process to designate as Community Safety Zones all stretches of roadway currently designated as Seniors Safety Zones.

 

12. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee in the second quarter of 2022, on the outcome of the Senior Safety Zone review of Bonis Avenue East and Sheppard Avenue East including how it was initiated, how it was carried out, partnerships that assisted, and criteria to establish these reviews in other neighbourhoods.

 

13. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to immediately advance work to expand the program further at the earliest possible date, including a Request for Proposal that considers all possible technologies.

 

14. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to review and assess all arterial roadway segments within the City of Toronto in order to improve safety through the implementation of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program on these streets, and to report back, in consultation with the City Solicitor, on the feasibility of and criteria for designating portions of those arterial roadways as Community Safety Zones, along with an implementation plan, as part of the planned report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee once the enabling regulatory framework for an Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs is provided by the Province.

 

15. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to take the following further actions on the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan:

 

a. investigate contract options for expansion of the permanent and mobile (portable) Watch Your Speed program beyond School Safety Zones;

 

b. investigate strategies to better meet or exceed the annual target of implementation of 80 School Safety Zones each year;

 

c. explore alternative data collection models to reduce the time it takes to obtain data and reduce the delay in conducting traffic studies; and

 

d. expand the roll-out of in-road flexible speed signage posts across the City in 2022.

 

16. City Council request the Province of Ontario to increase fines and penalties for drivers engaging in aggressive driving and excessive speeding at a scale that is expected to influence driver behaviour.

 

17. City Council reiterate its request to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to undertake all necessary measures to expand the Automated Speed Enforcement Program further in order to fully realize Vision Zero, including expediting their review of the Automated Speed Enforcement program and permissible locations, and implementation of the Administrative penalty system.

 

18. City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board, to consider as part of its annual budgetary and human resources decision making process, investing additional personnel, technology and other resources into the Toronto Police Service's traffic enforcement capacity in order to address Vision Zero objectives in Toronto.

Background Information (Committee)

(December 20, 2021) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Update on Vision Zero Speed Management Strategy and Related Initiatives
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-174622.pdf
Attachment 1 - Community Safety Zone Amendments
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-174623.pdf
Attachment 2 - Community Safety Zone Designations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-174624.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 10, 2022) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (IE.Supp)
(January 11, 2022) Letter from Mayor John Tory (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/comm/communicationfile-143180.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Out of Order)

That:

 

1. City Council designate all roads in Ward 4, Ward 10, Ward 11, Ward 13 and Ward 14 as a "Community Safety Zone” and City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to report directly to City Council for consideration with the Budget on February 17 2022 on implementation, including the possibility of a phased approach.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata (Upheld)
Members, I have listened to Councillor Perk's speech, but I am also advised that the City Solicitor has advice about this motion. The Council Procedures say that a motion is not in order if it is beyond the authority of the City. Before I rule, I am going to ask the City Solicitor to address Council on the question of whether Councillor Perks' motion is within the authority of Council.

Wendy Walberg, City Solicitor, advised Council that her staff have given advice on various aspects of this matter but that she wished to clarify one point, that the legislation that grants City Council the authority to designate Community Safety Zones uses the words "part of the highway that is of special concern" so designation of entire Wards is not contemplated by that authority. The City Solicitor further advised that for this reason, she strongly recommends that the General Manager, Transportation Services be asked to review the proposals and identify whether a particular road is of special concern, that it's not beyond the possibility that an entire road could fall within the description, but that the statute contemplates that a part of a highway would be identified as a special concern.

Speaker Nunziata subsequently ruled motion 1 by Councillor Perks out of order.
Challenged by Councillor Gord Perks


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Withdrawn)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to analyze, with an equity lens, publicly available data on drivers who receive fines geographical areas where fines are received  from the automated speed enforcement program and to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee in February 2023 on an approach to ensuring automated speed enforcement cameras and Vision Zero programs do not result in over policing of racialized communities and people. 


Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That Councillor Wong-Tam be permitted to withdraw her motion.


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mark Grimes (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to take the following further actions on the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan:

 

a. investigate contract options for expansion of the permanent and mobile (portable) Watch Your Speed program beyond School Safety Zones;

 

b. investigate strategies to better meet or exceed the annual target of implementation of 80 School Safety Zones each year;

 

c. explore alternative data collection models to reduce the time it takes to obtain data and reduce the delay in conducting traffic studies; and

 

d. expand the roll-out of in-road flexible speed signage posts across the city in 2022.

 

2. City Council request the Province of Ontario to increase fines and penalties for drivers engaging in aggressive driving and excessive speeding at a scale that is expected to influence driver behaviour.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-03-2022 5:08 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Grimes - motion 3 Part 1
Total members that voted Yes: 24 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, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-03-2022 5:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Grimes - motion 3 Part 2
Total members that voted Yes: 21 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, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

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

That City Council amend Attachment 1 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services by adding Avenue Road, between Eglinton Avenue West and Chaplin Crescent, as a Community Safety Zone.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-03-2022 5:05 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Matlow - 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, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Amended)

That:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to review and assess all arterial roadway segments within the Toronto and East York Community Council area, in order to improve safety through the implementation of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program on these streets, and to report back, in consultation with the City Solicitor, on the feasibility of and criteria for designating portions of those arterial roadways as Community Safety Zones, along with an implementation plan, as part of the planned report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee once the enabling regulatory framework for an Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs is provided by the Province.

 

Amended by motion 10b by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-03-2022 5:12 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Layton - motion 5, as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

6 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

That City Council amend Attachment 1 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services by adding Old Sheppard Avenue, between Muirhead Road and Ladner Drive, and Brian Drive, between Clydesdale and Old Sheppard Avenue, as a Community Safety Zone.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-03-2022 5:06 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Carroll - motion 6
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, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

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

That:

 

1. City Council request the Toronto Police Services Board, to consider as part of its annual budgetary and human resources decision making process, investing additional personnel, technology and other resources into the Toronto Police Service's traffic enforcement capacity in order to address Vision Zero objectives in Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-03-2022 5:13 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Holyday - motion 7
Total members that voted Yes: 14 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 10 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

8 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Redundant)

That:

 

1.  City Council amend motion 5 by Councillor Layton by adding the words "and in Wards 21 and 8" so that it now reads:

 

"1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to review and assess all arterial roadway segments within the Toronto and East York Community Council area and in Wards 21 and 8, in order to improve safety through the implementation of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program on these streets, and to report back, in consultation with the City Solicitor, on the feasibility of and criteria for designating portions of those arterial roadways as Community Safety Zones, along with an implementation plan, as part of the planned report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee once the enabling regulatory framework for an Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs is provided by the Province."

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Frances Nunziata ruled motion 9 by Councillor Michael Thompson redundant due to Council's adoption of motion 10b by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie.


9a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council amend Attachment 1 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services by adding Commissioners Street from Leslie Street to Bouchette Street as a Community Safety Zone, and Leslie Street from Lake Shore Boulevard East to Unwin Avenue as a Community Safety Zone.

Vote (Amend Item) Feb-03-2022 5:07 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Fletcher - motion 9a
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, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

9b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee in the second quarter of 2022, on the outcome of the Senior Safety Zone review of Boris Avenue East and Sheppard Avenue East including how it was initiated, how it was carried out, partnerships that assisted, and criteria to establish these reviews in other neighbourhoods.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-03-2022 5:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Fletcher - motion 9b
Total members that voted Yes: 24 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, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

10a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council reiterate its request to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to undertake all necessary measures to expand the Automated Speed Enforcement Program further in order to fully realize Vision Zero, including expediting their review of the Automated Speed Enforcement program and permissible locations, and implementation of the Administrative penalty system.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-03-2022 5:15 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - McKelvie - motion 10a
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, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

10b - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council amend the motion 5 by Councillor Layton by deleting the words "Toronto and East York Community Council area" and inserting the words "City of Toronto", so that it now reads as follows:

 

"1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to review and assess all arterial roadway segments within the Toronto and East York Community Council area City of Toronto in order to improve safety through the implementation of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program on these streets, and to report back, in consultation with the City Solicitor, on the feasibility of and criteria for designating portions of those arterial roadways as Community Safety Zones, along with an implementation plan, as part of the planned report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee once the enabling regulatory framework for an Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs is provided by the Province."

Vote (Amend Motion) Feb-03-2022 5:11 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - McKelvie - motion 10b
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, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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 Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai, Denzil Minnan-Wong

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-03-2022 5:16 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE27.8 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 24 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, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, 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: 2 Members that were absent are Joe Cressy, Cynthia Lai

Point of Order by Mayor John Tory

Mayor Tory, on a Point of Order, asked the Speaker whether the rule that the Member who held an Item must speak first could be waived.


Point of Order by Councillor Mike Layton

Councillor Layton, on a Point of Order, stated that he wished for the City Clerk to explain the rule.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and asked the City Clerk to address Council.

John D. Elvidge, City Clerk, advised Council that Council's rules require the Member who held an item to speak first.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, on a Point of Order, stated that since staff have been brought to the floor that he would like to ask questions of staff.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that staff were brought to the floor to help her decide how to rule on whether Councillor Perk's motion is in order.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, on a Point of Privilege, requested that a clarifying memorandum sent to Members of Council by the General Manager, Transportation Services be re-circulated and that correspondence from the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale-High Park, based on the Legislative Committee hearings on this legislation, where the government of the day said an entire municipality could be declared Community Safety Zone, also be circulated to all Members of Council before continuing debate on this Item.  Councillor Perks further stated that he would be willing to have discussions with the City Solicitor off line as the advice given by the City Solicitor to Council is not the same advice provided by some of her staff to him in the fall of 2021.


Point of Order by Councillor Jaye Robinson

Councillor Robinson, on a Point of Order, stated that she could not hear what the City Solicitor was saying as Members were talking over the City Solicitor and that she would like to hear what the City Solicitor has to say.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and asked the City Solicitor to address Council.

The City Solicitor advised Council of her concern about the impression that she is not aware of the advice that her staff have given, that she appreciates the Councillor's concern and that she has communicated with all of her staff who have given advice. The City Solicitor also advised Council that she is aware of the memorandum, and while it addresses a number of issues, she is concerned about a very specific point that was not addressed in that memorandum.


Point of Order by Mayor John Tory

Mayor Tory, on a Point of Order, stated that this was not the way to make public policy and that there are documents that haven't been seen and people would be outraged if Council was making decisions when documents were suddenly being presented.  Mayor Tory suggested that this matter be organized properly and that in future, there should be questions of staff.  Mayor Tory further stated that he was not averse to finding ways to broaden Community Safety Zones, however this is not the way to do that nor is it right to strike the matter down on a technicality.  Mayor Tory further stated that Council should stand the matter down, get the documentation and get one set of advice from Legal staff. Mayor Tory further stated that Members know that this is not right and that it's gamesmanship.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, on a Point of Privilege, stated that Mayor Tory's comments suggest that he was not in earnest in placing his motion but was involved in some sort of gamesmanship, and asked that the Mayor withdraw his comments.  Councillor Perks further stated that the Mayor knows that the motion is in line with positions he has taken on Council repeatedly, including back in his days as an activist.  Councillor Perks further stated that he is serious about this issue and resents the Mayor dismissing a difference of opinion as gamesmanship.


Point of Order by Mayor John Tory

Mayor Tory, on a Point of Order, withdrew his comments and asked that Councillor Perks bring the matter forward in a way that allows for proper consideration of all the different legal opinions, rather than by a Member Motion with documents flying around and the need for rulings.  Mayor Tory further stated that he takes Councillor Perks' submission very seriously and wants to see ways to expand Community Safety Zones and that Councillor Perks knows that this is not the right way to do this.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, on a Point of Order, stated that he cannot do what the Mayor suggests as an almost identical motion was considered  and discussed in deputations at Committee, and that he has not brought this forward as a Member Motion.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Points of Order and ruled that this is not a debate and asked Councillor Perks if he was challenging the chair.


Point of Order by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Councillor Wong-Tam, on a Point of Order, asked if questions to the City Solicitor have concluded.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled that there is no debate during a vote to uphold the Chair.


Point of Order by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Councillor Holyday, on a Point of Order, asked the Speaker to rule whether motion 2 by Councillor Wong-Tam is in order as he understands that the Automated Speed Enforcement program tickets the owner of the vehicle and not the driver because the camera does not capture who is driving the car.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and advised that she will review the motion, consult with staff and advise Council.

Speaker Nunziata subsequently ruled that Councillor Wong-Tam should work with staff to amend her motion to address the concerns that have been raised by Councillor Holyday.


Point of Privilege by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong

Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong, on a Point of Privilege, stated that he problems with Councillor Wong-Tam's motion and now that it is being rewritten, he not able to speak to it or ask questions because he doesn't know what the motion says.  Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong  further stated that this affects his rights as a Member to ask questions and to speak to the Item, and that there either is or isn't a motion  Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong stated that perhaps the Member should take the motion to committee if it has not been properly thought out.  Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong further stated that he needs to be able to ask questions and speak to the motion, and to give these permissions to change motions impacts the rights of Councillors.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Privilege and advised that staff have indicated that they will resolve the issue with Councillor Wong-Tam's motion momentarily.


Point of Order by Councillor Stephen Holyday

Councillor Holyday, on Point of Order, asked if the Speaker would permit him to add his name to the list of Members who wished to question Councillor Wong-Tam on her motion as, even though he has already questioned the Councillor about her motion, that motion has changed and it is now a different motion.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that she would permit Councillor Holyday to add his name to the list.


Point of Order by Councillor Paula Fletcher

Councillor Fletcher, on a Point of Order, stated that she believes that Council has already increased the police budget for Vision Zero so it would be in the base budget and Councillor Holyday's motion may not be in order.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and advised that she would review the motion.

IE27.8 - Update on Vision Zero Speed Management Strategy and Related Initiatives

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to amend the Automated Speed Enforcement Municipal Processing Centre agreement each time a new municipality is added to such agreement for the duration of the contract between Toronto and Redflex Traffic Systems (Canada) Incorporated for the provision of Automated Speed Enforcement services, all on terms and conditions satisfactory to the General Manager, Transportation Services, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor, and include all necessary budget and staff changes required to support other municipalities as part of the annual budget submission.

 

2. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to negotiate, enter into and execute an operational agreement(s) with Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec for the access and use of certified license plate registration information from the Province of Quebec, on terms and conditions generally as set out in the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, and on such other terms and conditions satisfactory to the General Manager, Transportation Services, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

3. City Council authorize the General Manager, Transportation Services to negotiate, enter into and execute an operational agreement(s) with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, for the access and use of license plate registration information from select provinces outside of Ontario, on terms and conditions generally as set out in the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services, and on such other terms and conditions satisfactory to the General Manager, Transportation Services, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

4. City Council authorize the amendments to existing Community Safety Zones as set out in Attachment 1 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

5. City Council designate as Community Safety Zones the school locations and authorize the amendments as set out in Attachment 2 to the report (January 11, 2022) from the General Manager, Transportation Services.

 

6. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, Director, Court Services, and the City Solicitor, to acquire and implement 25 additional Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras to the Automated Speed Enforcement Program as soon as possible in 2022, in accordance with the City's existing contract relating to Request for Proposal 9148-19-0048 (for the provision of Automated Speed Enforcement services) and to include for consideration as part of the 2023 Budget Process all budget and staff anticipated to be required for those 25 additional Automated Speed Cameras.

 

7. City Council authorize the City Manager, the General Manager, Transportation Services, Director, Court Services, Director, Revenue Services and the City Solicitor, once the enabling regulatory framework is provided by the Province, to take steps to implement an Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs, and direct the City Manager, the General Manager, Transportation Services, Director, Court Services, Director, Revenue Services and the City Solicitor to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee with an update and any necessary recommendations to give effect to the operation of Administrative Penalty System for the Red Light Camera and Automated Speed Enforcement programs.

 

8. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to, as part of the update to the Guiding Principles for Cyclist Safety in Work Zones, to work in consultation with stakeholders to communicate and hear feedback on the proposed changes.

 

9. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to review the existing criteria for establishing Community Safety Zones and consider including other sensitive community areas such as Senior Safety Zones and locations near parks and community centres and report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee once the Provincial review of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program is completed.

 

10. City Council direct the General Manager Transportation Services to immediately initiate a process to designate as Community Safety Zones all stretches of roadway currently designated as Seniors Safety Zones.

 

11. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to immediately advance work to expand the program further at the earliest possible date, including a Request for Proposal that considers all possible technologies.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Infrastructure and Environment Committee considered items IE27.8 and IE27.15 together for the purposes of Questions of Staff and Members' speaking time.

Origin

(December 20, 2021) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services

Summary

Higher speeds contribute to a higher risk of serious injuries and fatalities by reducing driver reaction time, increasing the vehicle stopping distance, and inflicting more severe blunt force trauma on victims upon impact. Through the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, a Speed Management Strategy is being implemented comprised of seven integrated speed reduction tools aimed at mitigating risks associated with high speeds. These include revised speed limit setting practices, road design improvements, enhanced police enforcement, proactive deployment of Watch Your Speed signs, speed limit reductions, automated enforcement and public education.

 

The priority of the Speed Management Strategy is arterial roadways. Analysis of collision data has shown that over 80 percent of serious injury and fatal collisions happen on arterial roadways, where traffic volumes and travel speeds are higher. Monitoring completed to date has found evidence that the reductions have had a positive impact on reductions in operating speeds of vehicles, compared to similar control segments. The effectiveness of all speed management measures combined will continue to be evaluated through monitoring long-term changes in the number, rate and type of traffic collisions, either specific to a corridor or city-wide.

 

The purpose of this report is to respond to a number of requests from City Council regarding the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan Speed Management Strategy and related programs such as Automated Speed Enforcement and Red Light Camera, including information on expanding these programs, as well as updates on heavy truck safety initiatives and safety for people cycling during construction activity.

 

This report also requests Council authority to amend the existing Automated Speed Enforcement Municipal Processing Centre agreement between Toronto and Partnering Municipalities to add new municipalities to the program, and to enter into operational agreements with the necessary license plate registrars in the Province of Quebec in order to lay Automated Speed Enforcement charges against vehicles bearing Province of Quebec license plates.

 

In addition, Transportation Services is also recommending amendments to Community Safety Zones near schools to support school safety and the Automated Speed Enforcement program.

 

Finally, this report recommends that Council authorize the City Manager, in consultation with divisional partners, to take the necessary steps required to implement an Administrative Penalty System for the Automated Speed Enforcement and Automated Speed Enforcement programs once the enabling regulatory framework is provided by the Province. Staff will report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on any necessary recommendations to give effect to the operation of Administrative Penalty System for the Automated Speed Enforcement and Automated Speed Enforcement programs.

Background Information

(December 20, 2021) Report from the General Manager, Transportation Services on Update on Vision Zero Speed Management Strategy and Related Initiatives
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-174622.pdf
Attachment 1 - Community Safety Zone Amendments
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-174623.pdf
Attachment 2 - Community Safety Zone Designations
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-174624.pdf

Communications

(January 10, 2022) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (IE.Supp)
(January 11, 2022) Letter from Mayor John Tory (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/ie/comm/communicationfile-143180.pdf

Speakers

Albert Koehl
Kevin Rupasinghe, Cycle Toronto
Councillor Shelley Carroll
Councillor Stephen Holyday

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Amended)

That the Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommend that: 

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Transportation Services to, as part of the update to the Guiding Principles for Cyclist Safety in Work Zones, to work in consultation with stakeholders to communicate and hear feedback on the proposed changes.

 

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to review the existing criteria for establishing Community Safety Zones and consider including other sensitive community areas such as Senior Safety Zones and locations near parks and community centres and report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee once the Provincial review of the Automated Speed Enforcement Program is completed.

 

3. City Council designate all roads in Ward 4, Ward 11 and Ward 13 as a "Community Safety Zone” and request General Manager, Transportation Services report back on implementation, including the possibility of a phased approach, as part of the 2022 operating and capital budget.

 

Parts 1 and 2 of motion 1 by Councillor Layton carried.

Part 3 of motion 1 by Councillor Layton lost on a tie; three in favour, three opposed.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-11-2022

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required - Part 3 of motion 1 by Councillor Layton
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Mike Colle, Mike Layton, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Jennifer McKelvie (Chair), Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

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

That the Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommend that:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager Transportation Services to immediately initiate a process to designate as Community Safety Zones all stretches of roadway currently designated as Seniors Safety Zones.

 

2. City Council designate all roads in Ward 8 as a "Community Safety Zone”. 

 

Part 1 of motion 2 by Councillor Colle carried.

Part 2 of motion 2 by Councillor Colle lost on a tie; three in favour, three opposed.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-11-2022

Result: Lost (tie) Majority Required - Part 2 of motion 2 by Councillor Colle
Total members that voted Yes: 3 Members that voted Yes are Mike Colle, Mike Layton, Anthony Perruzza
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Jennifer McKelvie (Chair), Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

3a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That Infrastructure and Environment delete Recommendation 6

 

Recommendation to be deleted

 

6. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, Director, Court Services, and the City Solicitor, to include for consideration as part of the 2023 Budget Process all budget and staff anticipated to be required in order to accommodate the 25 additional Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras to the Automated Speed Enforcement Program in accordance with the City's existing contract relating to Request for Proposal 9148-19-0048 (for the provision of Automated Speed Enforcement services).  

 

And replace it with the following recommendation:

 

6. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services, Director, Court Services, and the City Solicitor, to acquire and implement 25 additional Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras to the Automated Speed Enforcement Program as soon as possible in 2022, in accordance with the City's existing contract relating to Request for Proposal 9148-19-0048 (for the provision of Automated Speed Enforcement services) and to include for consideration as part of the 2023 Budget Process all budget and staff anticipated to be required for those 25 additional Automated Speed Cameras.


3b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommend that:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Transportation Services to immediately advance work to expand the program further at the earliest possible date, including an RFP that considers all possible technologies.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council