Item - 2022.MM43.5

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 11, 2022 with amendments.

MM43.5 - Enjoying a Drink Outdoors: Providing Safe, Responsible and Equitable Options for All - by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 11 and 12, 2022, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, the City Solicitor and the Medical Officer of Health, to report to the Economic and Community Development Committee early in the second quarter of 2023 with options, including necessary by-law amendments, to allow alcohol consumption in City of Toronto parks, based on the results of community and stakeholder consultations, safety considerations, the Toronto Drug Strategy and lessons learned from other Canadian jurisdictions.

Background Information (City Council)

Communications (City Council)

(May 10, 2022) E-mail from Diana Chan McNally (MM.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/mm/comm/communicationfile-149878.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Waive Referral (Carried)

Speaker Nunziata advised Council that the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, require that Motion MM43.5 be referred to the Economic and Community Development Committee. A two-thirds vote of the Council Members present is required to waive referral.

Vote (Waive Referral) May-12-2022 1:09 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - MM43.5 - Waive Referral
Total members that voted Yes: 16 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 5 Members that voted No are Gary Crawford, John Filion, Stephen Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Gord Perks
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Michael Ford, Mike Layton, Anthony Perruzza

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

That:

 

1. City Council delete the Recommendations:

 

Recommendations to be deleted:

 

1. City Council approve a pilot project to allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages that do not exceed 15 percent alcohol by volume in the City of Toronto's public parks and beaches with bathroom facilities between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. from May 21, 2022 to October 31, 2022.

 

2. City Council suspend the ban on the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public parks in Sections 608-8A and 608-8C of City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 608, Parks.

 

3. City Council prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages near playgrounds and sports fields, consistent with the prohibition on smoking.

 

4. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to:

 

a. ensure that as many parks and beaches as possible have a bathroom facility, including portable toilets; and

 

b. provide additional garbage and recycling receptacles in parks and beaches.

 

5. City Council request the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report on the results of the pilot project in Recommendation 1 above in the first quarter of 2023.

 

and adopt instead the following:

 

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, the City Solicitor and the Medical Officer of Health, to report to the Economic and Community Development Committee early in the second quarter of 2023 with options, including necessary by-law amendments, to allow alcohol consumption in City of Toronto parks, based on the results of community and stakeholder consultations, safety considerations, the Toronto Drug Strategy and lessons learned from other Canadian jurisdictions.

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) May-12-2022 4:03 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM43.5 - Tory - motion 1 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 17 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Michael Ford, Cynthia Lai, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson

Motion to End Debate moved by Councillor Shelley Carroll (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council end the debate on Motion MM43.5 and take the vote immediately.


Point of Order by Councillor Paula Fletcher

Councillor Fletcher, on a Point of Order, stated that it was not correct for Councillor Matlow to call people scofflaws when only two tickets have been issued.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow, on a Point of Privilege, stated that in no way is he obtuse to what Councillor Perks has said but that he respectfully disagrees.

Ruling by Deputy Speaker Shelley Carroll
Deputy Speaker Carroll ruled that Councillor Matlow did not have a Point of Privilege, and he was raising a point of debate.


Point of Order by Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow, on a Point of Order, stated that he was confused about Mayor Tory's motion and understood it was an amendment to his motion and did not understand why the entire Item was not voted on.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Mayor Tory's motion was to delete and replace and that was it.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council