Item - 2022.MM47.107

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 19, 2022 with amendments.

MM47.107 - Taking a Stand for Toronto's Local Democracy- by Councillor Josh Matlow, seconded by Councillor Gord Perks

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2022, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario to consult with the City of Toronto on governance prior to granting additional authorities to the City commensurate with Strong Mayor governance models, and City Council request greater autonomy and decision-making authority, including but not limited to:  

 

a. traffic safety measures;

 

b. planning and housing matters;

 

c. cannabis and liquor licence application approvals; and

 

d. revenue raising measures and budgeting measures, in particular, revenue tools that grow with the economy and are used in every municipal system that includes a Stronger Mayor model.

 

2. City Council affirms its position that any changes to Toronto’s local elections or its governance structure should be decisions made by Toronto’s City Council.

Background Information (City Council)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Introduce Motion without Notice moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

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

 

Taking a Stand for Toronto's Local Democracy

 

Reason for Urgency:

 

This motion is urgent because there will not be another Council meeting prior to the introduction of this legislation that will have significant impacts on the City's governance structure. 

Vote (Introduce Motion without Notice) Jul-20-2022 12:17 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds full Council Required - MM47.107 - Introduce Motion without Notice
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Mike Colle, Stephen Holyday, James Pasternak
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are Brad Bradford, Gary Crawford, Cynthia Lai, Denzil Minnan-Wong

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

That:

 

1. City Council delete Recommendations 1 and 2:

 

Recommendations to be deleted:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario not to implement a "Strong mayor" system in Toronto with legislation that includes a veto over the City’s budget, or other items before Council, or any other legislative measure that would grant additional mayoral powers over City affairs than what is already granted under the City of Toronto Act.

 

2. City Council request the City Clerk to report to the first Council meeting of the next term on a governance structure that will enable the current model of mayoral powers under the City of Toronto Act, in relation to any changes to that Act or others.

 

and adopt instead the following new Recommendation:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario to consult with the City of Toronto on governance prior to for the term of office commencing November 15, 2022 and granting additional authorities to the City commensurate with Strong Mayor governance models, and request in areas where Council has previously requested greater autonomy and decision-making authority, including but not limited to:  

 

a. traffic safety measures;

 

b. planning and housing matters;

 

c. cannabis and liquor licence application approvals; and

 

d. revenue raising measures and budgeting measures, in particular, revenue tools that grow with the economy and are used in every municipal system that includes a Stronger Mayor model.

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 4:18 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM47.107 - McKelvie - motion 1 - adopt Part 1d only
Total members that voted Yes: 21 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 4:19 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM47.107 - McKelvie - motion 1 - adopt Part 1b only
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Denzil Minnan-Wong, Jaye Robinson
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Vote (Amend Item) Jul-21-2022 4:22 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM47.107 - McKelvie - motion 1 - adopt balance of motion
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Joe Mihevc, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Lost)

That City Council amend motion 1 by Councillor McKelvie by adding the following part 1e.

 

1.e. allowing the City of Toronto to retain 100 percent of the commercial, industrial and multi-residential, and residential taxes collected by the City of Toronto.

Vote (Amend Motion) Jul-21-2022 4:14 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - MM47.107 - Perruzza - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 10 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Mike Colle, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson
Total members that voted No: 15 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Robin Buxton Potts, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Point of Order by Councillor Josh Matlow

Councillor Matlow, on a Point of Order, stated that he would like to know when he could ask questions of the Mayor on the item.

Ruling by Councillor Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Members can ask questions of the Mayor if he speaks.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Shelley Carroll

Councillor Carroll, on a Point of Privilege, stated that she could ask Councillor Perruzza to get on his knees to apologize but would not, and further stated that she cannot abide being completely misquoted by Councillor Perruzza even when it's offline, and that Mike Harris was not the Premier of Ontario 12 years ago and wished the Councillor would listen.

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