Item - 2023.CC1.2

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 23, 2022 with amendments.

CC1.2 - Update on Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 23 and 24, 2022, adopted the following:

  

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario to extend the commenting period on Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 to at least January 31, 2023 to enable time for consultation, consideration of alternative options and thorough analysis of both short and long-term impacts.

 

2. City Council request the Province of Ontario to:

 

a. not proceed with any changes that reduce municipal development charges, community benefit charges or parkland dedication, including:

 

i. removing housing services from development charges;

 

ii. retroactively phasing in development charges over a 5 year period on top of City Council's previously adopted two-year phase-in that was mutually agreed upon with the development industry;

 

iii. discounting rates for purpose built rental units;

 

iv. adding new exemptions;

 

v. introducing caps to the development charges determined date and instalments interest rates;

 

vi. extending the development charges historic service level caps from 10 to 15 years;

 

v. removing growth studies and land acquisition costs from development charges recovery; and

 

vi. reducing caps to parkland dedication by-laws;

 

b. instead of the above-noted changes, create a provincial incentive program provided directly to developers or homeowners through targeted grants, rebate and other financial incentive programs; and

 

c. alternatively, create a municipal compensation fund to compensate municipalities for the impacts of Bill 23 on municipal growth funding revenues.

  

3. City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend Bill 23 to preserve the City’s Green standard, Rental Replacement Policy, parkland provisions, community benefits charges and Development Charges to facilitate responsible growth.

 

4. City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend Bill 23 to preserve Toronto's ability to require a green development standards checklist (Toronto Green Standard) for a complete planning application.

 

5. City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend the Planning Act to enable the implementation of Inclusionary Zoning across the City and incorporate definitions of affordable housing that respond to low and moderate household income.

 

6. City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend the definition of "Affordable Housing" to follow the City of Toronto's "Official Plan Amendment 558 - Updating the Definitions of Affordable Rental and Ownership Housing", as approved by City Council on November 9, 2021.

 

7. City Council request the Province of Ontario to enact a Regulation to permit the use of conditional zoning, pursuant to Section 113 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

 

8. City Council request the Province of Ontario to delay the implementation of refunds for development applications in light of the significant changes to the Planning regulations and internal City processes regarding development.

 

9. City Council request the Provincial government to provide funding and funding tools to the City, matching the amount of revenue lost through development charges, community benefits charges, and Section 42 of the Planning Act in Bill 23 to ensure the services needed to facilitate responsible growth continue to be delivered. 

 

10. City Council request the Province of Ontario to rescind the proposed changes to the Greenbelt to protect environmental features that support biodiversity, natural spaces, recreation trails, agricultural land, and watersheds that sustain all residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

 

11. City Council request the Province of Ontario to retain the existing roles and responsibilities of the regional conservation authorities.

 

12. City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to change the effective date of the Refund of Fees for official plan amendments, zoning by-laws and site plan control applications contained in Bill 109, from January 1, 2023 to July 1, 2023.

 

13. City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to postpone enacting regulations under Schedule 4 of Bill 23, which would grant the Minister authority to impose limits and conditions on municipalities' regulation of demolition or conversion of rental units, until such time as there has been focused consultations with municipalities as part of the development of Minister's regulations to ensure municipalities can continue to require replacement rental housing and support impacted tenants.

 

14. City Council request the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, through a majority vote, to withdraw Bill 23.

 

15. City Council direct the City Manager make public the impacts of Bill 23 on specific capital projects which will not proceed in each Provincial and Federal Riding.

 

16. City Council direct the City Solicitor and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Planning and Housing Committee on guiding policies to assist City Council in gauging planning importance when considering requests that City Council initiate a Toronto Local Appeal Body appeal.

 

17. City Council request the City Solicitor and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Planning and Housing Committee with a legal strategy to challenge the Province of Ontario’s potential removal of Section 111 of the City of Toronto Act, and explore alternate means to protect rental units from demolition and conversion.

 

18. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to commence a public information campaign to inform all City residents of the impacts of Bill 23 and the changes to neighbourhoods, prevailing built forms, housing, civic engagement, the greenbelt, climate change, affordable housing, rental protection, community infrastructure, parks, heritage and cost of living that it may bring about.

 

19. City Council forward this item to the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Leader of the Official Opposition, all Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and all Ontario municipalities for their consideration.

Background Information (City Council)

(November 16, 2022) Report from the City Manager and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on Update on Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 (CC1.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-230055.pdf
Attachment 1 - Interim City Manager's FYI Briefing Note to Mayor and Members of Council - Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-230056.pdf
(November 22, 2022) Supplementary report from the Interim City Manager, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning on City Staff Comments on Proposed Bill 23 - More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 (CC1.2a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-230130.pdf
Attachment 1 - City of Toronto Comments on Proposed Bill 23 (submitted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario and Ontario Regulatory Registry November 22, 2022)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-230131.pdf
Attachment 2 - Chief Planner Presentation Notes to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy (November 17, 2022)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-230132.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(November 21, 2022) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (FoNTRA) (CC.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156534.pdf
(November 22, 2022) Letter from Andria Babbington, President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156573.pdf
(November 23, 2022) Letter from Jason Ash, Chair, Leaside Towers Tenants Association (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156570.pdf
(November 22, 2022) Letter from Les Veszlenyi and Angela Barnes, Co-Chairs, Mimico Lakeshore Community Network (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156571.pdf
(November 22, 2022) Letter from Maureen Kapral, President, Lytton Park Residentsí Organization (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156572.pdf
(November 24, 2022) Letter from Walied Khogali, Regent Park Neighbourhood Association (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156578.pdf
(November 24, 2022) Letter from Henry Wiercinski, Vice President, Annex Residentsí Association and Sue Dexter, Board, Harbord Village Residentís Association (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156579.pdf
(November 24, 2022) Letter from Jin Huh, Executive Director, Social Planning Toronto (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156581.pdf
(November 24, 2022) Letter from Mike Mattos, President, Judith Hayes, Vice President, and Rick Ciccarelli, Executive Board Associate, Mount Dennis Community Association (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/comm/communicationfile-156542.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

REVISED

 

That:

 

1. City Council request the province to amend Bill 23 to preserve the city’s Green standard, Rental Replacement Policy, parkland provisions, community benefits charges and Development Charges to facilitate responsible growth.

 

2. City Council request the Province of Ontario amend Bill 23 to preserve Toronto's ability to require a green development standards checklist (Toronto Green Standard) for a complete planning application.

 

3. City Council request the province to amend the Planning Act to enable the implementation of Inclusionary Zoning across the City and incorporate definitions of affordable housing that respond to low and moderate household income.

 

4. City Council request the province to enact a Regulation to permit the use of conditional zoning, pursuant to Section 113 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006.

 

5. City Council direct the City Manager make public the impacts of Bill 23 on specific capital projects which will not proceed in each Provincial and Federal Riding.

 

6. City Council request the province to delay the implementation of refunds for development applications in light of the significant changes to the Planning regulations and internal City processes regarding development.

 

7. City Council request that the Provincial government to provide funding and or funding tools to the City matching the amount of revenue lost through development charges, community benefits charges, and Section 42 of the Planning Act in Bill 23 to ensure the services needed to facilitate responsible growth continue to be delivered.

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-24-2022 4:18 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Tory - CC1.2 - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Alejandra Bravo (Withdrawn)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Province of Ontario amend Bill 23 to preserve Toronto's ability to require a green development standards checklist (Toronto Green Standard) for a complete planning application.


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

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to postpone enacting regulations under Schedule 4 of Bill 23, which would grant the Minister authority to impose limits and conditions on Municipalities' regulation of demolition or conversion of rental units, until such time as there has been focused consultations with municipalities as part of the development of Minister's regulations to ensure municipalities can continue to require replacement rental housing and support impacted tenants.

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-24-2022 4:19 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Fletcher - CC1.2 - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

4 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Mike Colle (Withdrawn)

That City Council request the City Manager to report on the continued need for a City of Toronto Planning Department.


Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor Mike Colle (Carried)

That Councillor Colle be permitted to withdraw his motion 4.


5 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Ausma Malik (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario to amend the definition of "Affordable Housing" to follow the City of Toronto's "Official Plan Amendment 558 – Updating the Definitions of Affordable Rental and Ownership Housing", as approved by City Council on November 9, 2021.

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-24-2022 4:20 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Malik - CC1.2 - motion 5
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

6a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the City Solicitor and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to Planning and Housing Committee on guiding policies to assist City Council in gauging planning importance when considering requests that City Council initiate a Toronto Local Appeal Body appeal.

 


6b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

REVISED

 

That:

 

1. City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, to include enhanced reporting in the financial impacts section of Planning reports in light of the effects of Bill 23, with emphasis on new costs that will need to be paid by ratepayers all residents as a result of a decision.

 

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-24-2022 4:22 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - Holyday - CC1.2 - motion 6b
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Shelley Carroll, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Amber Morley, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 17 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Gord Perks, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-24-2022 4:23 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - Holyday - CC1.2 - motion 6b
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Shelley Carroll, Stephen Holyday, Josh Matlow, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 21 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Motion to Reconsider Vote moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider the vote on motion 6b by Councillor Holyday.


6c - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Amended)

That:

 

1. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to commence a public information campaign to inform all city residents of the impacts of Bill 23 and the changes to neighbourhoods, prevailing built forms, housing, civic engagement and cost of living that it may bring about.


7 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Carried)

REVISED

 

That:

 

1. City Council request the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, through a majority vote, to rescind withdraw Bill 23.


8 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Withdrawn)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario to not pass Bill 23 because it will increase sprawl and damage livability, sustainability and affordability in the City of Toronto.


Motion to Withdraw a Motion moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That Councillor Saxe be permitted to withdraw her motion 8.


9a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the City Solicitor and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Planning and Housing Committee with a legal strategy to challenge the Province of Ontario’s potential removal of Section 111 of the City of Toronto Act, and explore alternate means to protect rental units from demolition and conversion. 

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-24-2022 4:25 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Matlow - CC1.2 - motion 9a
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Dianne Saxe
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

9b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Josh Matlow (Carried)

That:

 

1. City Council request the Province of Ontario to rescind the proposed changes to the Greenbelt to protect environmental features that support biodiversity, natural spaces, recreation trails, agricultural land, and watersheds that sustain all residents of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

 

2. City Council request the Province of Ontario to retain the existing roles and responsibilities of the regional conservation authorities.

Vote (Amend Item) Nov-24-2022 4:26 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - Matlow - CC1.2 - motion 9b
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

10 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Brad Bradford (Carried)

That City Council adopt the following recommendations in the supplementary report (November 22, 2022) from the Interim City Manager, the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning [CC1.2a]:

 

1.  City Council request the Province to extend the commenting period on Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 to at least January 31, 2023 to enable time for consultation, consideration of alternative options and thorough analysis of both short and long-term impacts.

 

2.  City Council request the Province to:

 

a. not proceed with any changes that reduce municipal development charges, community benefit charges or parkland dedication, including:

 

i. removing housing services from development charges;

 

ii. retroactively phasing in development charges over a 5 year period on top of City Council's previously adopted two-year phase-in that was mutually agreed upon with the development industry;

 

iii. discounting rates for purpose built rental units;

 

iv. adding new exemptions;

 

v. introducing caps to the development charges determined date and instalments interest rates;

 

vi. extending the development charges historic service level caps from 10 to 15 years;

 

v. removing growth studies and land acquisition costs from development charges recovery; and

 

vi. reducing caps to parkland dedication by-laws.

 

b. instead of the above-noted changes, create a provincial incentive program provided directly to developers or homeowners through targeted grants, rebate and other financial incentive programs; and

 

c. alternatively, create a municipal compensation fund to compensate municipalities for the impacts of Bill 23 on municipal growth funding revenues.

 

3.  City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to change the effective date of the Refund of Fees for official plan amendments, zoning by-laws and site plan control applications contained in Bill 109, from January 1, 2023 to July 1, 2023.

 

4.  City Council forward a copy of this report to the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Leader of the Official Opposition, all Ontario MPPs, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and all Ontario municipalities for their consideration.


11 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Jamaal Myers (Carried)

That:

 

1. Councillor Stephen Holyday's Motion 6c be amended by adding the words "the greenbelt, climate change, affordable housing, rental protection, community infrastructure, parks, heritage", so the motion now reads as follows:

 

"1. City Council direct the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to commence a public information campaign to inform all city residents of the impacts of Bill 23 and the changes to neighbourhoods, prevailing built forms, housing, civic engagement, the greenbelt, climate change, affordable housing, rental protection, community infrastructure, parks, heritage and cost of living that it may bring about."


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Nov-24-2022 4:27 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CC1.2 - Adopt the Item as Amended
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Brad Bradford, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Paula Fletcher, Stephen Holyday, Ausma Malik, Nick Mantas, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, requested staff to make a presentation.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and asked staff if they have a presentation.

Gregg Lintern, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, advised Council that staff do not have a presentation but would be happy to give a general overview.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, stated that as Councillor Bravo held the Item, she should begin the questioning.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Councillor Perks was correct. Speaker Nunziata gave the floor to Councillor Bravo.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, stated that a number of Members of Council have spoken to the relationship between Bill 23 and Bill 39 and requested to know if the Speaker was ruling that Members are not allowed to ask questions, debate or move motions on Bill 39.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that Bill 39 was not before Council.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, requested to know if the Speaker was ruling that Members are not allowed to ask questions on Bill 39.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata (Upheld)
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that questions on Bill 39 were out of order because the bill was not before Council.

Challenged by Councillor Gord Perks


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, stated that he would like the City Clerk to explain what a "yes" vote and a "no" vote mean, so that Members understand what they are voting on.

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

John Elvidge, City Clerk, advised Council that the Chair's ruling has been challenged and the motion before Council is: "Shall the ruling of the Chair be upheld?" The City Clerk further advised Council that a "yes" vote upholds the ruling of the Chair, and a "no" vote defeats the ruling of the Chair.

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Arising from a question to staff asked by Councillor Matlow, Speaker Nunziata ruled that Members of Council should refrain from asking questions about Bill 39 as the bill is not before Council.

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