Item - 2023.IE5.1

Tracking Status

IE5.1 - Two-Stroke Engine Small Equipment: Steps to Pursue a Ban

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 19 and 20, 2023, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council express its support for a ban on the use of two-stroke small engine equipment in Toronto as a precaution against any adverse impacts to human health and climate.

 

2. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, the Medical Officer of Health, and the City Solicitor, in consultation with Divisions that operate two-stroke engine equipment, to:

 

a. identify the resources required to develop and implement a ban on two-stroke equipment, as outlined in Attachment 2 to the report (June 21, 2023) from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, and any other necessary work that emerges throughout the process; and

 

b. if adequate resources are funded in the 2024 budget, initiate the work for City Council to enact a by-law imposing a ban on two-stroke equipment, and report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee in 2024.

 

3. City Council request the Mayor to include resources to implement Option B in the report (June 21, 2023) from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, in the 2024 Budget.

 

4. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in cooperation with relevant Divisions and Agencies, to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee by December 31, 2023 on:
 

a. opportunities for clean transition support programs, such as a low-emission equipment lending library; and


b. opportunities for partnerships that encourage and incent a transition to low-emission equipment, with community organizations, service providers, equipment manufacturers and/or retailers.

 

5. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to:

 

a. engage residents, businesses and industry stakeholders on implementation of a ban, including provisions to ensure a feasible approach to transitioning towards alternative equipment and practices; and

 

b. consider the diverse needs and challenges of residents and businesses who use two-stroke engines for their own use, and commercial operators who provide services using two-stroke engine equipment, and a phased approach to the implementation of a ban based on the ability of user groups to comply.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 21, 2023) Report and Attachments 1 - 3 from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, on Two-Stroke Engine Small Equipment: Steps to Pursue a Ban
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-237510.pdf

Background Information (City Council)

(July 7, 2023) Revised Report and Attachments 1 - 3 from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, on Two-Stroke Engine Small Equipment: Steps to Pursue a Ban
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-238280.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Robert Richards (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Thomas Kapler (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Martha Palaroan (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Raymond Barber (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Chelsea Katz (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Andrew Ukrainec (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Janet Valianes (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Scott Kennedy (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Loris Aro (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Edward Glassman (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Monty McDonald (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Charlie Needham (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Margrit Kapler (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Kathleen Kells (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Jenni McGuire (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from MaryAnne McDonald (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Jennifer Lau (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from David Reid (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Helen Yap (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Helen Merrell (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Richard Williamson (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Charles Fisch (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Shelley Savor (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Rose Dyson (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Richard Brath (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Joanny Laplante (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Joan Barrett (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Brian Guest (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Paul Cook (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Clare Kumar (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Laura LaFortune (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Marna-Rose Minett (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Wil Douglas (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Arlene Lerer (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Eleanor Heinz (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Katy Kirsh (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Laurie Kochen (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Marta O'Brien (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Jake Cole (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Martin Mostert (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Janet Gordon (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Scott Rogers (IE.Main)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patricia Guenther (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Donna Noma (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Amelia Smith (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patricia and Aaron Fenton (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Bob MacNelly (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Peter David Needham (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Abdul Dossa (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Jean Lie (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Jessica Crawford (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Marguerite Sarrazin (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Richard Rinyai (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Peter Burnside (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Thomas Klepl (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Debbie Buffett (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Ken Burford (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Linda Ervine (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Daryle McCullough (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Ted Mann (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Dana Boettger (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Gabe Hayos (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from John Deviney (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Herlander Diogo Pinto (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patty-Ann Ross (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Rick Lourenco (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Theresa Campbell (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from William Barber (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Nancy Geburt (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Sarah Muir (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Gail Carr (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Lydia Lebed (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Richard Menich (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Armin Krauss (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patti and Bill Clark (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Sandra Simpson (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from John Zinck (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Lie Kay Ie (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Josh Ross-Nickson (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Bruce Bennett (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from John Eisner (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Chris Keating on behalf of Greg J. Evans (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Dr. Ann Marie Murnaghan (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Marilyn Partington (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Matt Maltby, Amy Hu and Remy (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Vlad (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Margaret Bick (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Silvia Eisner (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Noel Semple (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Rev. Dr. Anne Simmonds (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Harold Gomez (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Jane Robertson (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Alan Kapler (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Andrew Monkhouse (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Christine Pickering (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Roselyn Liadsky (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Joan Goldenberg (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Kathy F. (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Justyna Sweny (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Dominique Bruce (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Hilary Brown (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Andrew Chronopoulos (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Judi Codd (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Robyn Temkin (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Inge Weiss (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Carla Wilson (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Jeremy Craig (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) Submission from Adriana Arciniegas (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Chris Keating (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Ann and Alain Masson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from John Peck (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sue Oakes (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Peter Newman (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Michele Carroll- Smith (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Ruth Desjardine (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from John Baumann (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Christine Fischer Guy (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Gale Bassett (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Nizar Jiwan (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Susan Glickman (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Jane Thurley (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Barry Applebee (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Rosalind Hobson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Carla Crozier (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sue Mallinson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Joy Crysdale (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Catherine Berka (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Brad Gibson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Janet Jazairi (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sarah Keating (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Marian Macdonell (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) Letter from Maureen Kapral, Lytton Park Residents Organization (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171131.pdf
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Bob Peake (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Randall Klein (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Terri Swabey (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Margarete Wiebe (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Terri Swabey (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Piotr Sepski (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Cynthia Luks (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Tom Worrall (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Joyce Moore (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Allan Consky (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Jutta Mason (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Cliff Gentle (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Scott Lutz (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Joseph Sidiropoulos (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Margot Dawson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Debbie Briggs (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Anne Purvis (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sandra Duff (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Don and Carol Dority (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from James Abbott (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Jim Kitchen (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Susan Friedman (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Marianne Rowland (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Brian and Annalee Schnurr (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Aaron Paul (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Diana Turchin (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Carol Bairstow (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Monty McDonald (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Paul Rosenberg (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Joe Lombardi (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Liz Addison (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Ian Dawson (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from John Harvey (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Tamara Bernstein (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Danusia Applebee (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Gabor Gellert (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Karen Levine (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Freda Perry (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Denise Bacon (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Joanne Sanderson (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) Multiple Communications from 112 Individuals (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171013.pdf
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Talin Vartanian (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Susan Glynn (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Catharine Doncaster (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from John Nishikawa (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from David Young (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Diana Turchin (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Sandra Bernstein (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Duncan Farnan (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Donna-Marie Batty (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Diana Birchall (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Shayna Sparling (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Linh Giang (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Trish McMaster (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Jack Botner (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Gloria Broks (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) Letter from Ellen Schwartzel, Past President and Board Member, Toronto Field Naturalists (TFN) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171191.pdf
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Patricia Launt (IE.Supp)
(June 28, 2023) E-mail from Alexandrina Canto Thaler (IE.Supp)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from Dundee Staunton on behalf of Gasbusters (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171194.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Multiple Communications from 6 Individuals (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171132.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (FoNTRA) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171195.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Letter from Cathie Macdonald, President, Deer Park Residents Group (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171196.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Letter from Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair, ClimateFast (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171197.pdf
(June 28, 2023) E-mail from Judy Love (IE.New)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from Ingrid Buday (IE.New)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from Gail Bebee (IE.New)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from How-Sen Chong, Toronto Environmental Alliance (IE.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171214.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(June 28, 2023) E-mail from David Burke (CC.Main)
(June 28, 2023) E-mail from Jay Levine (CC.Main)
(June 28, 2023) E-mail from Linda Kallo (CC.Main)
(June 28, 2023) E-mail from R Morency (CC.Main)
(July 6, 2023) E-mail from Matthew Eisner (CC.Main)
(July 9, 2023) E-mail from Ewa Konart (CC.Main)
(July 9, 2023) E-mail from Derek Tsang (CC.Main)
(July 14, 2023) E-mail from Chris Keating (CC.Supp)
(July 15, 2023) E-mail from Janet Looker (CC.Supp)
(July 17, 2023) E-mail from Angus MacCaull (CC.Supp)
(July 17, 2023) E-mail from Dundee Staunton (CC.Supp)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Receive Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Lost)

That:

 

1. City Council receive this Item for information.

Vote (Receive Item) Jul-19-2023 4:20 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - IE5.1 - Holyday - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 6 Members that voted Yes are Brad Bradford, Vincent Crisanti, Stephen Holyday, Nick Mantas, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that voted No: 18 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Olivia Chow, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Ausma Malik, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Jul-19-2023 4:21 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - IE5.1 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 18 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Alejandra Bravo, Jon Burnside, Shelley Carroll, Lily Cheng, Olivia Chow, Mike Colle, Paula Fletcher, Ausma Malik, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Chris Moise, Amber Morley, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 6 Members that voted No are Brad Bradford, Vincent Crisanti, Stephen Holyday, Nick Mantas, Jamaal Myers, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Michael Thompson

IE5.1 - Two-Stroke Engine Small Equipment: Steps to Pursue a Ban

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommends that:

 

Option B - Pursuing a ban on two-stroke engine equipment

 

1. City Council express its support for a ban on the use of two-stroke small engine equipment in Toronto as a precaution against any adverse impacts to human health and climate.

 

2. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, the Medical Officer of Health, and the City Solicitor, in consultation with Divisions that operate two-stroke engine equipment, to:

 

a. Identify the resources required to develop and implement a ban on two-stroke equipment, as outlined in Attachment 2 to the report (June 21, 2023) from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, and any other necessary work that emerges throughout the process; and

 

b. If adequate resources are funded in the 2024 budget, initiate the work for City Council to enact a bylaw imposing a ban on two-stroke equipment, and report to Infrastructure and Environment Committee in 2024.

 

3. City Council request the Mayor to include resources to implement Option B in the report (June 21, 2023) from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, in the 2024 Budget.

 

4. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in cooperation with relevant Divisions and Agencies, to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee by December 31, 2023 on:
 

a. Opportunities for clean transition support programs, such as a low-emission equipment lending library; and


b. Opportunities for partnerships that encourage and incent a transition to low-emission equipment, with community organizations, service providers, equipment manufacturers and / or retailers.

 

5. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to:

 

a. Engage residents, businesses and industry stakeholders on implementation of a ban, including provisions to ensure a feasible approach to transitioning towards alternative equipment and practices.

 

b. Consider the diverse needs and challenges of residents and businesses who use two-stroke engines for their own use, and commercial operators who provide services using two-stroke engine equipment, and a phased approach to the implementation of a ban based on the ability of user groups to comply.

Origin

(June 21, 2023) Report from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate

Summary

This report responds to a request (2023.IE1.11) to report back with a plan to implement a ban on use of two-stroke engine leaf blowers, lawnmowers and other small engine equipment because of their adverse impact on air quality and human health.

 

To support consideration by City Council on implementing a potential ban on the use of two-stroke engines, a two-step decision making approach is being taken. This report outlines the first step, which is to seek Council direction on whether Council wishes to pursue a ban on two-stroke engines within Toronto. Subject to City Council direction and resourcing, and following consultation with residents and businesses, a second report would be brought forward to provide a detailed plan to establish, implement, enforce and encourage compliance with a ban, including a proposed bylaw.

 

Previous reports brought to City Council have described the impact of two-stroke engine leaf blowers on climate, air quality and health, and noise. This report provides a compendium of the City's past decisions and activities on the topic of two-stroke engine equipment.

 

Separately, staff have determined that each of the three approaches of climate, health and noise have not individually provided a sufficient rationale for action to be taken to ban the use of two-stroke engines. Furthermore, based on the information reviewed to date, staff have not identified a sufficient rationale from whatever combined or cumulative adverse impacts to climate and human health may exist to recommend a ban at this time. However, City Council may decide to take a precautionary approach with respect to these climate, health and noise factors and enact a ban regardless. Generally speaking, City Council has the authority to ban the use of two-stroke engine small equipment depending on the nature, scope, adoption, and implementation of the measure.

 

A parallel report, on the City of Toronto's corporate transition plan and feasibility assessment of phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers for municipal use, is being led by the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the General Manager, Transportation Services and the General Manager, Fleet Services and will be brought forward to Infrastructure and Environment Committee in the first quarter 2024.

Background Information

(June 21, 2023) Report and Attachments 1 - 3 from the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, on Two-Stroke Engine Small Equipment: Steps to Pursue a Ban
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-237510.pdf

Communications

(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Robert Richards (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Thomas Kapler (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Martha Palaroan (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Raymond Barber (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Chelsea Katz (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Andrew Ukrainec (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Janet Valianes (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Scott Kennedy (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Loris Aro (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Edward Glassman (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Monty McDonald (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Charlie Needham (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Margrit Kapler (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Kathleen Kells (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Jenni McGuire (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from MaryAnne McDonald (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Jennifer Lau (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from David Reid (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Helen Yap (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Helen Merrell (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Richard Williamson (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Charles Fisch (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Shelley Savor (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Rose Dyson (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Richard Brath (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Joanny Laplante (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Joan Barrett (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Brian Guest (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Paul Cook (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Clare Kumar (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Laura LaFortune (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Marna-Rose Minett (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Wil Douglas (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Arlene Lerer (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Eleanor Heinz (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Katy Kirsh (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Laurie Kochen (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Marta O'Brien (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Jake Cole (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Martin Mostert (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Janet Gordon (IE.Supp)
(June 21, 2023) E-mail from Scott Rogers (IE.Main)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patricia Guenther (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Donna Noma (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Amelia Smith (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patricia and Aaron Fenton (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Bob MacNelly (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Peter David Needham (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Abdul Dossa (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Jean Lie (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Jessica Crawford (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Marguerite Sarrazin (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Richard Rinyai (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Peter Burnside (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Thomas Klepl (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Debbie Buffett (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Ken Burford (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Linda Ervine (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Daryle McCullough (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Ted Mann (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Dana Boettger (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Gabe Hayos (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from John Deviney (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Herlander Diogo Pinto (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patty-Ann Ross (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Rick Lourenco (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Theresa Campbell (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from William Barber (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Nancy Geburt (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Sarah Muir (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Gail Carr (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Lydia Lebed (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Richard Menich (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Armin Krauss (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Patti and Bill Clark (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Sandra Simpson (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from John Zinck (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Lie Kay Ie (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) E-mail from Josh Ross-Nickson (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Bruce Bennett (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from John Eisner (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Chris Keating on behalf of Greg J. Evans (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Dr. Ann Marie Murnaghan (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Marilyn Partington (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Matt Maltby, Amy Hu and Remy (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Vlad (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Margaret Bick (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Silvia Eisner (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Noel Semple (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Rev. Dr. Anne Simmonds (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Harold Gomez (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Jane Robertson (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Alan Kapler (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Andrew Monkhouse (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Christine Pickering (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Roselyn Liadsky (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Joan Goldenberg (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Kathy F. (IE.Supp)
(June 24, 2023) E-mail from Justyna Sweny (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Dominique Bruce (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Hilary Brown (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Andrew Chronopoulos (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Judi Codd (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Robyn Temkin (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Inge Weiss (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Carla Wilson (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) E-mail from Jeremy Craig (IE.Supp)
(June 25, 2023) Submission from Adriana Arciniegas (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Chris Keating (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Ann and Alain Masson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from John Peck (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sue Oakes (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Peter Newman (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Michele Carroll- Smith (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Ruth Desjardine (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from John Baumann (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Christine Fischer Guy (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Gale Bassett (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Nizar Jiwan (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Susan Glickman (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Jane Thurley (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Barry Applebee (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Rosalind Hobson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Carla Crozier (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sue Mallinson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Joy Crysdale (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Catherine Berka (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Brad Gibson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Janet Jazairi (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sarah Keating (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Marian Macdonell (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) Letter from Maureen Kapral, Lytton Park Residents Organization (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171131.pdf
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Bob Peake (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Randall Klein (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Terri Swabey (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Margarete Wiebe (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Terri Swabey (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Piotr Sepski (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Cynthia Luks (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Tom Worrall (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Joyce Moore (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Allan Consky (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Jutta Mason (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Cliff Gentle (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Scott Lutz (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Joseph Sidiropoulos (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Margot Dawson (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Debbie Briggs (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Anne Purvis (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Sandra Duff (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Don and Carol Dority (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from James Abbott (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Jim Kitchen (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Susan Friedman (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Marianne Rowland (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Brian and Annalee Schnurr (IE.Supp)
(June 26, 2023) E-mail from Aaron Paul (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Diana Turchin (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Carol Bairstow (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Monty McDonald (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Paul Rosenberg (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Joe Lombardi (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Hamish Wilson (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Liz Addison (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Ian Dawson (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from John Harvey (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Tamara Bernstein (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Danusia Applebee (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Gabor Gellert (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Karen Levine (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Freda Perry (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Denise Bacon (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Joanne Sanderson (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) Multiple Communications from 112 Individuals (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171013.pdf
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Talin Vartanian (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Susan Glynn (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Catharine Doncaster (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from John Nishikawa (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from David Young (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Diana Turchin (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Sandra Bernstein (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Duncan Farnan (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Donna-Marie Batty (IE.Supp)
(June 27, 2023) E-mail from Diana Birchall (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Shayna Sparling (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Linh Giang (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Trish McMaster (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Jack Botner (IE.Supp)
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Gloria Broks (IE.Supp)
(June 22, 2023) Letter from Ellen Schwartzel, Past President and Board Member, Toronto Field Naturalists (TFN) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171191.pdf
(June 23, 2023) E-mail from Patricia Launt (IE.Supp)
(June 28, 2023) E-mail from Alexandrina Canto Thaler (IE.Supp)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from Dundee Staunton on behalf of Gasbusters (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171194.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Multiple Communications from 6 Individuals (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171132.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Letter from Geoff Kettel and Cathie Macdonald, Co-Chairs, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (FoNTRA) (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171195.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Letter from Cathie Macdonald, President, Deer Park Residents Group (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171196.pdf
(June 27, 2023) Letter from Lyn Adamson, Co-Chair, ClimateFast (IE.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171197.pdf
(June 28, 2023) E-mail from Judy Love (IE.New)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from Ingrid Buday (IE.New)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from Gail Bebee (IE.New)
(June 28, 2023) Letter from How-Sen Chong, Toronto Environmental Alliance (IE.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/ie/comm/communicationfile-171214.pdf

Speakers

Chris Keating, Deer Park Residents Group
Gail Bebee, Bayview Village Association
Ingrid Buday, No More Noise Toronto
Dundee Staunton, Gasbusters
Jake Cole, Sierra Club Canada Foundation
Harold Smith, Lytton Park Residentsí Organization
April Engelberg
John Watt
Piotr Sepski
Hamish Wilson
How-Sen Chong, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Cathie Macdonald, Federation of North Toronto Residents' Associations (FoNTRA)
Councillor Shelley Carroll

Motions

1a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommend that:

 

Option B - Pursuing a ban on two-stroke engine equipment

 

1. City Council express its support for a ban on the use of two-stroke small engine equipment in Toronto as a precaution against any adverse impacts to human health and climate; and

 

2. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate, the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, the Medical Officer of Health, and the City Solicitor, in consultation with Divisions that operate two-stroke engine equipment, to:

 

a. identify the resources required to develop and implement a ban on two-stroke equipment, as outlined in Attachment 2 to this report, and any other necessary work that emerges throughout the process; and

 

b. if adequate resources are funded in the 2024 budget, initiate the work for City Council to enact a bylaw imposing a ban on two-stroke equipment, and report to Infrastructure and Environment Committee in 2024.


1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommend that:

 

1. City Council request the Mayor to include resources to implement Option B in the 2024 budget.


1c - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Dianne Saxe (Carried)

That Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommends that City Council:

 

1. Direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in cooperation with relevant Divisions and Agencies, to report back to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee by December 31, 2023 on:
 

a. Opportunities for clean transition support programs, such as a low-emission equipment lending library; and


b. Opportunities for partnerships that encourage and incent a transition to low-emission equipment, with community organizations, service providers, equipment manufacturers and/or retailers.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jun-28-2023

Result: Carried Majority Required - Adopt motion 1c by Councillor Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Jon Burnside, Jennifer McKelvie (Chair), Amber Morley, Anthony Perruzza, Dianne Saxe
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Mike Colle
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Carried)

That, if Motion 1a by Councillor Diane Saxe carries, Infrastructure and Environment Committee recommend that:

 

1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Environment and Climate and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to:

 

a. Engage residents, businesses and industry stakeholders on implementation of a ban, including provisions to ensure a feasible approach to transitioning towards alternative equipment and practices.

 

b. Consider the diverse needs and challenges of residents and businesses who use two-stroke engines for their own use, and commercial operators who provide services using two-stroke engine equipment, and a phased approach to the implementation of a ban based on the ability of user groups to comply.


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