Support Taking Action on the Roots of Youth Violence at City Hall: Please Save the Date!
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:30 am
Where: Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor, Committee Room 1
It is time for the City of Toronto to take thoughtful and proactive measures to deal with youth violence no matter what neighbourhood it is found in. We cannot wait for another tragedy to spur more calls for blue ribbon panels and simplistic reactions. There have been many good reports that have already provided us with recommendations on how to move forward including The Review of the Roots of Youth Violence by Dr. Alvin Curling and The Honourable Roy McMurtry. Genuine, evidence-based action is needed now and without delay.
Earlier this year, with City Council's unanimous support, I asked City staff to develop a plan to take immediate action. I am writing to confirm that the Youth Outcomes Framework Report will be considered by the Community Development and Recreation Committee on Wednesday, June 26, beginning at 9:30 am. This is the first step of an action plan to reduce youth violence in our city.
Please save this date, as this is the only official opportunity for public feedback before a vote at City Council in July. It is vitally important that Mayor Ford, the rest of City Council, and the wider community hear your voice and understand how important it is for us to finally take real action to stop youth violence. We can't do this without you.
It is also important to share this message. We can't let this opportunity quietly pass us by. In addition to contacting your local councillor and Mayor Ford, please reach out to your neighbours, co-workers, and colleagues who are working to address the many roots of youth violence or are troubled by its impacts in our community.
I'll be sure to follow up with you once the committee agenda is posted online with a copy of the Framework Report. I would appreciate your insights and feedback once it is published. I will also post any additional information on my website.
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul's