May 9, 2012
Toronto’s city council continued a two-day monthly meeting Wednesday, debating measures like transit and a credit card that would put money into city coffers.
But the marathon session took a nasty turn during an exchange between Coun. Gord Perks and Coun. Josh Colle.
While discussing the proposed return of the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show to Exhibition Place, Perks was heard telling Colle, who sponsored the item, to “F-off,” before withdrawing the statement.
Other councilors are weighing in on the incident.
“Gord Perks mouthing then repeating out loud F…off to Josh Colle just about the lowest point I have ever seen in the Council Chamber,” Etobicoke-Lakeshore Coun. Peter Milczyn tweeted.
Meanwhile, the city approved a motion to ask the province to keep information from Canada’s long-gun registry program. The motion was introduced by Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam.
The long-gun registry will soon be shut down, but Wong-Tam says the data – including more than 287,000 non-restricted firearms registered in the GTA — should be saved.
A motion by Coun. Josh Matlow to introduce road tolls to pay for transit was deferred to the city’s executive committee.
Matlow proposed preparing a funding strategy for the Metrolinx regional transit plan. If approved, the city manager would work with Metrolinx to establish a group of officials across the province, including representatives from provincial and municipal systems, to advise Toronto on its transit system.
Coun. Karen Stintz, who led the charge to restore light-rail transit to the city, seconded the motion.
A motion by North York Councillor James Pasternak to establish an “affinity” credit card that city staff and residents can use to help fund city programs with their purchases was also deferred to executive committee.
Changes to the city’s food truck program were delayed when a motion by Coun. Adam Vaughan was deferred to the city’s executive committee.
Vaughan proposed allowing parking lot operators to rent their spots to food trucks. Spots that face the sidewalk could be home to standalone carts or booths as well as trucks.
On Tuesday, council adopted a motion calling for the federal government to take over the Toronto Zoo, and approved a deal with the Toronto District School Board to keep 33 city-funded school pools open for the next five years.
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