Since my initial motion asking for an enhanced mechanical sidewalk clearing pilot at the Infrastructure & Environment Committee in October 2019, we have finally made some progress toward achieving a more equitable and fair sidewalk snow clearing service in Toronto. We collaborated closely with our local Toronto-St. Paul’s Deer Park Residents Group, who spearheaded an advocacy campaign to harmonize the city’s sidewalk clearing policies. We worked as a team to convince Mayor Tory and other Councillors to ensure that every sidewalk, in every neighbourhood in our city, is safe and accessible to every resident. The massive success of our Clearing the Path Towards a Safe and Accessible Winter campaign this past winter, led to an almost unanimous Council decision in support of winter maintenance improvements. You can see more information on the campaign here, and Council’s decision at this link.
This month, City staff are coming back with a recommendation to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee on next steps forward. Prior to the Committee making its decision, the City is holding a number of public meetings to present the findings of the snow clearing trial conducted these past two winters. You can register for one of the meetings at this link, under the “Virtual Public Information Events” section. Please note that the public meeting focusing on Toronto-St. Paul’s is on May 17th at 7:00 pm. You can see the staff presentation, which includes the results of the trial, at this link.
I will continue advocating for an equitable and accessible sidewalk snow clearing program in our ward and across the city. I encourage everyone to attend the public meeting and share your feedback with the City. You can share your comments and feedback directly with the Infrastructure and Environment Committee before it makes a decision on May 25th. You can see this item on the Committee’s agenda a week before the meeting at this link.