Councillor

Mike Layton
Ward 19 • Trinity—Spadina

mikelayton.to

Dear Neighbours,

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Over the past year our community has worked together and made some amazing
progress that we can be proud of.

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Together we have worked to build stronger land use plans for Ossington Avenue,
Dupont Street, the Niagara neighbourhood, and Bathurst Street to ensure development in our community is done responsibly. Together we prevented a mega casino from moving into our community. Together we fought and beat a proposed
Walmart on Bathurst Street.

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This year we will be making improvements to Northumberland Playground, Fred
Hamilton Park, Stanley Park and next year we will work together to complete plans
for improvements to Christie Pits Park, Bickford Park, and Liberty Village parks.

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We have made improvements to our streets, adding bike lanes on Shaw Street with
new lanes to come on Argyle Street and Richmond Street, and upgrades to Harbord Street.

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At City Hall, I have been fighting for better public transit services and stronger
noise restrictions for nightclubs. I have also been working to make sure Toronto
does everything it can to fight climate change. This year, the City launched a $20
million pilot program aimed at reducing household energy demands and greenhouse gases. I was proud to introduce that program and work with stakeholders to
get unanimous support at Council.

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Mike Layton
100 Queen Street West
Suite C47
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N2

(416) 392-4009
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Councillor Mike Layton

Executive Assistant
Jamie Kirkpatrick
jkirkpa2@toronto.ca

Special Assistant
Scheduling & Parks
Marco Bianchi
mbianch@toronto.ca

Constituency Assistant
North of College Street
Angela Surdi
asurdi2@toronto.ca

Constituency Assistant
South of College Street to
Rail Corridor
Ashley Da Silva
adasilv2@toronto.ca

Constituency Assistant
South of the Rail Corridor
Heather Leger
hleger@toronto.ca

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We stopped a Walmart in our neighbourhood
After years of community advocacy, the
City approved a settlement for development
of a new commercial retail building at the
old Kromer Radio site (on Bathurst north
of Dundas Street) removing the possibility
of a Walmart invading our community.
The settlement cut the size of the singleuse retail space in half, eliminating the
space needed for a Walmart. As part of the
settlement the property owner agreed that
the project will proceed without Walmart as
a tenant in the building.
This settlement is a great win for our community! Thousands of people have signed

New Streetcars
The King streetcar line is the busiest in the
city with over 57,000 daily passengers. The
Queen streetcar has over 45,000 daily passengers. The lines are over capacity and my
office regularly receives complaints that riders wait for several cars during rush hour before making their way on to one with room to
board. This is unacceptable. Public transit is
meant to get us where we need to go quickly
and affordably.

petitions, attended public meetings, or sent
letters on this subject. Residents across Toronto expressed concerns about the impact
this type of big box superstore would have on
neighbouring retail areas West Queen West,
Dundas West, Little Italy, and Kensington
Market.
My office responded to these concerns and
worked closely with interested stakeholders
over the past three years. Council’s decision
formalizes a settlement that will ensure no
Walmart moves into the building, and instead our community gets a true mixed-use
building.

The TTC has ordered new streetcars to relieve some of the pressure on the routes moving through Ward 19. They are scheduled for
roll out between 2014 and 2018. The TTC
will also be constructing (and modifying)
streetcar platforms to allow people with mobility challenges and strollers to easily board
the new low floor streetcars.
The new streetcars are accessible, have more
seats, boarding from all 4 doors, air conditioning, and can accommodate bicycles. Not

Besides eliminating the superstore retail
space, the new proposal replaces the
3rd floor with office space making room
for more local jobs in this project. I also
moved a motion to create a Construction
Management Liaison Committee that
will give neighbours a voice during the
construction of this building. In addition, a
24-hour construction hot line will be posted
on the hoarding surrounding the site which
will now also feature public art and mural
artwork.

only are they modern, spacious, and comfortable, but they will also increase our rush
hour capacity by 32%.
You may have noticed the new streetcars already as the TTC tests them on our streets.
The 510 Spadina, the 511 Bathurst, and the
509 Dundas / Harbourfront are scheduled
to be deployed beginning in 2014. The 501
Queen and the 508 Lakeshore will roll out
starting in 2015, with the 504 King route
having the new vehicles beginning in 2016.

Unveiling a commemorative plaque recognizing
Scadding Cabin, Toronto’s oldest built structure.
Built in 1794 for John Scadding, the cabin now rests
in our ward on the Exhibition Grounds.

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Councillor Mike Layton

No Casino for Toronto
After a year of work, we were able to win
against MGM and other international casino
corporations interested in building a mega casino at Exhibition Place.
Following multiple delays by Mayor Ford
and endless studies and debate, on May 21,
2013 I called a special meeting of Toronto
City Council to put an end to the proposed
mega casino. At this meeting I moved a simple
motion that “City Council oppose the establishment of any new gaming sites in the City
of Toronto.” My motion passed 40-4 and the
mega casino was stopped.
A downtown mega casino in Toronto would
have cost us more than we could have gained.
A mega casino would hurt our local businesses

and our arts and entertainment communities.
It would strangle an already congested transportation network with thousands more cars.
It would also bring with it significant social
costs related to both addiction and crime that
would hurt our families.
Liberty Village and Fort York are two of our
fastest growing neighbourhoods. Building a
casino in them would have profound effects
on traffic, transit, property values, local businesses, addiction rates, and the quality of life.
When we think about the neighbourhood we
would like to build, it does not include a mega
casino. We can do better and we are doing better than a casino.

Northumberland Playground Improvements!

Plans to redesign Northumberland Playground continue to progress with a distinct
focus on natural looking play features. Over
the last few years local neighbours and my
office have put our hearts and minds to improving this park and I am excited to see
these visions become a reality.

The design promotes a natural play theme,
using water, stone, and wood as the main
character features, integrated with ropes,
poles, and wood play equipment to encourage motor skill development and social interaction through play. Play opportunities are
provided for all age groups from tots to pre-

teens, and the design incorporates accessibility guidelines for people of all abilities. The
existing wading pool will not be impacted by
the proposed park and playground improvements.

Ontario Place a Public Space
Ontario Place and the Exhibition Grounds are
both in our ward. Ontario Place has been an
important 96-acre public and family friendly
space in Toronto and a destination since 1971.
It is land that was originally dedicated to “The
People of Ontario – Past, Present and Future.”
In February 2012, the Ontario Government
announced the closure of Ontario Place. The
Province is now going through a planning
process to transform Ontario Place into a
year-round, multi-use waterfront community
and urban park. At the same time, the City
and Exhibition Place Board of Governors are
moving through a planning process for the future of Exhibition Place.
Councillor Mike Layton

Throughout this process I have maintained
that Ontario Place must remain a public
space. More recently, I have requested that
the Province work more closely with Exhibition Place to develop a joint strategy for revitalization and to include you, the local community, more closely in the process.
We need to ensure the planning for the area
addresses key issues such as infrastructure,
transportation, public realm, and heritage.
Any planning process around Ontario Place
and the Exhibition grounds must include
your input and consider both the impacts on
your neighbourhood and the potential contributions.
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Official opening of the new accessibility ramp in Fred Hamilton Park

New program HELPs the Environment
Through Toronto’s new Home Energy Loan
Program (HELP), homeowners now have a
new tool for reducing their energy bills and
improving their home comfort, while creating
good local jobs.
Passed unanimously by City Council last year,
this program is unique because it offers loans
for home energy retrofits that are repaid on
the property tax bill at agreed upon intervals.
When a homeowner sells their home, the remainder of the unpaid loan is transferred to
the next owner.
This pilot program will invest $10 million into
homes in several communities across Toronto,
with a goal of improving the energy and water
efficiency of 1,000 homes over 3 years.
For now, the pilot program will only be available in some neighbourhoods that are currently eligible for an Enbridge Gas rebate, but
depending on its success, it could easily spread
across the city. Now we need the federal and
provincial governments to do their part.

The day after Earth Day I had the opportunity to meet with an amazing 5-year old girl named Lea. She came
to my office to hand deliver a letter she wrote because she is concerned about the amount of litter in our
neighbourhood. I’ve posted Lea’s letter on my website (mikelayton.to/little-leas-litter-letter) in the hope that
you will all follow her thoughtful advice.

Protecting our Waterfront
City Council has been debating the expansion of the island airport to allow large jets. I
am concerned about the environmental and
neighbourhood impacts of this proposed expansion. The increased noise and pollution
from jets, the increased flight patterns across
the waterfront, and paving over more of the
lake to extend the runway would spoil our
wonderful recreational space of Toronto Islands and the waterfront.
In 1983, the Tripartite Agreement that the
City of Toronto entered into with the Federal
Government and the Toronto Port Authority
placed very specific restrictions on the airport
to protect neighbourhoods on the waterfront.

The agreements restricted airport expansion
so that new neighbourhoods could be built in
the area. The addition of jets and changes to
the Tripartite Agreement threaten the liveability of these neighbourhoods.
Our city has spent considerable time and
money to revitalize our waterfront so it can
be a place of pride for our city’s residents. Any
changes to our waterfront must help and not
harm these efforts.
The City of Toronto has been working with local
Toronto artists to paint the City’s traffic signal
boxes. Outside the Box is being implemented by
StreetARToronto. This is an example of one of the
many boxes painted in our ward. This box can be
found at Dundas Street West and Montrose Avenue
and was done by artist Jeff Blackburn.

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Stanley Park
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Work toward further improving Stanley Park
continues with a distinct focus on ensuring
Parking at George Brown College
the safety and accessibility of the space for
all parks users. We have already seen the installation of our brand new ping pong tables,
and will soon see path and seating upgrades,
accessibility ramps, and a new fence around
the playground coming to the area of the park
north of King Street.

City Planning

On the south side of the park, we expect to see
the berms and fence removed along the north
end to make way for more seating for casual
park users and open sight lines into and out of
the park. In addition to these changes, the entire park will see an increase in the amount of
light standards in an effort to ensure that everyone feels safe in their neighbourhood park.

One of the new ping pong tables in Stanley Park in in use.
Photo by: Andrew Louis

Councillor Mike Layton

A contractor has been hired to start this work
beginning mid-August with the installation
of the new light standards. Workers will be
mindful to limit the impact the construction
will have on park and permit field usage and
create safe working zones for those inside the
park. Access to the wading pool will not be
impacted by the construction.
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Bike Sharing is
coming to you!
BIXI Toronto is now Bike Share Toronto. The
City’s popular bike sharing program has been
saved and is now controlled by the Toronto
Parking Authority (TPA). The TPA has chosen
Alta Bicycle Share, which runs systems in New
York, Chicago, and other cities, to manage and
operate the program.
I have been working to expanding bike sharing
in our ward since I took office. We now have a
few stations along Queen Street West with approved new stations for the King West neighbourhood and along Bloor Street West.
Now that our bike sharing program is on secure footing, we will be looking into adding
more stations throughout Ward 19.
You can find out more at bikesharetoronto.com.
New bike sharing station at Queen and Niagara.

Cycling
I am a huge proponent of cycling in our city.
Making cycling safer and more inviting can
help to relieve car traffic and take some pressure off of our stretched transit system.

The West Toronto Railpath:
The West Toronto Railpath is a trail connection along the Kitchener/Georgetown GO
Transit rail corridor. In 2008, the path from
north of Dupont Street to the Dundas Street
West overpass was completed. The detailed
extension of the railpath past Strachan Avenue is now being studied. Our goal is to begin construction of the Railpath extension
in 2015 once Metrolinx has completed their
construction on the rail corridor.

Shaw Street Bikeway:
The Shaw Street Bikeway was recently completed. It’s 4km of cycling infrastructure that
stretches from Douro Street all the way north
to Davenport Road. North of Dundas Street
West contra-flow cycling lanes were installed
to allow cyclists to travel northbound on
this southbound one-way street. This spring,
the bikeway was further improved with new,
more durable, road markings added to the
street.

Harbord-Hoskin Improvements:
After extensive review and consultation, the
Harbord-Hoskin bike corridor is being improved. Council approved filling the existing
gap in the bike lane between Spadina and
Bathurst, using parked cars on Hoskin (where
the street width allows) to protect the bike
lane, and changing the whole corridor to wider, buffered lanes. Thinking of the future of
this busy bike route, I moved a motion directing that the installation of fully separated bicycle lanes be included during the next scheduled reconstruction of Harbord Street.

Winter Cycling:
Cycling is not only an option in the warmer
months. There are thousands of winter cyclists in Toronto and I am among them. However, when it comes to snow clearing bike

lanes have not seemed to be a priority for the
City. That’s why I passed a motion at Council requiring Transportation Services create a
network of snow routes for Toronto’s bikeway
that receive priority clearing, similar to the
consideration that exists for the automobile.

More Bike Parking:
In 2013, I added 30% more bike parking
along Queen Street West through a bicycle
parking study. The bike parking included bike
stands, multi-bike racks, on-street corrals, and
bike shelters. The study is testing different designs through public feedback and determining how to make optimal use of very limited
public space available for bike parking. The
lessons learned on Queen West will inform
bike parking expansions throughout the City.

Richmond-Adelaide Protected Bike
Lane Pilot:
Council approved a pilot project to begin this
summer installing protected bike lanes on
Richmond Street, from Bathurst to York, and
Adelaide Street, from Bathurst to Simcoe.
Protected bike lanes on Richmond-Adelaide
will provide a much needed east-west connection for cyclists to access downtown Toronto
and the waterfront.

Proposed extensions for the West Toronto Railpath

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Bike Parking on Queen
Street (Photo by Jesse
Demb)

Councillor Mike Layton

This year Toronto is host to the first WorldPride celebration ever held in North America, and the 4th such festival in the world. WorldPride brings people together from
around the world to honour our past, celebrate the present, and inspire a better future for LGBTQ communities everywhere.

Bathurst Street Study
I have initiated a study to develop a built
form and land use vision for Bathurst Street
between Queen and Dupont. Bathurst Street
plays a unique role as a boundary between the
area our Official Plan identifies as “Downtown and Central Waterfront” and the rest
of the city. The purpose of this study is to
develop a planning and urban design framework that addresses land use, built form,
heritage, and the public realm. This means
planning for more green space and trees on
Bathurst, bike parking, and benches. It also
will help the City protect heritage buildings,
as well as promote and expand the existing
small scale retail along Bathurst Street.

In the meantime, in order to preserve the existing scale and character of the street until
the Bathurst Study is complete, we have put
in place an Interim Control By-law that will
prohibit new retail and service uses as well as
additions to existing retail and service uses
for the lands on and flanking Bathurst Street,
between Dupont Street and Queen Street
West. The City held many public meetings
throughout last year and in 2014. This Study
is on schedule to be finalized at the August
City Council meeting. Contact my office to
find out more about this important planning
study.

One of the many public meetings to develop a
vision for Bathurst Street from Dupont Street to
Queen Street West.

I was very pleased to participate in a bike giveaway contest with five Canadian Olympians. Young people from our community wrote stories and drew pictures telling
me how much they love cycling and why they feel it is important to our city.

Councillor Mike Layton

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Protecting Neighbours from
Nuisance Bars
Earlier this year, without warning the Alcohol and Gaming Commmission of Ontario
(AGCO) informed the City that it would no
longer enforce some of the conditions placed
on liquor licences. In response to this, City
Council passed motions challenging the
AGCO on this position, and directed City
staff take steps to build a stronger licensing
and enforcement process to protect neighbourhoods from restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that do not respect City by-laws and the
conditions on their AGCO licences.

In an effort to resolve this issue I submitted
a letter co-signed by 32 of my Council colleagues, to the Attorney General recommending:

While Toronto is home to a vibrant culinary
and entertainment industry, some establishments routinely break conditions on their liquor licences and municipal by-laws. This can
have a negative impact quality of life of local
residents and is unfair for other businesses
who respect the rules.

3) In partnership with the City of Toronto,
direct the AGCO to work with Toronto’s Licensing and Standards department on how to
address issues relating to liquor licensing including, if necessary, proposals for changes to
the Liquor Licensing Act to address the needs
of municipalities.

1) As an immediate step, continue to enforce
existing conditions on AGCO licences.
2) To avoid delays in new licence applications,
continue to accept the addition of conditions
agreed upon by applicants, municipalities,
and communities.

It has been my privilege to support CAVE
(Communities Advancing Valued Environments) in
their StreetARToronto project.
This project has beautified and personalized
the public façades of the laneway facing Trinity
Bellwoods Park. It’s a wonderful addition that
encourages community pride and cohesion.

The annual Trinity
Bellwoods Community
yard sale.

Get Involved
My office is always available
to help. I regularly post updates
on my website mikelayton.to,
but I encourage you to get
involved in a local residents
group as well. I work very
closely with many of the
community and business
associations listed here.
Community Associations:
Christie Pits Residents’ Association
& Friends of Christie Pits Park
www.christiepits.ca

Palmerston Area Residents’
Association

Ossington Community Association
www.ossingtoncommunity.wordpress.com

Little Italy BIA
www.littleitalyintoronto.ca

Fort York Neighbourhood
Association

Little Portugal BIA
www.littleportugal.ca

www.fortyork.ca

Friends of Roxton Road Parks
www.roxtonroadparks.com

Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park
www.trinitybellwoods.ca

Business Improvement Associations:
Bloorcourt Village BIA
www.bloorcourt.com

www.palmerstonara.org

College Promenade BIA
www.collegepromenade.com/collegepromenade-bia

Trinity Bellwoods Community
Association

Dovercourt Village BIA
www.dovercourtbia.com

www.trinitybellwoods.org

Liberty Village Residents’ Association
www.facebook.com/
groups/134014576700915/

Mirvish Village BIA
www.mirvishvillagebia.com
Trinity Bellwoods BIA
www.dowest.ca
West Queen West BIA
www.westqueenwest.ca
Council recently approved a new BIA
for Ossington Avenue. Watch my website for details on this exciting development!
Please contact my office with any
questions, comments or issues.

Korea Town BIA
www.koreatown.com

100 Queen Street West
Suite C47
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
(416) 392-4009

Liberty Village BIA
www.lvbia.com

councillor_layton@toronto.ca
www.mikelayton.to

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Councillor Mike Layton