In July 2018, Toronto City Council heard and adopted a motion I
put forward for the seizure and destruction of illegal guns. It was found that
seized illegal weapons often make way back onto city streets, which should not
As a result, requests to the Toronto Police Service (TPS) Board,
the Ontario Provincial Police and the Province of Ontario were made to adopt
and implement the necessary measures for an elimination procedure of illegal
guns and ammunition confiscated by law enforcement agencies.
It was also adopted that the City Manager would report back to
City Council during the first quarter of 2019 on the implementation of this
seize and destroy procedure. More on this motion can be found here.
At this week’s Executive Committee meeting, the motion for City
Powers to Regulate Firearms and Ammunition and Update on Related Initiatives
was adopted without amendments.
This item recommends a number of requests to the Government of
Ban the sale of handguns in the City
Implement a tougher screening for
mental health and intimate partner violence issues for licensed gun owners and
those seeking to acquire firearms permits
Control handguns coming into Canada along
the American and Canadian border
Include tougher penalties including
mandatory-minimum sentences for gun traffickers
With requests made to the Government of Ontario to:
Ban the sale of handgun ammunition in
the City of Toronto
Legislate a suspension of the Alcohol
and Gaming Commission liquor license for establishments where the TPS has
evidence of multiple gun-related offences on the premises
More information on this motion can be accessed here.
I feel strongly on the matter of protecting Toronto’s communities
and find that this is a good vehicle to stronger voice that guns are not
welcome in the City of Toronto.
This item is to be heard for final approval at the June 18th,
2019 meeting of City Council.
On Tuesday May 21, 2019 the fifth meeting of the General
Government and Licensing Committee started with a presentation on the Evolution
on 311 and Toronto At Your Services presented by Director of 311, Gary Yorke.
The presentation highlights the service’s collaborations,
partnership and accomplishments along with planned projects for the future. The
presentation can be found here.
On Thursday May 26, 2019 I had the pleasure to attend the opening of the Washed Ashore – Art to Save the Sea exhibit at the Toronto Zoo.
Washed Ashore is a non-profit organization whose mission is to use the arts to educate a global audience about plastic population in oceans and waterways and to spark positive changes in consumer habits. This project began in 2010 to create artwork made completely from garbage collected from beaches.
A large marlin sculpture at the exhibit was displayed, made of plastic waste that has washed up on the shore.
Each year, sea birds, whales, seals, sea turtles and other marine
life die from ingesting or becoming entangled by plastic debris. Approximately
300 million points of plastic is produce globally each year and less than 10
percent of that is recycled.
This exhibit educates the public about the negative and
devastating effects of plastic pollution and to spark positive changes in
consumer habits. This exhibit is a first for Canada and the City of Toronto is
committed to promoting environmental and climate change policies.
If you’re interested in how YOU can make a difference in your
day-to-day life check out the Washed Ashore-Art To Save The Sea exhibit at the
Toronto Zoo from May 2019 to November 2019. Visit the 10 larger-than-life
sculptures including an 8 foot tall penguin and a 12 foot high jelly fish and
Washed Ashore’s newest, an 800 lb shark.
The Exhibit is free with Toronto Zoo admission. Find more information here.