Agenda

Consolidated



Parks and Environment Committee


Meeting No. 22   Contact Dela Ting, Committee Administrator
Meeting Date Monday, September 16, 2013
  Phone 416-397-4592
Start Time 9:30 AM
  E-mail pec@toronto.ca
Location Committee Room 1, City Hall
  Chair   Councillor Paul Ainslie  


 

Parks and Environment Committee

Councillor Paul Ainslie, Chair

Councillor Jaye Robinson

Councillor Sarah Doucette

Councillor James Pasternak

Councillor Gord Perks 

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Vice Chair

 

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Declarations of Interest under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

 

Speakers/Presentations:  A complete list will be distributed at the meeting

 

Confirmation of Minutes: June 24, 2013

 

Communications/Reports

 

  

PE22.1

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:10 

Official Recognition of Friends of Earl Bales Park
Origin
(September 16, 2013) Letter from Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 10, York Centre
Recommendations

That the Parks and Environment Committee recommend Toronto City Council support the official recognition of Friends of Earl Bales Park.

Summary

Friends of Earl Bales Park is a volunteer group dedicated to increasing the use of their local park through community outreach. The group is supported in part by Adventist Community Services, Mountain Province Association of Canada, North York Filipino Community Centre, Successful Woman Council, BIBAK Toronto, School & Education Partnership in York Region in collaboration with Bathurst-Finch Action for Neighborhood Change, Park People, City of Toronto, Live Green Toronto and the local Councillor.

 

Over the past year, the Friends of Earl Bales Park has organized a number of successful events in the park including community clean-ups and performances as well as assisted with launching the inaugural Earl Bales Park Arts and Music Festival in August.

 

I fully support the group's plans to increase activities in the park by local residents. With facilities suitable for use throughout the year, including a playground and sensory garden, ski hill, trails, community centre, amphitheatre and dogs off-leash zone, there are plenty of opportunities for activities and programs beyond those currently offered.

Background Information
(September 16, 2013) Letter from Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 10, York Centre, on the Official Recognition of Friends of Earl Bales Park
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61268.pdf)


PE22.2

Presentation 

 

 

Ward:All 

2014 Service Level Review
Summary

City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013, in adopting Item EX33.29, approved the review of divisional service levels and activities for City Programs at appropriate Standing Committees in September 2013 (http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.EX33.29).

 

Staff will make presentations to the Parks and Environment Committee on the following:

 

-           Parks and Urban Forestry;

-           Environment and Energy Office

Background Information
(September 16, 2013) Presentation from Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer - Overview Service Level Review
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61287.pdf)

(September 16, 2013) Presentation from General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation - Cluster A - 2013 Service Level Review - Parks and Urban Forestry (PFR)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61337.pdf)

(September 16, 2013) Presentation from Director, Environment and Energy Office - Environment and Energy Office Service Level Review
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61286.pdf)

Communications
(September 16, 2013) E-mail from Tim Maguire, President, CUPE Local 79 (PE.New.PE22.2.1)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/comm/communicationfile-39862.pdf)


PE22.3

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:10 

Donation Toward Revitalization of Holocaust Memorial in Earl Bales Park
Origin
(August 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Recommendations

The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division recommends that:

 

1.         City Council accept an in-kind donation valued at approximately $600,000.00 for renovations and improvements to the Holocaust memorial in Earl Bales Park in compliance with the Policy on Donations to the City for Community Benefits.

 

2.         Authority be granted to the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to negotiate and enter into an agreement with The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem for the construction, completion and ongoing maintenance of the Holocaust Memorial in Earl Bales Park, in a form and content satisfactory to the City Solicitor, such agreement for the maintenance component to be for a term of ten years, renewable at the City's option.

 

3.         Following the successful negotiation of an agreement between The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and the City, that the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the Chief Financial Officer submit a report to City Council to establish a reserve fund called the “Holocaust Memorial Maintenance Reserve Fund” to receive funds for the ongoing maintenance of the memorial, such maintenance funds to be donated to the City by The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and to total 10 per cent of the total project budget.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to seek approval from City Council to accept an in-kind donation and to enter into a construction agreement with The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem to renovate and improve the Holocaust Memorial in Earl Bales Park, in accordance with the terms and conditions described in this report.

Financial Impact

There are no financial impacts resulting from the renovations and improvements to the Holocaust Memorial in Earl Bales Park.

 

Toronto Cultural Services maintains the memorial flame portion of the existing Holocaust Memorial, 1991 by Ernest Raab, as part of the outdoor art and monument collection maintenance program. Other components are Raul Wallenberg Memorial, 1996 by Ernest Raab, and Jose Rizal Memorial, 1998 by F,B. Caede.

 

The value of the proposed renovations and improvements to the Holocaust Memorial is estimated at $600,000.00 and construction will be 100 percent funded by The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem.

 

Parks, Forestry and Recreation currently maintain the grounds at the site of the Holocaust Memorial and the maintenance cost of the memorial is estimated at $7,500.00 per year. This annual maintenance cost is included in Parks, Forestry and Recreation's 2013 Operating Base Budget.

 

Following the successful negotiation of an agreement between The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and the City, a reserve fund called the “Holocaust Memorial Maintenance Reserve Fund” will be established to receive funds for the ongoing maintenance of the memorial. These maintenance funds will be donated to the City by The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem and will total 10 percent of the total project budget.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(August 22, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Donation Toward Revitalization of Holocaust Memorial in Earl Bales Park
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61248.pdf)

(June 5, 2013) Attachment 1: The Holocaust Memorial at Earl Bales Park Revitalization Plan presented by The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61359.pdf)


PE22.4

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:All 

Strategy for Commercial and Private Special Events in City Parks
Public Notice Given
Origin
(August 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Recreation and Forestry
Recommendations

The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation recommends that City Council:

 

1.         Authorize the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement a pilot program for hosting commercial/private special events at the ten (10) park locations, including Guild Park and Gardens, listed in Appendix 1 to this report, for the 2014 operating season, and to report back in early 2015 on the success of the pilot program for the 2014 operating season.

 

2.         Approve implementation of the proposed commercial permit fee rates as noted in Appendix 2 to this report.

 

3.         Amend Municipal Code, Chapter 441, Fees and Charges to include the new Commercial Permit Fee rates, as appropriate.

 

4.         Limit the number of commercial/private special events to a maximum of six (6) (excluding sampling) per park location per season.

 

5.         Direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to analyze the revenues generated by the pilot project and report back in early 2015 on ways to reinvest these funds in park maintenance and on the impact of the Reduction in Permit Fees Policy for not for profit and community events held in 2014.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to respond to a number of directives from City Council relevant to the strategy for special events related services and permitting processes regarding commercial and private events in City parks. This report recommends a number of initiatives which include:

 

           A Pilot Project to allow Commercial/Private Events in ten City parks including the Guild Park and Gardens.

 

           A review of proposed fees for commercial special events that would include a revenue forecast and options to use these revenues.

 

           An analysis of the events that took place in the summer of 2012 at the park locations that were designated for pilot projects.

 

           The establishment of key criteria for considering commercial special events in pilot parks.

 

A separate report is also being submitted by the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture recommending measures to streamline special events services and permitting processes focusing on strategies and standards for efficient, transparent, customer- driven services to the public.

 

The City Manager is also submitting a report which will establish a governance framework for Toronto's Public Squares which improves coordination and consistency in the management of these important public spaces.

Financial Impact

The pilot project for commercial/private special events in City parks will have a positive revenue impact once the full implementation has occurred.  It is expected that the impact of the first pilot year will be small.  The division is forecasting revenues of $60,000.00 in 2014 with the potential of achieving $170,000.00 in future years.

 

The proposed fees are market based and constitute approximately 90 percent of full costs.  Any additional costs such as clean up and equipment requests will be billed on a full cost recovery basis.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(August 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on the Strategy for Commercial and Private Special Events in City Parks
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61304.pdf)

(September 16, 2013) Presentation from General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on the Customer Service Special Events Guidelines 2013
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61621.pdf)


PE22.5

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:All 

Parks Plan 2013-2017 - Report on Various Requests
Origin
(August 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Recommendations

The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement the procedure for pumpkin parades in parks, and waive fees for non-profit groups that commit to obtaining a permit and cleaning the park afterwards.

Summary

This report responds to six Committee and Council requests following the 2013-2017 Parks Plan's adoption. It contains updates on discussions with CUPE Local 416 around enabling volunteers in parks, updates on bake ovens and fire pits, and various issues regarding solid waste collection in parks. Finally, it recommends a new procedure for responding to pumpkin parade requests.

Financial Impact

There are no financial impacts resulting from the adoption of this report. Any adjustment to user fees proposed in this report are expected to have little or no financial impact overall.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with this financial impact statement.

Background Information
(August 30, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on the Parks Plan 2013-2017 - Report on Various Requests
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61303.pdf)

Communications
(September 12, 2013) E-mail from L. Pascoe (PE.New.PE22.5.1)
(September 12, 2013) E-mail from Raja Jain (PE.New.PE22.5.2)
(September 13, 2013) E-mail from Julie King (PE.New.PE22.5.3)
(September 16, 2013) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher, Toronto-Danforth, Ward 30 (PE.New.PE22.5.4)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/comm/communicationfile-39844.pdf)


PE22.6

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:All 

Parks Plan 2013-2017 - Parks Safety - Response from Toronto Police Services Board
Origin
(July 5, 2013) Report from the Chair, Toronto Police Services Board
Recommendations

It is recommended that the Parks and Environment Committee:

 

1.          Receive this report for information; and,

 

2.          Forward a copy of this report to Toronto City Council for information.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide Toronto City Council, via the Parks and Environment Committee, with the Toronto Police Services Board’s (Board) response to a Toronto City Council Motion with respect to the 2-13-2017 Parks Plan.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications related to the recommendations contained in this report.

Background Information
(July 5, 2013) Report from the Chair, Toronto Police Services Board on Motion from Toronto City Council - Parks Plan 2013-2017
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-60466.pdf)


(Deferred from June 24, 2013 - 2013.PE21.10)
PE22.7

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:10 

Commercial Zip-Lining Attractions in City Parks
Origin
(June 5, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Summary

This report responds to a Member Motion adopted as amended by City Council at its meeting of July 11, 12 and 13, 2012 entitled, "Assessing the viability of 'Zip-Lining' through Earl Bales Park" (Item MM25.26). In adopting the item, City Council requested the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to work with others to develop a long-term, sustainable ravine management, education, and recreation program at Earl Bales Park; identify conflicts, and propose by-law amendments aimed at the adoption and development of a ravine education and protection program at the park; and report on a strategic path with recommendations to consider a "zip-lining" opportunity at Earl Bales Park.

 

This report outlines the existing long-term, sustainable ravine management and education program and summarizes the relevant policies and by-laws. The report also confirms that there are no conflicts or impediments to the development of a ravine education and protection program at the park, and that the current process for reviewing proposals, such as the zip-line activity proposal in Earl Bales Park, is appropriate.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications resulting from the receipt of this report.

Background Information
(June 5, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Commercial Zip-Lining Attractions in City Parks
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-60448.pdf)


PE22.8

Information 

 

 

Ward:All 

Educating Homeowners about the Emerald Ash Borer and the U.S. Experience in the Protection of Ash Trees
Origin
(August 22, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide information as requested by the Parks and Environment Committee, on the experience of the United States in dealing with Emerald Ash Borer and what Urban Forestry is doing to educate residents of Toronto about this pest.

Financial Impact

There are no financial implications resulting from the receipt of this report.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(August 22, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation on Educating Homeowners about the Emerald Ash Borer and the U.S. Experience in the Protection of Ash Trees
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61247.pdf)


PE22.9

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:All 

Solar Photovoltaic Installations on City Facilities
Origin
(August 26, 2013) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer
Recommendations

The Chief Corporate Officer recommends that:

 

1.         City Council delegate authority to the Chief Corporate Officer to negotiate, enter into and execute on behalf of the City agreements with Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited and the Ontario Power Authority in respect of the photovoltaic solar program and Feed in Tariff Program on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Chief Corporate Officer, and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

2.         City Council amend the approved 2013 Capital Budget and 2014 - 2022 Capital Plan for the Sustainable Energy Plan by creating two new Solar Photovoltaic Projects, the Solar PV Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) project and the Solar PV microFIT project, and re-allocating the remaining $4.8 million from the existing Solar PV Program, funded through the Energy Conservation Reserve Fund.  Annual capital budget requirement for the two new projects will be $3.200 million in 2014 and $1.200 million in 2015 for the FIT project and $0.300 million in 2013 and $0.100 million in 2014 for the microFIT project.

Summary

The purpose of this report is to seek Council approval for revisions to the City's partnership program with Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro), underway since 2010, to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on City facilities.  The program is carried out via the provincial Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, through which the electricity generated by the installations is sold under contract to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).  The installations will generate revenue for the City throughout the 20 year life of the OPA contract, and will pay back the City's original investment in approximately eight years.  Council has approved $8 Million for the City's portion of the program, of which $3.2 Million has been spent or committed to date.

 

Recent changes to FIT will improve the likelihood that City projects will receive contracts from the OPA, but will require adjustments to the business arrangement between the City and Toronto Hydro.  Under the current agreement, the City can own a maximum of 49 percent of the new installations. Under the amended agreement, the City will become the majority (51 percent) owner. 

 

The report also seeks authority to reallocate $4.4 Million from the original program to the new program, and $400,000.00 to finance the installation of six small solar installations on City facilities under the OPA microFIT program.  These installations will take place outside of the Toronto Hydro partnership program, and will be 100 percent owned by the City.  Funding reallocation is required at this time to ensure timelines imposed by the microFIT program are adhered to.

Financial Impact

This report is seeking approval to re-allocate the remaining funding of approximately $4.800 million from the existing Solar PV Program to  finance new PV installations under a revised partnership program with Toronto Hydro, and six small PV installations under the microFIT program that will be 100 percent City-owned.  There are no additional financial implications arising from this report.  This amount will be paid back in approximately eight years, through a 20-year contract for the purchase of the electricity by the OPA, within the terms of the original Solar PV program.

 

The Solar PV Program will provide the City with access to revenue from four sources:

 

           The OPA contract will provide a revenue stream for 20 years.

           Municipalities also receive an additional one cent per kWh generated, for all technologies with exception of solar PV rooftop.

           Toronto Hydro will pay the City a fee to be negotiated in exchange for the use of City roof space.  Real Estate Services will assist with negotiations.

           The City will have access to provincial funding to offset project development costs.  The amount available is not yet known.

 

Operating costs are anticipated to be minimal, and have been included in the calculation of the business case for the program.  They will be paid for from the projects' revenue stream.  After the 20-year OPA contract period, the installations are expected to operate for another 5 to 10 years, and will be able to provide free electricity to the City during that period.

 

The Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer has reviewed this report and agrees with the financial impact information.

Background Information
(August 26, 2013) Report from the Chief Corporate Officer on Solar Photovoltaic Installations on City Facilities
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61249.pdf)

(August 26, 2013) Attachment 1- Commercial Terms of Solar Photovoltaic Installation Agreement on City of Toronto Facilities
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61283.pdf)

(August 26, 2013) Attachment 2 - Letter from Toronto Hydro on Proposed Changes to City / Toronto Hydro Solar PV Program
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61284.pdf)


PE22.10

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:All 

Enforcing Existing Policies Regarding Vehicle Use in Toronto's Parks
Origin
(September 16, 2013) Letter from Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, Beaches/East York
Recommendations

Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon recommends to the Parks and Environment Committee that:

 

1.         The General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation be requested to report back to Parks and Environment Committee before the end of January 2014 with a training, communication and enforcement plan regarding vehicle use in parks.

 

2.         Information on existing policies regarding vehicle use in parks be immediately circulated to any and all groups which operate vehicles in parks.

Summary

Motorized vehicles should only enter Toronto's parks when absolutely necessary, and when operating in parklands must respect the public's enjoyment of our shared space. Irresponsible use of cars, trucks and other motorized vehicles in parks can destroy the natural environment, threaten public safety and reflect poorly on City of Toronto staff.

 

Complaints of speeding, reckless driving and simply unnecessary vehicle use in Toronto's parks are common. Current policies regarding vehicle use in parks are adequately stringent, however too often they are ignored.

Background Information
(September 16, 2013) Letter from Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Ward 32, Beaches/East York on Enforcing Existing Policies Regarding Vehicle Use in Toronto's Parks
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61282.pdf)

Communications
(September 6, 2013) E-mail from Anthony Humpreys (PE.New.PE22.10.1)

PE22.11

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:13 

Official Recognition of Friends of High Park Zoo
Origin
(September 5, 2013) Letter from Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park
Recommendations

Councillor Sarah Doucette recommends to the Parks and Environment Committee that:

 

1.         The Parks and Environment Committee recommend Toronto City Council support the official recognition of Friends of High Park Zoo.

 

2.         Friends of High Park Zoo be recognized by the Parks and Environment Committee for their outstanding fundraising efforts and commitment to the continuing operation of High Park Zoo.

Summary

Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ), a non- profit organization, was formed in the spring of 2012 to protest the 2012 city budget decision to revoke funding for the zoo. The group wanted to raise public awareness about the zoo and to raise funds to keep it open. FHPZ entered into an agreement with the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to collect monies for the zoo and issue Tax Receipts to donors. A core group of volunteers continue to raise funds through grass roots campaigns at the zoo itself, for example volunteers are at the llama pens in the zoo on weekends and holidays, from March to October, where they receive donations to feed the llamas. To date FHPZ have successfully raised the funds required to keep the zoo operational from July 1st, 2012 to the present day

 

The Board of Friends of High Park Zoo have put together a comprehensive business plan and have worked on governance for the group. The Board and the volunteers are working together to ensure that there will always a be free community zoo in High Park and they plan to enhance the zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting awareness and fundraising for the Zoo

 

The Friends of High Park Zoo embodies the principles set out by the City of Toronto to better our communities through volunteers. I would like to commend the Friends of High Park Zoo for their work in saving the High Park Zoo from closure and recommend that their efforts be recognized by the Parks and Environment Committee.

Background Information
(September 5, 2013) Letter from Councillor Sarah Doucette, Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park on Official Recognition of Friends of High Park Zoo
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61325.pdf)


PE22.12

ACTION 

 

 

Ward:42 

Request to Accept Donated Funds for the Refurbishment of Neilson Park Playground in Scarborough-Rouge River - Ward 42
Origin
(September 9, 2013) Member Motion from Councillor Raymond Cho, Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River
Recommendations

1.         Authority be granted to the General Manager of the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division to accept a donation in the amount of $74,500.00 from Scarborough Baseball Association from a grant received from the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation, and to spend the donation for the purpose of refurbishing diamond #2 at Neilson Park in compliance with the Policy on Donations to the City for Community Benefits.

 

2.         Authority be granted to the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to negotiate and enter into an Agreement with the Jays Care Foundation that defines the terms and conditions of use for the donated funds at Neilson Park, all in a form and content satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

Summary

Authority is being sought to enter into an agreement to accept a $74,500.00 donation from Scarborough Baseball Association from a grant received from the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation towards the refurbishment of baseball diamond number two at Neilson Park in Ward 42.

 

Scarborough Baseball Association was awarded a grant from the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation after the successful submission of a proposal to the Jays Care Field of Dreams program that was prepared in conjunction with Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff.

 

The final project cost will not be greater than the actual total of the donations received.  There will be no additional financial impact resulting from the acceptance of this donation. The proposed refurbishment updates an existing baseball diamond in Neilson Park. No additional City resources are required as the estimated annual maintenance cost of the diamond is already included in Parks, Forestry and Recreation's 2013 Operating Base Budget.

Background Information
(September 9, 2013) Member Motion from Councillor Raymond Cho, Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-61383.pdf)