Minutes

Confirmed on
November 14, 2016



Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation


Meeting No. 1   Contact Carol Kaustinen, Committee Administrator
Meeting Date Monday, March 2, 2015
  Phone 416-338-5089
Start Time 7:00 PM
  E-mail pec@toronto.ca
Location Council Chamber, City Hall
  Chair   Councillor Gord Perks  

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ACTION 

Amended 

 

Ward: All 

Review of Terms of Reference for the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Subcommittee Decision

The Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption requested the Chief Corporate Officer, in consultation with the Chair of the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, to:

 

a.  report to the April 15, 2015 meeting of the Parks and Environment Committee with Terms of Reference and a Workplan for the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, which reflects the comments and suggestions provided at the March 2, 2015 meeting of the Subcommittee;

 

b. consider including, within the terms of reference and workplan, a series of issue and sector themed Subcommittee meetings, to receive information and hear from City staff and experts working in the field for the purpose of identifying actions that could be taken to address the climate change related concerns;

 

c. prepare and publish by March 31, 2015 a summary of all comments and suggestions provided at the March 2, 2015 meeting of the Subcommittee.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Manager, Environmental Services Implementation and Support, Environment and Energy Division, gave a presentation on Review of Terms of Reference for the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

Summary

At its meeting on January 12, 2015, the Parks and Environment Committee:

 

1.  Established a subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation as it relates to the mandate of the Parks and Environment Committee, with an interim terms of reference as follows:

 

The subcommittee:

 

a.  is made up of all interested members of the Parks and Environment Committee;

 

b.  members serve until December 31, 2016;

 

c.  is chaired by Councillor Gord Perks;

 

d.  makes recommendations to, and reports through, the Parks and Environment Committee; and

 

e.  will determine and report back on its terms of reference, which are to include a review of City policies, expert advice and international best practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

 

2  Appointed Councillors Joe Cressy, Sarah Doucette, Mike Layton and Gord Perks to the subcommittee.

 

3.  Requested the subcommittee to convene its first meeting in February 2015 and report to the Parks and Environment Committee on April 15, 2015, with any proposed changes to the terms of reference and any resources needed to support its work.

Background Information
(March 2, 2015) Presentation from the Manager, Environmental Services Implementation and Support, on Review of Terms of Reference for the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/bgrd/backgroundfile-77635.pdf)

Communications
(February 18, 2015) E-mail from Jesse La Chapelle (PY.Main.PY1.1.1)
(February 18, 2015) E-mail from Sheila Kimmel (PY.Main.PY1.1.2)
(February 19, 2015) Letter from Susan and Gordon Fraser, Directors, The Ravina Project (PY.Main.PY1.1.3)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51353.pdf)

(February 19, 2015) Submission from John Riddell, East End Against Line 9 (PY.Main.PY1.1.4)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51354.pdf)

(February 24, 2015) Submission from Helen Vassilakos, Co-founder, and Patricia Y. Lai, Co-founder, Safe Rail Communities (PY.New.PY1.1.5)
(February 25, 2015) Letter from Grant Humes, Executive Director, Toronto Financial District BIA (PY.New.PY1.1.6)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51554.pdf)

(February 25, 2015) Letter from Kevin Behan, Deputy Director, Clean Air Partnership (PY.New.PY1.1.7)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51556.pdf)

(February 26, 2015) E-mail from Shelly Madden (PY.New.PY1.1.8)
(February 27, 2015) Submission from Anthony Ketchum, Steering Committee, For Our Grandchildren.ca (PY.New.PY1.1.9)
(February 27, 2015) Letter from Sandro Perruzza, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (PY.New.PY1.1.10)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51617.pdf)

(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Lisa Horvat (PY.New.PY1.1.11)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Mo Dixon (PY.New.PY1.1.12)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Lorraine Zemlak (PY.New.PY1.1.13)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Larry Lundy (PY.New.PY1.1.14)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Kenneth Koch (PY.New.PY1.1.15)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Gord Holtam (PY.New.PY1.1.16)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Jo Roberts (PY.New.PY1.1.17)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Zuzana Betkova (PY.New.PY1.1.18)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Meli Fraser (PY.New.PY1.1.19)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Marc Willoughby (PY.New.PY1.1.20)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Margaret Needham (PY.New.PY1.1.21)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Peter Taylor (PY.New.PY1.1.22)
(February 27, 2015) E-mail from Louise Lore (PY.New.PY1.1.23)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Dr. Frances Theodor (PY.New.PY1.1.24)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Razani Fulwell (PY.New.PY1.1.25)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Patrick McDonald (PY.New.PY1.1.26)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Talia Zajac (PY.New.PY1.1.27)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Becky Perry (PY.New.PY1.1.28)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Sonny Mehandiratta (PY.New.PY1.1.29)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Gwen and Gord Fogel (PY.New.PY1.1.30)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Angel Femia (PY.New.PY1.1.31)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Leanne MacMillan (PY.New.PY1.1.32)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Anatol and Kasandra Monid (PY.New.PY1.1.33)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Jeannie Parker (PY.New.PY1.1.34)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Kera Pesall (PY.New.PY1.1.35)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Bruna Nota (PY.New.PY1.1.36)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Elsie Petch (PY.New.PY1.1.37)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Mikella Chang (PY.New.PY1.1.38)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Renata Janiszewska (PY.New.PY1.1.39)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Walter Orlowski (PY.New.PY1.1.40)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Lillian Mendelsohn (PY.New.PY1.1.41)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Jerry Dowd (PY.New.PY1.1.42)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from John Cummings (PY.New.PY1.1.43)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Marcel Vaillancourt (PY.New.PY1.1.44)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Udo Kaul (PY.New.PY1.1.45)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Heather Wilson (PY.New.PY1.1.46)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Heather Anderer (PY.New.PY1.1.47)
(March 1, 2015) Submission from Wayne Christian (PY.New.PY1.1.48)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Don Sutherland (PY.New.PY1.1.49)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Nadine Richard (PY.New.PY1.1.50)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Louis Kestler (PY.New.PY1.1.51)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Steve and Judy Turvey (PY.New.PY1.1.52)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from June Clark (PY.New.PY1.1.53)
(March 1, 2015) Letter from Robert J. A. Zaichkowski (PY.New.PY1.1.54)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Kristian Truelsen (PY.New.PY1.1.55)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Joan and Robert Jones (PY.New.PY1.1.56)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Linda Heron (PY.New.PY1.1.57)
(February 1, 2015) Submission from Dr. Miriam Garfinkle (PY.New.PY1.1.58)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Barbara Klunder (PY.New.PY1.1.59)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Joy Taylor (PY.New.PY1.1.60)
(March 1, 2015) E-mail from Annie Ryan (PY.New.PY1.1.61)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Yvonne Pigott (PY.New.PY1.1.62)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Linda Stemmler (PY.New.PY1.1.63)
(February 27, 2015) Letter from Nancy Dinnigan-Prashad (PY.New.PY1.1.64)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Michelle Munk (PY.New.PY1.1.65)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Gerard Paraghamian (PY.New.PY1.1.66)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from L. Shay (PY.New.PY1.1.67)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Chris Lowry (PY.New.PY1.1.68)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Cornelia Schuh and Michiel Horn (PY.New.PY1.1.69)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Tamara Bernstein (PY.New.PY1.1.70)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Margarete Akens (PY.New.PY1.1.71)
(February 28, 2015) E-mail from Gray Taylor (PY.New.PY1.1.72)
(March 2, 2015) Letter from Lucy Commings, Executive Director, Faith & the Common Good (PY.New.PY1.1.73)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51713.pdf)

(March 2, 2015) Submission from Rita Bijons and Sheila Murray, Members of the Steering Committee, CREW Toronto, Creating Resilience to Extreme Weather (PY.New.PY1.1.74)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Cathy Tafler (PY.New.PY1.1.75)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Alice Casselman, The Association for Canadian Educational Resources (PY.New.PY1.1.76)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51716.pdf)

(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Rupert Auchterlonie (PY.New.PY1.1.77)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Jack Brannigan (PY.New.PY1.1.78)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Anne-Marie Bundgard, Grassroots Government Activities Chair, ASHRAE Toronto Chapter, 2014-2015 (PY.New.PY1.1.79)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51719.pdf)

(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Catherine Bush (PY.New.PY1.1.80)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Marion E. Raycheba (PY.New.PY1.1.81)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Patricia Cipriani (PY.New.PY1.1.82)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Joyce McLean (PY.New.PY1.1.83)
(February 27, 2015) Submission from Angela Bischoff (PY.New.PY1.1.84)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Jim Rootham (PY.New.PY1.1.85)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Steven Peck, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (PY.New.PY1.1.86)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Harry Jongerden (PY.New.PY1.1.87)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Verena Besso (PY.New.PY1.1.88)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Sonja Chamberlain (PY.New.PY1.1.89)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Robert Shirkey (PY.New.PY1.1.90)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51730.pdf)

(March 2, 2015) Submission from Kevin Mercer, Chief Executive Officer, RainGrid and Managing Partner, RainCAP (PY.New.PY1.1.91)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from John LeMay (PY.New.PY1.1.92)
(March 1, 2015) Submission from Dr. Jose Etcheverry, Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Sustainabile Energy Initiative, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (PY.New.PY1.1.93)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/py/comm/communicationfile-51733.pdf)

(March 2, 2015) Submission from Fredelle Brief (PY.New.PY1.1.94)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Sharon Howarth (PY.New.PY1.1.95)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Sylvia Grady, CREW, Creating Resilience to Extreme Weather (PY.New.PY1.1.96)
(March 3, 2015) Submission from Dr. Tomislav Svoboda (PY.New.PY1.1.97)
(March 2, 2015) E-mail from Kirsten McCrea (PY.New.PY1.1.98)
(March 2, 2015) Submission from Elizabeth Couture (PY.New.PY1.1.99)
Speakers

Harry Jongerden, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden
Kai Reimer-Watts, Producer/Co-Director, "Beyond-Crisis: Let's get smart on climate!"
Dr. Miriam Garfinkle
Bryan Dale, PhD Student, Department of Geography, University of Toronto
Robert  Shirkey, Executive Director, Our Horizon
John Sharkey, East End Against Line 9
Vincent Schutt, Stable Climate Choices
Kevin Mercer, RainGrid Inc.
Peter Love, President, Energy Services Association of Canada
Verena Besso
Emmay Mah
Emily Trainor, Reseacher, Clean Air Partnership
Priyan De Silva
Marilyn Eriksen
John Riddell, East End Against Line 9
Rod Muir, Sierra Club Canada
Victoria Jewt, People's Climate Movement
Suzanne Weiss
Leigh Paulseth, Chair, Scarborough Bitumen Free Future
Janet McKay, Executive Director, Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (L.E.A.F.)
Julia Fortier, Waterlution - A Water Learning Experience
Heather  Marshall, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Hilda Swirsky, Green Team Member, Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue and Mt. Sinai Hospital
Dr. Jose Etcheverry, Co-Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative, York University
Fredelle Brief, Co-Founder, Refuge in the Storm
Hamish Wilson
Sally Turney, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Michael Rosenberg
Sharon Howarth
Anthony Ketchum
Jonah Bryson
Anita Krajnc, Toronto Pig Save and Climate Vegan
Mary Hynes
Lyn Adamson
Mike Mattos, Mt. Dennis Community Association
David Zurawel, Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Consulting Engineers of Ontario
Stuart Basden, President, Toronto350.org
Ayaz Zafar
Shelly Madden
Rita Bijons, Creating Resilience to Extreme Weather
Moya Beall
Paul Mero, Vice Chair, Green 13
Karen Buck, President, Citizens for a Safe Environment
Chai Kalevar
Luigi (Louie) Santaguida
Dr. Tomislav Svoboda, PhD, MD, Associate Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital
Alice Casselman, Association for Canadian Educational Resources
Jim Rootham
Liz Couture, Canadian Association of Rainwater Management
Brian Iler, Chair, CommunityAIR
Ronn Stevenson
Shivani Nathoo, Student, Our Horizon
Daryn Caister, Director, Green Majority
Norm Di Pasquale, No Jets To

Motions
1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Sarah Doucette (Carried)

That the Chief Corporate Officer, in consultation with the Chair of the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, be requested to:

 

1.  Prepare a report for the April 15, 2015 meeting of the Parks and Environment Committee that includes a terms of reference and work plan for the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, which reflects the comments and suggestions provided at the March 2, 2015 meeting of the Subcommittee; and

 

2.  Prepare and publish by March 31, 2015 a summary of all comments and suggestions provided at the March 2, 2015 meeting of the Subcommittee.


2 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Mike Layton (Carried)

That the motion by Councillor Doucette be amended by adding the following:

 

The Chief Corporate Officer consider including a series of issue and sector themed Subcommittee meetings within the terms of reference and workplan to receive information and hear from City staff and experts working in the field for the purpose of identifying actions that could be taken to address the climate change related concerns.


3 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

Monday, March 2, 2015
Councillor Gord Perks, Chair, Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Meeting Sessions
Session Date Session Type Start Time End Time Public or Closed Session
2015-03-02 Evening 7:03 PM 11:59 PM Public
2015-03-03 Morning 12:00 AM 12:03 AM Public
Attendance
Members were present for some or all of the time period indicated.
Date and Time Quorum Members
2015-03-02
07:03 PM - 11:59 PM
(Public Session)
Present Present: Joe Cressy, Sarah Doucette, Mike Layton, Gord Perks (Chair)
Also present (non-members): Mary-Margaret McMahon
2015-03-03
12:00 AM - 12:03 AM
(Public Session)
Present Present: Joe Cressy, Sarah Doucette, Mike Layton, Gord Perks (Chair)