I have previously noted that the City of Mississauga appears many light years ahead of the City of Toronto in relation to community engagement (that is, getting citizens involved with planning decisions, in practice as well as in theory) and in relation to sustainability.
I have attended Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment meetings in the past year where a key message has truly been brought home to me.
That message is that issues related to stormwater management and related issues are of no concern whatever – and are a source of unendurable boredom and a total and irritating nuisance – to members of the said Committee of Adjustment, in relation to so-called “Minor Variance” applications.
The work of the above-noted Committee of Adjustment is, in my personal, anecdotal view, a manifestation of a spectacularly abysmal level of dysfunction, in relation to urban planning, at the City of Toronto.
One is reminded of fictional creations such as the narratives of Frank Kafka and of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
You have to attend such meetings, to see what goes on.
By way of some links related to the broader issues that are at play, a previous post is entitled:
An April 29, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “Toronto the resilient: how the city plans to adapt to climate change in 2050: City’s plans require dramatic shifts in lifestyle, planning and building, report says.”
A May 23, 2017 Metro News article is entitled: “Toronto’s cost-cutting council is not ready for climate change: Matt Elliott: Even as the waters on Toronto Island rise, the mayor’s executive committee shelved a report on stormwater management.”
A June 5, 2017 CBC article is entitled: “GTA mayors say cities must lead fight against climate change in age of Trump: John Tory, Bonnie Crombie say public transit, local emission reduction plans are key tools.”