The Mayor’s Executive Committee will be gathering down at City Hall for their monthly meeting, with a full agenda.
The City Manager will provide a report on recommendations for the Transit Network Plan. This will include an update on cost-sharing talks with the Province, as well as updates on the planning for SmartTrack and Scarborough Transit.
The Committee will also be updated on the Toronto Police Service Board’s response to Council recommendations regarding paid-duty police officers.
One of the recommendations Council has made includes requesting the Provincial Liberals to amend the Highway Traffic Act to allow others, such as special constables and municipal officers, to act as alternatives, with the power to direct traffic. This would allow police officers to focus on their duties.
As well, Expo 2025 will be discussed. The City Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and others are recommending Toronto not support a bid to host the event.
A recent feasibility study found many benefits to taking part, including a boost in tourism and spending, as well as job creation, but there would also some challenges, mainly financial.
It is not known at this point if the Province or Federal Government would kick in any cash for the event, and significant capital funding is needed for projects in and around the Port lands.
There are also concerns about what would be an “extremely challenging” construction schedule.
The Committee will also touch on steps to regulate short-term rentals, such as Airbnb.
According to Airbnb, last year in Toronto, 9,460 rooms or entire units were rented out, which is double the year before.
Many are concerned about what this will do to existing neighbourhoods, what it will mean for housing affordability, taxation and tourism.
The full agenda is available here.
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