Berry Road Food Co-op to be Stonegate ‘Community Hub’

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“A long-awaited grocery store is transforming the Stonegate community from a so-called food desert, and its residents into potential consumer-owners of a new food co-op.” via

“There is no greater business model when you’re trying to create something sustainable. This is forever going to pay back to the community….It’s not just government making a deal with developers. It’s the community playing a huge role in making it happen.” – Councillor Justin Di Ciano


[WATCH] CityNews Interviews Cllr. Di Ciano re: Cracking Down on Body-Rub Parlours on The Queensway

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As the Queensway becomes more residential with lots of support for local businesses, zoning + licensing requirements for body-rub parlours need to be closely monitored. Our Municipal Licensing & Standard crews should have more resources for this.

I’m putting forward a motion to #TorontoCityCouncil to re-examine this process. via CityNews Toronto

[WATCH CityNews interview]

Council Hatches Pilot Project to Allow Backyard Chickens in Select Wards

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The pilot will run in four city wards over the next three years with an interim review in 18 months. At that time, city staff will review the data and decide whether to expand the project to the rest of the wards.

The wards are Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park, Ward 21 St. Paul’s, and Ward 32 Beaches-East York.


Cluck Yeah: Toronto to Permit Backyard Chickens Under Pilot Project

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Coun. Justin Di Ciano, who brought the pilot to council, said the project will give city residents an alternative to store-bought eggs. “I look at the facts,” he said. “I’ve talked to many people in other jurisdictions … about all the negative aspects, the noise, the smell, the predators. None of it shows up in these other municipalities’ radar.”