“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 InsideToronto.com
“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
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.
“Di Ciano’s legal team, however, argued the city’s method of redrawing the boundaries — a years-long process led by a team of consultants, also on hand for the hearing — was flawed and that the OMB should step in.” via CBC.ca
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.
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.”