I recently responded to an inquiry about the topic of non-emergency utility work being conducted overnight in downtown neighbourhoods, and thought I would share it with you to explain my reasoning.
Managing Utility Work in Downtown Neighbourhoods
Thank you for your letter inquiring about the proposal by the Mayor to limit the time periods non-emergency utility work is done on major downtown thoroughfares. I find it troubling that Mayor Tory's and my position were misrepresented.
The issue was not related to general construction work, but was limited to non-emergency utility work. The motion adopted March 27 by City Council makes clear that nothing has changed except an effort to help traffic, cyclists, and transit move smoothly. All other policies related to noise pollution still apply.
I would never take a position that would result in our residents being kept up at night. I don't believe this policy would have created a negative outcome for residents and as a result it didn't seem necessary to consult with community groups. The only thing that keeps me up at night is when residents are kept up at night!
Although I may be new to the role, I have 30 years experience at city hall and am also a resident of and grew up in our ward. I take great pride in making our downtown a better place. I don't understand why you believe that I opposed the advice of the City of Toronto Community Planning Staff.
My goal is to work with our entire community to find solutions. I am not an ideologue - I'm a problem solver. I care about our community and I will work with the residents, local associations and anyone willing to help improve our city and move forward in a positive way.
Please find attached the policy. And here is a link to the Member's Motion which I hope you will find helpful: