Safety, Security, & Social Services Strategy

    • Immediate transfer of $400k (from $2.6M allocated for pedestrian tunnel) to create an Alley Safety & Security Fund – designed to deal specifically with lighting, trimming overgrowth, and other safety measures including alley closures where deemed possible. (not a paving fund)
    • Immediate transfer of $2M (from $2.6M allocated for the pedestrian tunnel) to the operating budget for commitments to fund a comprehensive approach to combating the mental health, opioid, homeless issue
      • $476k/yr x 4yrs = $1.9M – hiring of 7 outreach workers and adding them to the frontlines immediately – proactive outreach – funded 2019-22
      • Explore the creation of a “Social Navigator” position to redirect calls for mental health, non-emergency situations from WPS to outreach workers – 4 tier 911 system – this move will help streamline WPS calls and create efficiencies overall for WPS.
      • Work with WPS to dispatch more Aux Police to core area hotspots – Foot patrols of Aux Police – help determine best options for our vulnerable population: calling outreach workers, asking them to move along to service providers, calling WPS if a crime is being perpetrated.
    • Deal with the shopping cart issue – institute a bylaw – work with community partners to develop a storage system for users
    • Permit & License Homeless Shelters & Social Agencies – creates more oversight and allows for city dept’s to have a say in planning and location of service providers
      • Initiate a planning study to determine location parameters and consider zoning amendments to work with licensing of social services

Active Transportation & Infrastructure Fund (tax levy)

  • Implement a tax levy – .5% each year for 4 years that goes to a dedicated infrastructure fund – repealed after year 4
  • This fund would have 4 main components
      • Road Repair Fund – 60%
      • Pedestrian Safety, Crosswalks, & Lighting – 5%
      • Bike lane development fund – 30%
      • Public Transit fund – mostly PR to get more ppl riding the bus – 5%
    • The road repair fund is balanced with a demand side management where we encourage more people to use public transit and active transportation hence putting less strain on our road infrastructure
    • .5% = $2M – Year 1 fund = $2M in year over year perpetual funding
        • Yr 2 fund = $4M
        • Yr 3 fund = $6M
        • Yr 4 fund = $8M
    • Tax levy ends in yr 4 – offers $8M perpetually going forward
    • What this means in terms of comparison to the status quo:
      • By year 4 we would be increasing spending on road repairs by almost 20% – currently have no budget allocation for pedestrian safety and cycling infrastructure projects are included mostly in road projects

Building Stronger Neighbourhoods

    • Improve Neighbourhood Connectivity – focus on pedestrian modes and flow of people through neighbourhoods – more crosswalks, implement traffic calming measures, trail system connections
    • Vacant Lot Incentive Program – similar to the CIP incentives, offer long term tax breaks for development on empty lots
    • Implement a Neighbourhood Coordinator Position- Work with neighbourhood groups and community stakeholders on issues related to poverty and equity across our social services sector
    • Create and fund a long term Community Gardens Plan – create a standardized design in city parks in order to ensure equitable access and opportunity
    • Continue to support Park Redevelopments – 2019 Focus on Bruce Park
    • Boost Library Investments – Enhance programming at library branches to create community hub models where programming goes far beyond books and meeting spaces – ex. Strong technology programming, arts programming, garden workshops, outdoor movie night series (screens already purchased with ward funds)
    • Focus on equity issues and how they relate to all other city dept’s