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Executive committee discussing Scarborough subway, Pearson night flights

The Scarborough Subway extension, night flights out of Pearson airport and parking tickets are just a few of the topics being discussed at Wednesday’s executive committee meeting.

This is Mayor Rob Ford’s second executive committee meeting since returning from rehab on June 30.

Click here for the full agenda. Click here to watch a live stream of the meeting starting at 9:30 a.m.

TTC update on Scarborough subway

Council will hear an update from the TTC on one of Ford’s biggest projects, the Scarborough subway extension.

Construction on the three-stop extension is expected to begin in 2018 and be completed by 2023 at a cost of $3.56 billion.

On June 24, the TTC board adopted the recommendations of a staff report, including forwarding the report to the City Planning and Growth Management Committee for its information.

One of the issues the report states requires immediate attention is determining the availability of the tunnel boring machines.

Read the report here.

Last month, Ford and TTC CEO Andy Byford clashed over the future of the city’s two tunnel boring machines. Ford says he wants to refurbish the machines, which were purchased for $51.7 million in 2009, while Byford proposed selling them and buying newer, more updated machines when construction on the Scarborough subway extension begins.

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Pearson International Airport’s night flights

Coun. Peter Leon is looking for support to have council ask Transport Canada to reconsider its approval of 10 per cent more flights departing and arriving at night at Pearson airport.

Leon is pushing for Transport Canada to revert back to the previous agreement that allowed for the number of night flights, those between between 12:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., to be calculated based on annual total passenger traffic growth. The 10 per cent increase in flights translates to about three or four more flights per night.

Read Leon’s letter to the executive committee here.

Click here to read the agenda item.

Amending the Provincial Offences Act for parking infractions

Coun. Mike Layton wants to put an end to revenue lost when police officers are unable to affix parking tickets to vehicles by having the ticket delivered to your door.

The proposal would have council ask the Attorney General of Ontario to amend the Provincial Offences Act to permit provincial offences officers the power to issue infractions by regular mail to offenders.

Layton says this implementation would help keep traffic moving and fight gridlock.

Read Coun. Layton’s letter here.

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Public Appointments Process Improvements

The City Clerk is bringing forth recommendations that council amend the Public Appointments Policy to improve the public appointments process.

Suggestions include having terms of half the members expire every two years, continuously accepting applications and pooling them to fill vacancies instead of appointing alternates and having council establish additional nominating panels to assist the Civic Appointments Committee in the interviewing and nomination of candidates for appointment.

Click here to read the agenda item.

2015 Pan Am Games Community Projects Initiative

The executive committee will hear a proposal over how to divvy up the $1.76 million earmarked to support community-based Pan Am Games related or inspired projects.

The deputy city manager is suggesting the money be distributed through three grant streams.

The Local Animation Through Collaboration grant stream would support Games-inspired activities and projects in all parts of Toronto.

The Community Legacy Initiatives grant stream would support projects which profile and provide longer-term economic and social infrastructure benefits for Toronto’s Latin American, South American and Caribbean communities.

The Pan Am Path Arts Animation grant would provide funding to 21 organizations to deliver cultural activities and projects along the route of the Path in neighbourhoods across Toronto.

Click here to read the agenda item.