Statement - Mayor's announcement on Utility Work downtown
Our downtown is made up of vibrant neighbourhoods, home to hundreds of thousands of residents. 240,000 people currently live downtown, a number that is expected to reach 500,000 in the next 25 years. Today's announcement by the Mayor – without any consultation with local Councillors or local residents – that any non-emergency utility work in the downtown must now take place outside of daytime hours is unacceptable.
I stand in complete opposition to forcing downtown residents to accept late-night and overnight work on a regular basis. The City has established the downtown core as a mixed-use neighbourhood where people live, work and play. Every day, we work hard to build a more liveable downtown – to provide the services, facilities and infrastructure people need to call their neighbourhoods home. We work hard, together with residents and neighbourhoods, to manage the needs of our communities, but also to manage the needs of a diverse downtown core. We work hard to find an appropriate balance of these wants and needs.
Announcing, without consultation, that residents in the downtown must now accept work in the late-night and overnight hours is unacceptable, disrespectful, and inappropriate. It is in direct contrast to the City's vision for the downtown, and to the needs of everyone who lives there. Residents in our downtown neighbourhoods deserve the right to a liveable community, like all residents across our city. And, it is unacceptable to decide that they will be forced to listen to construction noise - rather than be able to sleep - just like it would be in any neighbourhood in Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York or across the city.
Cars driving through our neighbourhoods do not deserve more respect that the hundreds of thousands of people living in them.