May 1, 7-8:30pm, City Hall, council chambers
You’re invited to a public meeting May 1 at City Hall to learn how the city and its various community partners and agencies are working together to ensure that summer bar and event season in the downtown is enjoyable for visitors and residents alike.
In the past year, I’ve received calls from downtown residents concerned about noise, fights, vandalism, littering, public drunkenness and other behaviour from patrons visiting our bars, restaurants and events in the downtown throughout the year.
In response, I formed a Downtown Hospitality Working Group to join together to tackle these issues, with membership from police, by-law enforcement, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), planning staff, and condo, business and restaurant associations. We meet regularly throughout the year to plan for bar and event season, and share ideas for improvements.
At the public meeting you’ll hear what each organization is doing and how you can get involved to share ideas or report concerns. The meeting will be webcast, and the powerpoint and handouts will also be available online.
Meantime, if you have concerns about noise outside of an establishment (including house parties) contact John Prins, bylaw officer for Ward 2 at 905-971-1886. For noise related to outdoor patios, contact John Hesch of the AGCO at 416-326-5460. To report a crime in progress, call 911.
What do you think? Is there too much noise and related behaviour downtown, or is that the tradeoff of having a vibrant downtown? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Take: We want a vibrant downtown, rich with activities and amenities, but vibrant neighbourhoods must also be livable. The goal is to strike a balance. Residents expect and even welcome a certain amount of noise and activity downtown, but we want to work together to reduce unruly, destructive and potentially dangerous behaviour.