Education and awareness of animals in our city is key to preventing coyote attacks. There are many ravines and areas in Ward 32 which can serve as a habitat for wild animals. February is the coyote mating season and it is imperative that we all take extra precautions whenever possible to keep our neighbourhoods safe.
Councillor McMahon encourages everyone to learn more about the wild animals that live in our city and how to live peacefully with them. She is continuing to work with Animal Services on increasing education on coyotes and is currently door knocking in the areas directly affected to raise awareness.
Tips for avoiding human-coyote conflict:
- Clean up around your house and yard to remove attractants such as accessible garbage;
- Teach kids to Be Big (stand up and raise your arms in the air), Be Mean (sound angry, stomp your feet, and throw something at the coyote), Be Loud (yelling “Go Away Coyote” so people nearby will come help), and Never Run;
- Never feed coyotes as they will lose their natural fear of people;
- If you encounter a coyote while walking your dog, gather your dog in your arms. If this is not possible, keep it on a short leash as you move toward an area with increased activity;
- Can clangers and coyote shakers are frugal and easy-to-make methods of coyote prevention.
- Join the Beach Coyote Coalition to learn more about how we can maintain peaceful co-existence in our community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for their upcoming meetings.
Toronto Animal Services are unable to remove a coyote, or any animal, from their natural habitat under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Councillor McMahon will continue to support policies that balance the safety of Toronto residents with those of wild animals in our city.
For more info on what to do if you encounter a coyote, visit http://www.toronto.ca/animal_services/coyote.htm
Winter storms are a reality for Torontonians. We know that winter storms will happen, snow banks will pile up, and we will have to adapt to the weather. Councillor McMahon is following up with Transportation Services to relay all of your snow complaints and comments to ensure that our snow clearing services are continually improved.
How snow clearing works
As soon as snowfall begins, Transportation Services sends out salt trucks to the expressways, major roads and roads with dangerous hills or curves first. This is done to ensure that emergency vehicles can travel safely across the city. After this, the trucks move onto local roads.
Plows are sent to expressways when snowfall reaches more than two centimetres. For heavier snowfall, plows will move onto main roads during the storm to alleviate unsafe driving conditions.
Plows will avoid blocking sidewalks, crosswalks or piling snow onto parked cars whenever possible. However, sometimes it physically has to occur due to narrow roads. The city will clear windrows (the piles of snow at the road side after a plough has passed) only where it is physically able to do so. In Ward 32, there are very few places where this can occur due to our narrow streets.
Latest updates from the Toronto City Council meeting of February 20 and 21, 2013:
Term limits for members of Council
A motion calling on Council to request a report addressing the subject of term limits for City councillors and mayors was not discussed by Council. Instead, the motion was referred to Executive Committee for consideration.
Plan for economic growth and jobs
Council endorsed a new economic growth plan that focuses on increasing employment and commercial property tax revenues. The plan, Collaborating for Competitiveness – A Strategic Plan to Accelerate Economic Growth and Job Creation in Toronto, sets targets for improving the quality of jobs in Toronto and commits to harmonizing the policies/activities of the City and its agencies to help create a more attractive climate for business and investment. Council adopted several amendments for actions related to the economic strategy.
Council endorsed the strategic approach contained in the Toronto Newcomer Strategy and directed that it be closely integrated with the City of Toronto’s economic development plan. The strategy focuses on advancing newcomer health and labour market outcomes, and supporting newcomer access to municipal supports and their civic/community engagement. The approach involves collaboration with City divisions, other orders of government and the community-based sector.