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Scarborough subway, drones & microbeads on executive committee agenda

Summary

Executive committee voted unanimously to ban microbeads in Toronto

City staff will report on the safety, liability, and other issues that arise as drones become more widely-used

The future of the Red Door Shelter will be discussed after lunch

Drones, microbeads, and the Scarborough subway are on the agenda as Toronto’s executive committee meets Wednesday.

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Scarborough subway

After city council rejected a series of motions from Coun. Josh Matlow (Ward 22, St. Paul’s) requesting more information, the project is moving forward.

Councillors will debate the best delivery options for the transit project. A report from city and TTC staff will likely be presented early next year.

Click here to read the agenda item.

Banning microbeads

The executive committee unanimously endorsed a motion from Coun. Paul Ainslie (Ward 43, Scarborough East) to ban the use of microbeads in Toronto and ask other levels of government to enact similar legislation.

The small plastic beads used in products such as toothpaste and facial scrubs are often made from the same material as plastic bags and garbage bins, Ainslie wrote in his motion.

According to the councillor, researchers found Lake Ontario had a concentration of 1.1-million plastic particles per square kilometer in 2013.

“A failure to recognize the negative effects of microbeads from further entering the food chain can ultimately cause dangerous health effects in humans and other wildlife,” Ainslie said.

Last summer, Illinois became the first U.S. state to ban microbeads, beginning a trend across other jurisdictions.

Click here to read the agenda item.

Drone regulations

Staff will report to city council in the fall on the safety, liability, and other issues that arise as drones become more widely-used in Toronto.

Click here to read Coun. James Pasternak’s motion requesting the report.

Red Door Shelter

The future of the Red Door Shelter will be discussed after lunch.

Click here to read the agenda item.