The place: Room 208, Seneca Yorkgate, 1 Yorkgate Blvd. (Second floor of the Yorkgate Mall)
The purpose: The idea behind this forum was to focus more on developing plans that could be put into action. To that end, we sought a more intimate setting and a smaller audience to facilitate discussion.
Main goals chosen:
1) Snow removal: (the goal is to start planning soon and have action in the fall)… developing a plan before the snow is important so we have a plan in place instead of being reactive
This is a TCHC issue, but it also is about sidewalks in general
Roads are generally plowed, but sidewalks are difficult to get around in the wintertime
2) Meeting spaces in the community: Need to create more places for people congregate/hang out… this is necessary to allow people to connect and engage
3) Voter engagement and political accountability: both getting the promises that politicians made out there so people know about them and engaging people in the voting process.
Discussion of meetings about zoning changes
Is there a way to get people to attend these meetings or at least make people aware that they are going on?
Social housing instead of private developments
Capacity building opportunities for paid work
What progress is being made with a proposed trade school?
What about the Online Resource Information database? Is it online yet? Is it accessible? Is it in hardcopy?
Follow-up minor goals:
Trade schools for youths… some people are taking this on already, so lets follow up with them and see where they are instead of taking this on ourselves
Rent increases and landlord issues: support Acorn and use CLASP resources for this.
Children’s programming: follow-up with organizations that are already addressing this
Where do we go from here? Actions that can be taken…
#1: Snow Removal in the community
This will be started in the fall, so we have an action plan ready for winter
We need to address all of the wards and City Councillors in Jane-Finch
TCHC and also the public walks
#2: Spaces to congregate
This is a big issue: how do we want to tackle it?
Lets talk about some small goals that we can work towards within this idea.
A group of current and new JFOTM members are interested in taking action on this
They commit to talking before the general meeting on the 24th.
Items to include: benches, coffee shops, Tim Hortons, infrastructure, green space
#3: Voter engagement and political organization/accountability
Could we organize people to get together once per month about this?
A specific meeting time to talk about voter engagement is needed.
In keeping with the “intimate” nature of this forum, JFOTM members (Alicia, Angelo, Lydia, and Mohammed) did the presentations, which included a history of JFOTM, a political primer, and even a skit!
The bulk of the afternoon was given over to a discussion which was facilitated by Alicia and two members of CLASP (Jenny and George). A wide range of topics were mentioned by audience members. A selection process was facilitated to narrow down and choose specific issues to address first: