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June 22, 2007
Mayor’s Advisory Panel on making a safe city safer holds inaugural meeting
  
Mayor David Miller today convened the first meeting of his advisory panel on Making a Safe City Safer for the 2007-2010 term of City Council. The panel will focus on ensuring alignment of the investments in the priority neighbourhoods, advancing partnership initiatives related to anti-violence intervention and youth opportunities and community safety interventions, as well as documenting progress on making our safe city safer.

The renewed panel will be chaired by the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, former Chief Justice of Ontario. The Mayor’s Advisory Panel will build on the successes to date while responding to the changing needs to Toronto’s diverse communities.

“I’m delighted that the former Chief Justice Roy McMurtry has agreed to continue at the helm of my advisory panel,” said Mayor Miller. “The groundbreaking work of the panel over the last three years underpins the work that is still ahead of us.”

The advisory panel members include:

Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, Chair
Mayor David Miller
Alok Mukherjee, Chair, Toronto Police Services Board
William Blair, Chief of Police
Derek Ballantyne, CEO, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Akua Benjamin, Director, Ryerson University, Department of Social Work
Stephen Diamond, President, Diamondcorp
Ryan Teschner, Lawyer, Heenam Blaikie
Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Toronto
Audette Shephard, Founding Member, United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere
John Davies, Vice President Administration, Humber College
Mitchell Kosny, Chair, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Tony Comper, Immediate Past President & CEO, Bank of Montreal
Shirley Hoy, City Manager, City of Toronto
William Mendez, Youth Representative
Gavin Sheppard, Project Coordinator, REMIX Project
Terry Downey, Executive Vice President, Ontario Federation of Labour Council
Debby Kaplan, Former Dean, Centennial College, Continuing Education & Corporate Training
Fowzia Mohammed, Representative, Rexdale Community Health Centre

The renewed Mayor’s Advisory Panel will focus specifically on key partnership initiatives identified in the Mayor’s platform related to public interest partnerships for youth employment, expanding training apprenticeship and education opportunities for youth, creating a centre of educational excellence, and anti-violence intervention.

The panel will meet on a quarterly basis and will be supported by the City’s Community Safety Secretariat.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Manjit Jheeta
Manager Community Safety Secretariat
416- 392-8684
mjheeta@toronto.ca

Backgrounder
The City has taken the position that community safety is more than the absence of violence. It is about social equity – ensuring that everyone and, in particular, youth in vulnerable communities, are treated with dignity and respect and have opportunities to achieve their full potential. It is also about community well-being. In other words, the community safety plan is about social change that addresses institutional and society barriers. Safety initiatives must be directed at both reductions in violence (particularly gun-related violence) and sustenance of the factors that contribute to community well-being.

In 2004, Council unanimously approved a Community Safety Plan, one key element of which was creation of a Mayor’s Panel on Community Safety. The Community Safety Plan balances enforcement with prevention. The emphasis on prevention has resulted in City activities focused on investment in youth opportunities in neighbourhoods identified as having relatively poor social infrastructure but high social and economic needs. The focus on enforcement resulted in the Toronto Police Services introducing the TAVIS program.

The City has focused on advancing partnerships across various sectors and institutions, advancing youth employment opportunities and piloting innovative program models that reach out to youth, and particularly those youth who are excluded from full participation in the social, economic and political life of their neighbourhoods, and communities. Other orders of government, public, private, voluntary sector, labour and the faith communities are working together with the City to invest funds, develop capacity and increase programming in the priority neighbourhoods.

As part of his mandate, Mayor David Miller has identified several priorities that build on the solid foundation established by the community safety plan and the Mayor’s Panel. The Mayor’s Advisory Panel will focus on ensuring alignment on the investments in the priority neighbourhoods, advancing partnerships initiatives related to youth opportunities and community safety intervention, and on documenting progress in Making a Safe City Safer.

Mandate

The Panel will:

(a) Ensure the effective alignment of resources and investments for maximum impact in the priority neighbourhoods

(b) Identify ways of ensuring the sustainability of effective programs

(c) Measure the City’s progress in advancing the community safety agenda by analyzing trends, monitoring investments and developing outcome indicators

(d) Build partnerships to increase employment, apprenticeship, training, entrepreneurial and recreation opportunities

(e) Provide guidance and leadership in the development of innovative models advancing youth skills opportunities and youth employment

(f) Provide expert, informed advice to the City on the implementation of the initiatives outlined in the Mayor’s community safety mandate

(g) Provide advice to all orders of government on legislative changes required to address gun violence and other forms of violence affecting neighbourhoods.

Membership

The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry
Mayor David Miller
Alok Mukherjee, Chair, Toronto Police Services Board
William Blair, Chief of Police
Mr. Derek Ballantyne, CEO, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Akua Benjamin, Director, Ryerson University, Department of Social Work
Steven Diamond, President, Diamondcorp
Ryan Teschner, Lawyer, Heenam Blaikie
Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Toronto
Audette Sheppard, Founding Member, United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere
John Davies, Vice President Administration, Humber College
Mitchell Kosny, Chair, Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Tony Comper, Immediate Past President & CEO, Bank of Montreal
Shirley Hoy, City Manager, City of Toronto
William Mendez, Youth Representative
Gavin Sheppard, Project Coordinator, REMIX Project
Terry Downey, Executive Vice President, Ontario Federation of Labour Council
Debby Kaplan, Former Dean, Centennial College, Continuing Education & Corporate Training
Fowzia Mohammed, Representative, Rexdale Community Health Centre

The Panel will meet on a quarterly basis and at the call of the Chair if additional meetings are required.

The Panel will be supported by the City’s Community Safety Secretariat.




 

 

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