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Licensing and Standards Committee


Meeting No. 18 Contact Candy Davidovits, Committee Administrator
Meeting Date Monday, February 4, 2013
Phone 416-392-8032
Start Time 9:30 AM
E-mail lsc@toronto.ca
Location Committee Room 1, City Hall
Chair Councillor Cesar Palacio
LS18.1
ACTION

Amended

Ward:All

Election of Vice Chair for 2013-2014 - Licensing and Standards Committee
Committee Decision
The Licensing and Standards Committee:

1. Elected Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker as Vice Chair of the Licensing and Standards Committee for a term of office starting January 1, 2013 and ending November 30, 2014 and until a successor is appointed.
Summary
The Vice Chair of the Licensing and Standards Committee is elected by the Members of the Committee for each half of the Council term under s. 27-132 of the Council Procedures. The term of the current Vice Chair expired on December 31, 2012, and an election is required for the term January 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014.

All Members, including the incumbent, are eligible for election.

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ACTION

Amended

Ward:All

Licensing Personal Services Settings (PSS)
Public Notice Given
Committee Recommendations
The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

1. City Council instruct the City Solicitor to introduce a bill to amend Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing to:

a. license businesses operating as Personal Services Settings (PSS);

b. reflect the by-law design features as set out in Appendix A to the report dated November 5, 2012 from the Medical Officer of Health and Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards; and

c. phase implementation over a two-year period as set out in Table 1 of the November 5, 2012 report.

2 City Council adopt amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441 Fees and Charges, Appendix C Schedule 12, to render the current fee for "hair salons" applicable to all Personal Services Settings.

3. City Council direct that the recommended amendments come into force on July 1, 2013.

4. City Council request the Province of Ontario to implement a certification system for all employees in the personal services industry.

5. City Council direct the City Solicitor to prepare the necessary bill(s) as may be required to give effect to the recommendations in this report.
Decision Advice and Other Information
The Licensing and Standards Committee requested the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to report to the September 19, 2013 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee on the feasibility of a municipal licensing regime and the resources required to implement such a program.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Director, Communicable Disease Control and Associate Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health, and Carleton Grant, Director, Policy and Strategic Control, Municipal Licensing and Standards, gave a presentation to the Licensing and Standards Committee on the Regulation of Personal Services Settings.
Origin
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards
Summary
The purpose of this report is to transmit the recommendations of the Board of Health and to recommend that the Licensing and Standards Committee adopt the Board of Health's recommendations for the licensing and regulation of Personal Services Settings (PSS).

As described in detail in the joint report dated November 5, 2012 of the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards and the Medical Officer of Health, the recommended amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 545 Licensing and Chapter 441 Fees, will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the PSS program in a number of areas. This includes identification and inspection of all businesses offering personal services, and enhanced enforcement tools and consumer protection measures.

Personal services are identified as, and are not limited to: tattooing and body piercing, electrolysis, acupuncture, hair dressing and barber shops, micro-pigmentation, manicure/pedicure and various aesthetic services.

The Medical Officer of Health and Legal Services were consulted in the preparation of this report.
Background Information
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on Licensing Personal Service Settings (PSS)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55419.pdf)
(February 4, 2013) Presentation from the Director, Communicable Disease Control and Associate Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health, and the Director, Policy and Strategic Control, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on the Regulation of Personal Services Settings
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55764.pdf)
Communications
(February 3, 2013) E-mail from Mary Orlando, Featuring... You Spa & Salon (LS.New.LS18.2.1)
Speakers
Nancy Penny, Absolute Beauty by Nancy Penny


2a Regulation of Personal Services Settings (PSS)
Origin
(November 19, 2012) Letter from the Board of Health
Summary
The Board of Health on November 19, 2012, forwarded the report (November 5, 2012) from the Medical Officer of Health and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards to the Licensing and Standards Committee and requested that the Licensing and Standards Committee consider the following recommendations of the Board of Health when it considers Personal Services Settings (PSS) licensing:

1. City Council instruct the City Solicitor to introduce a bill to amend Municipal Code Chapter 545, Licensing to:

a. license businesses operating as Personal Services
Settings (PSS);

b. reflect the by-law design features as set out in Appendix A to the report
(November 5, 2012 from the Medical Officer of Health and Executive Director,
Municipal Licensing and Standards; and

c. phase implementation over a two-year period as set out in Table 1 to this report.
Background Information
(November 19, 2012) Letter from the Board of Health on Regulation of Personal Services Settings (PSS)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55143.pdf)
(November 5, 2012) Report and Appendix "A" from the Medical Officer of Health and the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on Regulation of Personal Services Settings
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-52628.pdf)
(November 19, 2012) Presentation from Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Director, Communicable Disease Control and Associate Medical Officer of Health on Regulation of Personal Services Settings
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-52627.pdf)
Communications
(November 16, 2012) Letter from Mathew Ellis and Stuart Kay, Ontario Tattoo Association (LS.New.HL18.2.1)

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ACTION

Amended

Ward:All

Regulating the Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops
Public Notice Given
Committee Recommendations
The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

1. City Council amend Article XX, Pet Shops, of the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, in accordance with Appendix A to the report (January 21, 2013) from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards:

a. to define the term "rescue group";

b. to repeal § 545-255C;

c. to amend § 545-262 to further restrict the sources from which pet shops may obtain cats and dogs for sale to members of the public; and

d. to amend Appendix K, Business Licensing Thresholds, Schedule B, Demerit Point System by adding demerit points for contraventions of §§ 545-255A, 545-255B, 545-256A and 545-262.

2. City Council amend Section 4 of Appendix A to the report (January 21, 2013) from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, by increasing the number of demerit points for "Pet Shop - Fail to obtain animals from specified sources" from 2 to 4.

3. City Council direct the City Solicitor to prepare the necessary bill(s) to make such by-law amendments as may be required to give effect to the recommendations in this report.
Origin
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards
Summary
The purpose of this report is to update the Licensing and Standards Committee on the effectiveness of regulating the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops.

This report recommends amendments to Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 545 Licensing Article XX Pet shops and Appendix K Business Licensing Thresholds Schedule B Demerit Point System.

The Legal Services Division was consulted in the preparation of this report.
Background Information
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on Regulating the Sale of Cats and Dogs in Pet Shops
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55420.pdf)
(January 21, 2013) Appendix A: Recommended Amendments to Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, Article XX, Pet Shops
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55426.pdf)
Speakers
Ken Wood


LS18.4
ACTION

Amended

Ward:All

Toronto Animal Services: Final Response to Auditor General Recommendations
Committee Recommendations
The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

1. City Council authorize the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to enter into financial/partnership agreements with third party partners (including pet shops and veterinary offices) for the purpose of providing such third party partners with a commission fee for: (a) facilitating the adoption of animals obtained from City of Toronto shelters and (b) administering the sale of pet licenses.

2. City Council direct the City Solicitor to prepare the necessary bill(s) as may be required to give effect to the recommendation in this report.
Decision Advice and Other Information
The Licensing and Standards Committee requested the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to report to the April 18, 2013, meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee:

1. on the licensing breakdown for new renewals by online and by post.

2. donations by year by online and by post.

3. a review of the current online functions and areas identified for improvement.
Origin
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards
Summary
The purpose of this report is to update the Licensing and Standards Committee regarding the final three recommendations outlined in the Auditor General's (AG) 2011 report, Toronto Animal Services – Licence Compliance Targets Need to be More Aggressive.

Eleven recommendations were put forward by the AG to the Audit Committee in November, 2011; a report detailing the implementation of eight of the eleven recommendations was received by the Licensing and Standards Committee at its May, 2012 meeting.

This report provides the final reporting on the last three recommendations and comprises the Pet Licensing and Marketing Strategy. The report recommends that Council provide the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards the authority to enter into financial/partnership agreements with external partners to facilitate adoptions and licensing of animals.

The Legal Services Division was consulted in the preparation of this report.
Background Information
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on Toronto Animal Services: Final Response to Auditor General Recommendations
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55421.pdf)

LS18.5
ACTION

Amended

Ward:All

The Taxicab Industry Review - Taxicab Advisory Committee, Taxicab Bill of Rights and Streamlined Complaints and Compliments Process
Committee Recommendations
The Licensing and Standards Committee recommends that:

1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to provide an annual update on the activities of the Taxicab Advisory Committee, a program advisory committee, to the Licensing and Standards Committee.

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to amend the terms of reference for the Taxicab Advisory Committee to include a requirement that Advisory Committee meetings be open to the public to allow for observers to monitor the work of the Committee and that the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, circulate agendas and meeting details to all Members of Council.
Decision Advice and Other Information
The Licensing and Standards Committee

1. Deferred the following Recommendation 2 in the report (January 21, 2013) from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, for three months to allow for further consultation with industry members and stakeholders.

"2 City Council amend the City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing, to replace the Passenger Bill of Rights with the Taxicab Bill of Rights as per Attachment 3 and mandate that every owner shall securely affix the Taxicab Bill of Rights to the back of the front passenger seat of his or her taxicab and that the City Solicitor be directed to prepare the necessary bill to give effect to this recommendation."

2. Requested the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, to:

a. report any changes in the composition of the Taxicab Advisory Committee to the Licensing and Standards Committee in its annual review.

b. advise members of the Taxicab Advisory Committee on lobbying restrictions.

c. seek advice from the Taxicab Advisory Committee or in an Open Forum format, on health and safety issues faced by taxi drivers in Toronto and report these to the Licensing and Standards Committee.

Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, gave a presentation to the Licensing and Standards Committee on The Taxicab Industry Review - Taxicab Advisory Committee, Taxicab Bill of Rights, and Complaints and Compliments Process.
Origin
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards
Summary
The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a review of Toronto’s taxicab industry. The review included extensive consultation and research that resulted in a report with preliminary findings: Toronto’s Taxicab Industry: a discussion paper. The report was a framework for further discussion and decision-making leading towards the creation of a final report in 2013 with recommendations for the taxicab industry.

Ahead of the Taxicab Industry Review final report, as directed by Council at its October 2, 2012 meeting, Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) has created a Taxicab Advisory Committee, is recommending a Taxicab Bill of Rights and is streamlining the complaints and compliments process for taxicabs.

Staff engaged industry members and stakeholders on November 8, 2012 to discuss the Taxicab Advisory Committee, the Bill of Rights and the streamlined complaints and compliments process. The City of Toronto also engaged stakeholders through an online comments form during the fall of 2012.
Background Information
(January 21, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on The Taxicab Industry Review - Taxicab Advisory Committee, Taxicab Bill of Rights and Streamlined Complaints and Compliments Process
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55422.pdf)
(January 21, 2013) Attachment 1: Summary of Consultation
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55423.pdf)
(January 21, 2013) Attachment 2: Advertisements for Taxicab Advisory Committee
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55424.pdf)
(January 21, 2013) Attachment 3: Taxicab Bill of Rights
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55425.pdf)
(February 4, 2013) Presentation from the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, on Taxicab Industry Review
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55765.pdf)
Communications
(February 4, 2013) Letter from Louis M. Seta (LS.New.LS18.5.1)
(February 4, 2013) Submission from Kristine Hubbard, Beck Taxi (LS.New.LS18.5.2)
Speakers
Jim Bell, Chair, Taxicab Advisory Committee
John Nunziata, LL.B, Barrister and Solicitor, on behalf of Wheelchair Accessible Transit and Toronto Para Transit
Kristine Hubbard, Operations Manager, Beck Taxi Limited (Submission Filed)
Asafo Addai, Taxi Drivers Coalition
Sajid Mughal, President, iTaxiworkers Association
Louis M. Seta (Submission Filed)
Mohammed Hakimzadah, ABC Taxi
Khalid Malik
Councillor Janet Davis

Declared Interests
The following member(s) declared an interest:

Councillor Frances Nunziata - as her brother is a consultant in the taxicab industry.


LS18.6
ACTION

Referred

Ward:All

The City's Ability to Assist Vulnerable Adults
Committee Decision
The Licensing and Standards Committee referred the item to the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, for a report to the Licensing and Standards Committee.
Origin
(January 25, 2013) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30 - Toronto-Danforth
Summary
Councillor Paula Fletcher submitting recommendations to the Licensing and Standards Committee on the City's ability to assist vulnerable adults.
Background Information
(January 25, 2013) Letter from Councillor Paula Fletcher on the City's ability to assist vulnerable adults
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-55767.pdf)

Meeting Sessions
Session Date Session Type Start Time End Time Public or Closed Session
2013-02-04 Morning 9:42 AM 10:53 AM Public
2013-02-04 Morning 11:00 AM 12:26 PM Public
2013-02-04 Afternoon 1:39 PM 2:54 PM Public
Attendance
Members were present for some or all of the time period indicated.
Date and Time Quorum Members
2013-02-04
09:42 AM - 10:53 AM
(Public Session) Present Present: Glenn De Baeremaeker, Paula Fletcher, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio (Chair), Anthony Perruzza
Not Present: Gloria Lindsay Luby
2013-02-04
11:00 AM - 12:26 PM
(Public Session) Present Present: Glenn De Baeremaeker, Paula Fletcher, Cesar Palacio (Chair), Anthony Perruzza
Not Present: Gloria Lindsay Luby, Frances Nunziata
Also present (non-members): Janet Davis
2013-02-04
01:39 PM - 02:54 PM
(Public Session) Present Present: Glenn De Baeremaeker, Paula Fletcher, Cesar Palacio (Chair), Anthony Perruzza
Not Present: Gloria Lindsay Luby, Frances Nunziata
Also present (non-members): Janet Davis

 
 
 
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