Hybrid meeting format and associated public health guidance
The Board’s meeting will proceed as a hybrid meeting. This is consistent with recent changes by the City of Toronto in the way it is holding its City Council and Committee meetings. We ask that individuals attending in-person consider the guidance provided by Toronto Public Health that “[m]asks are strongly recommended in indoor public settings.” As a result, the Board is recommending masking and physical distancing, and especially masking where physical distancing is not consistently possible.
Sign-up to make a deputation
If you wish to sign up to make a deputation on an item, please use our Making a Deputation sign-up form: https://www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation. Registered deputants will have the option of making their deputation in-person or virtually. Virtual deputations would be available either by video via WebEx, or audio-only by phone.
Items of Interest at this virtual Board meeting include:
CITY COUNCIL MOTIONS REGARDING AUDITOR GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw which describes the Service’s implementation structure in relation to the recommendations made by the City’s Auditor General and adopted by Toronto City Council in July 2022. This report describes the collaborative and multi-sector implementation structure that the Service has adopted, together with its City partners, in response to these City Council items. As the report notes, the Service fully supports the key factors to achieve change identified in the relevant Audit Committee Report, which include identifying key and shared outcomes as part of strategic planning and collaboration and using an evidence-based approach to inform decisions, being transparent and accountable, and building trust and support between stakeholders.
As the report notes, an in-depth update on implementation progress for each of the Auditor General’s recommendations will be submitted for Board approval at the June 2023 public meeting.
2022 STATISTICAL REPORT – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw on the 2022 Municipal Year-End Statistical Report to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. As the report notes, Freedom of Information (F.O.I.) requests received by the Service are processed by the Access and Privacy Section (A.P.S.), which, in 2022, received 4,055 F.O.I. requests for access to information held by the Service in accordance with the Act. This represents an increase of 429 requests (11.8%) compared to the 3,626 requests received in 2021.
As the report states, processing requests for Body Worn Camera (B.W.C.) video records represented a notable increase in workload for the team in 2022, as preparing these records for release involves considerable time. The report also indicates that the Service expects this increase in workload to continue, and will be planning accordingly for resources and technology to meet the needs for this important digital information. The report also notes that meeting the mandated 30-day compliance outlined in Section 19 of the Act,
continues to be challenging, due to the increasing complexity of the requests, volume of responsive records, type of information being requested (e.g. B.W.C. records), and the need to consult with various internal and external stakeholders.
REPORT ON IMPAIRED DRIVING
The Board will consider a report from Chief Demkiw, responding to a July 2022 City Council request which directed the General Manager of Transportation Services, in consultation with the Toronto Police Service, to report back to City Council in the first quarter of 2023 on impaired driving in the City of Toronto. The report includes statistics on traffic collision involving impaired drivers from 2018–2022, including trends observed since the onset of the pandemic and an update on efforts underway to address this issue, as well as additional measures that can be taken, including jurisdictional scans for best practices in other municipalities. The report also details actions taken to date following City Council’s 2019 direction to develop a campaign to stop impaired driving in collaboration with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, Arrive Alive and other relevant stakeholders using the funding allocated for Vision Zero education and engagement programming. As the report notes, the Service is committed to continuing its enhanced public education, through existing and new mediums, to ensure that information on the dangers and consequences of impaired driving are known.
As with all meetings, a recording of this meeting will be posted and archived to the Toronto Police Service YouTube account at https://www.youtube.com/TorontoPolice for members of the public to access later at their convenience.
The Toronto Police Services Board is the civilian body responsible for governing the Toronto Police Service. The Board is responsible for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Toronto, setting priorities and objectives for the Toronto Police Service, approving the annual police budget and selecting the Chief of Police.