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Public Consultation & Communications Project Summaries

 

Land Use Planning and Resource Management

City of Toronto: Cleaning Up Our Waterways The Don River and Central Waterfront Project

The project involved soliciting input and informing the public and key stakeholders about how the City of Toronto is working towards improving the water quality in the Don River and Central Waterfront. The City's project will capture and treat stormwater and combined sewer overflows, and will include upgrades to the sanitary trunk sewers. Activities included preparation of summary reports of key discussion points for various stakeholder meetings, picture research for communications initiatives, analysis of stakeholder input, and outreach with stakeholder groups.

City of Toronto: Oak Ridges Moraine Development and Protection Public Meeting

We produced an executive summary of meeting proceedings to discuss development on and protection of the moraine, including expressed comments and questions, to City staff. Issues included: aggregate industry issues (e.g., restrictions on extraction activities, monitoring and guidance for rehabilitation); protection of land; urban sprawl and development; legislation; comparison to the Niagara Escarpment Plan; issues associated with land use designations; and, water and watershed. For the executive summary of the public meeting, Toronto’s Position on the Future of the Oak Ridges Moraine, see Attachment 1 (page 33) of Oak Ridges Moraine - Response to Province of Ontario's Draft Strategy, posted on the City of Toronto’s website.

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Transportation

Region of York: Leslie Street Road Improvements Class Environmental Assessment

We facilitated a meeting between the Region of York and the local community to inform the public and discuss issues associated with the expansion of Leslie Street between Wellington Street and Mulock Drive in Newmarket, Ontario.

Toronto Transit Commission: Stakeholder Consultation Services for Legacy LRV Project

We are assisting in a public consultation program to inform and seek input from the transit user community and relevant TTC departments regarding introduction of new streetcars (light rail vehicles; LRVs). Input received from a variety of innovative activities (e.g., meetings, public event, focus groups, surveys and an interactive website) is to be used to guide vehicle design aspects and refine operational policies. This 4-year project builds on the project noted below.  

Toronto Transit Commission: Transfer to the Future

The project informed the public at a series of public events of plans to replace Toronto Transit Commission's aging fleet of streetcars (light rail vehicles; LRVs) with new LRVs and introduce improved service by building new dedicated LRV lines, solicited comments on street car design, and analyzed responses to surveys – including several thousand website submissions.

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Waste Management

Atomic Energy Control Limited: Public Consultation Services for Long-Term Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Facilities at Port Hope and Port Granby, Ontario

This project involved preparing numerous public workshop and federal agency/responsible authority technical working session summary reports for the Port Hope Area Initiative (Port Hope and Port Granby Projects) for three years as a member of a public consultation and communications team. Activities were part of a class environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act for development of long-term, low-level radioactive waste management facilities. Other activities included review of information display panels and other documentation, and staffing of open houses.

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Energy

Hydro One Networks Inc.: Stakeholder Involvement Plans for Transmission and Distribution Rate Applications to the Ontario Energy Board

As part of the consultation and communications team, we assisted in the preparation of summary reports of various meetings. Work was part of a stakeholder involvement program for Hydro One Networks Inc.’s 2006 Distribution Rate Application to the Ontario Energy Board and then, later, for similar stakeholder involvement programs for its 2007/2008 Transmission Rate Application and 2008 Electricity Distribution Rate Application. Some of this subject matter was highly technical, yet had to be summarized for a more general audience.

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