Frances Nunziata and 15 other councillors petitioned to punt a proposed pilot project on park potation this week.
Downtown councillor Josh Matlow had asked City Council to allow summertime drinking in city parks that have a bathroom. Drinking would only be allowed between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m..
Matlow’s motion said that Toronto “has uneven enforcement with inequitable results” when it comes to public drinking. He also argued that many people can’t afford to drink in a bar and lack outdoor space; as a result, their ability to socialize is limited, and these “residents should not be left with potentially unsafe options such as gathering indoors or, like many, choosing to drink illegally in parks.”
A majority of councillors, including Nunziata, voted to ask city staff to study the issue before legalizing drinking. Michael Ford, who is campaigning to be our MPP, was not present for the vote.
Staff will report back in 2023.