Toronto City Council resumed Wednesday morning as food truck vendors set up shop in Nathan Phillips Square. Councillors are debating staff recommendations that would loosen the restrictions on food trucks in the city allowing them to set up shop in parking lots and in on street parking spots as long as they are parked 50 metres away from the entrance of a restaurant.
Food Truck vendors who held a rally in the square applauded the move, but said they didn’t feel the 50m rule was fair.
During the afternoon session, councillors voted in favour of a motion introduced by Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes to explore the feasibility of Toronto making a bid for the 2026 World Cup.
Councillors also voted to move forward with naming a street or a section of a street after Nelson Mandela. Mayor Rob Ford was the lone dissenting vote, but later said that he had made a mistake. The mayor also claimed to have made a mistake when council voted in favour of congratulating the Canadian Olympics and Paralympics athletes “for their inspiring performances at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games”. Mayor Ford tried to reopen the vote in order to correct his “mistakes” but council refused.
Councillors did vote unanimously to approve a motion made by Mayor Rob Ford to plant 100 red poppies to honour Canadian World War I Veterans and in Commemoration of the Poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae.
A motion introduced by Councillor Mary Fragedakis to invest an additional$4-million in pothole repairs was also unanimously approved.