To prevent violence, we need to focus our efforts on investing in programs and services that provide health and long term supports to individuals in need.
City Council is currently meeting this week. As part of the agenda, we will be discussing the Ombudsman's report on the investigation into the City's processes for clearing encampments in 2021. Council will also discuss Community Safety Issues and the City's response to address the series of senseless violent incidents on the TTC including the recent tragic incident at Keele station.
The city needs to take a proactive response to address such crisis situations.
Over many years, public transit, mental health services and access to housing has been chronically underfunded in our city. We are now seeing the impacts of those funding decisions. To prevent violence, we need to focus our efforts on investing in programs and services that provide health and long term supports to individuals in need.
The City is working closely with the TTC to take a multifaceted approach to addressing the rise in violence. The City has partnered with the TTC to strengthen transit system outreach including the recent addition of street outreach mental health specialists. You can learn more about this work here.
For those that have taken the time to share your thoughts on the matter, thank you. There is a need for urgent action and a collaborative approach to addressing these concerns. I will continue to advocate to improve transit service and safety while also prioritizing programming and investments to support vulnerable community members.