On Thursday, June 1, the Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee of the TDSB received a report on permit fees increases. As outlined in article 6.18 of Policy P.011, fees are adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Therefore, it was recommended that permit fees be increased by 6.3% for permits beginning September 1, 2023, except for outdoor fields for which the new fees will be effective January 1, 2024.
SPACE Coalition Co-Chair Susan Fletcher made a delegation to the committee, recommending that the board consider opting for a smaller increase or deferring it to allow users more time to plan and budget.Read more
As Ontarians prepare to go to the polls on June 2, the SPACE Coalition reached out to the four main provincial parties to gauge their commitment to community use of schools.
Along with our Briefing Note, we asked each party if, when, and how they would support the following recommendations:Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted the state of the world. Everyday activities that we thought we could rely on - such as our children going to school five days a week - have been brought into question. While the current pandemic has had devastating impacts, may there also be opportunities to create change for the better? The SPACE Coalition sat down with Dr. Charles Pascal to discuss how we may seize this moment in history to restore schools as inclusive, welcoming public assets for use by the entire community.Read more
Even though Ontario entered another stay-at-home order last week, we still see a new normal on the horizon. With the vaccine rollout ramping up and warmer weather approaching, there is reason to believe that reprieve from the consecutive lockdowns is around the corner.
We here at the SPACE Coalition continue to strategize about how community use of school space can be maximized when the time arrives that we can resume permits.
A key piece of this work has been our new briefing note, Maximizing community use of school space. This document outlines key considerations and recommendations for improving access to school space when herd immunity has been substantially achieved.Read more
Members of the SPACE Coalition regularly attend the TDSB Community Use of Schools Community Advisory Committee. It is through this platform that we receive updates on community access to school facilities, which we are dedicated to sharing with the broader community.
After very limited access since the start of the pandemic, the TDSB is considering a phased in re-entry plan for permit use.Read more
Ontario's budget is a financial plan for how it brings in and spends money. The budget defines how much money goes towards social and communities services, including access to public spaces.
Every year the Government of Ontario seeks input from the public on matters related to its budget.Read more
Although we have not been in contact with you for some time, the SPACE team has met several times, plus Lynn, Susan and Heather have attended the TDSB’s Community Use of Schools Community Advisory Committee (CUSCAC) meetings in October, November and December.
Today’s message will
- share what we heard at CUSCAC meetings
- note issues and thoughts we have identified regarding community use in general.
- outline our thinking about community use of schools as we move forward through the coming “Vaccine Administration” period and eventually into an anticipated “Herd Immunity” period
- provide some additional information resources.