Toronto city council quashes bid to allow alcohol in public parks and on beaches this summer

Toronto city council voted Thursday to defer a vote on a proposed pilot program allowing alcohol in parks and beaches. Instead, city staff will report back next year on options.

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tangnapalm
tangnapalm
334 · 7 days ago · Reddit

well, I guess we'll just have to do it anyway like usual.

yyztrader
yyztrader
93 · 7 days ago · Reddit

So we can smoke weed but we can't drink beer on beaches and parks that's my problem.

goleafsgo13
goleafsgo13
75 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Of course they would.

Edit: I suspect councillors are putting this off to next year as they don’t want to ruffle any feathers for the upcoming election.

s33ek
s33ek
63 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I know that this is one of the most minor issues in our city, but the mayors response on this just speaks volumes to how out of touch he and most of council is.

I’m sure Tory’s condo has a beautiful terrace where he can meet with friends for a cocktail on a warm summer’s eve.

Vote. Them. Out.

Hrmbee
Hrmbee
43 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Toronto-the-Stick-In-The-Mud, Ugh, what is it with this city and parks? No working bathrooms, minimal water fountains, etc., etc., etc.

RioCaliente
RioCaliente
24 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I don’t listen to councillors. Bunch of corrupt and unorganized goons

T-Nem
T-Nem
17 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Oh no, I'll just have to keep drinking in parks and beaches like usual.

Hrmbee
Hrmbee
12 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Councillors voted 17-2 Thursday to approve Mayor John Tory's motion to disallow the drinking of alcoholic beverages in parks this year, and direct staff to study the issue further and report back in 2023. That was an amendment to Coun. Josh Matlow's motion to permit alcohol consumption this summer at parks and beaches with public washrooms from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Matlow, who represents Ward 12, Toronto-St. Paul's, wasn't pleased with the turn of events.

"We don't need lots and lots of these studies to determine what the rest of the world has already discovered, which is that responsible adults act responsibly," he said after losing the vote.

Had council approved Matlow's motion, the city would have been directed to set up a pilot project running from May to October this year.

Tory's amended motion instead directed staff to report back to the city's economic and community development committee in the second quarter next year on options, bylaw amendments, input from community consultations, safety considerations and Toronto's drug strategy.

Tory said he wasn't "ruling anything out" but wanted city policies to make a clear distinction between a case of wine and a glass of wine. He told council he has seen residents bring in cases of wine and kegs of beer into parks.

Denzil Minnan-Wong, who represents Ward 16, Don Valley West and is one of Tory's deputy mayors, agreed that it's a "complex issue" and needs more study.

crackhousebob
crackhousebob
9 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Probably because banning alcohol is a tool to keep out homeless encampments and young people having beach parties.

DJ_DTM
DJ_DTM
7 · 7 days ago · Reddit

It’s just a fine meaning it’s only a deterrent for the poor.

pinkmoose
pinkmoose
6 · 7 days ago · Reddit

people already drink in parks, the upscale folks who drink in Trinity Bellwoods or the like will not get hassled or harassed as other, poorer citizens

Pkactus
Pkactus
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

this will obviously, absolutely and without a shred of a doubt stop people from enjoying booze in parks. Won't happen anymore whatsoever. /s

Aware_Pea_9562
Aware_Pea_9562
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Thank god

Can you imagine all the white claw douchebags