Toronto council rejects ‘bullet ban’ plan
Toronto Coun. Adam Vaughan in a file photo at city hall on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011.
Published Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:28AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:31PM EDT
City council rejected a motion that would have banned bullets in Toronto during the second day of an epic council session on Thursday.
Coun. Adam Vaughan put forward a motion that would make it illegal to sell, store or use ammunition inside city limits, and request the federal government to make a similar move against handguns.
That motion was voted down by council.
Vaughan, who represents the Trinity-Spadina ward, said he believes that by getting rid of ammunition, the city will ultimately be safer. Vaughan's ban would include bullets used in all guns, not just handguns.
The bullet ban was one of a number of motions up for debate on Thursday, the last council meeting before summer break.
Transit was the focus of much of Wednesday’s meeting, as council debated the creation of priority construction projects at the heart of TTC Chair Karen Stintz’s OneCity strategy.
The motion asked council to support the creation of a subway into Scarborough and a light-rail line along the eastern waterfront as “priority lanes.”
That motion, which was ruled out of order, was part of a watered-down version of a 30-year $30-billion plan called OneCity, which Stintz, along with Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker, released earlier this month.
Stintz’s original plan called for a property tax increase devoted entirely toward public transit and the creation of six new subway lines, 10 light-rail transit lines and a number of new bus routes crossing the city.
Despite the fact that Stintz’s motion failed to make it through council, city staff will look at transit options as part of a report on transit funding that will be presented to council in October.
Stintz said the initial plan was only a starting place, meant to provide a broad vision for transit in Toronto and to get people talking about the options.
“I think this is a big win for the city, if we can build a transit vision that is funded and that is the motion we have before us, to begin the debate on a transit plan,” Stintz told reporters Wednesday.
Toronto city council already approved a new transit strategy in March, which focused on light-rail lines and called for the Scarborough RT to be upgraded to rapid transit.
The approved plan also includes building light-rail lines along Eglinton and Finch Avenues, which are expected to be completed by 2020, and a light-rail line along Sheppard Avenue.