Board Meeting


Meeting Info

Date:Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Start Time:1:00 pm
Location:Committee Room 2, 2nd Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Meeting No:1899
  • Agenda
  • Meeting Minutes

Toronto Transit Commission Board Members

  • Chair Adam Giambrone
  • Vice-Chair Joe Mihevc
  • Commissioner Sandra Bussin
  • Commissioner Glenn De Baeremaeker
  • Commissioner Suzan Hall
  • Commissioner Peter Milczyn
  • Commissioner Anthony Perruzza
  • Commissioner Bill Saundercook
  • Commissioner Michael Thompson

Declaration Of Interest - Municipal Conflict Of Interest Act

NIL

Minutes Of The Previous Meetings

Business Arising Out Of Minutes

NIL

Committee Of The Whole Resolution

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Public Presentations

Presentations will be heard at 2:00 p.m. Requests to speak must be registered in writing by 12:00 Noon of day preceding meeting day.

Notices Of Motions

NIL

Motions Without Notice

NIL

Items of Which Notice has Previously Been Given

NIL

Items Deferred From Last Meeting to Permit Debate/Public Presentation

  1. Reports with Confidential Attachments (Committee of the Whole)
  2. Presentations
  3. Budget Matters
  4. Procurement Authorizations
  5. Procurement Authorization Amendments
  6. Notice of Awards
  7. Nil

  8. Service Matters
  9. Nil

  10. Other Business
  11. New Business
  12. Nil

  13. Correspondence
  14. Nil

    A correspondence summary will be distributed at the meeting.

Supplementary Agenda

  1. a) Legal Services - Carbon Monoxide Incident (FOR INFORMATION)(Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board) 
  2. Procurement Authorization – Accessible Taxi Service (FOR ACTION)
  3. Service Improvements for 2008 - Results of Consultation  (FOR ACTION)
  4. TTC Security Statistical Report – 2007 (FOR INFORMATION)
  5. Procurement Authorization - Wilson Carhouse Expansion - Toronto Rocket - Contract C1-34 (FOR ACTION) (Report to Follow)  

Nil

Present

A. Giambrone (Chair), J. Mihevc (Vice-Chair), M. Thompson, S. Hall, B. Saundercook, P. Milczyn,  S. Bussin, G. De Baeremaeker and A. Perruzza (Commissioners), G. Webster (Chief General Manager), V. Rodo (General Manager – Executive & General Secretary), R. Cornacchia (General Manager – Operations), J. Sepulis (General Manager – Engineering & Construction), B. Leck (General Counsel), S. MacDonald (Manager - Materials & Procurement), M. Roche (Chief Financial Officer), A. Smith (Chief Marketing Officer), T. Andrews (Chief Special Constable), W. Buffett (Assistant General Secretary) and F. Stanois (Coordinator – Secretariat Services) were  present.

A. Giambrone was in the Chair.

Declaration of Interest - Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

Commissioner De Baeremaeker declared an interest with respect to Item No. 12 entitled, “Procurement Authorization – Accessible Taxi Service”, on the advice of the City Integrity Commissioner, as a member of his staff is related to one of the owners of one of the companies noted in the report.  Commissioner De Baeremaeker took no part in the discussion or the decision made by the Commission concerning this matter.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission approve the minutes from meeting no. 1898 and that the chair and general secretary be authorized to sign the same.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Business Arising Out of the Minutes

Nil

Committee of the Whole Resolution

a) Committee of the Whole – Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission approve a resolution to meet as the Committee of the Whole at 9:00 a.m. or later on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 to deal with litigation or potential litigation matters, labour relations or employee negotiations and to receive advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

Reconvened

Nil

Public Presentations

a) Report No. 12 – Procurement Authorization – Accessible Taxi Service

 John Nunziata, LLB, Partner
 The Parliamentary Group

 Barry A. Horosko, Solicitor
 Bratty and Partners, LLP

 Sandi Bell
(spoke on behalf of Sewit Tamene)

 Mohammed Hakim Zadah
 ABC Ambassador Taxi

 Haile Mebrahtu
 Co-op Taxi

 Tameme Zerom
 Motion Taxi

 Asefan Zere
 Motion Taxi

 Michael Tekeste (Not Present)
 Motion Taxi

 Sewit Tameme
 (spoke on behalf of Mussie Feshay)

 Khan Chander (Not Present)
 Motion Taxi

 Sunila Wati

 Farq Haj (Not Present)
 TPT Taxi

 The Commission received the deputations.

 (see report no. 12 for minute)

Notice of Motions

Nil

Motions Without Notice

Nil

Items of Which Notice has Previously Been Given

Nil

Items Deferred From Last Meeting to Permit Debate/Public Presentation

  1. Reports with Confidential Attachments (Committee of the Whole)
  2. a)Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension - Acquisition
    of Land from Parc Downsview Park (PDP) – Status of Negotiations

    The Commission:

    1. Approved the confidential instructions to staff outlined in attachment 1, as amended;
    2. Authorized the release of the confidential information and recommendations in attachment 1 upon entering into a final settlement with committee Parc Downsview Park (“PDP”) to the satisfaction of the general counsel, but no earlier than the commencement of revenue service for the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project (“TYSSE” or “project”).

    b)Parker v. TTC

    The Commission:

    1. Approved the confidential recommendations regarding settlement of the above action in attachment 1; and
    2. Authorized that the contents of confidential attachment 1 remain confidential in their entirety as it contains advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

    Commissioner Thompson noted his opposition to the foregoing.

  3. Presentations
  4. a)100 Customer Service Commendations

    Chair Giambrone and G. Webster, Chief General Manager introduced Wilson Operator Daniel Lawrence and presented him with a certificate in recognition of his individual achievements in customer service excellence.

    b)TTC Corporate Policy – Green Procurement

    S. MacDonald, Manager, Materials & Procurement gave a PowerPoint presentation with respect to this matter.

    The Commission received the presentation.

    Commissioner Milczyn moved that the Commission approve staff recommendation (a), defer recommendations (b) and (c) and direct staff to seek out other opportunities for partnerships and/or external funding to implement the policy.

    The motion by Commissioner Milczyn lost.

    Commissioner de Baeremaeker moved that the Commission adopt the staff recommendations, as listed below:

    “It is recommended that the Commission approve:

    a)TTC corporate policy – green procurement, which is attached as appendix a;

    b)The addition of one Senior Buyer’s position commencing September 2008 to co-ordinate/facilitate the implementation of the green procurement policy throughout the Commission; and

    c)The authorization of an additional $450,000 in unbudgeted expenditures for the issuance of a purchase order amendment to Canadian centre for pollution prevention which increases the total contract upset limit to $525,000 for phase 1 of the green procurement policy implementation.

    The motion by Commissioner de Baeremaeker carried.

    Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that staff be requested to search out external sources of funding to minimize costs to the TTC and report back annually to the Commission on the implementation of green procurement, noting best practices on a global basis.

    The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

  5. Budget Matters
  6. a)Chief General Manager’s Report – Period 5 – May 4 to May 31, 2008

    It is recommended that the Commission forward a copy of this report to each City of Toronto Councillor for information noting that the detailed CGM’s Report is available upon request from the Office of the General Secretary of the Commission.

  7. Procurement Authorizations
  8. a)Procurement Authorization – Duncan Shops –
    Non-Revenue Vehicle Repair Bay Hoist Upgrades Contract M1-67

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to Grenwitch General Contracting Inc. (Grenwitch) in the amount of $1,697,850.00 for Contract M1-67, Duncan Shops – Non-Revenue Vehicle Repair Bay Hoist Upgrades.

    Approved

    b)Procurement Authorization – Duncan Building
    2nd Floor - M&P Office Renovation Contract M1-85

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the award of a contract to Coreplan Construction Inc. in the amount of $567,000.00 for Contract M1-85, Duncan Building 2nd Floor – M&P Office Renovation.

    Approved

    c)Procurement Authorization – St. George Station - Bedford Entrance
    Bus Loop Structural and Pavement Rehabilitation Contract No.: A1-3

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the acceptance of the tender submitted by Duron Ontario Ltd. in the amount of $874,500.00 for Contract A1-3, St. George Station Bedford Entrance Bus Loop Structural and Pavement Rehabilitation.

    Approved

    d)Procurement Authorization – York Mills Station Bus
    Transfer Facility Structural Repairs Contract No.: Y5-1

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the acceptance of the tender submitted by Structural Contracting Ltd. (Structural) in the amount of $658,000.00 for Contract Y5-1 York Mills Station – Bus Transfer Facility – Structural Repairs.

    Approved

    e)Retrofit of Subway/SRT Open Stairway Entrances

    Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the staff recommendation be amended by adding the words “in principle” after the word “Approved” so such recommendation reads, as follows:

    “It is recommended that the Commission approve, in principle, the design concepts for the retrofit of the open stairway entrances at Lawrence station and Osgoode station.”

    The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

    The Commission Approved the staff recommendation, as amended.

    Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that staff be requested to work with the architects to assure functionality and further development of the design, including consultation with the local councillors for the areas concerned.

    The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

    f)Procurement Authorization – Supply of Towing Services for
    TTC Revenue and Non-Revenue Vehicles and Miscellaneous Equipment

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of contracts to the following companies in the upset limits indicated below for the supply of towing services for revenue, non-revenue vehicles and miscellaneous equipment for a five year period, from August 1, 2008 to July 31, 2013:

    1. Abrams Towing in the upset limit amount of $5,400,000 for the supply of 24 hour towing services for the entire contract; and
    2. A Towing Service Ltd. in the upset limit amount of $425,000 for the supply of towing services as the alternate contractor.

    Approved

    g)Procurement Authorization – Rental of Various Cranes

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the issuance of a purchase order to Heavy Lifting Crane Services Ltd. in the total upset limit amount of $2,000,000 for the rental of various cranes for the three year period from August 1, 2008 to July 31, 2011.

    Approved

    h)Procurement Authorization – Purchase of Vapor Parts

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize the awarding of a three year inventory supply contract for Vapor parts to Vapor Rail, Division of Wabtec Canada Inc. (Vapor Rail) for the period of August 2008 to July 2011 for an upset limit of $2,195,000 including applicable taxes.

    Approved

    i)Summary of Authorized Expenditures Between $200,000
    to $500,000 for the Period May 1, 2008 to May 31, 2008

    It is recommended that the Commission receive this report for information. It lists expenditures ($200,000 up to $500,000) for the period May 1, 2008 to May 31, 2008 which were Approved by the Chief General Manager.

    Received

  9. Procurement Authorization Amendments
  10. a)Procurement Authorization Amendment – Supply of Bio-Diesel Fuel

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize:

    1. The issuance of an amendment to the contract with Suncor Energy Products Inc. (Suncor) for the supply and transportation of Bio-Diesel Fuel to increase the total contract upset limit by $50,000,000 to $329,400,000; and
    2. The Chief General Manager to approve locking in a fixed price for the purchase of Bio-Diesel Fuel for 2009 and report back to the Commission once a fixed price has been established.

    Approved

    Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that staff be requested to report back at the August Commission meeting on the policy issue surrounding the use of biofuel.

    The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

    b)Procurement Authorization Amendment - York
    University Busway Contract A60-16 Contract Change A60-16-2

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize an increase of $504,500 for Contract Change A60-16-2 to Brennan Paving & Construction Ltd. for a final amount of $514,500 for additional work requested by the City of Toronto, as identified within the report.

    Approved

    c)Procurement Authorization Amendment - York
    University Busway Contract A60-16 Change Directive A60-16-4

    It is recommended that the Commission authorize an increase of $405,000 for Change Directive A60-16-4 to Brennan Paving & Construction Ltd. for changes to the signal design requested by the City of Toronto, as identified within this report.

    Approved

  11. Notice of Awards
    1. NIL
  12. Service Matters
    1. NIL
  13. Other Business
  14. Update #3 – Carbon Monoxide Incident of February 7, 2006

    It is recommended that the Commission receive for information the updated Management Corrective Action Plan Checklist relating to the Carbon Monoxide Incident of February 7, 2006 which provides a status report on the progress toward closing the TTC Level 2 Investigation Recommendations and the Commission’s Recommendations.

    Received

    b)TTC Corporate Policy Review – Delegation of Management Authority

    It is recommended that the Commission approve the following amended TTC Corporate Policy 1.4.3 Delegation of Management Authority, which is attached as Appendix A.

    Approved

    c)Safety and Environmental Management
    Systems Annual Review, Minutes of April 30, 2008

    It is recommended that the Commission receive for information, the minutes of the April 30, 2008 Senior Management Review of the Safety System meeting.

    Received

  15. New Business
    1. NIL
  16. Correspondence
  17. C-1 Joe Clark, dated July 9, 2008 forwarding comments entitled, “Impropriety of process and results in retrofit of open stairway entrances.” (Report No. 4e)

    The Commission received the communication for information.

    (see report 4e for minute)

Supplementary Agenda

  1. Legal Services – Carbon Monoxide Incident
  2. The Commission:

    1.  Received the information as set out in confidential attachment 1; and
    2.  Authorized that the contents of confidential attachment 1 remain confidential in their entirety as it contains advice which is subject to solicitor-client privilege.
  3. Procurement Authorization – Accessible Taxi Service 
  4. Vice-Chair Mihevc moved that the Commission delegate to the chair, Vice-Chair and Chief General Manager the authority to award this contract after considering all of the items commented upon today and to meet and make a decision prior to August 8, 2008.

    The motion by Vice-Chair Mihevc carried.

  5. Service Improvements for 2008 – Results of Consultation
  6. It is recommended that the Commission:

    Approve the introduction of the following service changes for a trial period, effective November 23, 2008, noting that no comments were received in opposition to these changes:

    7 BATHURST – Revised service at Wilson Avenue and St. Clair West Station

    63 OSSINGTON – Extension to Liberty Village

    316 OSSINGTON – Revised routing at King Street

    66 PRINCE EDWARD – Extension to Humber Bay Shores

    71 RUNNYMEDE – Revised routing at Industry Street and Black Creek Drive

    Torbarrie Road – New service

  7. Approve the introduction of an extension of the 39 FINCH EAST route to Valley Centre Drive for a trial period, once the conditions described in the report have been met and it is physically possible to safely operate the service; and
  8. Forward this report to all City of Toronto Councillors, the City of Mississauga, York Region, Durham Region, GO Transit, and Metrolinx.

Approved

Chair Giambrone moved that staff be requested to report back at a future meeting on a lake shore boulevard express service to downtown, including the cost implications of a trial service and full implementation.

The motion by Chair Giambrone carried.

  • TTC Security Statistical Report - 2007
  • It is recommended that the Commission receive the attached report for information.

    Received

  • Procurement Authorization – Wilson Carhouse
     Expansion – Toronto Rocket – Contract C1-34

    It is recommended that the Commission delegate authority to the Chief General Manager to authorize the award of a contract to Black & McDonald Limited (B&M) for a value of up to $63,100,000 for Contract C1-34, Wilson Carhouse Expansion – Toronto Rocket.

    Approved

    The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

  • Green Purchasing at the TTC

    The Commission approved a Green Procurement Policy for the Toronto Transit Commission as part of the continued effort to implement its Environmental Plan, which was introduced in 2007. The new policy means that, in addition to standard quality, performance and price considerations, the TTC will take into full consideration the environmental footprint of the product or service that is being purchased without sacrificing safety standards.

    TTC Awards Accessible Taxi Service Contracts

    The Commission requested the Chair, Vice-Chair and Chief General Manager to review the procurement process and staff recommendation to award a five-year contract to three vendors. Following a detailed and in-depth review, the TTC announced on July 15 that it had approved the award of contracts to three accessible taxi services – Royal Taxi Inc., Scarborough City Cab and Associated Toronto Taxi-Cab Co-Operative Ltd. – to supplement current Wheel-Trans service for customers with disabilities. The new service contracts are scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2009.

    Service Changes Ready for Test Drive

    The Commission approved the introduction of the following service changes for a trial run starting in November: 7 Bathurst – revised service at Wilson Avenue and St. Clair West Station; 63 Ossington – extension to Liberty Village; 316 Ossington – revised routing at King Street; 66 Prince Edward – extension to Humber Bay Shores; 71 Runnymede – revised routing at Industry Street and Black Creek Drive; and 96 Wilson new service on Torbarrie Road. A 39 Finch East extension to Valley Centre Drive was also approved to start in early 2009 when road construction is complete.

    TTC Operator is Congratulated For 100 Commendations

    The Commission applauded Operator Daniel Lawrence for achieving 100 commendations in the three years that he has been driving a bus for the TTC. To send the TTC a compliment you can write to: TTC Customer Service, c/o 1900 Yonge Street, Toronto ON, M4S 1Z2; call 416 393-3030, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or visit the Customer Online Comment Form at www.ttc.ca/feedback.

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