Mayoral candidates should focus on preventing flooding: Toronto Environmental Alliance

An environmental group is looking for Toronto's mayoral candidates to put a focus on preventing flood events, like the one that just occurred last week. 

Toronto Environmental Alliance says there's a climate change plan in place already, but it's been underfunded for the past two years. 

"Council considered a stormwater charge that would have actually made it fair for how properties pay for the runoff that's created," the group's Dusha Sritharan told CP24. "Mayor Tory and council decided not to proceed with that."

"What we're seeing now is we don't have adequate responses when we're experiencing flooding and extreme weather," she added. 

Immediately following Tuesday evening's storm, Mayor John Tory said money is available to make sure that the infrastructure is upgraded to deal with the effects of these types of storms.

Tory said projects that were on the books - as well as those that are new - are moving forward.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance has also been vocal in opposing Bill 5: The Better Local Government Act proposed by Premier Doug Ford, to trim Toronto Council seats from 47 down to 25. 

"While the Province has the legal right to do this, this proposed move is nothing less than an attack on local democracy, civic engagement in Toronto and a healthy environment," reads a recent post on the group's website. 

"A slashed City Council means decisions at City Hall will now increasingly be made by a smaller circle of politicians who are less accountable and available to their constituents, and who increasingly rely on unelected staff to manage a much larger workload," it goes on to say. "This will undermine Torontonians wanting to build a greener city for all."

- with files from CP24