Review needed for Parade and Picnic to return to Toronto Island: city

Ryerson needs to review its plans for the annual Parade and Picnic if the school wants the event to return to Toronto Island, a city official said. (Ryerson Students’ Union)

 

Ryerson needs to review its plans for the annual Parade and Picnic if the school wants the event to return to Toronto Island, a city official said Friday.

But parks, forestry and recreation manager Nancy MacSween said a final decision will be made only after the school has “put forward a proposal for 2015.”

“Ryerson will be required to…ensure that they are fully compliant with all parks and noise bylaws and their enforcement,” she said in an email.

MacSween added the final decision will take into consideration noise complaints made to the city and to the councillor whose ward contains the islands.

MacSween’s words came more than a week after the office of the area’s councillor, Pam McConnell, told The Ryersonian the event has been banned from the island.

In a brief statement, McConnell’s office said, “The councillor supports the parks managers’ decision to not permit this event in the future.”

Her office has since refused to clarify the statement, not responding to numerous requests for comment and, at one point, telling The Ryersonian the councillor has no further comment.

At least three of McConnell’s opponents in the Oct. 27 municipal election have questioned her actions.

Waterfront parks manager James Dann said earlier, “Ryerson is a bit of a problem child.”

“There’s no final decision at this point, but (the parade) requires substantial changes prior to Ryerson’s coming back to the island,” he said.

Dann could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The Ryerson Students’ Union, which hosts the event, has said it has not been kept in the loop in the matter. The RSU said it has not yet applied for a permit to host the Parade and Picnic next year.

By Alysia Burdi and Jordan Mady

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