Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square will be getting some TLC for the holidays this year, after Mayor John Tory announces a new project to care for the "heart of the city."
Along with members of Toronto's transportation, police and solid waste services, Tory made the announcement on Saturday, declaring that it was time this iconic corner of the city be cared for and tidied up once and for all.
With thousands of shoppers heading to the Eaton Centre at the Yonge-Dundas Square, Tory said that this initiative will begin immediately in the hopes of making the downtown core a safe and clean one this holiday season.
Speaking at Yonge-Dundas Square Saturday, Tory said, "If we start from the premise that we want Toronto to be a welcoming city, to be a place where — while the downtown is booming — that it remains safe, it remains caring, it remains clean, then we're going to have to make an effort to do that."
In order to put his plan into action, Tory said that increased police presence will be necessary, as well as added street and laneway cleaning on a daily basis. Tory also stated that this new initiative will include increased outreach to the city's homeless and people with addictions or mental health issues.
And even though this project starts through the holidays, it looks like the city plans to keep up the work all yearlong, with Tory stating that this new plan will only have a "modest" impact on the city's budget.