TORONTO, CANADA – Council has yet to swallow any changes to the city’s street food rules.
Despite spending several hours debating the licensing committee’s proposal to slice and dice the red tape around Toronto’s food truck industry, councillors failed to wrap up the debate Wednesday.
The debate is expected to continue Thursday but it isn’t clear whether council will be able to digest the changes or end up chewing them up and spitting them out.
Food truck advocates Councillors Josh Colle and Mary-Margaret McMahon predicted it is going to be a close vote.
“It seems we just move at a snail’s pace sometimes,” Colle said after council finished Tuesday night without finishing the food truck debate.
A fight is expected on the council floor around how far away from an existing restaurant a food truck must be before it can serve food. City staff have recommended a 50 metre rule. If approved food trucks would only be able to operate in street parking spots that are at least that far away from the nearest restaurant.
Mayor Rob Ford said Wednesday he was in favour of reducing the restrictions.
“The less red tape the better,” Ford said.
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