PUBLIC MEETING: 4208, 4210, 4214 DUNDAS STREET WEST
You are invited to attend a public meeting to make your views known regarding the proposed subdivision application for the redevelopment 4208, 4210, and 4214 Dundas Street West. Meeting is on Tuesday, October 17th at 10am at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers (399 The West Mall). Please see public meeting notice attached in link below for additional details:
ADULT AND SENIOR TTC MONTHLY PASSES ON PRESTO
ADOPT-A-STREET-TREE INFO SESSION OCT 10th
City of Toronto and LEAF have been working to establish a more collaborative approach to commercial street tree stewardship in Toronto, enabling communities to take action and directly help the urban forest flourish.
Join us on October 10th at the Gladstone Library from 6:30pm to 8:00pm to learn more about the successes and challenges of commercial street tree stewardship and find available resources to help start a tree care project in your own community.
To learn more and to register for this free event check out LEAF’s website.
City of Toronto invites residents to share their views on possible changes to the Holiday Shopping Bylaw
The City of Toronto is reviewing the bylaw that governs holiday shopping and the impact of allowing grocery stores and other retailers that sell prepared meals to be open on public holidays.
Toronto's Holiday Shopping Bylaw states that most retail stores, including grocery stores, close on public holidays. There are some exceptions to the bylaw, including restaurants. Over time, grocery stores have changed their business models and now sell some food that is similar to restaurant fare, such as prepared and ready-to-eat meals.
A public consultation meeting is being held to provide the public an opportunity to speak with staff and provide feedback. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge St., rooms Gold A and B.
The bylaw, which regulates the types of retail establishments that can be open on public holidays and specifies the types of services that can be provided, generally requires retail businesses to be closed on nine public holidays.
Those holidays are New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURE (EDC) DIVISIONAL STRATEGY MEETING
Economic Development and Culture Division is developing a new, integrated Divisional Strategy to further the vision and goals of the City. The Division is undertaking a review of current activities--consulting key stakeholders as part of the process--to develop a new, integrated Economic Development and Culture Divisional Strategy to further the vision and goals of the City as set out in the Collaborating for Competitiveness (2013) and Creative Capital Gains (2011) strategies, which have guided EDC's focus over the last six years.
Public consultations for the new strategy behind next week and will be held across multiple locations. Etobicoke's EDC strategy meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14th from 7-9pm at the Assembly Hall, Performance Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive).
On September 13th and 20th, SCCC and Ryerson Diversity Institute are co-hosting two business development information sessions for newcomers and refugees in preparation for a market- Souk on the Square- that will take place on October 7th at Mel Lastman Square at North York Civic Centre.
This initiative is an integrated pathway to entrepreneurship for immigrants and refugees facing barriers to economic self-sufficiency beginning with wrap around supports, practical entrepreneurship training and mentorship, and real opportunities to test concepts, gain hands-on learning, and finally establish a business or gain employment.
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POLICE BUDGET PRESENTATION
This year, the Toronto Police Services Board's Budget Committee has chosen to begin the 2018 Budget Process with an information session in order to improve understanding of the police budget and to present high level information about the Toronto Police 2018 preliminary operating and capital budgets as well as the Parking Enforcement Unit and Police Services Board budgets.
Toronto Police Budget Information Session:
Tuesday September 19, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toronto Police Headquarters
40 College Street
2nd Floor Auditorium
Background material posted below.
ROAD RESURFACING ON EGLINTON FROM MARTIN GROVE TO JANE STREET
The City of Toronto will resurface Eglinton Avenue West, from 100 metres east of Martin Grove Road, to Jane Street. Our inspection of the road shows that it needs repaving and sections of damaged curb and sidewalk need to be replaced to bring them to a state of good repair. A new sidewalk will be added on the north side of Eglinton between Jane and Scarlett Road. This work is part of the Council-approved 2017 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads and sidewalk for current and future needs.
HUMBER VALLEY PARK FITNESS EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION
Site preparation work at Humber Valley Park will start the week of October 23, 2017 and the site will be secured with installation of the fitness equipment to begin on November 6, 2017. This new space will be great to look forward to in springtime!
CITY INTRODUCES NEW SCHOOL SAFETY ZONES
The safety zones have new features aimed at improving the safety of children walking to school and are part of the City’s $80-million Vision Zero Road Safety Plan and overall traffic safety measures.
The School Safety Zones feature new school zone safety signs with flashing beacons, school zone pavement stencils, "Watch your speed" driver feedback signs and zebra markings at school crosswalks. In addition, City staff will be extending the coverage of enhanced pavement markings up to 250 metres away from school buildings to help encourage active transportation to school, which includes walking or biking. Ward 4 recently received a new School Safety Zone near Father Serra Catholic Elementary School at 111 Sun Row Dr.
"The safety of all pedestrians, but particularly children, must be a priority in this city,” said Mayor Tory. "Through the School Safety Zone program, we have looked at how children travel to school and have added measures to keep them safe on their journey."
The City's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, approved by Toronto City Council in 2016, contains a series of measures and strategies aimed at eliminating deaths and serious injuries on Toronto streets as well as improving safety for all road users.
The City's Vision Zero website includes a mapping tool showing safety measures in place and future planned work as well as safety tips for all road users aimed at making streets safer:
TTC SUBWAY CLOSURE KIPLING TO ISLINGTON - SEPTEMBER 23rd & 24th
The Subway Track Section requires a weekend closure to accommodate track maintenance from Kipling to Islington Stations both ways. The weekend closure will take effect from Saturday at 6:00am to Monday 2:00am. Regular scheduled service will resume on Monday at 6:00am.
JAMES GARDENS PATHWAY REHABILITATION
Weather permitting you will see some construction workers fixing up the path at James Gardens. Work is to commence on September 11 and will take approximately three weeks to complete. A copy of the plan can be viewed below.
EASIER PROCESS FOR DISPUTING PARKING TICKETS
The City of Toronto is introducing a new, easier and more convenient process to dispute parking violations. Disputes for parking violations received on or after August 28 will be handled by the City instead of through the provincial court, improving customer service by providing faster resolutions and a more efficient overall process.
Access to the new dispute process will be available 24/7 through the City's website, toronto.ca/aps. Individuals can request a review or dispute a parking violation online through the City's website. People who prefer to dispute a violation in-person can have their penalty reviewed at one of two City locations: Metro Hall (55 John St.) or North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St.). In-person reviews can be booked in advance on the City's website and are also available on a drop-in basis.
The City of Toronto is committed to continuously improving and modernizing customer service. This new dispute process allows the public to request a review of a parking violation through a customer-focused, streamlined service.
All reviews, online and in-person, will be conducted by a City screening officer who can affirm, vary or cancel penalties, including having the authority to give people additional time to pay the penalty fee. If the individual is not satisfied with the penalty review decision, a second and final review can be requested with an independent, Council-appointed hearing officer.
Payment methods for parking violations remain the same, with payment either online, by mail or in-person at seven City locations.
PARKLAND SURVEY: WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
The Parkland Strategy is a 20-year plan that will guide long-term planning for new parks and expansion and improved access to existing parks. It will aid in the decision-making and prioritization of investment in parkland across the city.
A city builds a park so that people can build community. We are globally known for our parks and natural environment. So as Toronto grows, our parks system must grow along with it. To take part in the survey, please click the link below.
HOW SAFE IS YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
A new website, launched by Toronto police, gives unprecedented access to crime and traffic stats — including everything from break-ins to serious assaults to accidents — that don’t always make the news.
The tool grew out of a task force recommendation on how to modernize Toronto’s police force and how it collects data on all reported crimes and traffic incidents. The application allows users to search by neighbourhood, category, and date.
CENTENNIAL PARK SKI & SNOWBARD CENTRE CLOSED 2018 SEASON
We regret to inform residents that due to significant infrastructure and technical issues, Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre will not open for the 2018 season.
Any residents looking for ski and snowboard programs for the 2018 season should review the Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard program schedule.
HAVE YOUR SAY! PROTECTING TORONTO'S POLLINATORS
The City is inviting residents to share their views on a proposed strategy to protect Toronto's bees and other pollinators. The purpose of the strategy is to identify actions that can be taken by the City and the community to protect, enhance and create habitat for Toronto's pollinators. Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees, and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators. Some species are in decline. Learn more and share your views. For more surveys, please visit our survey section "have your say", we want to hear from you!
METROLAND MEDIA NEEDS NEWSPAPER CARRIERS
Metroland Media has an urgent need for newspaper carriers in Ward 4. This is a great opportunity for youth (10 and up) to deliver the Etobicoke Guardian Newspaper and flyers every Thursday. Please contact Neckesha Crawford at 417-774-2290 or email email@example.com. Map of paper route attached in link.
Our local food bank is looking for volunteers! If anyone would like to volunteer at the food bank, either Tuesday mornings from 9am - 11am receiving the food from the truck or on Tuesday evenings from 4:30 - 7pm, they would be more than welcome. They have seen an increase in visitors over the past little while and with increased demand, they can use more volunteers! If high school students need volunteer hours, they are also more than welcome to come.
Anyone interested can contact Karen Ewing at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Edmund at email@example.com, or call the church directly at 416 247-1922.
DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CITY?
Toronto residents are needed to serve on a range of City boards and committees. Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring a community perspective to board discussions, and help to reflect the needs and interests of Torontonians.
This fall, the City of Toronto will be recruiting for more than 70 public member positions across 20 boards. Bring your skills and experience to the table. To learn more about these opportunities and apply online, please visit the link below.
Volunteer Toronto is a charity that connects volunteers to the causes that need them. Each month, Volunteer Toronto hosts workshops entitled "Becoming a Board Member." This workshop uniquely targets professionals who are interested in joining a non-profit board. Sessions cover a variety of topics including: What is a Board of Directors and why do organizations need them?; What skills do I need to sit on a Board?; and Do I need previous Board experience? Please visit the link below for more information: