TTC LINE 2 CLOSURES FROM KIPLING TO ISLINGTON

Full weekend closure from August 19th-20th, 2017: The Subway Track Maintenance Section requires a weekend closure to accommodate a track rehabilitation from Kipling to Islington Stations. The weekend closure will take effect from Saturday to 6:00am to Monday 2:am. Regular scheduled service will resume on Monday at 6:00am.

BACKPACK & SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

The Kingsview-Westway Neighbourhood (KVW) residents are embarking on a Backpack & School Supply Drive on August 1-21, 2017 that will benefit students whose families are facing economic challenges. KVW's mission is to create local opportunities such as this Backpack & School Supply Drive, which allows local residents to volunteer and help address arising needs in our community. This initiative will help us endorse the value of education in our community. Additional details in link below:

TORONTO ANIMAL SERVICES DOG WALK AT OPEN STREETS TO FESTIVAL

Join Toronto Animal Services for the first Toronto Animal Services Dog Walk! As part of Open Streets TO, we'll be walking our furry companions from Bloor/Sherbourne to Bloor/Spadina on August 20th at 12p.m. Open Streets TO is a free program where streets are closed to cars, to encourage participation in healthy recreation. So bring your best friend, pampered pooch, furry floof - and let's exercise together and show our Toronto dog pride! First 50 dogs get a prize! More info on the festival at: openstreets.org.

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.

TORONTO ISLAND PARKS TO REOPEN ON MONDAY, JULY 31

Toronto Island Park, including Centre Island, Centreville Theme Park, Ward's Island and Hanlan's Point, will reopen to the public on Monday, July 31. The regular summer ferry schedule will resume on Monday, with the first ferry departing from the mainland for Ward's Island at 6:30 a.m. and the first ferry departing from the mainland for Centre Island at 8 a.m. City of Toronto recreation programs will also resume on Monday. All beaches on the island will be open with lifeguards on duty, however, portions of some beaches will be in a reduced state. Signs will clearly indicate areas that are closed to the public. Olympic Island remains closed to the public due to high water levels.

VALLEYFIELD OUTDOOR RINK COMPLETE

We are pleased to announce that spring work for Valleyfield Outdoor Rink Rehabilitation Project is now 100% complete! There is new landscaping and a barrier-free parking stall, as well as tennis posts and nets on the ready for the community to get outside and be active.

PATCH PROJECT COMMUNITY ARTWORK

On May 11, 2017, community members came together at a public event to learn about the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration, future Kipling Mobility Hub, and proposed new Etobicoke Civic Centre. The event included creation of a collaborative community artwork that will be displayed during construction. The design was created in partnership with The PATCH Project, and artist Monica Wickeler, and included participation from community members and local organizations: Arts Etobicoke, Creative Village Studio, and the Village of Islington Business Improvement Area. The mural is comprised of 192 individual tiles, illustrating a Complete Street that is safe, accessible, and provides healthy and active travel choices for everyone.

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!

EGLINTON AVENUE WEST RESURFACING

Engineering and Construction Services is planning to resurface Eglinton Avenue West from Martin Grove Road to Guestville Avenue (just east of Jane Street). The project is expected to start in early July and be completed by the end of October 2017. Construction will take place during standard working hours (Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., weekends and holidays 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). Intersection work is permitted 24 hours a day.

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 ncrawford@insidetoronto.ca. Map of paper route attached in link.

VALLEYFIELD PARK: TENNIS COURT LINE PAINTING

Parks, Forestry & Recreation have been hard at work completing upgrades to Valleyfield Park amenities. The tennis courts will be sparkly and new with freshly painted lines, court posts, and nets. The finishing touches will be completed shortly so residents can gear up for summer grudge matches!

LOCAL CHAMPIONS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Local Champions project is designed to bring residents who have demonstrated their local leadership to the next level: to honour their expertise and build upon it in ways that propel their communities forward. See the attached flyer and application form.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

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 ewing.karena@gmail.com or Pastor Edmund at edmund@gotodc3.com, or call the church directly at 416 247-1922.

YOUTH COMMUNITY INVOLVMENT

Soheila D.K. Mosun, a Ward 4 resident, is the founder of Selfless 16™, a youth movement that inspires and encourages teens and young adults to give back to the community by organizing a “Selfless 16” celebration. The purpose of a Selfless 16™ event is to encourage awareness for a chosen cause and to encourage youth to self-reflect. By replacing the colloquial "Sweet 16" birthday party with a Selfless 16 celebration, a focus is placed on bringing together youth, their friends, and families to celebrate their coming-of-age, all while raising awareness and funds for charitable causes that support local and global communities. Selfless 16™ has partnered with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award aims to inspire and promote lifelong improvement for young Canadians by encouraging personal development and achievement. The organization is recruiting new ambassadors to join the movement and is encouraging anyone who is interested in learning more to get in touch at www.Selfless16.com. A major celebration to recognize the progress of the Selfless 16 movement, the hard work of the Selfless 16 team and generous contributions from the organization's supporters is scheduled to take place on August 16, 2017.

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

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:

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