FLOODING AT SILVER CREEK PARK
Our office is aware of the ongoing flooding and drainage issues at Silvercreek Park playground.
Parks staff and the Councillor were on site May 10 - the park is dry and children are playing! There is a small puddle beside the path, opposite side of the playground and a 1 foot hole to monitor the water levels. Otherwise, the drainage remediation work is ongoing and a long term fix is forthcoming. We are also in the process of ordering signage to place in the park to notify residents and park users about the work and anticipated schedule.
We appreciate the patience of area residents while we work to resolve this issue.
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!
COUNCILLOR CAMPBELL BOOKMARK CONTEST
Kids, grab your colours and get creative! Our office is having a bookmark contest during the month of May and we encourage all children in Ward 4 to participate. Print off the attached flyer and design your own bookmark in the space provided. Participants can win a pizza party at Richview Library with other participants, have their bookmark laminated and sealed by the City of Toronto, and receive a letter of congratulations.
The deadline for the contest is Wednesday, May 31st. Instructions on how to enter the bookmark contest can be found on the attached flyer.
GYPSY MOTH CONTROL PROGRAM COMMUNITY MEETING
Toronto Urban Forestry staff have been monitoring the presence of the European Gypsy Moth city-wide. The survey conducted in Etobicoke Centre indicated that the population of this invasive insect has reached an outbreak level that can cause severe damage to the area's tree canopy. Affected streets will receive a notice about this issue in the mail. For more information regarding affected streets and information meetings, please click below.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Women's College Hospital Foundation is launching an exciting new community program giving community members the opportunity to support Women’s College Hospital by hosting their own community fundraising event. For more information or to get involved, please visit the link below..
INCREASED AIRCRAFT NOISE
Toronto Pearson is currently completing a rehabilitation project for Runway 05/23. During construction, Runway 05/23 will be operating under limited capacity, meaning Toronto Pearson will need to use its North/South runways to accommodate traffic, which impact our community. The construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-May to avoid the summer months and will resume in Fall 2017. Residents with questions about airport operations or wanting to register a noise complaint can contact the Toronto Pearson Noise Management Office online through: https://www.torontopearson.com/webtrak/# or by phone, (416) 247-7682.
GARDINER EXPRESSWAY OFF-RAMP TO YORK, BAY AND YONGE
The existing eastbound off ramp to York, Bay and Yonge will be closed, effective Monday April 17, 2017 and will be replaced with a new three-lane off-ramp to Lower Simcoe Street. Motorists entering the downtown core on the Gardiner Expressway eastbound, can use the Jameson, Spadina Avenue or Jarvis Street exit ramps. The eastbound off-ramp at Spadina Avenue will be modified to allow for movement onto eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard. The northbound left turn lanes onto Spadina Avenue will remain in place. This change will be in effect Monday, April 10 to allow time for drivers to adjust to the change. Motorists who choose to travel eastbound on Lake Shore Boulevard will not have northbound access to York Street from Harbour Street. Traffic controls will be installed on the Gardiner Expressway to fully close off access to the York-Bay-Yonge off-ramp on April 17. There will be no lane closures on the eastbound Gardiner Expressway.
ROSETHORN PARK FUNDRAISING
Rosethorn Park will be having an online silent auction from June 2- July 4th, 2017. They are recruiting local businesses and partners who want to donate a product or service to the auction. Please note that the deadline is fast approaching! For more details please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org. All charitable donations made to the Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation (TPTF) are tax-deductible and you will be issued a receipt. The Rosethorn Park group will be set-up at the Rosethorn Jr. School "Fun Fair" on Saturday, June 3rd from 10:30am to 2:30pm to answer your questions and garner your support.
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THE HARMONY SINGERS CONCERT
The Harmony Singers of Etobicoke are celebrating Canada's 150 with two concerts at Martin Grove United Church (75 Pergola Road) on May 26th and 27th. This group will also be singing at our Summer Splash on June 24th at Martin Grove Gardens Park (31 Lavington Drive). For more information regarding their concerts, please see below.
CENTRAL ETOBICOKE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Central Etobicoke Neighbourhood Watch is a cooperative network of local Neighbourhood Watch groups in Central Etobicoke including communities such as Islington Village, Thorncrest Village, Princess Gardens, West Deane Park, Eatonville, Humber Valley Village and The Kingsway. For more information you can email them at CentralEtobicokeWatch@gmail.com or click below for more information.
WINNING DESIGN FOR NEW ETOBICOKE CIVIC CENTRE
Build Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto, announces Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects as the winning design team selected from the Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition to design a new 46,500-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) Etobicoke Civic Centre as part of the six-hectare (14-acre) Westwood Theatre Lands redevelopment. For more information, please see below.
THEFT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
In light of recent thefts from autos and theft of vehicles in the past couple of months within our community, further awareness is required to ensure residents continue to secure their property.
It is essential that when people are exiting their vehicles whether it be on their own private properties or in public areas that the vehicle is locked prior to leaving it.
Those whom have been targeting vehicles often enter ones that have been left insecure or unattended for short periods of time. Suspects often target vehicles which have been left running, sometimes in driveways. If a vehicle is left running to be warmed up, please ensure that it is locked to prevent easy access.
Furthermore, to help deter entries into vehicles while parked in drive-ways, exterior lighting should be utilized to prevent the cover of night being used as concealment for potential perpetrator(s).
Valuables such as loose change and electronics if being left in a vehicle should be placed in an inconspicuous location to deter entry into vehicles.
There have also been a rise in the number of residential break and enters. The entries have been occurring for the most part in the evening hours. The one area which has been affected the most has been in the north east end of the division, south of Eglinton Avenue and east of Royal York Road. Residents are encouraged to contact police if suspicious activity is observed in their area.
Please report thefts online at www.torontopolice.on.ca using the Citizen online Report Entry (C.O.R.E), or contact the Toronto Police non-emergency line at 416-808-2222.
DO IT YOURSELF TREE PLANTING
LEAF is launching a new, subsidized Do-It-Yourself Tree Planting Program that offers personalized advice from an arborist through a virtual consultation. For more information on LEAF’s Do It Yourself Tree Planting Program visit www.yourleaf.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or Pastor Edmund at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church directly at 416 247-1922.
TORONTO WEST ATHLETICS SUMMER CAMP
Toronto West Athletics is a registered running club based in Etobicoke specializing in middle to long distance running. For the 2017 summer season, during the weeks of July 31 to Aug 25, they will be hosting a cross country camp at Centennial Park, for children ranging in ages from 7 to 13 years old. If you are interested, please click below for more information.
GREEN AND COOL ROOF GRANTS
Time for a new roof? The City offers incentives for the installation of green and cool roofs on Toronto's residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Green roofs are eligible for $100 per square metre, cool roofs from $2 to $5 per square metre. You can also get a grant to assess the capacity of your building to support a green roof. For more information, and to apply, please click below.
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.
BIKE TO WORK
Bike Month kicks off with Bike to Work Day on Monday, May 29 and runs until June 30 with a variety of rides, races, tours and festivals across the city. For more information on what's going on in the City, please see below.
PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT ON A LOW INCOME
Planning for Retirement on a Low Income workshops will be offered again this spring at 9 library branches in Toronto, thanks to generous funding from The Rotary Club of Toronto. The goal of this workshop is to provide low-income attendees, in plain language, with a complete picture of benefits available to them, explain how these benefits interact, and outline best strategies for long term retirement planning on a very limited income. John Stapleton, Metcalf Foundation Fellow and social policy expert, is the presenter.
The impact of the series cannot be overstated. Mainstream financial advice is in most cases, inappropriate and detrimental to low-income earners. For example, advising a low-income person to save within an RRSP, can be very bad advice as it reduces their Guaranteed Income Supplement. Simply put, this information is not readily available elsewhere, and fills a real need. Please see below for more information.
EGLINTON AVE W 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.
SIX POINTS RECONFIGURATION
HOME ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM
With a low-interest loan from the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) you can improve your energy efficiency and save money! Through HELP, the City offers low-interest financing —with some unique features — to cover 100% of home improvement such as energy efficiency furnaces, windows, doors and insulation. If you have questions about this program please call 416-392-1826 or learn more at livegreentoronto.ca
22 DIVISION COMMUNITY MEETINGS
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.