Don Valley Parkway closed this weekend for annual spring maintenance

The City of Toronto's Transportation Services division will be performing maintenance activities on the Don Valley Parkway from April 21 to 24. A full closure of the Don Valley Parkway is required for the safety of the public and the workers. The Don Valley Parkway will be closed in both directions between Highway 401/404 and the Gardiner Expressway from 11 p.m. on Friday, April 21 to 5 a.m. on Monday, April 24

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.


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.

GRANT AVAILABLE FOR TORONTO CHARITIES

Kiwanis Toronto has been helping children and youth in Toronto for 100 years; they’re celebrating this milestone by awarding 100 grants of $2500 each to Toronto-based charities working with children and/or youth. Please visit www.torontokiwanis.ca to apply. The deadline is April 25, 2017.

JOIN THE KINGSVIEW VILLAGE-THE WESTWAY YOUTH COUNCIL

The next Youth Council Meeting will be on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Richview Library (1806 Islington Ave; Upper Level) from 4 to 6 pm. If you are between the ages of 13-24, want to contribute to the community, and need community service hours, please come out and join us. We want to hear your ideas and suggestions regarding a community centre or hub for the neighbourhood and for youth programming. To participate, the consent form (which can be found below) must be submitted. There will be free food and refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided.

VOLUNTEER AT RIBFEST

Toronto Ribfest is looking for volunteers for Friday, June 30th to Monday, July 3rd at Centennial Park. If you're interested in volunteering, you can register by clicking 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.

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.

BECOMING A BOARD MEMBER WORKSHOP

Are you a professional interested in volunteering in a leadership role? Volunteering as a non-profit board member may be the role for you. Come to one of Volunteer Toronto’s upcoming workshops to find out what's involved and meet non-profits who are actively looking for volunteers to join their board. Upcoming dates: Saturday April 29, Wednesday May 3, Monday May 15, Saturday May 27, Saturday June 3, Wednesday June 21, Thursday June 29.

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.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARDS

Do you know someone who has made a difference in our local community, across Canada, or internationally? Nominations are now open for the 2016 - 2017 Exceptional Service Awards. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2017.

COMMUNITY CENTRE SURVEY

Is Ward 4 in need of a community centre, or do you feel your needs are already met? Fill out this survey from Social Planning Toronto, and have your say!

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.

YOUTH IN POLICING FALL RPOGRAM

The Youth in Policing is a joint partnership between the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Service Board and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The program is a paid position and employs students between the ages of 15-18 years within priority identified neighbourhoods. The Fall program is a part-time after-school program that include evenings and some weekend work and students work 6 hours per week. Applicants must be a student between the ages of 15 and 18 years as of July 4, 2017, be legally eligible to work in Canada, be attending school, not have previously participated in any YIPI program, and be successful through the employment security clearance process. Applications for the Fall program will be accepted online at www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

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

Stage 1 of the Six Points reconfiguration project has begun. See the attached document for more details.

TRANSFORMTO WEBINAR

Register now for one of the #TransformTO webinars! The webinars will provide an overview of the TransformTO Report 2 and an opportunity for public "Questions & Answers" with staff. The TransformTO report will identify a long-term approach to reducing Toronto's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 while also improving health, prosperity and equity. The webinar will be offered twice: April 27 from 6:30 p.m.to 8 p.m., and May 2 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Find out more at www.toronto.ca/transformto.

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

Please click below for details regarding the monthly 22 Division Community Police Liaison Committee 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.

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