PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: METROLINX AND GO RAIL NETWORK ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT
As part of Regional Express Rail, Metrolinx is proposing to electrify GO-owned corridors. The GO Rail Network Electrification undertaking will entail design and implementation of a traction power supply system and power distribution components located along and within the vicinity of rail corridors. A third round of public consultation is planned for June/July 2017—details 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:
CONSULTATION DEBRIEF: RICHVIEW PLAZZA AND 4620 EGLINTON AVE
Brook Pooni Associates team (community consultants on the project) will be canvassing the local homes starting on Monday June 19 until Tuesday June 27. There will be 12 teams of two covering approximately 1,360 homes throughout the boundary lines east of Kipling Avenue, west of Islington Avenue, south of The Westway and north of Princess Margaret Boulevard. We will be happy to share the feedback heard following the canvas.
Canvassing will take place weekday evenings from 5-8pm and weekends from 11am-12pm.
VALLEYFIELD OUTDOOR RINK REHABILITATION PROJECT
Landscaping work is approaching completion; sod and trees have been installed. Asphalt work for the barrier-free parking stall is scheduled for the end of the week pending weather conditions. The Recreation Division is organizing the installation of the tennis posts. We are all looking forward to the final product!
SILVERCREEK PARK: JUNE 23 UPDATE
Good News! The contractor has advised that Silvercreek Park work has been completed this week!
- Swale from north-west of the play area limits eastward to encourage positive drainage away from the asphalt path.
- Removal of 3 armour stone corner wall units and berm at play area perimeter.
- Implementation of an additional sub-drain from the play area to an additional dry well (leaching pit) including overflow drainage pipe existing toward existing swale to the south-east.
- Additional sub-drain from play area to at existing swale to the south-east (direct).
- Grading of adjacent turf areas East of the play area (swale) to ensure positive drainage.
- Fill of low area adjacent to the asphalt path north-west of play area to eliminate "pooling".
- Restoration: top soil, sod and seeding
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Map of paper route attached in link.
COUNCILLOR CAMPBELL'S BOOKMARK CONTEST PIZZA PARTY
A very big thank you to all of the students and book lovers who shared their delightful bookmarks with us over the last month. We are so impressed with the creativity, love, and skill that went into creating your personal bookmarks! Please join us for a celebratory pizza party this Tuesday, June 20th at Richview Library.
Event details including the RSVP in the link below
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT OUR LOCAL LIBRARY
ROSETHORN PARK SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
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. They have raised $12,000 to date but are still looking to meet their $100,000 goal. All charitable donations made to the Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation (TPTF) are tax-deductible and you will be issued a receipt. Please click "read more" to reach to their silent auction fundraiser page and donate today!
TORONTO PEARSON WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU
This spring and summer, Toronto Pearson is launching a series of initiatives to talk to local communities about the airport’s growth and the impact of its operations, so it can better understand the concerns and priorities of its neighbours as it plans for the airport’s future.
I hope you’ll attend an upcoming workshop to share your thoughts and opinions about the future of Toronto Pearson:
North of the airport
Thursday, June 22
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Peel Art Gallery Museum & Archives
9 Wellington Street East
Brampton, Ontario L6W 1Y1
East of the airport
Tuesday, June 20
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
49 Wynford Drive
North York, Ontario M3C 1K1
Tuesday, July 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mississauga Living Art Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8
West of the airport
Thursday, July 6
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre
2340 Ontario Street
Oakville, Ontario L6L 6P7
South of the airport
Wednesday, June 28
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario M8V 4B6
VOLUNTEER FOR TORONTO RIBFEST!
Join a wonderful group of volunteers at Toronto Ribfest this summer in support of the Rotary Club of Etobicoke. Toronto Ribfest is run almost entirely by volunteers of all ages who play a critical role in making it such a great festival! 100% of all proceeds raised go to local and international charities.
Please visit Ribfest's website to sign-up today: http://torontoribfest.com/volunteer/
PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS: CITY'S MULTI-YEAR ACCESSIBILITY PLAN
The City of Toronto is updating its Multi-year Accessibility Plan and wants input from the public. Public consultations will take place on June 12, 14, 22 and 28. You can also have your say by completing an online survey by June 30, 2017. The City wants to hear your stories and experiences about barriers faced by people with disabilities. We also want to learn about what the City could do to reduce the impact of barriers. More information including registration: http://bit.ly/2r9mjoW
SILVERCREEK PARK DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS: JUNE 1st UPDATE
The contractor has advised they will be mobilizing and erecting safety fencing on Monday, June 5th, 2017.
Planned works to address the drainage issues at Silvercreek Park are:
Swale from north-west of the play area limits eastward to encourage positive drainage away from the asphalt path; Removal of 3 armour stone corner wall units and berm at play area perimeter; Implementation of an additional sub-drain from the play area to an additional dry well (leaching pit) including overflow drainage pipe exiting at existing swale to the south-east; Additional sub-drain from play area to at existing swale to the south-east (direct); Grading of adjacent turf areas East of the play area (swale) to ensure positive drainage; Fill of low area adjacent to the asphalt path north-west of play area to eliminate "pooling"; Sod restoration as required.
HYDRO OVERHEAD CONSTRUCTION: PROJECT CENTRE DRIVE
Toronto Hydro is planning to rebuild the aging overhead electrical system in your community to help improve service reliability. The rebuild includes upgrading overhead electrical cables and replacing hydro poles within the City of Toronto’s public property allowance behind your lot.
The civil and electrical portions of this project are expected to begin by early July 2017 with an approximate completion date of late July 2017. The project area includes Centre Drive. Throughout this project, no planned outages are expected.
Toronto Hydro crews and contractors will take extra care and precautions around your property. Please be advised that as a result of the project, our contractor may be trimming a number of the overgrown trees on the public road allowance in order to accommodate new hydro infrastructure. Upon project completion, affected areas will be restored.
Toronto Hydro appreciates your cooperation and ask that you exercise caution around construction areas.
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!
GYPSY MOTH CONTROL PROGRAM
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.
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.
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.