CELL SERVICE NOW IN ALL 75 TTC SUBWAY STATIONS
Fast and reliable cellular service is now available in all 75 subway stations and in all 9km of tunnel, each way, in the brand-new Line 1 extension, which is officially opening this Sunday. These developments are part of ensuring Toronto is a world-class city.
Now you can talk, text and use data wherever they are in the city!
SURVEY: 4208 DUNDAS STREET WEST PARK DESIGN & NAME
The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Urban Capital Property Group are designing a new public park at 4208 Dundas Street West!
We would love to get your feedback on the proposed design and the name of the new park. Please review the design and names and let us know what you think:
HOLIDAY MAGIC WITH ETOBICOKE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Join the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra 7pm on Friday, December 15th at Humber Valley United Church for their annual holiday concert. There will be sing-a-longs and a silent auction during the evenings performance. Auction opens at 7pm and concert at 8pm. Tickets are $30 for adults, Senior $22/25 and students $15. Get them by phone at 416-239-5665 or online at www.eporchestra.ca.
TORONTO BUDGET 2018 - BE ENGAGED
The 2018 Budget was launched on November 30. There are several ways to share your views on the budget. You can make a public presentation at one on the Budget subcommittee meetings. I will be chairing the meeting at the Etobicoke Civic Centre on January 8 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. To register to speak, call 416-392-4666 or email email@example.com, fax 416-392-1879 or mail to Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2. To find our more on how to participate please visit the link below. If you cannot attend please do not hesitate to send me an email.
ALL AGES CLIMATE PHOTO CONTEST
#Picture2050 is inspired by the City's TransformTO plan. The contest is organized by the Toronto Climate Action Network (TCAN) and sponsored by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF). The goal of the plan is to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build a healthy, equitable and prosperous city. Imagine Toronto in the year 2050. What does a caring, thriving, climate-friendly city of the future look like? Submission deadline is December 15th. Winners in each category get a cash prize of $200. More details below:
Submit up to 3 photos that help visualize the Toronto you would like to see in 2050.
ETOBICOKE MECHANICAL LEAF PICK-UP UPDATE
Since the trees dropped their leaves later than
usual, we have scheduled a second pickup in
selected areas only, as outlined on the map.
This work will begin once the first cycle of
mechanical leaf collection has been completed,
which will be approximately December 1. If there is
significant snow fall, the second pickup will be
terminated and any remaining leaves will have to be
collected for pickup on your regular yard waste
EGLINTON WEST LRT
There has been a lot of discussion around the proposed Eglinton West LRT. If you didn't have the opportunity to attend one of the public consultations, please take a few moments to fill out the survey below.
COYOTE INFO FROM ANIMAL SERVICES
Coyotes have been living in Toronto for many years. During the fall and winter months, as the leaves disappear from the trees and shrubs, coyotes become more visible in the city. Toronto Animal Services continues to give a strong message to Toronto residents on the importance of taking certain steps whenever a coyote is sighted at a relatively close range.
Please take time to read the attached information to ensure you are taking all of the steps to reduce possible conflict or contact with coyotes. The most important message is that people must encourage the coyote's natural fear of humans. Unfortunately that fear will be reduced if people feed coyotes, either deliberately or inadvertently (e.g. leaving garbage out, feeding pets outside, feeding other wild animals or placing any other food source outside on your property). When coyotes live in an area where they are being fed by people, they sometimes start to view dogs, including large dogs, as competition to their food source.
Ideally, people who see coyotes should actively scare a coyote away at every sighting (suggestions on how to do this are in the attachment). Coyotes are naturally curious and intelligent animals and will approach closely to people "testing the waters" to determine if there anything to be fearful of as they explore the area. If the person does nothing, the coyote learns that the person wasn't a threat. Because coyotes are such smart animals they adapt and learn very quickly to everything we do or don't do. Every encounter with a person that isn't scary to them may encourage the coyote to get closer next time.
The attached information has many solutions on reducing the potential for conflict with coyotes in the city. Please feel free to share the attached document with your neighbours and anyone who might benefit from having it. For further information and how to report a sighting, visit our web site at www.toronto.ca/coyote.
HOME ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM (HELP)
Tired of a cold, drafty home and high energy bills - HELP is here!
Through the City of Toronto's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), you can get a low-interest loan to cover the cost of a new high-efficiency furnace, new windows, doors, insulation and more. And if you want to go the extra mile, the loan can also cover the cost of solar rooftop panels, solar hot water heaters, and geothermal heating and cooling!
The great thing about Toronto's Home Energy Loan Program, is that at the same time that you make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills, you'll also be reducing the emissions that contribute to climate change.
ADULT AND SENIOR TTC MONTHLY PASSES ON PRESTO
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:
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.
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.
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 416-774-2290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or Pastor Edmund at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: