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March 29, 2017 – April 2017 E-Newsletter

APRIL 2017 E-NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Constituent,

I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:

  • Stormwater Consultation – Stormwater Charge
  • Upcoming consultations and survey on short-term rentals (Airbnb)
  • Jane’s Walk in Scarborough-Agincourt on Sunday, May 7th
  • Audio clip of my interview on Zoomer Radio in support of the Scarborough Subway

For any questions, I can be reached by phone at 416-392-1374 or by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net.

Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Jim Karygiannis
STORMWATER CONSULTATION – STORMWATER CHARGE

 

I am not supporting the proposal to create a new stormwater charge (tax) to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program. The program is currently funded entirely from the water rate which already increases far above the pace of inflation each year. This is simply a way for the City to recover more revenue instead of managing our taxpayer dollars wisely. I encourage you to write the City or call in to voice your concerns. Please see the details below:

In December 2015, Toronto City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a stormwater charge (SWC) as a cost recover model to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program, which is currently funded entirely from the water rate.

In October 2016, City staff engaged interested stakeholders on the refined the geographic analysis required for the stormwater charge, various rate options, potential impacts on different types of water customers, and a preliminary incentive program.

Based on your feedback and other considerations, staff have further refined the stormwater charge proposal, and we would again like to seek your valuable feedback. As a member of an interested stakeholder group, we invite you to attend the following stakeholder consultation meeting on the proposed stormwater charge:

 

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Toronto City Hall

100 Queen Street West

Committee Room 4, 2nd floor

 

We also encourage you to make a written submission on this matter. Please note that in order to be considered during the preparation of the final report for May 2017, your written submission must be provided to Kurtis Elton (Metro Hall, 18th floor, 55 John St, Toronto ON M5V 3C6 or by email to kurtis.elton@toronto.ca) no later than April 21, 2017.

 

UPCOMING CONSULTATIONS AND SURVEY ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS (AIRBNB)

The Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about short-term rentals at upcoming consultations and/or via an online survey.

The term “short-term rental” typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

I invite residents to speak up and include your thoughts on Airbnb and its impact on our Scarborough community.

Online survey

The survey will be launched on March 28 and will be found at: www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

Public meetings

Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers

Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2 (meeting will be livestreamed)

A final report, with recommendations is expected at Executive Committee in June.

 

JANE’S WALK IN SCARBOROUGH-AGINCOURT ON SUNDAY, MAY 7th

We invite residents to “Save The Date” of Sunday, May 7th for our community Jane’s Walk.

“Jane’s Walks” are free, community-led walking tours of local neighbourhoods. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

On Sunday, May 7th we invite residents to come together for a walk that will start and end at L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre followed by a barbecue for walk participants. If you are interested in participating contact our office and we will keep you updated.

 

AUDIO CLIP OF COUNCILLOR JIM KARYGIANNIS ON ZOOMER RADIO IN SUPPORT OF THE SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY

Please follow this link to find an audio clip of my interview on Zoomer Radio in support of the Scarborough Subway plan: http://www.zoomerradio.ca/show/fight-back-on-zoomer-radio/fight-back-on-zoomer-radio-podcast/jim-karygiannis-joe-mihevc-march-5/

Scarborough is one-third of the land mass of the City of Toronto and has one-quarter of the City’s population. It’s time to stop treating Scarborough and its residents as second-class citizens.

My transit vision for Scarborough not only includes the Scarborough subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre but a subway extension from Don Mills subway station along Sheppard Avenue East. The subway lines must be connected.

There’s something wrong when countries in Europe and Asia can build many more subway lines at a quicker pace. We allow people outside of Scarborough to talk, talk, talk with no action. Let’s get subways built, get commuters on to rapid transit, so we can spend more time with families and less time stuck in gridlock.

 

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