May 2017 e-Newsletter
I hope this finds you well and that you are taking the opportunity to enjoy the Spring weather.
Thank you to all residents who participated in the Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 22nd including the Lion’s Club, and the Heathwood and Chester Le community associations. Thank you for doing our part to protect our Earth and keep our neighbourhoods clean.
I had the pleasure of attending several events in Scarborough-Agincourt in the past weeks including: the St. John’s McNicoll Centre Volunteer Appreciation Event, the Canadian Armenian Community’s Armenian Genocide Ceremony, and the 2017 Annual International Children’s Art Contest. If there is an event you wish to share, please contact my office directly using the contact information below.
I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:
- Our Victory – a new provincial Non-Resident Speculation Tax
- “Let’s Get Together” Toronto Parent Expo on Saturday, May 6th
- FREE Early Years Conference and Summit on Wednesday, May 10th
- Toronto Newcomer Day at Toronto City Hall on Monday, May 15th
- TPS 42 Division Open House on Saturday, May 13th
- Agincourt “Tree for Me” Event on Saturday, May 27th – FREE Tree Seeds!
- Survey for Toronto Seniors Strategy – Your Input Needed!
- Road Re-surfacing on Ambercroft Boulevard
- Spring Restoration Plantings at L’Amoreaux Park North
- Notification – Hydro One Work in Agincourt
- Notification – Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting
- Notification – City of Toronto Creates Local Appeal Body to Expedite Land Use Hearings
- Notification – Toronto Police Service Modernization
- Weekend Event Road Closures on May 6th and May 7th
Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
OUR VICTORY – A NEW PROVINCIAL NON-RESIDENT SPECULATION TAX
I have been sounding the alarm on the unsustainable and dramatic price of homes in Toronto for many months. Keeping home ownership affordable is a priority for our children and young families looking to purchase homes in our community. I asked residents to write letters to Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Government demanding a Foreign Home Buyers Tax – a tax on foreign nationals who don’t work in Canada but who enter our housing market with cash offers increasing demand.
Thanks to YOUR support, the Ontario Government announced a NEW Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) that will target foreign nationals, purchasing homes in Toronto, who are not permanent residents or workers or married to a Canadian permanent resident. This new tax is effective this year and mandates disclosure of the home buyers’ residency status.
This is a VICTORY for our community. I am proud to have to been the ONLY member of Toronto City Council who clearly advocated for a Foreign Home Buyer Tax, and I thank YOU for raising your voice and demanding action.
“LET’S GET TOGETHER TORONTO” PARENT EXPO ON SATURDAY, MAY 6th
Let’s Get Together Toronto is an organization that connects resources to parents, parent councils, community organizations and schools on behalf of students; the goal is to increase parental participation in matters related to their children’s’ academic success.
Most important to Let’s Get Together is the engagement of parents and care givers in learning together with their children, to be empowered through educational activities. I know that parent engagement is something that is of great importance to all of us, as it significantly impacts the educational success rates of Toronto’s children and youth.
Join the 2017 Parent Expo at the Etobicoke Olympium and meet 60+ learning resources that can enhance your children’s learning experience and well-being. Buy your tickets today and save by entering code expofan.
FREE EARLY YEARS CONFERENCE AND SUMMIT ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 10th
Please consider registering for this year’s “Early Years Summit”. All parents/guardians and caregivers are invited to join this FREE event. Informative and empowering workshops on a variety of topics will be provided for parents/guardian and caregivers to celebrate and learn about the early years, the most critical period of learning and development for children.
Free busing will be provided to and from the summit at selected locations within Scarborough.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
10:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Winston Churchill Collegiate Institute
2239 Lawrence Road E., Scarborough, ON M1P 2P7
Transportation & Child-minding are available
Light refreshments and Lunch will be provided
TORONTO NEWCOMER DAY AT TORONTO CITY HALL ON MONDAY MAY 15th
As the Toronto Newcomer Advocate on Toronto City Council, I am honoured to help present the 3rd annual “Toronto Newcomer Day” on Monday, May 15th.
The City of Toronto welcomes newcomers to City Hall for the 3rd annual event run by the City’s Newcomer Office. Nathan Phillips Square will be alive with FREE, family-friendly activities and entertainment to welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions to the city. Highlights include performances, City Hall tours, an information fair, a citizenship ceremony, and more! View the flyer for more details.
I would be honoured to see you there. It is important to Respect, Accept, Celebrate, and Embrace our Toronto newcomer communities!
Monday, May 15th, 2017 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen St. West
TPS 42 DIVISION OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY, MAY 13th
Invite your family, neighbours, and friends to the Toronto Police 42 Division Open House on:
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Toronto Police Services 42 Division
242 Milner Ave. (west of Markham Rd.)
There will be fun and informative events including:
- T.P.S. Police Vehicles and Specialty Units on display
- “Crash Car” courtesy of Accident Awareness Inc.
- Electronic Fingerprinting for kids
- BBQ while supplies last
- Media Room
- Interactive Station Tours.
For further information please contact:
PC Gary Gomez – Crime Prevention Officer: 416-808-4220 firstname.lastname@example.org
PC Alison Burns – Community Relations Officer: 416-808-4251 email@example.com
AGINCOURT “TREE FOR ME” EVENT ON SATURDAY, MAY 27th – FREE TREE SEEDS!
Saturday, May 27th, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Chester Le Community Corner
201 Chester Lee Blvd.
Get a FREE tree for your home and learn how to plant and care for it through the Agincourt Tree For Me event on May 27th. It couldn’t be easier to help grow Toronto’s tree cover! Pre-registration required at http://treeforme.ca/#signup
The “Tree For Me” is a program of Every Tree Counts, Toronto’s capital-fundraising and awareness campaign to reach 40% tree cover in Toronto – a goal adopted in 2013 by Toronto City Council as part of the City of Toronto’s Strategic Forest Management Plan. For more information, please visit: www.everytreecounts.ca.
SURVEY FOR TORONTO SENIORS’ STRATEGY – YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED!
The City of Toronto is working on the next version of the Toronto Seniors Strategy and is asking staff and members of the public who are older Torontonians, or who work with/support older Torontonians, for input on how to make Toronto the most caring, respectful and inclusive age-friendly city in the world.
Please find a link to the Survey and share with your family and friends. It is important for our City to plan for caring for our increasing Senior population.
ROAD RE-SURFACING ON AMBERCROFT BOULEVARD
My office has been made aware of the condition of the road on Ambercroft Boulevard. The asphalt is broken in several locations on the road. This is a concern for me as well as it impacts the safety of drivers and pedestrians.
My office has been in direct communication with City staff. On April 28th, the road was temporarily re-surfaced. City staff has informed me that repair work will be completed within 90 days.
I will keep the community informed of updates. Please see the map below for the affected areas:
SPRING RESTORATION PLANTINGS AT L’AMOREAUX PARK NORTH
L’Amoreaux Park – Passmore Woods –
Planting Plan Spring 2017
Urban Forest Renewal Contact: Kristen Vincent, Natural Resource Specialist 416-989-2978
Park Location: Ward 39, L’Amoreaux Park North of located north of McNicoll Avenue between Birchmount Road and Kennedy Road.
Purpose: This planting is to replace the dead and dying ash trees that were removed in the park as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer and invasive vegetation removal.
Please see the map for the location of the tree planting:
NOTIFICATION – HYDRO ONE WORK IN AGINCOURT
Hydro One is working in your neighbourhood
Beginning the week of May 8, Hydro One crews will be doing maintenance work along the electricity transmission corridor in your community, from east of Kennedy Road to Hydro One’s Fairchild Transformer Station near Yonge Street and Bishop Avenue. The project location is shown on the map on the reverse.
The project involves replacing aging insulators on the transmission line on the north side of the corridor. This maintenance work will ensure a safe and reliable supply of electricity for Toronto Hydro customers served by this power line.
To access the transmission towers, Hydro One will install gravel access roads in selected locations. Residents may notice construction equipment such as dump trucks, bulldozers and cranes, as well as an increase in noise and truck traffic. Once the work is complete there will be no noticeable change in the appearance of the transmission line, and work areas will be restored. All work will take place within the corridor, and a Hydro One representative will be in touch with you, should access to your property be required.
The timing of work will be staggered along the corridor, and we expect to complete the project in July 2017. You will see workers at each tower location for a few days establishing access roads, and subsequently for two to four days when changing the insulators. Residents will not experience any power interruptions as a result of this work.
Typical construction hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and occasional work on weekends, if required.
We understand that construction can be disruptive to the community and thank you for your patience as we work to complete this important project. If you have any questions about this project please contact:
NOTIFICATION – SCARBOROUGH DISTRICT BOULEVARD GRASS CUTTING
The City of Toronto will cut the grass on public boulevards starting this month. From May 1st to May 15th the cut will start from the eastern part of Victoria Park going east in our ward past Kennedy Road.
Please see the map below for more details:
NOTIFICATION – CITY OF TORONTO CREATES LOCAL APPEAL BODY TO EXPEDITE LAND USE HEARINGS
The City of Toronto has established an independent local appeal body to provide quick and efficient hearings on appeals of land use decisions made by the Committee of Adjustment.
On May 3, the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) will replace the function of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pertaining to minor variance and consent applications. TLAB is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal established by authority of the City of Toronto Act and provincial government legislation.
“Toronto residents have long waited for a fair and reasonable process to replace the OMB regarding appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions,” said Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale), Chair of the Planning and Growth Management Committee. “We’ve worked hard to bring local planning matters back to the City’s jurisdiction with the formation of a Toronto Local Appeal Body whose members live in Toronto and understand Toronto’s unique character and communities. As well we’re offering a mediation process where concerns can be discussed before an appeal hearing without the need for expensive professional consultants.”
Most TLAB meetings and hearings will be held in the Toronto Public Library building located at 40 Orchardview Boulevard off Yonge Street just north of Eglinton Avenue. Hearings may be held in person, by telephone or video conferencing, or in written form.
Minor variance applications fall under Section 45 of the Planning Act. For example, a homeowner may request a minor variance to allow for the installation of a garden shed that does not meet the minimum setback requirements from a property boundary.
Consent applications fall under Section 53 of the Planning Act. Typically, they involve requests to divide a property into separate lots or to add adjacent land to an existing lot.
For more information about the Toronto Local Appeal Body please visit http://www.toronto.ca/tlab.
NOTIFICATION – TORONTO POLICE SERVICE MODERNIZATION
Please see this message from the Toronto Police:
The ability of the Toronto Police Service to keep Toronto the best and safest place to be has always depended on the trust and support of the people we serve. We will be where the people of Toronto need us most, continue to embrace partnerships that create safe communities and focus on the complex needs of our city.
With the goal of continuing to provide residents with the maximum number of officers working during peak times, we have taken an in-depth look at how our Priority Response Unit (PRU) and the Community Response Unit (CRU) models are currently built, and are revising our deployment model to better match demand for service.
We have taken the CRU and have divided it into two separate groups – Community Safety Team (CST), and Community Safety Response (CSR).
The priority of the CST is community engagement. These officers will be in your neighbourhoods, focusing on crime prevention, school safety, local resident concerns and other safety programs. The focus of the CSR will be to support the PRU by responding to priority calls for service while providing a heightened visibility during peak times. This transition plan will be deployed Monday, May 1st and it will allow us to meet the current demand as we continue to lay the foundation to introduce a new, modern policing model.
Our Community School Liaison Officer and School Resource Officer programs are continuing. We remain committed to maintaining these important relationships with the youth of our city, while at the same time, exploring and embracing community centric partnerships.
An extensive communications effort is being planned to help increase public awareness about alternative reporting methods such as our online and in-station reporting, how members of the community can help to ensure officers are where they are needed most, and the important role our partner agencies play in providing appropriate solutions.
We look forward to sharing more information with you as we move forward with our modernization initiatives.
NOTIFICATION – WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES ON MAY 6th and MAY 7th
A special event in Toronto this weekend – the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon – will involve road closures as described below. Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the marathon as participants and spectators. Businesses in the areas affected will be open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.
Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.
In addition to road closures related to special events, a significant amount of road work is taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.
TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca/ or by following @TTCnotices on Twitter.
Sunday closures and delays – marathon
The Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon will take place on Sunday, May 7 and all closures and lane descriptions below will occur that day. The race begins at the North York Civic Centre at 7:30 a.m. but road closures begin at 6 a.m. The main segment of the race will take place on Yonge Street from Finch Avenue to Davenport Road.
Some lane restrictions will take effect in the area bounded by Bayview Avenue in the east, South Kingsway in the west, Lake Shore Boulevard in the south and Finch Avenue in the north.
The following ramps on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway will be closed during the periods noted below to accommodate the marathon:
• The eastbound Gardiner Expressway ramp to Jarvis Street will be closed from 7 to 10 a.m., with access to Lake Shore Boulevard remaining open
• The westbound Gardiner Expressway ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Access to westbound Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed at Spadina Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The Don Valley Parkway’s Bayview/Bloor ramp to Bayview Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The route map and roads in the vicinity of the marathon that will remain open are available at http://www.torontomarathon.com. This news release is also available on the City’s website: http://bit.ly/2qsuEas