May 19, 2017 E-Newsletter
I want to wish you and your family a restful Victoria Day long weekend.
This week, I had the privilege to participate in Toronto Newcomer Day as Toronto’s Newcomer Advocate on City Council. I joined thousands of residents at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate our diversity and embrace our shared future in Canada. It was an honour to lead a Citizenship Ceremony for many new Canadians joining our Canadian family.
I had the pleasure of attending several events in Scarborough-Agincourt in the past weeks including: the launch of the L’Amoreaux Community Centre Youth Space, the second annual Fun Fair at Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute, and the Zhongshan Chinese Association’s 15th Anniversary Celebration, among many others. 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:
- City of Toronto’s long-weekend activities include Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
- Community Compost Day on Saturday, May 27th
- Agincourt Junior Public School Fun Fair on Saturday, June 3rd
- Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club Electronic Collections Event on Saturday, June 3rd
- D-Day Commemoration on Tuesday, June 6th
- McNicoll Bus Garage Pre-Construction Open House on Monday, June 12th
- Park Safety Reminder – No ATVs or Motor Vehicles
- Grass Cutting in City Parks
- Neighbourhood Micro Grant Program
- Eco-Roof Incentive Program
I look forward to seeing you soon.
CITY OF TORONTO LONG-WEEKEND ACTIVITIES INCLUDE VICTORIA DAY FIREWORKS AT ASHBRIDGES BAY PARK
The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents on Monday, May 22, including the annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park. Many family attractions, including two historic sites, a farm and other facilities will be open, however City-operated recreation centres will be closed and recreation programs across the city will not operate that day. Toronto Island Park continues to be closed to the public until further notice due to flooding. The City of Toronto will host Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park starting at 10 p.m. on May 22. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks with a spectacular finale.
Ashbridges Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit. TTC service will be increased on the 22 Coxwell and 92 Woodbine South routes for customers attending the fireworks display. The 501 Queen route will be operating on an adjusted schedule during the event from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight. Members of the public are urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home.
All other TTC service will operate on a holiday schedule on May 22. The TTC website at http://ttc.ca provides information for planning transit trips.
City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any City of Toronto park. Enforcement officers will be onsite to help ensure a safe and enjoyable event at Ashbridges Bay Park. Golf
Toronto’s five municipal golf courses are located on beautiful parklands and offer early-bird rates. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Victoria Day. More information about City-run golf courses is available at http://toronto.ca/golf. Tennis courts
All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the Victoria Day weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information about public tennis courts is available at http://toronto.ca/tennis. Splash pads
Splash pads will begin to operate across the city on Saturday, May 20, with a few exceptions at sites under repair or located on outdoor pool decks. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are activated with push-button features. Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at these unsupervised water-play areas. Information about splash pad locations, closures and late-opening sites is available at http://bit.ly/1Etsbt1 or by calling 311. Riverdale Farm
Riverdale Farm is representative of a 19th-century Ontario farm and is home to heritage breeds such as Shorthorn cows, Tamworth pigs and Cotswold sheep. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. On Saturday, May 20 the farm will offer a free sheep-shearing demonstration between 11.30 a.m. and noon. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo, by calling 311 or on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/RiverdaleFarmToronto/. High Park Zoo
Victoria Day is a great time to see the High Park Zoo’s spring babies, including Bonnie and Clyde’s three capybara babies. This attraction is open daily, year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo.
Flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.). Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288, or by visiting http://toronto.ca/conservatories.
Bike and skate parks
The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, including the new Sunnyside Bike Park. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/bikeparks.
Two of the City’s 10 historic sites, Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum, will offer activities and tours on Victoria Day, Monday, May 22. The remaining sites will be closed. All of the historic sites will be open over the Victoria Day weekend, except for the Market Gallery, which will be closed on Sunday. Admission fees and activities vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
3D TORONTO Sign
The 3D TORONTO Sign in Nathan Phillips Square will take part in the City’s “TO Canada with Love” celebrations to honour Canada’s 150th birthday. Starting on May 22, the seven 3D letters and Maple Leaf will be animated by a two-minute light sequence at the top of the hour between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly for the remainder of 2017.
City of Toronto Archives
The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will be closed on May 22. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/archives.
Other municipal facilities and services
City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care centres and Children’s Services district offices will be closed on May 22.
Toronto Island Park – closed
Following record levels of rainfall in April and May, Lake Ontario and watershed levels throughout the city continue to rise. Due to the flooding and in order to ensure the safety of the public and the security of facilities, Toronto Island Park remains closed to the general public and regular ferry service is suspended. This closure includes all beaches, attractions and amenities on the Islands.
COMMUNITY COMPOST DAY ON SATURDAY, MAY 27th
I invite you you, your family, and your neighbours to join our Third Annual Community Compost Day at Bridlewood Mall. Details as follows:
Saturday, May 27th, 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
(South and East Corner)
AGINCOURT JUNIOR PUBLIC SCHOOL FUN FAIR ON SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd
Agincourt Junior Public School is having its second annual Fun Fair on Saturday, June 3rd. Last year, it was attended by more than 250 students, parents, family members and community friends. This year, with some additional activities such as a silent auction, face painting, a bouncing jungle and a BBQ even more community members are expected. The details are below:
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Agincourt Junior Public School
29 Lockie Avenue (west of Midland Ave.)
TORONTO KAITEUR LIONS CLUB (TKLC) ELECTRONIC COLLECTIONS EVENT ON SATURDAY, JUNE 3rd
The Toronto Kaiteur Lions’ Club, in conjuction with the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, is hosting an Electronic Recycling Event on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at L’Amoreaux .Community Recreation Centre
Drop in to recycle your used and unwarranted electronics – for free! Used clothing and textiles will also be accepted. All proceeds will be going back into the community. Details are below.
You may recycle these items:
-Monitors & Devices -Desktop & Portable Computers -Printers & Copiers, -Computer Accessories -Telephone & Answering Machines -Cell Phones, Pagers -Equalizers, Amplifiers -Speakers, Receivers -Tuners & Turntables -Cameras -Fax Machines & Scanners -Audio and Video Players -Recorders & Projectors -Electric Toasters & Toaster Ovens -Electric Kettles & Openers -Microwave Ovens -Televisions, DVD and VCR Players -Electric & Curling Irons -Aftermarket Vehicle Audio & Video Devices – ANY ELECTRONIC ITEM WITH A PLUG
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre
2000 McNicoll Ave.
D-DAY COMMEMORATION ON TUESDAY, JUNE 6th
Toronto’s annual D-Day Commemoration is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th on Nathan Phillips Square from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.
The City of Toronto recognizes the importance of honouring the service of our D-Day veterans every year. I encourage all residents of Toronto to join our war veterans who took part in the Allied invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, in commemorating this special occasion. This is a time to celebrate and honour our veterans, to remember their sacrifice, and to teach our youth about the contributions made by veterans and the fallen heroes of this historic campaign.
The program includes a musical prelude which will begin at 12 noon followed by the official ceremony at 12:30 p.m. For further information you can visit the City’s website and follow this link to the City’s D-Day video.
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Nathan Phillips Square
MCNICOLL BUS GARAGE PRE-CONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE ON MONDAY, JUNE 12th
The TTC will be hosting an open house to share details on construction of the new McNicoll Bus Garage. Construction of the new facility will begin this spring and is scheduled for completion by mid-2020. The site will include hundreds of new plantings as well as one of the largest green roofs in Canada. Once operational, the garage will store and maintain 250 buses as well as support over 400 staff who will report to the site daily.
Join TTC staff to learn more about the project, construction schedule, staging plans, as well as the benefits this new facility will bring to transit in Toronto.
Can’t make the meeting? A copy of the material will be available on the project site at ttc.ca/projects following the meeting. For more information: contact Lito Romano, TTC Community Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416-397-8699
June 12, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School
3200 Kennedy Road
PARK SAFETY REMINDER – NO ATVs OR MOTOR VEHICLES
The City of Toronto has parks bylaws to regulate, protect, and govern public parks so that everyone can enjoy the park experience equally. These bylaws set out rules for what is and is not allowed in parks. They address many issues such as: alcohol consumption, amplified noise without a permit, events without a permit, fireworks, conduct, illegal dumping, and smoking.
One issue which has come up in recent years is the use of ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) in City parks. These are vehicles that travel at high speeds and are more suited for more rural and secluded areas.
Let’s keep our parks safe for everyone. The use of an ATV in a City park is subject to a $260 fine.
GRASS CUTTING IN CITY PARKS
I am aware that many residents have noticed that the grass is not being fully cut in City parks in our Ward.
Due to the very wet Spring, with significant rainfall, there are numerous portions in many parks that will not be cut until they have dried significantly. The City will get to all areas when the ground conditions permit.
Over the last two weeks there has been numerous instances of equipment getting stuck in the parks. This not only impacts the City’s operations by putting crews behind schedule, due to wait times for equipment getting extricated, but creates turf damage that results in City staff now being put on to turf repair duties ensuring safety, opposed to regular cutting and cleaning of the parks.
NEIGHBOURHOOD MICRO GRANT PROGRAM (Deadline for applications – June 9, 2017)
The Neighbourhood Micro Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events held between August and December.
The Neighbourhood Micro Grant program aims to to activate neighbourhoods and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020). Funding will be available for events that take place in the 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA) and the 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods between August and December, 2017.
Grant Program Details
- Grants of $1,000 are available to activate neighbourhoods and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020)
- Resident-led groups from NIAs and 8 Emerging Neighbourhood are eligible to apply
- The funded event or activity is to be held between August – December, 2017
- Funding is available for one-time events or activities held in one of the 39 neighbourhoods
- The funded event or activity must be free and open to all
- The Application form will be open starting May 19th. Application deadline is June 9, 2017 at midnight (11:59 pm).
- In Fall, 2017 a second round of proposals for events/activities to be held between February, 2018 – July 1, 2018 will open.
Visit the Neighbourhood Micro Grants web page for additional information (such as the sample application questions, contacts of your local Community Development Officer for more information, event check-lists, etc.)
ECO-ROOF INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Please see the information below about the City of Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program.
If you are a household or business in Toronto, I encourage you to take a look at enrolling in this program and
| The Eco-Roof Incentive Program provides incentives for the installation of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s buildings.
Initiated in 2009 and enhanced in 2017, the program has funded more than 350 eco-roofs to date.
The program is completely self-sustaining with funding coming from the cash-in-lieu policy tied to the Green Roof Bylaw.
Residential, Industrial, Commercial, Institutional – see website for eligibility details
Green Roof Incentive
Green roofs support vegetation.
$100 per square metre
Cool Roof Incentive
Cool roofs have a membrane that reflects the sun’s rays.
$2 to $5 per square metre
Benefits of Eco-roofs
· Improve energy efficiency, lower heating / cooling costs
· Extend the life of a roof
· Improve air quality
· Cool the air and reduce urban heat
· Reduce noise
· Reduce storm water runoff
· Create habitat and support biodiversity
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. Learn more and apply.Eco-Roof Incentive Program.
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