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June 16, 2017 Mid June E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

I like to wish all our fathers and grandfathers Happy Father’s Day. (click here to read Father’s Day message)

This week, I hosted a press conference for English and Chinese media on the present and dangerous state of Rooming Houses in Ward 39. I am calling on the City of Toronto to wake up, listen to and respect the concerns of residents in Ward 39 opposed to Rooming Houses.

The City is launching a pilot study that proposes a zoning approach to Multi-Tenant Homes (Rooming Houses) and licensing requirements. Ward 39 is included as a pilot study area. I am opposed to our ward being included and I strongly believe Rooming Houses should not be studied at all. Rooming Houses negatively impact the character of our neighbourhoods and the effectiveness of first responders to respond to calls. Rooming Houses present a danger to the tenants living in those properties. Tenants, especially new Canadians and low-income families, must be protected from Rooming House landlords who have no regard for safety standards including violations of the fire code.

I encourage residents of Ward 39 to attend the City’s public meeting on this issue at the following date and time:


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

L’Amoreaux Community Centre

2000 McNicoll Ave.


To read my press release on Rooming Houses, in English and Chinese, and for video of the press conference please follow this link: http://karygiannis.net/wp/2017/06/15/councillor-calls-on-the-city-to-wake-up-on-rooming-houses/.

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


If you would like your community event to be included in our next e-newsletter please contact my office. 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 seeing you soon.


Jim Karygiannis



Ward 39 Movie Night featuring “Pete’s Dragon”! on Thursday, June 22nd

I am hosting Movie Night at Kidstown and I want you to join! It will be a fun evening in the

park watching Pete’s Dragon. Please pass this information to family, friends, and neighbours:


Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Kidstown Park

3159 Birchmount Rd. at McNicoll Ave.

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM


*If it rains, the movie will be shown inside L’Amoreaux Community Centre.


CPAC Summer Festival on Saturday, June 24th

Spend some quality family time on Saturday, June 24 at the 14th CPAC Summer Festival, a fabulous way to kick start your upcoming Canada Day weekend to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

The CPAC Summer Festival is filled with fun activities. Foodies can feast at our marketplace of delicious food, kids can get creative at our arts & crafts table, parents can shop at exhibition area, and everyone can join in on some child-parent sports tournaments. Or sit back and relax as you watch our action-packed stage with amazing feats of martial arts, music, dance, fashion, cheerleaders, circus performances, and a dazzling magic show! There is something for everyone at the CPAC Summer Festival.

Free admission and free entry into lucky draw!

 For more details, visit https://www.cpac-canada.ca/2017summerfestival/


Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Albert Campbell Square

150 Borough Drive, Scarborough, at Scarborough Town Centre

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Canada150 Celebration with the Golden Maple Leaf Senior Association on Sunday, June 25th

This year, the Golden Maple Leaf Senior Association is co-organizing with Canada National TV (CNTV) to host One Hundred Community Groups of Toronto Celebrating Canada 150 event.

Please join Councillor Jim Karygiannis, Hon. Arnold Chan, MP, Soo Wong, MPP, and other guests for this celebration of Canadian culture!


Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Canada National TV Art Centre

1936 McCowan Road

1:30 PM – 6:30 PM


AGM Notice: Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities on Wednesday, June 28th

Please see this message from the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities:

We are pleased to announce that we have started the initial strategic assessment of potential SCHC and TransCare® integration. The aim of the project is to assess opportunities, costs, risks and benefits of the two organizations integrating or merging services and operations in order to improve community services. Come and hear about the process and how your input will inform the final recommendations for this opportunity!

All community members are encouraged to attend as the project consulting firm – Lough Barnes Consulting Group – presents on how they are completing the analysis and developing recommendations, as well as how your input will inform these recommendations. You will also hear about SCHC’s accomplishments over the past year.

Current members will receive a membership package including voting rights at the meeting.

Please RSVP your attendance to Cathy Gell at cgell@schcontario.ca or call 416-847-4093.


Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

The Hub – Mid-Scarborough, Room M03/M04

2660 Eglinton Ave. East (at Brimley Road)

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Trillium Garden Awards – Continues in Ward 39!

For 38 consecutive years, the Trillium Garden Awards were a tradition in the City of Scarborough/Scarborough District. During the fall of each year, Scarborough residents would be recognized for their contribution in beautifying their community through their efforts in maintaining a beautiful front garden.

The Trillium Garden Awards are not continuing in its original form due to lack of interest across Scarborough. However, in Ward 39, our community will continue the tradition!

I encourage residents to cultivate their gardens and submit photos of their gardens for nomination. Please send photos of your gardens to jim@karygiannis.net with the subject line “Ward 39 Garden Awards”. The deadline is July 14th, 2017. If you do not have the Internet, please call my office. We will be judging gardens and recognizing households this summer.


Newcomer’s Advocate Update


As the Newcomer’s Advocate on Toronto City Council, I am help to facilitate and attend numerous events on behalf of the City which celebrate and welcome newcomers to our great and diverse city.


On June 9th, I had the honour of facilitating the visit of the Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to Toronto City Hall where she spoke to members of the Toronto Myanmar community. I have worked with the Toronto Burmese (Myanmar) community many times particularly with disaster relief. Aung San Suu Kyi is one of six Honourary Citizens of Canada, recognized for her great personal sacrifices to democratize Myanmar including 20 years of house arrest.


On June 8th, I had the honour of attending the official opening of the Consulate of Montenegro. The GTA is home to the largest Montenegrin community outside of this Baltic state, and counts tennis star Milos Raonic as one of its community members.


On June 12th, I had the honour of presenting certificates at the Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum at City Hall. Dozens of newcomer youth were recognized for their achievements and volunteerism in sports, arts and cultural organizations including one young singer from our ward’s Mary Ward Secondary School.


Call for Volunteers with Agincourt Pentecostal Church


Agincourt Pentecostal Church (at 2885 Kennedy Rd.) is looking to partner with community organizations for both short-term and long-term service initiatives.


The Church has approximately 2,500 members and would like to involve them in serving the needs of Ward 39. Are you part of an organization in the ward that is under-funded or under-staffed? Agincourt Pentecostal Church might be able to help. Service initiatives could include, but are not limited to:


  • Food banks
  • Community clean ups
  • School breakfast clubs
  • Summer clubs


If you or your organization is interested in partnering, please contact Dale Tollefson, Team Lead – Community Groups, by e-mail at dale@onechurch.to or by phone at (416) 291-9575 ext. 284.


Summer Program for Teenagers interested in Design, Technology, Art, Science and Engineering


V4Lab, in collaboration with the Ontario Science Centre, is offering a Summer Program for participants aged 12 to 16 who are interested in Design, Technology, Art, Science and Engineering.


If you are a youth, or have a youth member of your community, who might be interested in this program please let them know that registration is now open for two program schedules: July 17 – July 21, and July 24 – July 28.

The V4 Lab is a summer program includes a series of technical workshops covering arduino,

basic electronics, 3D printing, programming and more. Together, participants will work in teams

on a collaborative art project celebrating Canada’s 150th year anniversary. The workshops will be paired with discussions on technologies, disruptive innovations, research and artists at Ryerson to help participants to dream of their future and contribution in Industry

4.0 and beyond.


Industry 4.0 describes the digitization of the manufacturing sector and encompasses a range of

emerging technologies forming the fourth industrial revolution.


For more information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/v4lab


Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting: Third Cut Notification


The City of Toronto is in the third phase of cutting the grass on public boulevards in our Ward. From June 12th to June 30th 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:


All-Day GO Trains for Scarborough Commuters


There have been improvements to GO Transit service to serve Scarborough residents. There is new mid-day and evening train service to get you from Kennedy Station to Union Station in 20 minutes.


Starting Monday, June 26, new all-day GO train service will be introduced to the Stouffville line, to help manage congestion, provide more transit options and improve commutes for families in Scarborough and York Region.


Trains will run between Unionville GO Station and Union Station about every hour in both directions during the midday and evening periods from Monday to Friday. This means Scarborough residents will have new travel options at Kennedy, Agincourt and Milliken GO stations, where GO service has not previously been available throughout the day. Trips to or from downtown from those stations will take 20 to 30 minutes, cutting travel times for some journeys in half compared to existing bus and subway options.


Check out the new schedule at gotransit.com/moreGO.


Public Workshop on Toronto Pearson Airport Expansion


This spring and summer, the 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 (closest to Ward 39):


East of the airport
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Ismaili Centre
49 Wynford Drive, North York

More details on the workshops can be found here.


You can also join the conversation by completing Toronto Pearson’s online survey on Noise Fairness and Airport Growth.


Weekend Events with Road Closures in Toronto


A variety of special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures as described below. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. 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.

Motorists 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

TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca/ or by following @TTCnotices on Twitter.

Taste of Little Italy
College Street between Bathurst and Shaw Streets will be closed from Friday, June 16 at 6 p.m. to Monday, June 19 at 3 a.m. for the Taste of Little Italy event. The TTC’s 506 and 306 night transit service will divert in both directions via College Street, Ossington Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street.

Flavours of Fairbanks
Eglinton Avenue between Dufferin Street and Ronald Avenue will be closed from Friday, June 16 at 2 a.m. to Monday, June 19 at 4 a.m. to accommodate this event.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival and Parade
Old Kingston Road between Watson Road and Kingston Road, and Morrish Road between Kingston Road and the south side of 226 Morrish Rd., will be closed on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waterfront 10k Race
Two main roads will be closed during the Waterfront 10k Race on Saturday, June 17:
• University Avenue will be closed between Queen and Dundas Streets from 4:30 to 9 a.m.
• Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed between Bathurst Street and Colborne Lodge Drive from 4:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Thrill of the Grill
Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Playter Avenues will be closed on Saturday, June 17 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Thrill of the Grill event.

The Village Festival
Church Street between Wood and Gloucester Streets will be closed from Saturday, June 17 at 9 a.m. to Monday, June 19 at 2 a.m. for the Village Festival.

Journey to Conquer Cancer Run/Walk 5K
University Avenue between Bloor and Wellington Streets will be closed on Sunday, June 18 from 8 a.m. until noon to accommodate this event.

Bloor Yorkville Exotic Car Show
Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Bay Street will be closed on Sunday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the car show.

MuchMusic Video Awards
There will be a series of road closures for the MuchMusic Video Awards in the area bounded by Richmond Street in the south, Queen Street in the north, Simcoe Street in the east and Peter Street in the west from Sunday, June 18 at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 19 at 3 a.m. The following TTC bus diversions will be in effect from 8 a.m. on June 18 to 3 a.m. on June 19.
• 501/301 Queen eastbound replacement buses will divert east on Queen Street, south on Peter Street, east on Adelaide Street, north on University Avenue and east on Queen Street.
• 501/301 Queen westbound shuttle buses will divert west on Queen Street, south on University Avenue, west on Richmond Street, north on Peter Street and west on Queen Street.

This news release is also available on the City’s website: http://bit.ly/2sp3iCS

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