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June 28, 2017 – Canada Day E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents:

This weekend, we celebrate Canada Day – Canada’s 150th Birthday.  Canadians, across the land and overseas, will join together in July 1st festivities.

Whether they gather on Signal Hill, overlooking St. John’s harbour, for the pre-dawn flag raising ceremony; witness the noontime 21 gun salute and fly past on Parliament Hill; march in parades; attend concerts and BBQs; watch fireworks; are sworn in as Canadian citizens at special sessions of Citizenship Court; or, celebrate Canada Day abroad – July 1st is an important day for all Canadians.

Canada Day is an opportunity to re-discover our shared heritage; recall our successes; and, more importantly, to look to the future.  Our future is built on the confidence we derive from having made Canada a truly open, welcoming and free country.  Based on the legacy of our forefathers, Canada stands as a symbol of justice, progress and inclusion.

Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. As we celebrate Canada 150 this year, it is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.

Please celebrate a safe and happy Canada Day with your friends, family and neighbours.

I would also like to congratulate the many students in Ward 39 who are celebrating their school graduations this month. Education is the path to future success. I send my very best wishes to students as they begin the next chapter of their education.

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. Happy Canada Day!


Jim Karygiannis


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.

Rooming House Survey

The City of Toronto is soliciting feedback on the impact of a pilot study that proposes a zoning approach to Multi-Tenant Homes (Rooming Houses) and licensing requirements.

This Rooming House pilot study applies to five communities in Toronto. One of these communities includes Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt. The boundary lines are: Steeles Avenue, Highway 404, Highway 401, and McCowan Road.

The pilot study and public consultations were endorsed by the Executive Committee of Toronto City Council. The study will introduce a temporary zoning by-law to allow multi-tenant houses in five selected area of the city where they are currently not permitted.

This study will directly affect our neighbourhood. The safety and property conditions of houses are important to all of us. I ask that you complete the following survey so I may collect your opinions on this issue. Input will be collected until August 28, 2017. Your feedback will remain anonymous and your personal information will not be shared.

Follow this link to the Rooming House survey: http://karygiannis.net/wp/local-engagement-3

Please share this survey link to your family, friends, and neighbours. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net or by phone at 416-392-1374.



Bridlewood Mall Canada 150 Event on Friday, July 14th


We will be celebrating Canada’s 150 Birthday at Bridlewood Mall on July 14th. The event begins at 1:00 PM with our national anthem and continues with entertainment. I hope to see you there!

“Colours of China” event on Saturday, July 15th


Under the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts In The Park program, Little Pear Garden Dance Company is doing a FREE performance for the public at Chester Le Park on Saturday, July 15th.

This will be a celebration of folk dances from different parts of China. The public can enjoy the performances, take part in workshops for people of all ages and hear from artists about their exotic adventures in the mountains of south western China.

You can find out more about Little Pear Garden Dance Company on Facebook, Twitter and website www.littlepeargarden.com.


Canada Day Celebrations Taking Place Across Toronto

Canada Days, the free City-produced four-day music and performing arts festival will take place across Toronto this weekend. For the best festival experience, the public is encouraged to plan ahead.


Festival locations

Festivities will take place across the city at:

  • Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W. (June 30 to July 3)
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. (July 1)
  • Humber Bay Park West, 2225 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (July 1)
  • Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. (July 1)


Planning ahead  The mobile friendly website http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays offers event details including performance schedules and artist information, accessibility information, a TTC Trip Planner, and weekend road closures to make it easier for members of the public to plan their weekend.


Food and beverage

A hospitality area offering food and beverage for purchase will be available at Nathan Phillips Square from June 30 to July 3, and on July 1 at Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West and Mel Lastman Square. Alcoholic beverages will be available for individuals 19 and older. Valid photo ID must be provided.

Accessibility at the festival

The City of Toronto is committed to presenting an accessible event. An accessible viewing area and a sign-language interpreter will be provided at each site. Information on Wheel Trans pick-up and drop-off locations, accessible parking, and dedicated accessible viewing areas at each site is available at http://ow.ly/WInN30cYV8c.


Special TTC services on July 1

In addition to regular service, the TTC will add additional trains on Lines 1, 2 and 3 to assist with crowding on July 1. Several bus/streetcar routes will divert around road closures due to Canada Day events. A shuttle bus service will operate from Old Mill Station to the festivities at Humber Bay Park West. A Wheel-Trans vehicle will be available at Old Mill Station to provide accessible service to and from Jane Station (for the Humber Bay shuttle). More information about all route changes can be found at http://www.ttc.ca.


Social media Updates on Canada Days are available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SpecialEventsTO, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/specialeventsTO, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/specialeventsTO and on Snapchat at https://www.snapchat.com/add/specialeventsto. The event hashtag is #C150TO. A custom Canada Days Snapchat geo-filter for Nathan Phillips Square will be available from June 30 at 5 p.m. to July 3 at midnight, and for Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West and Mel Lastman Square from 2 p.m. to midnight on July 1.


Weekend road closures

A series of roads will be closed for the Canada Days festival at Nathan Phillips Square, Humber Bay Park West, Scarborough Civic Centre and Mel Lastman Square. These roads include:

  • Bay Street between Dundas Street and Queen Street on June 30, July 2 and July 3 from 9 p.m. to midnight and on July 1 from noon. to 1 a.m.
  • Elizabeth Street, Hagerman Street and Albert Street on June 30, July 2 and July 3 from 9 p.m. to midnight and on July 1 from noon to 1 a.m. due to the nightly fireworks display.
  • Queen Street from Yonge Street to University Avenue on July 1 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Bay Street between Queen Street and Richmond Street on July 1 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • York Street between Queen Street and Richmond Street (local traffic only) on July 1 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Borough Drive between Borough Approach East and Borough Approach West will be closed from June 29 at 8 a.m. to July 2 at 8 a.m.
  • The Yonge Street southbound lanes between Park Home Avenue and North York Boulevard on July 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • The Yonge Street northbound lanes between Elmwood Avenue and Empress Avenue on July 1 from noon to 1 a.m.
  • Humber Bay Park Road West (south of Lakeshore Boulevard West) on July 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.


Additional road closures may be required to manage pedestrian traffic during the events.


A full list of road closures for the Canada Day long-weekend is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.


About TO Canada with Love TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday. The program is Toronto’s cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/canada150.


This news release is also available in French on the City’s website at http://ow.ly/KpQx30d2vgA.