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July 14, 2017 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents:

I hope this message finds you and your family well. It was a pleasure to see so many residents at Canada 150 celebrations across our community on Canada Day weekend. I hope you had an excellent time celebrating our country’s birthday and that you continue to safely enjoy summer.

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.


Jim Karygiannis


Congratulations to retiring teacher Mr. David Pollard of Kennedy PS

On Thursday, July 6th, 2017 I was honoured to officially recognize Mr. David Pollard at the meeting of Toronto City Council and joined with Mayor John Tory to present him a scroll for his service in teaching.

Many residents in Ward 39 know Mr. Pollard well. He entered retirement this year after serving for an amazing 50 years as a public elementary school teacher in Scarborough, including the last three decades at Kennedy Public School.

Dave is an institution. In his years of teaching he saw great changes in north Scarborough. He started teaching primarily Greek and Italian immigrant children and retired from an elementary school that is almost entirely East Asian. He is a trusted face in all communities.

Dave was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Elementary Teachers of Toronto. In years past, he has been nominated for the Diamond Jubilee Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence. A fun fact: He started teaching in 1967, Canada’s Centennial year, and retired from teaching this year, in Canada’s sesquicentennial year!

Teaching is a vocation close to my heart. I have five daughters; all are teachers. The work that teachers do to instruct, to care for and to inspire our young students is truly inspirational. Mr. Pollard is most deserving of his retirement after his lifetime of distinguished service to his community, and I wish him well.


Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting: Fourth Cut Notification

The City of Toronto is in the fourth phase of cutting the grass on public boulevards in our Ward. From July 10th to July 28th 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:


Birchmount Avenue road resurfacing and new sidewalk

The City of Toronto is planning to resurface the road on Birchmount Road from Steeles Avenue East to McNicoll Avenue. The contractor will also install a new sidewalk on the EAST side of Birchmount Road from McNicoll Avenue to approximately north of L’Amoreaux Drive/ Silver Springs Boulevard.

Inspection of the road shows that it needs repaving and sections of damaged curb and sidewalk need to be replaced to bring them to a state of good repair. The new sidewalk will improve accessibility and pedestrian safety in the area. This work is part of the Council-approved 2017 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads and sidewalk for current and future needs.

         Work crews will mark limits of new sidewalks, existing sidewalks and curbs requiring replacement and the locations of underground utilities, such as gas, water and cable so that the construction work does not interfere with these utilities.

·         Affected properties will receive a Construction Notice approximately two weeks before work begins with more information about the work.

·         Work in the boulevard in front of homes and commercial properties is expected. This work includes removing and replacing driveways, municipal sidewalks and grassed boulevards, where necessary.

·         Property owners should remove items located within City property limits (boulevard), such as landscaping and or decorative objects before work starts. If you have a sprinkler system within the boulevard, please contact the Project Manager at: Victoria Liu, 416-397-0253, Victoria.Liu@toronto.ca


 Information: New Administrative Penalty System (APS) for parking violations

Please see the following message from the City of Toronto for changes to the Parking Violation Dispute Process:

Paying and disputing your parking violations will become easier this summer

Frustrated with having to wait months for a court date to dispute a parking ticket? Good news! Starting August 28, 2017, the City of Toronto will introduce an easier, more convenient process for disputing parking violations. Disputes will be handled by the City instead of through the court, providing you with faster resolutions and a more efficient process.

You will be able to request an online review of your penalty, meaning the entire process can be completed without having to leave your home. If you’d like an in-person review, you will be able to book an appointment at a time that works for you. Not satisfied with the decision? You will be able to request a second independent review of your penalty that will be final.

More details about this new process are available at toronto.ca/aps.

Information: Preventative raccoon rabies bait program

Please be aware that the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources will be dropping raccoon rabies bait west of Yonge Street, in green areas, during the summer. The baiting is part of a larger $4 million provincial program designed to curb the spread of rabies in such animals as raccoons, skunks, foxes and bats.

Please note that:

  • There have been no cases of raccoon rabies in Toronto to date – this is preventative.
  • If people or dogs come in contact with the rabies liquid vaccine, they should call the number on the bait (1-888-574-6656).
  • For non-emergencies and information about our vaccine baits or rabies in wildlife, call Ontario’s Rabies Information Line at 1-888-574-6656.


Information: Toronto pollinator strategy

Please see the following message from the City of Toronto inviting the public to share their views on a draft strategy to protect Toronto’s bees and other pollinators.

Have your say! Protecting Toronto’s pollinators

The City is inviting residents to share their views on a proposed strategy to protect Toronto’s bees and other pollinators. The purpose of the strategy is to identify actions that can be taken by the City and the community to protect, enhance and create habitat for Toronto’s pollinators. Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees, and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators. Some species are in decline. Learn more and share your views.


Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Subway Closures:

  • On the subway, Line 2 will be closed in both directions for track work between Jane and Ossington stations starting on Saturday and reopening on Sunday at midnight.
  • All stations will remain open so people can buy fares and shuttle buses will be operating between the stations until the trains start up again.

Honda Indy Closures:

 Several TTC routes will be diverted to make room for the big event.

  • Strachan Avenue will be closed in both directions between Lake Shore Boulevard and Fleet Street. Lake Shore Boulevard will also be closed entirely from Strachan Avenue to British Columbia Drive.
  • The 29 Dufferin bus will be turning back at Springhurst Avenue, the 510 Spadina streetcar will be turning back at Queens Quay West and the 514 Cherry streetcar will extend to the Sunnyside Loop on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • The 121 Fort York Esplanade bus will divert via Fleet Street and Fort York Boulevard and the 145 Downtown/Humber Bay Express will divert via Colbourne Lodge to King Street.
  • Roads will reopen and TTC services will resume as normal on Sunday at midnight.