August 12, 2017 – E-Newsletter
I hope this message finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying summer in Toronto.
You may have noticed my team members at your door in recent weeks. We are knocking on doors in the ward to say hello and to pass on a message to complete our Ward 39 Rooming House Survey. As you know, the City is pushing through a pilot project that would allow Rooming Houses in our community as a “temporary study.” My position is clear: I am against Rooming Houses. If you have not completed the survey, please access it through my website at the following link and I appreciate your feedback: http://karygiannis.net/wp/local-engagement-3
I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:
- United Way Fundraiser on Tuesday, August 15th
- First Alliance Church Yard Sale on Saturday, August 19th
- Silver Springs BBQ on Wednesday, August 23rd
- Chester Le Mural ribbon cutting on Saturday, September 30th
- Fence request at Brookmill Creek – Register your preference
- Request for No Parking on L’Amoreaux Drive and Brookmill Boulevard
- Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting: Fifth Cut Notification
- City of Toronto 2018 Cultural Hotspot is North Scarborough
- “150 Neighbours” Campaign
- Highlights from the July 2017 meeting of Toronto City Council
- Comments on the Paramedic scheduling software controversy (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/paramedic-scheduling-software-controversy-1.4238742)
- Comments on the housing market (http://www.bnn.ca/from-realtors-to-renters-six-voices-of-toronto-s-volatile-housing-market-1.816288)
- Weekend events with road closures in Toronto
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 email@example.com.
Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.
United Way Fundraiser on Tuesday, August 15th
First Alliance Church Yard Sale on Saturday, August 19th
I invite you to join the First Alliance Church for their Yard Sale on August 19th. There will be live music, a food festival, and a basketball tournament.
All proceeds will go to the “FAC: Toronto Memorial Fund” for the purchase of FAC: Toronto Electronic Community Sign. This will enable the surrounding community to know about the many useful free programs at this church.
A receipt will be issued by First Alliance Church for any Cash Donation.
When: August 19th, Saturday 2017
Where: First Alliance Church (FAC), Parking Lot ( 3250 Finch Ave. East, Scarborough)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Drop off your SALE items ONLY on Friday, August 18th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. OR Saturday, August 19th BEFORE 8:30 a.m. For more information please contact:
Yard Sale – Samuel Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org
Food – Nana Curtis, email@example.com
Music – Anne Mather, firstname.lastname@example.org
Silver Springs BBQ on Wednesday, August 23rd
I invite residents to join leaders in the Silver Springs neighbourhood for a Community Barbecue on August 23rd.
This promises to be a great event and an opportunity for residents to interact with their neighbours and local community groups. There will be entertainment for kids!
When: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Where: 75 – 85 Silver Springs Blvd at the basketball court
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Chester Le Mural ribbon cutting on Saturday, September 30th
I am honoured to announce that the Chester Le Mural will be unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. I invite all residents to join in celebration with the Chester Le community.
This mural represents a positive and hopeful way forward after some tragic incidents in the Chester Le community over the past couple of years.
Funds for the mural have been secured by City initiative and I am happy to have seen this process through the Licensing and Standards Committee where I sit.
All of the work and outreach for the mural has been done by local kids in the community in collaboration with the Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA). The community is very receptive and excited to see this new addition to their neighbourhood. The mural is a product of the collective aspirations of our community.
For more information, and to contribute in the process, please contact my office directly at (416) 392-1374 or Lee Soda, Executive Director at ACSA at (416) 321-6912 ext. 230.
Fence request at Brookmill Creek – Register your preference
My office has acted on the request of constituents to have the fence (hand rail) replaced along the pathway running from Brookmill Boulevard south to L’Amoreaux Drive.
The City is in the process of removing the old fence and procuring materials to build a new fence. I want to know which type of fence you prefer.
Please see the pictures below for the two options: 1) a Wood Fence or 2) a Chain-Link Fence.
Contact our office directly by phone at (416) 392-1374 or by e-mail at email@example.com to register your preference.
Once the material has been selected, construction will be complete in an estimated three to four weeks.
Or, CHAIN LINK FENCE:
Request for No Parking on L’Amoreaux Drive and Brookmill Boulevard
It has been brought to our attention that L’Amoreaux Dr. and Brookmill Blvd. is experiencing an increase in parking on both sides of the street due to the visitors at the hospital in the area.
We have heard from residents that would like to see L’Amoreaux Dr and Brookmill Blvd designated as a No Parking Zone.
The City of Toronto Traffic Operations Unit have concluded that both sides of the subject roadway has an unsigned default of maximum three hour parking limit at any given time under the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 950 General Parking Provisions. We are working alongside City Staff to designate this as a No Parking Zone. Our hope is that the No Parking restriction will lessen the congestion in the area and avoid any accidents.
If you have any questions, please call my office at (416) 392-1374.
Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting: Fifth Cut Notification
The City of Toronto is in the fifth phase of cutting the grass on public boulevards in our Ward. From August 8th to August 25th 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:
City of Toronto 2018 Cultural Hotspot is North Scarborough
This spot is HOT!
The Cultural Hotspot shines a spotlight on arts and culture in communities across Toronto, inspiring new ideas about where culture thrives in our city – and the 2018 initiative will highlight north Scarborough! The 2018 Cultural Hotspot initiative will celebrate creative local culture, heritage, business and community with special events, festivals and art happenings. The Hotspot will also connect community members, promoting new partnerships and sharing the Hotspot area with the rest of Toronto and will grow creative capacity in the north Scarborough area with workshops, courses, youth employment and mentorship.
Join us at one of our Community Connect events this fall to find out more and get involved Follow @CulturalHotspot on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates or visit us at toronto.ca/culturalhotspot for event dates and details.
“150 Neighbours” Campaign
Scarborough is home to civic-minded community members whose unique and diverse stories represent all walks of life. To commemorate Canada’s Sesquicentennial, University of Toronto Scarborough and the Government of Canada have partnered to feature 150 Neighbours that represent Scarborough’s unique culture.
I invite you to help us tell the Scarborough story through this unique campaign. Share your story and the stories of neighbours who inspire you, and demonstrate the promise of Canada that is right here in Scarborough.
Weekend events with road closures in Toronto
Three 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 are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.
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
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 the Danforth
The annual Taste of the Danforth event will include several road closures:
• Danforth Avenue from Broadview Avenue to Jones Avenue will be closed in both directions from Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m. to Monday, August 14 at 3 a.m.
• Pape Avenue from Lipton Avenue to Hazelwood Avenue will be closed in both directions from Friday, August 11 at 6 p.m. to Monday, August 14 at 3 a.m.
• Logan Avenue, from Garnock Avenue to the north side of the laneway north of Danforth Avenue, will be closed in both directions from Thursday, August 10 at 3 p.m. to Monday, August 14 at 3 a.m.
Feast of St. Lawrence
Front Street East from Scott Street to Church Street will be fully closed from Friday, August 11 at 9 a.m. to Saturday, August 12 at 2 a.m. and Market Street from Front Street to Wilton Street will be closed on Saturday, August 12 from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
TTC Buses on the 121 Fort York-Esplanade route will divert as follows:
• Friday – Eastbound buses will divert via Yonge, King and Church Streets. Westbound buses will not divert.
• Saturday – Eastbound buses will divert via Front and Lower Jarvis Streets. Westbound buses will divert via Lower Jarvis, Front and Wellington Streets.
Lake Shore Boulevard, King Street or Adelaide Street will be alternatives for motorists.
American Society of Association Executives at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
An event held by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is taking place in Toronto this weekend. The conference will involve about 5,000 decision makers who are responsible for selecting ASAE meeting and convention locations. This event will affect the area near the ROM, as described here.
Queen’s Park from the top of Queen’s Park Circle to Bloor Street West will be closed to traffic in both directions from 7 a.m. on Saturday, August 12 to 6 a.m. on Sunday, August 13