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September 8, 2017 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I hope this message finds you and your family well. I extend my best wishes to our children starting this new school year in our local schools.

Especially at this time of year, it is important to remind ourselves to stay safe while driving our children to school. You may have noticed “Slow Down Signs” on the lawns near schools. These serve to remind passing motorists that they are in a school zone and must slow down. If you would like a “Slow Down Sign” delivered to your home for use on your lawn, please click here.

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.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Karygiannis

 

Eyrie for the Children Foundation fundraiser on Friday, September 15th

 

The Eyrie for the Children Foundation is a non-profit Canadian registered charity. Its goal is to help impoverished children in developing countries to fulfill their dreams through education. At this moment, the Eyrie Foundation provides 144 scholarships to students in eastern Nepal. In the past, the Foundation has also raised relief funds for victims of the Nepal earthquakes of 2015.

I encourage interested members of the community to consider attending, or donating to, the Foundation’s 9th annual fundraising dinner and dance. For more information about the Foundation please visit: www.eyriechildrenfoundation.ca and see below for more information about the fundraiser:

Eyrie for the Children Foundation 9th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance

Date:              Friday, September 15th, 2017

Location:        Century Palace Chinese Restaurant

398 Ferrier Street, Markham, ON

Time:              6:00 PM; Dinner served at 7:00 PM

Cost:               $60, which includes a $20 tax receipt

RSVP:            By e-mail at eyrie.children.foundation@gmail.com

 

Short Term Rental (Airbnb) Consultation on Tuesday, September 19th

 

Residents invited to open houses on proposed short term rental regulations

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning staff are holding a series of open houses on the proposed regulations for short term rentals. The term “short-term rental” describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. 28 days or less). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

Four open houses are being held to provide an opportunity for residents to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed rules. The proposed regulations are to:

  1. Allow anyone to offer a short-term rental in their home.
  2. Require anyone operating a short-term rental to register with the City and include the City-issued registration number in all advertisements.
  3. Require any short-term rental company (like Airbnb, VRBO or FlipKey) to be licensed by the City and only advertise short-term rentals with valid City-issued registration numbers.

The open houses will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a short presentation at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The open house in Scarborough will be held on:

Date:               Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Time:               3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location:         Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room #1

150 Borough Drive, Scarborough

Short Term Rental Survey

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations. The survey will be available until September 19 and can be found at: toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

 

Bell/Aecon Construction Update

 

Aecon Utilities has been in our ward performing construction for the purpose of upgrading Bell Canada infrastructure to support Fibre cable to your home.

Aecon has been installing new or repairing old infrastructure on the municipal property outside your homes. Most of the work has been completed. Some work requires follow up.

I am aware that not all sidewalks are level after some excavations. Please contact my office directly at (416) 392-1374 to report unlevel sidewalks or other disruptions to your property. I will get it fixed.

I am working with Aecon to keep excavations, traffic disruptions, and other inconveniences to you to a minimum during their work. Aecon has a Customer Service Representative on the ground to field your calls. Please find his contact information below:

 

Mohammad Shahid

mshahid@aecon.com or (416) 768-2919

Customer Service Representative

 

Chester Le Community Mural Update

 

In mid-August, I was honoured to join Ms. Lee Soda, Executive Director of the Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA), and youth members of the Chester Le community to provide an update on the Chester Le Community Mural.

The mural will be displayed on the wall along Victoria Park Avenue outside the Chester Le townhouses. It is an artistic collaboration by the community of Chester Le to showcase the beauty and resilience of the residents after a year of tragic incidents including fatalities. This community project will bring local youth, residents and volunteers together to undertake an initiative to celebrate their neighbourhood.

The Chester Le Community Mural has been provided funding through the StreetARToronto (StART) partnership program which is initiated through the City of Toronto Community Partnership Investment Program. The Chester Le Community Mural is one of many projects that respond to the needs and local conditions of diverse communities in the City.

Please SAVE THE DATE of Saturday, September 30th, 2017. We will be celebrating the completion of this mural with members of the Chester Le community. Stay tuned for more information.

Please see this link for local media coverage of the project: https://www.insidetoronto.com/community-story/7537829-wall-outside-chester-le-becoming-home-to-mural-art-after-a-bad-year-/

 

Paramedics Town Hall meetings to address Kronos System failure

 

The Kronos scheduling system used by various City departments is causing serious problems for the Toronto Paramedic Services. When there are system problems with emergency services dispatch and chronic understaffing this affects the safety of all Torontonians and the morale of our paramedic first responders.

Last week, I spent three nights visiting Paramedics in hospital emergency wards.  I was surprised what I heard and learned from these first hand encounters with the men and women tasked with helping their fellow citizens in some of the worst moments of their lives.

 

As a follow up this weekend, I am hosting town hall meetings at Toronto City Hall with Paramedics staff. I have already started working with Senior Staff to address these issues and will continue to engage all in order to resolve as many of these issues as possible.

For media coverage of this most pressing issue, please follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/kronos-risk-assessment-1.4275639

 

Toronto Newcomers Advocate Update

 

It is my honour to serve as Toronto’s Newcomer Advocate on Toronto City Council. The work that we do, as a City, to welcome and settle all newcomer communities is integral to newcomer integration and success.

In the past month, I have had the pleasure of assisting communities to further their goals and partnerships in Toronto.

On Friday, August 25th I assisted the Ati Annang Foundation in welcoming a visiting delegation from Nigeria at their International Summit in Toronto. Special guests included a Deputy State Governor and Senate Minority Leader from the Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. The theme of the Summit was furthering trade and business relationships between Toronto and the Nigerian state.

This week, I took the initiative to consult with members of the Haitian community in Toronto to respond to flow of asylum seekers from Haiti seeking refuge in Canada. Toronto has a strong Haitian community and its members are prepared to step up to support asylum seekers coming to Toronto from eastern Canada, where they have been entering. Toronto is a Sanctuary City and, as such, we have the responsibility to welcome and settle newcomers in the City. The concept is for the Toronto Haitian Community to step up and assist their brethren.

After an initial meeting on Sunday, August 20th, at Toronto City Hall, I arranged for a second meeting this past week which was attended by representatives of the federal government, the provincial government, and the City of Toronto Newcomer Office. We are moving forward with a plan to settle Haitians to Toronto by calling on the greater Francophonie community to step up to this challenge.

Additionally, this week I had the absolute pleasure of hosting a formal recognition ceremony for the Women of Saint Lucia. Fifty years ago, a group of women from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia came to Canada under the Domestic Scheme program. They built lives in Toronto and maintained strong bonds. Several of these women live in Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt.

On Tuesday, September 5th we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their immigration to Canada with a luncheon followed by a ceremony with the Consul General of Saint Lucia in Toronto, Ms. Cheryl Francis. We were so honoured to be joined by the former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honourable Mr. Stephenson King.

Please follow this link to see coverage of this great event from CBC News Toronto: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/women-st-lucia-toronto-canada-50-years-1.4276511?utm_content=buffer0d464&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting: Sixth Cut Notification

 

The City of Toronto is in the sixth phase of cutting the grass on public boulevards in our ward. From September 5th to September 22nd 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:

 

Sewer Works Update for September

 The City of Toronto will be conducting a sewer rehabilitation program on Bridletowne Circle from September 5th – September 29th, 2017. Please see the chart below for details:

 

Road Start Date End Date Shift Type of Work Contract # Contractor
Bridletowne Circle at 2050 Bridletowne Circle 5-Sept 29-Sept Day Sewer inspection and cleaning 17TW-OS-07CWD Insituform

 

This project is part of the Council-approved Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, reduce the risk of leaks, and ensure continued long-term reliable sewer service.

For more information, and for any questions, please contact the Field Ambassador by phone at (647) 821-9813 or by e-mail at fieldambassador@bv.com.

 

Weekend events with Road Closures in Toronto

Several special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures. 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 http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca/ or by following @TTCnotices on Twitter.

Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF’s fourth annual Festival Street initiative will run from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10. Festival Street events will result in the full closure of King Street West to traffic between Spadina and University Avenues from 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 7 until 5 a.m. on Monday, September 11. John Street between King and Wellington Streets will also be closed during the five-day period. More information is available at http://bit.ly/2wART4M.

Taste of the Kingsway

Bloor Street West between Prince Edward Drive North and Montgomery Road will be closed from Friday, September 8 at noon to Sunday, September 10 at 11 p.m. A series of full and partial road closures will also take place in the surrounding area to accommodate the Taste of the Kingsway event.

Festival of Praise

The formation of the parade and festival area for this event will require the closure of all northbound lanes of Queen’s Park Circle from College Street to Bloor Street on Saturday, September 9 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The dispersal area for the parade will result in the closure of the northbound lanes of Queen’s Park Crescent from College Street to Wellesley Street from 2 to 5 p.m.

Cabbagetown Festival

Parliament Street between Gerrard and Wellesley Streets and Carlton Street between Parliament and Berkeley Streets will be closed from Saturday, September 9 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, September 10 at 9 p.m. for the Cabbagetown Festival.

Bang and Olufsen Yorkville 5K Charity Fun Run/Walk

and Canadian 5K Road Race Championship A series of road closures will take place in the area bounded by Davenport Road to the north, University Avenue/Queen’s Park/Avenue Road to the west, Dundas Street to the south and Bay Street to the east on Sunday, September 10 from 8 a.m. to noon for these two events.

Toronto 5K for Sick Kids Hospital Foundation

A series of road closures will take place in the area bounded by St. Clair Avenue West to the north, Christie Street to the west, Davenport Road to the south and Russell Hill Road/Boulton Drive to the east on Saturday, September 9 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. for this fundraising event.

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