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May 9, 2018 – E-Newsletter

Sheppard East Subway Extension – We Need Provincial Funding Now!

Dear Constituent:

The Provincial Government cannot continue to ignore the issues with transit and accessibility in Ontario’s largest city. As the Provincial Election Campaign is now underway, it is time to make the issue of the Sheppard East Subway extension heard by Candidates.

The Provincial Government previously drafted plans for a Sheppard Light Rail Transit (Sheppard LRT) extension – it has been shelved until 2021. We need the Provincial Government to stop deferring such an urgent issue and recognize that a subway is a more logical solution than an LRT with peak capacities well below the capabilities of a subway. Our residents deserve a permanent and effective solution to gridlocks and long commutes, as they work toward making Ontario’s largest economic hub a more prosperous place.

In the past, I have been a strong advocate for the Sheppard Subway eastbound extension, as a solution to traffic gridlock and inaccessibility of the area north of the 401 highway. My commitment to this cause has not changed. We cannot be treated as second class citizens while there is work being undertaken for a relief line which will serve downtown only.

We urgently need our new Provincial Government to green-light funding and plans for a Sheppard East Subway extension. I strongly encourage residents to contact Provincial Candidates and make your voices heard on this matter. We cannot allow another four years to go by without the Province breaking ground and fixing this issue once and for all.

My office is here to address concerns regarding the community. For web-based constituency services, please visit my website at www.karygiannis.net and complete the Constituency Assistance form.

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

For any questions or comments, 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.

Dog Owners’ Association at L’Amoreaux Park – Now Accepting Applications

The City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation Division is seeking two interested community members to form a Dog Owners’ Association (DOA) to assist with the existing dogs off-leash area (DOLA) at L’Amoreaux Park.

All City DOLAs are required to have a Dog Owner’s Association. They are critical to the effective functioning of a DOLA by being Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s liaisons to the community. DOAs are also valued for their roles in fostering a strong relationship between local communities and the City.

If you would like to take on this role, please submit your name, full mailing address, phone and e-mail to dola@toronto.ca .

COMMFFEST 2018: Share Your Story!

Hello Newcomers! We are pleased to extend to you the opportunity to share your story at the 13th annual COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival, taking place on October 10th to 16th. COMMFFEST leverages the power of films to promote dialogue on worldwide social and cultural issues, focusing on immigrants and refugees, and communities affected by poverty, gentrification, civil rights and trends in community living.

To participate, simply take a video on camera or smartphone and create a 5 minute film of your experience in Canada, or a story you wish to tell. Register on http://www.commffest.com/ by July 15th, 2018 to have your video shared as part of a compiled feature film during the Festival. We look forward to sharing your stories!

City of Toronto Second Unit Consultation

The City of Toronto’s Planning division will be hosting consultations to address clarifications to second unit permissions across Toronto. According to the City of Toronto, second units (or secondary suites) are self-contained rental units in a single-detached or semi-detached house where the home owner is in residence. The Scarborough consultation will take place on Thursday, May 10th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in Committee Room 2, Scarborough Civic Centre.

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Leacock-Buchan Fun Fair

Come and spend a wonderful day with your family at the Leacock-Buchan Fun Fair, featuring a variety of children’s activities, including games, rides, arts and crafts, and more! The Fair will be taking place on Saturday, May 12th at Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute/John Buchan Public School from 10:00am to 3:00pm

For more information, please click here…

Canada International Children’s Art Festival

Registration ends on May 31st for the 16th Canada International Children’s Art Festival, taking place between August 19th and 23rd! Children and teenagers under the age of 17 are all encouraged to participate and have their artwork showcased at Toronto City Hall.

For more information, please click here

Prevent Your Basement From Flooding

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground sewers, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly severe weather events, it is essential that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding.

For more information on basement flooding prevention tips, programs and services from the City of Toronto, please click here…