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February 12, 2019 – Mid-February E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

Snow Storm Alerts please check update click here.

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Once again, our hospital, Scarborough Hospital – Grace Division (Birchmount Campus), is under attack!

The Scarborough Hospital – Grace Division (Birchmount Campus) is one of three hospitals that make up the Scarborough Health Network.  It is the only hospital north of the 401. Yet again, the needs of northern Scarborough residents are being ignored.

The Board of Directors of the Scarborough Health Network has voted to close the Obstetrics and Inpatient Pediatrics Departments at our hospital.


Scenario 1

Your spouse is pregnant and has just gone into labour. Under the new regime, you will have to get into your car and drive between a half hour and an hour to a hospital.  During rush hour, it will take longer!

Scenario 2

Your child is ill and in hospital. In order to see your child, you will have to get into your car and drive between a half hour and an hour to a hospital.  During rush hour, it will take longer!

Neither of these scenarios is fair to you!

This is the second time these closures have been proposed. The last time, as a community, we fought back and stopped the closures.

It’s time to fight back again!!

I am asking you to join the campaign. On February 25th, at 7:30pm, we will be hosting the Save The Grace Town Hall at the L’Amoreaux Community Centre’s Ground Floor – Large Function Room (2000 McNicoll Avenue). Join me; other politicians and, doctors and staff from The Grace, as we lay out the campaign to save our hospital.


You can also join the campaign in the following ways:

  • You can wear a button showing that you support The Grace; and/or
  • You can fill in the form below and let the Premier, the Minister of Health, your local Member of Provincial Parliament and the administration and Board of Directors of the Scarborough Health Network know your thoughts and that you DO NOT support the decision to cut services at The Grace; and/or
  • You can have your friends and neighbours sign a Petition which will be presented in the Ontario Legislature. Copy of the petition download here for your convenience. Grace Petition (2)
Drop by the Constituency Office Call my Constituency Office at:
My Constituency Office is located at:

3850 Finch Avenue East, # G7,

Scarborough, Ontario


                    416 321 2788

and we will deliver the Petition to you.


If you wish further information about the Save The Grace campaign, please do not hesitate to contact my office. The fight to save our hospital begins now!




Jim Karygiannis

Councillor, Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt


February 13th, 2019 – Flag Raising Ceremony of the 54th National Flag Day of Canada

Celebrate Flag Day with our community! The Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club will be hosting the Annual Flag Raising Ceremony on Wednesday, February 13th from 10:30 am to 11:30am at L’Amoreaux Community Centre (2000 McNicoll Avenue). Join me, our community members and students in this year’s Ceremony honouring the red-and-white Maple Leaf Flag, a symbol of Canadian pride and unity. Refreshments will be provided.


February 16th, 2019 – Meet Your Ward 22 City Councillor

The Annual Meet Your City Councillor event is approaching us quickly! This year, I will be hosting two Meet & Greet events on Saturday, February 16th 2019. During the Meet & Greet, I will be available to answer your questions regarding the new Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt and municipal matters at City Hall. The Meet & Greet events will be held at the following locations:


Meet & Greet 1: Bridlewood Mall

2900 Warden Ave, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S8

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Meet & Greet 2: Agincourt Mall

3850 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3L4

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


I look forward to seeing you there!


February 18th, 2019 – Family Day at L’Amoreaux Community Centre


Come out and celebrate Family Day with an afternoon of fun activities! The L’Amoreaux Community Centre will be hosting Family Day celebrations on Monday, February 18th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The event will feature a bouncy castle, games, a special movie and arts & crafts. Parents must accompany children at all times.


For more information, please contact the L’Amoreaux Community Centre at 416-396-4510.


City of Toronto Issues 2019 Interim Property Tax Bills


The City of Toronto has issued its 2019 interim property tax bills – the first of two tax bills mailed annually. The 2019 final tax bill will be mailed in May.

Payment due dates for the interim tax bills under the three-instalment plan are March 1, April 1 and May 1. For more information regarding payments and deadlines, please click here…


Sightings of Coyotes Are Normal in Parts of Toronto

Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year. Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn.

Residents should follow these steps to minimize negative encounters with coyotes:

  • Avoid feeding them. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes, is detrimental and can create problems for the neighbourhood.
  • Avoid feeding pets outdoors.
  • Ensure that all household garbage is inaccessible to animals.
  • Place garbage out on the morning of the scheduled pickup, rather than the night before.
  • Always supervise pets – keep dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors or supervised when outside.


For more information, please dial 311 or click here…


Agincourt Community Recreation Centre Activity Relocations


Recently, the Agincourt Community Recreation Centre was devastated by a 5-alarm fire that has rendered the Centre unusable for the near future. All facilities are now closed indefinitely and all recreation programs are currently being relocated to other Community Centres and locations across northern Scarborough. This includes upcoming March Break and Summer Camp programs, as well as other programs due to begin in the coming months. Credit reimbursements and refunds are being offered to people affected


For more information regarding program relocations and reimbursements, please call 416 338 4386 or 416 396 7378.