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March 20, 2019 – March E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope that you and your family have been doing well.

Many residents have approached me and expressed interest in the implementation of cycling routes in Ward 22.  One of the routes identified by City Staff is Huntingwood Drive.

City Staff is currently developing a ten year plan for expanding and improving the City’s cycling network.  The Ten Year Cycling Network Plan will build on the City’s existing network of cycling routes by identifying potential cycling network projects to fulfill the project mandate:

  • Connect the gaps in our existing Cycling Network;
  • Grow the Cycling Network into new parts of the City; and,
  • Renew the existing Cycling Network routes to improve their quality.

I am writing to ask for your opinion with respect to this matter. Please visit my website at www.karygiannis.net and complete the Cycling Lane on Huntingwood Drive survey.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 416-392-1374 or email me at jim@karygiannis.net.

Please take a moment to pass this message along to you family, friends and neighbours.


Thank you in advance for your assistance and co-operation.


Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt



Upcoming Street Furniture Installations in Ward 22

As spring approaches, new street furniture and public amenities will be installed throughout Ward 22. Upcoming installations will include new bus shelters; garbage bins; benches; and, newspaper holders. For more information regarding the location of new street furniture installations, please see click here: Planned Street Furniture – Ward_22 2019



Timberbank Junior Public School 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Happy 50th Birthday! This year, Timberbank Junior Public School will be marking 50 years of excellence in education with a Celebration Event and Pancake Brunch on Saturday, April 13th. Join the Timberbank community and alumnae in an afternoon of festivities and reminiscence on this milestone occasion.


Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Location: Timberbank Junior Public School, 170 Timberbank Boulevard, Scarborough ON M1W 2A3


For more information regarding the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, please click here…



Reminders for Walking Your Dog in Public


It has recently come to my office’s attention that dog droppings are not being properly cleared by owners in our neighbourhood parks. Please remember that our sidewalks and parks are a shared space for our community and must be kept clean at all times.


Residents are kindly reminded to clean up after dogs when walking on City property. The fine for failing to clean up after your dog, or having your dog off-leash in public, is $240 per infraction.



Ward 22 Public Library Events in March


Ward 22 is home to three well-serviced Toronto Public Library branches. Each month, a variety of events and workshops are held across the three Libraries in our community. If you are interested in participating, please take a look below at workshops being offered for the month of March and call the branches to register (numbers provided below):


Steeles Library (375 Bamburgh Circle, call 416-396-8975 to register):


March 21st 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Tax Benefits Workshop (Mandarin)

March 22nd 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: 55+ Club

March 20th & 27th, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: After School Board Games Club

March 19th & 26th, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm: WeChat for Newcomer Seniors


Agincourt Library (155 Bonis Avenue, call 416-396-8943 to register):


March 21st 10:00 am – 11:30 am: Canva – Graphic Design and Layout

March 21st 6:30pm – 7:30 pm: Intro to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

March 22nd & 29th 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: After School Club


Bridlewood Library (2900 Warden Avenue – Lower Level 157A, call 416-396-8960 to register):


March 22nd & 29th 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: After School Club

March 18th & 25th 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Teen Homework Help

March 19th & 26th 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm: LSP English Conversation Circle


Here are the April to June events happening at library branches in our ward: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867+33091+33107+33178&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0


Clean Toronto Together  2019


It’s time to Clean Toronto Together again! Gather your friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to clean a park, laneway or any other space that needs your help. This year, the Corporate & School 20-Minute Makeover will take place on Friday, April 26th, and Community Cleanups will be conducted on April 27th and 28th.


Registration for this year’s Clean Toronto Together initiative ends Wednesday, April 3rd for School Makeovers; Friday, April 12th for Corporate 20-Minute Makeovers; and, Wednesday, April 17th for Community Cleanups.


To register your Cleanups and receive free garbage bags or to register for the City of Toronto’s special litter pickups during Cleanup days, please click here…



Living Stone Assembly 2019 Summer Programs


The Living Stone Assembly will be hosting a number of Summer Programs beginning July 2nd to August 23rd for children between the ages of 4 to 13. Programs being offered this year include a Day Camp Program; Leadership Training Camp (for students entering Grades 7 or 8); and, a Robotics Program.


Registration for the 2019 Summer Programs can be made in-person at the Living Stone Assembly (located at 3501 Kennedy Road, Scarborough ON M1V 4Y3).  Early Bird Discounts are being offered for the Day Camp Program if registrations are made before May 26th. For further information, please dial 416-292-8196 or click the links below.

See attached flyer

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) – Apply Now!


The City of Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) offers competitive fixed rate loans of up to $75,000 to homeowners interested in improving the energy and water efficiency of their homes. These loans can be used to upgrade your furnace and insulation; install high-efficiency water heaters; windows; doors; and, even solar panels on your roof! On average, HELP participants are saving $560 per year and using 25-30% less energy, while simultaneously improving household comfort by a significant amount.


Eligibility rules apply. For more information, or to apply, please click here…



#RecycleRight – Know Before You Throw!


Bad things happen when the wrong items are placed in the Blue Bin. How bad?  Bad enough that they can damage equipment; cause workplace injuries at the recycling facility; and, ruin otherwise perfectly good recyclables. Contaminated recycling is currently costing the City of Toronto millions of dollars annually.


Approximately one third of what is put in the Blue Bin doesn’t belong there. This is a problem that you can help fix. For more tips on how to #RecycleRight, please click here…



Save The Grace – Join the Campaign!

Last month, the Save The Grace Town Hall was held with over 600 Scarborough residents in attendance. During this Town Hall, Petition Packages containing petitions, buttons and flyers were handed out to residents to share with neighbours and family members.

If you would like to distribute flyers or gather signatures within your community, Petition Packages can be picked up from our Constituency Office located at 3850 Finch Avenue East, Unit G7, Scarborough ON M1T 3T6. You may also call our office at 416-321-2788 to have Petition Packages delivered to your place of residence (please note: we only offer deliveries to residents of Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt). To sign the e-Petition, please click here.

If you wish to return signed petitions, you may return them to our Constituency Office in person; by mail to the Constituency Office; by e-mail scan to jim@karygiannis.net; or, by e-fax at 647-723-0287.

So far, Scarborough residents have sent a clear message to the Provincial Government and the Scarborough Health Network’s Board of Directors that they do not accept the proposed closures at the Scarborough Grace. I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Save The Grace campaign for speaking up against the proposed cuts at the Hospital and for your dedication to the campaign. The fight to save our hospital continues!