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April 12, 2019 – E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope that you and your family are doing well.

Many of us will be celebrating Easter, Passover and Orthodox Easter in the upcoming weeks. To those of you, who will be observing these occasions, I send my warmest wishes to you and your loved ones.


Easter Greetings:

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Easter. http://karygiannis.net/wp/2019/04/11/april-21-2019-easter/

Passover Greetings:

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Jewish community on the occasion of Passover or Pesach. http://karygiannis.net/wp/2019/04/11/april-19-2019-passover/

Orthodox Easter Greetings:

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Easter according to the Julian calendar. http://karygiannis.net/wp/2019/04/11/april-28-2019-orthodox-easter/


The upcoming month will be a busy one in Scarborough-Agincourt. With the arrival of warmer days in Toronto, there will be neighborhood cleanup events and general outdoor activities happening around the neighborhood.

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

If you need any assistance with municipal issues, or if you would like to feature a neighbourhood event in the next e-newsletter, please e-mail me at jim@karygiannis.net or call my office at 416 392 1374.

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


Thank you.



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22-Scarborough Agincourt



Scarborough Subway Extension


The Ontario Government has announced a new proposal for the GTA transit system. The proposal contains an extension of the Sheppard Line from its present terminus at Don Mills to McCowan. The proposal also contains the three-stop option, with stops near the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Kennedy Road, at Scarborough Town Centre; and, near the intersection of McCowan Road and Sheppard Avenue East.


I want to thank you for your strong support as we have worked, together, to ensure that the residents of Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt have convenient access to Toronto’s subway system.



Community Cleanup Day


It’s time for some spring cleaning! `


The Heathwood Ratepayers’ Association Community Cleanup Day, a part of “Clean Toronto Together”, will be hosted from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on April 27th. Community members are advised to gather in the parking lot of Kennedy Public School (20 Elmfield Crescent) at 9:45 am to receive cleanup supplies.

Agincourt Village Community Association Clean Up is Saturday, April 27th 10:00 am-12:00 pm starting at Donalda Park. They always clean the Marilyn/Lockie pathway, Agincourt GO Station pedestrian entrance on Dowry and the Sheppard entrance to the Station as part of the “ADOPT A STATION“


Come and join the Heathwood Community and Agincourt Community Associations in making Scarborough-Agincourt a cleaner place for all of us to enjoy!



Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt Compost and Community Environment Day


With the arrival of warmer days, I will be hosting the first of Scarborough-Agincourt’s two Annual Community Environment Days. This year’s first Community Environment Day will take place on Sunday, May 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00pm at Bridlewood Mall (2900 Warden Avenue).


Community Environment Days provide an opportunity for residents to dispose of hazardous waste, electronics and home health-care waste. Residents are also encouraged to bring household items and non-perishable food items for donation. Free compost will be available for pickup at this event (only), while supplies last (limit of one car trunk load per household). Bring your shovels and buckets.



Do Not Run Yellow Lights!


My office has recently been advised that a number of drivers are speeding through yellow lights in our neighbourhood streets.


I would like to remind everyone that speeding on our neighbourhood streets and through intersections carries hefty fines and up to 6 demerit points on your driving record. More importantly, I would like to point out that speeding through yellow lights is an extremely reckless and dangerous act that has cost the lives of our community members in the past.


For the sake of your own life and the lives of others, please avoid speeding through intersections. We can afford to wait the 30 seconds in order to keep our neighbours, family members and friends safe.



Garbage/Recycling/Yard Waste Pickup


It has also come to my attention, that some homeowners have not been following the By-laws for garbage pickup and removal. Please note the following rules for Garbage Pickups:


Black Bin (Garbage) and Yard Waste

– Collected every 2 weeks.

– April Pickup dates for residents living north of Sheppard Avenue East: Wednesday, April 10th and 24th; and,

– April Pickup dates for residents living south of Sheppard Avenue East: Thursday, April 11th and 25th.

– Yard Waste must not be placed in cardboard boxes; they must be placed in brown collection bags.


Blue Bin (Recycling)

– Collected every 2 weeks.

– April Pickup dates for residents living north of Sheppard Avenue East: Wednesday, April 3rd and 17th

– April Pickup dates for residents living south of Sheppard Avenue East: Thursday, April 4th and 18th.


Green Bin (Compost) is collected every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays (for residents living south of Sheppard Avenue East) along with Garbage/Recycling.


Please also kindly note that household hazardous waste, electronics, construction materials and mattresses are not collected during garbage pickups. This type of waste must be taken to the City of Toronto’s Garbage Depot at 3350 Victoria Park Avenue (Victoria Park/McNicoll).


There will be a fine for not following any of the stated rules above.


For more information about curbside pickups and hazardous waste removal, please click here…



Why ‘The Grace’ Should Not Be Downgraded


Dr. Tim Devlin, a physician of the Scarborough Hospital – Birchmount Campus, has offered his opinion on why ‘The Grace’ should not close its Obstetrics and Pediatrics Departments. Please read Dr. Devlin’s opinion piece by clicking the link below:




To sign the e-Petition, please click here.


City of Toronto Consultations on HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan


The City of Toronto has just launched a consultation process for the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. The City is inviting residents and stakeholders to get involved and help shape Toronto’s housing plan for the next 10 years.


Community members are invited to provide input for the HousingTO Action Plan 2020-2030 at the Scarborough Consultation on Wednesday, April 10th, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Scarborough Civic Centre’s Council Chamber (150 Borough Drive).


The Consultations will help form the City’s Action Plan, which will be presented to City Council in the Fall of 2019. For more information, please click here…



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 a 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…



The Celestial Song of Life: 2019 Spring Lecture by Vedanta Canada


Vedanta Canada will be hosting the ‘Celestial Song of Life’ – an Annual Spring Lecture on April 27th. This Lecture will centre on the ‘Bhagvad Gita’, a Hindu universal manual on life and living.


Event Details

Date: Saturday, April 27th

Time: 5:00pm to 7:00 pm

Address: Jai Durga Hindu Society, 2701 Markham Rd, Scarborough, ON M1X 1M4


Entry is free. To register for a seat, please click here…



Jane’s Walk 2019


“Jane’s Walk” will be taking place once again this year!


Inspired by writer and Torontonian Jane Jacobs, “Jane’s Walk” is a grassroots movement that uses volunteer-led walking tours to explore a neighbourhood or civic initiative, giving agency to and championing the voices of everyday people. This year’s “Jane’s Walk” will be taking place between May 3rd to 5th across the City; for a detailed list of the Walks taking place this year, please click here.


Applications are currently being accepted for ‘Walk Leaders’ who are interested in sharing their expertise and knowledge of local communities to the next generation of change-makers. To sign up, please click here…



ACPN 2019 National Nutrition Day Competition


The Association of Certified Professional Nutritionists (ACPN) will be hosting the 2019 National Nutrition Day on May 26th, 2019. The goal of National Nutrition Day is to establish an international health management platform and to promote the sustainable development of a healthy diet and lifestyle.


Applications and essays are now being accepted for the ACPN’s Life Cycle Nutrition Management Competition, with a grand prize of $1,000.00 being offered. Awards will be given to winners at the Ceremony as part of National Nutrition Day on May 26th.


For more information on National Nutrition Day, please click here…



Toronto Police Services ‘Youth in Policing’ Program


The Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board, in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, is now accepting applications for the 2019 Youth in Policing Initiative Summer Program. To apply, please click here…



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 in 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):


Every Wednesday in April, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: After School Robotics Club

Thursday, April 11th, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Google VR Play Experience

Friday, April 12th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: 55+ Club

Tuesday April 16th, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Coding for Kids with Scratch


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


Every Wednesday in April, 10:30am – 11:00 am: Toddler Time

Monday, April 15th and 29th, 2:00 pm – 2:30pm: Baby Time

Tuesday, April 30th, 10:00am – 11:30 am: Adobe Character Animation

Wednesday, April 24th 6:00pm – 7:00 pm and Thursday, April 25th, 2:00pm – 3:00 pm: Digital Memories: Preserving Slides, Photos and Film.



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


Every Saturday in April, 1:30-3:00 pm: Reading Circle

Tuesday April 16th and 23rd, 3:30-5:30 pm: LSP English Conversation Circle

Monday April 15th and 29th, 4:00-6:00 pm: Teen Homework Help

Thursday April 25th, 6:00-7:30 pm: Cyber Seniors


PLEASE NOTE: All 3 libraries will be closed for the Easter Weekend on Friday, April 19th and Monday, April 22nd.


For the full schedule of Library Events happening between April and June, please click here…