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May 2, 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

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

My office is here to address concerns regarding our Scarborough-Agincourt communities. 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 e-newsletter, or to make any questions and 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.


Thank you in advance for your assistance.



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt



Save The Grace Updates


Recently, Scarborough community leaders and doctors of the Scarborough Hospital – Birchmount Campus met with Minister of Health Christine Elliott to discuss the closures of the Hospital’s Obstetrics and In-Patient Pediatrics Departments.  Minister Elliott was responsive to the concerns and problems regarding the proposed closures of the two departments at the Birchmount Campus. A follow-up with Minister Elliott will take place in the next few weeks.


The Save The Grace campaign has received a lot of support from Scarborough residents over the past few months. However, we must continue the fight against these closures and make our voices heard to the Scarborough Health Network as well as the Provincial Government. If you are against the closures of the Obstetrics and In-Patient Pediatrics Departments, please take a moment to sign the e-Petition by clicking this link here.


Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt Community Environment Day


Mark your calendars for the first Community Environment Day of 2019! This year’s first Community Environment Day will take place on Sunday, May 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00pm at the Bridlewood Mall South-East Parking Lot (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, while supplies last (limit of one car trunkload per household).



Neighbourhood Safety Tips For Our Students


As your City Councillor, and as a father of five teachers, the safety of our schoolchildren has always been a high priority. It is important for teachers, parents and students to be well-equipped with knowledge about how to keep our kids safe from dangerous situations. Please take a look at the video linked here for safety tips that can teach them to be “street-safe” and aware of their surroundings.



Toronto History Museums “May is Museum Month” Celebrations


In celebration of International Museum Day on May 18th, as well as “May is Museum Month”, Toronto History Museums will offer a range of programs to engage residents across the City.


Toronto History Museums will collaborate with the Toronto Public Library to offer free admission to nine Museums on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the entire month. Free admission will be granted with a Toronto Public Library card.


“May is Museums Month” will also include an inaugural Youth Day at Scarborough Museum that will engage local youth and youth-focused organizations in activities on the museum grounds. There will also be a series of 12 Jane’s Walks from all museum locations (May 4 and 5), afternoon tea parties and one of the City’s largest Victoria Day celebrations at Fort York National Historic Site (May 20).


For more information about “May is Museum Month” celebrations, please click here…


Agincourt Lawn Bowling Club 90th Anniversary Open House


Happy Anniversary! The Agincourt Lawn Bowling Club will be celebrating 90 years of excellence with an Open House session on Saturday, May 11th. Bring your flat shoes and come out for an afternoon of leisure on the lawns.


Event Details:

Date: Saturday, May 11th

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: 15 Heather Road, Scarborough ON


For more information, please contact Jack Davidson at 416 299 7014. See you there!



Basement 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…



Toronto Employment & Social Support Job Fair


The City of Toronto will be hosting a Job Fair at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive) on Thursday, May 9th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information and for a full list of participating employers, please click here…



Block By Block – Toronto Ward Museum


The Ward Museum is looking for individuals who have settlement or immigration stories of living in the Scarborough-Agincourt community! If you know someone who might interested in sharing their story, or if you have questions, please contact us at agincourtbxb@wardmuseum.ca.  To view past projects by The Ward Museum, please click here.


The Ward Museum is an organization that aims to facilitate the preservation and sharing of personal stories of migrants in the Greater Toronto Area. The Ward Museum’s most current project, Block by Block, is an oral history project that involves interviewing and recording stories of newcomers, refugees, and long-time residents about their experiences living in the Scarborough-Agincourt community. This is a great opportunity to share your stories!


The hope for this project is to amplify the voices of people living in some of Toronto’s underappreciated communities to ensure that these narratives are shared and known amongst the city. In October, The Ward Museum will be holding an exhibition to showcase these stories to the rest of the community.



Laneway Suite Community Consultations


The City of Toronto will be hosting a series of Community Consultations regarding the possibility of allowing laneway suites to be built within Toronto.


A laneway suite is a separate residential unit in a building located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, but generally in the backyard, and next to a public laneway. As of August 2018, the City of Toronto has allowed the construction of laneway suites in downtown Toronto and East York, subject to some criteria; they are now looking into allowing such suites to be built across the entire City.


The Scarborough Consultation will take place May 16th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive). For more information please click here…



City of Toronto Planning Division Transportation Policy Review


The City Planning Division is undertaking a review of the transportation policies related to transit; cycling; street related maps and schedules; automated vehicles; and, shared mobility services found in the Official Plan. The Scarborough Consultation will be held on May 6th in Committee Room 1 at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.


I would like to encourage Scarborough-Agincourt residents to come out and speak for better transit options in Scarborough. It is time to get shovels in the ground for a Sheppard Subway extension to make our communities more accessible and less congested. Come and have your say!


Ward 22 Public Library Events in May


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 the workshops and events for the month of May and call the libraries to register.


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


Saturday May 11th, 11:00am-12:30pm: Asian Heritage Month Celebration

Every Tuesday in May, 3:45-4:45pm: Family Time

Thursday May 16th, 1:30-3:30pm: Planning Ahead of Cemetery Funeral Services (Mandarin)

Thursday May 23rd, 1:30-3:30pm: Understanding Ontario Power of Attorney


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


Saturday May 4th, 2:00-3:00pm: Asian Heritage Month Indian Dance Performance

Monday May 6th, 13th & 27th, 2:00-2:30pm: Baby Time

Thursday May 9th & 16th, 6:30-8:00pm: LSP Citizenship Test Prep

Wednesday, May 22nd and Friday, May 24th, 2:00-3:30pm: Microsoft Excel Basics


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


Wednesday May 1st & 8th, 6:00-7:30pm: LSP French Conversation Circle

Thursday May 9th & 16th, 4:30-6:30pm: Newcomers Career Path

Thursday May 23rd & 30th, 6:00-7:30 pm: Cyber Seniors

Every Tuesday in May, 7:30-8:00pm: Pyjama Time


If you are also interested in learning business, marketing, and coding skills, join us at the Agincourt District Library  for a series of workshops run by VentureKids,  a not-for-profit agency that teach youth from Toronto how to code and launch their own tech-focused businesses. This workshop is a wonderful and unique opportunity for students/teens from the age of 13-18 and will require a 9 week commitment throughout. Over nine weeks (Saturdays)  participating students will learn Product Building; Financial Literacy; Web Development 101; and, Growth Hacking! Registration is required. 


Please note that all libraries will be closed May 20th for Victoria Day.


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