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June 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I would like to invite residents to a free Community BBQ in support of the campaign against the closure of the Obstetrics and In-Patient Pediatrics Departments at the Scarborough Hospital – Birchmount Site, affectionately known in our community as the “Scarborough Grace”.

The Save The Grace Community BBQ will be hosted at the Kidstown Water Park (3159 Birchmount Rd [Birchmount/McNicoll]) on Friday, June 14th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please join me and the doctors of the Scarborough Hospital – Birchmount Site as we continue to fight against these hospital closures.

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. My constituency office is located at 3850 Finch Avenue East, Suite G7.

Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.

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



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt




Ward 22 All-Development Community Meeting


Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt will be experiencing residential and commercial developments over the next few years. In order to keep residents well-informed of the upcoming developments in our community, my office will be hosting a Ward 22 All-Development Community Meeting. Residents are welcome to come and view proposed development plans and ask questions of representatives of the development sites, City Staff, and me.


Event Details

Location: L’Amoreaux Community Centre – Park View Room at 2000 McNicoll Avenue, Scarborough

Date: Monday June 10th, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


For more information, please contact my Constituency Office at 416-321-2788.



Ward 22 All-Schools Traffic Safety Community Meeting


As your City Councillor, I have continued to be engaged with all community schools regarding school zone traffic safety measures. At the last Scarborough Community Council meeting, Brookmill Boulevard Junior Public School received approval for new traffic safety measures. They now join two other schools which received new traffic safety measures during the previous term of Toronto City Council.


In continuing my commitment to ensuring your child’s safety, I will be hosting a Community Meeting, with City of Toronto Staff, to discuss traffic safety measures for each Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt school.


Event Details

Location: Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre at 2520 Birchmount Road, Scarborough

Date: Monday June 17th, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


I hope to see you there.



Don Valley Parkway Lane Restrictions


I have been advised that there will be a number of partial lane closures and restrictions on the Don Valley Parkway due to construction on four overpasses on the Parkway.


Stage 1 of this construction will be between July 2nd to August 18th, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Closures are as follows:


  • One northbound median lane will be closed from Don Mills Road to Lawrence Avenue East.
  • The northbound HOV lane at Wynford Drive will be closed.
  • One southbound median lane will be closed at Lawrence Avenue East and Don Mills Road.
  • The southbound HOV lane at Wynford Drive will be closed.


Agincourt Public Library Customer Appreciation Day


The Scarborough-Agincourt community has always been supportive of the three local Toronto Public Library branches – and now, it is your turn to be thanked for your support! The Agincourt Public Library will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Day featuring a Puppet Musical Show, Chinese Dance Performances and a tour of the Digital Innovation Hub and Green Screen Room.


Event Details

Location: Agincourt Public Library at 155 Bonis Avenue, Scarborough

Date: Saturday June 15th, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Puppet Musical Show from 10:30 am – 11:30 am)



Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club Annual Electronics Recycling Event


The Toronto Kaiteur Lions Club, in conjunction with the Ontario Electronics Stewardship, will be hosting their annual Electronic Recycling Collection Event on Saturday, June 15th. Accepted items include computers, printers, televisions and other portable electronic items. Clothing will also be accepted for donation. (Please note: large electronic items including fridges, stoves, washers, dryers and dishwashers will not be accepted)


Event Details

Location: L’Amoreaux Community Centre at 2000 McNicoll Avenue

Date: Saturday June 15th, 2019

Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


For a full list of accepted items, please click here…



Arts in the Parks 2019


It’s that time of year for Arts in the Parks again! This year, Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt will have 3 feature performances hosted at Beverly Glen Park (75 Beverly Glen Boulevard), with the first event, The Heart of the Park – Kaeja d’Dance being held on July 6th, from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm. Stay tuned for more Arts in the Parks events happening throughout the summer!

For more information on Arts in the Parks and featured events, please click here…



City of Toronto Summer Swim, Skate and After-School Programs – Apply Now!


Registration for City of Toronto summer swim and skate recreation programs, as well as after-school programming for the coming school year, starts this week and continues into the next. The City is the largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests in Toronto.


Extended hours are available to help residents prepare for registration by calling customer service at 416-396-7378 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 6 and 7. Registration for summer swim and skate programs and After-School Recreation Care (ARC) begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 8th for Scarborough.


In order to accommodate participants affected by the closure of Agincourt Community Recreation Centre, program capacity at other recreation locations in Scarborough has been increased. Residents are encouraged to check nearby community centres for the status of registered or drop-in program listings that interest them.


How to register

Step 1: Get account numbers

Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling the customer service line or by speaking with staff at a City Community Centre.


Step 2: Choose programs

Residents are advised to have a few backup choices prepared in case their preferred program is full. A listing of programs can be found online at https://www.toronto.ca/funguide or in the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide available at community centres, libraries, civic centres and City Hall. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide.


Step 3: Register

Residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready before registration starts. There are three ways to register:



Toronto Heat Relief Network


The arrival of June marks the beginning of the summer season in Toronto. With this in mind, I would like to remind everyone of the Toronto Heat Relief Network, a system of cool spaces across the City where residents can drop-in and get relief from severe heat waves. This year, the Heat Relief Network has been expanded from 180 to approximately 270 cool spaces across the City.


The Heat Relief Network includes libraries, community centres and pools, civic centres, drop-ins and several private and non-profit organizations, including some shopping malls and YMCA locations.


All locations are available to the public during their business hours, with shelters and respite centres available 24/7 for individuals experiencing homelessness. The community and City facilities that served as “cooling centres” in previous years will be open during their regular business hours. To view the locations of all Heat Relief spaces across the City, please click here…



City of Toronto and TTC launch public information campaign and consultation on transit review


A public information campaign and public consultation on the Realignment of Transit Responsibilities Review will launch today. Samples of the information campaign, to run on TTC vehicles and in subway stations, can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/transitreview.


The Scarborough Consultation will be held on Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive, Scarborough ON).


This consultation gives the public an opportunity to learn more about the transit review; the City and TTC’s transit system needs and plans; and, the Province’s proposed plan, including Bill 107 – The Getting Ontario Moving Act.  Public input and feedback will be gathered and will help inform staff recommendations to City Council.



TTC McNicoll Bus Garage


With growing ridership and an expanding bus fleet, the TTC is currently building a new facility at Kennedy Road and McNicoll Avenue in Ward 22 and will store and maintain a combination of articulated and regular buses. Currently, the project is expected to be completed by June 2020. For more information on the project and to view construction notices, please click here…



Toronto Hydro Scam Calls and Messages


In 2018, Toronto Hydro received more than 1100 reports of scams, and customers have paid more than $45,000 to fraudsters. The majority of scams target small business and residential customers. Reports of fraudulent activity from customers involve text messages, emails and threatening phone calls. To learn how to identify and report fraudulent calls and messages, please click here…



TTC Subway Closures Month of June


Maintaining subway infrastructure in a state-of-good-repair is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable transit system. While the TTC does much of its maintenance work on the subway at the conclusion of service each night, it will continue to require weekend closures to complete improvements to infrastructure and signals.


For the full list of weekend and late-evening closures in the month of June, please click here…