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June 2, 2019 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

Happy Canada Day! This weekend, Canadians from coast to coast to coast and abroad will come together to celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday. Whether they gather on Signal Hill, overlooking St. John’s harbour, for the pre-dawn flag raising ceremony; witness the noontime 21 gun salute and fly past on Parliament Hill; march in parades; attend concerts and BBQs; watch fireworks; are sworn in as Canadian citizens at special sessions of Citizenship Court; or, celebrate Canada Day overseas – July 1st is an important day for all Canadians.

Please celebrate a safe and happy Canada Day with your friends, family and neighbours.

If you would like your community event to be included in our next e-newsletter, please contact my office. For any questions, 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.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Karygiannis

Councillor, Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt

 

Canada Day Celebrations across the City on July 1st

 

The City of Toronto will help Torontonians and visitors celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday on Monday, July 1 by offering and supporting events across Toronto.

 

In Scarborough, visitors to Thomson Memorial Park on July 1st will be treated to entertainment by Sonja Collymore, the Arsenals and Danny Fernandes, and there will be kids’ crafts and face-painting as well as opportunities for interactive performance. The community’s annual parade along Brimley Road is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 10 a.m. in Milliken District Park (5555 Steeles Ave. E.).

 

For more information about these Canada Day celebrations, please click here…

 

Toronto Historic Sites

Scarborough Museum: Visitors to Scarborough Museum on Monday will have the opportunity to explore the historic buildings, sample traditional foods and observe historic activations by the Inprint Collective, blacksmith David Brandow and Toronto Spinners and Weavers. The museum, located at 1007 Brimley Rd. (in Thomson Memorial Park), will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 1.

 

July 1 fireworks at Ashbridges Bay

The City’s annual Canada Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay (1561 Lake Shore Blvd. E.) will begin at 10 p.m. on Monday, July 1. Residents planning to attend are encouraged to leave their vehicles at home and use public transit.

 

City of Toronto bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in City parks.

 

City parks and pools

City of Toronto parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, splash pads and swimming beaches across the city will be open on Canada Day, July 1. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed Monday. More information and swimming pool schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.

 

The status of designated swimming beaches is available at http://www.toronto.ca/beaches. Water quality reports for local beaches are available at http://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/index.htm.

 

Tennis

All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use over the long weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information about public tennis courts is available at http://www.toronto.ca/tennis.

 

Golf

All five City golf courses will be open and will offer holiday rates on Monday, July 1. These affordable, high-quality, TTC-accessible courses are open daily over the summer. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/golf.

 

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is offering peak-season hours during the Canada Day long weekend from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (last admission at 6 p.m.). Visitor highlights include Saving Species Days, featuring endangered Canadian species, and Splash Island, the zoo’s vast splash pad, as well as daily animal shows (at the Waterside Theatre) and Keeper Talks. More information is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.

 

Public transit and other services

TTC service will operate on a Saturday schedule on Monday, July 1. TTC customers can visit http://www.ttc.ca for more information to help plan their trips.

 

City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend including July 1. City administrative offices and service counters, the City Archives at 255 Spadina Rd., Toronto Public Library branches and City-operated child care centres as well as Children’s Services district offices will be closed on Monday, July 1.

 

 

Toronto Police Services Community Meeting

 

Toronto Police Services will be hosting a Community Meeting to update residents on the Neighbourhood Community Officer Program on Tuesday, July 2nd from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Chester Le Community Centre (201 Chester Le Boulevard). For more information, please e-mail d42lamoreaux@torontopolice.on.ca .

 

 

Bridlewood Library E-Waste Collection Event

 

ADL Process will be hosting their annual E-Waste Collection event on Saturday, July 27th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Bridlewood Library (157A-2900 Warden Avenue, inside Bridlewood Mall). Community members are welcome to bring their electronics for collection on this occasion. For a list of accepted items, please click here…

 

 

Wave Runners Photo and Music Program Applications – Open Now!

Applications are now being accepted for The Wave Runners Photo and Music Program! The Wave Runners Program is a 6-month initiative in Scarborough that aims to provide youth aged 15-24 with resources, mentorship and entrepreneurial skills to learn photography or music. To apply, please click here. Deadline to apply is July 4th at 11:59pm!

 

 

City of Toronto Noise By-law

 

Each year, the City of Toronto receives many complaints across the City about loud noises in neighbourhoods. The largest complaints are generally about construction, loud music or barking dogs.

 

Please note that construction hours are between:

  • Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m;
  • Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m; and,
  • not allowed on Sundays and statutory holidays.

 

Some construction projects have a noise exemption and can work outside of the hours listed. Municipal work or work undertaken due to emergency situations is exempt from the Noise By-law and exemption requirements.

 

If you are able to locate the source of excessive noises in your neighbourhood, speak to the person or people responsible for the noise to give them an opportunity to correct the issue. If that does not work, then you can report a noise issue by contacting 311.

 

For a detailed version of the City of Toronto’s Noise By-law, or ways to submit a noise complaint, please click here…

 

 

City of Toronto 2019 Final Property Tax Bill Payment Information

 

The City of Toronto has issued its 2019 final property tax bills – the second of two tax bills mailed annually. The interim tax bill was mailed in January.

 

Payment due dates for the final tax bills under the three-instalment plan are July 2, August 1 and September 3.

 

For property owners enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Tax Payment (PTP) program, the 2019 final tax due dates are:

  • Two-instalment plan: July 2
  • Six-instalment plan: July 2, August 1, September 3
  • Eleven-instalment plan: July 15, August 15, September 16, October 15, November 15, December 16

 

Payments can be made through banks or financial institutions, by cheque or in person at the City’s inquiry and payment counters. Locations and hours of operation are available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/counter-locations/. Property owners should pay early to ensure that payment reaches the City’s office before the due date.

 

Inquiry/payment counters at civic centres and Toronto City Hall will extend their operating hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday, June 27 to Tuesday, July 2 (counters will not be open on the July 1 Canada Day holiday). Regular office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, will resume on Wednesday, July 3.

 

Residents who have recently purchased a property and pay their property taxes through  pre-authorized payments or their banking or financial institution are reminded to update their account information with the City or with their financial institution to avoid incurring fees from misdirected payments. Property owners can sign up with Canada Post epost™ to receive a digital property tax bill. Details are available at https://www.canadapost.ca/cpc/en/personal/receiving/manage-mail/epost.page.

 

Property owners can access their property tax account details by using the online Property Tax Lookup tool available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/property-tax/ or by speaking to a customer service representative at 311, available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers outside of city limits can call 416-392-CITY (2489) and TTY users can call 416-392-0719.

 

 

Toronto Public Health provides tips for a safe and healthy summer

 

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, here are some updates on the City’s hot weather response and tips to enjoy summer in a safe and active way during hot weather.

 

Find a cool space

The Toronto Heat Relief Network is 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…

 

Beat the heat

  • Check on vulnerable groups and loved ones who are at risk, including isolated adults and seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and infants and young children.
  • Ensure that elderly people, children or pets are not left unattended in a car. Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Avoid the sun and seek shade in cool areas, or use an umbrella.
  • Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even before you feel thirsty.
  • Go to air-conditioned places such as shopping malls, local libraries and community centres.
  • Find more information about how to beat the heat at http://www.toronto.ca/keepcool

Be sun safe

  • Cover up with long-sleeved clothing and a wide-brimmed hat and protect your eyes using UVA/UVB protective sunglasses.
  • Protect exposed skin by using a sunscreen with SPF 30 or more, labelled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant,” as well as sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips.
  • Reapply sunscreen and lip balm when needed, especially after swimming, sweating or towelling.
  • Locate free sunscreen dispensers at City parks and find more tips to protect yourself from the sun at http://www.besunsafe.ca.
  • Limit direct sun exposure between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when ultraviolet radiation exposure is the strongest.

 

Go for a dip

  • Swimming is a great way to stay healthy, physically active and keep cool in the summer weather.
  • Supervise children when in or around water, use lifejackets and consider getting trained in first aid and CPR.
  • From June to Labour Day, Toronto Public Health inspectors work behind the scenes to make sure City beaches, seasonal public pools, wading pools and water slides are ready to be safely enjoyed.
  • Through SwimSafe, facilities are given either a Pass, Conditional Pass or Closed based the results of an inspection.
  • Look for the colour-coded SwimSafe signage on display at any of the City’s recreational water facilities including pools, spas, splash pads and water slides.
  • Each of the City’s 11 beaches have water samples tested daily to reduce the incidence of water-borne illness and injury.
  • Warning signs are posted at lifeguard stations when water quality poses a health risk.
  • Find daily inspection result updates on beach water quality at http://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe.

 

 

City of Toronto Identify ‘N Impact Grant

 

Do you have a passion for improving your community? Are you a youth group (Ages 15-29) with a great idea that needs funding? You may be eligible to apply for up to $10,000 of funding through the City of Toronto’s Identify ‘N Impact Investment Funding Program Grant. For eligibility rules and the application process, please email cgis@toronto.ca or 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. Following a successful performance last year, Little Pear Dance Company will also be making a return to Beverly Glen Park with a performance on July 27th. 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…

 

Ward 22 Public Library Events in July

 

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 July and call the libraries to register.

 

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

 

Wednesday July 3rd, 11:00am-­12:30pm: Asian Heritage Month Celebration

July 8th – 11th, 10:00am-11:00am: ABC Camp: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

July 15th– July 18th,10:00am-11:00pm: Built It Day Camp

Friday July 26th, 2:00pm-3:30pm: 55+ Club

 

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

 

Thursday July 4th, 1:30pm-3:00pm: Cantonese Book Club

Tuesday July 10th, 2:00-2:30pm: Baby Time

Wednesday July 17th, 2:00pm-3:30pm: Image Editing Basics with Plxlr

Wednesday July 24th, 2:00-3:30pm: Facebook Basics

 

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

 

Wednesday July 10th & 17th, 5:30pm-7:30pm: LSP French Conversation Circle

Thursday July 11th & 18th& 25th, 3:30pm-5:30pm: LSP Smart Devices Learning Class (Mandarin)

Wednesday July 24th, 9:30am-11:00am: Wellness Club for Seniors (Mandarin)

Friday July 19th, 6:00-8:00pm: SPLC Chess Club

 

Please note that all libraries will be closed July 1stfor Canada Day.

 

For the full schedule of Library Events happening in July, please click here…