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August 2, 2019 – August 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I hope that you and your family are doing well.

This month will be a busy one in Scarborough-Agincourt. As we head into the latter months of summer, there will be a variety of events and general outdoor activities happening around the community.

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.



Hon. Jim Karygiannis

Councillor, Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt



Simcoe Day and Long Weekend in the City of Toronto


The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of City-run attractions and recreational opportunities on Simcoe Day – Monday, August 5. Named after Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe, who founded York/Toronto in 1793, Ontario’s annual civic holiday is celebrated the first Monday of each August.


Swimming and wading: Municipal outdoor pools, swimming beaches, splash pads and wading pools across Toronto will be open on holiday Monday. Swimming beaches that are open are supervised between 11:30 am and 6:30 pm. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed on the August 5 civic holiday. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim and http://www.toronto.ca/beaches.


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


Tennis: Many of Toronto’s municipal tennis courts will offer public hours on August 5, varying by location. There is no fee to play during public hours. 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. Details on tennis court locations and scheduled public hours are available at http://www.toronto.ca/tennis.


Toronto Zoo: The Toronto Zoo offers peak-season hours (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) daily on the Simcoe Day long weekend, with the last admission at 6 p.m. Visitor highlights include the newly opened Kangaroo Walk-Thru, Penguin Awareness Weekend, Splash Island – the zoo’s vast splash pad, daily animal shows in the Waterside Theatre and Keeper Talks. More information is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.


Transit service: The TTC’s holiday service schedule will be in effect on Simcoe Day. It means TTC routes will operate on Sunday schedules but will start early, at 6 a.m. More information about TTC holiday service: https://www.ttc.ca/Routes/General_Information/Service_Details.jsp


Other municipal services: City of Toronto emergency and other 24-hour services, including the 311 Toronto information service, will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child-care centres, Children’s Services district offices and the City Archives building on Spadina Road will be closed on holiday Monday.



Toronto Public Health Food Safety Tips


Grilling outdoors is a good way to keep your home cooler during the hot weather and a great way to enjoy the summer. Toronto Public Health wants to ensure that residents take the proper precautions to create safe and healthy meals and prevent foodborne illness during warmer temperatures ahead of the long weekend.


Food served in any setting, including at home or outdoors, can become contaminated or unsafe to eat. Follow these four easy steps to make your meals a food safety success: clean, separate, cook and chill.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, before and after handling food.
  • Use clean water and soap to thoroughly wash all utensils, dinnerware, countertops and cutting boards before and after use.
  • Sanitize cooking equipment, utensils and work surfaces with a chemical such as a mild bleach solution. Rinse with fresh water and air dry.



  • Keep your raw meat, poultry and seafood separate from cooked or ready-to-eat foods to avoid spreading harmful bacteria.
  • Use containers or re-sealable plastic bags to help prevent leaks and contamination of food and work surfaces



  • Cook raw meat, poultry and seafood to a safe internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella and listeria, as well as other micro-organisms such as viruses and parasites.
  • Use a digital food thermometer to check the internal temperature as you cook.



  • Don’t keep perishable food at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Keep perishable foods cold. Use a cooler filled with ice packs to store your food on the go. The internal temperature of the food inside the cooler should be at or below 4°C (40°F).


Symptoms of foodborne illness range from an upset stomach to more serious symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration. Symptoms can start within hours or days of eating contaminated food and usually last for one to three days. Most symptoms are resolved without medical treatment. For some people, especially the elderly, young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, symptoms of foodborne illness can be more serious.


For more information on preventing foodborne illness and practicing food safety at home, please click here…



8th Annual Carib Fest at Albert Campbell Square


The Hertiage Skills Development Centre will be hosting their 8th Annual Carib Fest at Albert Campbell Square (150 Borough Drive) on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


The 8th Annual Carib Fest aims to showcase, promote and celebrate the diversity of the African and Caribbean cultures, as well as other groups that make up the fabric of Canada, through arts, music, food and culture. Come and join in an afternoon of celebrations featuring live musical performances, exciting entertainment from diverse and award winning artists, food, vendors, special guests, workshops, interactive family activities, kids and youth zone, networking and much more. Admission is free.


For more information, please click here…



Arts in the Parks – The Campfire Project by Shadowland Theatre


This year’s last Arts in the Parks event hosted in Ward 22, Scarborough Agincourt will be a special one. Shadowland Theatre will be hosting a Campfire Project on Thursday, August 15th at Beverly Glen Park, including a community workshop with Indigenous teachings, arts and nature activities running from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and a nighttime campfire with stories, songs, shadow puppetry and spectacle running from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome to attend (marshmallows, including Halal style, will be provided).


Do you have a classic campfire story you would like to share? If you are interested in becoming a campfire storyteller at the Campfire Project, Shadowland Theatre is looking for local storytellers to join in at each Park. Stories and songs in all languages are welcome; where possible and appropriate, translation services may be provided. If you are interested in becoming a featured storyteller, please contact Shadowland Theatre at shadow@shadowlandtheatre.ca or click here for more information.



Car Burglaries in Ward 22


It has recently come to my attention that there have been a series of car break-ins in the Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt community. The alleged burglars are a group of adolescents operating during the early morning hours.


I would like to remind community members to please not leave any valuables in their cars and to always check whether car doors and windows are fully closed and locked. Under no circumstances should cars be left unattended whilst unlocked or when the motor is running. Car burglary can happen any place, any time – even on your own driveway.



2019 Community Day with Toronto East SDA Church and Glendower Community


The Toronto East Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in partnership with the Glendower Community, will be hosting a Community Day on Sunday, August 18th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 2821 Birchmount Road. Come and join in an afternoon of fellowship with the Glendower Community and enjoy some live music, food, games, children’s activities and more. The first 50 people in attendance will receive free backpacks as part of a giveaway.


For more information, please click here…



First Alliance Church Community Yard Sale


First Alliance Church will be hosting their Annual Community Books & Yard Sale on Saturday, August 10th between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Church parking lot at 3250 Finch Avenue East. For more information, contact First Alliance Church by e-mail at office@firstalliancechurch.org or by phone at 416-494-3269.



TransformTO Community Meeting


The City’s TransformTO Reference Panel on Climate Action invites Toronto residents to attend a public meeting to share their views on actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. All members of the public are invited to attend.


Your input will help to inform the next short-term implementation plan for TransformTO, the City’s climate action strategy. The plan will be presented to Council in early 2020.


Event Details

Date: Thursday August 8, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:45 pm
Location: Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda (150 Borough Drive)


To register, please click here…



City of Toronto HomeShare Program


Are you, or someone you know, a senior homeowner who would like help around the home, companionship, and rental income? Does your agency provide support services for seniors? Are you a student looking for affordable housing?


You are invited to attend an Information Session to learn more about Toronto HomeShare and how it might be right for you or someone you know. Toronto HomeShare is a City of Toronto program matching older adults, aged 55 and over, with a spare room in their home with a post-secondary student seeking affordable housing. In exchange for reduced rent ($400-600 per month), the student provides up to seven hours per week of companionship and light help with household tasks.


The City of Toronto will be hosting a series of Information Sessions with the community service provider, the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), over the coming weeks. Each Information Session will feature a presentation by City staff and the HomeShare program team, followed by a question and answer period.


The sessions will be held as follows:


Tuesday, August 6

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

City Hall, Committee Room #4

100 Queen St. W.


Tuesday, August 13

7:30 – 9 p.m.

City Hall, Committee Room #3

100 Queen St. W.


Thursday, August 15

7:30 – 9 p.m.

Metro Hall, Room #310

55 John St.


Please register for the session by emailing Paloma Millones at Paloma.Millones@toronto.ca. For more information regarding the location or accessibility inquiries, please contact Paloma Millones, 416-392-3999.



City of Toronto Cycling Laws


With the warmer weather come more cyclists on the roads. Please be aware that, like motorists, there are a number of rules and laws that must be followed when riding bicycles within the City. Failure to follow such laws will result in fines of varying amounts that must be paid.


To view a list of fines, please click here. Cycling laws can also be found here. Most notably, please do not ride your bikes on a pedestrian sidewalk. Violators will be fined $65.



Ward 22 Public Library Events in August


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 (unless otherwise indicated).


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


Computers for Beginners Series – Please register in person or by calling 416-396-8951

#1. Use the mouse: Thursday August 1, 2-3:30 pm

#2. Use the keyboard: Friday August 9, 2-3:40 pm

#3. Use the Internet: Monday August 12, 2-3:30 pm

#4. Use Google Search and Maps: Monday August 26, 2-3:30 pm

#5. Use Windows: Friday August 30, 2-3:30 pm


Library Settlement Partnerships: Cashier Training Workshop – register by calling 647-388-3762 or 647-517-4175. 

Thursday August 15, 1:30-4:00 pm

14 seats available


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


Senior Person Living Connected: Diabetes: Fridays, August 2 – September 6, 1:00-4:30 pm, register by calling 416-493-3333

Learn about effective ways to manage your diabetes.  Set up exercise and healthy eating plans.  Manage medication and communication with your Doctor.  Find ways to feel better and do more of the activities you enjoy.


Anywhere Animals Saturday August 17, 2:00-2:45 pm

A flamboyance of flamingos, a crash of rhinos, and a group of kids come together at this program that’s all about animals! (Please note: No live animals will be present.)

Tickets are available 30 minutes prior to the start of the program. 50 children per session.  


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


Puppet Show: The Gunniwolf for children 3+: Tuesday, August 13, 4:00–5:00 pm

Join us for an exciting creative program based on the popular classic folktale.


Public Speaking for Teens:  Saturday, August 24, 11:00 am -12:00 pm

Join our public speaking workshop and learn how to communicate clearly and confidently. This session will give you tips on designing and delivering a presentation. Presenter: Victoria Tung, Walmart manager.


To browse more Library events, please click here…