August 31, 2019 – September 2019 E-Newsletter
Recently members of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments announced funding for infrastructure and transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area.
While I appreciate that all three levels of government are committed to improving public transit in Toronto, I have reservations about the decision to provide funding for SmartTrack, an ever-changing enigma of a transit project.
I have always been, and will continue to be, committed to the building of the Sheppard Subway. If our governments are truly committed towards improving public transit in Toronto, they should be looking at ways to engage more transit riders, alleviate commute times, and address the issue of traffic congestion. I do not believe one new GO station at Kennedy/Finch will be enough to address any of those goals. To put it in simple terms: the Sheppard Subway should be the priority, not the SmartTrack project.
To hear my comments on CTV regarding the Sheppard Subway and SmartTrack, please click on the following link: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1764826&jwsource=cl
The Provincial Government has committed to a Sheppard Subway eastbound extension. I look forward to engaging with my colleagues at City Hall and the Provincial and Federal Governments, to provide better transit options for Scarborough residents.
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.
Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.
Hon. Jim Karygiannis
Councillor, Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt
Municipal recreation and attractions open over the Labour Day long weekend
Toronto residents can take advantage of many activities the City of Toronto will offer during the coming Labour Day long weekend, though most City operations, including recreation centres, will be closed on Monday, September 2. TTC transit service will operate on its holiday service schedule on Labour Day Monday, with the subway starting at 6 a.m.
Fun in the water
The following 10 outdoor swimming pools will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Labour Day as well as operating on their regular hours Saturday and Sunday:
- Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St.
- Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
- Grandravine Outdoor Pool, 23 Grandravine Dr.
- Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
- McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
- Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
- Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool, 550 Broadview Ave.
- Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
- Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool, 59 Forest Manor Rd.
- West Mall Outdoor Pool, 380 The West Mall
Other City outdoor swimming pools, and the City’s wading pools, will close for the summer season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 1. All indoor swimming pools will be closed on Labour Day. Splash pads will operate on Labour Day and will be open daily until September 15.
The City’s swimming beaches will be open and supervised on Labour Day from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather and beach conditions permitting. More information about beaches is available at http://www.toronto.ca/beaches and https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/beaches/beach-safety/.
Parents are reminded to supervise children at all times when they are in and around water. More information about swimming is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.
Golf: All five City-run golf courses will be open, offering holiday rates, on Labour Day. Fling golf is also available at the Dentonia, Humber, Scarlett Woods and Tam O’Shanter golf courses. Fling golf can be played alongside golfers and is scored the same way as golf. Instead of hitting the ball with a golf club, players fling the ball with a fling stick. More information about golf hours and locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/golf.
Tennis: Many of Toronto’s municipal tennis courts will offer public hours on September 2, 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 about tennis court locations and scheduled public hours are available at http://www.toronto.ca/tennis.
Farm in the city: Home to domestic farm animals representative of a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm, Riverdale Farm is open from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo, by calling 311 or at http://www.riverdalefarmtoronto.ca.
Bike and skate parks: Skateboarders and bike riders in Toronto who want to practise their moves have many options. The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, with something for everyone. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/rec.
The City’s 10 Toronto history museums will be open on Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend, with the exception of the Market Gallery, which is closed Sundays. Two museums, Fort York and Spadina Museum, will be open on Labour Day Monday (as well as on Saturday and Sunday). The 10 museums’ hours of operation and activities vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
On Monday, Fort York National Historic Site and its visitor centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature tours and ongoing exhibitions. Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.) will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Regular admission applies at both sites.
The Toronto Zoo is offering peak-season hours during Labour Day long weekend, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the last admission at 6 p.m. Visitor highlights include the newly opened Kangaroo Walk-Thru, Splash Island giant splash pad, daily animal shows in the Waterside Theatre, and Keeper Talks. International Vulture Awareness Weekend takes place on September 1 and 2. More information about the zoo’s features are available at http://www.torontozoo.com.
Other municipal services
City administrative offices and service counters (including the federal Service Canada counter at Toronto City Hall), City-operated child care centres, Children’s Services district offices and the City Archives at 255 Spadina Rd. will be closed on Labour Day (September 2).
City of Toronto frontline emergency services and other 24-hour services such as 311 Toronto will operate throughout the long weekend.
Car Burglaries in Ward 22
Over the past few weeks, my office has been made aware of a number of car burglaries and break-ins throughout the entire Scarborough-Agincourt area.
Once again, I would like to strongly advise community members to please not leave any valuables in their cars. Please also make sure that you always check if car doors and windows are fully closed and locked. Under no circumstances should cars be left unattended while unlocked or running.
Illegal Dumping in Ward 22 Parks
My office has received many complaints that household garbage is being dumped in our community’s public parks. The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 548 (Waste dumping prohibited) states that:
‘No person shall place, dump or deposit or permit to be placed, dumped or deposited any quantity of waste on any land, not including buildings, within the City, including ponds, lakes and streams, except as required or permitted under Chapter 841, Waste Collection, Commercial Properties, and Chapter 844, Waste Collection, Residential Properties’
People charged under the City of Toronto Municipal Code will, upon conviction, be fined $500, plus a Victim Surcharge of $110, plus an Administrative Fee of $5 for a total of $615.
Under no circumstances should you dispose of your garbage in any of our Parks. If you require information on when your garbage, recycling and yard waste is scheduled for pick-up by the City, please call my Constituency Office at 416-321-2788. Together we can keep our parks clean!
Toronto Hydro Scams
It has recently come to my attention that there has been an increase in scams predominantly targeting Toronto Hydro’s small business and residential customers. Fraudsters are contacting customers by phone, text message, email, fake electricity bills and door-to-door visits.
For more tips to spot and stop fraud, please click here…
TTC Subway Closures in September
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 and late-night closures to complete improvements to infrastructure and signals.
For the full list of weekend and late-evening closures in the month of September, please click here…
YMCA Youth Talent Showcase
Do you have a passion for performing? Know some tricks or moves that would wow a crowd in an instant? The YMCA will be hosting a Youth Talent Showcase on Saturday, September 21st from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at the Scarborough Centre YMCA (230 Town Centre Court). Come out and share your talent with a group of passionate peers!
To register, please dial 416-609-9622 ext. 30073, or click here…
Backyard Tree Planting Program
Did you know that the City has a goal of increasing tree canopy from its current 27% to 40%? Much of the opportunity for expanding the canopy resides on private property. So, not only is planting on private land a great way for you to help green our neighbourhoods, but you will also enjoy the personal benefits of doing so for years to come!
Why plant more trees?
- Trees beautify a property and provide shade/cooling on hot summer days;
- Human health, both physical and mental, is positively impacted by trees; and,
- Trees can reduce storm water runoff and can provide habitat for pollinators and songbirds
Through the Backyard Tree Planting Program, property owners receive arborist advice on the selection and placement of native tree and shrub species, as well as planting services and instructions on how to care for the trees. All for an affordable price!
For more information on how you can plant on your property at an affordable price, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.
TOBuilt Information Session
The Toronto Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario invites you to attend an information session on TOBuilt, an open source database of images and information about buildings and structures in Toronto. They will be demonstrating how the database works, how to add and edit entries and exploring how the database can be used by heritage organizations, advocates and the community at large.
This information session will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to:
- Share what you know about the properties in your neighbourhood;
- Make it easier for City staff to find the information they need to protect property under the Ontario Heritage Act;
- Create an inventory of the buildings on your street;
- Collect information that could be used by the City when considering the creation of a Heritage Conservation District; and more.
Admission is free, and a cash bar will be available.
Steeles Avenue East Grade Separation Project Updates
As you may be aware, construction is currently underway at Steeles Avenue East and the Stouffville GO line as part of the Steeles Grade Separation Project and Milliken GO Station improvements. Please take a look below for some project updates:
STEELES AVE GRADE SEPARATION – Retaining Wall Drilling and Enbridge Work
- Ongoing drilling for future retaining wall along Steeles Ave between Redlea Ave and Silver Star Blvd.
- Enbridge to install gas lines along Steeles Ave over the next 6 weeks.
STEELES AVE GRADE SEPARATION – Splendid China Mall Access
- August 3, 2019: the eastern vehicular access to Splendid China Mall from Steeles Avenue East was permanently closed.
- The access immediately west of the closure will remain open along with the two entrances from Redlea Avenue.
MILLIKEN GO STATION
- Ongoing Work: South tunnel, east/northeast staircase work including backfilling, mechanical and electrical installation, and work on the elevator pits.
- Parking Lot: Relocated accessibility parking and accessible ramp further south. Later this summer light poles will be installed.
- Pedestrian Pathway: In July, reopened the pedestrian pathway from Steeles Ave. E. to give customers direct access to the station platform. It will stay open until the end of 2019.
- pedestrian tunnels with elevators and stairs
- new second track and upgrading of existing track
- parking lot modifications
- ancillary building; and other station access and accessibility improvements
STEELES AVE GRADE SEPARATION – Diversion Road
- December 2019: a temporary detour road north of Steeles Ave. E. will be in place.
- The detour is required to build the underpass and pedestrian bridge at Steeles Ave E while maintaining traffic flow.
- Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained throughout and provide access to Redlea Ave and Silver Star Blvd.
- Pedestrians will travel along the temporary roadway via new, temporary pedestrian sidewalks.
- Access to Turff Ave will be permanently closed.
- The temporary detour will be in place until late 2020 (approximately one year).
Ward 22 Library Events
Welcome back! As we all prepare for the start of a new school year, our three community libraries will be offering a variety of after-school programs for our children and youth to attend. A variety of workshops and clubs for people of all ages will also be offered at our local Library branches. To view a list of Library events, please click here…