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September 2019 Back to School E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

Welcome back! I hope that you had a restful and enjoyable summer break. To those of you coming back for another school year – I wish you all the best with your studies and encourage you to find a good balance between school and daily life.

As we return from summer break and get ready for the new school year, please take a look at this e-newsletter for back-to-school safety tips, updates from City Hall and general neighbourhood activities in Ward 22.

A large portion of the information included in this e-newsletter was also included in our September 2019 Ward Report, which was mailed out to Ward 22 residents earlier this month. To view a digital copy of the Ward Report, please click on the following link: http://karygiannis.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Ward-Report-Fall-2019.pdf


My office is here to address concerns regarding the Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt 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, Toronto ON M1T 3T6.


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



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt



Back to School Safety Tips for Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers and Children


Many children are walking and biking to school. Younger children often lack the skills to navigate traffic safely. Help them by stressing the following traffic safety rules:


  • Walk on sidewalks where available;
  • Always cross at intersections;
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle; and,
  • Always walk your bicycle across a roadway.


When crossing intersections without signals or crossing guards, children should:

  • Stop before stepping into the road;
  • Increase your visibility and indicate your crossing intention to motorists;
  • Look in all directions before crossing;
  • Stop, Look and Listen for traffic;
  • Cross safely when the road is clear;
  • Walk, don’t run, across the road; and,
  • Where possible, use the buddy system.


When crossing intersections with signals, children should:

  • Push the pedestrian button (where they exist);
  • Wait for the pedestrian walk sign;
  • Increase visibility and indicate your cross intention to motorists;
  • Stop, Look and Listen for traffic;
  • Watch for turning cars or trucks;
  • Cross safely when the road is clear; and,
  • Walk, don’t run across the road.


When crossing with the assistance of adult crossing guards and student safety patrollers:

  • Cross only under the direction of the guard.


Railway Crossings:

Many children in our communities must cross railway tracks daily. Ensure children are taught the only safe place to cross railway tracks is at a designated crossing.


For Drivers:

  • Back to school means more children walking and biking on our roads. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Motorists need to take special care while driving. Help our children walk safely to school by following these important safety rules:
  • Be aware of school zone signage;
  • Reduce speed in school zones;
  • Be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice on-coming traffic;
  • Always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road;
  • Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding; and,
  • Stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard.



Increase in Penalty Amounts for Stopping and Parking Violations


At its meeting on July 16th, 2019, Toronto City Council adopted the following with an implementation date of September 3rd, 2019.


City Council increase the penalty from $60 to $100 for the following:

  • The “Stop – Non-School Bus in School Bus Loading Zone”.
  • The “Stop – Within 9 Metres of School Crossing” offence.
  • The “Stand Vehicle – Passenger Loading Zone – Contrary to Permitted (Times/Days)” offence.
  • The “Stand Vehicle – Passenger Loading Zone – Not Actively Engaged in Loading/Unloading Passengers” offence.
  • The “Stop – Signed Highway – During Prohibited (Times/Days)” offence.
  • The “Stand Vehicle – Signed Highway During Prohibited (Times/Days)”.


City Council amend the City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 950 (Traffic and Parking) to establish a new offence in Section 950-400B(1.1) for stopping any vehicle on or over a boulevard unless stopping is authorized under any other City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter or By-law and establish an associated penalty amount of $150.



FREE MOVIE NIGHT: The Secret Life of Pets 2


Date: Friday, September 20th, 2019

Time: 7:00PM

Location: L’Amoreaux Community Centre – Park View Room (2000 McNicoll Avenue)



Seniors’ Information Session 2019


The Seniors’ Information Session is designed to help seniors and their families learn about the benefits and programs offered by the Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments, as well as community organizations. Representatives will be setting up booths where you can obtain information and ask questions about the services they provide; discuss issues of interest to you; and, express your concerns.


Date: Friday, September 27th, 2019

Time: 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: Bridlewood Mall Lower Level (2900 Warden Avenue)



Community Environment Day


Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Time: 10:00AM to 2:00PM

Location: L’Amoreaux Community Centre (2000 McNicoll Avenue)


Please note: There will be no free compost giveaway at this event. Residents are welcome to bring small electrical appliances/electrical devices and household hazardous waste for drop-off. Please speak to staff at the event for pick-up arrangements of major appliances throughout the year.


For more information on Community Environment Day and a full list of items accepted for drop-offs at the event, please click here…



Ward 22 Development Map


A significant amount of development is happening in Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt. On June 10, 2019, I hosted an All-Developers Town Hall where developers showcased their concept drawings of the new developments and answered any questions or concerns raised.


In order to help residents locate the upcoming developments in Ward 22, I included a map in the September 2019 Ward Report outlining development locations in the Ward.  To view a digital version of the map, please click here…



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. Please take a look below for some program highlights for the month of September. To view the full list of Library events, please click here…



Steeles Library


Toronto Public Health Early Years, Tuesdays, September 17-October 8, 4:30-5:30 pm

Calling all parents! Toronto Public Health’s Early Years Program will be coming to Steeles Library for four workshops this fall. Please join us as we learn about the following topics geared towards the early years’ age group:

September 17 – Positive Discipline

September 24 – Positive Discipline (Techniques)

October 1 – Emotional Regulation

October 8 – Picky Eater

Please call 416-396-8975 or visit Steeles Branch to register


Best Start-Up Business: Business Site Selection, Thursday, September 19, 1:30-3:30 pm

Conducted in Mandarin.

Location, location, location! Join our Small Business Workshop with William Chan from Toronto Chinese Business Association to learn about ways to select a winning location for your start-up company.

Please call 416-396-8975 or visit Steeles Branch to register



Agincourt Library 


Disability: Accessing Your Benefits, Wednesday, September 11, 1:30-3:00 pm  

Learn about the Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan and how to assess them. Learn the CRA’s definition of a disability: eligibility criteria and requirements. Understand how the Disability Tax Credit and eligible medical expenses are applied to a tax return. Learn about Registered Disability Savings Plans, contributions and benefits, and tax implications. Presented by CPA Canada.

Please call 416-396-8951 or visit Agincourt Branch to register



Bridlewood Library


Know Your Money, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm

Calling all money managers, join us for an informative and captivating program lead by a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Learn how to develop your financial knowledge in regards to pay stubs, T4’s, credit and multiple bank account types.  Find the right financial strategy for you and your lifestyle.

Please call 416-396-8960 or visit Bridlewood Branch to register


Computers for Beginners: A Course for Seniors, Tuesday, September 17-October 22, 2019, 10:00 am-12:30 pm

Seniors please join us for a beginners course into the world of technology.  Designed for a small group you will explore how to use an iPad, search the web and discover how mobile devices can fit into your day to day lives. Practice sessions are also available.

Please visit Bridlewood Branch for an application form.


Toronto Police Services ‘Youth in Policing’ Program


The Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board, in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, is now accepting applications for the 2020 Youth in Policing Initiative Winter-Spring Program. To apply, please click here…



2019 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards Nominations


Nominations are open for the 2019 Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards. For more than 15 years, the AEHR Awards have been the City of Toronto’s highest honour to recognize people or organizations that have created a more equitable city by addressing discrimination and working to eliminate barriers to equality. The five AEHR Awards are:


  • Mino Bimaadiziwin Award (Indigenous Award)
  • Disability Access Award
  • Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality
  • Pride Award
  • William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award


Award recipients will be recognized at a public event on December 10th, 2019.


Nominees must be Toronto residents or non-profit organizations. For more information, including how to submit a nomination, visit http://toronto.ca/civicawards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 13 at 5 p.m.