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October 2019 – E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

As your City Councillor, I have been continuously engaged with our community’s schools, parents and residents regarding school zone traffic calming measures. I am pleased to announce that, working with one of our school administrations and parents of the Brookmill community, a new set of traffic calming measures were successfully installed in the neighbourhood over the past week. I would like to thank our community members for their input regarding improving traffic safety for our students and residents.

The following traffic calming measures were installed on Brookmill Boulevard:

–          Reduced speed from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on Brookmill Blvd between Bridletowne Circle & La Peer Boulevard;

–          No U-Turn signs on Brookmill Boulevard between Bridletowne Circle & La Peer Boulevard;

–          Speed humps on Brookmill Boulevard between Bridletowne Circle & La Peer Boulevard; and,

–          All-way compulsory stop sign at the intersection of Bridletowne Circle and Brookmill Boulevard.

Traffic calming and safety measures have always been a huge priority of mine. With your input and support, we have implemented a variety of traffic calming measures in many of our community’s school zones. I look forward to continuing to work with you and our schools in ensuring the safety of our students and residents. If your school would like to start a petition for school zone traffic calming measures, please do not hesitate to contact my office for more details.

With Halloween on the horizon, I would also like to advise residents and community members to exercise caution when Trick-or-Treating. Please take a look at the following safety tips:

–          Be careful while walking on roads and sidewalks and try to keep children away from the edge of the road facing traffic for safety purposes;

–          Always carry a flashlight in the event that you walk into an area with dim lighting;

–          Plan a route in advance if possible; and,

–          Check your candy before eating.

If you would like your community event to be included in our next e-newsletter please kindly contact my office. For any questions, concerns or inquiries, I can be reached by phone at 416-392-1374 or by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net.


Happy Halloween!



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt


Car and On-Bicycle 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. I would also like to recommend that residents park their cars in their garages and not on driveways. 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.

My office has also been made aware of thieves on bicycles who have stolen bags and valuable possessions from pedestrians. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times and hold your items securely in hand when in public. Additionally, avoid walking with your valuables facing roadside if you are walking alongside a road or path with high traffic volume.

Should you find signs of break-ins, or have had valuables stolen from you, please do not hesitate to call the police immediately. You can contact the Toronto Police Services 42 Division at 416 828 4200.


No Parking Overnight South of Finch


As a result of a survey which residents participated in, I would like to inform you that starting in the summer of 2020, there will be no overnight parking allowed in any of Scarborough-Agincourt’s residential roads south of Finch Avenue East. Signs will be posted in mid-2020 to remind residents of this change. This adds to the previous no-parking zone already in effect north of Finch Avenue East. I would like to kindly thank residents for their input and feedback throughout this decision-making process.


Agincourt Village Community Association Annual General Meeting

The Agincourt Village Community Association (AVCA) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Agincourt Public Library (150 Bonis Avenue).

Residents and community members are encouraged to attend and to ask questions of AVCA members and myself regarding the goings-on within the Agincourt community. City staff will also be in attendance to provide updates regarding community facilities and services that the City of Toronto provides for residents.


Pumpkin Parades at Terry Fox Park and Birchcrest Park


Friends and neighbours of Agincourt: it’s the spookiest time of the year again – Halloween! This year, the Friends of Fundy Bay and the Friends of Beverly Glen will be hosting Pumpkin Parades in two of our community Parks. Come out and bring your fa-boo-lously spooky carved pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns to win bragging rights for Scariest Neighbours of All Hallows’ Eve. (Please remember to also bring electric candles to illuminate your pumpkins)!


Birchcrest Park Pumpkin Parade Details:

Date: Friday November 1st, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Birchcrest Park – 89 Beverly Glen Boulevard


Terry Fox Park Pumpkin Parade Details:

Date: Friday November 1st, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Terry Fox Park – 300 Bamburgh Circle


When ghosts team up to frighten people on Halloween, one could say they’re “splitting scares”…! See you at the Parade!


 Halloween-inspired events coming to Toronto’s museums this fall


October will bring a chilling lineup of Halloween-theme events to Toronto’s History Museums, with “haunted happenings” suitable for every age and scare-ability.

Among the many events are the following six highlights. All but the last event listed below requires tickets, available now at various prices:


–          Mackenzie House will present a Victorian gothic event during the evenings of October 2, 9 and 23.

–          Fort York will offer Lantern-led Tours nightly from October 28 to 31 on the grounds, including the military cemetery.

–          Todmorden Mills will hold Halloween Workshops from 10:00 AM to noon on October 19 (mask making) and October 20 (lantern making), suitable for children age 6 and up.

–          Spadina Museum will feature the theme of clairvoyance on multiple dates starting October 10.

–          Gibson House will host Victorian séances on October 30 and 31, with a paranormal investigator shedding light on the Victorian obsession with death.

–          Scarborough Museum will feature “Halloween Blast from the Past” from noon to 4:00 PM on October 26.


Full program lineups, as well as details for these events mentioned above, are available here.


2019 City of Toronto Remembrance Day Services

Each year, the City of Toronto organizes annual Remembrance Day services at seven different locations across the city.

This year, the Remembrance Day Service in Scarborough will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019 starting at 2:00 PM at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive).

Other official Civic Services will take place on Monday November 11th, at 10:45 AM at various locations, including the Scarborough Cenotaph at 2190 Kingston Road.

For a full list of City of Toronto Remembrance Day Ceremonies, please click here. You can also find further information about Remembrance and commemorative activities in Toronto by clicking here.


TransformTO Public Consultations


Residents are invited to have their say on the climate actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. The City is developing its next TransformTO Implementation Plan 2021 to 2023. You can share your views by attending a public meeting; completing an online survey; or, by hosting your own community consultation with the help of a Community Conversation Guide and other resources.


For more information, please click here….


Ward 22 Public Library Events in October

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 May and call the libraries to register.


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

–          October 23rd and 30th, 3:45-4:45 PM: K’NEX Club

–          October 29th 4:00-5:30 PM: Youth Leadership Development Course

–          October 25th, 2:00-3:30PM: 55+ Club


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

–          Every Wednesday in October, 10:30-11:00 AM: Toddler Time

–          October 23rd 6:00-7:30 PM: Teen Build Your Own Desktop Computer

–          October 26th 10:30-11:30 AM: Halloween Family Storytime

–          October 29th 2:00-3:30pm: Facebook Basics


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

–          Every Tuesday in October, 7:30-8:00 PM: Pyjama Time

–          October 25th 6:00-8:00 PM: SPLC Chess Club

–          October 21st & 28th, 4:00-6:00 PM: Bridlewood Homework Program

–          October 22nd 10:00-11:30 AM: Computers Beginners Course for Seniors



Toronto Animal Services Call for Donations


Toronto Animal Services is currently collecting pet food and large dog coats as part of the Homeless Connect Toronto event on October 27, 2019. Patrons of the Homeless Connect Toronto event can access essential resources on housing, employment, ID clinics, health care, and other services under one roof. Toronto Animal Services contributes to this event through providing basic veterinary care; free spay/neuter services for the pets; and, food and dog coats.


Donations can be dropped off at any of the three animal shelters in the City of Toronto. To locate the closest shelter to you, please click here. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. One contribution could go a long way in helping our animals in need!


TTC Subway Closures in October


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 October, please click here…


New GO Train Services on Stouffville GO Line Coming In November

Beginning November 2, Metrolinx is introducing weekend rail service along the Stouffville line between Union Station and Lincolnville GO Stations. There will be hourly service between Union Station and Mount Joy GO Stations every Saturday and Sunday – with some trips extending to serve all stops to and from Lincolnville GO Station.

With new weekend GO Train service for customers travelling to and from Milliken, Agincourt and Kennedy GO Stations, customers will have new quick and easy rapid transit options for zipping in and out of Toronto, or communities further up the line. Not only will this new service result in 64 more weekly train trips for GO customers—it will provide all-day rail service seven days a week between Mount Joy and Union stations.

Please visit www.gotransit.com/ for additional scheduling information.


Toronto Zoo 5-Year Strategic Plan Survey


The Toronto Zoo is writing a new 5-Year Strategic Plan to guide the development and growth of the organization. Your input is critical to mapping this future direction and we look forward to hearing back from you.


To complete the online survey, please click here. The deadline to submit feedback is October 25, 2019.


Neighbourhood Grants Program – Apply Now!

Are you a RESIDENT-LED GROUP with a great event idea that needs funding? Grants of $1,000 – $3,000 are available to activate your neighbourhood and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020).


What is the Neighbourhood Grants Program?

The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between March 16th – September 15th, 2020.


A maximum of $5,000 will be available in each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods). Click here to see the list of 39 identified neighbourhoods.


Review the Grant Guidelines to find out if you’re eligible to apply!

o   Contacts of your local Community Development Officer for more information, list of eligible and ineligible expenses, mentor guidelines, etc.


Deadline for applications is October 22, 2019.


City of Toronto and HydraTek Field Testing


Please be advised that operation and maintenance work is being performed on the local water system between mid-October and early-November 2019. The City of Toronto (City) and HydraTek & Associates (HydraTek), a project consultant, are undertaking field testing to support ongoing system improvements, and the water pressure in your area may fluctuate during this period. As a result, you may experience temporary changes in your water pressure.

If you notice any air (noisy pipes) or water discolouration, please open your laundry tap, kitchen tap, or other taps and let the water flow for up to 15 minutes until there is no more air and the water runs clear. This may be a temporary disturbance due to the operation and maintenance work.

If the problem persists or if there are immediate concerns, please contact Toronto 311 at:

–       Phone: 311 or 416-392-CITY (2489) if outside of City limits

–       TTY: 416-338-0TTY (0889)

–       Fax: 416-338-0685

–       Web: www.toronto.ca/home/311-toronto-at-your-service/

You are also welcome to contact Toronto Water Customer Care with any questions at:

–       Phone: 1-416-338-3486

–       E-mail: TWCustomerCare@toronto.ca

We apologize for any inconveniences caused. Normal service will be restored as soon as possible.



Not Down The Drain!


Do you know what can and can’t go down your drain? Putting the wrong things in your pipes can cause basement flooding; pollute streams, rivers and the Lake; and, clog City pipes, which results in expensive repairs.

Please don’t put grease, wipes and dental floss down the drain. To find out more about what cannot go down your drains, please click here…